April 2, 2019 3:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, might be the first Zelda game you play on your Nintendo Switch, it is no means the only Zelda themed game you can play on the hybrid console.

In fact, in addition to the re-imagining of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which is due out in 2019, we also have two Hyrule games in the form of Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, which is out now and the indie crossover that no one saw coming, Cadence of Hyrule, which is also due out in 2019.

In light of heavy presence on Switch, for those of you who are unaware of the other games, or just new to Zelda entirely, but own a Switch, then consider this guide your doorway to the many adventures you can have in Hyrule.

 

*All game descriptions, information & screenshots come directly from Nintendo.

 

Zelda games on Switch

A Switch Owner’s Guide to Zelda Games available on Nintendo Switch

 

Out Now:

 

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: March 03, 2017 (Worldwide)

No. of Players: 1 player

Category: Adventure, Action, RPG

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

 

Forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Now on Nintendo Switch, your journey is freer and more open than ever. Take your system anywhere, and adventure as Link any way you like.

 

Features:

  • Explore the wilds of Hyrule any way you like—anytime, anywhere! – Climb up towers and mountain peaks in search of new destinations, then set your own path to get there and plunge into the wilderness. Along the way, you’ll battle towering enemies, hunt wild beasts and gather ingredients for the food and elixirs you’ll make to sustain you on your journey. With Nintendo Switch, you can literally take your journey anywhere.
  • More than 100 Shrines of Trials to discover and explore – Shrines dot the landscape, waiting to be discovered in any order you want. Search for them in various ways, and solve a variety of puzzles inside. The tasks you must perform in each Shrine varies, and you’ll never expect the challenges you’ll face until you enter. Some will involve realistic physics, and some will require you to harness the power of nature, including electricity, wind, fire, and more. Work your way through the traps and devices inside, utilizing your runes and think outside the box to earn special items and other rewards that will help you on your adventure.
  • Be prepared and properly equipped – With an entire world waiting to be explored, you’ll need a variety of outfits and gear to reach every corner. You may need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat. Some clothing even has special effects that, for example, can make you faster or stealthier.
  • Battling enemies requires strategy – The world is inhabited with enemies of all shapes and sizes. Each one has its own attack method and weaponry, so you must think quickly and develop the right strategies to defeat them.
  • amiibo compatibility – The Wolf Link amiibo from Twilight Princess HD, the Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo are all compatible with this game. Tap the Wolf Link amiibo (sold separately) to make Wolf Link appear in the game. Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help you find items you’re searching for. Tap a Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo to receive helpful in-game items or even a treasure chest!

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Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: March 22, 2018 (EU & NA) / May 18, 2018 (EU & NA)

No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous

Category: Action, Adventure, Fighting

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.

 

Cut down enemy hordes as Legend of Zelda™ characters—in full 1080p TV mode—or in two-player on one system! Link and Zelda can battle in costumes from the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, while Tetra and King Daphnes appear in scenes based on the Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker game. Find and care for fairies who will aid you in battle! All features and downloadable content from past versions of the game, including My Fairy mode and elements from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, can now be enjoyed in crisp HD on the Nintendo Switch™ system. This time, you won’t face the dark sorceress, Cia, alone. Command legendary heroes and villains in battle to achieve objectives as you unleash special attacks. Advance the story to unlock characters, each with their own moves and weapon types. Collect rupees and other items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which bolster your warriors’ abilities. The fate of Hyrule rests in your hands!

 

Coming Soon: (2019)

 

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Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda (No Price Given)

  

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: Spring 2019

No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous

Category: Action, Adventure, Music

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Brace Yourself Games

 

As Link—or even as Princess Zelda—you’ll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed, The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and boss…or face the music.

From modern-looking Lynels to the Hyrulean Soldiers of old, you must master the instinctive movements of each pixel-art enemy, and strategically outstep them in rhythmic combat. So equip yourself with an arsenal of iconic Legend of Zelda items, as well as the spells and weapons from Crypt of the Necrodancer. You must be prepared to face Hyrule’s most wicked bosses, which have been transformed by magic, granting them mighty, new forms!

 

Features:

  • A rhythmic action-adventure game in the world of the Legend of Zelda™ series
  • Explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons to save Hyrule as Link or Princess Zelda
  • Use items from the Legend of Zelda™ series, plus spells and weapons from the Crypt of the Necrodancer game
  • Outstep legendary enemies and bosses in rhythmic combat
  • Keep the beat with 25 remixed classic Legend of Zelda™ tunes

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (No Price Given)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: 2019

No. of Players: To be Determined

Category: Adventure, Action, Role-Playing

Publisher: Nintendo

 

In this modern re-imagining, players travel to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening arrives exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Still, those are just the main series games and spin-off titles related to the Zelda series, for the likes of Link is playable in other games and so, here is a run through of fourth other Switch available games with Zelda connections:

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: April 27, 2017 (Worldwide)

No. of Players: up to 12 players

Category: Racing, Multiplayer

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

 

Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.!

 

Features:

  • Race your friends in the definitive version of Mario Kart 8, only on Nintendo Switch!
  • Race as every character on every track from the Wii U version, including DLC characters and tracks.
  • Pop some balloons in the revamped Battle mode, complete with Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast.
  • Battle on new courses, like Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, or returning ones, such as GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1.
  • Inkling Girl & Inkling Boy from Splatoon, King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr. join the roster!
  • Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc
  • Three new vehicles have been added, two are even inspired by Splatoon
  • Carry two items at the same time
  • Returning items include Boo, the item stealing ghost, and the Feather, which gives you a high jump in battle mode.
  • Play your friends in local wireless multiplayer with up to 8 players.
  • Drive through in 1080p HD quality in TV mode
  • Play on the go with handheld mode and play anytime, anywhere

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: November 17, 2017 (EU & NA) / February 1, 2018 (JP)

No. of Players: 1 player

Category: Role-Playing, Action

Publisher: Bethesda

Developer: Bethesda

 

Winner of 200+ Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim® arrives on the Nintendo Switch™ console. The open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios® where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere—at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda™ series, and amiibo™ compatibility.

Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned and the future of Skyrim hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand against them.

Live another life, in another world—from battling ancient dragons, exploring rugged mountains, building a home, or mastering hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities. For the first time ever, go into battle Legend of Zelda style: fight with the Master Sword, guard with the Hylian Shield, while wearing the Champion’s Tunic. The game also includes official add-ons—Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.

 

Features:

  • The legendary open-world masterpiece from Bethesda Game Studios comes to the Nintendo SwitchTM system
  • Includes all content from official add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn
  • Uncover the mystery behind the return of the dragons in a massive open world to explore any way you choose
  • Live another life, in another world and create your own custom character, and do virtually whatever you want.
  • Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The character system allows you to play almost any way you want and define yourself through your actions
  • Your decisions matter in a world that changes dynamically based on your choices
  • Use motion controls to battle with melee weapons, aim your bow, or pick locks, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™

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Diablo III: Eternal Collection ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: November 02, 2018 (EU & NA) / December 27, 2018 (JP)

No. of Players: up to 4 players

Category: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, Party

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

 

Raise Some Hell – Ages ago, angels and demons birthed your world in a forbidden union. Now they’ve come to claim it. Stand tall among Sanctuary’s meek and wicked to battle walking corpses, horrifying cultists, fallen seraphs, and the Lords of Hell. When the High Heavens and the Burning Hells war, humanity must be its own salvation.

Unholy Trinity – The Diablo III game, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the Necromancer pack are all part of the Eternal Collection: 7 classes, 5 acts, and seasons’ worth of demon-smashing.

Nintendo Switch™ Exclusives – Discover pieces of Zelda’s world in Sanctuary. The Eternal Collection on Switch™ includes the Cucco companion pet, a Triforce portrait frame, and an exclusive transmogrification set that will let your heroes sport Ganondorf’s iconic armor. You’ll also receive unique cosmetic wings.

Defy the Darkness – You’re a surrounded world’s only defense against Heaven and Hell. Arm yourself with a Joy-Con™ or the Pro Controller, and choose from 7 dark fantasy classes, each with its own way to slay.

Eternal Replayability – Evil is never vanquished forever. Whether you’re testing yourself against new difficulty settings, playing through the epic story campaign, searching for the perfect skill combo, expanding your collection of gear, racing through random dungeons, or traveling Sanctuary anew each season, you’ll always have a fresh challenge to seek out.

Assemble the Perfect Arsenal – As you charge through Diablo III’s five story acts, you’ll collect gear from Sanctuary’s furthest reaches, including legendary items that change your entire playstyle and armor sets that provide dynamic bonuses as you uncover more pieces.

Your Path to Power – Diablo III’s power-building system is flexible enough for an afternoon or a full season. Push back the Burning Hells with spears, storms, and zombie dogs—over 800 unique abilities to unlock and master. Turn fire into lightning, split your magic blasts, and change your skills to create devastating power combinations.

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone – Jump into local, action-RPG multiplayer with up to three friends, and crush demons from your comfiest couch cushions, no internet required—or fill out the ranks of your party online. You can play Diablo III shared-screen on a single Nintendo Switch™, remotely on up to four Nintendo Switch ™ consoles, or combine TV and handheld play.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ($59.99)

 

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: December 07, 2018 (Worldwide)

No. of Players: up to 8 players

Category: Action, Fighting, Multiplayer, Adventure

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo / Sora Ltd. / BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc

 

Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey, and more!

Having trouble choosing a stage? Then select the Stage Morph option to transform one stage into another while battling—a series first! Plus, new echo fighters Dark Samus, Richter Belmont, and Chrom join the battle. Whether you play locally or online, savor the faster combat, new attacks, and new defensive options, like a perfect shield. Jam out to 900 different music compositions and go 1-on-1 with a friend, hold a 4-player free-for-all, kick it up to 8-player battles and more! Feel free to bust out your GameCube controllers—legendary couch competitions await—or play together anytime, anywhere!

Honorary mentions go out to both Bayonetta games, which include multiple Nintendo IP outfits, including Link’s green tunic, to Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud, which features a Breath of the Wild themed Link, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and of course, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II and their SP versions that are all available via the Nintendo Switch Online library of NES games.

As always, we hope you found this guide helpful and hope to see you again soon when we update this guide with any and all new information that comes.

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