Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

No, it’s not the Breath of the Wild prequel that you might be expecting. And, to be frank, that Nintendo has kind of solid it as. But Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a blast to play on its own terms.

Essentially a third person hack-and-slash button-masher, it sees you wading through dozens of goons as Link, Zelda, and a cast of characters that will give BotW fans a real thrill.

Cake Bash

A rambunctious multiplayer game that thrives on local couch play. Yes, we know, what a time to release such a thing. But wait! There’s also online play. Hooray!

However you get to experience it, Cake Bash is a hoot. Each of its mini games is based around simple actions, but can involve whacking each other with lollipops and throwing fruit around. Tasty.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Fans of Square Enix’s Square Enix-Disney mash-up franchise will be in their element with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. But it’s way more than mere fan service.

Taking the form of a rhythm action game, Melody of Memory has you running and bopping baddies in time to the beat. And those beats, of course, draw from the franchise’s extensive history.

Sniper Elite 4

Here’s a belated Switch port of the fourth Sniper Elite game, which is a franchise that has long had ‘guilty pleasure’ status conferred upon it. Don’t be guilty. Revel in its schlocky, scrappy charm.

This is a properly pulpy stealth-shooter set across a number of brilliantly evocative maps, as you shuffle your soldier into postion and pop as many Nazi heads as possible with your long-range rifle. Pow!

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

This cute farming sim casts you in the role of harvest-warrior goddess Sakuna in wondrous land that resembles a fantastical feudal Japan. As well as the mundane task of tending to your rice paddy, you must head out into the world and slay baddies.

The constant juggling of these two core tasks – the mundane with the high octane – gives Sakuna a distinct flavour. Wolf it down with extra pickles.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

You might roll your eyes and tut at the very notion that a Need for Speed game would deserve a remastering. But those who know the history of this sprawling arcade racer series will know that Hot Pursuit was something special.

Made by Criterion, the developer behind the Burnout series, it’s an atypically brilliant racer that sees you tearing along shiny streets as either a cop or a robber. And yes, there’s a full takedown system for some glorious car combat.

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