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Nintendo consoles have always been home to some of the best platformers on the market, and that’s true with the Switch. Some of the best entries in multiple Nintendo platform franchises are on Switch, including Super Mario Odyssey and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. But the Switch is also home to a ton of wonderful third-party platformers. If you’re a fan of platforming, you have a ridiculous amount of good games to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best platformers on Nintendo Switch in 2022.
There’s also a vast catalog of retro platformers available through Switch Online, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and more. For this list, we’ve limited the entries to those that were specifically released on Switch (otherwise we’d have a list half full of games from twenty years ago). Whether you’re looking for a challenge or something light-hearted, one of these titles is sure to fit the bill. This list contains a wide variety of platformers, including precision platformers focused entirely on jumping, action platformers with tough combat, puzzle platformers with clever problems to solve, metroidvanias with labyrinthine maps, and even arcade games. platformers with a roguelike structure.
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Our list of the 27 best Switch platformers is organized in alphabetical order. We’ll continue to add to this list as more great platformers come to Nintendo Switch.