The Hardest Games On Nintendo Switch

Despite Nintendo’s family-friendly image, anyone who’s played much the company’s output can tell you that, while Nintendo games might start out all fluffy and colorful and welcoming, you’ll need all the hugs and fluff you can get as you enter the endgame, with the challenge ramping up considerably in the last quarter, especially if you’re hunting down every last secret.

Obviously, this doesn’t apply to everything, but for a company known for its multi-coloured hardware offerings and cutesy, cuddly character design, it certainly knows how to up the ante in the difficulty department when appropriate. Throw in a bunch of unforgiving classics from third parties and indies, and the Switch boasts some of gaming’s toughest challenges, yours to conquer on the bus or the bog (or, you know, on the telly).

In the list below we’ve rounded up just some of the greatest challenges on the console — the most difficult Switch games available. Our only criteria beyond asking a lot from players was that the games must be good, nay, great. Anyone can make something difficult; it’s getting you to return and try-try-try again which sets apart genius game design from trolling. All the games below are super challenging, but also fair. Persevere and your efforts will be rewarded!

So, let’s have a look — in no particular order — at some of the hardest games on Switch…

Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)

Publisher: bandai namco / Developer: FromSoftware

Release Date: 19th Oct 2018 (USA) / 19th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)
Cuphead (Switch eShop)

Cuphead (Switch eShop)

Publisher: StudioMDHR / Developer: StudioMDHR

Release Date: 18th Apr 2019 (USA) / 18th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)
Spelunky (Switch eShop)

Spelunky (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Mossmouth / Developer: Mossmouth

Release Date: 26th Aug 2021 (USA) / 26th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)
La-mulana 2 (Switch eShop)

La-mulana 2 (Switch eShop)

Publisher: NIS-America / Developer: nigoro

Release Date: 17th Mar 2020 (USA) / 20th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)
Metroid Dread (Switch)

Metroid Dread (Switch)

Publisher: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release Date: 8th Oct 2021 (USA) / 8th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)
Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)

Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Team Cherry / Developer: Team Cherry

Release Date: 12th Jun 2018 (USA) / 12th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)
Celeste (Switch eShop)

Celeste (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Matt Makes Games / Developer: Matt Makes Games

Release Date: 25th Jan 2018 (USA) / 25th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)

Publisher: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release Date: 12th Feb 2021 (USA) / 12th Feb 2021 (UK/EU)
Darkest Dungeon (Switch eShop)

Darkest Dungeon (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Red Hook Studios / Developer: Red Hook Studios

Release Date: 18th Jan 2018 (USA) / 18th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)
Baba Is You (Switch eShop)

Baba Is You (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Hempuli / Developer: Hempuli

Release Date: 13th Mar 2019 (USA) / 13th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)

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