10 Best Remastered Switch Games (According To Metacritic)

10 Best Remastered Switch Games (According To Metacritic)

The Nintendo Switch has a wealth of original material, but given the hardware and its large selection of vintage software, it should come as no surprise that it’s home to one of the largest collections of remastered and remade games. Thanks to the addition of these titles, new generations of gamers can pick up and play bigger and better versions of classic games.

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A good remastered title will update a classic game’s graphics, controls, and so on, but a great one will take the time to improve upon what made the original such a success in the first place. Fortunately for players everywhere, the eShop is loaded with masterful revamped games.

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Crysis Remastered (75)

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For players used to titles like Halo and Call of Duty, an FPS game of their caliber can be difficult to find on the Switch. That being said, the Crysis series is an excellent foray into the genre with notes of both Halo and Far Cry tossed into the mix. It’s certainly a game that will scratch that run-and-gun itch.

Any title that has the player don a mechanized supersoldier suit to battle enemies and undertake missions undoubtedly comes with an enjoyable action movie flavor. It’s certainly an unexpected delight for new Switch owners.

Diablo II: Resurrected (77)

The Switch has no shortage of dungeon-crawlers, but fans of the genre would be making a horrible mistake if they missed out on the title that started it all. Diablo II was a pillar of the RPG genre, and now players can experience a new-and-improved version of the game all from the comfort of their Switch.

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For those who need a break from the uncharacteristically colorful Diablo III, they can easily return to Sanctuary the way it was meant to be played back in 2000, but with several new enhancements to make it more console friendly. Either way, it’s a title no fan of classic RPGs should be without.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (78)

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With a remastered collection of games on the system, it’s hard to believe that Crash Bandicoot was once Mario’s bold and brassy competition. Too big to be contained on just the Playstation consoles alone, Crash has made his way into the hands of Nintendo fans everywhere with the inclusion of the N. Sane Trilogy.

The compilation comes with the first three Crash Bandicoot games and features all the 3D platforming challenge that made the character so famous on the original PS1. While he might have got a new coat of paint in recent years, he’s still sporting the same attitude that challenged Mario all those years ago.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (79)

Spyro the Dragon from the video game series

Yet another PlayStation icon has fallen into Nintendo’s ranks with the inclusion of Spyro the Dragon’s Reignited Trilogy. Like Crash, fans can play the first three Spyro titles with updated controls, graphics, and all the bells and whistles therein. If players need a break from Mario’s adventures, they can’t go wrong with this draconic entry.

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From headbutting enemies to kingdom come to collect all the missing dragon eggs, Spyro’s adventures check a lot of the boxes for a typical ’90s platformer. Of course, that’s all part of his nostalgic charm, and his updated return has certainly been well-received.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: Complete Edition (79)

Artwork from the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video game.

Few games understand how to pay tribute to their inspirations better than Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World It’s a sidescrolling beat-em-up that takes heavy influence from arcade classics like River City Ransom, Streets of Rage, and Final Fight, but it blends the elements practically flawlessly.

It’s not every day that a video game based on a movie has such success, but this 16-bit gem will satisfy any gamer’s retro craving. Gamers beware, this is definitely one of those arcade classics that are deceptively difficult.

Super Mario 3D World+Bowser’s Fury (89)

Fury Bowser chasing Mario in Bowser's Fury

Mario has almost always been known for consistently good titles, but his Wii U games arguably didn’t meet their full potential until they were remastered for the Nintendo Switch. Case in point, this 3D platforming escapade from Nintendo’s previous system. It’s no Mario Odyssey, but  3D World is still a solid entry into his franchise.

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Bowser’s Fury presents a different spin on the Mario formula that places the portly plumber in a more open environment on a quest to save Bowser from an evil force. Delightfully surreal would be a good descriptor for this pair of games, as it’s an enchanting 3D platformer with enough gimmicks and quirks to create a satisfying diversion.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (80)

Like its Nintendo DS counterpart before it, New Super Mario Bros. U was a return to form for Mario and Luigi. It was a traditional 2D platformer featuring the brothers running across the Mushroom Kingdom taking out Bowser and his terrible turtle spawn, but it upped the ante of the predecessors seen on the DS and Wii.

The Deluxe version, however, comes with both the original game and Super Luigi U to satisfy any Switch owner’s Mario cravings. While the core game itself isn’t going to break any barriers, it’s an experience that can’t be anything other than pure, unfiltered, classic Mario.

Dark Souls: Remastered (83)

Warrior lighting a bonfire in promo artwork for Dark Souls Remastered

With the release of the successful Elden Ring, it might be time for many players to pick up their flasks and prepare to die in the original Dark Souls. While the remastered version is currently available across consoles, the one presented on the Switch is arguably the most accessible and, as shocking as it sounds, user-friendly.

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It’s the same brutally difficult experience FromSoftware released years ago, but with decidedly more polish and control. Gamers will still die on repeat, but even new players will be able to grasp the basic concepts and at least survive a couple of boss fights.

Collection Of Mana (83)

Collection of Mana Cover

While some might consider this compilation more of an improved collection of ports than an actual remaster, Collection of Mana brings a semi-forgotten series back to the mainstream. The Mana series began life on the Gameboy as Final Fantasy Adventure, but grew into one of the most underrated dungeon-crawlers on the market.

The world of Final Fantasy mixed with the top-down action gameplay of a Zelda title, it was a series ahead of its time. While it might still be a little dated compared to others in the genre, it’s still a unique RPG that modern fans will certainly enjoy, especially with its multiplayer function.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (92)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass Course DLC Cover Image With Mario And Luigi

The Mario Kart series has been a gaming pastime since the ’90s, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe could be considered the magnum opus of the series. The Wii U original was a fine entry in the series, but the Deluxe version is simply better. With so many racers, tracks, cars, and other trimmings and trappings, no other game in the series has more to offer than this one.

From Mario Stadium to Rainbow Road, the version on the Switch continues to be one of Nintendo’s most beloved and successful party games. With the release of the recent expansion that perfects and updates classic tracks, there’s even more reason for players to start their engines.

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