Nintendo Switch OLED: The 10 best games to play

So you’ve unboxed your elegant brand-new Nintendo Change OLED and you’re seeking to see your financial investment settle. What video games are truly going to flaunt the brand-new design’s improvements? The concern is remarkably difficult!

The important things about an OLED screen is that while it will carry out much better than an LCD screen, the distinctions will be even more obvious in particular situations than others. Really vibrant video games, or video games with incredibly high contrast, will absolutely pop on the OLED screen, whereas video games with a more reasonable or soft visual won’t look excessive various than they do on the old LCD screen.

To that end, we’ve curated a choice of video games that finest display the may of the OLED design Nintendo Change.

Metroid Fear

Samus Aran faces down a chained Kraid in Metroid Dread

Image: MercurySteam/Nintendo

We’ll begin with the apparent one. Metroid Fear released along with the OLED and is most likely the very best presentation of what the brand-new hardware can. Fear’s mix of exceptionally dark shadows and brilliant, neon laser blasts produces a spectacular presentation of the brand-new screen. (Attempt playing Fear in portable mode and after that change to docked mode on a non-OLED television, and the distinction will be apparent.)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 - Mario and Luigi racing

Mario Kart 8
Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The very popular Change video game of perpetuity, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is likewise a wonderful masterpiece for the OLED Change. The video game’s vibrant characters and levels are substantially more dynamic on an OLED screen. Even something as easy as Mario’s hat will make you question whether you had really understood the color of Mario’s hat prior to this.

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe flaunts Mario in the very best light, generally all of the Mushroom Kingdom video games look excellent on the OLED, so don’t forget to boot up Odyssey, Bowser’s Fury, or any of the video games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars (if you purchased it in time).

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

Image: Group Cherry

Surprise launched for Nintendo Change in 2018, Hollow Knight stays among the very best video games on the platform and among the very best Metroidvanias ever made. It’s likewise excellent for revealing off the power of the OLED, thanks to its 2D art work, which highlights hard, dark lines around the majority of the characters, along with environments that continuously play with light and shadow. If you’ve been awaiting a factor to choose this video game up, the OLED is a very excellent reason.

Tetris Impact Linked

Tetris Effect - Journey Mode ‘Forest Dawn’ background

Image: Monstars Inc., Resonair/Enhance Games

How do you enhance on Tetris after almost 40 years? In some way, Tetris Impact discovered a method with its trippy visuals and pleasing twists to the core gameplay. The video game took a while to get here on Change, today the most recent variation, Tetris Impact Linked, is here. Numerous levels start with a pure black background that gradually springs to life as you total lines, which visual banquet looks spectacular on the OLED. Seeing as dolphins zoom through a galaxy while you finish a Decahexatris is a sight to witness.


Hades running on a Nintendo Switch

Image: Supergiant Games

Polygon’s choice for video game of the year in 2020 has actually constantly been a stunner, no matter the platform you play it on. However Hades is likewise appropriate for the OLED design’s improvements. The game’s art style utilizes colorful, cel-shaded characters surrounded by hard, black outlines, and as a result, everything just pops. Whether that makes the Chthonic gods even hotter is a question you’ll have to answer for yourself.

Diablo 2 Resurrected

Fighting demons in Diablo 2

Image: Blizzard Entertainment

This remake of one of the most successful hack-’n-slash RPGs of all time looks solid on an OLED screen, though it does take some time to reach the areas that perform best (specifically the game’s darker, torch-lit dungeons). We’ve included it on this list mainly because of the OLED model’s larger screen size. In handheld mode on a normal Switch or a Switch Lite, Diablo 2’s text and UI elements are easily lost and muddied. While the OLED Switch’s screen isn’t that much larger, the increase in size makes this game far more playable.


A cabin in TOEM

Image: Something We Made

This adorable indie game about taking photographs plays out entirely in black and white. You know what the OLED does really, really well? Contrast, of course! And what could be more contrast-y than black and white? It likewise helps that TOEM’s simple graphical style allows the game to run at a native 720 resolution, which makes the whole thing super crisp and clear.

Spelunky HD & Spelunky 2

If you can stomach some intense platforming difficulty, Spelunky HD and Spelunky 2, released on Switch just a couple months ago, are both lovely demonstrations of the OLED screen. The colorful, 2D sprites of both games sparkle on the OLED, but if you’re looking to really be impressed, keep playing until you get to a dreaded dark level. These areas are almost entirely black, but lit with occasional torches and glowing bugs. Holy cow, talk about a perfect storm for the OLED design!

Tails of Iron

If you ever wanted to play a tough, 2D Souls-like but wished that it featured a bunch of mice fighting frogs in a medieval setting (voiced by the guy who played Geralt in the Witcher games!), Tails of Iron is for you. It looks incredible on the OLED Switch, thanks to its hand-drawn, 2D artwork, which is some of the best we’ve seen in recent memory. Just beware: despite the adorable aspect of mice wearing clothes, this video game gets grim very fast.

Cruis’n Blast

A helicopter attacks cars in Cruis’n Blast

Image: Raw Thrills

This strange arcade-racer-turned-console video game features giant, underground yetis and playable hammerhead sharks. Cruis’n Blast is so outrageous and over-the-top that traditional concepts of “good graphics” don’t really apply here. The game throws basically every color palate at you, seemingly all at once, which is sure to give your OLED Switch (and your eyes) a workout. There are very few racers on the Switch that can match its vibrancy, and it thankfully runs great in portable mode, so you can truly utilize it as a masterpiece for the OLED screen.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.