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Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Marcus Garrett

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Games to Play While Waiting for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch launch is only 6 weeks away. Let that sink in for a second. In just a month and a half, Nintendo will release their 7th home gaming console to the world. The console is set to launch on March 3 with four games (which is an abysmally low number for a launch). Despite this, pre-orders are already sold out at most retailers so the wait could be even longer. If you’re looking forward to the Switch, every day that passes can seem agonizing, but fret not. There are still thousands of games you can play that can curb your appetite until the big launch. Here are my suggestions:

If you’re looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild…

Pick up The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Chances are you’ve already heard of or played Skyrim, but in case you haven’t, Skyrim is a fantastical RPG where your avatar is tasked with discovering why dragons are invading the land of Tamriel. There are thousands of quests filled with daring challenges and the game is cited to be a major inspiration for the new Zelda.

If you’re looking forward to 1-2 Switch…

You might want to check out Johann Sebastian Joust from Sportsfriends on PlayStation 4 or Spin the Bottle on Wii U. Both of these games require you to move your physical body in physical ways to complete challenges. In Joust, your objective is to knock the actual game controller out of your friends’ hands while not dropping your own. As you might expect, the objectives in Spin the Bottle can be a little more risqué.

If you’re looking forward to Skylanders Imaginators…

chances are you have a young child or two. Any game in the LEGO franchise or Disney Infinity (RIP) will keep the kiddos busy for a while. For parents, you can wait it out with fun games from casino.com where you can play all your casino favorites without ever needing to put on pants. Though if your kids are around, please put on some pants.

If you’re looking forward to Just Dance 2017…

Any of the Just Dance games are really fun. The Wii U versions are superior in my opinion because they let the player with the gamepad choose dances moves like a choreographer DJ. And with the most recent entries, you can use your phones as controllers so you don’t have to worry about dusting off the Kinect or finding 4 Wii remotes.


I wish there were more than four games launching with the Nintendo Switch. Luckily, about 30 more games are scheduled for release on Switch by the end of 2017. Either way, March 3 can’t come any quicker! What games are you looking forward to and what will you be playing in the meantime?


About the Author

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.



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