The new "Super Mario Odyssey" is receiving near-universal praise, and the Nintendo Switch is beating the competition month after month in sales.
There's a good reason for that: The Nintendo Switch is the best console to buy this holiday. Here's why!
Since launching in March, the Nintendo Switch has taken the mantle as the must-have console for playing the best games. This is the number one reason to buy the Switch this holiday: It's the only place to play the best games of 2017.
Yes, there are excellent exclusives on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. "Horizon Zero Dawn" on PS4 and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" on Xbox One stick out as strong arguments for each, and that's not wrong.
But let's be clear: The Switch is absolutely stacked with huge, new games that can only be played on the Switch.
The latest hit that can only be played on the Switch is "Super Mario Odyssey." It's currently got an average score of 97/100 on Metacritic, putting it on the all-time top 10 highest-rated games category.
It's highly rated because it's an outrageously good game, full of delight and surprise around every turn. "Odyssey" is the latest example of Nintendo's approach to major games as of late: Take classic franchises and evolve them to new heights.
It's hard to overstate the quality of "Super Mario Odyssey"; it's clever, and massive, and beautiful, and deeply referential, and so much more. It is, frankly put, one of the best Nintendo games of the past decade — perhaps of all time.
Whether you've been playing "Mario Kart" games for years or you've never touched one, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is a tremendous delight.
It's the definitive "Mario Kart" experience, with a ridiculous number of courses and playable characters. Best of all, the Switch becomes a portable "Mario Kart" machine if you take the console in portable mode — each Joy-Con becomes a gamepad, and the Switch is the screen. Being able to casually challenge a friend to "Mario Kart" by simply having the Switch with you is pretty incredible.
Crucially, "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is a perfect game to play alone or with friends. The vast majority of the time I've spent with the game has been sitting next to my wife, playing together online against the world. Since the game came out in late April, it's been a constant in my apartment.
Nintendo really set the tone of the tremendous first year of the Nintendo Switch with "Breath of the Wild" in March.
More than a great new entry in a classic franchise, "Breath of the Wild" moves forward the entire video-game medium. Through meticulous game design that demanded more from players, Nintendo once again demonstrated its uncanny ability to re-define foundational aspects of gaming.
It's the kind of game that changes player expectations — what they expect of themselves and what they expect from games. It's also an excellent game to dig into while traveling over the upcoming holidays.