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Nintendo consoles have always been home to some of the best platformers on the market, and that holds true with the Switch. Some of the best entries in multiple Nintendo platforming franchises are on Switch, including Super Mario Odyssey and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. But the Switch is also home to a bunch of wonderful third-party platformers. If you’re a platformer fan, you have a ridiculous number of good games to choose. We’ve rounded up the best platforming games on Nintendo Switch in 2022.
There’s also a deep catalog of retro platformers available through Switch Online, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and more. For this list, we’ve limited entries to those that launched specifically on Switch (otherwise, we’d have a list half-filled with twenty-year-old games). Whether you’re looking for a challenge or something lighthearted, one of these titles is bound to be a good fit. This list contains a wide variety of platformers, including precision-platformers focused entirely on jumping, action-platformers with tough combat, puzzle-platformers with clever problems to solve, metroidvanias with labyrinthine maps, and even platformers with a roguelike structure.
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Our list of the 27 best Switch platformers is organized in alphabetical order. We’ll continue to add to this list as more great platformers land on Nintendo Switch.