Earlier this month, Nintendo released its first major Switch iteration in over two years with the Switch OLED model. It has a few perks like an improved stand, portable audio quality improvement, double the internal storage, and a LAN port on the dock, but the mainly Function is in the name. Yes, it’s the larger OLED screen, the first panel of its kind we’ve seen in Nintendo wearable hardware, although it also got a lot of people to remember the original PS Vita model.
Unlike a standard LED display, which requires a separate backlight, an OLED screen illuminates each pixel individually, resulting in a more vivid, clearer image and better contrast. This can be felt at all ends of the scale, regardless of whether it is deeper blacks or lighter colors of light, with the aim of making each extreme clearer. As you can imagine, it helps add extra “pop” to the most colorful games in the Switch library.
Does adding a game to this list mean it looks and feels now? rubbish on a standard Switch or Switch Lite? Of course not! Every single one of the following games is a winner wherever and however you play, and when you play in docked mode there is no difference. However, if you’re primarily a portable gamer this selection of Switch games will look and sound like especially beautiful on the newest console – to the point where once you’ve tried them on Switch OLED it can be difficult to go back to.
With that in mind, here are quite a few games that we think will really show off the screen of the new system and take advantage of some other improved features as well …
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was originally a Wii U title from May 2014, it’s still a stunner on Switch thanks to its smooth performance and bright, bulbous graphics. All of these designs look great on the new system, with tracks like Rainbow Road and Electrodrome being among many standout ones on the slightly larger OLED screen.
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The painterly style and gorgeous color palette of this excellent HD version of Capcom’s RPG adventure are gorgeous on any screen, but the ink-colored Sumi-e-inspired graphics look especially lovely on Switch OLED. Many of the people who started PlatinumGames were part of the original Okami team at Clover, and it remains a must-see.
Editor: HAMSTER / Developer: Nintendo
There were a few contenders for the ‘Arcade Archives’ spot, but we picked the classic that helped Nintendo break through and introduced us to ‘Jump Man’ in person. Especially in TATE mode (but the default alignment works too), the crisp colors and extremely compelling black of the OLED screen, which makes the sprites-on-black background of every 8-bit classic stand out, can really make you feel like playing a miniaturized arcade version of Donkey Kong. Just, you know, looking crisper.
Editor: Nicalis / Developer: sweetheart
The switch has a lot by Shmups, but this classic from Treasure is one of the best thanks to its intelligent concept, stylish look and intense challenge. It also supports TATE mode (vertical play). So if you have a third-party stand to hold your system – and apparently a redesigned OLED version of the excellent Flip Grip is in the works – this is a great way to enjoy the game while the improved screen helps you get that many Projectiles when the action heats up.
Editor: Improve games / Developer: Resonair
Not only is this tetris, it is important to note as the experience in Tetris Effect: Connected combines the core gameplay with a sense of travel and immersion. It’s a beautiful game with lots of colors and fancy particle effects that, unsurprisingly, really come into their own on the OLED screen. Headphones are recommended, but the new console’s upgraded speakers are also a great way to bring the sound of this game to your ears.
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
The critically acclaimed addition to the Metroid range is a very atmospheric, atmospheric experience. It’s also a great example of the key differences that OLED technology offers, with intense blacks and remarkable contrasts in the surroundings. Oh, and the boss fights look stunning with these cinematic moments.
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This is perhaps Nintendo’s liveliest series in recent years – an impressive feat given the incredible breadth of its output – and Splatoon pioneered the company’s improvements in developing HD-quality titles for Wii U. It’s a game all about color After all, Splatoon 2 still has an active online player base if you’re feeling competitive.
If you’re out of practice like us, Salmon Run and Story Mode are great ways to get started again; This is a title that really shows what the Switch OLED screen is all about.
Editor: Dotemu / Developer: Dotemu
This fantastic beat ’em up not only reminds of and builds on its predecessors, it also advances the IP. The development teams were brave enough to switch the franchise over to a beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic full of bold lines and bright colors. Additionally, the Switch version is incredibly smooth, making this an ideal title to revisit for another playthrough, especially considering the various free and paid updates that are now making the game better.
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Platinum games
This exclusive Switch remains one of the best action titles in the system, with some RPG and puzzle-solving elements doing a good job. Although the resolution in portable mode can sometimes go down when the screen effects are at their strongest, the sci-fi cyberpunk aesthetic looks amazing whether in a city or in the mysterious alternate dimension.
Editor: SEGA / Developer: Christian Whitehead
With its modernized HD presentation of chunky 16-bit pixels, Sonic Mania is a great game for retro gamers or younger gamers who like the aesthetics. A brilliant platformer, and in terms of how it looks on the OLED, its colors look fantastic as expected, but the eagle eye may notice less “motion blur” in the game due to the technology of the screen. In short, it never looked better.