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The 10 best horror games for Nintendo Switch – SwitchArcade Halloween Special Edition – TouchArcade

2021 was a busy year for games across all platforms in different genres. If you’ve noticed, a lot of games go into scary season with in-game events and the like, but nothing beats a horror game this season. For this SwitchArcade special, we’re looking at the best horror games (scary, scary, etc) on Nintendo Switch. With Nintendo getting more third-party support than ever before, there has never been a better time to grab a Nintendo Switch for your portable horror fix. While not every game included here may be a pure horror experience, they have horror or scary elements in them and some are there because they just fit the Halloween mood. We tried to limit franchises to individual slots as well. We’re not presenting them in any particular order and these are simply our favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water ($ 39.99)

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water debuted on Nintendo Wii U and was a game published by Nintendo that is now being released on all consoles and PCs. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fatal Frame franchise, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water brings Camera Obscura gameplay, evil spirits and more from the original game to a new generation. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is known for its dark atmosphere. It is set on a mountain that is notorious for suicides and shows three protagonists. There’s nothing like Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water today, and it’s worth checking out if you have a different take on survival horror.

Dying Light: Platinum Edition ($ 49.99)

Techland’s survival horror game Dying Light recently appeared on Nintendo Switch as Dying Light: Platinum Edition. Dying Light: Platinum Edition contains the game with all expansions and DLC in a single package. Dying Light stood out from the crowd of zombie games with its parkour mechanics, day-night cycle changes and multiplayer options. The Nintendo Switch port is very good overall, and this is a great package if you enjoy gaming on the go and have been curious about Dying Light. It also has a nice physical release with everything on the cartridge if you care about preserving.

Funeral party ($ 19.99)

Corpse Party, another recently released Nintendo Switch release, joins our list for having aged so well. The original Corpse Party has been ported and re-released several times over the years and the Nintendo Switch incarnation is the most current version with lots of extras and improved graphics. What is special about Corpse Party is how it creates horror with its 2D sprite aesthetic. Corpse Party takes place in Heavenly Host Elementary and combines point-and-click adventure gameplay with RPG lite mechanics. It makes great use of audio to enhance the experience. If you’ve never played it before, you owe it to yourself to give this classic horror game a try in its newest and most complete release.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 ($ 59.99)

Yes, I know Luigi’s Mansion 3 isn’t a horror game, but it really is the perfect Nintendo Switch game for the Halloween season. If you’ve never played Luigi’s Mansion 3, it’s one of the best looking Nintendo games in years and a polished adventure game where you take on the role of Luigi exploring a haunted hotel. It has memorable bosses, beautiful graphics, ghost capturing, and more while you suck on different things. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a great example of an evergreen Switch game and one of the easiest games to recommend to anyone. It exudes charm. It’s also the perfect game if you’ve never tried the franchise before.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition and II

The Little Nightmares series from Bandai Namco and Tarsier Studios combines mystery, platform and horror with an interesting aesthetic. Both games complement each other well with the great atmosphere and the puzzles. There are moments of frustration, but the end result is well worth the time you invest. Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares II together go beyond what you would expect and are great to play with if you’re looking for something to immerse yourself in over a weekend. Little Nightmares II builds well on the first game and is better in almost every way. The Nintendo Switch ports are also very good if you are worried about diving into a multi-platform game on Switch.

Alien: Isolation ($ 34.99)

Alien: Isolation was a surprising Nintendo Switch port in the best sense of the word. Over the years, the Alien: Isolation fan base has grown slowly and has been dubbed the best alien game ever. Alien: Isolation perfectly understands the Xenomorph and plays a huge role in the experience. Feral Interactive is known for amazing Ports and Alien: Isolation is another feather in the developer cap. If you’ve never played Alien: Isolation, the Nintendo Switch version is an amazing experience. It contains all of the DLC episodes that are also worth checking out. Alien: Isolation is a simple recommendation for the season and in general. The atmosphere is almost perfect.

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark and NG ($ 49.99)

What do you get when a developer known for amazing dungeon RPGs chooses an adventure and horror game? Clearly ghost hunters: death mark. As the name suggests, Spirit Hunter: Death Mark is an urban legend in which a terrifying birthmark-like symbol called Mark appears on the bodies of certain people. Anyone who gets this time dies in a pretty cruel way. Spirit Hunter: Death Mark has clearly done well as there was a sequel in the form of Spirit Hunter: NG. Aside from the interesting premise and stories, both Spirit Hunter games are worth playing for the aesthetics and design. Spirit Hunter: Death Mark in particular has some very unique pieces of art.

Famicom Detective Club ($ 59.99)

Nintendo and Mages both redesigned Famicom Detective Club games for Nintendo Switch earlier this year, and they’re excellent adventure experiences. Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind are available individually or as a bundle. Both adventures feel very similar to the originals despite the new, beautiful paint job. The girl behind it is the more interesting than horror experience as she brings in these elements to enhance the experience. While both games have some moments when you’re not sure how to progress exactly like the originals, Nintendo released these in the west and the end result is well worth it for all adventure game fans. If you’re interested in adventure games and the history of Nintendo, these are well worth getting. The stories also go well with the horror time.

Resident Evil series

Over four years in the switch’s lifecycle, Capcom brought not one or two, but several Resident Evil games to the platform. Both Resident Evil Revelations games are here, in addition to Resident Evil 4,5,6 and the Origins Collection with 0 and 1. The Resident Evil series caters to horror fans of all play styles and most of the Switch ports are good. If you’ve never played a Resident Evil game, you owe it to yourself to at least give Resident Evil 1 and 4 a try. While the prices aren’t that high compared to other platforms, the portability aspect might make the costs easier to digest. One horror list is not exhaustive at Resident Evil and here we are.

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection ($ 39.99)

NIS America is one of the strongest supporters of Nintendo Switch, and the publisher has pushed a portion of its back catalog to Switch time and again over the years. The two Yomawari games were previously released on PS Vita, PC, and PS4, but found their way to Nintendo Switch in Yomawari: The Long Night Collection. Just like Corpse Party, Yomawari: The Long Night Collection has a very unique aesthetic for a horror game. What makes Yomawari creepier than expected is the way the grotesque enemies are designed and how it doesn’t strike with the plot. It involves easy puzzle solving, exploration, a lot of death, and some frustration. Both games aren’t too long, but they are sure to be unforgettable.

And there you have it. Yes, every game featured is not a traditional horror game, but they have some form of horror elements or fit the Halloween season with scary themes or are just plain scary. There are many more games like this one on Nintendo Switch, but these are our favorites. What are some of your favorite horror or scary games for Nintendo Switch? Comment below and let us know!

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