Earlier this month, Nintendo released its first major iteration of Switch in over two years with the Switch OLED model. It has a few perks like an improved kickstand, improved portable audio quality, double the internal storage, and a LAN connector on the dock, but the main the functionality is in the name. Yes, it’s the largest OLED display, the first such panel we’ve seen in Nintendo portable hardware, although it also made a lot of people remember the original PS Vita model.
Unlike a standard LED display which requires separate backlighting, an OLED display illuminates each pixel individually, resulting in a more vivid, clearer picture and better contrast. This is noticeable at all ends of the scale, whether it’s deeper blacks or brighter light colors, the goal being to show each extreme with greater clarity. As you can imagine, this helps give a little more âpopâ to the more colorful games in the Switch library.
Does including a game on this list mean it now looks and feels waste on a standard Switch or Switch Lite? Of course not! Each of the games below is a winner where and how you play, and if you play in docked mode, there won’t be any difference. If you are primarily a portable gamer, this selection of Switch games will look and sound particularly charming on the most recent console – so much so that once you’ve tried them on the OLED Switch, it can be difficult to turn back the clock.
So with that in mind, here’s a whole bunch of games that we think really show off the new system’s screen and take advantage of other improved features as well …
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Although originally a Wii U title since May 2014, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still a real viewer on Switch thanks to its smooth performance and bright, bulbous visuals. All of these designs are excellent on the new system, with tracks like Rainbow Road and Electrodrome among the many stars on the slightly larger OLED display.
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Editor: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
The painterly style and gorgeous color palette of this excellent HD version of Capcom’s RPG adventure looks stunning on any screen, but the sumi-e ink-inspired visuals look especially beautiful on Switch OLED. Many of the staff who formed PlatinumGames were part of the original Okami team at Clover, and it remains a must-have experience.
Editor: HAMSTER / Developer: Nintendo
There were a few contenders for the âArcade Archivesâ spot, but we went with the classic that made a breakthrough for Nintendo and introduced us to âJump Manâ itself. Especially in TATE mode (but the standard orientation also works), the crisp colors and extremely convincing black of the OLED display – which will make sprites on black backgrounds stand out in any classic 8-bit – can really make it feel like play a miniaturized arcade version of Donkey Kong. Just, you know, sharper.
Editor: Nicalis / Developer: treasure
The switch has a parcel of shmups, but this Treasure classic is among the best thanks to its clever concept, sleek visuals and intense challenge. It also supports TATE (playing vertically) mode, so if you have third-party support to hold your system – and there’s apparently a revised OLED version of the excellent Flip Grip in the works – this is a great way to enjoy the game, while the enhanced screen will help you keep up numerous projectiles as the action intensifies.
Editor: Improve games / Developer: Resonator
This is not just about Tetris, it is important to note that because the to live in Tetris Effect: Connected mixes core gameplay with a sense of travel and immersion. It’s a beautiful game with lots of colors and fancy particle effects, which unsurprisingly really show up on the OLED screen. Headphones are recommended, but the improved speakers on the new console are also a good way to get the sound of this game to your ears.
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
The new entry in the critically acclaimed Metroid series is a very moody atmospheric experience. It is also a great showcase of the main differences offered by OLED technology, with intense blacks and notable contrasts in the environments. Oh, and the boss fights, with those cinematic moments, are superb.
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo software technology
This is perhaps Nintendo’s most dynamic series in recent years – an impressive achievement given the incredible specter of its production – and Splatoon was at the forefront of demonstrating the company’s improvements in development. HD quality titles on Wii U. It’s a game all about color after all, and Splatoon 2 still has an active online playerbase if you’re feeling competitive.
If, like us, you are lacking in training, Salmon Run and the story mode are good ways to get you back into it; it’s a title that really shows what the Switch OLED screen is all about.
Editor: Dotemu / Developer: Dotemu
This fantastic beat ’em up not only recalls and builds on its predecessors, but also advances intellectual property. The development teams had the courage to evolve the franchise into a beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic, full of bold lines and vibrant colors. On top of that, the Switch version is incredibly smooth, so it’s a perfect title to revisit for another game, especially considering the various free and paid updates that now make the game better.
Editor: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames
This Switch exclusive remains one of the best action titles in the system, with a few RPG and puzzle-solving elements contributing well. While its resolution can sometimes dip into portable mode when on-screen effects are most active, the sci-fi cyberpunk aesthetic is fantastic, whether in a city or the mysterious alternate dimension.
Editor: SEGA / Developer: Christian whitehead
With its modernized HD presentation of large 16-bit pixels, Sonic Mania is a magnificent game for retro gamers or young gamers who appreciate aesthetics. A brilliant platform game, and in terms of how it looks on the OLED, its colors are fantastic as expected, but eagle eyes may also notice less in-game “motion blur” thanks to screen technology. . In short, it has never been so beautiful.