Earlier this month, Nintendo released its first major Switch iteration in over two years with the Switch OLED model. It has several advantages such as an improved stand, improved portable audio quality, dual internal storage and a LAN connector on the dock, but main feature in the title. Yes, it’s a larger OLED screen, the first panel of its kind we’ve seen in Nintendo’s handheld hardware, although it also made a lot of people think back to the original PS Vita.
Unlike a standard LED display, which requires a separate backlight, an OLED screen illuminates each pixel individually, resulting in a brighter, sharper and more contrasty image. This is noticeable at all ends of the scale, be it deeper blacks or brighter lighter colors, with the goal of showing each extreme with greater clarity. As you can imagine, this helps to give extra boost to some of the brightest games in the Switch library.
Does the inclusion of a game on this list mean that it now looks and feels like? rubbish on a standard Switch or Switch Lite? Of course not! Each of the games below is a winner wherever and however you play, and if you play in docked mode it won’t make any difference. However, if you’re primarily a portable player, this selection of Switch games will look and sound especially cute on the newest console – to the point where once you’ve tried them on Switch OLED, it can be hard to come back.
So with that in mind, here are a whole host of games that we think actually showcase the new system’s screen, and also take advantage of some other improved features …
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Although Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was originally released for Wii U back in May 2014, it still grabs attention on the Switch with its smooth operation and vibrant, convex visuals. All of these projects look great on the new system, and tracks like Rainbow Road and Electrodrome are some of the many standout on the slightly larger OLED screen.
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Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
The scenic style and gorgeous color palette of this superb HD version of Capcom’s action-adventure RPG is beautiful on any screen, but the sumi-e-inspired inky visuals are especially beautiful on Switch OLED. Many of the employees who formed PlatinumGames were part of the original Okami team at Clover, and this remains a must-have experience.
Publisher: Hamster / Developer: Nintendo
There were several contenders for a spot in Arcade Archives, but we picked the classic that was Nintendo’s breakout and introduced us to Jump Man himself. Especially in TATE mode (but standard orientation also works), the crisp colors and extremely convincing blacks of the OLED screen, which will make sprites on the black background of any 8-bit classical music pop out at you, can really make it feel like you’re playing a game. miniature arcade version of Donkey Kong. Just, you know, you will look more clearly.
Publisher: Nikalis / Developer: Treasure
The switch has many of shmups, but this Treasure classic is one of the best thanks to its thoughtful concept, stylish visuals and challenging task. It also supports TATE (vertical play) mode, so if you have a third-party stand to hold your system – and apparently a revised OLED version of the excellent Flip Grip is in development – this is a great way to enjoy gameplay while improved the screen will help you track many shells as the action heats up.
Publisher: Improving games / Developer: Resonair
This is not just Tetris, it is important to note that an experience in Tetris Effect: Connected combines basic gameplay with a sense of travel and immersion. It’s a beautiful game with tons of colors and quirky particle effects that, unsurprisingly, do appear on the OLED screen. Headphones are recommended, but the improved speakers on the new console are also a great way to bring the sound of this game into your ears.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
The critically acclaimed new Metroid game is a very dark and atmospheric experience. It’s also a great showcase of the main differences that OLED technology offers, with intense blacks and noticeable environmental contrasts. Yes, and the boss fights in these cinematic moments look amazing.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo software technology
It’s arguably Nintendo’s brightest franchise in years – an impressive achievement given its incredible range of products – and Splatoon has been at the forefront of showcasing the company’s advancement in HD quality games for Wii U. It’s a game. all about color after all, and Splatoon 2 still has an active online player base if you’re feeling competitive.
If, like us, you don’t practice, Salmon Run and Story Mode are good ways to get back into it; it’s a name that really shows what an OLED Switch screen is.
Publisher: Dotemu / Developer: Dotemu
This fantastic beat ’em up not only reminds and develops its predecessors, but also develops intellectual property. The development teams have gone bold enough to transform the franchise into a beautiful, hand-drawn aesthetic full of bold lines and vibrant colors. On top of that, the Switch version is shockingly fluid, so it’s the perfect title to revisit for another playthrough, especially when you consider the various free and paid updates that are now improving the game.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Platinum
This Switch exclusive remains one of the best action games in the system, with some RPG and puzzle-solving elements. While its resolution can sometimes drop in handheld mode when the on-screen effects are at its highest, the sci-fi cyberpunk aesthetic looks fantastic, whether in the city or in the mysterious alternate dimension.
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Christian Whitehead
With a modernized HD presentation of massive 16-bit pixels, Sonic Mania is a great game for retro gamers or even younger players who love aesthetics. A great platformer, and in terms of its looks on OLED, its colors look fantastic as expected, but the attentive may notice less motion blur in the game thanks to the screen technology. In short, it has never been better.