5 Game Demos You Should Try For Your Nintendo Switch
Shopping for games is both a joy and a privilege. Although, there are times when this privilege is hard to enjoy as we tend to worry about purchasing the wrong game and wasting money for a game that might not live up to our expectations.
Fortunately, many video game platforms and consoles have game demos for us to test the waters. This is very useful for platforms like the Nintendo eShop where certain countries would have to pay a hefty price for certain games.
Through a demo, we can get a rough feel of what the game holds for us and if the game is up your alley, you can go ahead and seal the deal.
That said, we’ve compiled a list of game demos for the Switch that is definitely worth your time.
Monster Hunter Rise
To be honest, you can’t really go wrong with any Monster Hunter games. Almost all of its games are either well-received or have received critical acclaim.
Even so, there’s no harm in trying its demo before making your purchase. Like most Monster Hunter games, you will be tasked with taking down many kinds of monsters, but in Monster Hunter Rise, there will be new game mechanics for players to experience.
The new Wire Action and companion-friend Palamute are perhaps one of the most anticipated additions to the Monster Hunter franchise. Thus, the new wire movements will make players move better, giving the gameplay a more Attack on Titan vibe.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Genre: Adventure, Fighting
One of the most iconic games dedicated to the Switch is the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, there is a lesser known Zelda title that has slipped under the radar called Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
Despite the Hyrule Warriors games being a spin-off from its original games, Hyrule Warriors still packs a lot of fun with its high-octane gameplay, similar to the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors classics.
Do note that Hyrule Warriors is nothing like Breath of the Wild as you will not have the open-world feature but instead will get the benefit of beating up more hordes of enemies in a fixed map.
Therefore, if you enjoy Koei’s warriors games, and Hyrule Warriors really isn’t too far from that, so, it’s definitely worth trying out the demo.
NEO: The World Ends With You
Genre: RPG, Action
Developers: Square Enix
Square Enix is known to have published some of the most memorable games like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy. Even its lesser-known ones like Octopath Traveler and Valkyrie Profile have also received significant praise.
When we heard that we won’t be receiving any Switch port for the Kingdom Hearts games, we were somewhat surprised and disappointed. Instead, we have ourselves Square Enix’s quirky-looking action RPG; NEO: The World Ends With You.
Located in the heart of Shibuya, NEO: The World Ends With You is very different from Kingdom Hearts yet its character designs are largely similar to it.
Gameplay-wise, it’s pretty similar to Hyrule Warriors where you would need to clear mobs to progress. And with the game being situated in Shibuya, you can expect more urban architecture as you see with Persona 5—the silhouettes of passing pedestrians are also present in NEO!
One can also consider this game to be a hybrid of Persona 5 Strikers and Kingdom Hearts where its interface uses a comic-like art style and character outfits resembling the typical Tokyo streetwear.
Enjoy Japanese-themed games? You might want to take NEO: The World Ends With You for a spin with your Switch.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is a remaster of the Wii U console which—admittedly—performed not so well in the sales department.
Its sales, however, did not paint the real picture as Pikmin 3 did have a strong foundation when it came to the concept but was perhaps limited to the Wii U technology.
This newly remastered version will include a number of welcome changes. For instance, there will be multiple difficulty options for you to choose from, multiplayer for the story mode and different DLCs that bring back certain stages from their previous instalments.
The objective of Pikmin 3 Deluxe is to save the population of Koppai where they are faced with famine and other disasters. The stages usually require players to solve puzzles or defeat enemies with special abilities, unique to different playable characters.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is very different from the games we have mentioned as it focuses more on problem-solving than it does on direct combat.
Nevertheless, you can still download Pikmin 3 Deluxe’s demo and try it out yourself.
Kirby Fighters 2
On the surface, Kirby Fighters 2 might look like a carbon copy of Super Smash Bros. and we totally see why that could be the case.
While it does share many similar arcade-ish elements to Super Smash Bros. its execution is vastly different from it.
For one, Kirby Fighters 2 has more emphasis on its single-player mode with an actual story that players can play through. The playstyle is more volatile as each player will have different movesets due to Kirby’s ability to copy abilities and moves.
The arenas and stages are also extremely fun to play like the Rumble Arena games from the Digimon franchise. The stages are hazardous with ever-changing terrains that can come to your benefit or harm you. Although to visit them all, you would need to purchase the full game.
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