Here Are the Top 5 First Party Games by Nintendo That You Should Not Miss Out on in 2024

Published 12/30/2023, 10:43 PM EST

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It is safe to say that Nintendo’s identity in the gaming industry is built mainly because of its first-party games. Titles like Super Mario Bros. and Metroid have become the reason for the brand’s domination in the console market. Most of the gamers in the world must have played one of these titles at some point in their life. And for most players, these games have stuck around.

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Nintendo still works on pumping out new games from these popular franchises and 2024 looks like a bright year for Switch owners. Many new games will make it to the console, and some of the best gems on the list are first-party games. So let’s dive into the best Nintendo releases for the Switch.

1. Mario vs. Donkey Kong


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Scheduled for release on February 16, 2024, this Nintendo Switch game marks the first entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series for the console. In this puzzle game, players take on the role of Mario, solving puzzles to collect mini-Mario robot toys and ultimately defeating Donkey Kong.

The challenges involve manipulating switches, navigating platforms, and overcoming obstacles to free and collect these miniature mechanical Marios. The game is a modern remake of the original Mario Vs. Donkey Kong from the Gameboy Advanced era.


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2. Princess Peach: Showtime!

Arriving on March 22, 2024, for the Nintendo Switch, Princess Peach: Showtime! ventures into the adventure genre. The game revolves around Princess Peach and a group of Toads attending a play at the Sparkle Theater.

Unexpectedly, the Wicked Grape and Sour Bunch emerge to ruin the fun, which makes Peach, assisted by a new companion named Stella, combat them using a magical ribbon to save both the day and the play.

3. Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD

Set for release on September 30, 2024, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD brings a revamped world of ghostly thrills to the Nintendo Switch. Serving as a remaster of the 2013 3DS game Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, players join Luigi with his good old reliable Poltergust 5000.

Together, they navigate multiple mansions, solving puzzles, capturing new ghosts, and completing missions for Professor E. Gadd. Use the strobe bulb in the Poltergust to stun ghosts and take them out using the powerful vacuum.

4. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Scheduled for release on December 31, 2024, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door represents Nintendo’s commitment to remastering classic games. This installment, originally launched on the Nintendo GameCube in 2004, is getting a modern makeover for the Nintendo Switch.

The game features a unique, paper-like art style that fans have grown to love since the Gamecube days. And by popular demand, Nintendo obliged. The game has a new look that introduces interesting paper mechanics to change the feeling of newer games and give fans a classic 2D experience.

5. Metroid Prime 4


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The highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch has been in development limbo. The game was first announced at E3 2017. Bandai Namco Studios was to work on the game, but difficulties during the production led to a restart in development with Retro Studios taking the helm.

The game falls in the Metroidvania genre and so far, there is no official release date announced for the game. The last update we got from Nintendo was from January 2019 when we developers were changed. And so far, there is not much known about this highly anticipated release.


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These are the top 5 Nintendo games to look out for in 2024. Whether you are looking to enjoy the year with the Mario family, or you want to continue the mission that Samus will be sent to next, Nintendo has a lot in store for everyone. With that said, let us know the title that you are most excited to see in the comments below.

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Written by:

Viren Mirpuri


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“What doesn't kill me, gives me EXP.” I'm Viren – part gaming journalist, part audio enthusiast, and a full-time gamer. Armed with a degree in Mass Media and a love for competitive gaming, I'm on a mission to redefine eSports journalism.
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Ananya Giri




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