If you're dreading the lull after Metroid Dread, these games will help

So, you've finished Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch, and now you're wondering what game should be next. Don't worry; we're here to help. We've curated a list of some of the best Nintendo Switch games with striking visual styles and strong gameplay mechanics, including several "Metroidvanias" that'll help to scratch that itch. Here are the best games to play after Metroid Dread.

★Featured favorite

Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Nintendo Switch

Moon Studios' Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of the best games available on the Nintendo Switch, period. The gorgeous art direction brings the world of Nibel to life, while Ori learns devastatingly powerful abilities that flow together as they attempt to save the land from a dark corruption. Add in the soundtrack from Gareth Coker, and you're in for an unforgettable experience.

$50 at Amazon $40 at Best Buy $30 at GameStop

Lone warrior

Hollow Knight for Nintendo Switch

Staff Pick

Team Cherry's Hollow Knight is a masterclass in worldbuilding. Uniquely, it's a world filled with bugs, while the gameplay is tense throughout. If you're looking for a game that features tough bosses and a sorrowful world captured with a gloomy aesthetic, then you'll have a great time weaving through the kingdom of Hallownest.

$40 at Amazon $35 at Best Buy

Reverse horror

Carrion for Nintendo Switch

Have you ever played a horror game and wished you could be the nightmarish blob monster? Then Carrion is the game for you. Break out of confinement and recover your DNA to get strange abilities that'll help you completely escape a lab filled with delicious scientists. Grow, consume and grow.

$30 at Amazon $20 at GameStop

Light's beginning

Ori and the Blind Forest for Nintendo Switch

Ori and the Blind Forest is the precursor to Ori and the Will of the Wisps, featuring the same stellar art style and striking soundtrack. This game tells the story of how young Ori restored the light while going through a harrowing journey of loss. If you want the full tale of Ori, this is the place to start.

$50 at Amazon $40 at Best Buy

Olympian might

Hades for Nintendo Switch

Hades isn't a 2D Metroidvania, but the focus on solid gameplay, beautiful artwork, and haunting soundtrack earn it a place here. Zagreus seeks to escape his father Hades' realm and break free into the world on this roguelike adventure. It'll take a fair bit of work, but you've got time, a swathe of weapons, and some godly powers on your side.

$30 at Amazon $35 at Best Buy $35 at GameStop

New castle

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for Nintendo Switch

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is essentially a modern-day successor to the Castlevania games. As Miriam, a young Shardbinder with strange powers, you'll need to explore a mysterious castle, learn what secrets it holds and fight off a horde of demons.

$30 at Amazon $40 at GameStop

Dark terror

Blasphemous for Nintendo Switch

In the world of Blasphemous, sin is a serious matter, as it is made manifest, reworking human beings into nightmarish monsters. It's a game filled with religious symbolism and ideas, having you step into the boots of The Penitent One on his quest to restore balance.

$40 at Amazon $40 at GameStop

Swell brawl

Cuphead for Nintendo Switch

If you like the visual style of older cartoons, Cuphead is for you. The game has one or two players controlling Cuphead and Mugman as they try to get out of their deal with the devil, taking on numerous over-the-top bosses that each has their own wildly different settings and abilities.

$20 at Best Buy $20 at GameStop

Hidden upgrades everywhere

There's no shortage of great games on the Nintendo Switch that are pretty similar to Metroid Dread. For the most similar experience possible, we'd highly recommend playing Ori and the Blind Forest and then its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. These games feature gorgeous art and a classic 2D Metroidvania progression, with countless hidden items and unlockable abilities.

Meanwhile, if you're in the mood for something a little different, Hades is a solid choice, with stellar combat and a roguelike setting that never feels like you're wasting time. Hades is a game resonating with many people, especially in tough times.

No matter what game you go for, you're sure to have fun. All these games will look great and run well on the Nintendo Switch, but if you've got a Nintendo Switch OLED, the colors will pop even more impressively.

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