The Best Non-Nintendo Nintendo Games


So, you don’t have a Switch and coronavirus is preventing you from going out and getting one? Is the shortage of Nintendo’s front line console not clicking with you? The lack of Mario Kart driving you up the wall? Does no Pokemon make you want to brave the outside and catch everything but the virus? No Zelda make you want to go outside and face people’s breath in the wild? Well, I have the perfect solution for you on a budget! 

Nintendo is always known for its “out of the box” ideas when it comes to their games. They follow their own rules, and sometimes that limits how far they sometimes take their games. Graphically they stay a few miles behind current-gen consoles. They also aren’t the friendliest when it comes to making quality of life changes. Play Nintendo games for as long as you can even if it stays tedious! That’s why today I’m going to show you some games which have blatantly ripped off this beloved franchise but also manage to be different enough to be worth a gander, especially if your poor unfortunate soul hasn’t secured a Switch yet.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a great farming/life simulator with many similar themes seen in Animal Crossing. You start off by moving away from the city to a small farm-like town with NPCs that you can even romance. What’s especially great about the game is that unlike Animal Crossing, you can put this game down and come back to it weeks later without your progress being in ruin; also days go by within the games own time, with every in-game day lasting 12 minutes. 


Everyone’s favourite crossover. No, not the Avengers and no, not Super Smash Bros. Brawlhalla boasts characters from Shovel Knight, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Ben 10, Hell Boy, WWE, Tomb Raider and more! This new genre of platform fighter was started by Nintendo but even the hardest games to pull off like Super Smash Bros Ultimate has its rivals.


Temtem took the Pokemon fan base by storm! This game’s life started as a Kickstarter which met its goal of $70,000 after only a few days and If you think that’s wild, at the end of the campaign over $500,000 was raised! The game is still in early stages, but its release in early access sold half a million copies within its first month. Has Pokemon finally met its match?


Back during the days of the Nintendo 64, Mario ruled supreme! The 3D platformer was all the rage, and a certain Rare threw their hat into the ring with Banjo-Kazooie. Since then the company was bought out, and the Banjo series died with it. Until in 2017 the spiritual successor to the game, Yooka-Laylee was made after re-grouping former members who worked on the original Banjo-Kazooie, and a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Honourable mentions

If these aren’t enough to keep you Switchless folk sane, try the many kart racers like Sonic All-Stars Racing, F1 Race Stars or even the still in early access, Super Indie Karts. Another honourable mention goes to Undertale which is heavily based off and inspired by the Nintendo cult classic Earthbound! 

As someone who wanted a Nintendo 64 as a kid and was instead greeted by a PlayStation 1 with Deal or No Deal and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I know what it’s like to try and settle for second best, but now in such a world where anyone can make a game. Nintendo’s enemies are slowly catching up, and it’s now time for you to decide. It’s either Ninten-do or Ninten-die?