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Since its release in 2017, Nintendo has done a fairly solid job of supporting the system year after year with a consistent rotation of great games. 2017 kicked things off with a bang: among other titles, we saw The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Mario OdysseySplatoon 2, and a critical Wii U port in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 2018 thrived off of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a few other new games, while 2019 seemed to see a new first-party title every month for a long stretch. That year left us with titles like Fire Emblem: Three HousesLuigi’s Mansion 3, and a gorgeous remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. 2020, meanwhile, seemed a bit quiet at first, but put together a pretty solid library by the end of it, primarily carried by Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and bolstered by older content like Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Looking back, it’s hard to pick which year was best, but that’s what we’re here to do today. Which year has been the kindest to the Switch thus far?

For me, 2017 still cannot be beaten. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey make one of the greatest one-two punches of all time for a system’s launch year. Throw in games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, both of which easily eat up a couple of dozen hours a year for me, and 2017 is a clear winner that set up the Switch with a powerful core of titles.

While we all hope that 2021 and beyond will have even better line-ups in store, the Switch has impressed nearly every step of the way so far. It’s pretty hard to pick, but which year do you think has been the best for the system? Why? Let us know in the comments below.

Andrew Rockett
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to talk games old and new.

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