PS4Blog.net 2023 Gaming In Review: EdEN – Best Switch Games This Year Part 1

by EdEN, Owner

What were EdEN’s best Nintendo Switch games of 2023? Come check out part 1 of his list!


If you missed the previous posts for our best games of the year, you can review them right now!

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As I mentioned yesterday, I did a TON of gaming this year, which means that doing a short list with a Nintendo Switch Game of the year and then a few honorable mentions was not possible… so please be sure to check out the full list of honorable mentions for some of the many Nintendo Switch games worth checking out!

Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE Review - 4

My Nintendo Switch Game of the Year: Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE

Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE tells the story of Yuma, who is being haunted by Shinigami, a purple spirit that will end up helping Yuma take on unsolved mysteries. Once Shinigami greets you after booting up the game, the first step will be to select the overall difficulty for the game, with the options being Lenient, Mean, Troublesome, and Adorable. The difficulty will have an effect on how Shinigami behaves… except that the difficulty you choose won’t really change things since Shinigami will be your lenient, mean, troublesome, and adorable partner for this journey! The good news right away is that all of the cast features voice acting – in English, no less – which helps to make each character stand out.

The first case you’ll be working on will be Massacre on the Amaterasu Express, which will act as the game’s tutorial. Yuma is lying on the floor of a storage room when Shinigami flies around, knocking down some books in the process. As expected, Yuma has no recollection of who he is or what is going on, which you’ll know right away as he takes a look into a mirror and has no idea of what is happening. At least he manages to remember that the condition he’s suffering from is called amnesia!

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The good news is that Shinigami kindly points to Yuma to check his pocket. He finds an envelope that has a notice from the -Human Resources for the World Detective Organization that is addressed to Yuma Kokohead. He’s been dispatched to the Special Autonomous Zone of Kanai Ward for an indefinite period in order to board the Amaterasu Express to Kanai Ward to then proceed to the Nocturnal Detective Agency, which is the Kanai Ward Branch for the World Detective Organization.

There are roughly 1,000 Master Detectives that are part of the World Detective Organization, and they all have supernatural powers that are put to good use during an investigation. They’re known as Forensic Fortes. These include things such as clairvoyance or mind reading, which they train to improve. It’s thanks to mastering a Forensic Forte that someone is recognized as a Master Detective and given a Detective Deed. If someone is a Master Detective, then it will say so in their license.


Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Review - 1

My Nintendo Switch Honorable Mentions

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope from Ubisoft is a sequel that improves on everything the previous game did and then some. When we first learned of the leaked news that Ubisoft was working on a game that mixed Mario with the wacky Rabbids characters, we honestly didn’t know what to expect. Most releases with the Rabbids tended to be of the party game variety, with Rabbids Go Home changing things by giving us an action-adventure in which you have to help them collect as many human objects as possible in order to put them into a pile so that they could reach the moon.

The game we ended up getting was very unexpected since Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battles could best be described as Super Mario Bros. universe characters and Rabbid versions of Super Mario Bros. universe characters going on an X-COM-inspired adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom… and it was a lot of fun! I had a blast playing through the main game, taking on the DLC challenges, and exploring the Donkey Kong Adventure story, which added a lot of extra content to an already solid experience. Now it’s time to dive into Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope!

Last time, Beep-O acted as the cursor that guided your party through each area, and that’s also the case for this sequel… except that instead of slightly hovering over the floor, he’s now flying over your party leader. This is why, as soon as you saw the screens for this Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope review, you could instantly tell this one was a different adventure. The game looks better than the previous Mario + Rabbids game, and that’s one that had a very nice look on Nintendo Switch!

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Papetura

Papetura is a gorgeous hand-crafted point and click adventure game inspired by games such as the 1996 critically acclaimed The Neverhood and the now classic 2009 adventure Machinarium, along with studio Ghibli movies and a fascination with architecture and microbiology, to develop a bite-sized atmospheric experience that is worth checking out on Nintendo’s console.

As you can see from the development video below, everything you see in Papetura was first drawn by hand on paper and then crafted into the different locations that you’ll visit. This is why the game has a very distinct look and feel to it that helps it stand out among other point and click adventure games.

As for Papetura’s story, you’ll be taking on the role of the titular Pape, who is joined by Tura. With their house in danger of burning down, you’ll go on an adventure to try and find a solution to their predicament. Since their entire world – and themselves – is made of paper, fire is a very serious threat! The game’s story is told by way of animations and sounds, without any dialogue.

DRAINUS

You’ll get to pilot the titular spaceship, which comes equipped with a special piece of equipment known as the Reflector. What this does is allow you to absorb incoming energy attacks and absorb them so that you can then fire them back at enemies to deal considerable damage. On top of that, part of the energy that is absorbed is stored in tanks, which can then be used to boost the Drainus so that you can overcome some of the trickier segments in the game – more on this in a bit.

RE:CALL Review - 3

RE:CALL

RE:CALL is a mind-bending adventure where changing your memories changes the present. It’s a game that, at times, gave me some Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, which is certainly a very good thing! You’ll be taking on the role of one Bruno Gallagher, someone who is constantly being fat-shamed for his weight. Bruno is very much aware of a weird presence that seems to be controlling his actions – a nod to how we’re in charge of how things unfold. He’s a key witness in a murder, so you’ll have to give it your best effort to try to remember what happened at the event so that you can, well, materialize exactly how things unfolded. But before gaining control of Bruno, there’s a tutorial to take care of!

Our journey begins during an interaction between Chester MakeBelieve – a.k.a. the Toy Maker – and Javier. Javier has been caught sneaking around Chester’s factory, which is a big no-no. The choices you make along the way will have an effect on the game’s story and your interactions. Take, for example, the first choice that you can make. Chesters asks how it is that you managed to enter the factory. You tell him that you were outside of the building and reached the door. You can then decide if there was no one at the door, if there was a blue guard, or if there was a green guard. Interesting, right?

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Harmony: The Fall of Reverie

In this Rated M for Mature experience, you’ll take on the role of Polly, who returns home after years of being abroad. Why is Polly back at Atina all of a sudden? Because it turns out her mother has gone missing! Ursula is MIA, and it’s now up to you to find any clues that can help bring you one step closer to finding her whereabouts… and what has happened to her. Your first stop will be your mother’s room, a place that feels all too familiar and yet very strange at the same time.
Since this is a visual novel experience – with a dash of choose your own adventure branching story paths – I was pleasantly surprised to see that the game had voice acting! A visual novel not having voice acting is a deal-breaker since many visual novels can’t afford it due, so it was great to hear how along with the game’s story and lore, there was also a voice cast.

Patrick’s Parabox

Patrick’s Parabox is a fun puzzle experience on Nintendo Switch. It’s a game of the Sokoban variety, which means you’ll be pushing around blocks to move them to the designated areas so that you can then move your character to the spot designated for it to clear the level. Sounds simple enough, right? That’s how you journey with Patick’s Parabox will begin, but you’ll soon realize there’s more to the game. Once you complete the intro chapter, things start to get a bit more complicated.

You’ll first run into boxes you can move into, and that can also allow you to push boxes into them. This is going to be the main gameplay twist for this excellent puzzle experience, with additional elements introduced at a good pace as to not overwhelm you. Each new set of levels that you reach will add a new theme that is thrown into the mix. The first world is the tutorial. The second world has you using the Enter theme to enter blocks within blocks to sort things out, and you’ll sometimes have to enter a box… that is actually the box you’re currently playing in!

Redemption Reapers Review - 3

Redemption Reapers

In grim tactical RPG Redemption Reapers, the Mort armies have descended upon the land, destroying nation after nation in their path. The only ones who can put up a fight and try to save the regular folk are the members of the Ashen Hawk Brigade, a group once known as the Faithless Reapers.
You’ll definitely enjoy the game’s gameplay mechanics since they offer a familiar experience with some extra bells and whistles here and there. The sound design is also great, and the voice acting adds to the overall experience. While the game’s cutscenes look great on Nintendo Switch, the graphics certainly take a hit when moving into the gameplay portion of the game – even more when you play this one in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if playing the game on a Nintendo Switch. While it was not a deal-breaker for me, your mileage may vary

Bat Boy Review - 3

Bat Boy

Bat Boy is a 2D old-school infused pixeltastic action platformer that is a blast on Nintendo Switch. It’s a game that pays homage to the classics from the Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. NES – from back in the day, with three series in particular heavily inspiring Bat Boy: Mega Man, Ducktales, and Ninja Gaiden. If you didn’t get to play those series during the NES era, then one could say you will dig this one if you enjoy the Shovel Knight series.

For this game, you’ll take on the role of Ryosuke, a high school student who just happened to be a famous baseball player who mysteriously vanished seven years ago. He always rides his bike together with his best friend, Saki, once school is over. He also has seven other friends who he hangs with since they all love sports. During the day, they all play sports and have fun, but at night, they use their sports skills and suit up to take on the bad guys.
Unfortunately, one night something weird happens. Saki texts you at midnight, saying that Captain Ace is in trouble and that you need to hurry to school before it’s too late. Upon arriving, you’re greeted by Racket Girl – Saki’s alter ego – who asks that you make haste since everyone else is already by Captain Ace’s side. You will then get to meet Lord Vicious and Azaros, who are attacking from another dimension. Lord Vicious then proceeds to float over the group while launching dark energy spheres toward everyone, thus gaining control over them!

Gravity Circuit Review - 3

Gravity Circuit

Gravity Circuit brings us a fast-paced retro-styled 2D action platformer. It’s a game that has been heavily inspired by the 1980s and 1990s classics from the Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. the NES – with a good dose of Mega Man in there. Gravity Circuit’s look is interesting since it’s old-school 8-bit inspired but with some 21st-century bells and whistles that wouldn’t have been possible back in the day.

The game’s story takes place many years in the future in a world populated by sentient robots. Many years ago, a mysterious contraption – dubbed the Ark – was found. The bad news is that terrible power emerged from it: the Virus Army! The nine members of the Guardian Corps jumped into action. The conflict was long and devastating, and in the end, only a single member of the Guardian Corps remained. The people tried to repair Kai, but their efforts weren’t fruitful. Unfortunately, many decades later, peace has been disrupted by the Virus Army, which has risen from the ashes to once again wreak havoc.

Crime O’Clock

Crime O’Clock is a fun, explorative puzzle point and click adventure on Nintendo Switch. At its core, this one is a hidden objects game, so you’ll have to travel through time to solve criminal cases by paying attention to each area as you find this or that item within the detailed line art so that you can find the culprits before it’s too late. You are, after all, a time detective! Because of this, you must do whatever it takes to prevent crimes that should never have happened.

By solving each case, the map will react to your actions and change, which will open up new cases for you to work on as you interact with new characters and find new items to aid you. There are several time ticks for you to rewind to, and you should keep a close eye on the many elements on each map at all times since you never know when the tiniest of details can end up making a huge difference.

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