The first-person shooter genre is among the most popular in the gaming world, second only to action games and accounting for 20.9% of all game sales.
Shooter fans looking for something new to play on the Switch have a ton of great choices at their disposal. But what’s worth prioritizing?
Keep reading to find out as we detail 10 of the best Nintendo Switch FPS games out now.
- DOOM (2016)
Rise and shine, Doomslayers, because it’s time to rip and tear!
No one suspected the return of id Software’s iconic classic to take the gaming world by storm. But the 2016 soft reboot of the DOOM franchise breathes new life into a classic series.
What’s even more surprising is how well the lightning-quick gameplay translates to the Switch. While there are a few technical hiccups here and there, the Switch port of DOOM is a great way to catch up on the latest game in the DOOM franchise before DOOM: Eternal hits shelves later this fall.
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
By all accounts, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus may be the largest and most ambitious first-person shooter on the Switch.
The technical wizards over at Panic Button (who also handled both DOOM ports on this list) managed to get all of the open-world Nazi shooting action of The New Colossus onto the Switch while keeping most of the game’s audio and visual fidelity intact.
The only complaint we have about the Switch version of The New Colossus is…well, how colossal it is. Downloading Wolfenstein will take up 22.0 GB of space on your Switch, so an SD card isn’t just one of the best accessories you can have — it’s essential.
- Doom 3
We can’t help it, we love id Software!
When Doom 3 hit the market in August of 2004, fans weren’t sure what to think. On one hand, it was a solid game that relied on ambient lighting and unique audio cues to provide near-endless scares. On the other, it was a lot slower than other Doom games.
But over time, the controversies surrounding Doom 3 seemed to dissipate. Namely thanks to the numerous re-releases the game received which fixed many of its issues, such as allowing players to use a flashlight and weapon at the same time.
While Doom 3 isn’t a great introduction to the series, it’s still a fun romp through hell and it’s hard to argue with the price point of $10.
As for the technical details of the Switch port, it’s as smooth as velvet clocking in at 60 frames-per-second, so find a dark room, grab some headphones, and get ready to be scared.
- Paladins: Champions of the Realm
Looking for a game to scratch that Overwatch itch? Paladins might be the game for you.
Paladins is a free-to-play hero shooter from Hi-Rez Studios, who also created the popular MOBA Smite as well as the Fortnite-Esque Realm Royale.
But don’t let the free-to-play label scare you away. Paladins is more than fair with its in-game currency. Unlocking champions and new abilities is easier than you might think.
And if you’d rather unlock everything from the get-go, you can buy a Champions Pack for 30 which unlocks all current and future characters. Hi-Rez is still updating the game consistently, so there won’t be a shortage of heroes to try out anytime soon.
Doom 3 isn’t the only blast from the past to make our list! Gamers who spent the 90s huddled around their Nintendo 64s might have great memories of Acclaim’s time travel/dino hunting shooter.
We’re happy to report that the original Turok is back in all of its polygonal glory!
For better or worse, it plays exactly as you might remember. It’s quick, full of relentless enemies, and the controls are as wonky as ever. If nothing else, Turok is worth picking up for that quick hit of nostalgia.
- Modern Combat: Blackout
If Modern Combat: Blackout’s title seems evocative of another certain AAA military shooter, that’s very much by design.
Call of Duty this is not. But, for the time being, Modern Combat: Blackout is the closest thing Switch fans have to the action-packed twitch shooting CoD experience.
And, in its own respect, Blackout is a decent enough game. It won’t win any awards, and a quick browse through the menus will shatter any illusions that the Modern Combat franchise isn’t designed as a mobile game, but those who can look past its flaws will find a satisfactory shooting experience.
- Immortal Redneck
Immortal Redneck is a great amalgamation of classic shooter speed combined with modern rogue-lite elements. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed game that keeps you on your toes and never gets dull.
While gamers looking for some story with their shooters won’t find what they’re looking for in Immortal Redneck, those looking for something to play in short bursts would be well-served giving Redneck a shot.
- Sniper Elite V2: Remastered
Though Sniper Elite is technically a third-person game, you’ll spend the majority of the game in first-person waiting to take that perfect shot.
Everything you’re looking for in a Sniper Elite game is present, including the x-ray kill cam that slows downtime and allows you to watch your kills in gory, graphic glory.
- Paranautical Activity
Paranautical Activity isn’t a great game. But it’s often on sale for around $1, so we feel fine giving it our seal of approval.
The voxel graphics give the game a fun, low-fi look and there’s enough challenge to keep you muttering “One more session” for hours on end.
As soon as you’re finished with this article, go play Superhot. No, really, you’ll thank us.
It might seem more than a little cliché to say that a game fundamentally changes a genre, but Superhot is worth every bit of praise and more.
Superhot is an FPS with a twist: Time only moves when your character moves. In that respect, it’s as much of a puzzle game as it is a shooter.
You’ll need to plan every move carefully, as the game’s AI throws everything it has (literally, in many cases) at you. So go on and make your move. But choose wisely or it might be your last.
Lock and Load on the Go: Check out These Nintendo Switch FPS Games
The Nintendo Switch is home to some of the best shooters on the market. And with this list of Nintendo Switch FPS games, you can snag the best of the best!
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