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10 Of The Best Nintendo Switch Soundtracks. Video game music is a topic we’re passionate about here at Nintendo Life, and we’re certainly not alone. We ran an entire season of interviews and features on the topic last year. This is one of the subjects we are always sure to fire up enthusiasm at the office.10 Of The Best Nintendo Switch Soundtracks

This is not surprising really. Great music wherever you find it has a way of transporting you and firing up long-dormant memories. And with many video games, you spend many hours absorbing the audio — no wonder the best melodies get lodged in the mind!

10 Of The Best Nintendo Switch Soundtracks

The Nintendo Switch has a wide variety of games with an equally expansive selection of great music. In this feature — and the lovely Felix’s accompanying video above — we have curated the 10 Switch games that we think have particularly spectacular soundtracks. That’s 10 of the best, not the 10 best soundtracks on Switch!10 Of The Best Nintendo Switch Soundtracks

This console gets so much love on this hybrid console. We could have gone forever. If you enjoy this list and Felix’s video, be sure to let us know — we’d love nothing more than to turn this into ‘Part 1’ of an ongoing series!

10 Of The Best Nintendo Switch Soundtracks

Cuphead (Switch eShop)

Cuphead is a game where aesthetics work. It has a  take on classic cartoons transitioning beautifully to the visuals and the gameplay. The soundtrack is a major part of the experience. It includes live performances and jazzy beats beautifully capturing the action. The compositions have amazing feels and some of the tracks may loop around in your head long after you’ve taken down this game’s varied foes.

Undertale (Switch eShop)

When we talk about Indie games that have truly impacted and shaped the gaming scene, Undertale is right up there. It’s visually interesting, and its approach to the RPG genre and storytelling has captured many imaginations. Like most of the soundtrack was created by Toby Fox, and has become so beloved and respected that they’ve since produced work for mainline Pokémon titles, for example. If you haven’t played Undertale, we’d bet money you’ve nevertheless heard its music anyway.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

The inclusion of the soundtrack from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is seemed unlikely when the game launched. For all of the acclaim directed at the game, not all is much appreciated the understated piano-led music and environmental composition. It involves a series of renowned iconic melodies and high-intensity arrangements, the approach here was entirely different.

As so many years have passed, though, appreciation has grown for the technical approach to the music in the game and its beauty. If you want to hear a soundtrack that perfectly fits a game, this is a good place to start.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Switch)

The trilogy of Witcher games is an amazing achievement, but for many, the big focus and source of inspiration is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is an enormous RPG with a sense of scale that seems downright crazy to play on a little Switch. The budget is quite a big effort that delivers on a true ‘triple-A’ scope.

The soundtrack got attention to detail and focus on performance. It features terrific compositions performed by a live orchestra, and it’s a vital part of the adventure.

Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)

This is one of the most iconic indie games of the last five years. This is carefully crafted Metroidvania with a memorable aesthetic and world design. Many have fallen in love with the various areas of the world, while the strong enemy design is also key to its immersive nature.

The music is also a standout. The quality is exceptionally high not just in terms of the melodies but also the production. If we consider the  Indie status of the game, it’s a beautiful soundtrack that isn’t easily forgotten.

Splatoon 2 (Switch)

Splatoon is not just one of Nintendo’s biggest successes as a new IP in the last decade. This is also entirely distinctive in the industry. A shooter where there’s greater reward for controlling territory than splatting foes, its sequel Splatoon 2 continued the legacy on Switch with a fun campaign and excellent online play.

This is one of Nintendo’s biggest triumphs with the series, though, is the music. This involves the quirky sounds fully aligned with the games’ lore. It’s hugely popular – especially in Japan. Live concerts and album pressings are common for this series.

A Short Hike (Switch eShop)

A Short Hike is so much more than a pretty experience. It’s a game that sticks long in the memory. Though this is short in length. It’s a title full of diversions and opportunities to explore. When it comes to writing and world-building that’ll encourage you to swoop through the whole world.

The dream-like visuals are accompanied brilliantly by its soundtrack.  This is full of pleasing and Summery tones. A lovely main theme has plenty of variations, while guitar and piano-led tunes perfectly setup key aspects of gameplay.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons became the game of 2020. This is capturing the zeitgeist in a year of unique challenges. The combination of island life, socializing and undeniable charm won over millions of Switch owners, and plenty of us are still playing to this day.

The music continues to delight, too. From the main themes, through to seasonal occasions and a full suite of unique tracks from K.K. Slider, it’s absolutely packed with wonderful tracks.

Celeste (Switch eShop)

This is the most influential Indie game of recent years. Its visuals are very interesting, It offers a  splendid level of challenge for those seeking the credits and also all those extras. It also got many fans for its earnest and emotive storytelling, with plenty of depth to the tale as you seek the top of the mountain.

The soundtrack is key to the story beats. Its tones are perfectly matching the setting and visuals. This is a game truly best enjoyed with a pair of headphones.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)

Though this is not on the market now, this collection brings together three fantastic games — Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. All of this offers very different takes on the classic 3D Mario formula, with soundtracks that also act as reflections of their respective eras.

Super Mario 64consists of plenty of tracks that may have similar vibes to the 2D platformers that came before. Super Mario Sunshine went all-in with its tropical island setting, while also upping the stakes for boss encounters. Mario Galaxy, memorably, saw Nintendo take the step into fully orchestrated music, with the production and compositions setting a new standard.

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