With a franchise as generationally beloved as Star Wars is, there are bound to be games spanning decades and genres to fit the needs of every fan. Surprisingly though, the Nintendo Switch has become a haven for rereleases and new releases of Star Wars games, building up a solid library of titles set in the galaxy far far away. Today, we’re going to cover every single Star Wars game available on the Nintendo Switch and rank them from worst to best.
Every Star Wars Game on Nintendo Switch, Ranked
As Star Wars is a vast galaxy filled with differences across species, planets, and weaponry, games centered in that galaxy also vary from one title to another, particularly the genres they fall into. The Nintendo Switch does a great job of having something for just about anybody.
9. Star Wars Pinball
Starting from the weaker part of the list, while Star Wars pinball is actually a really great pinball game, there’s not much for Star Wars fans to really get immersed in. The tables are all very intriguing though and this game is definitely worth a try if you like some pinball.
8. Star Wars Episode I Racer
Who doesn’t love a good Pod Race? Star Wars Episode I Racer allows you to live out your Pod-Racing dreams by playing as various characters from the iconic scenes in The Phantom Menace and race through various courses across multiple planets. This is just a fun title to sit back and enjoy.
7. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Hands-down, this is one of my favorite Star Wars titles to play. Taking on the mantle of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller, you get to fight not only the Rebel Alliance but the Empire as well. The game does a fantastic job of making you feel like a Sith lord as you tear through enemies in the beat-’em-up style of its gameplay. The only thing holding this game back is the fact that it’s running the Wii version which is the weakest visually and has less content.
6. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
A classic in the eyes of many a Star Wars fan, Jedi Outcast saw the return of Kyle Katarn, an iconic character from the non-canon area of Star Wars. This game not only allows you to wield a lightsaber in some glorious battle sequences but also features some FPS moments to boot. While this title is very good, there are just some other games that improved the formula a bit more to edge it out.
5. Star Wars Republic Commando
If you want a try hardcore FPS Star Wars experience, look no further than Republic Commando. This game is as if you took Halo and Call of Duty and blended them together. You play as a Clone Commando trooper so you have that space military aspect as with Halo but really mature and at times, harrowing themes as you’d find in one of Call of Duty’s gritty narratives. The gameplay is unrelenting and actually quite challenging as enemies just don’t hold back from blasting you and your team.
4. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
While Outcast gave players some extremely fantastic lightsaber combat, Jedi Academy brought that idea further with locations that greatly improved the experience overall. This is the best example of how lightsaber combat works in any Star Wars game and makes you feel like a true Jedi, as you not only get to fight alongside Kyle Katarn yet again but Luke Skywalker himself.
3. Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords
As this list nears the end, this is where things become a bit tighter in the race. A truly strong title, improving in many ways over its predecessor, The Sith Lords continues what the original KOTOR did well and ups it ten-fold. With better combat and a new story that focused less on good versus evil and more on the grey area of the force, it brought players something new to chew on. Though this title does so much right, it just doesn’t beat the entire being that is the first KOTOR.
2. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
If you want a full Star Wars experience that encompasses all of the 9 mainline films in the Star Wars saga, you’re not going to be disappointed by The Skywalker Saga in the least. This is a wholly unique LEGO title that deserves to be held at the top with the best of them. This is by far one of the most intricately created Star Wars games out there. You can play all 9 films’ campaigns, you can travel to planets and their open environments, and there are hundreds of playable characters. I was blown away when I first played this and continue to be every time I boot it up, it’s that good.
1. Knights of the Old Republic
What can be said about KOTOR that hasn’t already been said. This title revolutionized RPG titles far beyond the realm of just Star Wars and is what made BioWare a household name. It is the ultimate way to live out your Star Wars fantasy and still cannot be matched in terms of immersion that players can get from the franchise. This game still holds up and deserves its number one spot as it really is the best Star Wars game on Nintendo Switch.
That’s our full ranked list of every Star Wars game on the Nintendo Switch. All of these titles are great, but there are just some that fly above the rest in terms of what the developers achieved for their players. I’m hopeful that Aspyr Media, the developer that’s been porting a lot of these older titles to newer consoles, continues to bring older titles to platforms like the Switch. These titles deserve to live on, forever.