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### Top Retro-Inspired Nintendo Switch Games for a Nostalgic Gaming Experience

Ah, reminiscence — it’s a tricky thing. How often have we revisited a beloved classic only to realize that contemporary games have altered our perspective? Despite the remarkable qualities of vintage games, the modern amenities and performance standards we now enjoy are truly remarkable. Sometimes, returning to the past can prove challenging. Has this sluggishness always been present? I don’t recall it appearing this blurry. Restarting from the beginning? Really?

Luckily, amidst the remastered editions, reboots, and retro games that smooth out the rough edges of gaming classics to cater to the fast-paced 21st-century gamer, there is a plethora of modern releases that pay homage to retro games. By incorporating core mechanics from the past and leveraging decades of technological advancements, these tributes recreate classic gameplay with a contemporary twist.

Below, you’ll discover some of our preferred neo-nostalgic journeys available on the Switch. Presented in no particular order, the games listed here draw inspiration from a variety of sources, with many titles on this list serving as mere glimpses of their vast influences.

Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Yacht Club Games

Release Date: 3rd Mar 2017 (USA) / 3rd Mar 2017 (UK/EU)

Inspired by: , , , , and more…

Featuring a myriad of influences, including a plethora of content developed by Yacht Club Games since its Kickstarter triumph in 2013, is a standout title. The game, along with its additional campaigns like Plague of Shadows and , as well as the multiplayer brawler, presents a comprehensive and engaging package. These games serve as splendid tributes to the golden era of 8-bit(+) platforming. Owning the complete Shovel Knight experience in one collection is a must for Switch enthusiasts, particularly those who have yet to delve into this captivating world. Dig deep!

Publisher: Hi-Bit Studios / Developer: Hi-Bit Studios

Release Date: 23rd Jan 2020 (USA) / 23rd Jan 2020 (UK/EU)

Inspired by: , , , , Kill Screen, the ‘80s

A heartfelt homage to a bygone era, adeptly celebrates 2D, arcade-based gaming while showcasing stunning hand-drawn artwork. The exceptional soundtrack further elevates the presentation, creating an experience that lingers long after completion. Despite its brevity, completing the game in around an hour leaves a lasting impact. While some may find its short length a drawback, we recommend giving it a chance if you appreciate ‘80s and ‘90s gaming, admire exquisite 2D visuals, and seek an experience that resonates deeply, even if fleeting.

Publisher: Inti Creates / Developer: Inti Creates

Release Date: 24th May 2018 (USA) / 24th May 2018 (UK/EU)

Inspired by: the 8-bit entries

Catering to a specific audience, is a nostalgic delight for enthusiasts of the 8-bit Castlevania era. While purists may yearn for the complete experience available on other platforms, the Switch version steadily approaches that level. If the 8-bit Castlevania games ignite your passion more than their expansive successors, this title serves as a perfect callback to that cherished era.

For more recommendations and insights on modern games with a retro flair, continue exploring the list above. Each title offers a unique blend of nostalgia and innovation, catering to fans of classic gameplay with a contemporary twist.