Best Nintendo Switch 2D Platformers

There is a wide array of exceptional platformers available on the Switch, making it challenging to choose from the vast selection. The platforming genre has a rich history on Nintendo systems, dating back to the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES, which is now available on the Switch through the Nintendo Switch Online NES and Super NES games.

Since the debut of Super Mario, other developers have honed the mechanics of the game, leading to the proliferation of side-scrolling jumpers and various sub-genres within the platforming genre. With options to cater to every preference in 2D platforming, there is plenty of room for debate about how these games should be classified.

Below, you will find a collection of the best 2D platform games currently on the Switch. This list is not ranked in any particular order and will continue to expand over time. We have also separated out the best Metroidvania-style platformers into a separate list to allow for more breathing room, so be sure to check that out if you prefer a different style of platforming.

If you prefer 3D platformers, we have a guide for the best ones available on the Switch as well. However, in this selection, we present the best 2D platformers currently on the Nintendo Switch for your enjoyment and amusement.

– Celeste: A challenging action platformer that caters to both genre purists and speedrunning enthusiasts. With customizable gameplay elements and a visually striking narrative, Celeste is a pinnacle of personal exploration on the Switch.

– Mega Man 11: A modern take on the classic run-and-gun action platformer, retaining the tight and challenging gameplay of its predecessors while introducing new elements and visuals. Mega Man 11 is a modern classic that surpasses its predecessors in many aspects.

– Inside: A dark and visually stunning puzzle platformer filled with captivating moments. While its tone may not be for everyone, Inside excels in its execution, offering a haunting narrative intertwined with physics-based puzzles.

– Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition: Despite being a re-release, Rayman Legends offers some new features along with its engaging platforming gameplay. It stands out as one of the best platformers available, especially for those new to the series.

– Sonic Mania Plus: A true return to form for the classic Sonic games, Sonic Mania celebrates the original games while introducing new elements. With added characters and modes, Sonic Mania Plus is one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory.

– New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: A comprehensive package offering the best of modern-era 2D Mario gameplay with multiplayer options. While it may have some drawbacks, such as aged visuals and occasional irritations, it remains a standout 2D Mario game.

– Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove: A compelling collection of games featuring the iconic Shovel Knight character. With new functionality and hours of gameplay, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a must-have for Switch owners.

– Gris: A visually stunning masterpiece with an emotional narrative, Gris offers a unique platforming experience focused on fragility and emotion rather than challenge.

– VVVVVV: A distinctive platformer that sets itself apart by forgoing a jump button, VVVVVV offers an intense and enjoyable challenge with multiplayer options on the Switch, making it a valuable addition to the platforming library.