Nintendo systems are commonly known to feature games for all age groups. Somehow, there are those who take “for all age groups” and interpret that as “only for kids.” Nintendo is most known for franchises like Super Mario, Pokémon, Yoshi, and Kirby. While all are franchises that appeal to everyone, noticeably kids, the Nintendo Switch has had a much more balanced software lineup that includes games aimed for adults.
The Nintendo Switch has a rather meaty lineup of games that wouldn’t be recommended for young children. Sure most of these are developed by third-party companies or indie developers, but there are also a few games published by Nintendo themselves that aren’t completely suitable for kids. Some of these games are rated T for Teen by the ESRB in North America but still have content that are more adult appealing.
20 Fire Emblem Three Houses
The latest major release from Nintendo is from one of their more serious-natured franchises, with the exception of recent games like Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. Fire Emblem has always been about wars, relationships, and the challenging permadeath system (optional in recent games.) Three Houses is more of a call back to classic Japanese Fire Emblem games like Genealogy of the Holy War, which was a very dark and emotional game. There are noticeable amounts of blood seen in Three Houses cutscenes, but just enough to keep it T rated.
19 Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Travis Touchdown makes his big return this console generation in the form of an indie game that released on Switch early 2019. Anyone who is familiar with Travis Touchdown knows he is a very stereotypical Otaku. His beam katana weapon is pretty lethal and has been a part of some gory demises. With No More Heroes 3 coming exclusive to Switch at some point, we will see a lot more M-rated goodness on its way.
18 The Resident Evil Series
Capcom’s iconic survival horror franchise is well represented on the Nintendo Switch. While there may not yet be a brand new Resident Evil game on the system, fans can experience Resident Evil REmake, RE0, RE4, RE Revelations, and for the first time on Nintendo systems, RE5, RE6, and RE Revelations 2. Throughout the series you’ll encounter some disturbing monsters and read diaries about the last moments for many victims.
17 Outlast 1 And 2
Another indie title, but this one won’t look as calming initially. Outlast: Bundle of Terror and Outlast 2 are games that bring the fear to you. This game will have you playing the scariest hide and seek game of your life. Outlast: Bundle of Terror is also a great value as it includes DLC and is constantly on sale.
16 Senran Kagura Reflexions
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 may have some skimpy character designs, but it is nothing on the level of lewdness that Senran Kagura Reflexions has. Don’t let the sweetness appeal fool you. This game, completely uncensored, gets very touchy as you basically give massages to a girl trying to overcome her shyness around boys in a very stereotypical waifu anime way.
15 Gal*Gun 2
Another anime game that features adult-friendly content, Gal*Gun 2 is actually a shooter game where you shoot water guns at female characters. The story is that you are helping these girls exercise their demons by spraying them with special water guns. If you hit your target in certain areas, it would trigger interesting reactions. Definitely not safe for kids.
14 Xenoblade Chronicles 2
The Xenoblade series has easily became one of the best JRPG series in gaming. If you are familiar with Xenogears and Xenosaga on PlayStation systems, you’ll have an idea what Xenoblade is like in terms of story. Each “Xeno” game features storylines that go into deep religious and philosophical themes, not exactly meant for kids to digest. Additionally, some of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s characters are females who expose a bit too much skin or are a bit too strong on the eye candy looks. Keep those young eyes away from Dahlia!
13 Mortal Kombat 11
Not much needs to be said here. The franchise’s presence speaks for itself. Mortal Kombat 11 is on Nintendo Switch and it has all of the gory fatalities with it. You’ll see bones broken, limbs severed, and absolutely wild fatalities. Some of these are so extreme, it is actually comical, especially Johnny Cage.
12 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda’s open world classic has made its way to just about every entertainment system, even Amazon’s Alexa in a joking way. When it was announced for Nintendo Switch, it was foretelling what you would see on the system. Yes the original game was 6 years old when it launched on Switch, but it set up a foundation for future support from The Elder Scrolls series given that the game sold well enough on Switch.
11 Bayonetta 1 And 2
Gaming’s most risqué queen is still alive thanks to Nintendo. When Nintendo stepped in to publish Bayonetta 2, it saved the young franchise from going under. The best part is that nothing changed with how Platinum was able to develop a Bayonetta game. In fact, Nintendo wanted Bayonetta to be herself on a Nintendo system (with some adjustments in Super Smash Bros.) Now that Bayonetta 3 is going to be a Nintendo published game again, our Cereza is basically a Nintendo character by this point.
When thinking about ultra-violent games on Nintendo Switch, DOOM is pretty much right at the top of the mind. ID software’s 2016 hit was a surprise revelation for Nintendo Switch and it did pretty well compared to its expectations. It’s not just a one game experiment either as DOOM Eternal is set to release on the Switch as well. That means more flying limbs and chainsaw sliced demons are coming to the hybrid console.
9 L.A. Noire
Rockstar also got in on the Nintendo Switch hype, porting one of their more successful non-GTA games to the system. L.A. Noire features plenty of violence, vulgar language, and even uncensored nudity. With L.A. Noire on the Switch, you would hope that Grand Theft Auto itself wouldn’t be too far off. Not even Cole Phelps can doubt that.
8 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Yet another Bethesda published title has hit the Nintendo Switch. Wolfenstein II will have you go through battles eliminating Nazis left and right and with all kinds of powerful weaponry. Even on Switch, the game looks absolutely gorgeous, and bloody. Additionally, a spin-off of the series, Wolfenstein Youngblood is one of the newest titles available on the Switch.
7 Dark Souls: Remastered
One of the most insanely difficult games of all time is available on Switch. Dark Souls: Remastered will have even the most veteran of gamers tested to the point where they may or may not throw their controllers. The game’s difficulty alone can shy kids away, but even then, there are some terrifying monsters seen throughout.
Here is one exceptional indie title that isn’t really suited for children. This game might seem innocent when you start, but it increasingly becomes more disturbing as you are a young boy navigating through a dark world that is filled with horrors. As you make progress, you start to see some strange and bizarre things that you wish you never saw. It can be overwhelming even for adults.
5 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Coming Soon)
There were plenty of rumors and speculation leading up to E3 2019 that this game could come to the Nintendo Switch, yet it still the idea seemed somewhat farfetched until it was actually announced during Nintendo’s E3 Direct. It is not out yet, but you’ll be able to enjoy monster slaying goodness as you embark on a journey set in a dark fantasy universe.
4 Diablo III: The Eternal Collection
Anytime a game is involved with defeating hordes of demon-like creatures, it probably isn’t aimed for children. Diablo III: The Eternal Collection is definitely one of the go to games if you are looking for something aimed at an older audience. There is even a little bit of Nintendo in the Switch version as Ganondorf is an exclusive character, oddly fitting in the Diablo universe.
3 Saints Row: The Third
While there may not be any Grand Theft Auto on Switch at this moment, Saints Row: The Third is a decent substitute to have on the Nintendo Switch. This crime game features some outlandish moments from taking a tank skydiving, to using an intimate toy to defeat military personnel. It’s a crazy game, but it can be crazy fun especially if you like playing on the go.
2 My Friend Pedro
With this recently released indie game you just need to think of three things, blood, bullets, and bananas. My Friend Pedro is a super stylistic metroidvania type of game where you run through enemies pulling off some insane acrobatic moves while firing bullets that can ricochet. Blood and limbs will splatter throughout as you pretty much dance your way through.
1 Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is Capcom’s take on a game like Skyrim, but it also takes elements from Monster Hunter games. This game has a bit livelier cast of characters and interactions, some which are clearly in it for the sex appeal. Dragon’s Dogma has a visual style that a more realistic Legend of Zelda game would look like as many of the game’s basic enemies resemble that of Breath of the Wild.