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The Best Platformers for Nintendo Switch

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Shovel Knight

What would you get if you combined the NES incarnations of DuckTales, Castlevania and Mega Man? You’d get a tough-but-fair, super-precise platformer with a killer soundtrack, gorgeous graphics and inventive gameplay. And that’s exactly what Shovel Knight is. In this retro throwback to the platformers of yore, you’ll take control of the eponymous Shovel Knight as he attempts to rescue his partner, Shield Knight. From there, you’ll explore pleasant countrysides, daunting castles and fearsome airships. There are plenty of upgrades and secrets to find along the way, but the big draw in Shovel Knight is its pixel-perfect gameplay and memorable boss characters — some of whom you get to play as in the game’s expansions. Marshall Honorof

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