45 Best Shoot-em-up games for Nintendo Switch

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The best 45 Shoot-em-up games for Nintendo Switch daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Nintendo Switch. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Speed Limit released the 15 February 2021 and ranked #2, Contract Killers released the 8 February 2021 and ranked #19, Space Aliens Invaders released the 13 January 2021 and ranked #12.

1# Velocity 2X - 2014

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This critically acclaimed sequel to Velocity Ultra weaves together two classic game formats into one seamless adventure, featuring puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot ‘em-up gameplay!

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2# Speed Limit - 2021

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Speed Limit is a non-stop genre-warping arcade experience that never slows down. No cuts, no lapses in the chaos, Speed Limit is an old-school action extravaganza boiled down to its core elements: Hard. Fast. Addictive.

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3# Dimension Drive - 2017

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Instantly switch between them to dodge waves of bullets, reach secret areas, or surprise your enemies. Climb the global leaderboards in four different difficulty modes ranging from Normal for a balanced challenge to Insane for whoever can take the pain. - Space shoot'em up action switching between two battlefields on one split screen - Play solo or in local co-op - 13 levels of story campaign and 13 more in New Game+ mode - Online leaderboards and four difficulty modes offer the ultimate challenge - Advanced gameplay strategies including Drift and Reverse Drive to test your skill - Find secret data cubes to unlock and power-up new weapons like the Flak Shotgun or the Pulse Cannon - Created by two ex-space engineers

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4# I, AI - 2020

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Classic scrolling shooter with modern graphics. You are self-aware AI. You were created on space military station developing weapons. Now your goal is to break out of the lab and win your freedom.

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5# Super Hydorah - 2017

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Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shoot’ em up designed to offer a challenging experience, sublimating the richness of traditional shmup classics. Face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Force, alone or with your friends in this game with direct action and nostalgic art.

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6# Spirit Arena - 2020

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Fight incoming waves of monsters with a friend! Control powerful wizards as you free 4 different worlds from the grasp of those evil beings. Unlock new content and take on the greatest challenges of Spirit Arena!

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7# Black Bird - 2018

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This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. Become the calamity, ‘Black Bird’, and destroy the kingdom. Experience the phantom opera in wonderland!

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8# Space Robinson - 2019

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You think you are a die-hard? Here you will die quick! A proper hardcore RPG-action where you will die a million times across a myriad of procedurally-generated levels. Extremely difficult, but highly addictive Indie Gem in your Steam game collection!

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9# Freedom Finger - 2019

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Shoot 'em Up, Punch 'em Up, F$ 'em Up! Freedom Finger is a music driven, side-scrolling shooter that sends you blasting, punching, and smashing your way across 36 levels of bat$#!% crazy cartoon action. Starring Nolan North, John DiMaggio, Eric Bauza, and Sam Riegel! Freedom Finger sends you blasting, punching, and smashing your way across 37 levels of crazy cartoon action. Featuring a unique soundtrack including music by Red Fang, Aesop Rock, METZ, Power Trip, Com Truise, White Fence, Ty Segall, Makeup and Vanity Set, True Widow, The Radio Dept., Drab Majesty, John Maus, Vektroid, Danimal Cannon, Cleaners from Venus, and many more! Freedom Finger features classic shmup gameplay blended with melee combat! You're flying a giant fist, so use it! Punch, toss, and smash enemies to smithereens! The unique Grab attack allows you to capture enemies; use them as a shield or wield their guns against their own comrades! Rhythm based chaos! The music is heavily connected to the gameplay, so things like enemies, bosses, attacks, and events are synced to the music. Fight your way through 37 handcrafted levels, spread out over 12 worlds! Each world features new enemies, power-ups, and challenges!

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10# Sine Mora EX - 2017

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Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

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11# Super Destronaut DX - 2018

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Inspired by an arcade classic, Super Destronaut DX is retro space shooter that pits you against an enemy more dreaded than a UFO, a scoreboard.

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13# Swimsanity! - 2020

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Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with action-packed Co-Op and Versus game modes, all supported by online and local play. You play as our hero Mooba, who uses a variety of unique power ups and weapons to survive in this aquatic world.

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14# Space Elite Force II - 2020

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Space Elite Force II is a space-shooting game for up to 2 players in local cooperative mode. With a wide variety of weapons, enemies and improvements to your ship, it presents all the intensity, depth and beautiful handcrafted pixels of a classic space-shooting game.

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15# BE-A Walker - 2020

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Take control of a huge mech on an alien planet! Shoot and trample the natives, avenge your brother, or forgive his killers? Join the rebels to restore peace on the exotic planet of Eldorado.

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17# VASARA Collection - 2019

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For the very first time, highly acclaimed Japanese Arcade Shoot’em Ups - VASARA (2000) and VASARA 2 (2001) - are made available to the whole world via this package: VASARA COLLECTION! Science Fiction meets History in these arcade classics which take place in an alternate timeline Feudal Japan where technologically advanced weaponry and equipment are a reality, and heroes use flying motorcycles with amazing firepower and fierce melee weapons to destroy their enemies. The late ruler of Japan, Hideyoshi Hashiba, has just died and Ieyasu Tokugawa is planning on taking over. The protagonists must battle their way through a series of warlords sent by Tokugawa in order to keep him from succeeding. Fight against warships, battle tanks, giant robots, evil soldiers and rogue Samurais to prevent 1600's Japan from being taken over by tyrannical forces. The highly skill-based gameplay keeps you at the edge of your seat at all times. Try and stay alive on this frantic game where everyone, and everything, is out to kill you!

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18# Graceful Explosion Machine - 2017

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"Skillfully pilot the advanced Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) fighter while blasting swarms of crystalline enemies with your ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array! Lost in deep space, you'll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued alien worlds, fighting to find a way home."

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19# Contract Killers - 2021

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Screenshot of the video game Contract Killers
Screenshot of the video game Contract Killers
Screenshot of the video game Contract Killers

Fast paced top down shooter, you need to be fast and deadly, choose your character, pick new contract, prepare your weapons and kill your target !!! Get rewarded and buy new more deadly weapons.

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21# Octonaut - 2020

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Screenshot of the video game Octonaut
Screenshot of the video game Octonaut
Screenshot of the video game Octonaut

The world has been taken over by an alien invasion. On the eve of destruction, humanity called out for their last hope. Octonaut we need your help!

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22# iota - 2020

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are you ready for a challenge? iota is a hardcore, precision platformer with one important difference: there is no jump button. instead, you will bounce up and down, left and right as you struggle over and over again to reach the next trial. do you have what it takes? can you beat iota?

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23# Iro Hero - 2018

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Iro Hero is a vertical shoot em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Encounter 10 different types of enemies with over a hundred different behaviors, and defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcade games. Unlock special skills throughout the game to help you land a final blow or escape from desperate situations.

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24# Cycle 28 - 2018

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A momentum-based space shooter with screen-shaking explosions and a mystery at its heart. First you think it's an arcade game: simple controls, powerful upgrades, and intense dogfights. But you’re stuck living the same day over and over, trying to find out who the enemy are, and what they want.

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