The 50 best games released in 2017 on Nintendo Switch.

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Once again, 2017 has been a great year for video games, we have selected the 50 best games released in 2017. The games may have been available on other platforms before, but if you only play on Nintendo Switch here is the best 50 games that you could play this year.

1# The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 2017

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It is the nineteenth main instalment in the The Legend of Zelda series and the first original Zelda game developed with a high-definition resolution. See also: Gameplay of The Legend of Zelda series The gameplay of Breath of the Wild is a departure from most games in The Legend of Zelda series, as the game takes place in an open world environment, approximately twelve times the size of the overworld featured in Twilight Princess, with less emphasis on defined entrances and exits to areas. Throughout the game, Link possesses a piece of technology known as the Sheikah Slate, which provides players with a map and allows Link to create waypoints and investigate enemy stats. For example, the Wolf Link Amiibo summons Wolf Link as a partner character that helps Link battle foes.

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2# Super Mario Odyssey - 2017

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An installment in the Super Mario series, the story follows Mario and Cappy, a spirit that possesses Mario's hat and allows him to take control of other characters and objects, as they set on a journey across various worlds to save Princess Peach from his nemesis Bowser, who plans to marry her. Super Mario Odyssey is a platform game in which players control the titular protagonist, Mario, as he travels across many worlds on the Odyssey, his hat-shaped ship, in an effort to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, who plans to marry her. The game sees Mario traveling to various worlds known as "Kingdoms", which return to the free-roaming exploration-based level design featured in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, with each featuring unique designs ranging from photo-realistic cities to more fantasy-based worlds. Certain levels feature areas called "flat" zones, where Mario is placed in a side-scrolling environment similar to his appearance in the original Super Mario Bros. In addition to Mario's existing repertoire of moves, such as triple-jumping and wall-jumping, Mario is able to throw out his cap, which is the physical form of a spirit named Cappy.

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3# The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 2016

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Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the power of mods to consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.

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4# Rayman Legends - 2017

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Michel Ancel, the celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil®, and the Raving Rabbids®, returns to unleash his innovative creativity on this new entry into the Rayman® franchise.When Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies discover a mysterious tent filled with captivating paintings, they are suddenly transported to a series of...

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5# Severed - 2016

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Severed Is a first-person dungeon crawler that uses touch based combat mechanics. It has a loot and crafting system based on severing enemy body parts to create and upgrade armor.

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6# Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 2017

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"Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses. Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return. Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.! "

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7# Stardew Valley - 2016

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As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, youll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, youll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions. As you travel deeper underground, youll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered.

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8# Enter the Gungeon - 2016

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Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.

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9# Thimbleweed Park - 2017

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A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes. By the end of a long, strange night in Thimbleweed Park, all of this will be answered -- and youll question everything you thought you knew.

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10# Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - 2017

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Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses... Enjoy 3 difficulty levels catering to players of all types, and switch from modern graphics and sound to 8-bit graphics/audio at any time - even during gameplay!

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11# NBA 2K18 - 2017

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2K Beats An eclectic mix of tunes from around the world, featuring Future, Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Nas, and many more. More gameplay controls including ability to sprint on defense and more rebounding capabilities.

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12# RiME - 2017

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A land of discovery stretches out before you. Explore the beautiful, rugged world of RiME. Armed with your wits and a will to overcome—and the guidance of a helpful fox—you must explore the enigmatic island, reach the tower's peak, and unlock its closely guarded secrets.

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13# Skylanders Imaginators - 2016

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Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands' greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands. Now with Skylanders Imaginators on the Nintendo Switch™, Embark on an Epic New Adventure on-the-go Use the Digital Library for easy on-the-go access to your Skylanders toy collection Use the Imaginite Creation Crystals to Create Your Own Skylanders Sensei Skylanders are the Ultimate Masters of the Almighty Sky-Chi Powers Battle to Save Skylands with the Sensei and Imaginator Skylanders Use 10 Different Battle Class Types to Defeat Kaos and his Minions Conquer All-New Side quests & Mini-games

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14# Thumper - 2016

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Thumper is a rhythm violence game. It combines classic rhythm-action with breakneck speed and brutal physicality. Thumper strips rhythm gaming down to its core. Classic rhythm-action is combined with breakneck speed and brutal physicality. With one analog stick and one button, you control a space beetle while hurtling through stunning and treacherous worlds. Each rhythmic hit, crash, and impact is interwoven with an original soundtrack by Brian Gibson of the acclaimed noise-rock band Lightning Bolt. There’s no blood or gore, but you’ll feel the violence. The basic move set of thumping, sliding, and turning is easy to learn. But as you careen onward, you’ll need to master new moves and survive adrenalizing boss encounters. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell. And nothing can prepare you for the ultimate confrontation with an insane giant head from the future: CRAKHED.

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15# FIFA 18 - 2017

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Powered by Frostbite™, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 blurs the line between the virtual and real worlds, bringing to life the players, teams, and atmospheres that immerse you in the emotion of The World’s Game. The biggest step in gameplay innovation in franchise history, FIFA 18 introduces Real Player Motion Technology, an all-new animation system which unlocks a new level of responsiveness, and player personality – now Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players feel and move exactly like they do on the real pitch. Player Control combined with new Team Styles and Positioning give you the tools to deliver Dramatic Moments that ignite Immersive Atmospheres around the world. The World’s Game also takes you on a global journey as Alex Hunter Returns along with a star-studded cast of characters, including Cristiano Ronaldo and other European football stars. And in FIFA Ultimate Team™, FUT ICONS, featuring Ronaldo Nazário and other football legends, are coming to FIFA 18 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC when the game launches on September 29, 2017.

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16# Worms W.M.D - 2016

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The worms are back in their most destructive game yet. With a gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D look, brand new weapons, the introduction of crafting, vehicles and buildings plus the return of some much-loved classic weapons and gameplay, Worms W.M.D is the best worms experience ever.

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17# Yooka-Laylee - 2017

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW BUDDY DUO: Yooka and Laylee boast an awesome arsenal of abilities built for platforming fun and unlocked with added freedom from the serpent salesman Trowzer. CARVE YOUR OWN PATH: Purchase and unlock moves with freedom, choose to expand your favourite worlds into even larger, more complex playgrounds and equip unique Tonic gameplay modifiers to customise your play style. A COLLECT-EM-UP FOR THE MODERN ERA: Seek out a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials), such as the dual action Butterfly Energy or tricky Ghost Writers!

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18# Puyo PuyoTetris - 2018

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Two puzzle game juggernauts collide as global phenomenon Tetris® and SEGA’s famous Puyo Puyo™ combine in a super mash-up of ferocious competition, adorable looks, and addictive puzzle fun!

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19# Gorogoa - 2017

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The gameplay of Gorogoa is wholly original, comprised of lavishly illustrated panels that players arrange and combine in imaginative ways to solve puzzles. Jason Roberts created thousands of meticulously detailed hand-drawn illustrations, encompassing the impressive scope of Gorogoa's personal narrative.

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20# I Am Setsuna - 2016

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Inspired by the timeless classic Chrono Trigger, I am Setsuna is a great homage to the JRPG masterpieces of yesteryear. Journey with Setsuna as she prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice and save the people of her land.

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21# LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - 2017

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It's about TIME! Join your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities as they go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in the all-new, original adventure, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2!

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22# Mario Rabbids: Kingdom Battle - 2017

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This is the story of an unexpected encounter between Mario and the irreverent Rabbids. The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the Rabbids into the once-peaceful area, splintering this beloved land. To bring order back to the Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes in a journey through four different worlds.

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23# Fire Emblem - 2017

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Fire Emblem is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance, developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It is the seventh main game of the Fire Emblem series, the second in the series to be released for the Game Boy Advance. As the first Fire Emblem game released outside Japan, the game was likened favorably to Advance Wars, another tactical game by the same developer. Fire Emblem is a turn-based tactical role-playing game in which players move a small group of units around a square-based grid, battling their enemies in order to complete a certain predefined objective.

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24# Disgaea 5 Complete 5 - 2017

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Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy RPG that offers hundreds of hours of over-the-top, award-winning gameplay. The game includes all 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favorite characters, and 3 character classes that were originally DLC in the PlayStation®4 release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance.

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25# Battle Chasers: Nightwar - 2017

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

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26# Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - 2017

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As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends. Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for treasure, secret paths, and creatures to battle and index. During these escapades you'll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past. A new story in the Xenoblade Chronicles series The next adventure is on the Nintendo Switch console—set on the backs of colossal, living Titans. Discover each Titan’s diverse regions, culture, wildlife, equipment, and hidden secrets. Find, bond with, and command weaponized life forms known as Blades to earn abilities and enhance them. Uncover the history of Alrest and the mystery of its endless ocean of clouds.

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27# Splatoon 2 - 2017

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See also: Gameplay of Splatoon Like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 is a multiplayer third-person shooter in which players control characters known as Inklings and use colored ink to attack opponents and clear goals. Like the previous game, the game features the Turf War modes for Regular Battles, and a rotation of Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker modes for Ranked Battles, which are now ranked individually. The game will once again feature a single-player campaign, Hero Mode, in which the player must battle through various levels fighting the evil Octarians. Players can play multiplayer online through an internet connection or play locally, although local play requires multiple consoles and copies of the game.

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28# Overcooked - 2017

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Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the baying customers storm out in a huff. Sharpen your knives and dust off your chefs whites, there isnt mushroom for error and the steaks are high in these crazy kitchens! In Overcooked players must journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land.

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30# SteamWorld Dig 2 - 2017

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Dig deep, gain riches and unearth the terrors of the underworld in this platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. Wishlist today!

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31# Portal Knights - 2017

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Leave the familiar world behind and step into the fantastic unknown with Portal Knights, a cooperative 3D sandbox action-RPG! In-game languages supported: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Finnish, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Polish, Turkish, Czech, Thai.

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32# The Sexy Brutale - 2017

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The Sexy Brutale — a never-ending masked ball featuring intrigue, murder and the (quite possibly) occult! Relive the same mysterious day where the guests at the casino mansion are being murdered by the staff over and over again.

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33# ARMS - 2017

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Wild Arms is a role-playing video game that involves the player controlling up to three characters, Rudy, Jack, and Cecilia, as they progress through a number of environments, battle enemies, and solve puzzles. Rudy utilizes "ARMs", powerful yet limited attacks involving gun-like weapons that rely on a set number of bullets, Jack's "Fast Draw" sword techniques can damage opponents in a variety of ways, and Cecilia's magic can either benefit the party by restoring hit points, raising statistics or damage enemies with harmful spells. Additionally, a character can equip special items called "runes" allowing them to summon powerful Guardians to aid them in battle. Equipping these items has the added benefit of allowing a character to call upon powerful magic creatures to attack all enemies at once or aid allies with beneficial magic.

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34# Battle Chef Brigade - 2017

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"Battle Chef Brigade features fantasy chefs, including Orcs, Elves, and Humans, who need to hunt dangerous monsters for ingredients. With those ingredients, before the critical eye of the judges, the chefs create culinary masterpieces in an intense tournament. Battle Chef Brigade pairs one part combo-based action hunting and one part puzzle-based cooking, all as the round clock ticks down."

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35# Shantae Half-Genie Hero - 2016

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Use Shantaes devastating Hair-Whip Attack to send monsters flying, or Belly Dance to transform her into more powerful forms! Topple the masterminds behind each criminal caper and prepare for the ultimate showdown against Shantaes arch nemesis - the bodacious buccaneer Risky Boots! Huge Bosses, humorous dialogue, and the wonderfully weird Shantae cast return, now in fully animated HD!

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36# Sonic Mania - 2017

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Sonic Mania is an all-new adventure with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles full of unique bosses, rolling 2D landscapes, and fun classic gameplay.

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37# JYDGE - 2018

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Create your own play-style by augmenting your JYDGE, modifying your Gavel rifle, and choosing fearless companions to suit the tasks at hand. - Deal ruthless Jystice with lead, rockets, lasers, electricity, and other deadly tools of the law.

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38# Crawl - 2017

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Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! Battle through dungeons and power up your hero - if a friend kills you they take your place and it’s their turn to crawl. It's a race to gain enough XP and loot to take on the hulking final boss!

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39# Lumo - 2016

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Witness the rebirth of a genre in Lumo – a classic isometric adventure with a modern twist for gamers young and old alike!

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40# Human Resource Machine - 2016

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"Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker! If you succeed, you'll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations! Don't worry if you've never programmed before - programming is just puzzle solving. If you strip away all the 1's and 0's and scary squiggly brackets, programming is actually simple, logical, beautiful, and something that anyone can understand and have fun with!"

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41# Neon Chrome - 2016

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Neon Chrome is an endless symphony of fight, die, improve and repeat - many players have over 100 hours logged!. Neon Chrome is high end game filled with massive explosions, destructible environment, countless bullets and rich AI behavior.

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42# Layers - 2017

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Layers is a puzzle platformer that has a unique twist. A level is made of up the 2 different layers which can interact with each other in certain ways. Use this interaction to solve the puzzles and get all the characters to the exit doors.

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43# forma.8 - 2017

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forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.

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44# Human: Fall Flat - 2016

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Human:Fall Flat is a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. The world of Human: Fall Flat features advanced physics and innovative controls that cater for a wide range of challenges. Bobs dreams of falling are riddled with puzzles to solve and distractions to experiment with for hilarious results.

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45# One Piece: Unlimited World Red - 2017

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A remaster of the latest installment of the “Unlimited” series, with over 50 DLC’s included

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47# Tumblestone - 2016

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Tumblestone is the first original action-puzzle game of the past fifteen years -- completely reinventing the genre into a deep and cerebral puzzle solving experience that you won't forget.

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48# Snipperclips Plus - Cut it out, together! - 2017

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Partner up with friends or family to solve puzzles, including new comic book and toy box worlds, 3 new activities, and a new stamp mode. Snip may need to cut Clip into a needle to pop balloons or maybe you’ll have to team up to form a squawking, egg-laying bird! Prove you're a cut above the rest in Blitz mode, where 2-4 players* can compete in a series of puzzlingly action-packed challenges.

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49# Pokken Tournament DX - 2017

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Pokkn Tournament (Japanese: , Hepburn: Pokken) is a fighting video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by The Pokmon Company. The game combines gameplay elements from Bandai Namco's Tekken series with characters from Nintendo's Pokmon franchise. Pokkn Tournament is a fighting game in which two fighters battle against each other using various Pokmon, with gameplay shifting between "Field Phase" where the Pokmon move freely around the arena, and "Duel Phase" where they move relative to each other similar to the Tekken games. Unlike most arcade fighting games, which use a traditional joystick and buttons, the arcade version is played using console-style controllers, which are designed so that players who are not used to arcade sticks can get into the game more easily.

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50# Riptide GP: Renegade - 2016

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Experience the future of illicit hydrojet racing, where armored riders kick out death-defying stunts over massive waterfalls, dodge cops through public waterways, and boost at breakneck speeds across surging waves. You are a hydrojet rider, framed and cast out from the Riptide GP league, forced to race illegally through city waterways, flooded ruins, and churning factory machinery in an effort to reclaim your reputation and your title.

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