Are you struggling to find your next cozy switch game? You’re not alone! Many cozy gamers face the overwhelm of hunting down their next Switch game because there are incredibly thousands available now. Here are my top 24 must-play cozy Nintendo Switch games to get you started.
The BEST Cozy Games on Nintendo Switch I Recommend!
Hey there, fellow cozy gamer!
So, guess what? I’m all about my Nintendo Switch collection. Seriously, I don’t know what I would even do without my consoles at this point.
I’ve got the Switch Lite, a Standard Switch, and oh yes, the OLED Switch. Overkill? Maybe, but hey, 2 of them were gifts! I think my partner finally gets how much being a cozy gamer means to me.
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing like crashing on the sofa at the end of a day, tuning out the outside world and playing your fav Switch game. It’s basically a lifeline at this point.
How about you? Do you have a go-to game for those much-needed cozy gaming sessions?
The Nintendo eShop is like a never-ending treasure trove with all these new cozy games popping up every single day! Don’t you find that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find that perfect gem to kick back and relax with though? Who thought being a cozy gamer was relaxing huh? Because I’m getting analysis paralysis from all these options.
I thought if it’s becoming too much for me then I’m probably not the only one. So I decided to pop the kettle on and sit down with my Twinnings tea this morning and write out the best cozy switch games that everyone, yourself included, should play at least once.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was my first introduction to Zelda! I promise you don’t need to play the other games in the series to enjoy this.
Journey back to Hyrule as Link on Nintendo Switch. Explore its vast landscape, above and below ground, as you hunt for Princess Zelda who’s vanished to another time. You’ll spend more hours completing side quests than actually playing the main storyline!
Is it cozy? Some may say no. Personally, it’s been my go-to comfort game and given me many cozy hours of gameplay in the evenings after work.
Best Friend Forever
I didn’t think this was possible but Best Friend Forever is the world’s first simulation game to combine pet care and dating.
Train, pat, and play with your very own dog to form a bond that will last the ages. With your four-legged companion by your side, meet, woo and cherish the many cuties of Rainbow Bay’s thriving singles scene.
Disney Dreamlight Valley
Disney Dreamlight Valley only recently went into full release but I’ve been playing it since early access and I’m still utterly obsessed with it. I’ve designed quite a few cozy spaces now in my valley.
If you’re a Disney adult and you haven’t played this game yet I can promise you you’re missing out! My favorite character is Stitch right now.
You get to befriend the dozens of memorable characters from Disney and Pixar as you help them gain back their memories after the forgetting happens. With a lot of crafting this adorable life-sim game will become your home away from home.
Build a new life for yourself and your new friends while you enjoy the regular rich story releases.
One for the little witches out there. Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle game for people who’d rather play with fictional plants than real ones… okay, maybe that’s just me!
You play as the proprietor of a local plant store and it’s your job to identify new plants and serve your customers exactly what they need to aid their ailments.
Though I’ll be honest, as much as I enjoyed this game I found the controls to be unintuitive on Switch and I did repurchase this for Steam. When you get to know me you’ll see that I’m a little bit of a cozy witch myself and love me some dark mysteries.
Where do I even begin with this masterpiece? The watercolor art in this game is so stunning. I seriously want the stills framed on my wall.
So, you play as Gris, this young woman navigating through grief, and folks let me tell you, it’s done so beautifully. You’re not just playing a game; you’re exploring a literal work of art as Gris has to find her way back to herself as color seeps back into her world.
And don’t worry, the gameplay is super chill. Think easy-breezy puzzles and platforming, and if you’re up for it, some skill-based challenges—no stress, no danger, and definitely no combat. You have to check out my review!
For real, this game had me reevaluating every relationship in my life.
Hindsight is the melancholic story of Mary, a young woman who must sort through her late mother’s home. I don’t think I’ve ever played a game that touches on the relationship between mother and daughter like this before.
You have to relive memories and the heavy emotions that resurface with each old object Mary finds. Hindsight is a narrative exploration game spanning the entirety of a woman’s life.
It’s deep. It’s emotional. It’ll tear you apart. Bring the tissues.
I’ll never stop raving about this game! Coffee Talk is a visual novel set in Seattle. This is no ordinary coffee shop. This world is one of fantasy, where vampires and werewolves need their evening coffee fix.
Your most regular customer though is Freya, who the story will continually circle back to. Freya is a passionate writer for the local paper and your customers have piqued her curiosity. She’s charming but mischievous, and that’s why I love her.
There’s little gameplay as is the case with most visual novels but you do get to play with ingredients and design some latte art.
I had the game set to autoplay after a time so it felt more like watching a movie. It’s not often that I’d rather let a story continue than initiate gameplay, but I found myself creating less and less latte art as the game progressed.
ABZU is an atmospheric underwater adventure in the heart of the ocean.
You don’t get any more relaxing than meditation under the sea. You are a lone diver on a journey of discovery – swim with the whales and interact with the world through sonic pings.
There is a story to ABZU but it’s subtle. My enjoyment came more so from the beauty and wonder of observing the marine life and exploring the seas magesty. You’ll be soothed by the melancholic score and watch your troubles swim away as you relax in this stress-free environment.
Wytchwood is a crafting RPG with a to-do list as long as your arm. If you like ticking boxes, collecting and advancing at your own pace you’ll love this atmospheric fantasy.
As the old witch, you’re tasked to collect souls for a demon goat. You’ll collect magical ingredients, brew spells, and meet curious characters. I think fans of Cult of the Lamb would appreciate this.
Wytchwood isn’t just a walk in the park, you’ll discover that you’ll need to pay close attention to your Grimoire and the ingredients you need to collect.
A Short Hike
Don’t let the low poly art style put you off because A Short Hike is a cult classic.
I almost didn’t play this game. I tend to lean towards games with cleaner graphics but as an avid hiker myself I was intrigued by the journey – simply walk to the top of the mountain. Along the way, you learn skills and acquire the resources you need to get you there.
A Short Hike is a tiny story about conquering the trials of nature with an act as basic as walking. In a way, it’s a love letter to getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I highly recommend reading the interview with Adam Robinson-Yu.
One for fans of Where’s Wally? Wind Peaks is a point-and-click exploration game.
In Wind Peaks, you help the scouts find all the missing objects using your map. This game will feel like a mini nostalgic adventure as it’s only 1.5hrs long. A short game with lots of charm.
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Arise: A Simple Story
A touching story of joy and sorrow with not-so-simple gameplay.
Arise: A Simple Story is a narrative-driven platformer about losing the love of your life. Relive pivitol moments by turning back the hands of time over 10 chapters. Complete side quests to collect memories, pause time to enjoy the scenery, and be prepared to get your timing right.
A strikingly heartfelt survival story with graphics that make you forget you’re playing a game.
As the last mother fox on Earth, your cubs need all your care to survive in a dystopian world where the overexploitation of natural resources has endangered global wildlife. You have to help your cubs, teach them and save them. Never forget that extinction is forever.
Calico is a relaxing, stress-free community sim where you and your magical female neighbors help restock your cat cafe. Fill it will tasty food, stylish furniture, and cuddly cats!
You’ll fulfill the needs of the town folk while being followed by your animal posse – carry a polar bear on your head, ride a bundle of floof, or tell a crow to go to your cafe. The possibilities for a surreal fun time are endless!
Released in December 2020, Calico is a weird and whimsical game that makes for a perfect cozy night in.
Unpacking is a Casual, Zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home.
Over the course of eight house moves, you experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told.
Unpacking is a point-and-click casual puzzle game that I did prefer playing on PC due to the nature of the game mechanics but if you only have a Switch console I do still recommend giving it a play.
I actually have a COMPLETE Unpacking Game Guide + Walkthrough & Review you can check out after this post. But please continue reading and scroll back up when you’re ready.
Haven Park is a game about exploring a tiny island. It’s basically A Short Hike but with better graphics in my opinion.
You play as Flint, a young yellow bird who’s tasked with restoring his Grandma’s park. In her old age, she has been unable to keep the park running and she needs you to craft materials to build and mend her once-bustling business.
If you’re a casual gamer looking for a short game you’re going to delight in playing Haven Park.
South of the Circle
A love story between colleagues Peter and Clara, set against the backdrop of the Cold War.
South of the Circle takes place in the Antarctic and UK during the 60s. It’s a narrative adventure game about memory, survival, and the consequences of not dealing with the past. I wasn’t endeared by the ending but I guess that’s personal opinion.
This is a minimalistic game that looks like a vintage screen print. You can finish it in 3-4 hours but the story will linger with you much longer. So forget about picking up a book, instead pick up South of the Circle tonight.
Degrees of Separation
Degrees of Separation is a casual puzzle platformer for couples who are looking for a cozy game to play after It Takes Two.
Play in couch co-op or online as Ember and Rime, as you solve puzzles to find a way to break the divide between them. This is a fun cozy night for couples, even if you’re not a skilled gamer. The puzzles require some consideration as you use the elements of heat and cold to get you through.
Spiritfarer is my favorite game in recent years. It was released during the summer of 2020 and since then has gained huge popularity for its characters and emotional storytelling.
You play as Stella, the new Spiritfarer. Along with your companion Daffodil the cat you’ll sail to undiscovered islands freeing stuck spirits and gathering materials to craft aboard your boat. You’ll learn about your connection to these spirits and why they are so important to you as the story progresses.
Night in the Woods
Night In The Woods is an adventure platformer with a rich story, characters and exploration.
Mae has returned to her small town after dropping out of college. After seeking out her old friends she lives day in and night out getting into trouble around exploring Possum Springs and avoiding her reality. As a kid who dropped out of college twice this story hit home hard.
If you grew up in a small town, with a small bunch of friends I highly recommend picking this up for a nostalgia trip.
If Found… is a game about going home, coming out and erasing everything.
An interactive novel about finding connections, If Found is the melancholic story of Kasio, as told through her journal. Set in 90’s Ireland Kasio is a trans woman who’s trying to understand where she is going by erasing where she has been.
One for the Animal Crossing obsessive who needs a time-out.
Cozy Grove is a hand-drawn life-sim where you – the new spirit scout – lend a hand to the island’s cute ghosts. Collect badges for helping them out, unearth secrets, listen to their stories, and complete quests.
What’s incredibly unique about Cozy Grove is its setting – its muted color palette just begs to be filled in like a paint-by-numbers page. Every time you help a ghost they color in the area around them as if you’ve just brightened their tiny part of the island by being their friend. #cute
Set in real-time, this is a game you can play for 30-60 mins a day and not feel overwhelmed by tasks.
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Cat Cafe Manager
Cat Cafe Manager is a Cozy management sim waiting for your restorative touch.
Befriend the local cat population and delight your customers as you rebuild your decaying cafe into a place of whimsical wonder.
Set in the village of Caterwaul Way there are secrets to be uncovered and stray cats to adopt. Decorate your cafe while listening to the soothing sounds of mews, and ambient noises of an everyday cafe. You’ll need to hire staff, train them and dish-up custom orders.
Not your average farming sim. This is perfect for younger players or fans of Pokémon.
Ooblets is an adorable open-world creature collection game. Have dance battles with wild ooblets, grow your own friends (how cute!), and improve and customize your appearance and home. There’s so much to do and see in Oob.
Did I miss your favorite game? I hope not. You should definitely let me know in the comments if I did. 👏
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