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Best Space And Sci-Fi Games On The Nintendo Switch

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Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the — sorry, er, these are the best space and science fiction games that can be found on the Nintendo Switch, despite the fact that none of the developers in this list has actually been to space.

What makes a good space game? Well, first it has to take place in space, and don’t go telling us that technically, Earth is in space, because you know what we mean. Space, other planets, moons, interstellar travel — these are all fantastic beginnings for a good space game.

But space isn’t just about travelling between the stars and shooting the bad aliens. Extraterrestrial science fiction can explore themes that are less possible in our current day realities — the existence of new and diverse flora and fauna, for instance, or what it’s like to terraform and colonise a planet. What does it mean to be separated from your family by several hundred lightyears? What does it mean to be in cold sleep? What if aliens aren’t good or evil, but just as complicated as humans?

All of the games that we’ve compiled in this list have something interesting, exciting, or thoughtful to say about space, and we highly recommend you check them out (or pop them on your wishlist, at least). And keep an eye out for more, because humans will probably never tire of a good space story!

(Oh, and if it’s space shooty games you’re looking for, then some of them may be on this list, but you’ll have better luck with our Best Nintendo Switch Flight Sim And Space Combat Games list.)

The Outer Worlds (Switch)The Outer Worlds (Switch)

Publisher: Private Division / Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Release Date: 5th Jun 2020 (USA) / 5th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)
Heaven's Vault (Switch eShop)Heaven's Vault (Switch eShop)

Developer: inkle

Release Date: 28th Jan 2021 (USA) / 28th Jan 2021 (UK/EU)
Astroneer (Switch eShop)Astroneer (Switch eShop)

Publisher: System Era Softworks / Developer: System Era Softworks

Release Date: 13th Jan 2022 (USA) / Jan 2022 (UK/EU)
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Switch eShop)Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Asteroid Base / Developer: Asteroid Base

Release Date: 3rd Oct 2017 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2017 (UK/EU)
Everspace - Stellar Edition (Switch eShop)Everspace - Stellar Edition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Rockfish Games / Developer: Rockfish Games

Release Date: 11th Dec 2018 (USA) / 11th Dec 2018 (UK/EU)
STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch eShop)STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Aspyr / Developer: BioWare

Release Date: 11th Nov 2021 (USA) / 11th Nov 2021 (UK/EU)
Tales from the Borderlands (Switch eShop)Tales from the Borderlands (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Take-Two Interactive / Developer: Take-Two Interactive

Release Date: 23rd Mar 2021 (USA) / 24th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)
Gnosia (Switch eShop)Gnosia (Switch eShop)

Publisher: PLAYISM / Developer: Petit Depotto

Release Date: 4th Mar 2021 (USA) / 4th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch eShop)Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Vertex Pop / Developer: Vertex Pop

Release Date: 6th Apr 2017 (USA) / 6th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw (Switch eShop)Rebel Galaxy Outlaw (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Double Damage Games / Developer: Double Damage Games

Release Date: 22nd Sep 2020 (USA) / 22nd Sep 2020 (UK/EU)
InnerSpace (Switch eShop)InnerSpace (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Aspyr Media / Developer: PolyKnight Games

Release Date: 16th Jan 2018 (USA) / 16th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)
Void Bastards (Switch eShop)Void Bastards (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Humble Bundle / Developer: Blue Manchu

Release Date: 7th May 2020 (USA) / 7th May 2020 (UK/EU)

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