11 of the best Nintendo Switch games for when you need to relax and unwind
It's a new year, which means you may be looking for new ways to relax and unwind. Adding a game to your Nintendo Switch library that has beautiful art, a calming soundtrack, and/or aloof gameplay can be the perfect way to do just that. To help you have some epically chill game sessions this year, we've rounded up the most relaxing games you can buy for the Nintendo Switch.
Any gamer knows that while video games offer endless entertainment, some games can be stressful and quite frustrating to play. If you're an avid gamer, chances are you've found yourself at one point or another sitting at the edge of your gaming chair, ferociously clicking an array of buttons, swirling your joysticks around, clenching your controllers with sweaty palms, all while your heart races. Maybe it was as you desperately tried to defeat a sibling in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or maybe it was as you found yourself forced to heroically clutch a game after your entire team was eliminated in Call of Duty. Admittedly, that adrenaline rush can be a great feeling, and stress and frustration can majorly contribute to the fun and challenge of gaming.
However, there are times when rather than feeling exhilarated, you just want to feel calm. There are plenty of games out there that are great for chilling out with pleasant music and art, lighthearted story lines, and low-pressure gameplay.
Of course, everyone will find different types of gaming relaxing, so we made sure to round up options across a variety of genres, including role-playing games, action platformers, adventure games, and beyond. We also made sure to round up games with different art styles, such as the pixelated style you'll find in Stardew Valley, the watercolor style you'll find in Gris, and the detailed hand-painted style you'll find in Ori and Blind Forest.
If you're looking for a new Nintendo Game with relaxing gameplay, check out some of the best options below.