You'll Go Bananas For These Animal Platformers!
With the re-release of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and the announcement of Crash Bandicoot coming to Nintendo Switch, we thought, what a great time to fill you in on some of your options for Animal Platformers on your switch. If you are a child of the 90's, you probably feel the same nostalgia for this niche game genre. I feel, that the switch is the perfect console for these games to live, so let's introduce our animal friends, shall we?
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze brings our favorite barrel smashing Ape to the switch! After being originally released on Wii U (and we all know how that ended) the game has been re-realeased for Nintendo Switch, with better graphics and the addition of a new playable character, Donkey Kong's surfer dude cousin, Funky Kong. In my opinion, this is exactly the kind of games I want for my switch. I love the fast paced level design, and the option to pop off the Joy-cons and let a friend play as Diddy, Dixie, or Cranky Kong. This game captures everything we wanted from the Donkey Kong Country franchise, including a sturdy challenge for lovers of the platforming genre!
Well, well, well... Look who's finally made his way to the Switch. The jean shorts wearing, beloved Playstation mascot will finally be available cross platform! Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is coming to the Nintendo switch this summer, and will feature remasters of the 3 iconic Crash games originally for Playstation 1. It's still up for debate whether the Crash games are really this difficult, or if we can just blame bad game mechanics. Either way, the game is extremely fun, very challenging, and gives players a beautifully remastered version of Crash Bandicoot, sans polygons.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic has really become a console staple for Nintendo ever since the demise of the Sega Dreamcast. Now, Sonic games defiantly haven't gotten the best reviews in the past -cough- Sonic 06 -cough- but, if you are anything like me and still have some love for Sonic and his woodland creature pals, you have two options on the Switch! Sonic Mania is a fan made, 16-bit style 2-D platformer that really captures the essence of Sonic at his prime. You're second option is Sonic Forces, which features 3-D side scrolling, as well as mechanics similar to Sonic Dash for mobile. The game is worth picking up for die-hard Sonic fans, but if you are going to pick up one of these, go for Sonic Mania!
After a long wait, Yooka-Laylee finally made it's way to the Nintendo e-shop. If you grew up loving the adorable bear Banjo, and his bird partner Kazooie, then this game is the next best thing. Yooka-Laylee was crowd funded project by Playtonic Games, and is the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. If you love 3-D platformers where you can explore various worlds and hunt for collectables, then this game will be your best choice out of all the games I've mentioned thus far.
I truly debated including Fe, EA's indie platformer, to this list. It's not exactly my favorite game, but after consulting a few other gamers who enjoyed the floaty fox, and his journey to befriend all the creatures in the forest, I had to add it to the roster. It's a very charming game, and features a very stylized look that I haven't seen in an animal platformer before. If you want to try something completely different that what you are used to with 3-D platformers, go ahead and give this little guy a try!