A lot of the games that are only available on Nintendo have great extras.
Since it came out in March 2017, many great games from both first-party and third-party creators have been made for the Nintendo Switch. The combination unit has a lot of great games that you can play on the big screen or the small screen. But what happens when you finish the game you like best?
The good news is that a lot of the most popular Switch games from Nintendo have gotten DLC that adds new characters, stories, and other things to their worlds. As a member of Nintendo Switch Online, you can get some DLC for free, even though most of them cost money. These are the Switch games with the best DLC, whether you pay for it or not.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Cindered Shadows
Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the first game made for a home system since Radiant Dawn for the GameCube in 2007. Its focus on characters and social aspects made it one of the best in the series. Three Houses already had a lot to do with its three campaigns and four different ends, but the Cindered Shadows DLC gives Garreg Mach even more to do.
Cindered Shadows adds four new characters and more paralogues and quests to the main game after you finish the DLC. It adds about seven to nine hours of new things to do, and if you liked Three Houses, it’s worth your time to check out Cindered Shadows.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Donkey Kong Adventure
When it was first said that Mario and his friends would work on an RPG with Ubisoft’s Rabbids, many people were suspicious. To everyone’s surprise, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a very charming game with beautiful graphics and a funny story. Because of how well it did, DLC was made with Donkey Kong, Rabbid Peach, and Rabbid Cranky.
The Donkey Kong Adventure DLC for Kingdom Battle is a seven-to-nine-hour journey through a new set of stages that will make you rethink some of the strategies you used in the main game. The gameplay and fun are both great, but the best thing about this DLC is the great music that Grant Kirkhope made.
Pokemon Sword & Shield – The Isle Of Armor And The Crown Tundra
Pokemon Sword and Shield were the first main series games to come out on a home device, and a lot was expected of them. One of the biggest complaints about them when they came out was that you couldn’t catch any Pokemon. However, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra DLC would later fix that.
Both expansions give you new places to discover, side quests to do. And, most importantly, a lot of new Pokemon to add to your Pokedex. The Isle of Armor is about a quest to train a Pokemon named Kubfu, while The Crown Tundra is about a bunch of legendary Pokemon, like Galarian versions of Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Torna – The Golden Country
The main mission of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes between 60 and 90 hours, but if you buy the DLC. You can also play through a whole prequel story. Torna: The Golden Country came out in 2018, and its story takes place about 500 years before the main game. The whole trip is long and can take anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to finish.
One of the biggest changes between Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Torna: The Golden Country is that you can control both the Drivers and their blades in the expansion. The story and gameplay are up to the high standards of the series. And you’ll be left wanting more when the credits roll.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass
Mario Kart 8 was first released in 2014 for the Wii U. In 2017, it was moved to the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This new version had all the DLC from the old one. As well as new characters and improvements to the game’s ease of use, like being able to hold two things at once. Then, in 2022, Nintendo said that the Booster Course Pass DLC would add even more material.
Even though Mario Kart 8 has been out for almost a decade. It is still being updated with great new maps and fan favorites like Birdo and Petey Piranha. By the end of 2023, Mario Kart 8 will have 48 more tracks to play on. And you can use Nintendo Switch Online to get to them for free.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a cozy life-simulation game about making your life better and helping your neighbors. It’s hard to think what 2020 would have been like without it. Even though it would have been great if New Horizons got a lot of new content after it came out. It only got one big update that let you access its Happy Home Paradise DLC.
Like Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the 3DS. Happy Home Paradise lets you design the vacation homes of villagers to meet their needs. With this free update, you can play for hours as the host of a fake HGTV show.
Splatoon 2 – Octo Expansion
Splatoon 2 has a lot of content already, like a good single-player story, a lot of PvP modes, and Salmon Run, which is a PvE mode. These modes can keep you busy for hundreds of hours on their own. But the Octo Expansion has you covered if you want a long, single-player journey through an imaginary world.
The Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2 has a story that is interesting and unpredictable. And you can play as an Octoling named Agent 8. With the help of Pearl, Marina, and Cap’n Cuttlefish, you must collect four “thangs” by completing 80 rounds that are similar to the more difficult ones in Super Mario Sunshine. Octo Expansion is also available to people who are members of Nintendo Switch Online.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – Future Redeemed
There are new worlds and characters in each mainline Xenoblade Chronicles game. But they are all much more linked than they seem. The stories that link them can be complicated or overwhelming at times, but Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s DLC does a great job of tying everything together with a rewarding story that links all of the games in the series.
Future Redeemed is a prequel to the main game. It can be bought separately or as part of the Xenoblade Chronicle 3 Expansion Pass. In it, Shulk and Rex, the main characters from the earlier games, return. Future Redeemed is a great ending to a great trilogy for people who have been playing Doodle Baseball game since it first came out on the Wii.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – The Champions’ Ballad
Breath of the Wild came out at the same time as the Switch in 2017. And it quickly became one of the most important games for the device. It took the original Zelda game and turned it into a huge, open-world adventure where your imagination is the only limit. It got a few updates and The Master Trials downloadable content. But The Champions’ Ballad is the best way to end the journey.
This great update will take you about ten hours to finish because you have to finish 16 new shrines, find new armor sets. And learn more about the pasts of Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa. The second part of this DLC is full of surprises. Like a memorable fight with the final boss, the Master Cycle, and a satisfying end to Kass’ story.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Fighters Pass Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
When it came out in 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had more than 75 playable characters, more than 100 levels, and almost 900 music tracks. Even so, the game’s creators chose to spend the next three years adding more things to do to a game that was already full of things to do.
If you buy both Fighters Pass DLC packages, you will get an extra 12 fighters, including fan favorites like Sora, Banjo-Kazooie, Sephiroth, 11 stages, and more than 180 music tracks. You’ll also get a bunch of outfits for the Mii Fighter that are based on figures like Cuphead’s Cupid and Undertale’s Sans. These DLC packs have a huge amount of material and are a must-have for anyone with a Nintendo Switch.