The best games like Dark Souls on Nintendo Switch

by Ana Lopez

When it comes to difficult games, not many reach the fame of the Dark Souls series. People who have no idea what From Software’s games are all about have still heard of them, and that’s purely because of the infamy surrounding them. Over the years, many developers have looked into this formula, leading to the creation of Souls likes, because surprisingly many of you are gluttons for punishment (same thing, to be honest). That’s why we have to ask ourselves which are the best games like Dark Souls on the Nintendo Switch?

This is a tough question to answer, as there are many, and some resemble Dark Souls in ways you may not even realize. Still, we understand that not everyone is a masochist, which is why we have a list of the best Lego games and Disney games, they will make you walk on sunshine. Or, if you’re into survival horror, our pick of the best Resident Evil games on Switch is a must-read.

Games like Dark Souls

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Salt and sanctuary

When you think of Switch Souls likes, the first game that comes to mind is Salt and Sanctuary. It has everything you’d expect it to be, from gloomy environments to heavy melee combat and a range of enemies ready to ruin your day. Essentially, Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D Dark Souls, and yes, that means it has a lot of bosses.

Granted, some are pushovers, but others will make you so salty that you’ll soon look elsewhere. Still, the challenge is worth it, and it’s the perfect game for anyone yearning for something akin to the experiences in Lordran.

Two characters facing each other with swords

Furi

If bosses are your favorite thing in Dark Souls then Furi is a must play for you as that’s all this game consists of. No running through woods or crawling through dungeons. Instead, this hack ‘n slash, shoot ’em up hybrid is all about boss fights. You no longer have to fight your way through hordes of enemies, only to fall off a ledge and repeat the whole area.

The gameplay itself is fun, and since it features melee and ranged combat in equal measure, you can constantly mix up the way you approach the combat. In addition, the game has two endings, adding to the replayability factor.

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Hollow Knight

We’d say this Metroidvania game is one of the best titles on Switch. In Hollow Knight, you embark on a journey as a nameless hero and must explore Hallownest, discovering the secrets lurking in these lands. This 2D game beautifully embraces the Souls-esque formula, with your paths full of enemies and powerful bosses looking to ruin your day.

On your journey you will unlock new abilities and add even more depth to what is already a phenomenal game. Should you need a little help when it comes to Hallownest’s mighty enemies, our comprehensive Hollow Knight bosses guide offers great advice on how to deal with them. If you give this delightful game a try and enjoy it, you might want to keep an eye on our Hollow Knight: Silksong release date guide to learn everything you need to know about the sequel.

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Dead cells

If you like a challenge, we highly recommend this roguevania game. Just like in Dark Souls, luck can only get you so far in Dead Cells. Instead, you have to learn by failing until you can finally beat the game in one shot. Naturally, it features intense battle sequences that will test even those with strong determination.

On the other hand, if you like Dark Souls, you’ve probably seen the words “you died” so many times that death no longer surprises you – it’s just another obstacle to overcome. Furthermore, the game is full of bosses, and that alone is enough to tempt Souls veterans.

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Blasphemous

Here lies another Metroidvania game, one that puts you in a gothic land as a silent knight on a pilgrimage. Blasphemous is especially worth playing if you’re looking for a game that embraces gore and shows just how grotesquely beautiful it can be.

The world here is so well designed, as are the enemies found in it, and so are the bosses. Things will get bloody, but that only adds to the intensity you feel, the need to stand tall when all is said and done. It’s do or die. Do you have what it takes?

A snowy village with a knight holding a sword

Oldest souls

When you take on the combat and bosses of Dark Souls, then combine them with the god-killing fun of the God of War series, you get Eldest Souls. In this game you go on a journey as a lone knight. A single person, with nothing but their sword, on a quest to end the gods, to bring peace to the land.

If you’re a fan of Souls-esque games, this is an experience not to be missed – and don’t forget that fortune favors the bold here. Don’t be afraid to leave everything you have on the battlefield. In fact, that may be your only chance to survive.

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Death’s Gambit: Afterlife

Not only does this 2D game embrace a beautiful pixel art approach to the graphics, but the gameplay is clearly inspired by Dark Souls, making this a must-see for fans of Souls-like and Metroidvania titles. You must fight your way through a series of levels, using RPG elements to help you achieve victory against all kinds of enemies, including some powerful bosses. Trust us. Only the strong survive this gamble. If you’ve played the original but have yet to try Afterlife, we’d suggest you fix that as it’s packed with new levels, weapons, and bosses.

Link climbing the side of a cliff

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Oh, don’t look so shocked. Anyone who has traveled through this beautiful rendition of Hyrule can see that the developers have taken some combat lessons from the medieval RPG. The whole approach to combat in Breath of the Wild smacks of From Software’s title, and that’s to its credit. It makes for a really fun experience. While the world can be vast and boring, the combat isn’t, so you should feel right at home here.

If you’re diving into this open world gem, you might want to check out our Zelda BotW map and BotW recipe book guides. We also have a BotW 2 release date guide for those of you looking forward to the sequel.

If you’re looking for games more like Link’s adventures, check out our lists of the best games like Zelda and the best Zelda games here.

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Dark Souls: Remastered

Is this cheating? Probably, but it’s my list, so it’s my rules. Either way, you can’t get any closer to the Dark Souls experience than by playing Dark Souls: Remastered. This is the perfect way to experience the game that started it all. Revisit Lordan in his finest glory, choose your class, choose your weapon and fulfill your duty as the chosen undead.

There are many dangers lurking, and of course there are plenty of bosses you will have to deal with. Should you cringe at such power, our Dark Souls bosses guide just might give you the strength you need to progress and complete this genre-defining experience.

We also happen to have some guides on different characters, such as Dark Souls Gwyndoln, Dark Souls Artorias, and Dark Souls Sif, so pass those along to learn more about those who inhabit this world.

There you have it, our picks for the best games like Dark Souls on Nintendo Switch. To be fair, there’s a whole world out there, full of Souls likes, and I beg you to explore. If you don’t want a challenging experience, check out our list of the best Switch puzzle games. It is full of titles suitable for different skill levels.

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