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Nintendo Switch games that run at a smooth 60 frames per second

The Nintendo Switch isn’t the most powerful console on the market. It can’t match the level of visual complexity or fidelity of the PlayStation 4 Pro, nor can it deliver native 4K resolution with HDR like the Xbox One X, let alone what the new PS5 and Series X and S can achieve. What the Switch can still do, however, is deliver a high framerate during action scenes. Several Nintendo Switch games support a 60 frames-per-second framerate, meaning you’ll get the same smooth experience you’d see on more powerful machines.

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Every game featured in the list below has framerates that fall within several different variations. Certain games have a fixed framerate of 60 frames per second, showing no variation during gameplay and never dropping below that rate. Others have a targeted framerate of 60 frames per second but can occasionally dip below that number. Certain games also have varying framerates for different content. In Mortal Kombat 11, for instance, standard fighting will run at 60 frames per second while Fatalities and Fatal Blows will play at a reduced framerate. Fire Emblem Warriors, meanwhile, lets you choose “performance mode” to prioritize framerate.

Please note that other elements in certain Switch games, especially ports of games from Xbox One and PS4, often need to be cut down to make 60 frames per second feasible. You might have to sacrifice graphic value or clarity in this process, which may or may not matter based on the type of game you’re playing.

Game title Only docked? Only portable? Both?
Arms No No Yes
Axiom Verge No No Yes
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack No No Yes
Battle Chef Brigade No No Yes
Bayonetta 2 No No Yes
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle No No Yes
BlazingChrome No No Yes
Brawlout No No Yes
Cat Quest No No Yes
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker No No Yes
Cave Story+ No No Yes
Celeste No No Yes
Collection of Mana No No Yes
Cuphead No No Yes
Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition No No Yes
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition No No Yes
Dead Cells No No Yes
Diablo III No No Yes
Disgaea 5: Complete No No Yes
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze No No Yes
Dragon Ball FighterZ No No Yes
Dragon Quest 1-3 Collection No No Yes
Enter the Gungeon: Delux Edition No No Yes
Fast RMX No No Yes
FIFA 19 No No Yes
Freedom Planet No No Yes
Fire Emblem Warriors Yes No No
Giana Sister’s Twisted Dreams: Owltime Edition No No Yes
Guacamelee! 2 No No Yes
Guilty Gear: 20th Anniversary No No Yes
Hollow Knight No No Yes
Iconoclasts No No Yes
Legend of Kay: Anniversary No No Yes
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime No No Yes
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 No No Yes
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe No No Yes
Mario Tennis  Aces No No Yes
Mega Man 11 No No Yes
Minecraft No No Yes
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom No No Yes
Mortal Kombat 11 No No Yes
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe No No Yes
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas No No Yes
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD No No Yes
One Piece: Unlimited World Red No No Yes
Ori and The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition No No Yes
Ori and the Will of the Wisps No No Yes
Owlboy No No Yes
Onimusha: Warlords No No Yes
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus No No Yes
Pokken Tournament DX No No Yes
Puyo Puyo Tetris No No Yes
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition No No Yes
River City Rampage DX No No Yes
River City Girls No No Yes
River City: Melee Mach!! No No Yes
Rocket League No No Yes
Runner 3 No No Yes
Scribblenauts: Showdown No No Yes
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse No No Yes
Shantae and the Seven Sirens No No Yes
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero No No Yes
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove No No Yes
Snipperclips Plus No No Yes
Sonic Mania Plus No No Yes
Slain: Back From Hell No No Yes
Splatoon 2 No No Yes
Steamworld Dig 2 No No Yes
Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection No No Yes
Streets of Rage 4 No No Yes
Super Mario Maker 2 No No Yes
Super Mario Odyssey No No Yes
Super Mario Party No No Yes
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate No No Yes
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido No No Yes
Teslagrad No No Yes
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ No No Yes
The Coma: Recut No No Yes
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening No No Yes
Thumper No No Yes
Transistor No No Yes
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes No No Yes
Turok No No Yes
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil No No Yes
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers No No Yes
Velocity 2X No No Yes
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap No No Yes
Yoku’s Island Express No No Yes
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair No No Yes
Yoshi’s Crafted World No No Yes
Ys Origin No No Yes

Note: We attempted to make this list as complete as possible, but data on framerate for Switch is not always publicly available. If you have a game with 60 frames per second that isn’t on the list, just shoot us a message.

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