Best Twin Stick Shooters On Nintendo Switch

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Twin-stick shooters are ruddy good fun, right? It’s a genre that allows you to just switch off your brain for a few minutes at a time while you blast enemies into the abyss. All you need is a couple of analogue sticks and a thirst for destruction and you’re ready to go!

We’ve already got a list for the best shmup games on Switch, but we reckon the twin-stick shooter sub-genre is a whole different beast in itself. It’s often lumped in with roguelikes these days, with procedurally generated levels that offer up entirely unique playthroughs — and there’s certainly some overlap — but there are also fine examples that put the focus on handcrafted levels.

So feast your eyes on what we believe to be the best twin-stick shooters on the Switch, presented in no particular order. Be sure to let us know if there are any you’d personally consider to be the best in the comments, but for now, let’s get on with the show…

Archvale (Switch eShop)Archvale (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Humble Games / Developer: Idoz & Phops

Release Date: 2nd Dec 2021 (USA) / 2nd Dec 2021 (UK/EU)
RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)RIVE: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Two Tribes / Developer: Two Tribes

Release Date: 17th Nov 2017 (USA) / 17th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)
Colt Canyon (Switch eShop)Colt Canyon (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Headup Games / Developer: Retrific

Release Date: 16th Jun 2020 (USA) / 16th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)
Enter the Gungeon (Switch eShop)Enter the Gungeon (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Dodge Roll

Release Date: 14th Dec 2017 (USA) / 18th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)
Iron Crypticle (Switch eShop)Iron Crypticle (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Tikipod / Developer: Tikipod

Release Date: 13th Feb 2019 (USA) / 13th Feb 2019 (UK/EU)
NeuroVoider (Switch eShop)NeuroVoider (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Plug In Digital / Developer: Flying Oak

Release Date: 7th Sep 2017 (USA) / 7th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
Tesla vs Lovecraft (Switch eShop)Tesla vs Lovecraft (Switch eShop)

Publisher: 10tons / Developer: 10tons

Release Date: 16th Mar 2018 (USA) / 16th Mar 2018 (UK/EU)
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch)The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch)

Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Edmund McMillen

Release Date: 17th Mar 2017 (USA) / 7th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
Xeno Crisis (Switch)Xeno Crisis (Switch)

Publisher: Bitmap Bureau / Developer: Bitmap Bureau

Release Date: 28th Oct 2019 (USA) / 28th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)
Nuclear Throne (Switch eShop)Nuclear Throne (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Vlambeer / Developer: Vlambeer

Release Date: 20th Mar 2019 (USA) / 20th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)
Retro City Rampage DX (Switch eShop)Retro City Rampage DX (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Vblank Entertainment / Developer: Vblank Entertainment

Release Date: 3rd Aug 2017 (USA) / 3rd Aug 2017 (UK/EU)
Hotline Miami Collection (Switch eShop)Hotline Miami Collection (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Dennaton Games

Release Date: 19th Aug 2019 (USA) / 19th Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

So there you have it! These are the best twin-stick shooters available on the Switch. Reckon we’ve got it wrong? Do you have some additional suggestions? Make sure to let us know — we’ll be keeping this list updated with the cream of the crop, so we may well add in your suggestions.

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