Updated: Aug 1
If you're new to video games, you probably don't know how many relaxing video games are out there now! Don't get me wrong, I love playing shooters like Fallout and Remnant. Combat-based games are a ton of fun in their own right. But lately, I've been incorporating cozy games into my evening routine as a way to relax and unwind after a long day. There is something so relaxing to me about managing my own farm, exploring a new world, and living my best work-free life through a video game.
If you're looking for a console for cozy gaming, the Nintendo Switch has so many cute games that can be played on the handheld console or plugged into your TV to play on the big screen! Here are some cozy games for the Nintendo Switch to try this summer:
Spiritfarer is a quiet game where you guide spirits to the afterlife. Build and customize your boat, cook and deliver favors to the spirits, and learn more about them and about your story!
Cozy Grove is one of my favorite cozy games of all time! You arrive on an island as a "spirit scout," and you help the bear spirits on the island move on to the afterlife. You upgrade your campfire as you complete tasks, build orchards, cook, and decorate your island however you want!
Calico is a cat cafe management game! Fill your cafe with cute furniture and decorations to attract customers and fill the town with cats again! The graphics are adorable, and this is the perfect game for cat-lovers!
Stardew Valley is the OG farming simulation game. Leave your boring desk job to take over your grandpa's farm in Stardew Valley. Plant crops, fish, and explore the mine to make money. You can romance characters and start your own family! I think farming sims are so relaxing and addicting at the same time!
Lemon Cake is an adorable cooking sim. Rebuild your cafe and serve customers pastries and coffee. You can also raise and take care of plants and animals in your greenhouse!
Hoa is a Studio Ghibli-inspired platformer and puzzle game. Journey through breathtaking, hand-painted landscapes as the main character Hoa, as she learns more about her story and where she comes from!
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is unlike any other Pokemon game in the series. If you've never played a Pokemon game before, I can see how it could be overwhelming to jump into a huge franchise. BUT I highly encourage giving this one a chance. Explore an open world set in Feudal Japan, craft your own Pokeballs, and catch Pokemon at your own pace.
If you're still not sure cozy gaming is something you could get into, do a quick Pinterest search for cozy Nintendo Switch gaming setups. There are so many cute ways to style your Nintendo Switch, using it handheld or at a desk or TV. If there are cozy games you already love that I haven't mentioned in this list, comment and let me know! I am always looking for new games to unwind with after a long day.