8 Best Music Games on Nintendo Switch

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  • The Nintendo Switch is great for playing music games like Just Dance and Hatsune Miku because of its handheld mode and the use of Joy-Cons.
  • Trombone Champ and Taiko No Tatsujin are fun and unique music games on Switch that offer different gameplay experiences.
  • Just Shapes & Beats and Crypt of the NecroDancer are highly rated music games with intense gameplay and epic soundtracks.


Nintendo Switch is packed with countless interesting games to play, from simple simulators to action-packed adventure titles. However, aside from these games, the handheld is also great for enjoying less popular titles such as music games.

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Video games are often made memorable by a quality, iconic soundtrack. These games achieve this with beautiful orchestral music.

As the name suggests, the music genre includes various titles such as Just dance series that works great in switching due to the use of Joy Cons to more rhythm-based titles that require the player to press the right buttons at the right time. Being able to enjoy these games either from handheld mode or being active makes these music games some of the best on the Nintendo Switch.


8 Just Dance 2024 Edition

Metascore: 72

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Just Dance 2024 Edition
platform(s)
PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and Series S

Released
November 22, 2022

Unsurprisingly, one of the greatest music games to play on the Nintendo Switch is Just dance franchise. While the player’s phone can now be used as a remote to track the player’s movements, the Nintendo Switch still comes with two great joy devices that do the same job.

IN 2024 Edition from the title, players can move into the next year with plenty of trendy tunes and interesting dance choreography to learn, not to mention that the title also contains some classics that players are sure to enjoy.

7 Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix

Metascore: 79

Song featuring Hatsune Miku in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix

Released
May 15, 2020

Developer(s)
Sega-AM2

genre(s)
Music, rhythm

Hatsune Miku is a well-known music artist who isn’t even a real person. However, her music is so beloved that she has had numerous rhythm games over the years featuring fan favorites. One such example can be found on Nintendo Switch known as Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix.

This game features various songs from her albums that not only feature Hatsune Miku herself, but also other members of the group known as Vocaloids. Playing the game in handheld mode is only made better by the various customization options that can be unlocked to dress up Miku and the other members however they see fit.

6 Trombone champion

Metascore: 79

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Trombone champion

Released
September 15, 2022

Developer(s)
Holy Wow

genre(s)
Rhythm, music

Trombone champion began its rise to fame on Steam, where players found themselves out of breath with laughter and trombone playing. This silly music title has finally branched out from PC and made its way to various consoles, including the Switch, where players can use the analog stick to make a note lower or higher.

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Either by adding their own tunes or allowing players to create unique songs, these games allow fans to unleash their musical side.

As a music game that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, players are sure to giggle at every missed note or frantic attempt to get to the end of a song without taking a breath.

5 Taiko No Tatsujin: A Festival of Rhythm

Metascore: 80

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Taiko no Tatsujin: Festival of Rhythm

Released
September 21, 2022

A rhythm game that really uses Nintendo Switch technology should be the drumming title of Taiko No Tatsujin: A Festival of Rhythm. Players can play this game in handheld mode, but the real enjoyment of the game is fully felt when you have a joy-con in each hand. Players use each joy-con as a stick for their drum and must act as if the instrument is in front of them in order to hit the notes at the right time.

Taiko No Tatsujin has an assortment of songs for layered experiences, from classic instrumentals to popular Japanese hits. Some of these songs may naturally be more difficult, but players can even challenge themselves by trying each song at a faster tempo and trying to hit every note.

4 Just Shapes & Beats

Metascore: 83

Intense level in Just Shapes & Beats

Just Shapes & Beats

Released
May 31, 2018

Developer(s)
Berzerk Studio

genre(s)
Music, rhythm

Music games don’t have to be the kind where players press buttons to a specific beat or dance to a familiar song. Just Shapes & Beats instead, it has players enjoying bullet hell with epic music playing in the background while avoiding pieces. This simplistic premise has made Just Shapes & Beats a darling of the Nintendo Switch bullet-hell genre, which pairs well with the intense background music.

With multiple levels for players to test their luck on, each one has its own unique song made by a talented EDM artist, so players are sure to find a level they like just for the music, even if the level itself is a challenge.

3 NecroDancer’s Crypt

Metascore: 86

Play through a dungeon in Crypt Of The NecroDancer

NecroDancer’s Crypt

Released
April 23, 2015

Developer(s)
Get ready Games

genre(s)
Roguelike , Rhythm

Released in 2015, NecroDancer’s Crypt continued to amaze and challenge players across platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. This intense title combines the roguelike genre with pacing to create a deadly dungeon experience that makes time count.

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These melody based puzzles are some of the most unique and best among the games.

Players will have to remember not to get lost in the chute as they navigate the dungeons while staying in rhythm while avoiding the various enemies they find below as well. The epic soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowski is sure to never get old as players complete multiple runs to achieve either the fastest time or the best score.

2 Melatonin

Metascore: 87

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Melatonin

Released
December 15, 2022

Developer(s)
half asleep

Melatonin is a dreamy and relaxed rhythm game with over 20 musical levels to tackle. Not every level is the same either, with each soundtrack set to a different mini-game beat. As players adventure into this cozy world, the title fits perfectly with the handheld nature of the Nintendo Switch with controls that are easy to pick up and understand.

Along with the cozy music is a thoughtful story that touches on the themes of the merging of dreams and reality. All of this combines with the hand-drawn art style to make one of the most relaxing, easy rhythm games available on the Switch.

1 Theatrhythm Final Bar Line

Metascore: 87

A bunch of characters in the Final Fantasy franchise playing different instruments on a blue and yellow stage in Theatrhythm Final Bar Line

Of all the music-themed games available on the Nintendo Switch, one of the best is a rhythm game that fans of Final Fantasy franchise I will adore. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is a rhythmic title packed with 385 music tracks from over forty games in the franchise.

Many of these songs that players can try to beat their high score with are some of the most poignant pieces of music from key moments in the franchise. Apart from playing songs, players can also organize their dream party Final Fantasy characters as well as take on the levels with a friend.

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