The end of 2018 marks the end of the first full calendar year for the Nintendo Switch. So how did it do?

In one particular way, I think the Switch had a much worse time of things than in its debut year. Generally speaking, the first party software failed to shine.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans will put up a legitimate argument here, but I don't think there was anything in 2018 that even came close to the level of Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey.

Were Mario Tennis Aces and Kirby Star Allies up to the standard of Splatoon 2 and ARMS? Did the Wii U re-releases of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker measure up to the sheer generosity of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe package? Did Super Mario Party delight and surprise us as much as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle?

The answers to those questions are debatable at best. But one way in which the Switch unquestionably came into its own in 2018 was as a third party platform. Three of my five favourite games of the year were Switch indie games, and there were plenty more where that came from.

As these 25 games go to show, then, it's been a mixed but generally positive year for Switch owners. Here's hoping Nintendo gets its first party mojo back in 2019.