Steam Deck handheld gaming console

A handheld gaming console that has been taking the gaming world by storm, Steam Deck, has come to the forefront of the gaming industry. With high graphics capacity for AAA titles, players are able to enjoy their favorite games on a console that fits comfortably in their hands. However, there are ten hidden gems that Steam Deck has that may never make its way to Nintendo Switch.


This popular 2010s game may never be seen on Switch, but Steam Deck players can enjoy the fast and furious game that has been compared to a cyborg shooter. Fans of giant buzz saw guns and laser missiles destroying towering mechs will love this third-person shooter game.

Killer Instinct

Although Xbox may never come out with a portable console, Steam Deck owners have the opportunity to play this Xbox One exclusive. It was once a Nintendo exclusive during SNES days and then dubbed a direct competitor to Mortal Kombat. This game requires a combo fighting style and offers the chance for players to perform C-C-C Combo Breakers!

Tron 2.0

A highly praised cyberpunk FPS game that unfortunately didn’t make it on the Switch. Besides the fantastic storyline, the skateboarding element alone is worth playing. Players have to hack and skate their way through the world of Tron and will surely enjoy the game’s stunning graphics.

Pillars of Eternity

This RPG game is currently available on Steam Deck but may not be available on the Switch anytime soon. The game allows the players to choose their character and control the story’s outcome with over 70 hours of gameplay in a robust storyline. Put those AirPods in and enjoy the narration while being swept away in this fantastic game.

The Stanley Parable

This cleverly designed game isn’t for everyone, but for those that do enjoy it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The narrator’s sarcastic commentary throughout the storyline is sure to leave players laughing. There are multiple possible storylines based on the choices being made, which makes for an exciting time.

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy

Also known as Indigo Prophecy in North America, this game may not make it to Switch anytime soon due to its mature themes. Players will enjoy the fast-paced storyline that has big movie-like flares that make it feel like it’s more than just a game. With multiple endings, players will want to play this game again and again to get all the possible outcomes.

Painkiller Black Edition

Developed in 2004, Painkiller Black Edition is another game that might never see the light of day on the Switch. Players get to play Daniel Garner, who fighting to stop a never-ending battle between good and evil. The game offers a good balance between action and strategy.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

This Nintendo Switch online game resembles Metroid, Castlevania and is sure to keep players hooked. Even though Curse of The Moon 2 is a Switch exclusive, the game is available on Steam. The gameplay takes inspiration from 8-bit games that are sure to make players feel nostalgic.

Aquanox: Deep Descent

Aquanox: Deep Descent is a first-person underwater vehicle shooter that offers up some intense action. The game has a gripping storyline that has players shoot down enemies the whole time. This well-designed game is available on Steam Deck for those who want to experience an underwater adventure.

Valkyria Chronicles

This game is one of the most well-received strategy games of all time. The hand-drawn aesthetics add to the game’s charm and offer better graphics than games with today’s most advanced graphics chips. The game is heavily in-depth, and it requires players to think about every move as the story unveils.

In summary, these are ten games that are currently available on Steam Deck but might never make it to Switch. Steam Deck owners can enjoy these hidden gems while playing their favorite games on the handheld console.

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