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The best multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch

Part of the Nintendo Switch’s appeal is its versatility — you can play it at home on your TV or on the go in portable mode. This versatility also applies to multiplayer and co-op games, which can be played with single Joy-Con controllers, in tabletop mode, and wirelessly both online and locally. Better yet, many of these Nintendo Switch games allow for crossplay with other consoles and PCs.

And while the Switch might not be the competitive powerhouse that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are, it still offers an incredible library of multiplayer games. In fact, the portable console is home to some of the best co-op experiences we’ve seen this generation, and new competitive games are being added all the time. Here are our favorites, whether you’re a fan of raucous racing games, mellow simulators, or monster-hunting titles of the finest caliber.

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Nintendo Switch Sports
Nintendo Switch Sports
3.5/5
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Simulator, Sport
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release April 29, 2022
Nintendo Switch Sports is the late, but very welcome, spiritual sequel to the Wii Sports games. That original game, which was included with every Wii console sold, was partly responsible for that console’s amazing success. It was such an accessible game that it reached players who wouldn’t normally, or may have never, played a game before in their lives to jump in for a game of bowling or tennis match. Nintendo Switch Sports brings all those great aspects back for the Switch, with six sports included, all of which use the same, intuitive motion-control setup. Every sport is playable in multiplayer, either locally or online, for that real sense of competition. You can even mix and match by playing some games with a partner in your home against others online. Nintendo Switch Sports fixes the one issue the original had, which is not always having people around to play with, letting you play the addictive motion-controlled sports games anytime you want.
Nintendo Switch Sports - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Fall Guys
Fall Guys
77 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Platform, Sport, Indie
Developer Mediatonic
Publisher Devolver Digital, Epic Games
Release August 04, 2020
Fall Guys is the ultimate Nintendo game that took way too long to finally make it to the Switch. This game is all about little wobbly cartoon creatures running, jumping, and diving across various obstacle courses and competing in wacky games in big, bright environments. The physics and unpredictable nature of the game keep it from getting frustrating, and you have plenty of fun customization options to work toward so you can personalize your little bean character. It’s also free to play, so there’s no barrier to just jumping in and seeing if luck is on your side so you can grab yourself that crown.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout - Official Trailer | Summer of Gaming 2020
Diablo II: Resurrected
Diablo II: Resurrected
94 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Release September 22, 2021
The iconic ARPG is back for a new generation of gamers. Diablo II: Resurrected is a faithful recreation of Blizzard’s hit title from 2000, offering all the same classes, combat, and storylines from the original — plus a fresh coat of paint for good measure. If you’re not a fan of its reworked graphics engine, you can always toggle on the old-school graphics for a massive dose of nostalgia. Best of all, Diablo II: Resurrected retains its multiplayer offerings, letting you dive into hordes of demons with three of your friends. It’s not an easy game, either, so heading into battle with a party makes the adventure a more enjoyable experience.
Diablo® II: Resurrected ™ Announce Trailer
Pokémon Unite
Pokémon Unite
71 %
E
Platforms Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Genre Strategy, MOBA
Developer Timi, Tencent Games
Publisher The Pokémon Company
Release July 20, 2021
Branching out from its typical turn-based RPG formula has been hit-or-miss for the Pokémon franchise, but Pokémon Unite is arguably the best game in its long-running history. Merging your favorite characters with the popular MOBA format, Pokémon Unite offers an incredible amount of depth while still remaining accessible to new players. There are a variety of different game modes available, but most of them play out as standard 5v5 matches. You’ll need to knock down your enemies, level up by fighting Wild Pokémon, and work as a team to slowly earn more points by attacking Goal Zones on the opposite side of the field. Pairing Pokémon with the MOBA format is an odd choice, but one that stands among the best multiplayer experiences on Switch.
Team Up to Battle in Pokémon UNITE!
Splatoon 3
Splatoon 3
4/5
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter, Platform
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release September 09, 2022
It’s time to go back to the Splatlands for another Turf War with Splatoon 3. Unlike most consoles out there, the Switch is severely lacking in third-person shooters. However, Nintendo’s family-friendly, ink-based shooter more than fills that demand. By changing up the formula from focusing on kills to covering the ground with the most ink, Splatoon 3 not only has a unique gameplay style but creates an addictive and enjoyable world for all players. You can take it as seriously as you want and have fun either way. Teamwork is highly encouraged, and with this latest entry, the online functionality works better than ever.
Read our full Splatoon 3 review
Splatoon 3 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
PAC-MAN 99
PAC-MAN 99
76 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Arcade
Developer Arika
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release April 07, 2021
Much like Tetris 99 before it, PAC-MAN 99 puts a unique battle royale twist on the classic pellet-eating formula. Dubbed “Pac-Royale,” you’ll face off against 98 other players, collecting power-ups, dodging ghosts, and doing everything you can to be the last Pac-Man standing. The action takes place on a standard Pac-Man board, although you’ll see all 98 of your opponents lining the perimeter of your screen. Winning a round is a fun combination of luck and skill, as you deftly collect dots while hoping your enemies fall prey to one of your power-ups. Best of all, Pac-Man 99 is free with a Nintendo Online subscription.
PAC-MAN™ 99 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
83 %
5/5
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Fighting, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure, Indie, Arcade
Developer Tribute Games Inc.
Publisher DotEmu
Release June 16, 2022
Arcade beat ’em ups are a dying genre, especially ones in the old 16-bit style. However, some of the best were the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle home and arcade games, which makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge such a treat to see on the Switch. Not only does it nail the art style perfectly, but it feels just like those awesome games from way back in the day. Of course, these beat ’em ups are always played best with friends, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge doesn’t just limit you to four players, which it easily could’ve gotten away with. Instead, you can party with up to six total players, each controlling one of the four main turtles plus April and Casey in your adventure to take down all the iconic villains like Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Krang.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge - Reveal trailer
Apex Legends
Apex Legends
78 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer Respawn Entertainment
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release February 04, 2019
Respawn’s popular battle royale is finally available on Switch, featuring the entire roster of Legends and crossplay compatibility. A few concessions were made to bring the high-powered shooter to the underpowered console, but the heart of Apex Legends remains largely intact. Apex Legends is without a doubt one of the best battle royales on the market. If you’ve grown tired of playing Fortnite on Nintendo’s hybrid system, you’re bound to find something to like about this mature shooter. Each Legend comes with their own unique skills to master, hundreds of unlockables are available to collect, and the only way to win a round is through careful coordination with your teammates.
Apex Legends Official Launch Trailer
Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise
95 %
4.5/5
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release March 25, 2021
Expectations were high for the first original Monster Hunter title on Nintendo Switch — and Capcom didn’t disappoint. Not only does Rise feature the same bombastic monster-hunting gameplay, but it also introduces the new Wirebug mechanic — giving you an easy way to traverse the massive levels. You also can use it in combat to regain balance after taking a hit, or even mount a weakened opponent. Monster Hunter games are always best played with a few friends, and Rise is no different. Gather a few buddies, plan your strategy, then set out on a hunt together. Capcom’s latest Monster Hunter is looking to add new expansions and updates over the next few months, providing you with new content to work through regularly.
Monster Hunter Rise - Announcement Trailer
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
91 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Simulator, Strategy, Indie
Developer Team17, Ghost Town Games
Publisher Team17
Release November 12, 2020
Overcooked! All You Can Eat features all the content for both the original Overcooked! and its sequel, Overcooked! 2. That means you’ll have more than 100 levels to cook your way through, dozens of characters to unlock, and numerous strategies to master if you’re hoping to become the world’s best chef. Of course, half the fun of Overcooked! is playing with friends — whipping together a culinary masterpiece will require plenty of teamwork and even more patience, as the game is notoriously difficult once you reach the higher levels. All You Can Eat even features a variety of accessibility options — including scalable UI and dyslexia-friendly text preferences — giving everyone the chance to join in on the kitchen chaos.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat - Announcement Trailer
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
89 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform, Adventure
Developer Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher Nintendo
Release February 12, 2021
The iconic Nintendo Wii U title is back, bringing with it several hours of new content in the form of Bowser’s Fury. Step into the shoes of Mario and pals as you once again try to thwart Bowser’s evil plans. Super Mario 3D World features the same impressive co-op gameplay as it did on the Wii U, although this time around you’ll move faster, your dash skill powers up more quickly, and there’s a brand-new Snapshot Mode. Mario games are always fun to play on your own but throw a few friends into the mix and it’s an unforgettable experience.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - The Game Awards 2020 Spot
Haven
Haven
76 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure, Indie
Developer The Game Bakers
Publisher The Game Bakers
Release December 03, 2020
Haven is a unique indie RPG that tells a story of love, rebellion, and freedom. You and a friend will attempt to help Yu and Kay explore a mysterious planet as they try to fix their ship and start a new home. Throughout the journey, you’ll learn more about the two characters through seemingly mundane tasks such as cooking dinner, crafting items, and gathering resources. It’s all pulled together by a vibrant art style that brings the abstract world to life. If you’re looking for a deep narrative to experience with a close friend, look no further than Haven.
Haven - Teaser
Summer Catchers
Summer Catchers
50 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Nintendo Switch
Genre Racing, Adventure, Indie, Arcade
Publisher Noodlecake Studios Inc.
Release July 16, 2019
An odd mash-up of racing, rhythm, and puzzle elements, Summer Catchers is unlike much else on the market. The indie game from Noodlecake will send you on a road trip with nothing more than your “trusty wooden car” and a friend by your side. Hidden throughout its vibrant pixelized world are various secrets and events waiting to be discovered. You’ll also be able to upgrade your shoddy wooden car and unlock new abilities along the way, keeping things interesting until the credits roll 10 hours later. Best of all, the game includes a deep level of replayability, and you’ll want to run through it multiple times to see everything it has to offer.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition
77 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Fighting, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Chengdu
Publisher Limited Run Games, Ubisoft
Release January 14, 2021
After a long hiatus, Scott Pilgrim is back. The original game launched way back in 2010, but it offered a fantastic beat-em-up experience that was more than a quick cash grab. The Complete Edition comes with a remaster of the original title, along with all the DLC and add-on content released over the years. Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Knives Chau, and plenty of other iconic characters are playable — each with their own set of unlockable skills and abilities. Without a doubt, Scott Pilgrim is best played with a few friends. You can tackle the campaign with up to four players and — if you get tired of slaying wave and wave of enemies — you can jump into some wild mini-games.
Uno
Uno
70 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Puzzle, Strategy, Card & Board Game
Developer Ubisoft Chengdu
Publisher Ubisoft
Release August 16, 2016
The classic card game finally made its way to the Switch in 2021, giving you a way to experience the card-drawing madness remotely with your friends. You can play online or locally using up to four Switch consoles, and you can even use a unique Emote system to communicate with everyone in your lobby. All the variations of Uno are here as well, including Stacking, Swapping 7s, Passing 0s, and Jump-In. Ubisoft also added a feature called “Today’s Rulesets,” giving you new challenges to overcome and live leaderboards to climb. It might not be able to replace traditional Uno, but it offers a convenient way to play the beloved game no matter where you are.
UNO - Launch Trailer [EUROPE]
Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity
Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity
80 %
T
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Fighting, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Omega Force
Publisher Nintendo, Koei Tecmo
Release November 19, 2020
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a prequel to Breath of the Wild. However, the two games couldn’t be more different. While they share a similar version of Hyrule — and you’ll see plenty of familiar faces during your adventure — Age of Calamity‘s gameplay is much more action-oriented than anything we saw in Breath of the Wild. You’ll face off against hundreds of enemies at once, using special abilities and powerful combos to overcome the odds. Along the way, you’ll unlock new playable characters and side missions and unravel a complex story that explains the events leading up to Breath of the Wild. Up to two players can join in on the action, making it a great co-op title when you’re in the mood for some button-mashing fun.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Just Dance 2022
Just Dance 2022
E10
Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Music
Developer Ubisoft Paris
Publisher Ubisoft
Release November 03, 2021
If you’ve played any of the previous Just Dance games, the 2022 edition is much the same. You’ll get up and groove to more than 600 songs — if you spring for the Just Dance Unlimited subscription — giving you access to many of today’s hits. Even without the monthly membership, you’ll still have 40 new songs to dance to, including tunes by Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and NCT 127. Co-op might be the best way to experience Just Dance 2022, as up to six people can join in on the action. You can even customize a playlist, letting you roll through song after song without having to fiddle through the menu screens. Best of all, your smartphone can be used to track your movements, meaning there are no extra accessories required for you to add more players.
Just Dance 2022: Todrick Hall Announce Trailer | Ubisoft [US]
Pikmin 3
Pikmin 3
80 %
E10
Platforms Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Genre Puzzle, Real Time Strategy (RTS), Strategy, Adventure
Developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
Publisher Nintendo
Release July 13, 2013
Pikmin is back in a big way on Nintendo Switch, bringing the classic title to life with improved graphics, additional side-quests, and the ability to run through Story Mode with a friend. There’s also a competitive mode called Bingo Battles, where you’ll tackle various challenges throughout the map — racing your opponent to be the first to finish off your board. If you’ve never played Pikmin before, this is a great way to check out the adorable action. You’ll step into the shoes of Olimar or Louie, two pilots who are tasked with commanding half-plant, half-animal creatures known as Pikmin to solve puzzles and battle foes. There’s a lot more strategy to it than you’d expect, and it’s quickly become one of Nintendo’s best original series.
Wii U - Pikmin 3 E3 Trailer
FIFA 22
FIFA 22
55 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Simulator, Sport
Developer EA Canada
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release September 30, 2021
It’s not as robust as its Xbox and PlayStation counterparts, but FIFA 22 is the best way to experience the world of professional soccer on your Switch. The gameplay is the same as it was in FIFA 21, but it’s been updated to feature the latest kits, clubs, and squads. It does offer a new UI and menu screen, but for the most part, this is the same game as it was last year. Still, if you’re looking to pick up your first FIFA title, this is the one to get. FIFA 22 lets you challenge friends in Online Sessions, Online Tournaments, and local couch co-op. Sure, it’s mostly recycled content from last year, but having all the new kits and clubs makes this the definitive edition of the world’s most popular soccer game.
FIFA 22 | Official Reveal Trailer
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Fighting, Sport, Arcade
Developer Saber Interactive
Publisher 2K Games, Take-Two Interactive
Release September 18, 2020
The last WWE game published by 2K — WWE 2K20 — was an absolute disaster on all fronts. Bugs ran rampant, the graphics were subpar, and the gameplay wasn’t nearly as engaging as past entries. So, while the WWE 2K team goes back to the drawing board, another developer under the 2K umbrella stepped forward to release a unique spin on the WWE license. WWE Battlegrounds is an arcade fighter, giving you access to power-ups and over-the-top skills you won’t find in other WWE titles. You can still fight as all your favorite superstars, and friends can join in on the action through online matches or local multiplayer. It’s not perfect, but this is the best wrestling game WWE fans will get until 2K figures out how to breathe new life into the valuable IP.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds Teaser Trailer
FUSER
FUSER
78 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Music, Simulator
Developer Harmonix Music Systems
Publisher NCsoft
Release November 10, 2020
Developed by Harmonix — the team behind Rock Band and Dance Central — Fuser is a new type of rhythm game. You’ll mash together some of the most popular songs in the world to create something new and uniquely your own. If you’re in a collaborative mood, you can team up with a friend for inspiration. You’ll also be able to fully customize your character with a wardrobe full of modern, stylish clothing options before hitting the stage. With a library of more than 100 songs, a lengthy campaign, and various multiplayer modes, Fuser is a wild new rhythm game worthy of your time.
The Jackbox Party Pack 8
The Jackbox Party Pack 8
T
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre Indie
Developer Jackbox Games, Inc.
Publisher Jackbox Games, Inc.
Release October 14, 2021
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your next party, look no further than the Jackbox series. The latest installment, Jackbox Party Pack 8, brings five games to the table. Some require you to channel your artistic abilities, others see you stepping into the role of a public speaker, and all of them are bound to be a hilariously good time. Best of all, you don’t need a bunch of extra controllers to enjoy Jackbox Party Pack 8. The game can be played on phones, computers, and even tablets, so your party guests can play with whatever screen they bring with them.
The Jackbox Party Pack 8 Official Trailer
Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby Fighters 2
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Fighting
Developer HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Release September 23, 2020
Playable with up to four people on a single console and via local or online play, Kirby Fighters 2 is one of the most exciting new multiplayer games on the Switch. Players will choose from a lengthy list of Kirby-based characters before setting foot on the battlefield to duke it out. Matches play out a bit like Super Smash Bros — that is to say, they’re fast-paced and action-packed. A new Story Mode is also present in Kirby Fighters 2, letting you and a friend team up to fight increasingly difficult enemies as you work your way to the top of an ominous tower. A ranking system will track all your victories and unlock new items and gear as you progress through the game.
Kirby Fighters 2 - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch
World of Tanks: Blitz
World of Tanks: Blitz
71 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy, Tactical
Developer Wargaming.net
Publisher Wargaming.net
Release June 28, 2014
Featuring over 350 vehicles, more than 25 maps and loads of unlockable content, World of Tanks Blitz packs a punch for a free-to-play game. Players will engage in seven versus seven battles where coordination with teammates is the key to victory. Based on the highly popular mobile version, World of Tanks Blitz does tend to push microtransactions and put a few features behind time gates. If you’re able to look past these shortcomings, though, you’ll find an action-packed title that is difficult to put down.
World of Tanks Blitz Stage Demo - E3 2014
Warframe
Warframe
76 %
M
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Digital Extremes
Publisher Digital Extremes
Release March 25, 2013
Destiny 2 may not be available on the Switch, but Warframe does a pretty good job of filling the void. It’s certainly not identical to Destiny 2 — and it’s not really trying to be, either — but the fast-paced gunplay, constant updates, and seasonal events all spark comparisons to the popular Bungie title. And, like Destiny, Warframe is an even better adventure with a few friends by your side. Players will be able to unlock new characters (called Warframes) with their own unique abilities, upgrade their weapons, and even compete in some PvP action. The main draw is outfitting your space ninja with the most powerful gear possible, which involves a lot of grinding and a bit of good luck. Thankfully, the frenetic gameplay will keep you glued to the screen and coming back for more.
Warframe | Open Beta Launch Trailer
Rogue Company
Rogue Company
60 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Strategy, Tactical
Developer First Watch Games
Publisher Hi-Rez Studios
Release September 30, 2020
Hi-Rez, creators of the popular Smite and Paladins, have taken things in a completely new direction with Rogue Company. As a third-person tactical shooter, it’s one of the few games in this genre available on the Switch. And, although it’s not perfect, it certainly brings some unique gameplay to Nintendo’s console that isn’t offered by many other titles. Rogue Company takes some cues from Valorant and Counter-Strike, but it seems to be a bit more casual than those hardcore titles. It’s a good fit for the family-friendly Switch, and the variety of game modes, levels, and weapons should give players a lot to discover.
Rogue Company - Launch Trailer - "Runway"
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
71 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Arcade, Card & Board Game
Developer NDCube
Publisher Nintendo
Release June 04, 2020
Everybody loves board games, but it’s easy for your collection to grow out of control. Before you know what has happened, your entire closet is overrun with dozens of boxes, making it a nightmare to pull down a game and get it set up. Clubhouse Games simplifies that process. This new title from Nintendo includes 51 hit board games, card games, and a random assortment of other mini-games that are fun for the whole family. Clubhouse Games makes it easy to jump into classics such as Mancala, Dominoes, Backgammon, Chess, Chinese Checkers, and Four-in-a-Row at the press of a button. Games can be played in a variety of modes — including TV, tabletop, and handheld — and support up to four players.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons
68 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Mojang Studios
Publisher Xbox Game Studios, Mojang Studios
Release May 26, 2020
The next step in the Minecraft franchise is here, and it doesn’t disappoint. Minecraft Dungeons is a drastic departure from the original title, but it still features its trademark charm and accessibility. Players of all skill levels will enjoy this action-packed romp through the blocky world of Minecraft Dungeons, as they slowly collect an arsenal of powerful weapons to take down the evil Arch-Illager. It may not be as difficult as other ARPGs, but it’s one of the most entertaining dungeon crawlers on the market. The game is best played with a few friends, so grab an extra controller and start slaying those Creepers while you await the game’s next DLC.
Minecraft Dungeons - E3 2019 - Gameplay Reveal Trailer
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4
81 %
T
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Fighting, Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Indie, Arcade
Developer DotEmu, Guard Crush Games, Lizardcube
Publisher DotEmu, Yooreka Studio
Release April 30, 2020
Anyone looking for a trip down memory lane should look no further than Streets of Rage 4. This title manages to stick to the beat-em-up formula from the original three games without feeling like a title that’s two decades old. Dotemu has done a wonderful job keeping the heart of Streets of Rage intact, while simultaneously revitalizing the dormant franchise. The game is short — and can be finished in a single playthrough — but with multiple playable characters and unlockable content, you’ll more than get your money’s worth. It can become a bit challenging during the later levels, so running through the game with a partner is highly recommended. Better yet, teammates who are effectively communicating can pull off some beautiful combos, clearing entire rooms in a matter of seconds.
Streets of Rage 4 - Reveal Trailer
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
84 %
4/5
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Simulator
Developer Nintendo EPD, Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release March 19, 2020
Why create the perfect village, complete with a lavish mansion, if it’s only going to be populated by a single player? Like other Animal Crossing games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows other players to enter a village, either online or in a local cooperative mode. This only requires a single Joy-Con controller per player, too, so the stock Switch and the game are enough to get started. Islands are shared per console, meaning that if multiplayer players enjoy the game in the same household, they’ll have to make room for each other. It seems like a nuisance, but learning to live with another person is an important part of maturing, especially when they can build wherever they want.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019
Darksiders Genesis
Darksiders Genesis
73 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer Airship Syndicate
Publisher THQ Nordic
Release December 05, 2019
Fully playable as a single-player game like the other Darksiders titles, Darksiders Genesis is the first in the series to also offer cooperative play. Two players can choose to control either War or newcomer Strife in an isometric action game that plays like a mix of Diablo and classic Darksiders. The two Horsemen of the Apocalypse control completely differently from each other, with Strife focusing on ranged combat while War does damage up close. Darksiders Genesis also offers deep replayability because of its Arena missions, which play out as mini horde modes that task players with defeating enemies as quickly as possible. It’s surprisingly deep, and just as fun as the main levels.
Darksiders Genesis - Announcement Teaser
Dauntless
Dauntless
67 %
T
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Phoenix Labs
Publisher Phoenix Labs, Epic Games
Release September 26, 2019
You can’t play Monster Hunter: World on Nintendo Switch, but Phoenix Labs has created an alternative that not only scratches the same itch, but is completely free to play. Dauntless is an online action/role-playing game that lets you craft your own armor and weapons and face off against powerful enemies in cooperative play. It isn’t shy about where it took its influences, but continued updates, a gorgeous art style, creative character designs, and an intriguing world all make it the perfect substitute. Because it’s free, you don’t have much to lose by giving it a try.
Dauntless - Announce Trailer
Luigi's Mansion 3
Luigi's Mansion 3
83 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Adventure
Developer Next Level Games
Publisher Nintendo
Release October 31, 2019
The latest game in Nintendo’s favorite series about a terrified plumber searching for his missing friends, Luigi’s Mansion 3 features a lengthy single-player campaign mode like the first two games, but you can also play through the story with a friend by your side as trusty and vicious “Googi,” making puzzle-solving and combat more entertaining and easier for less-experienced players. You’ll be using Googi almost constantly, so the second player will have plenty to do. For more dedicated multiplayer gameplay, you can check out the cooperative ScareScraper, either online or with local friends, or compete in minigames over at ScreamPark. Both are the perfect way to get everyone in on the ghost-hunting action if they aren’t too scared by the spookiness.
Luigi's Mansion 3 (Working Title) - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Double Pack
Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Double Pack
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Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Game Freak
Publisher Nintendo
Release November 15, 2019
The classic handheld game series arrived on Nintendo Switch in 2018 with Pokémon: Let’s Go, but that version of Pokémon heavily streamlined the role-playing mechanics to make the experience more accessible. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, it’s back to the deeper battling and training we expect from the franchise, and you can battle against friends to prove who is the ultimate trainer. As with the other mainline Pokémon games, the latest two feature exclusive monsters that can only be acquired in their respective versions. The only way around this is to trade with your friends, so you’ll have no choice but to make a couple of them to get a full Pokédex. The latest DLC, Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra add to the fun, providing more Pokémon and sidequests, as well as an entirely new region to explore.
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2
81 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform
Developer Nintendo EPD, Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Release June 28, 2019
The traditional 2D platforming Super Mario Bros. series has long been a favorite for cooperative play, and Super Mario Maker 2 continues that tradition with the ability to complete courses with other players, or design them together online so your dastardly creations are the work of two villains instead of just one. Without proper communication, you might not succeed, but those working in tandem can cut down on the time needed to make a stage. Will one of you focus on Thwomps while the other cooks up a switch-heavy nightmare? Only you can know for sure. Though not traditionally “multiplayer,” the best part of Super Mario Maker 2 is heading online to play the courses others from around the world have designed. Just a few days after launch, we were already seeing incredibly creative stages that included elements we couldn’t dream of being in a Mario game. Of course, there were also a lot of troll-heavy stages that want to trick you, but the cream rises to the top.
Super Mario Maker 2 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
84 %
4/5
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Racing
Developer Nintendo EPD
Publisher Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe
Release April 28, 2017
The greatest Mario Kart game Nintendo has made, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers an endless supply of multiplayer fun in one of the best racing games. Well, and rage of course. No one likes to get hit by a blue shell by some slacker after maintaining the lead for the entire race. Boasting split-screen and wireless local multiplayer and online support, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe truly is the most fun when played alongside friends and family. The impressive tracklist, which includes courses both old and new, and slick, easy-to-learn controls make it a perfect party game for both casual gamers and Switch enthusiasts. The competitive battle modes offer nice alternatives to the traditional races as well. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a must-buy Switch game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer
Mario Tennis Aces
Mario Tennis Aces
71 %
3.5/5
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Sport
Developer Camelot Software Planning, Camelot
Publisher Nintendo
Release June 22, 2018
As the only Mario sports game currently on Switch, Mario Tennis Aces is really a no-brainer. This simple-to-pick-up tennis sim follows the mantra of all Mario sports games before it. It’s earnest in its dedication to recreating the sport while spinning it enough to give it an arcade feel. Each character has a different style of play, but all have special moves and the power to break their opponent’s rackets. The various courts, too, introduce some zaniness to the traditionally proper sport. Mario Tennis Aces has both local and online multiplayer, including multi-round tournaments.
Read our full Mario Tennis Aces review
Mario Tennis Aces - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Direct 3.8.2018
Mario Strikers: Battle League
Mario Strikers: Battle League
3/5
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Sport
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo, Nintendo
Release June 10, 2022
While we’re in the Mario sports realm, we can’t ignore the fan-favorite soccer series that finally returned with Mario Strikers: Battle League. This take on soccer is the black sheep of Mario sports games since it is not only mechanically deep but also more overtly aggressive than Nintendo usually likes to be with their sports titles. Sure, you’re still hitting characters with big colorful shells, but also drop-kicking them into electric fences. And you know what? We still love it, especially since it works so well as a multiplayer experience. There are a ton of strategies and tactics you can use to work together, or just toss all that aside and charge forward. Either way, you’ll have a blast with this over-the-top soccer title.
Mario Strikers: Battle League - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Minecraft
Minecraft
84 %
E10
Platforms Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac
Genre Adventure, Arcade
Developer Mojang Studios
Publisher Mojang Studios
Release November 18, 2011
This sandbox game needs no introduction at this point. A decade old, Minecraft still delights millions of gamers today. The Nintendo Switch version lets you bring your created worlds on the go, some of which may be infused with Nintendo-themed decorations and characters. Up to four players can occupy a world in local multiplayer, building and exploring together in harmony. Online multiplayer, including cross-platform play, lets you explore and inhabit worlds both near and far. The only limit in Minecraft is your imagination, and multiple imaginations working together are better than one.
Official Minecraft Trailer
Mario Party Superstars
Mario Party Superstars
84 %
4/5
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Card & Board Game
Developer Nintendo, NDCube
Publisher Nintendo
Release October 28, 2021
Mario Party has been a Nintendo console staple since the Nintendo 64 era. With more than a dozen entries to its name, chances are you’ve played the interactive board game series before. On Switch, Mario Party Superstars has the classic Party mode, complete with over 80 minigames to partake in between turns on all the classic stages from the first three games. Each of the main boards are dynamic, making each round interesting. Mario Party Superstars also adds an online multiplayer to play with friends all over, but it is still an ideal game to play on family game nights on the same screen. Up to four players can play at once, but only single Joy-Con controllers can be used (you’ll need four total). So no handheld mode or Pro controller support for this party, sadly.
Mario Party Superstars - Announcement Trailer | E3 2021
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puyo Puyo Tetris
78 %
E10
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Puzzle, Strategy
Developer Sonic Team
Publisher Sega
Release February 06, 2014
Puyo Puyo Tetris combines two beloved puzzle franchises to create one of the greatest grid-based puzzler packages of all time. Supporting both local and online multiplayer for up to four players, you can play under a variety of rulesets, including a challenging mode that drops both Puyo Puyos and Tetr0minoes on the same grid. You can also play each puzzle game individually, so if you just want to play Tetris or Puyo Puyo, the option is available. While Tetris 99, the awesome free-to-play (for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers) battle royale spin on Tetris, is also a viable puzzle option on Switch, you play that with 98 other strangers. It doesn’t have the intimate feel of Puyo Puyo Tetris.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is Coming to the Americas and Europe!
Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!
Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!
72 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Puzzle
Developer SFB Games
Publisher Nintendo
Release March 03, 2017
Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is one of the Switch’s most innovative multiplayer games. Two players take control of anthropomorphic pieces of paper. Each stage is a small puzzle that, to complete, requires some quality teamwork. This usually means snipping portions of each other with scissors to create the correct shapes to retrieve objects, press buttons, or reach inaccessible areas. Snipperclips has a cute aesthetic, with each level feeling like the page of a notebook filled with different utensils. A party mode for up to four players introduces some feverish competition, such as a great basketball minigame. Snipperclips is as clever as it is funny, and Snipperclips Plus adds dozens of new stages and new ways to experience previously completed levels.
Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! Trailer
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
87 %
4.5/5
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Fighting
Developer Sora, Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher Nintendo
Release December 07, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is certainly the ultimate fighting game on Nintendo Switch. The iconic Nintendo brawler with fighters from franchises both near and dear to Nintendo and outside of the Nintendo’s sphere altogether is a game you and your friends could easily sink hundreds of hours into. With tons of stages and characters to choose from — with even more on the way — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is always a dynamic experience, especially when enjoyed with friends and family. Ultimate supports up to eight-player multiplayer both online and offline (on a single console!). The real question isn’t whether you should buy it, but if you and your competitors will agree on whether items should be turned on or off.
Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch!
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
85 %
M
Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Release June 27, 2017
Diablo III: Eternal Collection compiles the 2012 base game and all of the excellent post-launch DLC into one package. The dungeon crawling action RPG focuses heavily on loot, offering a rewarding loop for those who take the time to replay areas and engage with the seasonal content updates. Though Diablo III is fun solo, it becomes an even more addictive experience when you squad up with three friends either locally or online. It’s one of the best multiplayer RPGs on Switch.
Diablo III Eternal Collection - Announcement Video - Nintendo Switch
Fortnite
Fortnite
68 %
4/5
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy
Developer Epic Games
Publisher Epic Games
Release July 25, 2017
When you buy a Nintendo Switch, one of the first things you should do is download Fortnite: Battle Royale. It’s free-to-play and remains one of the most popular games on the platform. The battle royale game that focuses on building on the fly certainly isn’t for everyone, but if the loop grips its claws into you, well, you’re in for hundreds if not thousands of hours of online multiplayer fun. Fortnite also doesn’t require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play, so it’s truly a free experience.
Read our full Fortnite review
Fortnite Trailer
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
76 %
E10
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Puzzle, Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Tactical, Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris
Publisher Ubisoft
Release August 29, 2017
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle‘s multiplayer isn’t available from the jump, but not long until your adventure in this tactical strategy game you’ll unlock the Buddy Dome, a separate campaign for two players. Each player controls two characters in the objective-based campaign. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an excellent and hilarious strategy game that excels even further when played cooperatively. This is also a great game to use to introduce the genre to younger players.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
71 %
E
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Genre Platform
Developer Nintendo EPD
Publisher Nintendo
Release January 11, 2019
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, two excellent Mario sidescrollers ported from the Wii U. All of the more than 100 levels can be played with up to four players cooperatively, and the two new playable characters, Nabbit and Toadette, make the game easier for younger players. In addition to the main campaigns, there are a few competitive multiplayer modes to add to the fun.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2
50 %
E
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre Sport, Arcade
Developer Saber Interactive
Publisher 2K Sports, 2K Games
Release October 16, 2018
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is a great spiritual successor to NBA Jam. The 2v2 arcade basketball game has all of the current NBA teams, a ton of current players and legends such as Michael Jordan. Up to four players can play at once (two on each team) in fast-paced games that feature tons of high-flying, ridiculous dunks and zany power-ups that create the over-the-top gameplay that NBA Jam fans have missed for so long. For fans of more traditional basketball sims, NBA 2K19 is the better choice, as it adheres to the realism of 5v5 basketball. But for those who want a casual sports game, look no further than NBA 2K Playgrounds 2.
NBA Playgrounds 2 - Debut Trailer

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