Best Multiplayer Switch Games
Multiplayer games are Nintendo’s strong side. The game library is filled with native and third-party games that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Choosing one to play may be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you out.
In this guide, we’ll share the best multiplayer games available on the Nintendo Switch console. We’ve included titles to please gamers of all ages and preferences, from kid-friendly relaxing simulations to challenging adventures.
Animal Crossing became the most popular game of 2020 as soon as it was released. The gameplay is rather simple, revolving around the creation of your own island. You can get creative in crafting essential tools or decorate your home, explore the local flora and fauna peacefully or hunt down insects. Overall, the game is very relaxing.
Fishing on sunset in your personal paradise, what could be better? Animal Crossing isn’t an art piece featuring next-gen graphics or a deep storyline, and it doesn’t need to be. The game lets you kill a few hours chatting while exploring new horizons, and that’s what it’s beloved for. While the game’s graphics are cartoonish, featuring vivid colors and cute characters, it manages to feel real. The time of the day and season adapt to real life, and every day brings new surprises.
The world is filled with friendly animals and other players. You can visit friend islands to share supplies or have some fun together. Even hopping on a flight, you’ll meet new world residents, each with a unique personality. The multiplayer mode supports up to eight players, enough for the whole family or friend group to join. Animal Crossing is a positive and fun game free from violence and mature content, so it’s great for gamers of all ages.
- Up to eight players
- Suitable for gamers of all ages
- A lively world filled with friendly characters
- Plenty of world customization options
- A great way to relax
- Only supports four players on the same system
Super Kirby Clash is an action game for up to four players starting from the age of 10. While the game involves some casual running, jumping, and puzzle-solving, it focuses on boss battles that require players to team up.
The action takes place on two-dimensional arenas. Kirby and his friends look very cartoonish, but don’t be deceived: they’re actually skilled fighters. Before the battle, players can choose a role: sword or hammer wielder or assaulting or healing mage. The objective is to use your unique perks to defeat the enemy and, of course, get gem apples necessary for purchasing new gear and skins.
The reward amount depends on how efficiently you defeat the boss. Like in all freemium games, the process of obtaining gem apples can speed up by spending real money. However, the game doesn’t force anything on players, leaving a chance to have fun for those who don’t want to spend a cent.
- Free to download
- Friendly characters will be loved by kids
- Clear objective
- Ability to use unique perks
- In-game purchases may be tempting for some young players
- Only supports up to four players
It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t heard of Among Us. In case you’re not familiar with it, Among Us is a multiplayer game suitable both for local parties and playing online. It’s great for companies of all sizes, supporting four to 15 players.
The game is set in space, where players are placed on a ship. One to three of the players could be randomly chosen to be impostors who must kill peaceful teammates. The goal is to identify and kick out an impostor before they manage to kill everyone on the ship. If the rules seem familiar, you’re likely right. The core objective of the game is borrowed from the famous party game Mafia, though Among Us is even better.
While trying to identify the impostor, players must also solve riddles repairing devices and engines in different ship areas. Impostors can hide in air vents and make traps. If someone finds another player suspicious, they can call everyone for an emergency meeting and discuss their speculations in chat. And as players don’t always sit in the same room and see each other’s faces, it’s even easier to get bewildered.
The game’s graphic is very simple, as if drawn by hand. This, however, doesn’t make the game less fun. Among Us is a great game to play at parties or make better use of a boring evening training your deduction skills.
- Online or local multiplayer
- Suitable for small or large companies
- Simple objective yet fun gameplay
- Available on all operating systems so your friends can play, too
- No parental control options – kids playing online may get into a wrong team
The variety of Mario-themed games available on Nintendo is astonishing. Choosing the best one to play is challenging, but you can’t go wrong with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. The game can be played alone or in multiplayer, letting you team up with up to four friends locally or online.
The game’s developer took our beloved characters, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad, and placed them into a new world full of adventure. Like most Mario games, this release is a platformer based on completing levels and defeating occasional bosses. But apart from casual jumping and running, players must utilize unique character abilities to finish with the highest score.
Every playable character has a very distinct style. In the Bowsers Fury adventure, Mario and the team arrive at the Lake Lapcat, where everything is cat-themed. Even the flowers and birds resemble cats, which is rather ridiculous yet fun. The levels are creative and challenging, not letting you relax unless you wish to pause the game to take a snapshot. In both game parts, you can collect stamps throughout the levels that can be later used for decoration in the Snapshot Mode.
- Characters have a distinct playstyle
- Two adventures in one game
- Online or local multiplayer
- Great snapshot mode
- Beloved characters
- Not suitable for larger companies
Mario Kart 8 is the ultimate racing game for all Mario fans. The game doesn’t contain mature content or violence and is thus suitable for gamers of all ages, supporting up to 12 players. Like in previous Mario kart games, the objective is to collect various items and hinder opponents while aiming to reach the finish first. But the deluxe version also includes all of the game DLCs ever released along with 42 new playable charters such as Bowser Junior and Splatoon.
Another new feature is the Smart Steering mode meant to help novice players control the car. The game’s graphics are cartoonish yet detailed, with thought-through movement physics. The Battle mode has also been revised. The developers added five new modes set on eight arenas. For instance, in the Balloon mode, the players must use their position as an advantage to pop the enemy’s balloons. The Coin Runners mode, in turn, shades Sonic vibe: the goal is to collect all of your rivals’ coins.
- Suitable for all ages
- New Battle modes
- All previous DLCs included
- Supports up to 12 players
- Online or local multiplayer
You may be tired of reading about Mario-themed games, but we can’t skip Luigi’s Mansion 3. The game is set in a haunted hotel where Luigi is left all alone after Mario and the friends go missing. The character must overcome his fears to save the day. Along the way, he will be slamming and vacuuming ghosts (hey, Ghostbusters!) and teaming up with Gooigi to solve puzzles and defeat bosses.
Unlike most Mario games, Luigi’s Mansion presents a truly scary atmosphere achieved by cinematic sounds and ghoulish décor. Each floor is a new level designed in a different theme. The game offers you to play alone or with up to eight local or online players. While it involves mild cartoon violence, the game is suitable for all ages.
- A horror game suitable for the youngest of gamers
- Can be played alone or in a team
- Each level has a different theme
As the name suggests, Overcooked! 2 is a cooking-themed game that can be played alone or in a team of four. If not all your friends have a Nintendo Switch, you can play online with random players. Both cooperative and competitive modes are available, but the latter is surprisingly more fun.
The game is based in the Onion Kingdom. The players are working in a busy restaurant aiming to produce as many dishes as possible to save the kingdom from starvation. But don’t focus on the storyline, as Overcooked! 2 is the most hectic, chaotic cooking game ever produced. It’s all about screaming at each other to cook faster as you strive to save the world. Overall, the gameplay is extremely challenging and fun, helping to truly test your friendship and ability to build a strong team.
- Can be played alone or in multiplayer
- Local or online multiplayer
- Hilariously chaotic
- Won’t appeal to those preferring story-focused games
- The graphics are pretty average
Don’t be deceived by the cartoonish look of this game. Cuphead is one of the most challenging games of all time. It’s somewhere on the same level with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Ninja Gaiden but wrapped in a distinctly friendly and simultaneously creepy animation style.
The game is inspired by 1930s cartoons, with jazz recordings and watercolor backgrounds. The atmosphere is very unique, and the visual part is outstanding. Unlike many other such games, Cuphead is suitable for gamers of all ages. Cuphead is an indie arcade platformer that can be played alone or in pairs.
You can choose to play as Cuphead himself or Mugman, though the only difference is the character’s appearance. On the way to completing new levels, Cuphead and Mugman discover strange worlds, obtain weapons, learn new powerful moves, and battle with bosses.
- A unique atmosphere and district visual style
- Single or multiplayer
- Original jazz recordings
- Challenging yet suitable for gamers of all ages
- Challenging – very, very challenging
Diablo 3 is the latest release in the famous Diablo trilogy. The game narrates the story of a world being taken over by demons and angels. The player’s objective is to protect the human land, battling demonic creatures such as walking corpses, seraphs, and Lords of Hell.
However, the storyline isn’t the main focus here. Any new player can jump right into the action without learning the lore and previous game events for hours. The game involves blood, gore, partial nudity, and violence, rated as mature. The third game of the series adds new characters, bosses, and weapons. Graphics have also been improved, presenting horrifying apocalyptic environments. You can play alone or in multiplayer in a team of up to four players.
- Great graphics
- The storyline is engaging but not overwhelming
- New characters and weapons
- A lot of mature content
Fortnite is a freemium multiplayer game counting (already) the seventh season: Invasion. Each season, the action takes place in a different setting, this time on an island infiltrated by alien forces. The war escalates as the season progresses, so you still have a chance to jump on the adventure train and save the world.
Fortnite’s cartoonish environments are always full of life and breathtakingly beautiful, and each character has a distinct style. Players can be divided into teams of up to 99, locally or randomly online. The objective is to win a battle being the last team – or player – standing. There are four game modes, Battle Royale, Party Royale, Creative, and Save the World, each with different gameplay and rules.
In Creative mode, you can set your own rules, create a custom island, and play locally with friends. Weekly events constantly present new skins and weapons that can be obtained by completing challenges. Most of the items can also be purchased, which may be seen as both a pro and a con.
- Endless fun with weekly updates and events
- New seasons are issued regularly
- Four game modes
- Free to download
- In-game purchases make the game a bit unfair