If you don’t own any multiplayer Switch games, now is the best time to buy some. Even though the pandemic is slowing, we still can’t hang out with our friends like we would normally. Multiplayer games on the Switch are the best way to stay connected and have fun with your friends from a distance. Or, if you need something to pass the time with your family at home, multiplayer games are great for that too.
No matter how you connect, playing with others is a great way to get even more out of your Nintendo Switch console. Here are our best for the best multiplayer Switch games to help you do just that!
Best multiplayer Switch games
Super Mario Party
If there’s any truly iconic multiplayer Nintendo game, it’s Super Mario Party. The latest entry is once again a board style game that has a ton of unique twists. Each character has their own unique Dice Blocks. So there’s a lot of strategy behind choosing a specific character to play as.
While you’re trying to collect stars and coins to win the game, there are also fun minigames to keep it interesting. There are also different maps to choose from so the game never feels stale.
You can even play in Online Mariothon mode with other online players. There are five minigames you can compete in with other players. You receive rewards when playing in this mode.
Splatoon 2 is a great online multiplayer Switch game. You play as an Inkling and your goal is to paint the ground with your team’s color. Games are 4v4 and you gain cool new weapons and gear as you play more matches.
There is a single-player campaign you can play, but the real fun is in the online Turf Wars. From what I’ve seen, the online matching seems to be pretty fair so it’s friendly for beginners and pros.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
I can’t say enough good things about this game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a brilliant game, whether you’re playing by yourself, with friends, or online. There are 42 Nintendo characters to choose from, the largest number of characters ever offered in a Mario Kart game.
There are tons of tracks to play on. Plus, a lot of the tracks are remastered from previous Nintendo consoles. When you play on a track that was originally on Nintendo 64, the Wii, etc., the game will tell you. I thought that was a nifty feature.
There are so many different ways you can customize the game to your liking. You can choose a casual 50cc race or kick it up to a speedy 200cc race. There are so many different vehicles, wheels, and gliders to choose from, depending on how you like to play.
If you own a Nintendo Switch, this is definitely a game you should have in your library.
Moving Out is still a fairly recent game, but it’s hands down one of my favorite multiplayer Nintendo Switch games. It is described as a physics-based moving simulator. You are given a specific number of items in each house that you have to move out of the house and onto a moving truck.
Then, there are also specific challenges, like not breaking any windows or bringing the plastic flamingos on the lawn. The challenges add longevity to the game because you have something to work towards when you replay a level.
If you play by yourself, all the items will only need one person to move them. If you play with one other person, the bigger items, like the bed, the fridge, and the couches, require two people to move them. That means you have to coordinate your movements with another person. It gets hilarious really quickly. I haven’t played with three or four people yet, but I imagine it would be even funnier to try to get all four people to move those larger items.
Overcooked 2 can be played in either local or online multiplayer modes. While the premise of the game may seem simple, it can get pretty intense and hilarious. You discover new recipes, put out fires, assemble foods, and more. Plus, there are multiple kitchens to play in and shake things up.
You can either work together with other players or compete against them. This is a great multiplayer Switch game for families; it’s rated E and is full of wholesome fun.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
This is another classic from Nintendo. There are 74 players that come with the game, more if you buy DLCs. You can choose from over 100 stages to fight in or use the Stage Morph option to automatically transform from one stage into another.
Plus, there are so many different game modes to choose from, it would take a long time for the game to get old. You can play in Training Mode when you start out. Then, there is Smash mode (play with up to 8 players), Squad Strike mode (play 3v3 or 5v5 against an opponent, one character at at time), or even Tourney mode (32-player customizable tournament).
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Up to two players can play together in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. In this game, it’s your job to defeat enemies and find food to take back to you starving home planet. There are a ton of great story missions and side missions to experience.
Each Pikmin has different abilities too. For example, the blue Pikmin can breathe underwater, the winged Pikmin can fly, and the yellow Pikmin is immune to electric shock. It’s fun to go through the game and use all of the Pikmin strategically to get through the level as fast and as smart as possible.
Among Us has become a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why. This game is so inexpensive to play on PC and Switch and free to play on mobile devices. If you purchase the game for your Nintendo Switch, you can play with friends who are playing on their PC or their mobile device.
If you haven’t heard of this game yet, the premise is really basic. You’re on a spaceship with 3 to 10 other players and have to do tasks to ready your ship for departure. One or two of the players on your spaceship are impostors who are trying to kill everyone before the ship leaves.
This game is insanely fun and may start many heated arguments with your friends or family, but it’s worth it.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a great single-player game, but it’s super fun as a multiplayer game too. The process of getting to other people’s islands is way too slow right now, but hopefully that’s something Nintendo is working towards.
Once you’re on other people’s islands though, it’s really fun. You can chat with your friend’s residents, NPCs you might not have seen yet in your own game. Then, you can also help them harvest and collect materials, hunt for fossils, and more. You can play with up to eight players either online or over local wireless. Or, if you’re playing on one system at home, four family members can play at once.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
This is another game that is great single-player, but has quite a few fun multiplayer features as well. You can play co-op with someone in story mode; one of you plays as Luigi and one plays as Gooigi.
Or, if you feel like playing with more people, you can play mini-games in the ScareScraper. Up to eight players can play at once either locally or online. You complete fun challenges, like defeating all the ghosts in the tower, finding lost Toads, etc.
Super Mario Maker 2
There’s a story mode in Super Mario Maker 2 that’s single-player, but the real fun in this game is the community. You can build your own levels and you can play levels that other people have created.
Up to four players can play together locally to clear a course that either you or someone else built. Or, you can also play in online multiplayer mode to compete against other people or work together to complete a level.
Fortnite is completely free to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop. This is a battle royale game with 100 players dropping into the fight at a time. In order to win, you have to be the last one standing. You can build forts, gather resources, earn cool gear, and choose to play offense or defense.
You can play with friends or other random players online. The game is constantly updated with new stuff and there’s no cost to play, so it’s one of the best value multiplayer games for the Switch.
Snipperclips is definitely one of my favorite games to play co-op. You really have to coordinate what you’re doing with your teammate to pass each level. Each puzzle requires you to change your shape by cutting your teammate.
There are two modes in which 2-4 players can play. In Blitz mode, 2-4 players can compete in some action-packed levels. In Party mode, up to four players work together to solve some difficult puzzles.
No matter how many people you play with, this game will always make you laugh.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Diablo III is an action-RPG packed with over 800 abilities to unlock, tons of cool creatures to fight, and content that never gets old. You can play with up to four players locally on one Nintendo Switch console. Or, you can play remotely on up to four separate consoles.
There’s a lot to love in this game, and it’s way more fun when playing with friends. Just keep in mind that it isn’t one for the kids.
New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
This is yet another classic for Nintendo and one of the best multiplayer games for the Switch. New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is the classic side-scrolling Mario adventure we all know and love. You can play locally with up to three other players.
This game includes the New Super Mario Bros U levels as well as more difficult New Super Luigi U games. There are 164 courses across the two main game modes, so there’s hours worth of content to enjoy for you and your friends!
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
Any of the Jackbox Party Pack games are a great option if you’re looking for a multiplayer game. You can play this locally or remotely online. This is a fantastic game to play at parties, as it supports up to 8 players in most games and they don’t need controllers — just phones!
In the Jackbox Party Pack 3, there are 5 different games to choose from. Quiplash 2 can support 3-8 players; Trivia Murder Party, 1-8 players; Guesspionage, 2-8 players, Tee K.O., 3-8 players; and Fakin’ It, 3-6 players. Plus, it can support up to 10,000 audience members. So if you’re having a party or want to play with more than 8 people, everyone can still participate in the game!
And there you have it! These are some of the best multiplayer games you can play on your Switch with your friends and family either in person or from a distance. This list will be updated as new games are released.