15 Best Switch Multiplayer Games

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It’s often said that an experience shared is an experience enhanced, and perhaps no gaming company understands that mantra more than Nintendo. Whether it’s cooperative or competitive, Nintendo know that games tend to be at their best when they’re enjoyed with others, either in the same room as you or thousands of miles away.

With the Nintendo Switch rightfully earning its place as the defacto party console due to its portability, along with the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, Nintendo are focusing on online multiplayer than ever before, and that shows in the games currently on offer for the Nintendo Switch. Join us, as we rattle off fifteen of the best Switch multiplayer games.

 

The Best Switch Multiplayer Games

1. Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

Online/offline? Both

It’s not got “Party” in its name as a bit of false advertising: if you’re hosting somewhat of a get-together, there’s no better game to break out than Super Mario Party. With its varied selection of minigames that rely heavily on the Switch’s motion controls, Super Mario Party can be a huge amount of fun for gamers and casuals players alike.

You can even take Super Mario Party online, or play against the AI if you’re lacking friends, but the real value of the game’s multiplayer component is being able to look at your friend’s face when you steal a star right from under their nose. You might start the night friendly, but don’t be surprised if things change by the end of the night.

From our Super Mario Party review:

“Super Mario Party offers old school board game action with action-packed mini-games that make full use of the joy-cons’ motion capabilities while delivering new party tricks for all.”

 

2. Fortnite

Fortnite

Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Epic Games

Online/offline? Online

What more can be said about Fortnite that hasn’t been said already? Despite the fact that Apex Legends is nipping at its heels in terms of a worldwide player base, you can’t get Apex on the Switch, but you can play Fortnite to your heart’s content on your Switch while taking a dump. Checkmate EA.

The 100 player battle royale mode is perfect for a quick pick up and play experience if you’ve got a spare 30 minutes. Just don’t be surprised if that one game turns into about 50 because you just have to get that sweet sweet Victory Royale. Turns out having a portable gaming console can really play havoc with your productivity.

 

3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Both

For those parties that are filled with a little bit more competitive spirit, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the go-to game. With support for up to 8 players, there’s no reason for anyone to sit on the sidelines so long as there are enough controllers to go around, though depending on who you’re playing with, you might spend hours arguing about the rules (no items, Fox only, FINAL DESTINATION).

With modes like Smashdown, Special Melee and full tournament support on top of the usual action, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is accommodating to all competitive and casual needs. With a healthy online mode to boot, Ultimate is arguably one of the best fighting game experiences on the Nintendo Switch. It certainly beats Fight of Gods, that’s for sure.

From our Smash Ultimate review:

“This is Smash in its purest, most perfect form. Everything from previous games that made it such a worldwide phenomenon is back and everyone that made the game so great is here to make it that much more fun.”

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4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Both

No matter what your experience is with video games or Nintendo consoles as a whole, it’s likely you’ve had some kind of hands-on with the Mario Kart series. Whether it was the widely beloved entry on the N64 or on the Wii with your grandparents (it wasn’t just my grandparents that owned a Wii, right), Mario Kart is incredibly mainstream, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best iteration of the series yet.

Combining new tracks with updated versions of old tracks from the series’ long history, along with a few guest tracks and characters from other Nintendo franchises, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe allows of a brilliant blend of pure skill and dumb luck, ensuring that no one truly gets salty about wins and losses. Plus, you can take it online, which is just fantastic.

 

5. Tetris 99

Tetris 99

Developer: ARIKA
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Online

While Fortnite might offer the best pure battle royale experience, Tetris 99 is simply the best of the genre available on the Switch. A new twist on the puzzling format, 99 players compete to be the best at arranging blocks in a way that makes them disappear, with lines cleared being sent to other players in a bid to eliminate them from the game.

Despite being the same Tetris game you know and love from decades past, there’s a new meta in play that makes 99 unique unto itself. Do you target other players close to death in order to earn medals and more power, drawing more attention to yourself in the process, or do you try to fly under the radar in the hopes of surviving until the end? Just learn how to T-Spin and you’ll be fine with this Switch multiplayer game.

 

6. SMITE

Developer: Hi-Rez Studios, Titan Forge Games
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Online/offline? Online

SMITE, Hi-Rez Studios’ brilliant MOBA, has found a home for itself on the Nintendo Switch, and with crossplay available between PC and the Xbox One, there’s no shortage of players to get stomped by because they’ve had the game longer. Launch late, play (not) great, is a saying that I’ve just made up that will never catch on.

As a free-to-play game, players get access to a rotating cast of God’s from each of the game’s five classes, though the Founder’s Pack is available for a reasonable price and grants access to all of SMITE’s 100+ Gods, with more being added on a regular basis. If you need a good MOBA on consoles or handheld, SMITE is the only choice.

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7. Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Online

It was a bit of a shock to see Nintendo venture into the realm of third person shooters, but of course, Splatoon wasn’t like most shooters. Instead of focusing on killing the other team, Splatoon and Splatoon 2’s multiplayer experience saw players covering the battle arena in paint like some kind of weird expressionist art piece.

With multiple game modes, both online and offline, limited time Splatfest events that forces you to make the important choices in this world (cats vs dogs), along with multiple weapons and skills to get to grips with, Splatoon 2’s multiplayer offers enough depth and replayability to keep players coming back for more.

 

8. ARMS

ARMS
Source: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Both

In the absence of a good new boxing game, ARMS is a worthwhile substitute. If we’re not going to get a new Fight Night game, we may as well use those Joy-Cons to virtually batter our friends in the same room or sworn rivals on the other side of the globe. If nothing else, ARMS will probably give you the best workout of any game on this list.

With 15 characters with their own skills and more than 40 equippable ARMS that change the properties of your attacks, there’s enough strategic depth to satiate the most competitive of players, while the inclusion of plenty of additional modes and minigames ensure that others can still enjoy themselves.

 

9. Rocket League

Rocket League

Developer: Psyonix, Panic Button Games
Publisher: Psyonix
Online/offline? Both

The natural evolution of that one skit from Top Gear, only with better cars, Rocket League is still a multiplayer phenomenon nearly 4 years after it launched on PS4, and the move to the Nintendo Switch only made sense. Now you can score incredible goals in the palm of your hands, and with Psyonix providing consistent updates which add new cars, modes and changes to the game, Rocket League is only going to get better.

While the ability to play multiplayer split-screen gives Rocket League some local appeal, the game truly comes into its element when you take things online, either solo or with friends. The recent cross-play updates again ensure there’s no shortage of players, although the in-game chat can get a little bit toxic. Expect to see the words “Nice Save!” every time you mess up.

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10. 1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Offline

Since the Wii, Nintendo like to release a first-party game as a console launch title that showcases some of the capabilities of the hardware, and 1-2-Switch is no exception. While it might not be the most sustainable multiplayer game on this list, it’s certainly one of the most enjoyable while it lasts, particularly if you’ve had plenty of libations.

Essentially, 1-2-Switch is a collection of motion sensing minigames designed to make you look a little bit silly in front of your mates. Players compete in quick draw duels, catwalking contests and the famous “who can eat the most burgers” competition. It’s all silly fun that, admittedly, will only get played once or twice, but you’ll have a whale of time. Guaranteed.

 

11. Paladins

paladins

Developer: Evil Mojo Games
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Online/offline? Online

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t have Overwatch, which is a crying shame. Nothing would give me greater joy than being able to land a sweet Roadhog hook while taking a dump, so we may as well make do with the alternative: Paladins. With no other credible hero shooter available on the Switch, Paladins fills a worthy gap in the market.

In fairness, the constant Overwatch comparisons does sell Paladins short somewhat, as the character loadouts have some interesting differences, while the ability to buy upgrades within the game adds a MOBA-esque level of strategy. With cross-play enabled Switch and Xbox players, the servers are always filled with players, making this an ideal multiplayer shooter for Switch owners.

 

12. Mario Tennis Aces

Developer: Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Online/offline? Both

If you’re uninitiated in the ways of Mario Tennis Aces, you might not believe that a tennis game is the most competitive entry on this list, but that’ll change once you see the level of salt a game of Mario Tennis Aces can conjure up. Nothing gets the blood boiling like watching an experienced player break your racquet with a well placed Special Shot.

As you might have guessed, Mario Tennis Aces isn’t exactly following Wimbledon rules, as players can use abilities like zone shots, trick shots, zone speed and the aforementioned special shot to get the upper hand. Tennis has never been as tense as it is with Mario Tennis Aces, and with support for local and online play, there’s a chance you could be playing this game for a long time to come.

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13. Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla

Developer: Blue Mammoth Games
Publisher: Blue Mammoth Games, Ubisoft
Online/offline? Both

This entry right here goes out to all those who were disappointed that Rayman appeared as a Spirit in Smash Bros. Ultimate’s World of Light but not as a playable character. The free to play alternative to Super Smash Bros., Brawlhalla has enough of its own charm to make it a viable alternative to Nintendo’s own battering simulator.

With a cartoonish art style that’s filled with character, and a control scheme and move list that’s somehow easier to understand than Super Smash Bros. (crazy, I know), Brawlhalla manages to appeal to both newcomers and veterans alike. With local and online modes that support up to four players, along with limited modes that change the game in interesting ways, Brawlhalla is definitely worth a download.

 

14. Super Bomberman R

Super Bomberman R

Developer: Konami, HexaDrive
Publisher: Konami
Online/offline? Both

For those of the more old school inclination for their Switch multiplayer games, there’s nothing like a classic game of Bomberman to really get a multiplayer session going, and Super Bomberman R is perfect for that dose of vintage action, especially when playing local. Watching your opponent struggle as they helplessly try to escape your bomb traps. Laughing maniacally is optional.

Super Bomberman R is classic Bomberman, so absolutely nothing like that weird, awful reboot on the Xbox 360: you try to kill people with bombs, and those who get killed can throw bombs from the outside to screw with surviving players. It’s everything you remember Bomberman to be, except now you can play as WWE wrestler Xavier Woods, which is worth the price of admission alone.

 

15. Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection

Developer: Digital Eclipse
Publisher: Capcom
Online/offline? Both

Speaking of “worth the price of admission”, Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection is worth picking up just for Street Fighter III: Third Strike alone. Watch EVO Moment #37 and tell me it’s not the greatest fighting game ever made. Luckily for you, the 30th Anniversary Collection also comes with 10 other incredible SF games, and the first game too. They can’t all be winners.

Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection brings together all the important iterations of Street Fighter II, Alpha and Street Fighter III. Though Ultra Street Fighter II exists separately and is the best version of that game, this collection is the only way you can play the Alpha series and Street Fighter III on the Switch, either locally or online. If you know a fellow fighting game aficionado, buying this game is a no-brainer.

From our Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection review:

“Though the games themselves far outshine the packaging that binds them, Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection is a fine celebration of one of the fighting game genre stalwarts. Plus, it’s the only way to play Third Strike on current consoles, which makes it invaluable.”

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