Because the local multiplayer Switch games are the core of this wonderful console!
Updated on April 2, 2023 - swapped 2 games, original article by Jupiter Hadley, latest update by Artur Novichenko.
The Nintendo Switch and local multiplayer games go together like chips and gravy, strawberries and chocolate, coffee and anxiety – you get the point.
Despite the new Nintendo Switch Lite making things personal, local multiplayer is where the platform shines brightest. Just you, some family or friends, couch co-op and a video game you'll all enjoy.
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Speaking of which, local multiplayer Switch games are plentiful on the Nintendo eShop. But these fifteen are absolute necessities to anyone who fancies playing a co-op with a pal.
Just be sure to hide any items that can be thrown in fits of rage or frustration… just in case! Without further ado, let's take a look at the best local multiplayer Switch games.
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1Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still being consistently updated with plenty of new content and events. Furthermore, new items are being added often, so there's always something new to be obtained! If you are a fan of Animal Crossing, you can play in the local multiplayer on Switch with your friends.
Not only can you invite other people to your island, allowing them to catch bugs, see the person visiting you and otherwise see your island, you can also allow someone else to live on your island, playing from your console with you - though only one of you can be playing at a time. It's really fun showcasing your island to your friends!
Where the first Overcooked brought an excellent cooperative culinary experience with it, Overcooked 2 only triples the fun you can have. Following the same vein as its predecessor, you need to complete each level on the map to fight off the Unbread by order of the Onion King.
Play with up to three other friends in fast-paced gameplay and unlock a huge variety of chefs. Chop onions, simmer soup, boil rice, steam dumplings, fry steaks, bake cakes, and much more. You need to communicate well with your teammates to nab that high score which, from experience, can lead to some hilarious arguments. If you are looking for the best local multiplayer Switch games, this one should definitely be one of your top picks.
Stardew Valley allows you to build multiple houses and then allow people to join your farm, locally, so that they can help you tend crops, fish, fight mobs, trigger cut scenes, skill up and more. These players keep their own saves, allowing them to dip in and out of the game, which can be really fun - plus you can get so much more done with more people playing!
One of the best parts of playing Stardew Valley on the couch co-op is by far the fact that you can each divide the tasks - say one will handle the mines, another one fishing, and another one farming. From my own experience, that is one of the most efficient ways to grow a truly massive farm.
As one of the Switch's launch titles, Snipperclips remains one of the finest experiences for cooperative play on the platform. Between two or four players, you each control Snip and Clip to figure out a series of challenging puzzles. It's fun, and it relies on cooperative play, but it could also be quite... challenging at times!
It's still as good now as it was when it launched in 2017. Whether you're snipping away at your partner to fit a gear, climbing on their head to get a boost, or shaping yourselves to fit a pattern, this is a no-rush puzzler you're going to love. Read the Snipperclips review.
Moving out has a lot of chaos like Overcooked, but instead of cooking, you will find yourself trying to get all of the major items from a house into a moving van. Everyone will need to work together to get larger items into the truck, break windows, throw things, and deal with wild animals along the way.
If you think that all sounds easy... you'd be so wrong! Just imagine trying to coordinate with another person while dealing with the chaos that's going on when moving out of a house. It's a tragically comic and fun co-op at the same time! One of the best Switch multiplayer games you could play right now.
6Kingdom Two Crowns
Kingdom Two Crowns is another exciting title you can enjoy with your friend. It is a pixel game where you have to build your settlement. Your primary goal here is to recruit many villagers and assign them a specific role, such as archer, farmer, builder, etc. Each night, you have to protect your kingdom from monsters who want to destroy your walls, loot your money, and finally steal your crown.
Another important aspect of this game is money management. A lack of money is one of the most common problems you can face here, therefore, spend them wisely. Also, you can repair a boat, move to another land, find better upgrades, and build a new settlement.
7Super Mario Party
Though pretty meh when it comes to online play, when it comes to healthy local cooperative multiplayer competition, Super Mario Party is a seasoned veteran. With up to three friends, you'll roll the rice, hop around the board, and participate in a bunch of amusing mini-games to see who among you is the top dog.
You don't just have to continue on with the original board game mode, no, there's a new 2-v-2 mode to get stuck into, as well as more than enough brand-new mini-games to enjoy. Mario will always bring the party! Read the Super Mario Party Switch review.
8Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
This charming, star-studded action RPG is most definitely at its best with a bunch of mates all crowded onto the same couch. It's a fun solo adventure, but the very concept of assembling a super-team of Avengers, X-Men and Guardians to take on Thanos feeds into the local multiplayer ethos.
If you've derived any pleasure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the years - and we suspect a few of you have - then this is the co-op Switch game to play next.
9Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
Rayman Legends is an action co-op platformer where you will find yourself running forward, avoiding hazards and freeing fairies as you play. there is a great variety in the levels of gameplay, and it really benefits from having your friends play with you. When you would normally die, in local multiplayer you instead are trapped in a bubble that your friends can pop to give you a second chance.
While Rayman Legends might not seem like much from a single-player perspective (unless you're a diehard platformer fan), it's the total opposite from a multiplayer point of view. If you are looking for a bit of intense fun on the Nintendo Switch, Rayman Legends is worth a look.
10Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
A list of local multiplayer games on Switch without Mario Kart is like, well, a Nintendo console without a Mario Kart. Unthinkable. So, let's instead add the much-loved title, which clearly deserves a spot here.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the best game in the series by almost any metric - including couch co-op action. For all its online credentials, a four-player split-screen remains the ultimate way to experience it. How else will you take direct retribution for that finishing line blue shell? Certainly, one of the Switch multiplayer games you must have! In case you have wondered how many Mario Kart Switch games are there, we've covered each one.
11Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is special because it hits local co-op multiplayer games at its very core. You and your three buddies must work together to pilot your pink spacecraft through the hazardous territory. While it's not exactly some hyper-realistic creation, the simplicity and cheerfulness of the graphics are enough to make you never want to stop playing it!
However, you'll need strong delegation and communication skills as you dash to man the gun turrets, maintain shields, and navigate to the level exit. Part 2D action game, part party extravaganza, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is unique on this list and makes it a space adventure worth experiencing together with your friends.
12Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
It may have pretty substantial online play, but one of the best ways you can dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is with a couple of mates on the sofa. Pick your fighters, choose your arenas, have a play with the items if you fancy it, and get to battle it out in short-burst matches for up to eight players on a single screen.
If you don't feel like playing against everyone (especially if there are sore losers in the room, ahem) you can play in teams against other friends or against CPUs. It's great fun with zero chance of concussion at the end of it. That's all we can ask for, eh? Definitely one of our favourite local multiplayer Switch games! Read the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch review.
Rocket League is an enduringly popular multiplayer game, with its tight combination of speedy fantasy-sports action and twitchy mechanics that are easy to learn by oh-so-difficult to master.
It's football with cars, basically. And everyone knows that both football games and car games are best played with your friends (to actually show them how it's done, right?). Despite its online focus, Rocket League is a hoot in 4P split-screen. It's definitely one of our top picks.
14Don't Starve Together
This one dropped recently, and we have to say, it took us by surprise. We never knew that this indie game is going to drop here, but it makes perfect sense that it did. If you're not familiar with the concept of Don't Starve, everything you need to know is in the headline. You literally need to survive long enough in a rather hostile environment, where even your basic needs like food can become an issue. Not to mention all of the hostile creatures roaming around trying to take a bite of you. The sense of discomfort is overwhelming, you won't find a minute of rest.
However, all of that has been eased off a bit by surviving together with your friend/spouse/pizza delivery guy! Couch co-op is a thing here, just know that you can sit two people at a time in local multiplayer, no more than that.
What feels like a board game, is, in essence, a 3-in-1 game. Armello cleverly combines RPG elements with tabletop board titles and deeply strategic elements into what feels like a fantastic adventure ready to knock your boots off. You'll have a character, and a stunning set of dice and off you go.
The goal is to become the king or queen of Armello - in other words, get to the middle of the board as fast as possible. However, it's easier said than done. The multiple traps (set by the AI and your friends) will try to stand between you and the ultimate goal. It's fun, competitive, and truly one of the finest local multiplayer Switch games. One thing though - you will need multiple consoles.
Splatoon 2 has everything you could want from a sequel. It takes all the best from the first part of the online team shooter and makes it much better. Nearly every major issue that players complained about in the last game has been resolved, showing that Nintendo truly pays attention to the feedback of fans and wants to give them the best possible gaming experience.
Splatoon 2 introduces countless changes and new content. Overall, it is one of the finest local multiplayer Switch games.
Epic has managed to fully recreate the feel of a great Fortnite battle royale on a hybrid console - Nintendo Switch. And it nicely works in local multiplayer. Of course, you will notice a difference in frame rates compared to other consoles, but in terms of performance, everything here is stable and absolutely playable. Frequent updates keep the it interesting.
The exciting feeling of being among the last two survivors is very attractive. Fortnite is one of the most intense local multiplayer games, and with all the new stuff that comes out every season, there's no better way to spend your free time.
The next one on the list is definitely one of the best classic survival games ever created. Terraria is a 2D action title where you can do whatever you want. You can build a whole city and collect all NPCs in the game, mine different valuable ores, or fight many enemies and complex bosses.
In fact, you can collect more than 25 NPCs, create more than 5000 items, and fight more than 400 different enemies. Moreover, Terraria has local multiplayer, so you can do all the listed activities together with your friends.
19Diablo III: Eternal Collection
Diablo III: Eternal Collection is a beautiful port of the classic RPG that sets its own direction for the genre. A nice touch is the local multiplayer, which is a lot of fun to play despite the slightly annoying limitation of having all four characters on the same screen. But the multiplayer is absolutely amazing and allows you to join any friend's game at any time if they allow it, and collect loot and smash the faces of the villains.
20Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
The next game on the list is a retro-inspired game about beloved ninja turtles and their new adventure. It is a fighting game with straightforward but, at the same time, dynamic gameplay from the good old days. Here you will find seven playable characters, and if you want to know how to unlock all of them, be sure to check out our article.
Throughout the game, you will have to face many dangerous bosses and finally test your skills in the fight with Shredder. To prepare for this battle, complete small quests and collect different items to increase your level and unlock new abilities. Are you looking for more information about the game? Luckily, we have a TMNT: Shredder's Revenge review for you!