The Nintendo Switch is a versatile console with a wide variety of games for just about everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer born with a controller in-hand or a newbie looking to see what the system has to offer, there’s a treasure trove of adventure to dive into.
Though the Switch is great for a ton of reasons, the system is at its best when played with friends. From fighting games to collaborative cooking games, the Switch offers a vast library of incredible titles that will bring friends and family together. And thanks to the way the Switch is physically set up (from its portability to the joy-con controllers which detach easily), it makes for an excellent co-op platform. No more taking turns, these games let everyone in on the fun at the same time.
We’ve hand-picked some of the best Nintendo Switch co-op games to help you build the ultimate gaming library. Grab a partner and check it out — you’re sure to love what we have below.
1. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
BEST FOR ACTION-LOVERS
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order lets players tam up as their favorite Marvel superheroes to acquire all the Infinity Stones before the evil Thanos can destroy the universe. From Iron Man to Deadpool, each playable character can utilize a variety of melee and special attacks throughout several areas on their way to tracking down the Infinity Stones. Players can work together by way of online or local co-op to hack and slash their way to victory. Thanos won’t be snapping anyone out of existence anytime soon with you and your friends on the case.
2. Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
BEST FOR BEGINNERS
Snipperclips Plus is a colorful puzzler that challenges players to maneuver characters Snip and Clip into positions that fit the solution for each level. Their bodies can be rotated, cut, and folded into place to fit the mold to complete different objectives. It’s a great choice for seasoned players, but it’s perfect for younger gamers, teaching them spatial skills and how best to work together with others, as it requires teammwork to win. It’s also great for teaching puzzle-solving with shapes, though even adults will find that it puts them to their paces.
3. Resident Evil Revelations Collection
BEST FOR ADULTS
What’s scarier than being caught in the zombie apocalypse? Going it alone! Take to the world of Resident Evil as these episodic adventures explore the in-universe events that took place between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. Players take on the roles of Claire Redfield and Moira Burton as they work to escape from an undead-riddled desert island. It’s a gory, terrifying zombie adventure in which you’ve got to work together if you want to survive, with plenty of puzzles to solve and members of the shambling hordes of undead to obliterate.
4. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
BEST FOR PUZZLE-SOLVERS
Popular Mario character Toad watches as Toadette is carried away from a tower the pair were scaling by a villainous giant crow. It’s up to players to help Toad track Toadette down throughout a series of level-based obstacles, all the while collecting the coveted Power Stars along the way. Players can join forces to puzzle it out as they work to scour hidden nooks and crannies throughout each level all in a bid to rescue Toadette and nab all the curious collectibles throughout the world.
5. Yoshi’s Crafted World
BEST FOR FAMILIES
The Yoshis who live on Yoshi’s Island have just had their precious Sundream Stone stolen out from under their noses! One brave Yoshi has to leave the island and embark on a quest in this side-scrolling platform to recover all of the Dream Gems that comprise the Stone to restore it to its former glory. Yoshi’s Crafted World is a friendly, laid-back adventure that lets Yoshi explore a world made of craft objects: felt, cardboard, paper, and milk cartons. The entire family can work together to recover all of the Dream Gems scattered throughout the world in a series of gentle puzzle levels while searching for adorable “Poochie Pups” and flipping around each level to solve problems.
6. Overcooked! 2
BEST FOR COOKING FANS
Cooking with friends and family can be fun. Overcooked! 2 makes it one of the most hectic activities you could ever do with your loved ones, but it’s also so much fun you’ll forget how stressful it is. Teams of up to four players can work together to prepare foods for hungry diners throughout far-out restaurant scenes, working to combine dishes and serve them on conveyor belts, while moving on a bumpy road, and even in a hot air balloon. Everyone has to pull their weight to make for a successful dining experience, and that’s what makes this hilarious outing so fun.
7. Diablo III: Eternal Collection
BEST FOR HARDCORE GAMERS
The classic dungeon-crawler Diablo returns with Diablo III: Eternal Collection, scaled down perfectly for the Switch. It collects all content for the original game, including all of its DLC releases, and lets you loose in a world where you can fell monsters, collect loot, and go adventuring with another hero right from your handheld (or TV, if you prefer to play docked.) There are hours’ worth of dungeon exploration fun to be had here, as well as some fun extras unique to the Switch edition, such as fun Zelda-based items. It’s the best way to recruit friends to join you, especially now that it has landed on Switch.
8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
BEST FOR YOUNGER GAMERS
Pair up with your favorite Pokémon Trainer companion to catch ’em all with this fun, fast-paced remake of the Game Boy title Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. Players can explore the world together and nab Pokémon while embarking on an exciting adventure side-by-side. Battling against other trainers is fun enough, but going on a Pokémon quest is an exciting endeavor all its own. It’s a much simpler affair than the current Pokémon Sword and Shield titles on Switch, which makes it an appropriate choice for younger gamers looking to play with older friends and family.