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If you liked the original Overcooked game for being one of the best party games on Switch, you’ll have no problem jumping right into Overcooked 2. The kitchen mayhem is just as chaotic with a slew of new stages to conquer, each with their own unique quirks and roadblocks. Up to four players have to work together to prep and serve meals, as well as clean up afterward.
It isn’t easy, however, as players must maneuver through obstacles, such as moving platforms, swaying stages, and cooperate as a team. Overcooked! 2 requires the same amount of team play and coordination, if not more, than the first game. With more stages, costumes, and recipes to unlock, Overcooked 2 is definitely one of the best party games on Switch.
MARIO KART 8 DELUXE
Mario Kart, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch
When we think of having friends over for a party, there’s one game that always comes to mind as one of the best party games on Switch. Of course we’re talking Mario Kart. There’s no greater joy than watching your mortal enemy, um… we mean friend, slip on a banana peel as soon as they are about to win a race in first place.
Seeing their face in defeat is super satisfying and let’s not forget that the Switch comes included with two controllers, so busting out Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the midst of a party is a pretty easy feat – you don’t even need a television. With a ton of characters to choose from, an abundance of zany tracks, and simple multiplayer that anyone can play, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right there among the best party games on Switch.
Snipperclips is truly something unique on the Switch that does things that we’ve never quite seen before in a puzzle game, and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch. Playing as two pieces of paper(?) you and your partner have the ability to cut up one another into different shapes, which you then can use to solve a variety of puzzle rooms. There are some challenges that might have you get a basketball into a hoop or one that tasks you with popping a balloon.
Snipperclips might make you very angry at the person sitting next to you, but if you and your partner communicate and work together, this game might even make you two closer, and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
Although thought of as a tech demo by some, most of the mini-games in 1-2 Switch are really fun and it is a neat way to show off what the Joy-Cons were capable of, making it one of the best party games on Switch.
Sure, the whole package doesn’t provide as much replayability as some of the other games on this list, but if you’re looking for one of the best party games on Switch to show off to your non-gamer friends or even your friends who don’t own a Switch, they’ll surely be intrigued by the intricacies of the Joy-Con and will want you at every party from now on, or they’ll just want your Switch.
Rocket League is finally out on Switch, and even though it takes a bit of a hit on the graphical side of things, the Switch port of this high-octane sports game still provides the same amount of fun that is to be had on the other console versions, and is one of the best party games on Switch. Rocket League combines rocket-powered RC cars with soccer and it’s probably one of the best online experiences that we’ve had in recent years.
The Switch version supports split-screen play which makes for some pretty fierce competition on Nintendo’s hybrid console. As soon as you get a hand on the controls and manage to get your first big goal, you’ll never want to stop playing, and that’s what it makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
We don’t think Sushi Striker has been getting the praise it deserves since it released in June of 2018. It’s definitely one of the best party games on Switch, but it doesn’t get talked about like one. The game is essentially a match-puzzle game that’ll have you clearing sushi plates off conveyor belts, before combining same-colored plates together and launching them at your opponent. It’s frantic, fast-paced, chaotic fun, and when you sit your friend down for some local multiplayer, it’s just a heck of a lot more satisfying than winning against the AI. Sushi Striker is easy to pick up, but incredibly difficult to master, and the more you play it, the more of these advanced tricks and techniques you learn. This makes for one of those multiplayer games you’ll sit playing for hours with friends and family as you try out new strategies or abilities, and that’s why it’s one of the best party games on Switch.
Ever wanted to settle an argument by just punching someone in the face? Well we definitely have. But we all know that violence is never the answer, unless it’s done in a virtual space of course, which is there ARMS comes in on our list of best party games on Switch. ARMS is Nintendo’s new fighting IP that puts you in control of some pretty kooky characters, all of which have extendable arms (or hair).
Using the split Joy-Cons and motion controls, ARMS does a fantastic job at letting you control your punches the way you want to. Tilt one to the side to do a nice curved punch or hold both of the Joy-Cons together to guard against your opponent’s moves. Oh and don’t worry, if you’d rather not play with motion controls, there are options to play with traditional controls. All these options makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
Brawlout is a 2D fighter that pits 2-4 players together in several different battle arenas, where the goal is to knock your opponent off the stage. Sound familiar? Sure, we can take the easy route and automatically call Brawlout a Smash Bros. clone, but it’s still very fun and one of the best party games on Switch right now.
Plus, Brawlout isn’t a full-blown clone, the game doesn’t feature any grabbing or guarding, but what it does do is introduce a combo system that allows you to fill up a meter that lets you perform special attacks and combo breakers. With local competitive play and an online mode, Brawlout may give Smash fans that much-needed party fighter on Switch, and is one of the best party games on Switch right now, especially until Smash Ultimate arrives.
JACKBOX PARTY PACK 4
Jackbox Party Pack literally has the word “party” in the title, so we thought it would be fitting for the best party games on Switch. In Jackbox Party Pack, you and your friends connect to a server via your smartphones so that everyone can easily jump in without having an actual controller. Some of the games in Jackbox Party Pack 4 support up to 16 players, so it should not be a hassle to get your entire family into the hilarious mess that is Jackbox Party Pack.
Some of the games in this pack will have you guessing weird facts about your friends, go on a dating show, and even have a deranged debate where you can place bets on idiotic arguments, and all that silliness makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
The Just Dance franchise has sold so many copies that Ubisoft has just been putting out new entries year after year, racking in all of that dough. Just Dance is one of the most accessible games out there; your grandma can pick up and play it as well as your four-year old nephew, and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch. All you have to do is simply dance while holding onto a controller, it’s that simple. You can even connect your smartphone to your video game console of choice if you don’t have any extra controllers.
With some of the most popular songs in this day and age, mixed in with some classic old-school jams, Just Dance should always be part of the conversation when discussing some of the best party games on Switch.
MARIO TENNIS ACES
When it comes to sports games, nobody makes them quite as accessible and entertaining for both newcomers and veterans alike as Mario and his friends do. Mario Tennis Aces brings the iconic cast of the Mushroom Kingdom onto the court, with a variety of different shots, specials, and abilities at their disposal to help try and secure them the win. While there’s an Adventure Mode which is fun enough in single-player, the game really excels when you’re facing off against a friend (or friends in doubles), and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch. With a variety of different multiplayer modes, and even a Swing Mode that allows you to use the Joy-Con motion controls to play, Mario Tennis Aces is a great Switch game to play with friends and family members of all ages, and that’s why it’s on list of best party games on Switch.
KIRBY STAR ALLIES
Kirby Star Allies introduced a big new mechanic in that the adorable pink blob would be joined by up to four other characters, turning a classic single-player game until one of the best party games on Switch. It’s not just that, though, with Kirby being able to recruit up to three enemies, whose abilities can then be used to help him advance along on his adventure. As you may have guessed, then, Kirby Star Allies’ multiplayer comes in the form of co-op fun. Sure, the challenge in Kirby Star Allies isn’t the toughest, but this does allow for some experimentation with the different abilities you can mix and match. It also makes for a more lenient experience for newcomers, too, so everyone can have fun regardless of their skill level, making it one of the best party games on Switch.
RAYMAN LEGENDS DEFINITIVE EDITION
When Ubisoft brought back Rayman to his 2D roots with Rayman Origins, we were all taken aback by how stunning the art style looked and how it felt to actually play it. Rayman Legends took that new formula and just made it better than ever. The water-color art style also adds to the magic by making it look as if you’re playing on a moving piece of art, making it one of the prettiest, and best party games on Switch.
Rayman Legends looks beautiful on the Switch and playing with a friend with a split Joy-Con could not be easier. There are even Mario-themed costumes for you to try on if you needed another reason to pick this title up. Being one of the best 2D platformers in recent years, Rayman Legends is one game that should not be missed especially for those looking for the best party games on Switch.
SONIC MANIA PLUS
If you’re in the company of those who like classic games, those who have fond memories of a blue hedgehog zipping through stages filled with rings and loops, then Sonic Mania Plus is absolutely the game you should be considering when looking for the best party games on Switch. Sonic Mania, and its Plus definitive edition both include a Competition Mode which can be unlocked after beating Green Hill Zone for the first time on your first play through. This mode essentially brings back the good old versus mode from Sonic 2. While Sonic Mania only allows 2-player Competition mode, Sonic Mania Plus ups this to four-player chaos, making it one of the best party games on Switch.
Let’s be real, what’s better than sending a bunch of adorable, foul-mouthed worms onto a battlefield, and using a collection of incredibly bizarre weapons to decimate the opposing team’s worms? Nothing, that’s what. And Worms WMD brings all of the classic multiplayer action of the series to the Nintendo Switch, making it one the best party games on Switch. The turn-based Worm warfare feels just as good as ever, and with five players having up to eight worms each, things can get pretty hectic on the battlefield. Oh, there are even online multiplayer modes too, should you want to try your hand online once your friends have left.
MARIO + RABBIDS: KINGDOM BATTLE
Fancy something a little different from the fast-paced shooting or the intense mini game action? Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a little different from the other games on this list, and while it may only offer 2-player co-op, it is pretty darn fun, and it’s one of the best party games on Switch. The turn-based XCOM action with the colorful visuals makes for an entertaining experience, and because you’re working together against the AI, you can always show them the ropes should they be getting a little confused. It’s also pretty great to see how you and your friends and family may want to approach a certain level in different ways, and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
Those who love board games will get a kick out of the latest Scribblenauts game which is one of the best party games on Switch. Deviating from the game’s original formula, Showdown pits players head-on in a series of mini-games. Players are dropped in a board game-esque playing field where the first player to rush to the end wins. Along the way, players will compete in different party games that’s easy enough to understand and perfect for kids as well. Scribblenauts Showdown might lack the connectivity for online play, but it sure makes for an awesome time when you’re playing with your friends at a local party, and is one of the best party games on Switch.
Minecraft may not strike you as your traditional party game filled with mini games and bright flashing colors and high scores, but it doesn’t really need any of that to be one of the best party games on Switch. Minecraft simply allows you and your friends to hang out, mine, build whatever you want, and focus on surviving. Want to reach the end game content? Go for it. Rather build an enormous Eiffel Tower instead with your friends? The Minecraft world is literally your oyster. It may not bring the fast-paced or chaotic action of other party games, but if you need something a little more chilled out to draw your play session to a close, you can’t go far wrong with Minecraft, one of the best party games on Switch.
PUYO PUYO TETRIS
This one’s for all you puzzle fans out there. Puyo Puyo Tetris mixes two different puzzle games together to create one of the most fast-paced and best party games on Switch so far. And thanks to its Arcade Multiplayer, there are a plethora of modes for up to four players to enjoy in local multiplayer, too. Thanks to the simplicity of the game’s core mechanics, and the basic controls, Puyo Puyo Tetris is easy enough for your friends and families to pick up and play without too much of an issue. From simple versus modes to more complex Party and Big Bang modes which add more mechanics on the core formula, there’s something here that everyone’s sure to enjoy, and that’s what makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
Another co-operative puzzle game that’s perfect for party play and is among the best party games on Switch, whether you’re on the go or sat in the comfort of your living room. Death Squared has each player controlling a different-colored robot. They must guide this robot to the colored goal that corresponds with their robot’s color, while avoiding the numerous different traps and hazards along the way. Death Squared requires all of the concentration, strategy, and communication skills you’ll have, which is what makes it one of the best party games on Switch. The campaign can be complete with up to two players, and then the challenge ramps up even more if you can get four players together for the Party Mode. Death Squared has a bunch of levels to keep you playing for hours, and it’s simply one of the most compelling co-op games we’ve played on the Switch so far.
Everybody loves a good fighting game at parties, and if you’re aiming for something streamlined, you can’t go wrong with Pocket Rumble. Chances are, you and your friends will probably resort to the good ‘ol button mashing technique, praying that you’ll pull off some kind of flashy combo string. Not to mention Pocket Rumble’s 2D graphics are sure to charm any guest in the party, making it one of the best party games on Switch. Players can choose from a handful of different characters, each with their unique attacks and animations. There’s a fighter in there for everyone, and the game strives to be as balanced as possible. Best of all, you can pull out a Joy-Con and share it with a friend for easy 1v1 battles, which is why you’ll want to consider Pocket Rumble if you’re looking for the best party games on Switch.
BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is the biggest crossover fighting game on the Nintendo Switch at the moment, spanning across four different franchises: Persona 4, Under Night In-Birth, BlazBlue, and RWBY, for sure making it one of the best party games on Switch for fighting fans. Players have a wide pool of characters to choose from, and each battle takes place in a 2v2 format with assists. Players will manage two characters at a time, switching between both during battle to gain the upper hand. While Cross Tag Battle is a bit more complicated than Pocket Rumble, pulling combos is as easy as tapping a single button. Moreover, this Nintendo Switch game is akin to more of a traditional fighting game, with more mechanics and features. If your friends prefer a more competitive game to play during a party, Cross Tag Battle is one of the best party games on Switch you can pick up.
STREET FIGHTER: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
This collection consists of a handful of classic StreetFighter titles that have been released over the years, offering players the same fighting game experience all those years ago, and is still one of the best party games on Switch for fans of the classics. All 12 games include different mechanics, characters, stages, and modes that are all bundled into one big game. That said, players can fight each other locally thanks to the two Joy-Cons on the Nintendo Switch and even hold their own eight-player tournament mode. That way, everyone can join in on the fun and prove that they are the ultimate Street Fighter player. The 30th Anniversary Collection offers a bang for your buck with 12 games and hours of content, and is one of the best party games on Switch.
Bloods Tower Defense (TD) has grown from being a simple browser game to being one of the most popular and recognizable games in the genre. Bloods TD5 makes the jump to the Switch seamlessly with a ton of features that will keep you busy for hours. The Switch version includes a co-op version so you can actually work together with a friend to build towers and a strategy together, and take down all of the game’s levels in all the difficulties, and different specialty modes such as deflation, as well. There really is a ton to do!
Fortnite Battle Royale has been taking the world by storm recently, and its arrival on the Nintendo Switch during the week of E3 this year brought a whole new wave of players into the action. While Fortnite doesn’t allow for any local or co-op play on the same system, you can join up with friends and family members online. Or, the real reason we have Fortnite on this list is because it’s actually one heck of a great game to just sit and watch, especially when there’s a party going on. Imagine it. Moods are high, drinks are flowing, and your friend is in the last 10. They narrowly avoid being eliminated by a sniper, before building up to a structure and popping the no-skin hiding inside. As the player count dwindles, the tension and excitement only continues to build. And if you get a Victory Royale? Just wait for the scenes. These moments makes it one of the best party games on Switch.
DRAGON BALL Z FIGHTERZ
Nintendo Switch features: Simplified controls for single Joy-Con play. More features to be announced.
Spectacular fights: Experience aerial combos, destructible stages, and famous scenes from the Dragon Ball anime reproduced in 60 FPS
3VS3 TAG/SUPPORT: Allows players to train and master more than one fighter/style, which brings deeper gameplay.
HIGH-END ANIME GRAPHICS: Using the power of the Unreal engine and the talented team at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ is a visual tour-de-force.
Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Cartoon violence, mild language, mild suggestive themes