Nintendo Switch Party Games: 15 Best Titles For Your Next Gathering

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Running out of ideas for fun activities with the gang? Why not organise a Nintendo Switch games night! The Switch has exploded in popularity because of the extensive Nintendo Switch games library and portable graphical prowess. With the huge number of Nintendo Switch party games available, hours will easily fly by as you cooperate and compete with fellow players.

Need a hand selecting the best Nintendo Switch party games? Here’s a handy guide covering our top 15 games!

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1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Slick driving and gorgeous race tracks

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A staple at every gathering for the last 25 years, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (available on PeppKouri) is one of many must-buy Nintendo Switch party games. Featuring 48 vibrant race courses and 42 iconic characters, the game is great for karting veterans and newcomers alike. Burn that rubber and drift along Rainbow Road with Mario Kart’s solid driving mechanics and breathtaking fantasy graphics. Just don’t hold it personally against that friend who uses his Blue Shell inches away from the finish line. The Switch version also includes the fan-favourite Battle Mode that was missing from previous versions.

2. Overcooked 2

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Satisfaction of working together like a well-oiled machine

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Ever wanted to experience Hell’s Kitchen’s intense atmosphere without Gordon Ramsey’s fury? Now you can with Overcooked 2 (available on SUPERLUCKYGAME), the sequel to the acclaimed Switch party game that tests your ability to cooperate in chaotic kitchens. If you thought splitting up kitchen duties was difficult enough, the game ramps up the intensity with dynamic environments that requires quick thinking and coordinated maneuvering. With an all-new throwing mechanic and masterfully crafted levels, it’s no wonder Overcooked 2 won the title of 2018’s best family game for the console!

3. Just Dance 2020

Number of players: 6
Reason to buy: Seeing your friends awkwardly dance

Returning for its eleventh iteration, Just Dance 2020 (available on pagu_games) is one of our favourite Nintendo Switch party games! You’ll love the assortment of songs and choreographies available that range from Blackpink’s Kill This Love to Lil Nas’s Old Town Road. If you’re ever tired of the mainstream hits, Ubisoft also includes wacky tracks like Pinkfong’s Baby Shark. While not exclusive to the Nintendo Switch games library, the game remains a must-own that will have you grooving with your friends at any gathering. 

4. Jackbox Party Pack Series

Number of players: Varies
Reason to buy: Hysterical and innovative mini games

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Featuring a setup similar to Kahoot, the Jackbox Party Pack series is no doubt a favourite among Nintendo Switch party games. Simply log in on your smartphone or tablet and you’re good to go! Its unique mini games are bound to entertain and provide endless laughs as they are easy to get into. Our favourite minigame is Fibbage, where players have to provide false answers to ridiculous trivia questions to fool other players into choosing your answer. With all four packs already on the eStore, you’ll have a wealth of games to choose from that cost a fraction of a normal game’s price.

5. Rocket League

Number of players: 2 (undocked), 4 (docked)
Reason to buy: The novelty of using rocket-powered cars to play football

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Redefining conventional football norms, Rocket League (available on ShopiTree) tasks players with scoring goals in rocket-powered cars. Car and ball physics have been fine-tuned to a tee as players cruise around the arena, pulling off incredible stunts while chasing down the giant football pitch. With options that cater to both competitive and casual players, you are sure to have a great time blitzing your opponents with breathtaking runs down the wing and scoring a last minute goal to secure the victory. The best part is that Rocket League is one of the few Nintendo Switch party games that offer cross-platform play, meaning you’re not limited to only playing against Switch owners.

6. Super Bomberman R

Number of players: 8
Reason to buy: Enjoying classic Bomberman with updated graphics

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Bomberman has been entertaining gamers with its simple but timeless one button gameplay! Updated with modern graphics, Super Bomberman R (available on Games Crazy Deals (GCD)) returns to deliver a classic premise with a new coat of paint. The formula is simple: attack other players with timed bombs and survive the maze-like arena. All you have to do is outwit the others with strategically placed bombs and special power-ups to be the last one standing! Older gamers should definitely check this out as Nintendo is continually updating past versions and welcoming them to the Nintendo Switch party games collection.

7. Puyo Puyo Tetris

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Crossover of blobs versus bricks

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Adding on to the list of classic Nintendo Switch party games is Puyo Puyo Tetris (available on ShopiTree)! With almost 60 years of combined history, Puyo Puyo and Tetris are arguably the most popular puzzle franchises of all time. To keep things fresh, developers SEGA mashed both of gaming’s juggernaut puzzle brands to create the ambitious crossover. The game’s options are extensive, including the ability to choose either Tetris or Puyo Puyo during face offs!

8. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Arcade-style basketball without gravity or rules

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Ever wish you could perform board-crashing alley ops and game-winning half court shots without being limited by strict rules? NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (available on RPG – Right Place for Gadgets) throws the laws of physics out the window with players performing gravity-defying stunts in 2-on-2 matches. Featuring a player roster that includes legends like Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry, Playgrounds adopts a cartoony artstyle and simple game mechanics that help it stand out from the crowd of Nintendo Switch party games!

9. Metal Slug Series

Number Of Players: 2
Reason To Buy: Run-And-Gunner that comically surprises at every turn

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From the get-go , you can tell Metal Slug lacks the seriousness of other Nintendo Switch party games by pitting you against a giant metal hermit crab! An arcade classic in the late 90s, Metal Slug has a rich history of being difficult to play, munching tokens faster than you can say heavy machine gun. Thankfully, being on the Switch means you’re entitled to unlimited continues. Metal Slug spurs you on by switching through various lush environments and bombastic weaponry. One moment you’re fighting yetis in the arctic, the next you’re a zombie firing blood cannons at a giant robot. Journey with your friends and conquer the numerous bosses in epic set piece battles that test your reflexes and coordination!

10. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Number of players: 2
Reason to buy: Nostalgia fuelled showdowns between classic characters

 

If you miss the days of hanging out at the arcades and dishing out hadoukens and sonic booms, we have great news! Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (available on Hoppy Games) celebrates more than 30 years of arcade fighting game perfection with titles like the first Street Fighter and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike on the Nintendo Switch for arcade showdowns on-the-go. Featuring household names like Ryu, Chun-Li and Zangief, Street Fighter’s incredible character roster ensures there’s a character for everyone who’s playing these classic Nintendo Switch party games!

11. ARMS

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Visceral cartoon boxing fun

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Wished there were Nintendo Switch party games that allowed you to square off against your friends in a boxing ring? Viewed as a spiritual successor to Wii Boxing, ARMS (available on ShopiTree) cranks up the complexity by allowing players to choose from 15 unique fighters with varying strengths and weaknesses. The combat system of ARMS is simple to pick up but hard to master: your jabs and tilts turn into virtual punches and weaves. The challenging part comes when you have to hit your opponent while both of you are constantly moving, leading to frantic dodging and counter-punching.

12. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Number of players: 8
Reason to buy: The most ambitious crossover fighting game ever created

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Anyone familiar with Nintendo Switch party games knows that Super Smash Bros is a must-own series. Renowned for its insane crossovers that pit unlikely characters against one another, Super Smash Bros Ultimate (available on ShopiTree) takes things to the extreme by including its largest ever roster of 80 characters. This includes fan favourites like Final Fantasy’s Cloud and Pokemon’s Pikachu alongside interesting additions like the Wii Fit Trainer and Animal Crossing’s Villager! Set up your dream matchup today as you brawl with up to seven other players.

13. Fast RMX

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: High-Speed futuristic spaceship racing

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what Star Wars’s pod racing feels like, Fast RMX is a good representation. As one of the tougher Nintendo Switch party games on our list, enjoy racing with up to four players as you teach them the deceptively simple mechanics! It’s definitely exhilarating to zip down the race track at blistering speeds while shifting colours to use boost pads. With 30 courses to explore and gorgeously designed environments and spacecrafts, you’ll surely have a blast mastering the game while accelerating at breakneck speeds.

14. 1-2 Switch

Number of players: 2
Reason to buy: Innovative, family-friendly Joy-Con mini games

Designed from the ground-up to showcase the Joy-Con’s capabilities, 1-2 Switch (available on Qisahn) provides fun for the whole family through its wacky mix of minigames that are reminiscent of the ones from Bishi Bashi. While there’ll be no sore hands from button mashing, the 28 minigames will definitely test your reflexes and wit! These include shaking the Joy-Con like a soda bottle and yelling into the Joy-Con to answer a ringing phone. As the games are all short and sweet, 1-2 Switch is perfect for someone who doesn’t play video games regularly but is looking to join in the fun! 

15. Super Mario Party

Number of players: 4
Reason to buy: Stealing those stars and snatching victory at the end

Love or hate the randomness, Super Mario Party (available on Hoppy Games) rounds up our list of the best Nintendo Switch party games because of how synonymous it is with game nights! Since its initial 1998 introduction, the core idea remains the same: progress across the board and win stars from minigames. Although the unforgiving star-stealing mechanic remains untouched, it’s this chaos that makes Super Mario Party a blast at gatherings! With 80 top-notch minigames and a fleshed out character list that appeals to long-time fans, the Mario Party series definitely shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Endless fun with these Nintendo Switch party games

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If you’re considering getting a new video game console to complement the portability of the Nintendo Switch, read up on our definitive guide to the best gaming consoles on the market. Alternatively, if you’re looking to complete your gaming experience on the Switch, check out our guide to essential Nintendo Switch accessories. Happy hunting!


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