Party Games: 11 Nintendo Switch Games You Must Have At Your Next Gathering

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Running out of ideas for fun activities with the gang? Why not try organising a Nintendo Switch games night? Recently, the Switch has exploded in popularity because of the extensive Nintendo Switch games library and portable graphical prowess. Featuring lively party games, the Switch perfectly complements any gathering by encouraging player co-operation and competition.

Need a hand with selecting the best Nintendo Switch games for your upcoming gathering? We’ve got you covered with a handy guide covering 11 of our favourites!

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1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Number Of Players: 4

Reason To Buy: Slick Driving, Amazing Race Tracks And Iconic Character Roster

A staple at every gathering for the last 25 years, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of many must-buy Nintendo Switch 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.

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2. Overcooked

Number Of Players: 4

Reason To Buy: Satisfaction Of Working Together Like A Well-Oiled Machine

Ever wanted to experience Hell’s Kitchen’s intense atmosphere without the pressure of Gordon Ramsey’s? Now you can with Overcooked, a co-op game that tests your friends with cooking in chaotic kitchens. If you thought splitting up kitchen duties was difficult enough, the game ramps up the intensity with dynamic environments. Cook together on moving trucks, zebra crossings, polar icebergs and even outer space.

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3. Just Dance 2018

Number Of Players: 6

Reason To Buy: Seeing Your Friends Awkwardly Dance

Back for its ninth iteration, Just Dance has long been a popular party game for its casual motion-based dance choreographies. This year features tracks from Western superstars like Bruno Mars and Queen, and K-pop idols such as HyunA and PSY. Moreover, Ubisoft also includes wacky choreographies that never fail to raise a few laughs. While not exclusive to the Nintendo Switch games library, Just Dance 2018 will have you grooving with your friends and is a novelty that you should try at least once in your life.

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4. Jackbox Party Pack Series

Number Of Players: Varies

Reason To Buy: Hysterical And Innovative Mini Games

Featuring a setup similar to Kahoot, the Jackbox Party Pack series is no doubt a favourite among gatherings. 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. We had a blast as inside jokes and ridiculous answers were inputted. With all four packs already on the eStore, you will have a wealth of games to choose from that cost a fraction of a normal game’s price.

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5. Rocket League

Number Of Players: 2 (undocked), 4 (docked)

Reason To Buy: The Novelty Of Using Rocket-Powered Cars To Play Football

Redefining conventional norms of what football is, Rocket League tasks players with scoring goals in rocket-powered cars. Car and ball physics have been fine-tuned to a tee as players race around the arena pulling off incredible stunts while chasing down the giant football. 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. You can also  customise your vehicle, adding personalised touches that make scoring that goal much more enjoyable. The best part is that Rocket League is one of the few Nintendo Switch games that offer cross-platform play, meaning you’re not limited to playing against Switch owners.

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6. Super Bomberman R

Number Of Players: 8

Reason To Buy: Enjoying Classic Bomberman With Updated Graphics

Since 1983, Bomberman has been entertaining gamers with its simple but timeless one button gameplay. Updated with 2018 graphics, Super Bomberman R returns to deliver a classic premise with a new coat of paint. The formula is simple: bomb other players with timed explosives and survive the maze-like arena. With up to eight players, outwit and survive 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 games collection.

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7. Puyo Puyo Tetris

Number Of Players: 4

Reason To Buy: Crossover Of Blobs Versus Bricks

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 have decided to mash both of gaming’s juggernaut puzzle brands to create the crossover, Puyo Puyo Tetris. The game’s options are extensive, granting players access to 24 colourful characters and the ability to choose either Tetris or Puyo Puyo when facing off against each other. There are also numerous gameplay modes so you’ll be entertained for hours on end.

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8. NBA Playgrounds

Number Of Players: 4

Reason To Buy: Arcade-Styled Basketball Without Gravity And Rules Ruining The Fun

A homage to past arcade basketball games, NBA Playgrounds throws the laws of physics out the window with players performing gravity-defying stunts in 2-on-2 matches. Featuring a player roster that covers past legends like Kobe Bryant and current superstars like Stephen Curry, Playgrounds includes a cartoony artstyle and simple game mechanics that make pick-up-and-play easy. Perform board-crashing alley oops and game-winning half courts shots as you battle it out with your friends for court supremacy.

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9. Metal Slug Series

Number Of Players: 2

Reason To Buy: Run-And-Gunner That Comically Surprises At Every Turn

You can tell Metal Slug lacks the seriousness of other games by pitting you against a giant metal hermit crab in the first desert stage. An arcade classic in the late 90s, Metal Slug has a rich history of being difficult, 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 featuring lush environments and bombastic weaponry that are constantly changing things up. 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.

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10. 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. Zipping down the race track with colourful spaceships and shifting colours to use boost pads is exhilarating to say the least. You’re bound to impress onlookers with the beautiful race courses and visual effects. Enjoy racing with up to four players as you teach them the deceptively simple mechanics!

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11. ARMS

Number Of Players: 4

Reason To Buy: Visceral Cartoon Boxing Fun

Viewed as a spiritual successor to Wii Boxing, ARMS 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. ARMS’s style of long range boxing is fresh and provides enough depth to satisfy both casual and hardcore gamers.

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Need More Recommendations For Nintendo Switch Games?

Check out Shopee Singapore’s wide range of Nintendo Switch games for deals and promotions! Search for the newest Nintendo Switch games and hidden gems that will entertain for hours on end. Also, 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. Happy hunting!

Have any additional recommendations for Nintendo Switch games? Share them with us in the comments below.

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