While the Nintendo Switch tends to be marketed as a device for the whole family, it still has plenty of titles for all kinds of gamers. Horror titles, competitive games, and even hardcore RPGs have made their way to the popular console.
Still, that marketing wasn’t wrong, since the console makes it extremely easy to have the whole family (or a group of friends) engage with it, all having an equal amount of fun. Among the impressive number of games that make use of four sets of hands, there are a few gems that stand out.
10 Nintendo Switch Sports
Nintendo Switch Sports
- April 29, 2022
Don’t let its seemingly simple premise put you off, since Nintendo Switch Sports can ignite fierce competition among all who play it. The sports are really well implemented, and the interaction with the Joycons makes it simulate the activities well enough, without having to leave the comfort of home.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to play any sports when going as four players; only Bowling, Tennis and Volleyball are available for so many people. Still, they’re the best the game has to offer, particularly Volleyball and the constant shift in roles.
9 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Kart racing games are always great additions to parties, since they’re easy to pick up and fun to explore. They all work roughly the same, with a colorful cast of characters and all kinds of weapons to fling to your opponents.
There are a few quality choices to pick from, but on the Switch the clear winner is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a title that brings all content present in the original game (DLC included), and adds even more on top of that, with new courses and character additions ranging from King Boo to the Splatoon Inklings.
8 Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together!
It’s rare to see puzzle games adapted well to a four-player formula, or even ones that offer a good co-op experience. Snipperclips offers both on top of being a clever game that won’t take you for granted. While the puzzles might seem simple, the lack of hand holding is what sets it apart.
In the game, each player controls one shape, and the goal is to become the targeted shape by overlapping and cutting away parts of your fellow players. The game has a dedicated four player mode, where you’ll have to coordinate and think together to solve each room. It starts simple, but it gets tricky quite quickly.
7 Super Mario 3D World
Mario has had plenty of 3D adventures, but few where he can share the joy with others, much less three other people. Super Mario 3D World makes great use of the mechanics to give a challenging but rewarding experience, mixing in a bit of chaos when having four players on the screen.
The Switch version of the game also comes with Bowser’s Fury, although it can only be played by two people max.
Keep in mind that, besides Mario, each character comes with their own strengths and weaknesses; Toad is the fastest but can’t jump far, Luigi jumps the farthest but has a slippery walk, etc. Just make sure to give the more forgiving characters to those with less experience, otherwise, they might spend more time falling than playing.
6 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
While similar in essence to Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe keeps to the roots that made the series great, while having plenty of additions for the fans. If you’re looking for a challenge, the Super Luigi World will test your jumping skills to their limit.
While completing a level with Nabbit on their own won’t count as real completion, it will if they’re part of a party.
The four-player integration works great here, giving each the ability to help or hinder those around them. The game is also very accessible, with characters like Nabbit or Toadette being perfect for beginners, or even just for people looking to have an easier time traversing the Mushroom Kingdom.
5 Streets Of Rage 4
Streets of Rage 4
- April 30, 2020
- Dotemu, Guard Crush Games, Lizardcube
- Beat ‘Em Up
A stunning game by anyone’s standards, Streets of Rage 4 is a direct continuation of the classic series, and its roots are firmly planted in the 80s. It’s an honest and to the point Beat em’ Up, with beautifully handcrafted graphics and well-balanced combat.
Up to four players can take on the challenge, clearing the streets of Wood Oak from gangs trying to take it apart. While not a game played for the story, it definitely has the feeling of a classic action movie, with you and your friends doing all the stunts.
4 Super Mario Party
While all games on this list are excellent for parties, Super Mario Party is the ideal one, and not only for having the word in the name. It’s designed so anyone can pick up and play it, no matter if it’s the first or hundredth time they play it.
Much like games before it, the classic mode sees players compete with each other for stars, until one comes on top. This new edition brings a Raft mode, a more challenging and friendlier version of the game. In it, players cooperate with each other to get to the goal, being all of them winners at the end.
3 Sonic Superstars
- October 17, 2023
- Sonic Team, Arzest
Sonic has always done better in 2D, and while he has plenty of high-quality 3D adventures, Sonic Superstars shows that the glove fits better when pixilated. And this time it has a large focus on multiplayer, with four distinct characters that can help each other to win.
The game already has plenty to offer, with its unique new elements and creative boss fights, but it also has something for the more competitive-minded. While racing friends in Sonic games is nothing new, this time you can create your own mech and battle it out, shooting lasers and all.
2 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
While its competitive scene can be a serious matter, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great party game for all kinds of plates, supporting matches of not only four but even eight players at the same time. To maximize the chaos, keep the items on.
You can also play the story mode in multiplayer
Even if you’re not a fan of Mario, or Nintendo characters in general, the immense roster of characters in Ultimate is sure to hold someone’s favorite. And if still there’s no character you like, you can always make yourself with the Mii fighters.
1 Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is the latest and greatest version of a Mario 2D game, with features that complement solo and multiplayer play. You can play with friends both online and locally, and of course, up to four players can join a session.
While you can play online, the true co-op experience can only be done locally; online mode limits how you can interact with others
While the game is fantastic in many ways, what makes it the best traditional Mario game to play with friends, is the lack of collision between players. The infighting is now over, so players can focus on helping each other rather than throwing one another to bottomless pits. You can even choose to play as Yoshi, helping others to do difficult jumps by letting them ride you.
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