The best Nintendo Switch games to play with the whole family
You’ve unwrapped your presents and surprise! There’s a Nintendo Switch under the tree just for you! Nintendo has managed to figure out their popular console’s stock issues just in time for the holiday shopping season, so many gamers will be happy. But you know, if you live with your family, you might want to consider some Switch family games — some titles that everyone can enjoy together. We all might love games like Breath of the Wild, but it’s always great to have some multiplayer titles everyone can enjoy. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure you have some Switch controllers to go around!
We’ve rounded up the 10 most family-friendly Switch games you can pick up. From games suited for the youngest to party titles for an overall older crowd, there’s a great game in here for every household.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Of all the games on this list, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is sure to please everyone in the family, no matter their age. A port of the Wii U game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all the characters and tracks from the Wii U DLC, all in one package on a console people are more likely to own. The gameplay is also solid and very refined, making the racing title easy to learn, but more difficult to master when you’re playing on higher difficulties. For those that may not know their way around a controller, options exist to help players stay on the roads and still be able to race against the more gaming-savvy family members. Items that can change the outcome of the race with one well-timed use help too!
You can pick up Mario Kart 8 on its own, or head to Target for an exclusive pack with the racer and the next game on our list!
Super Mario Party
Who doesn’t love a good game of Mario Party? The Switch entry to the long-running multiplayer series is as good as ever. With a variety of maps and modes to choose from, you’re not likely to get bored of the title anytime soon. While the main mode is a board game-like setup where luck plays a factor, you can also employ some strategy with characters and allies having different types of dice to roll. There’s also an interesting co-op mode and modes that let you focus more on the mini-games for fun competitions.
If you’re interested in both Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can pick up an exclusive double-pack from Target and save. Otherwise, you can pick up this Switch title from Amazon!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
What would make the relaxing island life even better? Sharing it with family! Up to four people can move onto one island and start living their best island life on one save file. Teach the kids the value of sharing while you work to get that final fossil you need for the museum. Not only that, but you can go online easier than ever before in New Horizons, and enjoy up to eight players’ company on one island with local or online multiplayer. There’s nothing better than whacking your friends and family on the head with your bug net.
While there’s a special Animal Crossing Switch console, it mysteriously doesn’t come with the game itself. You’ll have to pick it up separately from Amazon.
Kirby Star Allies
Looking for something that even the youngest in your family can enjoy? Then you can’t go wrong with Kirby Star Allies. Every Kirby game has a little gimmick to go with it, and this Switch title’s gimmick is having up to three former enemies or allies accompany Kirby on his quest to save Popstar and the universe (again). The title is built for drop-in multiplayer, and the mix-and-match style of the power-ups is delightful. In addition, you don’t lose a life unless Kirby himself dies, meaning that younger children can take control of one of the allies and simply have fun without worrying about failing.
Round-ups of classic board games in a video game isn’t the most uncommon thing in the world. However, Clubhouse Games does it all really well. Bringing 51 classic games in one package, Clubhouse Games makes it easy to start up a game with family without having to try and find and set up the physical board themselves. These Switch family games can be played locally in handheld mode with the touch screen, or in docked mode with controllers. Best of all, if another person owns the collection, you can quickly and easily hook up for online multiplayer!
Do you know what else is great about Clubhouse games? It forgoes the typical $60 Switch game price point and has a $40 MSRP. With so many games on offer, that’s a great value!
LEGO City Undercover
LEGO games are a blast to play. They simply are! I’ve enjoyed the goofy humor and low-stress gameplay of the LEGO games for years now. Even if they sometimes feel same-y at times, it really doesn’t hurt to add at least one LEGO title to your collection. LEGO City Undercover is one of the titles that isn’t based on a popular franchise, so everyone can have fun with this title without needing to get the references. Really, though, any LEGO game you pick up with be a hit with children and adults alike.
I haven’t played Snipperclips myself, but countless friends and colleagues have told me how fun of a multiplayer game it is, especially with a kid. Snipperclips is a puzzle game that centers around Snip and Clip as they work together to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. It’s cute, it’s clever, and it’s only $20. You really can’t ask for much else for a Switch family game!
Sometimes you just can’t beat one of the most popular games around. Minecraft lets everyone explore their creativity with the ability to build anything you can dream up, if you have the resources for it. Those more into exploring can set off into the randomly generated world, looking for treasure and Creepers as they work through the minimalist story. Set up a multiplayer server and your whole family can share, build, and explore the same world together. You don’t even need to all be online at the same time to join in on the Switch family game fun!
Minecraft is available on every modern console, and most of them are cross-play too. No need for everyone to own a Switch to enjoy this one.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
If you’re looking for a title so that your family can duke it out, you can’t go wrong with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The fighting game has simple inputs that anyone can get the hang of, and the ever-growing roster of characters ensures that you will find a character that matches your playstyle. You can also introduce handicaps into the match so that more experienced players won’t trounce the competition constantly, making it fun for the whole family.
Jackbox Party Pack 6
Jackbox is the perfect party game if everyone in the family is a little older. There are seven Jackbox Party Packs available on the Nintendo Switch, but I’d personally recommend Party Pack 6 out of the bunch. Granted, that’s just because it has a few of my favorite games of the bunch, and your tastes may vary! Each Party Pack has a bundle of Jackbox games to enjoy, and are anything from silly word games to designing crazy T-shirts to rap battles and more. No matter which pack you choose, you’re unlikely to walk away disappointed after a fun and funny party night.
Unsure of which Switch family game to pick up after browsing our list? At $40, Clubhouse Games provides amazing value and features classic board games that everyone will recognize. If you’re looking for something a little more action-packed, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is sure to make everyone happy!
What games do you like playing with your family? Let us know in the comments!