The best multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch

What are the best multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch, you hear yourself asking? Well, you have definitely come to the right place. Thanks to a combination of its portable nature and Nintendo's clever Joy-Con design, the Switch truly is the ultimate multiplayer device. And we stick to that whether you want to play games with a friend in the same room or across the planet.

Not only is it perfectly designed, but it also has some of the best multiplayer games in the business, many of which are first-party. There are racing games, shooters, fighters, sandboxes, and incredibly creative options. Basically, whatever type of game you usually play, there is something for you.

In the meantime, we invite you to check out our best Switch strategy games and our best Switch RPGs lists for more recommendations. If you're genre-agnostic, we've also got the best mobile multiplayer games and best mobile MMORPGs lists, which may include a bunch of games you might be interested in.

The best multiplayer games on Nintendo Switch:

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Animal Crossing: New horizons

Rather trade in action and drama to pick fruit from the trees and chat with your neighbors? Animal Crossing: New Horizons has you covered.

But you came to this list specifically for the multiplayer recommendations, and New Horizons is great for that, too. You can do it all with friends no matter how close or far you are.

Keep an eye on the latest happenings with our Animal Crossing: New Horizons update tracker.

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Nintendo has revamped the fighting game with Arms, a fast, weaponized fighter that plays just as well with motion controls as it does without.

There are a wide variety of multiplayer options in Arms, including couch co-op and online modes.


This devilishly difficult adventure, with visuals ripped from the scariest time the cartoon has ever seen, will have even Dark Souls fans going home crying to their mama.

Too difficult for you? Well, why not play the whole adventure with a friend? Yes, it is an option.

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Diablo III

Loot, loot and more loot. That's the buzzword for this dark action RPG, which lets you play as Ganondorf himself on Switch.

If you can meet a few friends, there are hours of fun to be had here, both locally and online. Don't fight for loot, huh?


Is it still the greatest game in the whole world? Either way, it's still huge and offers endless amounts of fun with its variety of creative and competitive modes.

In fact, Fortnite is as much a social space as it is a game these days, with movie nights, hangout spaces, and more competing for attention.

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What? We said all the guides you need.

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Mario barth 8

What list of Switch multiplayer games would be complete without the absolute best?

It doesn't matter who you play with or how you play, it's only a matter of time before one of you drops out of Mario Kart. It's also great in local or online multiplayer.

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Mario Tennis Aces

There's a lack of decent multiplayer sports games on Switch, admittedly, so it's a good thing Nintendo has stepped up to offer one of its own.

While not a particularly standout entry in the series, Mario Tennis Aces does more than enough to get by and provides all the local or online multiplayer you need.

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Show your creativity in this long-lasting survival sandbox. Want to survive against the walking dead? Build your own house? Ride a roller coaster? You can do anything in Minecraft.

The best part? You can do everything online or offline with your friends. It's not just one of the best multiplayer games, but one of the best of all time.

Learn how to play Minecraft mobile on PC, keep up with the latest Minecraft update, and everything you need to know about Minecraft Diamonds, Minecraft Enchantments, and Minecraft Houses in our guide series.

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Overcooked 2

One of the best multiplayer series of the best decades was not made by Nintendo. Crazy, right?

We are of course referring to Overcooked, which demonstrates the challenges of working in the kitchen. Teamwork is essential.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

Fan of Puyo Puyo and Tetris? Well, why not both? That's the idea behind this mash-up, which also offers, for our money, the best rendition of either on Switch so far.

This is another couch co-up classic, one that will keep you busy for hours. Of course, you can still play online too, depending on where your friends are.

Rocket league

Missing real competitive sports? Rocket League is, oddly enough, the closest to sports with friends digitally.

It's also free now, which means there's absolutely no barrier to entry. You don't even need Nintendo Switch Online to play with your friends anymore.

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Prefer to work together in competition? Snipperclips is perfect. You work with a friend to solve a variety of fiendish challenges by cutting parts of your characters.

It's an original idea that fits perfectly on the Nintendo Switch, designed for impromptu multiplayer sessions.

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Splatoon 2

The idea of ​​a multiplayer shooter by Nintendo would have been crazy just a few years ago, but Splatoon is exactly what you imagined it would be.

You spray paint, not bullets in this shooter that's not really about shooting. It's more of a turf war, to see which team can paint the environment better by the end of a match.

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Super Mario Party

Fan of board games, but hate cleaning them up afterwards? Super Mario Party is the choice for you.

You can play as your favorite Mario characters and enemies in a variety of mini-games, competing with friends and family.

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Super Smash Bros.Ultimate

One of the best fighting series of all time has found a very comfortable home on Switch. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the biggest character roster ever, for one.

If you're a fan of fighting games in general, this should be high on your list. Even if you're not, it's accessible enough to pop in and battle your friends.

Find your new favorite character using our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list.


If Diablo was a shooter, it would play hugely like Warframe. Much like the action-RPG it's inspired by, it's all about loot.

While you can hack and slash your way through with swords, it's also a great third-person shooter in its own right, and you can play it all with your friends.

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