The 10 best 2 player Nintendo Switch games
One of the many benefits of the Nintendo Switch is that you get two controllers right out of the box, which makes settling down to play a 2 player Nintendo Switch game quite the breeze. Whether playing in handheld, tabletop or docked mode, both Joy-Cons can be easily broken off at any time and used independently for instant co-operative play. But what exactly are the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games you can buy? We’ve put together this ultimate list, helping you decide which Nintendo Switch game to play as a pair.
While most likely known primarily for being the perfect console for kids, Nintendo Switch actually has plenty of 2 player games to cater to all types of gamer. Whether you’re into co-operative brawlers that let you play as Marvel heroes, a 2 player paper puzzler or one of the best kart racers around, these are the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games right now.
10. Overcooked: Special Edition
If you’re brave enough to step into the kitchen with a friend or a significant other in real life, then this special edition of Overcooked should be a cake walk… or not! The objective of this charming chef-em-up is to complete as many restaurant orders as possible by working together, doing your best to co-ordinate with the other person to rack up as many points as possible.
The thinking behind Overcooked is easy, but mastering it is hard, as all manner of obstacles and challenges crop up as you progress further into the campaign. It’s made our list of the 10 best 2 player Nintendo Switch games because communicating with each other is key, and when you get cooking and serving in full flow there’s simply no better feeling. Overcooked’s cooking action is fun, frantic and frustrating, but also immensely satisfying when done right.
An early Nintendo Switch launch title with creativity at its heart, Snipperclips tasks two players to make their way through various puzzles, cutting and slicing specific shapes out of their characters to progress. Snipper and Clip can both be rotated to fill the shape as needed, altering their bodies to insert into any needed template. Everything is portrayed in a charming papercraft world, making Snipperclips the ultimate 2 player Nintendo Switch game for small kids.
Not too long after the release of the original download version, Snipperclips received a physical edition update known as Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! This updated version packs in 30 new levels that can be played across two new worlds, giving players that want to jump into the game’s papercraft fun even more value.
8. Luigi’s Mansion 3
The cult classic Luigi’s Mansion franchise returned in 2019, this time bringing with it all-new modes that can be played with up to eight players in local multiplayer. You’re still roaming about spooky settings in search of ghosties to suck up with your vacuum, only now you can do so with others either working alongside you or against you. “ScareScraper” is Luigi’s Mansion 3’s co-op mode where you and your team must clear out 25 procedurally generated floors. “ScreamPark”, however, sees you go head to head.
“ScreamPark” features three different match types where teams of four can go up against one another to complete a specific objective. Cannon Barrage sees you score points by wrestling cannonballs away from the ghosts, Ghost Hunt challenges you to catch ghosts the quickest and Coin Floating sees both teams compete to collect the most currency without having their own stolen. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is simply the most feature complete entry yet, easily making our list of the 10 best 2 player Nintendo Switch games.
7. Splatoon 2
The Splatoon series came back with a bang in 2017, coinciding with the launch of Nintendo Switch to offer online shooting fans something a little more colourful compared to the mass of brown and gritty genre entries. However, as well as being great for splatting others with creative weaponry online, Splatoon 2 also boasts one of the deepest and most feature-complete co-operative portions on the platform, which makes it perfect as a 2 player Nintendo Switch game.
This Splatoon 2 co-operative mode is specifically called Salmon Run, where you and up to three other players fend off waves of fishy enemies to see how long you can survive. There are three different waves to take on across a wide variety of maps, and during each wave you and your team will be required to rescue eggs from enemies and bosses to take them back to your home base. Salmon Run once again proves that shooting is fun when there’s more ink and paint involved, easily making it one of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games currently out there.
6. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends might be available on PS4, PC and Xbox One in addition to Nintendo Switch, but the nature of the Joy-Cons to be easily broken off makes this version the definitive one for those looking for a great 2 player game. Rayman Legends is one of the rare games from Ubisoft that is admittedly younger skewing, featuring various hand-drawn worlds for up to four players to bash their way through.
Some of Rayman Legends’ best levels are those revolving around music, where players make movements and thwack enemies to the beat of the track. There are plenty of additional playable characters unlockable throughout, with each playing slightly differently from Rayman itself. As far as side-scrolling 2D platformers you can’t go wrong with Rayman Legends, so much so that it easily makes our list of the 10 best 2 player Nintendo Switch games.
5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Marvel’s cult classic ‘Ultimate Alliance’ franchise finally returned in 2019, giving players more of the super-powered hack-and-slash action they loved – all played out from an isometric perspective. The roster featured in Ultimate Alliance 3 is simply one of the biggest to feature in any Marvel game, letting players take hold of such icons as Spider-Man and Wolverine, but also less mainstream comic book heroes like Miss Marvel and Ghost Rider.
Playing through Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order works as a whistle-stop tour across many familiar Marvel locations, all of which can be enjoyed as you beat down legions of faceless bad guys alongside up to four other players. It’s exclusive to Nintendo’s hybrid platform, making it a must buy for anyone seeking an ideal 2 player Nintendo Switch game that can’t be played anywhere else.