The 10 best 2 player Nintendo Switch games

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One of the many benefits of the Nintendo Switch is that you get two controllers right out of the box. Both Joy-Cons can be easily broken off and used independently, making the act of playing together co-operatively a breeze – whether in handheld, tabletop or docked mode. But what exactly ate the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games out there? We’ve put together this ultimate list, helping you decide which Nintendo Switch game to play as a pair.

10. Overcooked: Special Edition

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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.

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    9. Snipperclips

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    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.

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    8. Team Sonic Racing

    Going up against the fabled Mario Kart franchises in any way is always going to be an impossible battle, but Team Sonic Racing represents SEGA’s best effort yet to claim the kart racing crown. It didn’t quite manage it fully, but Team Sonic Racing’s emphasis on co-operative teams that race independently but can help each other is what makes it unique.

    No longer do you solely have to think about your place in the race or what item you will deploy next, but how the other two members of your racing team are doing also. This makes Team Sonic Racing one of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games, as it forces you to work together in unique ways while on the track as any one of the Sonic universe’s colourful cast of characters.

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    7. Super Mario Party

    There aren’t too many great video game adaptations of tabletop games, so way back during the the Gamecube era Nintendo went ahead and made their own. The result of this was the now long-running Mario Party series, which takes the form of Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch. It’s a colourful jamboree of excitement, tasking players to pick their favourite mushroom kingdom character and make their way around the board.

    Standing in each player’s way is a vast library of fun mini games. Most of these focus on fun tasks like fishing, trike riding and snacking, crowning the winner with coins that contribute to who will win the round of Super Mario Party at the end. Not only is Super Mario Party one of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games, but also one of the best party games on the platform in general. They don’t call it Super Mario party for a reason, and up to four players can play at any one time.

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    6. Rayman Legends

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    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.

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    5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

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    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.

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    4. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

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    Everyone’s favourite wizard, knight and archer trio return in the fourth entry to the classic puzzle-platformer series Trine. The Nightmare Prince takes all the best bits from the prior games and ups the challenge, still having all three characters fight side by side while solving riddles and puzzles using their unique skills and abilities. Playing solo sees you switch between them on the fly but playing with two or three people in total is ideal.

    The story this time around sees the trio in pursuit of the titular Nightmare Prince, who has escaped from the magic academy and is at risk of wreaking havoc. Getting to him involves mastering each character’s puzzle-solving skills, switching between their various abilities to get to the end of each level. If you want a fun, frothy adventure that may also have you and friends scratching your head, check this one out.

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    3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Initially released for the Nintendo Wii U in 2014, Mario Kart 8 quickly became thought of as the definitive entry into one of the biggest racing franchises on the planet. For this reason, Nintendo released it again for Switch rather than develop a new entry, giving players more of what they love with a few new extras. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, for instance, saw the inclusion of all-new characters like the Squid Kids and Link from the Legend of Zelda.

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also includes all previously released DLC tracks and karts, bringing the total number of tracks to a staggering 48. This makes it the perfect way to kill time or have a fun afternoon with another player, rendering Mario Kart 8 Deluxe unabashedly one of the very best 2 player Nintendo Switch games out there. All the karts feel great to handle and the track design has never been more creative.

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    2. Yoshi’s Crafted World

    Perfect for kids and kids at heart, Yoshi’s Crafted World is pure platforming joy transformed into an arts and crafts playground. One player takes on the role of Yoshi while player two can accompany alongside as another different-coloured Yoshi, hunting for and gathering up each level’s collectibles to secure the best score. Yoshi’s Crafted World never gets too overwhelming in its difficulty, instead hoping to charm your pants off.

    How Yoshi’s Crafted World sets itself apart from, say, other popular Nintendo platformers like the main Mario or Kirby series is in how every level can be played forwards and backwards. You’ll first go through as normal, before approaching the same worlds again in reverse – seeing all the papercraft and arts and crafts magic as you do. Yoshi’s Crafted World is one of the most delightful 2 player Nintendo Switch games.

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    1. Diablo III: Eternal Collection

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    Our top pick for the best 2 player Nintendo Switch game is Diablo III: Eternal Collection, an isometric dungeon crawler that began life on PC and other consoles, before bringing its mass amounts of content to the Nintendo Switch. What’s more, this edition includes all previously released DLC, such as the Crusader and Necromancer classes, to make killing foes and hunting for loot alongside friends even more satisfying and addictive.

    It’s easy to lose endless amounts of hours in Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch, especially since that all the loot you find is randomly generated. You play the game always in pursuit of unlocking further upgrades for your character and the best possible gear, preparing for the run through the next challenging dungeon. Diablo III is one of the best – but even better when played with up to three other players.

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