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The best family Games on Nintendo Switch

Best family games on Switch

With its splittable Joy-Con controller, the Nintendo Switch is just built for shared family fun. But if you want a sit-down gaming session with friends and family, whether you’re sitting on your sofa or heading off on holiday, just what do you play? You’re almost spoilt for choice. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best family games on Nintendo Switch.

Every one of these titles, from Mario Kart through to WarioWare, is family-friendly, though there’s always the possibility that things will get a little too competitive. And three of them, Just Dance, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and WarioWare: Get it Together! can be played with just one Joy-Con. So, take a look at our list of the best family games on Nintendo Switch.

1. It Takes Two

It Takes Two
Image: EA

This wild and wacky co-op adventure is a delight to play and can, in fact, only be tackled with two players. A girl discovers her parents are getting a divorce and inadvertently turns them into a pair of dolls. The two have to cooperate to survive the wacky world they find themselves in, which means figuring out how to use their respective abilities together.

These abilities vary level by level, as do the tasks that you find yourself facing, so you’re sure never to get bored. Throw in some absolutely gorgeous animations, plus split-screen, and you’ve got the perfect game for long, back-seat car journeys.

Read our review of It Takes Two

2. Just Dance

Just Dance 2022
Image: Ubisoft

The title says it all and while there’s a new game every year, bringing with it a new tracklist, the fun never stops with Just Dance. Supporting up to six players locally, do your level best to keep up with the characters on-screen, before realising how horribly uncoordinated you are and that your kids are completely outclassing you.

Okay, that’s the worst case scenario, but it’s bound to be a riot. And an optional Just Dance+ subscription gives you access to a massive bank of tracks, even if you do end up dancing to Rasputin and nothing else.

3. Minecraft

Minecraft screenshot
Image: Microsoft

Supporting up to four players in local split-screen, Minecraft is a classic survival crafting outing, whether you’re tackling it in creative mode or facing down the world’s nasties, exploding green creepers included. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the patience to build some colossal tower, teaming up to gather resources or even just toddling around is a joy.

4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe screenshot
Image: Nintendo

You’ve seen the Luigi death star online, now experience it first hand. Sure, that’s just one of the 16 base characters you can play as, but things are bound to get just a little heated as up to four split-screen players race around each course.

There’s more to the game than just lapping your friends and family: there are power ups to be gathered, shells to be hurled and all sorts of multiplayer mayhem to be unleashed. With additional course and characters available for download, you won’t get tired of this any time soon.

5. WarioWare: Get it Together!

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Image: Nintendo

WarioWare: Get it Together’s microgames may be over in a flash, but they’re so wonderfully ridiculous, and so numerous (there are over 200 in total), that you and your family will undoubtedly love every single second.

Sure, Everybody 1-2-Switch is fun, but it’s WarioWare’s cast of absurd characters — Wario himself included — that makes this ridiculous outing such a treat. Whether you’re counting Japanese businessmen or dodging falling leeks, it’ll keep friends and family grinning.

6. LEGO City Undercover

Lego City Undercover screenshot
Image: Traveller’s Tales

Essentially Lego Grand Theft Auto, Lego City Undercover is a blast with races to win, objects to collect and crimes to solve, as Lego City’s own maverick cop, Chase McCain. But throw in another player and the fun goes right up to 11. You’re not tethered to each other either, you can cooperate (cop-operate?) or do your own thing and return for a team-up later down the line. What’s not to like?

Read our review of LEGO City Undercover

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.