Best Cross-Platform Games for Nintendo Switch iMore 2021
We are far from seeing all games with cross-compatibility across the board. However, there are now quite a few Nintendo Switch titles that are playable between Switch, other consoles, mobile, and PC. You might also find some among our best Nintendo Switch games list. Let's take a brief look at which titles currently support cross-platform play.
- Featured favorite: Minecraft
- Set out in search of Myrrh: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition
- It's soccer but with cars!: Rocket League
- A solid racing game: Mantis Burn Racing
- Check and mate: Chess Ultra
- Don't tilt the machine!: Pinball FX 3
- Battle Royale with 99 of your closest friends: Fortnite
- Your favorite building blocks meet dungeon crawler: Minecraft Dungeons
- You can leave your friends behind...: Just Dance 2020
- Platform fighting with Finn, Jake, and The Walking Dead?: Brawlhalla
- Action RPG meets sandbox: Dragon Quest Builders 2
- Six elements make countless combinations: Spellbreak
Featured favorite: Minecraft
Minecraft may not have been the first sandbox building game, but it's certainly the best known. While many versions of Minecraft now exist, including the dungeon crawler Minecraft Dungeons, the Bedrock Edition available for the Switch supports crossplay between PC Xbox One, PS4, iOS, and Android, so whatever platform your friends are playing on, as long as they have the Bedrock Edition, you can build together.
Set out in search of Myrrh: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered EditionStaff Pick
Available for Switch, PS4, iOS, and Android, this remastered edition of the 2003 GameCube hit did more than just update the graphics and audio. The team at Square Enix nearly doubled the content and reformatted the game from a couch co-op into an online multiplayer, crossplay experience. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles runs smoothly on each platform and even supports cross saving. Although this is the best multiplayer Final Fantasy around, there is a free lite version available if you have any doubts.
It's soccer but with cars!: Rocket League
One of the most significant titles to support cross-platform play is Rocket League. You can now pilot your rocket-powered battle car in fast-paced soccer matches with friends who play the game on both PC, Xbox One, and PS4. If you're playing Rocket League on Switch, you are no longer on a gaming island.
A solid racing game: Mantis Burn Racing
Let's jump from one car-based game to another. Mantis Burn Racing is a top-down racing game with multiple vehicle classes and many different racing events. You can even customize your car as your progress. If you are looking for a modern-day Super Sprint version to cross-play with friends on Xbox or PC, you should check this title out.
Check and mate: Chess Ultra
It may not be the most heart-pounding title available for cross-play on the switch, but if you like playing chess digitally, then Chess Ultra is a great option for Switch owners. With crossplay, you can test your chess skills against other players on PC and Xbox One.
Don't tilt the machine!: Pinball FX 3
I am a huge pinball fan, but most of my flipping and nudging happens in the real world. For pinball fans who don't have a lot of machines in their general vicinity, Pinball FX 3 is a great option. They have a large library of various pinball tables based on popular franchises. You can also get a game going with your friends who play on PC or Xbox. The best part is that it's free to download.
Battle Royale with 99 of your closest friends: Fortnite
From Epic Games, Fortnite is currently available on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Android. You can join up to 100 players across all platforms in a battle royale where you are tossed from a plane, landing on a deserted island. Scavenge the gear you'll need to defend yourself and see if you can be the last man standing. Featuring crossovers with Marvel, Stranger Things, Star Wars, and more, every season brings something new to Fortnite.
Your favorite building blocks meet dungeon crawler: Minecraft Dungeons
Available for the Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC, Minecraft Dungeons combines the blocky aesthetic of Minecraft with the co-op adventure of a dungeon crawler. With a team of four players, you can fight randomly generated monsters, solve puzzles, avoid traps, and unearth epic treasure.
You can leave your friends behind...: Just Dance 2020
Sometimes, you just want to dance. While it still might not be safe to go to the club and dance with your friends, the World Dance Floor allows players worldwide, across the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia to dance together in Just Dance 2020. And if you're looking for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 crossplay, check out the newly released Just Dance 2021.
Platform fighting with Finn, Jake, and The Walking Dead?: Brawlhalla
Brawlhalla is a free-to-play platform fighting game available on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. You can pick from over 50 different characters, including crossover characters from popular shows like Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, Steven Universe, and WWE, and battle up to seven other players in online or local matches.
Action RPG meets sandbox: Dragon Quest Builders 2
Sequel to Dragon Quest Builders, Dragon Quest Builders 2 combines elements of the Dragon Quest series with sandbox building games. Team up with three friends on the Switch and PS4 to rebuild your world, defend it from monsters, and defeat the worshippers of an ancient evil force.
Six elements make countless combinations: Spellbreak
Available on the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, Spellbreak gives you the Battlemage role, equipped with elemental gauntlets to support several different playstyles in a battle royale. Team up with friends or set out on your own to be the last Battlemage standing.
Heroic fungi: Mushroom Wars 2
Sequel to the award-winning real-time strategy game, Mushroom Wars 2 is available on the Switch, iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. In addition to having a massive single-player campaign with 200 missions, it also supports crossplay for up to four players at a time. Select your Mushroom Warrior and head off to battle!
Another dungeon crawler: Next Up Hero
If the idea of a co-op, cartoonish dungeon crawler sounds appealing, Next Up Hero might be just the game you're looking for. Featuring several heroes in chibi-style artwork, massive monster bosses, and a colorful map, you can work together with friends on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
Tower defense crossplay: Seigecraft Commander
Available on the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, and PC, Siegecraft Commander offers real-time strategy and tactical turn-based options, single-player and multiplayer modes. Defend your keep and take out your opponent's keep, balancing offense and defense in this colorful, fantasy world.
Co-op second-to-second arcade racing: Trailblazers
If you're a fan of Splatoon and racing games, Trailblazers brings the two concepts together in a co-op racing game where you and your team boost your speed by painting the track as you go. Available for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC, teams of three players can take to the tracks boosting each other as they go.
Protect a post-apocalyptic world: Dauntless
Supporting cross-play between the Switch and PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Dauntless is an action RPG full of exciting co-op battles, where you and your team must face off against the Behemoths that are devouring the land. Free to play, you can team up with friends or strangers alike across all four platforms.
Battleground of the gods… and ninja turtles?: Smite
Supporting crossplay between Mac, PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Smite on the Switch lets you play as one of the hundreds of gods in one of the most popular action MOBAs around. And, if none of the over 100 gods available appeal to you, now you can play as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, or Michaelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Can you claim the Crown Royale?: Realm Royale
Supporting crossplay for the Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC, Realm Royale is a massive fantasy battle royale where you are challenged to defeat up to 99 other players to forge your legend. Realm Royale has tons of classic MOBA elements as well as lots of original fantasy aspects. You can pick up a shotgun or a crossbow, summon a mount and forge legendary weapons, team up with friends or go it alone.
A future of illicit hydrojet racing: Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP: Renegade is set in a future where rising water levels have left many populated cities underwater. You are a hydrojet racer cast out of the Riptide GP league and forced into illegal racing if you want to reclaim your title. Play with up to eight players on the Switch and PC.
A sci-fi fantasy first person shooter: Paladins
If the idea of mixing interstellar bounty hunters, mech-riding goblins, and ancient deities appeals to you, Paladins might just be the crossplay compatible game you're looking for. This first-person shooter (and magic blasting and all other sci-fi fantasy attacks) supports crossplay from the Switch with Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Even better, Paladins is free to play.
Which cross-platform Switch games will you be playing?
There are now tons of games you can play with your friends on Xbox, PlayStation, mobile, and PC, a far cry from the handful of crossplay games that used to be available on the Switch. You may need a microSD card to hold all of them! My absolute favorite is Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. I've lost count of the number of hours playing with my kids, friends, and strangers alike. The folks at Square Enix really knocked it out of the park.
We've also had a lot of fun with Minecraft and being able to co-op across all the different platforms has made it much easier to invite friends to join in. There's a reason this game has continued to be a huge commercial success for the last decade. While there are plenty of battle royale games on the list, I've found Spellbreak to be especially innovative and well balanced. The various combinations of elemental gauntlets support most any playstyle, and it's just so pretty.
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