- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Diablo 3 Eternal Collection
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Kirby Star Allies
- Snipperclips Plus
- Overcooked! All You Can Eat
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- Mario Party Superstars
- Resident Evil Revelations Collection
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
- Moving Out
- Luigi's Mansion 3
Whether you're in a relationship or just have a really good buddy that you want to hang out with, nothing hits quite like spending a Friday night with some couch multiplayer — just don't forget an extra controller! Some Switch games can even host two to eight players, so you can make a group date night out of it.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
As we said in our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review, this is the best Smash game ever made. It has the largest roster of any previous game, and the DLC fighter packs bring even more popular characters, music, and stages from both within and outside of Nintendo franchises to the frey.
It's great for a special date night with your loved one or for a group date with all your friends since it can host up to eight players. Just make sure you have enough controllers to go around.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the ultimate test of love or friendship. Choose from a roster of over 70 characters, pick your favorite battlefield out of dozens of stages, and duke it out! But be warned, your relationship will surely be tested.
Diablo 3 Eternal Collection
Diablo 3 is a co-op dungeon crawler action RPG that will have you and your partner working together on one Nintendo Switch to slay hordes of demons. Nothing will test your love more than seeing who can send evil creatures straight back to hell.
Hack and slash your way through hordes of enemies with the person you love most.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
This kind of game really helps you determine what your relationship is made of. Are you two the kind of players who will work together to overcome every obstacle? Or will you attempt to jump on each other's heads and try to throw your partner in the lava whenever you get the chance? There's one way to find out.
Play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad as you work together to defeat enemies collect items, and make it to the end of each level.
Kirby Star Allies
Within Kirby Star Allies, players make use of friend hearts to charm enemies into joining you. One of you can control Kirby, and the other takes on a new ally. Hit enemies with their elemental weaknesses to take them out as you strategize the best battle plan together.
The cute world of Kirby is even more fun when you play together. Recruit enemies to your team and work together to keep going.
Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together!
Snipperclips is a cute puzzle game where two players control Snip and Clip and must work together to solve tricky obstacles to progress. It's a fun experience for everyone involved and a great test of teamwork.
You'll be given specific tasks and must work together to solve each puzzle. This takes some creative thinking and plenty of cooperation.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
The Overcooked! games were such a hit that they had to combined them in the ultimate collection Overcooked! All You Can Eat. Prepare yourselves for some frantic cooking shenanigans in zany kitchen setups. This is a true test of love and friendship — can you communicate effectively and get all the orders out on time?
You're gonna need multiple cooks in the kitchen if you want to serve up these crazy orders in these crazy kitchens.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the quintessential Nintendo racing game, will have you and your partner racing against each other across many bright and colorful tracks. Choose your favorite racer and kart, and have at it! Just try not to let Rainbow Road ruin your relationship…
Up to four players race against each other while playing as some of Nintendo's best characters. Take advantage of items to slow someone down and get ahead.
Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection
Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection features the original Guacamelee! and Guacamelee! 2 in one convenient package. You and your Valentine can sit down and enjoy this humorous Metroidvania adventure through the Living and Dead worlds, and it's filled with great cultural references. Now, pass that guac, please!
Nothing makes you work together quite as hard as a Metroidvania. Play through both Guacamelee games with a special someone.
While there are more online single-player modes than multiplayer modes, Splatoon 2 still offers competitive local co-op games. Grab a pair of Joy-Cons and compete against your significant other to see just who is better at turf wars.
Work together on the same team or compete against each other to paint the town pink and green.
Pokkén Tournament DX
If you and your significant other are both Pokémon fans, you're going to love Pokkén Tournament DX. You'll both take charge of various pocket monsters and unlock additional fighters as you go. For once and for all, this game can help you determine which one of you is the ultimate Pokémon trainer.
Go up against each other, playing as one of the 21 different Pokémon available in the game. Each has its own skills and movesets.
While it may have a fun 20s and 30s artstyle, Cuphead is not for the faint of heart. You and your partner will have to work together to take down dastardly bosses and their minions. Many gamers affectionately loathe it as a hard-but-fair side scroller. This one really might just try your love.
Mario Party Superstars
This might seem like a kiddie game, but many fights have broken out over the competitive mini-games in Mario Party Superstars. Will you and your cutie be able to work together to defeat the computer, or will it show you both up? Since this game can host up to four players, you can even play against another couple and see which of the four of you is the best.
Whether you're rexperiencing these classic digital boards and minigames or playing them for the first time, Mario Party Superstars is a great game for everyone.
Resident Evil Revelations Collection
If a cute Nintendo game isn't cutting it for you, you and your love might be interested in a gory shooter like the Resident Evil Revelations Collection. In particular, RE Revelations 2 offers a split-screen mode for local co-op. Take down biological horrors together as you wind your way through an abandoned detention facility. Will you two work well enough together to survive the adventure?
You find yourself in a creepy deserted prison filled with horrifying monsters. You'll have to work together and scrounge up bullets to stay alive.
Unravel Two is a unique cooperative platformer where you play as two Yarny's, tethered together by a strand of yarn. You must help each other solve puzzles as you grow as friends in an uncertain world. This is a unique game with a lot of heart that's perfect for a night on the couch.
If collaboration is your aim, then Unravel Two is your game. Solve puzzles while each doing your own part.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
No matter who you are, chances are you've been indoctrinated into the MCU by someone close to you. Scratch that comic book itch with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, a cooperative game that features many of the great Marvel characters pulled straight out of the comics and the films.
Take on the roles of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains as you fight alongside a friend.
If you live with a significant other, you might remember the joy, stress, and anxiety of moving in and out. Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based game where up to 4 players must work together to get all this stuff from point A to point B. Overcooked fans will love this one.
Work together to bring several objects from one location to another in this zany moving game.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Who doesn't want to take a date through a spooky mansion? InLuigi's Mansion 3 you play as Luigi and Gooigi as you help one another catch ghosts, solve puzzles, and make your way to the top of a luxurious haunted hotel.
Ghost have laid a trap for Luigi, Mario, and Peach in a massive hotel. Now it's up to Luigi and his gelatinous doppleganger to work together and save everyone.
They're a match made in heaven
There are many games to choose from with the Nintendo Switch, but these have some of the best local co-op play, so you only need one Switch. These will test the strength of your relationships and whether or not you're both compatible. But don't take them too seriously, ok?
If we may make some suggestions, our favorite from this collection is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate because it has a huge roster of every character from previous Smash games and is adding new ones through DLC. Just don't anger your partner by spamming the same obnoxious move, alright? Another great one is Diablo 3 Eternal Collection because there's no denying that slaughtering evil demon hordes for loot together is just a teensy bit romantic, d'aww!
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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