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Best Nintendo Switch games with split screen or couch co-op 2022

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If you're stuck at home with kids or even just your partner, a Switch couch co-op game can be a great way to stay busy and relieve some stress. The Nintendo Switch has an excellent selection of options, letting you team up for casual party games or more intense horror and action. Here's a list of the best options to help you socialize without leaving home.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This is the pinnacle of Switch co-op games. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, challenge as many as three other local players using one of over 80 playable characters. This includes every character that has ever been in previous Super Smash games and characters that are new to the Super Smash Bros. series. Learn new moves and techniques to become the ultimate champion. It's a fun and exciting title that will have you on the edge of your seat, as noted in our review.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Choose your favorite Nintendo brawler and get to swinging! It's a battle to last man (or last team) standing. Will you become the champion?

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Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi and his gooey doppelganger, Gooigi, need to work together to solve puzzles and capture ghosts as they make their way through a haunted hotel in Luigi's Mansion 3. Will they be able to rescue Princess Peach and Mario from these mischievous poltergeists? You can play on your own or pass a controller to a friend and play together — both are fun, as we found out through our playthrough and review.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's friends have been kidnapped at a haunted mansion by King Boo! His new counterpart, Gooigi, has come to help creep around the places Luigi can't reach. Can this pair get everyone back?

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat

If you haven't picked up Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2 yet, you should pick up Overcooked! All You Can Eat! Our review of this title notes while it isn't as fun solo, it is definitely a top contender in multiplayer play. It comes with the first and second game and includes all of the DLC currently released as well as what's yet to come. There are hundreds of levels and bizarre kitchens to be discovered by you and your sou chefs.

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat

It's up to your kitchen to save the world with your delicious meals. Get your best team of chefs together and cook up the solution to save the world, TWICE!

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Mario Party Superstars

Relive the classic days of Mario Party from the N64 and GameCube. Five boards and more than 100 minigames from the earliest Mario Party games have been remastered and made for Switch. This board game-style party game is sure to be a hit when you're entertaining. Up to four people can play Mario Party Superstars at once, and as you'll see in our review, this is the best way to play!

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Mario Party Superstars

In this board game-style group video game, it's a race to get the most stars. Compete in minigames and win to collect stars as you round the board.

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Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

When we played Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, we noted it as one of the best Switch games for co-op. Up to four family members or friends can race each other. This game allows you to choose between 30 different characters — 14 of which you will need to unlock. It is a great game to play with little kids as it includes a smart steering mode to help them stay on track. In addition to racing, this game also features several mini battle games and provides hours of entertainment.

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Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Customize your Kart and choose a racer to take you all the way to the finish. Whether you're doing traditional races or competing in battles, the way you build your kart can make a big difference. Grab a steering wheel, and let's-a-go!

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Purchasing this gives you both the New Super Mario Bros. U and the New Super Luigi U games in one package. You and up to three others can make your way through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Peach from Bowser. This is the perfect game to play with little kids since playing as either Toadette or Nabbit makes the games significantly easier.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

This is the perfect way to introduce a classic family favorite to kids. It's a two-in-one game bringing the whole Mushroom Kingdom together to save the day from Bowser again!

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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Play some of the most popular dice, card, and board games from around the world with your family and friends on Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. While we played, we noticed some games are meant for solo play while others can host up to four players at a time. Will you beat your friends at Blackjack? Destroy them with Dominoes? You might even fall in love with a new game you've never played before.

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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Bringing together classic and digital with 51 great family games. Discover a new favorite board game or rediscover one you once loved.

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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

This inexpensive bundle gives you seven different arcade-style fighting games in one purchase. Games include Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit. Face off against friends and family to determine the best fighter.

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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Why choose one fighting game when you can have seven? Find the right combos to make the hardest hits in each title and become the champion.

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Resident Evil Revelations Collection

If you're looking for a classic split-screen cooperative shooter, Resident Evil Revelations 2 is the game for you. Work with a friend to clear rooms of horrific enemies as you make your way through an abandoned prison. This game also features a prominent single-player campaign should you want to play solo. It's perfect for fans of any Resident Evil title.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2

You and a friend make your way through a terrifying abandoned prison. Many terrors await you in this classic shooter-style co-op game.

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ARMS

This zany boxing game puts a playful twist on your classic fighting match. You get to choose the character you fight with, as well as the characteristics of your springy arms. When we played ARMS, a favorite feature we shared is how each arena brings unique challenges to add to the fun. Fight against one other player on one Switch or three other players using two Switch consoles.

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ARMS

Pick 'em out and put 'em up! Choose the special power you want your ARMS to have and get in the ring to duke it out!

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Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces puts a spin on the traditional tennis game by including cartoony antics and zany obstacles. Choose one of 28 playable Nintendo characters, each with unique moves, as you play with up to three other players. This game also has a solo mode, where you can fight bosses and overcome new challenges with your tennis racket. It's one of the best Mario sports games on Switch!

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Mario Tennis Aces

Bring your tennis skills to the Switch in a head-to-head match with a friend! Or, bring your best tennis bud along in a doubles match to beat the other team.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

This game perfectly combines classic Tetris with Sega's Puyo Puyo puzzle game to create a truly competitive party experience. Choose from several Tetris game variants as you compete with up to three other players. It also features a single-player mode so you can entertain yourself when others aren't available. We reviewed the sequel, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, another great title, so that's also a must-play once you get through the first one!

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Puyo Puyo Tetris

Puyo Puyo brings the competition to Tetris! This party puzzle game will test your skills and add a new layer of fun to two familiar games.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

This lighthearted, turn-based multiplayer game has you and up to three other players fighting to protect the Mushroom Kingdom. As you'll see in our review, the only way to play multiplayer is local so it's made to be played together! Choose from eight unique characters and an arsenal of weapons as you battle your way through four new worlds. 

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

The Rabbids world has collided with the Mushroom Kingdom! Now Mario and friends must work together with them to bring everything back to normal.

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Snipperclips: Cut it out, Together!

This simple game premise requires lots of creativity and cooperation as you and one other friend solve puzzles together. Cut each other into the proper shapes to hold items, push buttons, and turn cogs as you make your way through the many levels.

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Snipperclips: Cut it out, Together!

In this cute, crafty game, those who play together shape together. Snip, clip, and cut your teammate into the right shapes to solve the puzzles and complete the level!

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LEGO DC Super-Villains

Wreak havoc in an open world with a friend as you undermine familiar-looking superheroes in LEGO DC Super-Villains. Play as several iconic DC characters, including Joker, Harley Quinn, Cat Woman, Riddler, Scarecrow, and many others. You can also create a brand new villain and play with that character throughout the game.

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LEGO DC Super-Villains

It's time for the villains to have a little fun! Choose your favorite DC villain or make your own and explore however you want.

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2

Experience the Marvel universe with a friend as you battle enemies and experience silly LEGO moments. This game also features new battle modes, so you can play against up to three other players. It features characters from Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and more. It's one of the best LEGO games on Switch!

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Lego Marvel Superheroes 2

This cute Lego journey brings Marvel heroes into battle! Play the story and fight your enemies or try out the new battle modes.

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LEGO CITY Undercover

Two people play as undercover police officers to track down Rex Fury, a criminal mastermind who has recently escaped prison. This open-world game features an original plot and plenty of humor to keep you and a buddy entertained for hours. You can also play in solo mode.

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LEGO CITY Undercover

A criminal has escaped prison! But you won't let him get away. Go into the city undercover and bring him back in.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Fans of Dragon Ball Z can relive key moments from the series as they battle against familiar characters. This game responds to motion controls and allows you to create your own character. Play with another friend locally or add additional Switch consoles to play with up to six local players.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Play through familiar Dragon Ball Z stories, enjoying them again but in a brand new way. Create your own character and battle on!

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Pokkén Tournament DX

In this game, you and a friend can fight against each other to determine who is really the best Pokémon trainer of them all. The roster includes 21 different Pokémon. Utilize impressive moves and master individual characters in the arena.

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Pokkén Tournament DX

Pokémon battles in a true fighter game style! Punch, kick, and learn special moves to fight your way to the end. We'll see who really is the very best.

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Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

This award-winning game allows gamers to play as Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies as they make their way through several worlds via magical paintings. Work in a team of up to four players or compete against your friends using the Kung Foot tournaments. Either way, it's sure to be loads of fun.

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Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Whether you're in the mood to team up and travel through magic paintings to stop an enemy or you'd rather fight each other, this classic character is bringing the fun.

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Diablo 3: Eternal Collection

Take on evil cultists, walking corpses, and all of hell's inhabitants in this four-player, local co-op. It features the Reaper of Souls expansion along with the Rise of the Necromancer pack. We found that this Nintendo version of Diablo 3 is unhindered by being moved to a mobile game platform. It also includes allusions to The Legend of Zelda with a Cucco pet and the ability to change your character's clothes to Ganondorf's armor.

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Diablo 3: Eternal Collection

Hell has taken over Earth. You must fight your way through dungeons and across the land to take on Diablo and restore Earth to the peaceful place it once was.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Super Mario 3D World was originally released on Wii U and got Bowser's Fury added to sweeten the deal, which we gave 4.5 stars! Up to four players can be in Super Mario 3D World at a time, but Bowser's Fury can only have two at a time. Whether you cooperate or compete against your fellow players to the finish line is up to you — or you can do a little of both!

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury

With this two-in-one game, you get a remake of an old favorite, Super Mario 3D World, and a brand-new addition, Bowser's Fury. Bowser has gotten so out of control in the new game even Bowser Jr. wants to stop him! Can he and Mario take him down together?

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you and one other player fight hordes of monsters to defend Hyrule against Calamity Ganon. We loved the opportunity to fight as Link, Zelda, or any of the four Champions and learn each of their special moves to take out enemies. As you progress through the game, you'll see cutscenes and get a little more history behind the events leading up to the Hyrule you see in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Get onto the field with your favorite champion! Choose who you want to play and take on hordes of Bokoblins and other enemies as you fight for Hyrule.

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Jackbox Party Pack 8

This crazy party game will have you and your friends and/or family laughing so hard. The party pack comes with five games in one, and all are funny guided party games. You can have many official players and have additional people join in as audience members; all you have to do is login to jackbox.tv from a smartphone or tablet.

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Jackbox Party Pack 8

Choose from five crazy, humorous, and slightly sarcastic party games and let the fun begin. Just log in on your phone and play!

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Moving Out

Who knew moving could be fun? In Moving Out, you and your crew try to find the best way to move things out. As we found through our testing, you'll have to get creative, so if you think that means throwing a couch out the window, maybe it does! Build up your reputation with up to three additional local players and get moving.

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Moving Out

Build your moving company's reputation by doing the best job moving things quickly. Can everyone agree on what that means? We'll see.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Two classic game franchises go head-to-head in Olympic competition! Choose your character and your sport and win the most events to be crowned the winner of the Olympics. Up to eight players can compete for the gold. If you want to play Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 solo, the story mode is a big highlight of the game, as detailed in our review.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 

Bring on the competition! Play your favorite Olympic sports as your favorite Mario and Sonic characters and try to win the gold.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Share Super Mario Maker 2 like never before. We call it, "The perfect game for long time Mario lovers and creative gamers alike." Up to four players can work together to build custom courses. Save them online to play them later and play courses made by other players. You can also play multiplayer versus or co-op modes where you get through the side-scrolling world either by trying to get to the end together or trying to be the first there.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Make Mario like you've always imagined! Build your very own levels and play other fan-made levels. The possibilities are endless.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush

Take your favorite Mario characters to the putting green! Two players can play at a time on one system, or bring your players up to four with local wireless and online play with two systems. We love having several game modes to choose from in Mario Golf: Super Rush, so you have your options if you want to be a little more silly with battle golf or prefer to be more serious with standard golf.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush

"Four!" players can enjoy this new Mario sport together. Find a game mode that works for you and get swinging!

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Play with me

Compared to other consoles, the Nintendo Switch has a large number of quality local player games. If you're looking for serious competition, we recommend Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Players looking for something they can play with little ones should consider New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. It has kiddie modes that allow anyone of any skill level to play together.

Looking for an action-adventure game that you can play with a buddy? Then you really need to check out Luigi's Mansion 3. Luigi and his gelatinous counterpart, Gooigi, need to work together to solve puzzles and capture ghosts.

If you're seeking some silly fun with food puns and cooperative gameplay galore, try Overcooked! All You Can Eat. This two-in-one game will keep your group playing for hours with plenty of crazy characters, DLC, and cooking fun.

Nintendo and indie developers are constantly creating the best Nintendo Switch games, so we'll keep an eye out and add any must-have couch cooperative games to this list as time goes on.