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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 - Nintendo Switch

This is the pinnacle of Switch co-op games. 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 as well as characters that are new to the Super Smash Bros. series. Learn new moves and techniques to become the ultimate champion.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Switch

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?

Luigi's Mansion 3 - Nintendo Switch

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. 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.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 on Nintendo Switch

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?

Overcooked! All You Can Eat - Nintendo Switch

If you haven't picked up Overcooked! or Overcooked! 2 yet, you should pick up Overcooked! All You Can Eat! 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 - Nintendo Switch

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!

Rocket League Ultimate Edition - Nintendo Switch

This game has won several awards for its physics-based gameplay and is one of the most fun split-screen multiplayers on the market. The Switch version gives you access to in-game Nintendo decals for characters like Mario, Luigi, and Samus. Play with up to three other players in competitive or casual modes.

Rocket League

Rocket League Ultimate Edition - Nintendo Switch

Monster trucks meet Nintendo meet soccer in this team battle to score the most points. Choose your car, drive around the field, and use a variety of tricks and skill to get the ball into the other team's goal.

Super Mario Party - Nintendo Switch

This classic party game lets you and up to three other players compete on a virtual board game. You'll be sorted into groups for 2 vs. 2 and 1 vs. 3 minigames to earn Stars and Coins. Choose from 20 of your favorite playable Nintendo characters to race friends across the board.

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Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch

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.

Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

Up to four family members or friends can race each other in this couch co-op multiplayer. This game allows you to choose between 30 different characters, 14 of which you will need to unlock. This 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 - Nintendo Switch

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!

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

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.

New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on Nintendo Switch

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!

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics - Nintendo Switch

Play some of the most popular dice, card, and board games from around the world with your family and friends. 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.

Clubhouse Games 51 Worldwide Classics

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics - Nintendo Switch

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

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle - Nintendo Switch

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.

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle - Nintendo Switch

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.

Resident Evil Revelations Collection - Nintendo Switch

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.

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Resident Evil Revelations Collection - Nintendo Switch

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

ARMS - Nintendo Switch

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. 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.

Arms

ARMS - Nintendo Switch

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!

Mario Tennis Aces - Nintendo Switch

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.

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Mario Tennis Aces - Nintendo Switch

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.

Puyo Puyo Tetris - Nintendo Switch

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.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris - Nintendo Switch

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.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Nintendo Switch

This lighthearted, turn-based multiplayer game has you and up to three other players fighting to protect the Mushroom Kingdom. 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 - Nintendo Switch

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

Snipperclips: Cut it out, Together! - Nintendo Switch

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! - Nintendo Switch

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!

Lego DC Super-Villains - Nintendo Switch

Wreak havoc in this open-world game with a friend as you undermine familiar-looking superheroes. 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 - Nintendo Switch

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.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 - Nintendo Switch

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.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 - Nintendo Switch

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

Lego City Undercover - Nintendo Switch

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 - Nintendo Switch

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

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Nintendo Switch

Fans of Dragon Ball Z can relive key moments in 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.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Nintendo Switch

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

Pokkén Tournament DX - Nintendo Switch

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.

Pokken Tournament

Pokkén Tournament DX - Nintendo Switch

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.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition - Nintendo Switch

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.

Raymand Legends

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition - Nintendo Switch

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.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection - Nintendo Switch

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. This Nintendo version 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.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection - Nintendo Switch

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.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - Nintendo Switch

Super Mario 3D World was originally released on Wii U and got Bowser's Fury added to sweeten the deal. 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 + Bowser's Fury - Nintendo Switch

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. In the new game, Bowser has gotten so out of control even Bowser Jr. wants to stop him! Can he and Mario take him down together?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Nintendo Switch

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you and one other player fight hordes of monsters to defend Hyrule against Calamity Ganon. 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 - Nintendo Switch

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

Jackbox Party Pack - Nintendo Switch

This crazy party game will have you and your friends and family laughing so hard. The party pack comes with six games in one and all are humorous, 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 - Nintendo Switch

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

Moving Out - Nintendo Switch

Who knew moving could be fun? In this hilarious mess, you and your crew try to find the best way to move things out. 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 on Nintendo Switch

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

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Nintendo Switch

Two classic game franchises go head-to-head in Olympic competition! Choose your character and your sport and win the most events to be the winner of the Olympics. Up to eight players can compete for the gold.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Nintendo Switch

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

Super Mario Maker 2 - Nintendo Switch

Share the Super Mario experience like never before. 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 trying to get to the end together or trying to be the first there.

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 on Nintendo Switch

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

Mario Golf: Super Rush - Nintendo Switch

Take your favorite Mario characters to the putting green with Mario Golf: Super Rush! 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. There are several game modes to choose from so if you want to be a little more silly with battle golf, or prefer to be more serious with standard golf, you have your options.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush - Nintendo Switch

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

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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 kids 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 looking for some silly fun with food puns and cooperative gameplay galore, try Overcooked! All You Can Eat. With plenty of crazy characters, DLC, and cooking fun, this two-in-one game will keep your group playing for hours.

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.

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