Best Family Games for Nintendo Switch iMore 2020

The Nintendo Switch is the perfect console for family fun. There are tons of games that are not just good for kids in tone, but also in how easy they are to learn and play. Plus, the games are often appropriate for all ages, so whether it's little Jimmy or grandma Joyce joining in, your family night can accommodate everyone. What's more, many of these games can support up to four people, who can easily join in by using Joy-Cons as little gaming controllers. If you're considering a Nintendo Switch for family fun, these are the games that need to be on your radar.

★ Featured favorite: Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Few games are as synonymous with "family fun" as Mario Kart is. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers the fun kart-racing experience we all know and love with updated visuals and a windfall of new content.

Ghostbusters!: Luigi's Mansion 3

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You and a family member can play through the main storyline together catching ghosts, figuring out puzzles, and helping each other reach new places. It also features three party games that can host up to eight players at once.

Guard and parry: Pokémon Sword and Shield

While the main story is single-player, this game encourages you to interact with other players by trading Pokémon and battling Pokémon together. It's super fun and kid-friendly while still appealing to adults. If you have two people in your family that want to play, make sure you give them different versions.

Nintendo Family Feud: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Over 70 of gaming's most iconic characters from Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, and more have been packed into the same game, and they're all looking for a fight. Up to 8 people can battle in this party brawler for the ages.

Sandbox side scroller: Super Mario Maker 2

You and your family can make your own classic Mario levels and then test them out on each other. If you happen to have Nintendo Switch Online, you can also play thousands of other people's creations.

Catch 'Em All: Pokémon: Let's Go! Pikachu/Eevee

Pokémon has always been a social game, but only for people trading and battling each other. With the launch of Pokémon: Let's Go, those games let you and your loved ones catch them all together.

Party Time!: Super Mario Party

This is the ultimate family game. Super Mario Party is back with over 80 game modes that up to four people can enjoy. You can play 1 vs. 3, 2 vs. 2, or have a full-on 4-player battle royale in a collection of mini-games that never seem to get old.

Dinner's Ready: Overcooked! 2

This game actually won an award for being the best family game to launch on Nintendo Switch in 2018. And that's for good reason — it puts one of the biggest family activities in video game form as an epic cooperative effort. You and your family will be racing around the kitchen, trying to serve all the hungry guests.

Game Show: Jackbox Party Pack

Jackbox Party Pack is one of those games which still provide that old-time family game show feeling. There are five games, including trivia, truth or not, drawing, and fill-in-the-blank. And up to eight people can play — that's more controllers than the Switch actually supports, but extras can play using their smartphones and tablets!

It's-a Me!: Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey isn't a family game in the same sense as most other games on this list. It has limited cooperative gameplay for up to two people but is mostly a single-player affair. That doesn't stop it from being perfect for the family, though, with plenty of puzzles and levels that your loved ones can help each other through.

Work Together: Snipperclips: Cut it out, Together! - Digital Code

Snipperclips is a game whose charm is hard to match. This puzzle game gives you that scrapbook feeling as you and your family solve unique puzzles together. Grab three others and see if you can work together to beat each level!

More Party Games!: 1-2 Switch

As if you needed even more party games, 1-2 Switch remains one of the coolest games out for Nintendo Switch. There are 28 mini-games ranging from cow milking and sword fighting to a wild west quick draw duel.

An eggscellent adventure: Yoshi's Crafted World

Yoshi's Crafted World is an adorable puzzle platformer adventure that's friendly enough for the entire family to enjoy. Take control of Yoshi and friends as they search a beautiful world made of everyday crafting materials, such as cardboard boxes and paper cups, for clues to a fabled artifact. There is even a two-player co-op mode, so two people in the family can play and enjoy together.

Put your arms into it: ARMS - Digital Code

ARMS is a unique fighting game that focuses on motion controls with the Joy-Cons. Pick your fighter from a colorful and bright roster of distinctive fighters, each with their own unique ARM capabilities. Every arena stage is also full of obstacles, making the battles even more epic. It's definitely a fighting game that is unlike anything you've played before, and it's wholesome fun for everyone.

Game, set, match!: Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces is a great sports game for the family, even if you aren't usually a tennis fan. You can play with up to three other people in the room for a doubles match, or even progress through the single-player mode and other challenges. Pick your favorite Nintendo character and show off your tennis moves with some flair as you swing your way to the top.

Classic Mario style: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Have some spare Joy-Cons lying around? Then up to four other people can join the fun in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe! There are over 164 classic platforming stages to get through in two main game modes, and the replay value is high with even more game modes to unlock. Pick your favorite Mario character and use their unique abilities and traits that affect gameplay to make it to the end of each level. It's perfect family fun for everyone.

Like a star: Kirby Star Allies

Up to four people can play Kirby Star Allies at a time, so this is an excellent game for the entire family to play together. Control Kirby and use friend hearts to charm foes, and they'll fight alongside you, giving you access to their own unique Copy abilities too. You can even combine some abilities with elements, giving you an edge in battle against some bosses who are weak to certain elements. It's up to you and your friends to find out what those weaknesses are!

Use your imagination: Minecraft

Anyone with a creative mind should be playing Minecraft, and it's perfect for the family. Explore an open sandboxed world where you can collect resources from the environment or enemies and use it to build pretty much anything you want. Up to eight players can play together via online, and your creations can be shared with anyone.

Turf war: Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a family-friendly shooter that will even appeal to people who don't like shooters. Rather than have the objective be getting as many kills as possible, it's mostly about inking your turf in Splatoon 2 matches. Whichever team paints in the most turf in a match will win, and the kills on the other team are just a bonus. There is also a single-player campaign and other game modes to check out. Splatoon 2 is a family-friendly shooter that is super cute and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age.

Dance off!: Just Dance 2020

Just Dance 2020 is packed with a huge assortment of songs, so there is sure to be something in here for everyone to dance to. There are eight choreographed songs created specifically for children. Up to six people can join in a game of Just Dance 2020 on one system, so it's great for family fun. Plus, expand your library with 500+ new songs with Just Dance Unlimited.

Family vacation: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Get the family together for a wholesome island game! Work together to build a community on your own island getaway while you get to know your fellow resident animals. A total of four people can play together on one system.

Get moving!: Moving Out

Work together to get items moved out of homes, buildings, and even airplanes. Enjoy these goofy scenarios and find the best way to move it all!

Board?: Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Play some long time family pass times with this collection of 51 board games! Connect in the home with local play of up to four players, or connect from afar with online capability. There's something for every board game lover in this collection.

Let the games begin: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Up to four people can compete against each other and go for the gold in their favorite Olympic sports! Eight people if you're playing online. Startup the friendly competition and get your game on!

Come one, come all: Carnival Games

All the games you love at the county fair brought to your Nintendo Switch. Play the classics of hoops, target shooting, and ski ball, and explore some new additions like cosmic bowling. More than 20 games to choose from!

Ultimate family fun

Family games on Nintendo Switch might as well be an endless list. There is something for everyone, young and old. Our picks all deliver loads of fun for everyone gathered around the TV. They're perfect for all ages, and just as with anything in life, they get better the more people you add! There are a lot of family-friendly titles on the Nintendo Switch, but these are just some of the best ones that you can get.

If we were to make any recommendations, our absolute favorite is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It features a large roster of drivers. Plus, there are several game modes to enjoy, along with the ever-popular online mode against other players from the globe, so you can see who is the best racer in your family.

Another great choice is Luigi's Mansion 3 because it's a super fun 2-player co-op game that also includes a few party games for up to eight players. While it centers around catching ghosts, this game focuses on laughs rather than scares.

And finally, we highly recommend Yoshi's Crafted World. Mostly because Yoshi is cute as heck, but the world made from everyday crafting materials is absolutely stunning to look at. Plus, there are a ton of secrets to discover as you search for the collectible artifact, and the replay value is high.

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