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There are plenty of Nintendo Switch family games for everyone to enjoy! A ton of the best Nintendo Switch games aren't just good for kids in tone; they're also fun for parents to learn and to play along with. Most Switch games are appropriate for all ages, so whether it's little Jimmy or Grandma Joyce joining in on the fun, your family night can accommodate everyone. What's more, many of the games on this list support up to four people who can easily join in by using Joy-Cons. If you're considering a Nintendo Switch for family fun, these are the games that need to be on your radar.

Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Few games are as synonymous with "family fun" as Mario Kart. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers the fun kart-racing experience we all know and love with updated visuals and a windfall of new content. Enjoy with up to four players on the same Switch.

Your family is sure to enjoy this race after race as you unlock new characters, new kart options, and new tracks. You get to choose from many Nintendo favorite characters and customize your kart for the best racing stats. If Mario Kart isn't new to you, you may even see some familiar tracks!

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Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

Choose your racer and your kart and put the pedal to the metal! Get the whole family together and see who will win in this classic racing favorite.

Luigi's Mansion 3

You and a family member can play through the main storyline together, catching ghosts, figuring out puzzles, and helping each other reach new places. One player will control Luigi while the second player controls Gooigi.

But that's not the end of the multiplayer fun! You can also have up to eight players in ScareScraper and Scream Park modes. In ScareScraper, players each play as a different colored Luigi to save Toad while catching ghosts, working together. In Scream Park, you will be split into two teams and play versus each other. The three games in Scream Park include Coin Floating, Ghost Hunt, and Cannon Barrage.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch

Luigi and his friends thought they were going on vacation, but instead, Luigi is back at work again, trying to save them from King Boo! Can Luigi do it again with the help of his new friend Gooigi?

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. If you have multiple Switch systems in one home, you can trade Pokémon and help each other in raid battles. Trading will allow those with Sword to get Pokémon exclusive to Shield and vice versa.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch

While you go on a journey to be the best Pokémon trainer, beating all the Gym Leaders, you can explore the Galar Region. Find Pokémon in their natural environments and become a master!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Over 80 of the most iconic characters from Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Square Enix, and more are packed into this super-fun game — and they're all looking for a fight. In addition to favorite characters, Nintendo players will recognize many of the battle arenas from many of their other favorite Nintendo games. Up to eight players can battle in this party brawler for the ages or play against 64 players in online tournaments. While this is a fighting game, the graphics aren't gory or overly brutal. It's very cartoony and light.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch

This mix of Nintendo characters and more is ready to battle! Who will be the last one standing at the end of this ultimate fight?

Super Mario Maker 2

This is a great way for kids to bring out their creativity while playing! You and your family can make your own classic Mario levels and then test them out on each other. You can build the level however you want; it's all yours to create from scratch. If you happen to have Nintendo Switch Online, you can also play thousands of other creations and share your own online.

In Versus mode, you race the clock through a course and try to be the first character through the level. In Co-op mode, everyone has to work together to get through to the end. As long as one player makes it, you all win!

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Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch

Mario like you've always imagined it, literally! This world is yours to create and play however you wish. If you can make it, you can play it!

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!, these games let you and your loved ones catch 'em all together. Two players can do Support Play, where they're able to travel this world together. Support Play comes with some bonuses too. If both trainers throw their Poké Ball simultaneously, you have a better shot at catching your Pokémon. While in battle, each player will have their own Pokémon to battle with, so you'll have twice as many in battles.

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Pokémon: Let's Go! Pikachu/Eevee for Nintendo Switch

Welcome to the Kanto Region! Pikachu and Eevee are ready to explore with you as you go on your quest to be the very best, saving Pokémon along the way!

Super Mario Party

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

In this board game-style game, players pick their favorite Mario character and make it to the end of the game with the most stars. At the end of each round, players will compete for a star through one of 80 mini-games. Not in the mood to play a whole board game? You can play just the mini-games too!

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Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch

Mario and his friends are playing a board game! Pick your favorite character, play the mini-games, and make it to the end with the most stars!

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. Up to four players can join in on the fun.

As you all work together to try and keep the food coming, will there be too many cooks in the kitchen? It will be up to you to talk through what to do as you try to get through each level to make it to the next level.

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Overcooked! 2 for Nintendo Switch

The Onion Kingdom is in trouble again. Your cooking is the one thing that could save the world! Control your chaotic kitchen and keep The Unbread at bay.

Jackbox Party Pack

Jackbox Party Pack is one of those games which still provide that old-time family game show feeling with a touch of sarcasm. There are five games, including trivia, truth or not, drawing, and fill-in-the-blank. Some of these games support up to 100 people!

Anyone can play using their smartphones and tablets or Switch controllers. For younger audiences, families are sure to enjoy Drawful, Word Spud, and Fibbage.

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Jackbox Party Pack for Nintendo Switch

Multiple party games in one fun pack! Bring the whole family together using just a tablet or smartphone per player, choose one of 5 fun titles, and get in on the game show fun.

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.

In the co-op mode, one player is Mario, and the other is his hat, Cappy. There are special abilities a player has as Cappy that make it fun and different from co-op in other Mario games for experienced Mario players.

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Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch

This Mario game is about so much more than just the Mushroom Kingdom. Join Mario as he takes his new friend Cappy on a world adventure and play characters you've never played before.

Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!

The charm of Snipperclips is hard to match. This puzzle game was made to be played together and 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 figure out each level!

Players will cut their characters into the right shapes to complete the puzzle in each level. The best part is there could be more than one right way to snip! Up to four players can work together to get the right cut.

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Snipperclips: Cut it out, Together! for Nintendo Switch

Get creative together! Cut your partner into a new shape to solve the puzzles and make it through to the next challenge.

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.

This game uses the unique features of the Joy-Con controllers to create fun ways to play and win these mini-games. Although you can only play with two players simultaneously, there is a game mode to play with multiple players as teams.

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1-2 Switch for Nintendo Switch

Go head to head in this Switch exclusive party game! Duel in a way that plays on the Joy-Con's unique controller features.

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. In addition to the single-player story mode, there is also a two-player co-op mode, so two people in the family can play and enjoy together. For an easier time, if you have brand new players, try out the Mellow mode to give Yoshi wings in case of falls.

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Yoshi's Crafted World for Nintendo Switch

Yoshi's world has been hand-crafted! Kamek and Baby Bowser have sent gems from an artifact across the land. It's up to Yoshi and friends to find them and put them back together.

ARMS

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 its unique ARM capabilities. Every arena stage is also full of obstacles, making the battles even more epic. It's definitely a fighting game unlike anything you've played before, and it's wholesome fun for everyone.

The graphics while in battle are bright and fun. In addition to the traditional battle style, there are also a few sport styles, including basketball and volleyball. You can have up to four players with not only a one-on-one battle option but also a two-on-two!

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ARMS for Nintendo Switch

A fighting competition with stars worldwide is here, and it's like nothing you've ever seen. Your fighters really pack a punch with extendable arms that play on the Joy-Con's controls! Will you become the champion?

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. Learn how to use your stored energy to make some incredible moves. Make sure everyone uses the Joy-Con straps, so you're only swinging your racket, not your controllers.

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Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch

You've never swung into a tennis court like this. The whole Mushroom Kingdom crew is here, ready to take over the court.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Have a few spare Joy-Cons? Great! 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. With these new levels in classic style and new characters made for younger players, it's sure to appease experienced and new players alike. There's even a hints gallery and reference videos to help players out when they're first beginning to play. It's perfect family fun for everyone.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

The classic platformer is back again with 164 new levels! Play as Mario, Luigi, and new playable characters Nabbit and Toadette!

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. Additional players can come in or leave at any point during play. It's up to you and your friends to find out what those weaknesses are!

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Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch

Kirby is keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. By bringing his previous enemies in with love, he's able to combine abilities and make a dream team.

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. Make your own village, recreate a familiar place, or anything else you can imagine! Enjoy exploring together while you gather and build freely with unlimited resources in creative mode or take on a little challenge in survival mode. Up to eight players can play together online, and your creations can be shared with anyone.

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Minecraft for Nintendo Switch

This sandbox has room for everyone. One block at a time, resource by resource, you can bring your visions to life.

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. This brings the battle element without being gruesome. 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. Play with up to eight players.

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Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch

These Inklings are painting the town and claiming their turf. Spread your color far and wide; whoever covers the most ground takes the win!

Just Dance 2021

Just Dance 2021 is packed with a huge assortment of songs, so there is sure to be something in here for everyone to dance to. Up to six people can join in a game of Just Dance 2021 on one system, but there's no limit to who can join in without a Joy-Con in the background! The game comes with 40 songs by Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and other top artists. Get more if you get the Just Dance Unlimited subscription, giving you more than 600 songs! One month is included when you buy the game so you can try it first. Make a family playlist together, including eight songs intended just for kids, and dance along together!

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Just Dance 2021 for Nintendo Switch

The name of this game says it all, Just Dance! Enjoy the beats and follow the choreography as you let the music take you away.

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 simultaneously, but up to eight players can set up on the same island. Work together to build up the museum with fossils, fish, insects, and art. Decide how your village should be laid out as a family. There are so many creative and cute options for how to play this together.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch

An island getaway is just what the family needs. Make an island all your own together with the cute creatures of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Moving Out

There can be fun in chaos! You and your crew will work together to get items moved out of homes, buildings, and even airplanes. Find the best way to move it all and have a blast with fun characters, plus special goals at each level!

Story mode can be done alone or with up to four players. Just like moving in real life, this may test you as you decide how to get the furniture out. You can try to play it in a real way or get hectic! Who needs windows and doors as long as your couch is out?

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Moving Out for Nintendo Switch

Everything must go! Grab your friends and get moving. Build up your moving company's reputation by being the best at getting your haul to the truck.

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Play a bunch of Nintendo Switch family games in one 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. If you have multiple Switch consoles in the home, you could even use Mosaic Mode for some games. Just put your screens together to form one big screen in a whole new way.

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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics for Nintendo Switch

How could you be bored when you have 51 board games to choose from? These international games are a great way to bring the family together for classic fun.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Are you Team Mario or Team Sonic? Only one team can win! Up to four people can compete against each other and go for the gold in their favorite Olympic sports or eight online. There are more than 30 events to compete in. Players can enjoy the water, box it out, take it around the track, and more. It also features a way to play 2D sports events from 1964. Start up the friendly competition and get your game on!

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

It's Mario vs. Sonic at the Olympic Games in Tokyo! Whether you choose Sonic or Mario, it's up to you who takes home the gold.

Carnival Games

This game brings you the cutesy style of a real carnival right into your living room! 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. You can play solo or with up to three others. As you play, you win tickets you can trade-in for rewards to customize your characters. You and your family can have fun creating characters and competing in games.

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Carnival Games for Nintendo Switch

Bring the Carnival to your living room! Play games, win prizes, and dress your character up.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Super Mario 3D World, originally released on the Wii U, got a refresh with a more open-world style section, Bowser's Fury. Bowser's Fury supports up to two players, and Super Mario 3D World can handle up to four. In Bowser's Fury, the second player controls Bowser Jr., storing power-ups and being your backup in battle. In Super Mario 3D World, how you want to beat the game is up to you — use teamwork to reach the goal or sabotage each other and compete for the most points.

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

Super Mario 3D World is back and with another adventure — Bowser's Fury! Bowser is destroying the Mushroom Kingdom, and Bowser Jr. is here to help you stop him.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Mario is adding to his sports collection with Mario Golf: Super Rush! There are 16 Nintendo family characters for golfers to choose from. Many of these characters are showing off some new golf fashions never seen before the green. The whole family can take a swing at the courses with Battle golf! Up to four players tee off simultaneously, then try to be the first one to reach their ball. There are some tricks and obstacles to help you trip up the other players along the way.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush for Nintendo Switch

Mario has hit the green and invited some friends! Pick a character, choose a course, and take in the scenery while building your golf skills across the Mushroom Kingdom.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Zelda now has a new game style and a way to play together with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. This is the newest game in the Hyrule Warriors series, and it follows the champions of Hyrule onto the battlefield. Two players can take over the familiar fields of Hyrule as one of several familiar Zelda characters defeating the monsters Calamity has unleashed. Each character has special attacks and moves based on their backstory and weapons. Enjoy playing Zelda together like never before!

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch

Get into the battle before The Breath of the Wild with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity! Stick with our trusty silent hero, Link, or try out one of the other champions.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

Wario and his friends have made it to the Switch in their own kind of adventure. Choose your character and make your way through more than 200 microgames, working as a team to win each one. The more you beat, the more you earn; use your earnings to customize your character. These quirky and fun games are a great way to spend family game night together.

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WarioWare: Get It Together! for Nintendo Switch

Wario and friends are going through a microgame challenge! How many games will you make it through before being defeated?

Miitopia

Make a mii figure of the whole family and go out on an adventure as a party. This humorous story follows an adventure to defeat Dark Lord. Take on enemies in turn-based combat and share a laugh about the silly situations your characters will get into.

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Miitopia for Nintendo Switch

Dark Lord is running around the land stealing faces. Customize your character, build relationships, fight battles, and enjoy the humor.

New Pokémon Snap

Although this is a single-player game, it's still something the whole family may enjoy watching. Go through different habitats of Pokémon during the day and night and experience what they're like in the wild. While one person plays and snaps photos, everyone can take in the beautiful scenery and have fun spotting creatures together.

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New Pokémon Snap for Nintendo Switch

Help the professor study Pokémon in the wild and get some amazing shots of Pokémon in their natural environments.

Ultimate family fun

Nintendo Switch family games 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 many family-friendly titles on the Nintendo Switch, but these are just some of the best Nintendo Switch games you can get.

Our absolute favorite would be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe if we were to make any recommendations. 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 two-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 behold. Plus, there are many secrets to discover as you search for the collectible artifact, and the replay value is high.

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