Best Nintendo Switch Local Wireless Multiplayer and Co-op Games 2022

Nintendo Switch Blue/Red Joy-Cons with Turquoise Switch Lite
Nintendo Switch Blue/Red Joy-Cons with Turquoise Switch Lite (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

One of the reasons I love the Nintendo Switch is because you can play co-op games right out of the box with the split Joy-Con controllers. Whether you're looking to share a screen for local co-op or want to connect your Nintendo Switch consoles for local wireless gaming, there are plenty of titles to choose from. We've made a list of some of the best local wireless Switch games to play with your friends. We'll update this with more information as more games come out.

Best local wireless Switch games to play with friends

These are some of the best Nintendo Switch games for anyone who likes playing multiplayer party games with friends. Both the Nintendo Switch and its less powerful sibling, the Nintendo Switch Lite can connect to local wireless multiplayer. Just remember that the Switch Lite only supports games in handheld mode, so you might need to have some external Joy-Cons on the side if you want to play certain games.

We highly recommend grabbing a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Not only is it one of the most fun and most iconic multiplayer games out there, but it also supports up to eight players in local wireless mode. If racing isn't your speed, you could check out Mario Party Superstars. There are plenty of fun party games included to get your and your friends excited, and up to eight people can play at once.

For anyone who wants company while making their dream deserted island, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a charming and laid-back experience. Finally, if you haven't already you should really check out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You and your friends choose from a large roster of characters and duke it out to see who's the best player among you. It's an awesome game whether you want to play in teams or have every man for himself.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.