Best online multiplayer
Online multiplayer games are a big part of the gaming community, but Nintendo offers its own flare on multiplayer experiences. Here are the best online multiplayer games of the past decade.
1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a great online multiplayer system, the first for the series, allowing anyone to race with up to seven other people from all over the world. Everyone can pick their favorite Nintendo characters and customize their karts. When that's done all players choose their favorite track to race on in hopes of it getting chosen. Since it's randomized, everyone gets a fair chance of home-court advantage, and once the race begins, it's fun chaos! Even if you aren't the best Mario Kart player, it's just downright fun to play with others that aren't in the same room as you, and each course is full of its unique quirks. Plus, with the online multiplayer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can easily add new friends if you liked racing with them. -Christine Romero-Chan
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
With an enormous roster of characters, including every fighter seen in previous iterations of the game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the pinnacle of fighting games. I love figuring out each characters' specific attacks and then working on mastering them. I love that I can pass controllers out to my friends and we can all play against each other. This brings out some of the most hysterical comments from all of us. Then if my friends aren't around, I can play against random people online. It's a fun challenge knowing I'm playing against a human instead of an unintelligent AI. -Rebecca Spear
3. Rocket League
Want to play soccer, hockey, or basketball using cars with speed boosts that can collide and blow-up at any second? Sure you do! Rocket League is a highly addictive sport, driving, high-octane competition game that takes play over five short minutes and has a fan-base of over 40 million players. This game is a natural choice for online multiplayer. With so many people playing, and with cross-platform play being a big factor, you can play with any player regardless of the platform. That's pretty exciting. Battle it out on the court or team up to destroy others. Three...two...one...Go! -Sara Gitkos
4. Splatoon 2
Get your ink on! It's time to gear up and cover some ground in the sequel to the squid and ink third-person shooter, Splatoon 2. Take your Inkling and rally your team, it's time to defend your territory. The goal is to gear up with several unique and helpful weapons and cover some turf. Play on-offs, League Battles, and Ranked Matches and compete against other players anywhere. Splatoon 2 has classic modes like Splat Zones and Tower Control, but it has a few new modes like Clam Blitz and Salmon Run. There's a lot of fun to be had in this competitive free-for-all. -Sara Gitkos
5. Super Mario Party
Let's face it; the best part about Super Mario Party is the mini-games. Compete across the interwebs in some challenging, frustrating, and addicting mini-games in the Online Mariothon. Leaderboard rankings and high scores are the perfect reason to keep playing, and of course, you've got to beat your friends. The only problem is that you don't get access to the 80 or so mini-games the game has to offer. Still, if you want to try your hand at online gameplay, it could be worth the swearing and possible friendship loss. -Sara Gitkos
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