So, you’re having a party — perhaps on a rooftop — and you’re dancing to the music and all that jazz, but there’s a pause. Fear not, because we’ve got just the thing to re-ignite the celebration! Whether you’re organizing a birthday party for a group of youngsters, a casual dinner party for a few select dinner guests, or you’ve got all the furniture in the garage, Nintendo Switch has a slew of crowd-pleasing co-op and competitive party games. Regardless of the purpose, you’ll discover games for all events here.
Our selections for the greatest party games on Switch are listed below, in no particular order. While the console’s library of fantastic co-op games may be ideal for smaller gatherings, some games aren’t.
1. Super Mario Party (Switch)
With the plumber and his Mushroom Kingdom companions, get the party started. While Mario has had his ups and downs in this minigame series, with some of the more recent editions feeling sterile, that isn’t the case with Super Mario Party. This is a well-made and wonderfully realized Mario Party game that returns the franchise to its frenzied stick-swirling and button-mashing roots. It’s a true comeback that can get downright rowdy in the proper crowd. There’s no party like a Mario Party, and that’s no longer a backhanded praise with this Switch installment of the game.
2. The Jackbox Party Pack (Switch eShop)
This is an excellent choice for anyone at your party who might be intimidated by a controller. You’ll need an internet connection and a smartphone for this one, but if you can gather a decent bunch, The Jackbox Party Pack (or one of the other five Packs in the series available on the Switch eShop) may be a lot of fun. With a good combination of trivia, improvisation, and interpretation, the amazing thing is that anyone with a smart device may play, and many of the available games can accommodate up to 8 players, which means there will be fewer bystanders who wish they could participate. Drawful 2 is a standalone game, but no matter which of the packs you choose, there will be plenty of chuckles for everyone.
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers a ton of racing fun that is likely to thrill the masses. The racing portion is top-of-the-line, with plenty of changes to make it accessible to everyone, whether they’re seasoned racers or this is their first motion-assisted adventure with the King of Kart Racers.
When you’re done racing, go to Battle Mode and engage in hilarious brawls while pursuing each other with red shells and Bob-ombs. It’s a game that keeps you smiling while also inducing the classic Mario Kart wrath when shells hit and places are lost. It’s addicting and unifying, unadulterated pleasure that draws in everyone brave enough to get behind the wheel – ideal for a get-together.
4. 1-2-Switch (Switch)
It may not have set the world on fire when it was released at the start of the Switch’s life, and it may have worked better as a pack-in title to highlight the console’s and Joy-Con controllers’ unique capabilities, but 1-2-Switch is a lot of fun when played with a group of friends or family members. What it lacks in longevity, it makes up for with the kind of approachable social appeal that helped Wii Sports become a living room staple in so many homes across the world. This is a party game – in the sense that it works best in the context of a social gathering – and if you’ve just tried it as a solitary player, we completely understand if you were underwhelmed.
5. Just Dance 2022 (Switch)
Just Dance 2022 is a sleek new installment in the brand that does exactly what it says on the box. Just Dance 2017 or Just Dance 2018 or Just Dance 2019 or Just Dance 2020 or Just Dance 2021 *breathe* will do just as well at getting folks on their feet as the previous installments.
The action is as accurate and entertaining as it has always been, and anyone with a smartphone and Ubisoft’s controller app can dance along. The Switch version has some nice additions, like having the Joy-HD Con’s Rumble pulsate to the beat, and if you pay for the Just Dance Unlimited membership, you have access to a ton of extra content.
6. Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (Switch eShop)
One person has a bomb that needs to be defused, while the others have a printed (yes, a physical printout) handbook that contains all of the instructions needed to defuse the explosive. Have Talking And Nobody Explodes is a party game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Obviously, you’ll need to prepare the handbook ahead of time – you can use a PDF, but the game is far better than having random sheets of A4 flying around while you frantically seek for the information you require. The fact that it needed reading probably wouldn’t go down well with small children. Given that, you’ll need to be able to read while playing this game, so it all depends on the type of party you’re throwing. There are far too many.
7. Nidhogg 2
Nidhogg 2 is a weird 1v1 jousting game in which you and one other friend battle to the death, through several rooms, with whatever weapon you can get your hands on. It’s a bit loose, but there’s still a pattern to the craziness, and defeating your buddies after a particularly long battle is really fulfilling. There are also other options to customize and personalize your character.
8. Worms W.m.d.
On Nintendo Switch, the iconic worm-based warfare game is present and ready for action. Worms W.M.D. adds some stunning new weapons to the classic concept, and each combat is unique thanks to randomly generated stages. With only a few buttons to worry about, the game is surprisingly simple to pick up and play, making it an ideal match for the Joy-Cons. Go ahead and feed your pals to the worms!
Snipperclips, although being a Nintendo Switch launch title, may still be one of the best party games if you want to show off the Joy-Cons and play with some pals. In this crazy multiplayer masterpiece, players cut each other into shape to solve problems with up to four players. It’s simple to comprehend, and the puzzles can be done in a variety of ways, making it an excellent game to share with kids and introduce them to gaming. What happened to the sequel?