Video games can be a great way to spend time with your kids. Overcoming challenges and completing goals (even digital ones) together is satisfying and, most importantly, fun. And the Switch is great for local co-op ̵
There are many multiplayer games on Switch, but as the title suggests, we focused on games with cooperative gameplay – competitive games are not mentioned here (sorry Mario Kart). In addition, we have tried to stay away from higher difficulty games for the sake of everyone involved.
So, without further ado, let's get into it.
Pink Puffballs: Kirby Star Allies
The Kirby franchise has always shifted attention to low stakes platforms. Simple operation and easy-to-understand mechanics make them perfect for picking up and playing games for players of all ages. And in Star Allies (the latest entry in the franchise), you run through Popstar's colorful world to save him from a dark cosmic threat.
The Kirby main part of copying enemy capabilities is here as expected, but you can also use the new friendship hearts to recruit enemies by your side. In co-op, players can switch between different enemies enlisted. In addition to the normal platform sections and boss encounters, there are also many times that multiple characters must use their skills simultaneously to solve puzzles and pass obstacles.
Star Allies also has a few extra modes (such as time trials and a boss rush) for those looking for more challenges after the main campaign.
Handcrafted Platforming: Yoshi's Crafted World
Another 2D platformer, this time featuring everyone's favorite green dinosaur. Yoshi & # 39; s Crafted World is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Yoshi & # 39; s Wooly World on Wii U. Crafted World relaxed platforming from ] Wooly World, this time with a visual style of arts and crafts that is wonderfully creative all the time.
The special trick of Crafted World's is that you can play each level in a "flipped" mode to find additional collectibles and Easter eggs. Even with the many collectibles, the game is on the short side, but the charm that comes from every angle more than makes up for it.
You can play in a two-player co-op, with each player in control of their own Yoshi. There is also a linked mode where one Yoshi rides on the other for challenging parts of the game – however, passenger Yoshi can still throw eggs to assist in this mode.
Split Screen Construction: Minecraft
You probably already know Minecraft, as you or your child probably already played it. But what you may not be aware of is the split screen support in the console versions of the game – which of course includes the Switch.
You can do all Minecraft staples from mining, building, and exploring, each with their own area of the screen to watch out for. This means you can do whatever you want, while still working together when the time comes. You can play with up to four players on one screen (although that can get a bit tight).
Conjoined Island Living: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The latest entry in the series Animal Crossing expanded the co-op capabilities of the game with full co-op for four In previous entries, multiple people could share the same city with the same console, but there was no way to play together at the same time, however, in New Horizons you can play and do … what you do in Animal Crossing.
The cooperative works by having one & # 39; party leader & # 39; who determines what the camera is aimed at (the leader can be changed d at the touch of a button) and then anyone can follow the leader to fish, catch bugs or collect materials. While there isn't much to do in co-op, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still a perfect & # 39; chill-out & # 39; game to play together.
Cartoony Ghost Hunting: Luigi's Mansion 3
This somewhat spooky Mario spin-off expanded on the previous two Luigi & # 39; s Mansion games by moving from mansions to a full game. resort. But just like the previous two games, Luigi's Mansion 3 is still about collecting coins and catching ghosts.
You actually have some options for multiplayer here: there is the "ScareScraper", which offers multiple two-player minigames (while six others can participate via local wireless or online), then there is the main campaign, which is fully playable in two-player co-op. One player plays as Luigi, while the other plays as & # 39; Gooigi & # 39 ;. You each have your own "Poltergust G-00", so you can explore rooms for money and ghosts.
Ragdoll Delivery Service: Fully Reliable Delivery Service
Working for a delivery company is not on many people's bucket list, but this is not just any delivery service. The premise of Totally Reliable Delivery Service is quite simple: you get your packages from multiple terminals spread over the surprisingly large map and deliver them to the objective markings.
But actually reaching the destination is not & # 39; it's that simple. Your avatar has a lot of momentum here along with some general ragdoll physics. It can be difficult to learn how to control your character at first, and once you get the hang of it, the next challenge comes: vehicles. From helicopters to dune buggies, you have to use these vehicles to reach your goal on time.
The physics are ridiculous and the vehicles sometimes feel impossible to drive, but the game manages to make this more comic than frustrating. And you can play the entire game in a two-player split screen.
Knitted Adventure: Unravel 2
The original Unravel was praised for its beautiful visuals and clever puzzles, and Unravel 2 comes with both and adds two-player co-op. You each play as your own & # 39; Yarny & # 39 ;, navigating the impressive landscapes as you use your yarn string to solve puzzles. The puzzles are well thought out and built around two players, so you always have something to do.
You can also use your rope as a kind of grappling hook, which is always fun.
Knitted Adventure  Co-Op Friendly Minigames: Super Mario Party
Mario Party may not be the first franchise you think of as it's about cooperative gameplay – quite the opposite. Super Mario Party however, has some interesting and fun co-op mini-games. Of course you have all Mario Party board games and several competitive mini-games, but you also have access to 10 co-op mini-games for four players.
These games range from sorting sports equipment. , catch fish or skate with penguins – normal Mario Party things. And if you only have two players, you can always play the 2v2 mini-games and work together to beat the bots.
Brick-Based Puzzle-Platformers: The LEGO Series
The LEGO games are all quite similar – they all use the same basic gameplay engine with some minor bits here and there However, they should not be ruled out as they offer great co-op play, in all games you can jump in and out for two players at any time.
The gameplay here is quite simple and the games never get too difficult But much of the fun of these games is just trying out the multitude of unlockable characters and collecting the mass items at each stage, and with the wide selection of LEGO games that can be Mentally available on Switch, there should definitely be one that evokes your child's interests.
Currently you can find LEGO Jurassic World, The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game, LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO DC Super-Villains, LEGO The Incredibles, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO Worlds, and LEGO City Undercover on Switch usually costs $ 25- $ 60. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will also be released later this year on Switch.