The Nintendo Switch has quickly become the talk of the town in video games, with its handy portable feature and its wide selection of games from all different genres. Of course, being a Nintendo console it’s perfect for multiplayer and splitscreen play. Luckily, there’s plenty of options on the system for you and friends. Here are our picks for the very best splitscreen games on Nintendo Switch.
Best Splitscreen Switch Games
Mario Kart 8
That old staple of multiplayer ecstasy keeps on keeping on, with the definitive splitscreen Switch experience. Whether you’re tackling the Grand Prix or flinging green shells at one another in battle mode, there’s simply no better local multiplayer racing game on the market.
Though an entirely new Mario Kart game would have been appreciated, Mario Kart 8 was a spectacular entry that didn’t get much traction on the Wii U, a console that could be generously described as perpetually stuck in the pit lane. Repackaging it, ironing out the kinks, throwing in a couple of extra characters and items, and including every single DLC right on the cartridge is a blessing; it finally receives the recognition it deserves.
The local multiplayer is versatile and accessible – you don’t even have to buy a second controller to experience it with a friend, though the Joy-Con motion control is obviously not the most desirable option, and probably best reserved for the person who always crashes into walls but has a good laugh anyway.
It’s pretty straightforward: if you own a Switch, and you want a go-to for parties with your pals, Mario Kart 8 is a must-have. And even if you only ever intend on playing by yourself (because mankind is dirty and beneath you, perhaps), it’s still pretty much an automatic purchase. It’s just that damned good.