In the time that the Nintendo Switch has been out, it’s managed to get a whole host of excellent multiplayer games to enjoy with your friends and family. Here are the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games you can get your hands on right now.
Best 2 Player Nintendo Switch Games
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Overcooked 1 & 2
- Just Dance
- 1 2 Switch
- Rocket League
- Shovel Knight
- Mario + Rabbids
- Pokken Tournament
- Sonic Mania
- Ultra Street Fighter II
- Binding of Isaac
- Nine Parchments
- Portal Knights
- Enter the Gungeon
- Resident Evil
- Human Fall Flat
- Attack on Titan
- Kirby Star Allies
Fire Emblem Warriors
Play as your favorite Fire Emblem hero and ravage the battlefield with a friend! Fire Emblem Warriors features a wealth of different hack-and-slash missions while still staying true to the game’s original formula. Clear the story and history mode with another player by just handing them another Joy-Con, making this action-packed adventure a perfect 2 player Nintendo Switch game.
Mario Kart 8
Burn some rubber with Mario and his friends in this insane racing game. The Mario Kart series has always been a staple franchise on Nintendo consoles, and now it’s on the Switch. Pick from a handful of iconic characters and race through different stages based on iconic locations, such as Rainbow Road and Peach’s Castle. If you’re feeling competitive you can race against a friend or face them head on in Battle Mode.
Cooperation is always the key in Snipperclips. Pass the Joy Con and play with a friend as you take on an assortment of quicky 2 player puzzles in the game. Play as paper pals Snip and Clip and work together by trimming each other to reach your goal. Once you’re done with the main challenges, you can try the other game modes like hockey and the battle mode. It may not take the longest time to finish, but Snipperclips is without a doubt one of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games you can play.
If you’re a fan of fighting games, then ARMS is right up your alley. In this Nintendo Switch fighting game, you play as a fighter with, well, extendable arms. Each arm is customizable, each with their own special effects and abilities. If you have an extra pair of Joy Cons, you and a friend can duke it out on the battlefield.
Super Mario Odyssey
After Bowser forces Princess Peach into marriage, Mario sets off on yet another adventure in Super Mario Odyssey. This time, he’s joined by an unlikely ally named Cappy who can control objects and even enemies. For its 2 player mode, one player controls Mario while the other person controls Cappy. Players can work together by clearing puzzles, fighting enemies, and leaping through platform puzzles. It may predominantly be a single-player experience, but it still works out as one of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games to have released thus far.
Hell’s Kitchen comes to life in Overcooked. You can your friend will be dashing around the kitchen and juggling ingredients as you battle the constant countdown of the timer. If things aren’t frantic enough, you’ll be working in some of the most weirdly designed culinary stations ever made. Your kitchen is ever changing, comprising of speeding trucks, volcanoes, frozen lakes, and even rocking sailing ships.
Get your groove on and dance with your friend in Just Dance 2018 on the Nintendo Switch. The game features plenty of popular songs to choose from, such as 24K Magic by Bruno Mars, Bad Liar by Selena Gomez, and Waka Waka by Shakira. Now you can settle the score with your friend with that long-awaited dance-off.
1 2 Switch
The perfect party game, 1-2 Switch is filled with all sorts of quirky mini-games. Games like Telephone, where the both of you must pick up the Joy Con as fast as possible and yell “Hello,” and Safe Crack, where you use the controller’s vibration feature to “crack open” a safe, make for the perfect 2 player experience with a friend.
Have you ever wanted to play soccer, but with cars? In Rocket League, you can zoom through the field with a jet-powered vehicle and perform plenty of awesome tricks as you try and push the ball to the opponent’s goal. In the 2 player mode, you can team up with another person or play against them instead.
A gruesome platforming Nintendo Switch adventure, Shovel Knight is filled with all sorts of dangerous enemies and death-defying puzzles. Play through different stages, each with their own theme and boss, and fight enemies with your trusty shovel. Since every adventure is always fun with a friend, you can bring one along with you in the 2 player mode.
Mario + Rabbids
Mario teams up with the Rabbids to save the Mushroom Kingdom in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Combat is tactical and turn-based, with each character having their own set of weapons and abilities. For the 2 player mode, players can work together and overcome different challenges. Not too long ago, the developers have patched in a VS mode, so you can also battle against your friend.
Not your average Pokemon game, Pokken has ‘mons duking it out in the ring on the Nintendo Switch. Battles are no longer turn-based but involve more traditional fighting game mechanics by blending both 3D and 2D elements. Every fighter has their own stylized moveset, each bringing something new to the table. If you’re going to fight your friend, all you need to do is hand them your Nintendo Switch Joy Con. Looking for Tekken cross Pokemon?
Here’s a blast from the past: Sonic Mania ditches the 3D gimmicks and goes back to the plain ‘ol 2D platforming fun. Play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles and clear through both old and new stages, paying homage to the traditional Sega Genesis Sonic Games. For its 2 player mode, you and another friend can race to the end of a stage together. On the other hand, you can try your hand at the “Mean Bean” 2 player minigame based on the 1993 spinoff game, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.
Ultra Street Fighter II
For another wave of nostalgia, players can pick up Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers for the Nintendo Switch. Relive your old arcade days and play as characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, and M. Bison. While you can fight against a friend, there’s also another 2 player mode called Buddy Battle where you can team up and take down an enemy.
Binding of Isaac
Help Isaac escape from his mother’s basement in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbith+ on the Nintendo Switch. Make your way through rooms swarming with deadly enemies and collect power-ups and money to strengthen your arsenal. The Nintendo Switch version supports local co-op, so you can bring a friend along with you on your godforsaken adventure.
This top-down blast’em up adventure sends players on a magical quest to find the nine parchments scattered throughout the world. Play as one out of eight heroes, each specializing in their own field of magic, and blast through foes on your top-down adventure. As you progress, you’ll gain even more spells and pull off stunning combos. And, of course, there’s always room to bring a friend along in the multiplayer mode.
Pick up the pieces of your fallen world and build to your heart’s content in Portal Knights! Create your very own character and choose your class (Swordsman, Archer, Mage) and travel through different locations as you collect materials and slay monsters. With so much to build and many enemies to fight, it’s always a great idea to have a friend along on your quest. The two player mode offers splitscreen functionality, but you’ll need two pairs of Joy Cons.
Bayonetta’s back with a bang, this time on the Nintendo Switch. Pull off those incredibly stylish combos as you sashay your way through angels and demons in the game. For the game’s 2 player mode, you can partner up with a friend and take on different challenges in Climax Mode. Compete with each other and earn the highest score by avoiding damage, mixing up combos, and quickly clearing through waves of enemies. Oh, and it’s also a great way to stack up on halos.
Enter the Gungeon
Roll your way through bullet hell in this explosive action-packed experience on the Nintendo Switch. In Enter the Gungeon, you play as one of four characters that come loaded with their own traits, and bash your way through levels sprawling with bullets, lasers, beams – you name it. In the 2 player mode, you can team up with a friend and brave through the levels together with all sorts of bizarre guns.
Take a step back into the world of horror and survive Sushestvovanie Island in Resident Evil 2 on the Nintendo Switch. Learn the truth behind Alex Wesker’s experiments and face dozens of mutated creatures. The main campaign, split between Claire/Moira and Barry/Natalia, is fully playable with a friend, making this title the perfect 2 player game. One player is in charge of taking down enemies while the other person provides support through flashlights and sensing monsters. Similarly, you can also try the Raid Mode and tackle a series of missions based on the locations from the main series.
Human Fall Flat
Clear through a series of hilarious challenges in this physics-based puzzle game on the Nintendo Switch. Set in dream-like sequences, you and your friend must work through various puzzles with nothing but the ability to grab objects and climb obstacles. After all, watching your characters flop and wiggle around the field like a helpless little fish is always a great way to break the ice.
Attack on Titan
Grab your 3D maneuver gear and kill some titans in the sequel to the Attack on Titan game. Here, you can finally make and customize your own character, bringing you to the heart of the action. The story mode is filled with heaps of action and continues where the first game left off. Meanwhile, the multiplayer mode lets you slay pair up with a friend and take down titans together.
Kirby Star Allies
The latest entry in the Kirby series, Star Allies is a heartwarming adventure Nintendo Switch game filled with love and friendship. The pink puffball can send out a heart, turning a nemesis into a pal on his adventure. Once you manage to sway over a frenemy, your friend can control them throughout the game. On top of that, each frenemy has their own set of skills, so the second player can freely switch between different play styles.
A multiplayer classic, Minecraft has always been a popular choice to play with friends. Be it whether you’re fending off zombies and creepers in survival mode or if you’re building a personal utopia in creative mode, there’s just so much to do with your friends in the game.
Pacman Championship Edition 2 Plus brings the classic Pacman gameplay onto the Nintendo Switch, but with some interesting twists. Team up with a friend in the 2 player co-op mode and collect as many fruits and Pac Dots while avoiding any ghosts coming your way. If someone gets caught, the other player can quickly swoop in and save the day, making for an intense 2 player experience.
Those looking for a more traditional sports game need look no further than Fifa 18. This football game is chock full of sports goodness, featuring over 52 stadiums from 12 countries and iconic athletes, such as Christiano Ronaldo and Danny Williams. The developers have tinkered around with the Nintendo Switch version, creating a streamlined 2 player co-op experience with the Joy Cons.
And there you have our top picks for the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games you can get right now. We’ll continue to update this list as we find more of the best 2 player Nintendo Switch games you can get your hands on, so be sure to check back soon.
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