If there was ever a video gaming system that was built for couch co-op gaming it is the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch has the best co-op games by far out of any system and with two controllers attached right the the Switch itself, it is ready for multiplayer gaming at a moment’s notice. In fact, local multiplayer is one of the best reasons to get the Nintendo Switch to begin with.
After you have settled on the Switch as your multiplayer gaming system, the only hurdle left is to decide is what co-op games to buy. Well, not to worry, we have already solved that problem for you.
Without further ado, the best couch co-op games for the Nintendo Switch are…
The 5 Best Couch Co-Op Games for Switch
First of all, it’s a cooking game on the Switch which means you are given a meal order and have to cooperate with a partner to cook the meal. Your goal is to obtain the ingredients, chop or smash the ingredients, cook the ingredients, arrange the ingredients on a plate and then serve them to the hungry patrons.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well, not so fast.
In addition to having to cook the meals you also have to clean the plates, take things off stove in time so they don’t burn (and if they do you have to grab a fire extinguisher) and avoid rats trying to steal your food!
There are also other obstacles to overcome such as physical barriers or more difficult kitchen layouts, riding on vehicles that split apart while cooking, earthquakes, tidal waves, and other surprises! To make matters worse you’ll be constantly screaming at each other to pass ingredients, clean plates, serve meals and bumping into each other when trying to perform tasks.
The first Overcooked is the hardest. It does not include the addition of being able to throw ingredients to each other as in Overcooked 2 (and does not have online play) but you can sort of “toss” ingredients if you drop them on the floor and let them slide when running. That said, it is probably better to start with the first Overcooked so you don’t get too used to throwing the ingredients. It is also more of a challenge. After you beat the first Overcooked, progress to Overcooked 2 so you don’t get frustrated in not being able to throw the ingredients.
If you haven’t played Overcooked you are missing out on a great time. It’s a great date night idea for you and a loved one, fun game to play with the family and a great brain game for kids, if you’re looking to have family video game night. Plus, with not many options for Switch cooking games, it is an obvious choice for those who love to cook and a great game for foodies.
Death Squared is a great game for those who say “I don’t play games.” Why? Because it’s probably one of the easiest games to learn and play.
This puzzle game consists of controlling robotic cubes and moving them around a 3D platform in order to reach it to your designated color marker on the board. On each level different obstacles exist which you and your partner will have to work together to keep at bay. Some of these include lasers, spikes on the ground, moving platforms and boxes that move as your partner moves. Coordinating activities with your partner is key in this game as you try to stay alive. Sometimes you need to move a platform for you partner, sometimes your partner needs to ride on the top of your cube to get somewhere or sometimes you need to time your movements just right together to avoid complete annihilation.
If you like slow-paced brain games that don’t require too much skill to pick up and play this is a great game for you.
Snipperclips is another great game that is easy for people to pick up. If you like Death Squared you will definitely love Snipperclips. The goal in this game is to cut your characters into whatever shape is necessary to complete the puzzles you are given. Sometimes you need to clip your partner to fit inside a certain shape, sometimes you need to snip your partner into a shape to either be picked up, poke something, or even roll a ball across your partner’s head.
Snipperclips is fun because there are so many different puzzles available and each one is more imaginative than the next. One includes a rolling hamster ball, one includes popping balloons and another consists of a hanging monkey which grabs you or your partner. You even shoot basketballs into nets and catch fireflies. Sometimes you’re even cutting your partner into a bowl to transfer water across the screen. With over 60 puzzles to entertain you, and more puzzles you can obtain as downloadable content, this game will leave you and a partner having fun for days.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (LIADST) is a visually stunning (and colorful) indie game for the Nintendo Switch. Some are even calling this game a “space disco.” LIADST has captured the hearts (no pun intended) of couch co-op fans across the world.
In this 1-4 player platform/shooter game, you work with your partner(s) to man a spaceship. To goal is to rescue captured space bunnies and battle Anti-Love which has taken over the galaxy.
Running a spaceship is no easy task though. You have to control different battle stations by deploying shields, running to arm weapons (turrets and super-weapon) and manning the thrusters. The trick is to be able to control what’s going on inside the ship and at the same time manage what you’re doing outside of the ship, so get ready to multitask.
This game is simple to learn and should provide no problem if you are playing with first-time gamers. It is also extremely cheap ($15 or less) for a Nintendo Switch game, so you won’t be breaking the bank to get it.
I recommend getting the digital version of this fun indie game so you can play it right away and have a fun couch co-op adventure as soon as possible.
Donkey Kong Country has long been one of the best Nintendo platform games ever. It is no surprise then that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze found its way over to the Switch from the Wii U. IGN gives DK Tropical Freeze a 9.0 which it rates as “amazing.” It’s also a great game for those who want to play Wii U games on the Switch.
In this side-scrolling adventure you shoot out of barrels, jump onto swinging platforms and glide through crystal-clear waters all the while trying to grab bananas and dodge your enemies. The game’s animation is mind-blowing and the Nintendo Switch runs the game smoothly so you don’t have to worry about any glitching.
DK Tropical Freeze has great multiplayer but it is a bit tricky. It can be tough to time things out perfectly with your partner so make sure to play with someone who has great coordination. There is an easier mode called “funky mode” for those players who aren’t exactly gaming pros but try to play on the normal mode first. In this mode you can also play as Funky Kong (for those of you that don’t remember, Funky Kong is Donkey Kong’s brother).
In normal co-op mode, the second player can switch between three characters: Cranky, Dixie and Diddy. If you played any of the Donkey Kong Country games before you’ll know these characters well. Each character has a unique move that can help you guys get through the levels together.
Overall this is a really great game and being one of the top rated games on the Switch you can’t go wrong. If you like Nintendo Switch platform games, you’ll love this side-scrolling adventure.
Bonus: Co-Op Game Recommendation for 2019
Although National Brother’s Day has already passed for 2019, that does not mean you have to forgo playing Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons with your brother. Having arrived first on the Xbox 360 in 2013, Brothers is a timeless classic and visually stunning game that plays well on the Nintendo Switch.
The story is rather simple. You and your brother embark on a journey to get life-saving waters to save your father. The story moves seamlessly throughout the game with challenges and quests that do not overwhelm. According to the developers, the goal was to immerse you and your co-op partner in the story and difficult puzzles would have taken away from that experience. With Brothers being such an emotional game, this was a welcome consideration.
Brothers is much easier in co-op mode compared to playing solo (controlling each brother at the same time in solo mode makes this game difficult for one person). Each player gets a joy-con to control his or her character and movements/actions need to be coordinated with the other person. Such tasks include pulling levers, climbing, battling monsters, etc. Sometimes you have to choose which character does what; sometimes it pays to be the older brother, sometimes it pays to be the younger brother.
The downside of this game is that the controls can sometimes be a bit clunky and without much direction, figuring out what to interact with can prove to be a challenge from time to time. However, all in all this is a great co-op game for the Nintendo Switch that is guaranteed to tug at your heart strings. It will also be a great bonding experience for you and your co-op partner.
Looking for a short co-op game that won’t break the bank? Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons clocks in at only 3 to 4 hours long and currently sells for less than $15.