Although it was released over 3 years ago, the Nintendo Switch is still one of the most popular video game consoles in the market right now.
There are several reasons as to why this little console is so popular in the gaming community – Nintendo did a great job promoting it; it supports some of the most popular games out there; and, most importantly, the Switch is a portable console that allows players to take their favorite games with them anywhere.
On top of all that, every Nintendo Switch console comes with two controllers right out of the box, which means you get to play local multiplayer games with your friends, family, or significant other.
2-player games are an excellent way to spend some quality time when you’re at home. In this article, we’ll review nine of the best two-player games on Nintendo Switch!
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The Diablo franchise is definitely one of the most memorable RPG video game series of all time. Not only have these games been a huge part of our childhoods, but they have also presented us with some memorable characters and settings.
Diablo 3 follows your character as they arrive at New Tristram in search of a star that fell on the city grounds and caused a major explosion. Once you find that the star is actually a man, and not a star, you’ll go on a journey to kill some of the powerful and evil Lords of Hell.
Playing this exciting RPG with someone else is a pretty good option if you want an easier time killing bosses and leveling up faster.
The co-op gameplay in Diablo 3 allows you to improve your character’s skills more easily because it becomes easier to play in more difficult settings — which awards you with more XP points and more coins — when two players are working together as a team.
Additionally, Diablo 3 is not a game that requires that players have super advanced skills in gaming: even newbies who have never played a RPG before can level up and advance in the storyline with relative ease.
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Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was one of the most awaited games of 2018. This was the fifth installment of the popular Super Smash Bros. series, and followed the same gaming style.
Your goal in this game is to beat your opponents until they’re out of an arena. However, what makes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate different than other fighting games is that it features different battling modes: in one of them, you have a time limit to score more points than your opponents by defeating them; in another mode you have a certain number of lives and your goal is to be the last player standing; in the third mode, called Stamina, you have to beat your opponents until their health reaches zero.
On top of that, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the ultimate crossover between Nintendo legendary characters, such as The Legend of Zelda’s Link or Mario, as well as famous characters from third-party franchises. If you think beating your friends up is pretty fun, you will have the time of your life beating them up while playing as your favorite characters.
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The next game is a hidden gem of a two player Switch game.
Snipperclips is a fun puzzle game that was released in 2017 as one of the title games for Nintendo Switch. The game mechanics are pretty simple: the two characters, Snip and Clip, have shaped bodies that can be rotated in order to fit together.
Once their bodies overlap, one of the two players can snip the portion that is overlapping, giving the other character a different shape. This way, players have to come with creative solutions to solve different puzzles with different levels of difficulty.
This updated version of the original Snipperclips features new levels and new playing modes. Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together! Plus is a fun game to play with friends, with your family, or with your significant other because you have to put your minds to work together and in synchrony, not to mention that you can cut off all of your co-op player’s body just to annoy them!
Another quality that makes Snipperclips fun is that it doesn’t require any gaming skills, making it suitable for non-experienced players, and it has different gameplay modes that allow you to do more than just puzzle-solving.
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One of the most popular 2-player games for Switch is Overcooked! and its successor, Overcooked! 2. Though they share similar features, Overcooked! 2 is more complete, thanks to allowing players to play online and to throw ingredients, which is pretty fun!
Overcooked! 2, as its name suggests, is a cooking game where players are forced to cooperate in order to complete their dishes. The game’s chaotic nature will have you laughing with your friends as you scramble together ingredients and try to avoid getting in each other’s way. As you progress in the game, the levels get more difficult – for instance, some levels have moving floors that will hinder your movement around the restaurant.
On top of that, the restaurants in the game aren’t your usual go-to places: sometimes you have to serve your dishes on top of hot air balloons or in a kitchen that has lava on the floor! Overcooked! 2 is a lot of fun to play with your friends, though it is slightly difficult to get recipes done.
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The Mario Kart series is loved by many gamers across the globe. With Mario Kart 8 it’s no different: it is still praised and highly recommended even three years after its initial release.
What makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe so fun is its racing mechanics. In order to prevent the game from becoming repetitive to players, MK8 has a sort of catch-up technology that gives better items to players that are losing the race so you can perform a little better and maybe have a chance at winning.
On the other hand, if you always win, the game will make your life harder by putting a single obstacle that can cost you another win. According to most players, it’s this randomness of the game that makes it fun, because everyone has a shot at victory.
On top of that, the racing tracks are beautifully designed, the soundtrack is really good, and the overall feel of the game is pretty nostalgic, which makes it quite appealing to old-school fans who have been playing Nintendo games for many years.
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Just Dance is a classic multiplayer game to spend some quality time with your friends, family, or spouse! And the best part about this game is that you don’t have to be a good dancer to challenge your friends and have a lot of fun.
Just Dance is a dancing game that features songs by the world’s top artists, such as Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande. This game allows up to 6 people to play together and your goal is to copy the moves appearing on-screen as accurately as possible. The player that makes the most points, wins the match.
In order to score points, you have to dance while holding your Switch controller on your hand. The game will detect the position of your controller and award you points. The thing with Just Dance is: you don’t have to be a good dancer to win a match, you can simply flap your hands around randomly and still be able to make lots of points!
If you’re looking forward to having fun with friends, with your kids, or with your significant other, Just Dance is one of the most entertaining games out there, so rest assured you’ll have a great time playing this game! On top of having fun, you will be exercising during your gameplay, which is definitely a plus.
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Trine 4 is certainly one of the most popular couch co-op multiplayer games for Nintendo Switch. If you’re into puzzle-solving games and fairy tale scenarios, then you should definitely give this game a try!
Trine 4 follows three main characters, Amadeus, Pontius, and Zoya, as they go on an adventure in search of a haunted prince. During the solo gameplay, you have to switch between the three characters in order to complete the puzzles, but when you’re playing co-op, each player will be in charge of one of the characters.
This game is good for both experienced and casual players, as the puzzles are not exactly difficult to solve, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Trine 4’s difficulty is just enough to give you some challenge without making you frustrated.
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Another puzzle-solving game for Nintendo Switch is Unravel 2. This game is perfect to spend some time having fun with your family, friends, or significant other!
Unravel 2 is the sequel to 2016’s Unravel, where a creature called “Yarny” had to complete puzzles in order to manipulate the world around it. In Unravel 2, instead of one Yarny, there are two Yarnys, which implies that this game was designed with a co-op gameplay in mind.
The two main characters are connected by a thread that makes them stay close together all the time, which has a great impact on the way players complete puzzles. This game is all about friendship and overcoming obstacles together, which makes it a great co-op experience because it encourages you and your game partner to collaborate and try to think as one in order to solve the puzzles you’ll find along the way.
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This immensely popular game features a couch co-op mode, which makes it perfect to play with a friend or with your significant other!
Minecraft is a game that appeals to basically every age range. Both kids, teens, and adults love playing this open-world game that allows you to do anything you want, basically.
Perhaps this is precisely why Minecraft is incredibly popular, even if it was released over 10 years ago: its open-world mechanics allow you to move freely and to use your imagination to create the most amazing things you can imagine.
On Survival mode, you and your gaming partner will have to do everything that it takes to…survive! You’ll have to collect wood, mine coal, build stuff using the material you collect, find food, find shelter, and many other things! Minecraft is virtually infinite and there’s always something for you to do.
Playing co-op in Minecraft is fun because you’ll get to build things together — this way you can split the work between you and your friend, or you can even let them do all the work while you roam around — to kill legendary monsters such as the infamous Herobrine, among other exciting things.
It’s also definitely fun to do some roleplaying in this game or even to create some challenges for your player two, such as building the tallest wall they possibly can in a specific period of time!
We’ve reviewed some of the best two player games for the Nintendo Switch in 2020. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite games are to play with another player.