The best local multiplayer Switch games have no equals when it comes to their friendship-destroying potential, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing them. After all, what’s more fun than watching your best friend cry out in anguish as your perfectly timed blue turtle shell takes them from first to last place in a matter of seconds? Nothing, that’s what.
Among Us was one of the most talked-about games of 2020, and it’s easy to see why. Developer InnerSloth brilliantly layers a party-style formula with palpable tension and the suspicion that your friends are out to get you. The concept is simple: players are completing menial tasks to repair a badly damaged space ship, but one or more players are secret imposter aliens sent to kill the crew. If the imposters, who will try to blend in as much as possible by pretending to complete tasks, manage to kill everyone else, they win, whereas the crew wins by completing every task on the list.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The latest ghastly adventure from Mario’s put-upon brother is tailor made for couch co-op and multiplayer. In the main campaign, Luigi’s Mansion 3 has one player run through levels as the jumpy protagonist and the other use the malleable Gooigi use his unique strengths to slip through gutters and slide through pipes to explore new areas. The formula allows both players to feel like they’re contributing something different, and it’s fun as hell shooting plumbers into each other.
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
Ever since its initial launch way back in 2013, Rayman Legends has been serving up unadulterated platforming euphoria on just about every modern platform. On the Switch, couch co-op play is an absolute delight, and easy-as-heck to setup. Up to four friends can join your game at the touch of a Joy-Con, and mastering the game’s mechanics is just as intuitive.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is the co-op Breath of the Wild game you didn’t know you needed. Take up arms with a friend and plow through hordes of Bokoblins on your way to stop the Calamity.
Yet another game to put your relationship to the test, Moving Out tasks you and up to three friends with operating a moving truck. Sounds simple enough, no? Well, it actually is pretty straightforward, but the catch is that you’re scored based on how fast you can clear everything out. Big items like sofas require two players to move, while sheep will need to be herded into the truck.
Arms is an extraordinarily accessible multiplayer experience where you flail around with a Joy-Con in each hand until your opponent dies – that is, until you both learn how to better control the game’s fairly simple mechanics. Whether you’re a skilled boxer or you’re content with the real-life equivalent to button-mashing, Arms is a wonderful local competitive experience.