Despite the fact that Nintendo has managed to build themselves up as a mature game console company again with the Switch, there is still a huge range of games suitable for kids. From action-orientated adventure games to kart racing and tactical RPGs, there’s a tonne of choice for family-friendly games on the Nintendo Switch.
That’s why we wanted to run through 13 of the best Nintendo Switch games for kids that you and your family can play together in 2018!
12. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
The mixing of Lego and Marvel alone is enough for any child to get excited. However, to have that mix in a fun-filled video game is even better. They will be laughing their socks off as their favourite heroes crack jokes, kick butt and fall apart when injured. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 builds upon all the typical Lego humour from previous games, making it a brilliant family game for rainy days.
The game itself brings together a myriad of different Marvel worlds, meaning that you’ll be able to explore a variety of storylines and timelines. Because of this, the characters include are diverse enough that you get a decent amount of replay value too.
Therefore, it is safe to say that Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a great Nintendo Switch games for your kids to pick up and play. We’re also pretty sure you’ll be playing it after their bedtime as well.
What’s better than an arcade boxing game designed for humour and fun? How about one with outlandish characters and extendable arms controlled by you moving the Nintendo Switch’s controller pads forward and backwards? That’s precisely what Arms is.
Your kids will love the fact that they are directly controlling each attack with their own arms, whilst you’ll be able to rest assured that they are getting some exercise at the same time. Therefore, it really is a win-win situation.
On top of that, if there are any family disagreements, then Arms can be an enjoyable and exhilarating way to settle them. It really is one of the best games to play on the Switch, especially with your kids.
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
One of the best gaming experience you can share with your kids is speeding around a race track, dodging blue shells (if you can) and avoid giant banana peels. That is where the Mario Kart series comes into play, specifically Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – the re-release of this amazing kart racing game from the Wii U.
With one of the most memorable and exciting racing experiences available, you and your kids will fall in love with the game instantly. This is an absolute classic game that should already be in your Nintendo Switch collection. If it isn’t, get it now.
Seriously, your kids will love it, and you’ll be wanting to play it all day long as well. Therefore, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe more than deserves a spot on a list of the best Nintendo Switch games to play with your kids.
9. Splatoon 2
Shooter games generally aren’t best for kids, that much is pretty obvious. However, Splatoon 2 is a little different. To begin with, you fire ink rather than bullets and gain special attacks by covering the ground in ink. This leads to very colourful maps as you and your kids splatter coloured ink all over the place.
This makes Splatoon 2 a definite family-friendly shooter game. There’s both a single-player campaign mode for you or your kids to enjoy, as well as the brilliant multiplayer mode which can be both local and online.
That’s why Splatoon 2 definitely gets a place on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games for kids this year!
8. Rayman Legends
Rayman started off as an amazing 2D platformer with a unique character and a lot of fun gameplay. From there, the series has evolved and reshaped itself over and over. Now, we have the latest iteration; Rayman Legends.
The great thing about Rayman Legends is that you and up to 3 other players can all make your way through the levels together. That means that your kids can play along with you in this awesome platformer, containing over 120 levels! That gives you an immense amount of gameplay to enjoy as a family.
There’s even a local multiplayer football style game included within Rayman Legends, known as Kung Foot. Because of this, your kids will be in love with the game for months!
7. Rocket League
Depending on the age of your kids, Rocket League could be a great way to spend some time together. The mix between Destruction Derby and Football creates an incredibly unique gameplay style.
Your kids will be screaming in joy as they propel their rocket-powered cars through the air, trying to knock the ball into the goal. And once they’ve gotten rather good at you, you and your kids can even take it online to play against others (with your supervision, of course).
From there, if they get really good, they may even end up being able to join in with the eSports scene. That all adds up to a great game for kids to play on the Nintendo Switch.
Insane fun, hilarious gameplay and friendly competition are on the menu with Overcooked. This multiplayer extravaganza pits all of the players against one another to try and cook the best meal, all whilst there’s a huge amount of weird and wonderful things going on.
Overcooked is very much a “party game”, designed for every single one of the players to have fun, despite the fact that they are competing. This is why it is one of the best games you can play with your kids on Nintendo’s latest console.
You’ll all be laughing and bonding together over some of the craziest gameplay you’ve ever experience. That’s why Overcooked is on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games to play with kids.
5. Sonic Mania
Whilst there was a split back in the 80s and 90s due to the console wars between Sega and Nintendo, everyone knows Sonic The Hedgehog. The original games were simple to play, yet fast and frantic, feeling like an adrenaline rush whenever you played them.
With Sonic Mania, you can relive all of those amazing gaming memories in full HD. Not only that, but you can now share them with your kids! Imagine their faces as they speed through all of the different levels, including the original masterpiece that was Green Hill Zone. However, be prepared to help them through the Chemical Plant Zone – that level is hard!
So lace up your red and white running shoes and get ready for the race of your life, as you and your kids take control of Sonic in one of the best games for kids on the Nintendo Switch.
4. Puyo Puyo Tetris
Designed as a crossover between the tile-matching game of Puyo Puyo and the classic stacking puzzle game Tetris. This makes for one of the more memorable and interesting puzzle games on the Nintendo Switch, as you and your kids will have to each rotate and match colours in Puyo Puyo mode, or play the classic version of Tetris in its mode.
Thanks to having these two different modes of gameplay, both you and your kids will have a huge amount of choice of what you can play. This also means that your kids will have to think about what they are doing, which will also help their problem-solving abilities to improve.
The fact that Puyo Puyo Tetris is both fun and able to help in a child’s development is a perfect reason to feature it on a list of the best kids games for the Nintendo Switch.
3. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
A tactical role-playing game might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to games to play with your kids, but bear with me. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a fun and entertaining tactical RPG that doesn’t completely follow the standard formula. Instead of slow, drawn-out battles with complex strategies, this is (at its heart) still a Mario game.
The world is colourful and attractive, which your kids will love, and the characters are downright hilarious. On top of this, the action is brilliantly animated and will keep your kids distracted and intrigued for hours.
If you want to spend some time on the Nintendo Switch with your kids, but also get them thinking and planning more, than Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the best games you could possibly get your hands on.
2. Pokken Tournament DX
There is a full Pokemon game on its way to the Nintendo Switch. That much we all know. However, as it stands right now, we don’t have a proper Pokemon game that we can play on the console. That doesn’t mean all is lost, though. We do have Pokken Tournament DX, the re-release of the Pokemon fighting game.
Step into the shoes of a Pokemon trainer and take direct control of his or her Pokemon in this 3D arena fighter. With a host of different Pokemon included in the game, with each having their skills and attacks beautifully animated, your kids will be in awe as they play.
If you’re looking for a great bonding experience, based upon one of the biggest kid-focused franchises around, then Pokken Tournament DX is perfect for you! That’s why it takes the number 2 spot on this list of the best Nintendo Switch games to play with your kids.
1. Super Mario Odyssey
Come on, what else could have possibly been in the number one slot on this list? Super Mario has been a staple of people’s childhoods for generations, and now that the Nintendo Switch is here, a new Mario game has arrived for the new generation.
With an outstanding amount of content, hilarious humour and crazy gameplay that will have your kids in hysterics, Super Mario Odyssey is absolutely the perfect game to play with your kids. On top of this, you’ll find yourself wanted to play it when your kids are asleep.
The game is amazing, with a great storyline (for a Mario game) and a huge amount of entertainment value. That’s why there really couldn’t be any other game at the top of a list containing the best kids games for the Nintendo Switch.
What are you favourite Nintendo Switch games to play with your kids? Let us know in the comments below!