The Switch has a surprising lack of local multiplayer games

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I guess I have to be the one yet again to mention the best local multiplayer game of all time. Rocket League.

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As people have pointed out, this is demonstrably false (thanks to that site linking about 150 currently available games with local multiplayer.

I am also going to suggest that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the BEST local multiplayer game of all time.
All this due to the fact that it is the best and most extensive Mario Kart by quite a bit, Mario Kart is the premier local multiplayer game franchise, and MK8 Deluxe supports 12-player local multiplayer - which is surprisingly easy to set up (unlike some kind of PC lan-“party”). At my office for lunch hours we regularly get 6+ people to play every day; almost every lunch hour since the game launched.

All of this, and the Switch is only one year old. It is on its way to being the best local multiplayer console by far.

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'Lack' probaby isnt the best term but it's just being selective.

Personally, none of the local MP games that the Switch currently has appeals to me. I'm just waiting for a new Mario Party and NSMB for some 4 player action.

With the Switch being flooded with remasters and ports I was hoping the Mario Party Top 100 game would've been one to come to the Switch but doesn't seem like that will happen anytime soon.

I do feel the OP with the Wii U being a great party system. I still have mine hooked up and play it often when I have parties as my place.

Yerm said:

....or maybe there are some other great party games for the Switch that Ive just been blind to, and if so, let me know what they are.

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Co-Op Games
Games with substantial co-op modes. Some of these games also contain single player content, but not all.

Bloody Zombies
Death Squared
Escapist 2 (also has vs. mode)
Super Beat Sports (also has vs. modes)
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle (unlocked by playing single player)
Nine Parchments
Overcooked! Special Edition (also has vs. modes)
Putty Pals
Snipperclips/Snipperclips Plus

Single or Co-Op Games
Games that can be played equally well as single player or optional co-op multiplayer.

Aces of the Luftwaffe
Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +
Cave Story+
Caveman Warriors
Dimension Drive
Enter the Gungeon
Fire Emblem Warriors
Guns, Gore and Cannoli
Human Fall Flat
Lego City Undercover
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
Lego Worlds
Mecho Tales
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Moon Hunters
Neon Chrome
Octodad: Deadliest Catch
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive (also has vs. mode)
Pic-a-Pix Deluxe
Portal Knights
Rayman Legends
Rive: Ultimate Edition
Robonauts (also has vs. mode)
Rouge Trouper Deluxe
Shovel Knight
Super One More Jump (also has vs. mode)
Ultra Hyperball
UNO (no 1 vs. 1 with human players on the same Switch)
Uurnog Uurnlimited
World of Goo

Player vs. Player Games
Games with substantial local vs. modes. Most of these games also contain single player content.

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Beach Buggy Racing
Cars 3: Driven to Win
Chess Ultra (only split Joy-Cons)
Conga Master Party!
De Mambo
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
Escapist 2 (also has co-op)
Fast RMX
Flip Wars
Floor Kids
Gear.Club Unlimited
Golf Story
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing
Infinite Minigolf
Inversus Deluxe
Jackbox Party Pack 1
Jackbox Party Pack 2
Jackbox Party Pack 3
Jackbox Party Pack 4
Just Dance 2017
Just Dance 2018
Let's Sing 2018
Mantis Burn Racing
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (also has co-op mode)
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch
NBA 2K18
NBA Playgrounds
The Next Penelope
Ninja Shodown
Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Party Golf
Pinball FX3
Pokken Tournament DX
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Puzzle Box Maker
Riptide GP: Renegade
Rocket League
Rock’N Racing Off Road DX
Rocket Fist
Snow Moto Racing Freedom
Spelunker Party!
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Super Bomberman R (also has co-op story mode)
Super Meat Boy
Super One More Jump (also has vs. mode)
Tachyon Project
Tactical Mind
Tales of the Tine Planet
Ultra Street fighter II (also has co-op mode)
Use Your Words
Worms W.M.D.
WWE 2K18




I dont agree with OP btw.... I think Switch already has too many Local Multiplayer games or just Multiplayer games in general.
Should focus more on quality single player experiances.

Last edited by JRPGfan - on 15 March 2018

But there are a lot of local multiplayer games already. I only own 5 Physical Switch Games and 2 Digital games. Out of them, 5 of it has Local Multiplayer:
- Arms
- FE Warriors
- Mario Rabbids
- Nine Parchments
- Rocket League

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I haven't noticed a lack of local multiplayer games like you have, so I don't know if this is a valid point or not. There are a lot of people on these forums that will post a thread trying to prove their own narrative about something that's generally accepted to be completely false, but I don't think that's the case here. That being said, I'm intrigued to hear more opinions about this.

I'm a little disappointed that I can't play Splatoon 2 with my daughter. She turned four years old recently (New Year's Baby), and Splatoon 2 is her favorite Switch game. We take turns playing it all the time; we play every Splatfest.

She is surprisingly good at the game given how young she is. She uses the Splat Roller most of the time, and she is very good at managing her ink, using her specials, and mowing down other players.

On the other hand we have Mario Kart, which is pretty much synonymous with local multiplayer, right?

The Switch has a ton of local co-op games or just 2 player multiplayer.

What I think is lacking are games with 4 player support, my friends and I haven’t found too many games that support 4 players, at the top of my head there are:

Mario Kart 8
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Super Bomberman R

So while its true there’s a lot of 2 player games, I think there are very few with 4 player support, which is great for parties.

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I've kind of noticed as well, but there's plenty of time. Smash is out this year, we'll get at least one Mario Party (hope it's good), and I'm sure plenty more is on the way.

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Even if you're only talking about exclusives I don't agree.

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I think this shows Nintendo's shift in focus by grabbing the core fans

Nintendo will definitely release more local play games like Kirby and Mario Tennis

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