The Nintendo Switch is praised for seamlessly allowing you to play alone or with friends. Since the Joy-Cons can function together as one controller or two separate ones, it’s easier than ever for you and your buddies to play at home or on the go. But what about your partner?
Whether you’re both hardcore gamers or casual players, or a mix of the two, there are some awesome Switch games to play together. They’ll stir up tension, laughter, but above all give you a really fun time. Read on for the best Switch games to enjoy as a couple.
Playing as two little bits of paper, you and your partner will have a fantastic time in Snipperclips. You work together to snip each other into the perfect shapes to help complete puzzles. You might cut your partner into a bowl shape to carry a bowling ball to the goal, or a hook to yank down a lever.
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It’s great fun that really tests your creativity. You can even attack your partner if you feel like it; if you cut them too much, their little paper friend disappears and respawns. You might spend more time hacking at each other than progressing!
9 Stardew Valley
Since the multiplayer update was released on the Switch, Stardew Valley has become an absolute must-play for couples. Start from the beginning and build yourselves a farm from the ground up, or if your other half is happy to lend a hand, they can join in on the one you've made already.
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Cultivate crops, sell them off, and upgrade the town together. Teamwork makes the dream work! While you can still choose to romance the NPCs, if you play with your partner the two of you can get married in-game! How cute is that?
8 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
This may be a classic game for friends and families, but it’s great for couples too. Often times multiplayer games can get even more intense and personal between a couple, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is no exception!
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If you want to reduce competition you can play in teams, or simply keep the CPU characters in the race to give you targets other than your partner. Still, the thrill of slamming a red shell into your lover’s behind and racing over the finish line is sweet, if vicious, victory. Just don’t trounce them too hard – you may end up sleeping on the couch.
7 Overcooked! 2
Overcooked! 2 has the potential to be super fun or super stressful (it’s often both). Work together to chop ingredients, cook them into meals and serve them to impatient customers. It gets pretty wild when you’re lobbing tomatoes across the stage and racing to switch off the hobs.
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Beyond a simple pass or fail, there’s a 3-star rank system, encouraging you to get an even better score (which is tricky in later levels). This game will test you and your relationship; if you still love each other after one of you burns the soup for the tenth time, you’re probably solid.
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6 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime sees you take control of the different parts of a spaceship – turrets, shields, lasers, and thrusters – but only one person can control each function at a time. This makes for a chaotic good time, frantically communicating to keep the ship on course as you navigate through hostile environments.
The controls are pretty simple, making it easy for your partner to join in if they’re not an avid gamer. It’s working together that requires real brain power. And hey, if you two can pilot a spaceship together against all odds you can make it through anything, right?
1-2-Switch is a go-to for couples – it’s designed to be played by two people. Perfect for the functionality of the Joy-Cons, you grab one each and wherever you are the fun can begin.
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It’s essentially a load of mini-games, which makes it easy to pick up. Sometimes the simple things are the best – racing to snatch the phone and answer it on time in ‘Telephone’, and the fast-paced shootout of ‘Quickdraw’ spur some good laughs. Plus, the games are designed to make you look at each other in the eye rather than at the screen, which adds to the fun.
4 Puyo Puyo Tetris
Combining the long-loved Tetris and SEGA’s Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo Tetris is great for entertaining couples. It has a slight learning curve, but it’s worth it. The competitive nature of the game will have your thumbs tapping away as you scrabble to pile blocks while sticking it your partner.
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You can use power-ups that dramatically make it harder for them to succeed, but the game can tilt in their favor again at any moment. Both branches of Puyo Puyo Tetris are fun and competitive, but the Puyo Puyo segments tend to be more aggressive, for a real cutthroat game.
3 Super Mario Odyssey
This is a good one for couples that comprise of a regular gamer and a less-experienced player. If your significant other is happy to take a more backseat role, Super Mario Odyssey can make it fun for both of you.
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While one player controls Mario, the other controls Cappy, his bizarrely powerful hat, who can ‘capture’ enemies and give Mario new abilities. It can be a great experience for a new player to help their partner out, or even hinder them if they feel like it. Traverse through the different worlds and defeat Bowser together!
2 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Mario Bros. games have become an absolute classic at parties and family gatherings but make for a fantastic game between couples too. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a port from the Wii U, but it also manages to pack in New Super Luigi U, a more challenging game with the taller plumber as the star.
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Make your way through side-scrolling stages, lobbing fireballs at koopas and nabbing power-ups along the way. It’s cooperative, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on your lover’s head above a pit, sending them to their doom below. Yeah, it’s mean, but that's what happens when you don't put the dishes away honey.
1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Another game that is an obvious multiplayer staple, but is a different ballgame when it comes to couples. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is possibly even more fun with just the two of you duking it out. With four people it’s frenzied, but with two it gets personal.
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Any helpful items you pick up to sabotage opponents will only have one person to go to. Blue shell? Guess who that’s crushing. There’s nowhere to hide when it’s 1-on-1. It’s really good fun, though. Besides, what better way to hash out your relationship problems than beating the digital stuffing out of each other?