Whatoplay presents 25 of the Best Nintendo Switch co-op games so far! Whether it’s online, or local co-op, enjoy these fantastic titles all arranged by playscore. To check out the full list, visit our page on all the best Nintendo Switch Co-op games.
A fitting intro to our list. Nintendo’s number 1 poster boy is the perfect example of a co-op game for the Switch. Ironically, the game just received its major update recently… after three years. This update adds a 4-player board game mode to play with friends online, or local. A party game at best, this is Super Mario at full blast with a huge selection of co-op minigames to play with friends. A playscore of 8.46.
Two beloved puzzle games work hand in hand to deliver this unique arcade experience for the Switch. It’s pretty straightforward if you’re into both Puyo Puyo and Tetris. And even if you’re not, its co-op mode is something you should at least try. With up to four players, you can participate in frenetic boss raids. A playscore of 8.54.
Generations Ultimate, or G.U. is the only MH game with a massive roster of monsters...so far. It’s an upgraded version of the 3DS’ XX and it retains most of the classic formula of crafting and slaying monsters. Its local and online co-op can support up to three players and it’s the most accessible of all the old-gen MH. It’s made better with more content to play around with friends. A playscore of 8.46.
22. Stardew Valley
The beloved farming sim from Eric Barone touched the hearts of many, especially those who can’t afford Animal Crossing. This pixel-perfect second life lets us manage a farmstead of our own. Its local co-op can let you play with a friend and grow your farm together, or go on separate ways finding your own lovers. A playscore of 8.51.
The popularity of procedurally generated dungeons is rising. With its local co-op, Children of Morta is a perfect game to play with a friend. The story is pretty much like The Incredibles, but instead of superheroes, you’re all adventurers facing against the darkness. It has the right mix of roguelike and adventure. You’ll overcome numerous waves of enemies and each run will be different. A playscore of 8.56.
The definitive version of Vesperia is a JRPG that’s worth hours of gameplay. The story alone can take up to 50 hours. Adding in the side-quests and extra achievements, it can take you almost 80. Like all JRPGs, it’s a satisfying experience for lone wolves. With the addition of its local co-op, a nearby friend can snag that joy-con and work together with the main character in its stylish real-time battles. A playscore of 8.57.
19. Cave Story+
A 2004 title remade for the modern audiences. This definitive edition of Cave Story offers detailed retro-styled visuals with a selection of difficulty modes that challenge old and new players. Playing with a friend via local co-op can take players into its story mode. Fend off enemies and embarking on an adventure in pixel-style gameplay. A playscore of 8.58.
18. Splatoon 2
Nintendo’s beloved third-person shooter might get its third entry very soon, but who could forget 2’s wide range of improvements from the original. The addition of its addictive co-op horde mode, Salmon Run, is home to many memorable moments when played with friends online. Of course, it’s Turf War is a whole different story. A playscore of 8.59.
Enjoy this side-scrolling platformer where you play with a buddy in good ol’ 90s arcade gameplay. It’s set in a dystopian future. Each player can select from one of the five android ninjas and embark on a quest to rid this bleak megacity of its villainy. It only supports local co-op, so it’s great for playing with a friend on a cozy Saturday night. A playscore of 8.59.
Of course, the Switch is also home for some crazy crossovers. Mario is once again going from one dimension to another in this collaboration with Ubisoft’s adorable yet chaotic Rabbids. Don’t be fooled by its cutesy art style, it’s a strategy game where careful planning is a must. With its local co-op mode, two players work together to take on special challenges with three different levels of difficulty. A playscore of 8.61.
Another adorable adventure set in the Mario universe. Help this little treasure hunter find stars and other shiny things. With local co-op, one player can either be a second version of Captain Toad, helping him throughout the campaign. Or an assist cursor, where he takes down enemies by using the joy-con to shoot them. It’s not the most impressive co-op experience, but it’s great to play with your little sibling. A playscore of 8.63.
Nintendo’s #1 tax evader has come a long way. This creative new world for Yoshi to poke around has tons of activity in store for his new and old fans. This is made even more enjoyable with the addition of its local co-op where players can find another Yoshi and play through the entirety of its campaign. A playscore of 8.69.
Only seven points ahead of Let’s Go, Pikachu! This remake of the 1998 Game Boy Color classic oozes with nostalgia, perfect for longtime fans of the series. Anyone familiar with Pokemon Yellow will find its improvements impressive. For its co-op mode, the second player can help the other collect Pokemon and battle alongside him! A playscore of 8.70.
Mario games are always built around playing with friends. From the ashes of the Wii U, U Deluxe is the enhanced port built for the Switch. You can play with up to four friends through both of these games in classic Super Mario shenanigans. A playscore of 8.70.
The latest installment of the Musou-style spin-offs of the Legend of Zelda series. Players can finally uncover what happened on that fateful day in Breath of the Wild. Set 100 years before Link’s awakening, pass that joy-con to your friend and fend off Ganon’s hordes together in local co-op. Select between its cast of amazing characters with unique abilities. A playscore of 8.77.
The cooking bonanza continues in this all-in-one collection of Team 17’s beloved culinary game. Enjoy everything Overcooked! has to offer with 1, 2 and all DLCs packed into one massive edition. This is best played with a group of friends on a drunken Friday night. It’s just pure chaos. A playscore of 8.78.
Square Enix’s JRPG version of Minecraft. Builders 2 is a haven for creative people. Here you can build anything you want. As long you have the right resources, of course. The game only supports online co-op. Up to four friends can enjoy making their own sanctuary, or torture chambers. A playscore of 8.83.
Straight out the classics. After almost three decades in gaming hell, this follow-up to the 1994 beat ‘em up arcade game from SEGA finally makes its return. Streets of Rage 4 has online and local co-op. But only the local mode can let you play with up to four players as the online limits to two players. Either way, it’s always fun throwing punches at enemies. A playscore of 8.83.
Another day, another Sonic adventure where they put an end to Dr. Eggman’s plans. Sonic Mania Plus takes players into new zones with all new speed powers. Its local co-op mode is pretty simple. Two players can team up locally, with one player controlling Sonic while the other plays as another character. It receives a playscore of 8.85.
Return to monke in this beloved Nintendo classic making its debut to the Switch. Play as Diddy or Donkey Kong in its local co-op mode. Diddy can ride on Donkey Kong's back and use his jetpack to float both characters, and more. Work together and overcome numerous challenges to save this home from invaders. A playscore of 8.87.
Blizzard’s quote unquote definitive version of the Diablo III experience for the consoles. Anyone interested in the Diablo universe can get this game and enjoy fast-paced isometric gameplay. Like any other Blizzard game out there, it’s best played with friends. Co-op mode supports online and local with up to four friends. Select a class and brave through its treacherous dungeons. A playscore of 9.01.
The second Mario brother’s adventure is also a must-buy for Switch owners. Its single-player campaign is home to many spooky surprises. Use his newfound ghost-hunting tools and face Luigi’s fears in this haunted mansion and solve a multitude of challenging puzzles. Seek help from Luigi’s gooey buddy, Gooigi and overcome the many dangers in this goofy adventure. A playscore of 9.05.
A sequel to the little torture chamber-maker Mario fans have been experimenting on since release. Anyone with a knack for creativity, or sadism will find this title worth their time. It supports online and local co-op with up to four players. Choose different modes, whether you want to play a game created by someone, or build a level yourself. A playscore of 9.11.
CAPCOM’s biggest this year that’s not Resident Evil. MHRise was the next big step from their massive success that was World. In Rise, players can finally have a streamlined co-op experience with their friends in this most accessible MH game to date. There are more monsters to hunt and it’s made enjoyable with the addition of the Wirebug that can let players zip and dash like Spiderman. A playscore of 9.16.
Nintendo’s adorable life sim is a wonderful escape from this crazy world. This wholesome social simulator is home to many cute critters that ooze with unique personality. New Horizons can let you play with friends via local and online co-op. So flex those hard-earned DIYs that you spent literal real-time hours grinding, unless you're time -traveling. A playscore of 9.37.