Friday, 17 July 2020

TOP Nintendo Switch Party Games

10. Hasbro Game Night

When all else fails, you can always rely on a good board game to keep the party going. Fortunately, Hasbro Game Night features 3 of the best. The collection includes Risk, Trivial Pursuit Live and Monopoly, all of which can be played locally or online if you’re partying remotely. Customizable modes, 3D visuals, and many more surprises are waiting to make your game night more fun than ever!

9. Mario Tennis Aces

If you’re pining for the days of playing Wii Sports Tennis until the early hours of the morning, look no further than Mario Tennis Aces. The gameplay is as fast-paced and as fluid as a Mario Kart title, with enough power-ups and special moves to do what Wimbledon never could… make tennis exciting! Mario themed sports titles are often overlooked gems, and Mario Tennis Aces is no exception. 

8. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

We might not have had the real thing this year, but that hasn’t stopped Mario & Sonic from teaming up once again to run, jump, swim and ride their way to the top of the Olympic podium. Featuring a veritable smorgasbord of minigames, the 6th entry in the series now includes a Tokyo 64 mode (1964 being the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics), in which characters and maps are transported back to their 8/16 bit roots. With so much variety on offer, there’s something to please even the pickiest of party guests.

7. Just Dance 2020

Dancing is a sport, right? Well, Just Dance is the unparalleled king of dancing games, and this year see’s the series celebrate its 10th birthday. Although it doesn’t revolutionise the formula, it features some of the most iconic tracks from its back catalogue, offering a healthy dose of nostalgia to proceedings for longtime, loyal fans. Throw in an optional subscription service that unlocks over 500 exclusive tracks, and you’ve got enough content to keep you jiving all year long. 

6. 1-2-Switch

A game designed from the ground up for parties, 1-2-Switch utilises the impressive technology of the Joy-Cons in a variety of irreverent mini-games. From milking cows to putting babies to sleep (in the nice way, not the Agent 47 way) and striking poses on the catwalk, you can do it all and more in 1-2-Switch. 

5. Overcooked 2

The original Overcooked was one of the first games to truly show off the multiplayer capabilities of the Switch, as you team up with friends to play as chefs scrambling to get orders out of the kitchen. Overcooked 2 is equally as entertaining, and fixes some of the kinks of its predecessor. Sure it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but when it comes from such a widely celebrated series, it really doesn’t need to. The ideal MO of a good sequel is ‘more but better’, and Overcooked 2 fulfils this with aplomb.

4. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

This remaster of the cult classic kart racer has managed to retain all of the charm and fun of the original CTR, making it a great game for local co-op or tearing up the leaderboards online. But this isn’t just cheap nostalgia bait, and developers Beenox have added more than a graphical update. Brand new unlockable kart parts, character skins and customisation items means there’s even more incentive to be the fastest on the track.

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The king of the kart racers, nothing comes close to Mario Kart on the Switch. With the near-perfect balance between pick-up-and-playability and challenge, MK8D truly does cater for everyone. Whether entertaining your grandparents or duking it out with the best online, you’ll find a satisfying experience no matter what you’re looking for. 

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo has been perfecting their Smash Bros series for the past 2 decades, an effort that culminates with the near-obnoxiously good Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The fighting/party game boasts one of the best rosters of characters found in any game ever, ranging from Pikachu to Solid Snake to Sonic and even the Wii Fit Trainer (because why not?), and each character feels unique, with a deep move set and individual play style.

1. Super Mario Party

A collection of virtual board games inter-spliced with mini-games, this entry into the series serves as one of the last bastions of dedicated local co-op, and boy does it do it well. Playable for 1 to 4 players, grab a Joy-Con each for hours of fun in maps from around the Mushroom Kingdom. Couple this with current-gen graphics, and you’ve got the best Mario Party game in at least a generation if not two.

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