Update: we've updated this list to include the king of co-op games, Overcooked 2.
Chances are, couch co-op games were a big part of the reason why you chose to buy a Nintendo Switch. After all, Nintendo is the bonafide master of local co-op games, and the Switch is tailor-made for those experiences thanks to its Joy-Con controllers, which double up as two separate pads when you've got a friend nearby.
But what are the best couch co-op games on Nintendo Switch, we hear you cry into the cold, unanswering void? Well, that's a question we aim to answer in this list. We've painstakingly searched reviews, your user scores, and various different websites to come up with this definitive list. And that means you can't argue with it, so there.
Also, we're going with the definition that co-op games allow players to work together as teammates, as opposed to competing with each other. We're also only including games with local multiplayer on a single device, which rules out games like Splatoon 2. Right, with those ground rules out of the way, shall we begin?
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a true gem of the Wii U era, and has now made the transition over to Switch where it will hopefully get its second chance to shine. It contains local co-op, with one player controlling Toad and the other controlling the camera. The second player can also mess with the level by revealing coins, blasting enemies with turnips, and moving certain platforms.
It's certainly not the most involved co-op experience on this list, but it's a perfect choice when playing with a younger player.
Super Mario Odyssey provides a similar co-op experience to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. One of you controls Mario, while the other takes control of the camera and Cappy. The role of the second player is to primarily assist Mario by attacking enemies, revealing secrets, and ensuring the camera is always in a good position.
Again, this is for playing alongside a younger, less skilled player.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle took everyone by surprise when it became one of the finest Nintendo Switch exclusives to launch last year. The XCOM-style strategy worked very well alongside Mario and co's moveset, and it was absolutely gorgeous thanks to its vibrant colours and minimalist design.
There is an option for two player local co-op, but it's sadly limited to a select few challenges in which each player controls two characters. This would definitely rank higher if the option was more involved, but it's still worth a look.
Mario Tennis Aces revived the franchise on Switch with a brand new Adventure Mode and the ability to swing the Joy-Con controller like a tennis racket. Couch co-op options are pretty much as you'd expect, with the ability to play Doubles matches against AI opponents. You can do so in Free Play mode, which follows the usual rules, or Swing mode, which allows you to swing the Joy-Con about like a real tennis player.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the ultimate Mario Kart, with more racers, tracks, and power-ups than ever before. It plays like an absolute dream and should be a staple of every single Switch owner's library.
The co-op is limited to Battle Mode, which allows for up to four players to work together, popping your opponents' balloons to finish the battle firmly in first place. It's great fun when you have a few hours to kill and you're not in the mood to fight with your friends.