What are the best online multiplayer games on Switch? That's a question all of us ask when our friends across the globe start getting themselves a lovely Nintendo Switch.
Fortunately for all of us, the Nintendo Switch has a wealth of online multiplayer options in a wide variety of genres. That's all without the official Nintendo Switch Online, which launches later this year.
Below you'll find our list of essential 30 multiplayer games ranked in order of worst to best.
Impatiently waiting for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Brawlout is the next best thing. It's not quite up to Smash's hectic multiplayer standards but in a world currently without it, we can't be too picky. It features a cameo of Yooka-Laylee, which is pretty cool.
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Titan Quest also feels like a lesser replacement for a better game that is yet to arrive on Switch: Diablo III. But it still offers a massive online co-op option supporting six players, and you can beat the entire campaign together. That's not too shabby at all.
NBA Playgrounds is a pure bonkers arcade basketball experience in which you and a few friends play as big-headed basketball stars in 2 vs 2 matches. You can play online with these friends, too.
PAYDAY 2 should really appear higher on this list. It has all the trademarks of a solid online multiplayer: online matches with friends, ranking up, unlocking new stuff, but it's lacking an essential feature: voice chat. That's pretty criminal in a game that relies on teamwork, so it only really works if you're playing with a dedicated group.
Nine Parchments is probably best played locally so you can shout at and nudge your friends, but there's a solid online option. It's set in the Trine universe and sees four wizards work together to discover new spells and battle a variety of monsters.
Worms W.M.D. revived the franchise on Switch with gorgeous hand-drawn visuals and a variety of modes. It supports online multiplayer for up to six players.
Super Bomberman R was one of the first Nintendo Switch games to support online multiplayer, and it remains one of the best. A whopping eight players can play online against each other in a battle royale mode full of bombs and power ups.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido surprisingly has a multiplayer mode, but it's annoying to unlock it. You have to first unlock the Shrine Grove and then the arena to unlock it, which is pretty far into the game. Still, the option is pretty fun and it gives you time to learn the game so it deserves a place on this list.
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in a long line of sports games featuring Nintendo's moustachioed mascot. Online options are limited to just singles or doubles with up to four players, but chances are that's all you really want from a Mario tennis game.
There are a whole host of multiplayer options in the basketball 'em up NBA 2K18, including MyLEAGUE Online, MyTeam, and MyPARK. Effectively, you can join a league with up to 30 players, create a dream team of NBA legends, and a public space where you can hang out and play with your friends.