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.

30. Brawlout (Switch eShop)

Brawlout (Switch eShop)Brawlout (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Angry Mob Games / Developer: Angry Mob Games
Release Date: 19th Dec 2017 (USA) / 19th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

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.

29. Titan Quest (Switch)

Titan Quest (Switch)Titan Quest (Switch)
Publisher: THQ Nordic / Developer: THQ Nordic
Release Date: 31st Jul 2018 (USA) / 31st Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

28. NBA Playgrounds (Switch eShop)

NBA Playgrounds (Switch eShop)NBA Playgrounds (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Saber Interactive / Developer: Saber Interactive
Release Date: 4th Jan 2018 (USA) / 4th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

27. PAYDAY 2 (Switch)

PAYDAY 2 (Switch)PAYDAY 2 (Switch)
Publisher: Starbreeze / Developer: Overkill Software
Release Date: 27th Feb 2018 (USA) / 23rd Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

26. Nine Parchments (Switch eShop)

Nine Parchments (Switch eShop)Nine Parchments (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Frozenbyte / Developer: Frozenbyte
Release Date: 5th Dec 2017 (USA) / 5th Dec 2017 (UK/EU)

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.