Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is an absolutely excellent 2D platformer that you really should check out regardless of the multiplayer options. As it happens though, it has full couch co-op support, allowing you to play through the entire experience with a friend. And what an experience it is. You'll run, jump, and punch your way through a variety of imaginative levels that draw on influences from Mario to Sonic, and even Guitar Hero.
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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime turns the silliness right up to 11, and provides near perfect co-op action fun for you and your friends. It's got support for four players, and each of you have to work together to keep a pink Death Star running as it battles nasties in space. You'll run between various different control rooms, manning turrets, lasers, shields, and thrusters to both keep your ship functioning and to rack up a high score. Death is inevitable, but you can delay it for as long as possible – provided you work together.
Mario Tennis Aces offers up to four player couch co-op via its doubles mode and if you're a really big tennis fan, this is easily the best option right now on Switch. Also, while this is primarily a couch co-op list, it's well worth mentioning that online co-op challenges have just been introduced to the game, rewarding you with special outfits, characters, and alternate color schemes.
Cuphead was an absolute masterpiece when it launched on Xbox and nothing has been sacrificed in its move to the Switch. It’s the same visually jaw-dropping, aurally delightful, knuckle-whiteningly difficult game it was on Microsoft’s console and the Switch’s library is all the better for its presence. Its focus on intense boss battles won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into we can’t recommend it enough and it's easy to share with a mate taking control of Mugman and joining you for the ride in two-player co-op.
Unravel Two is a wonderful little game, filled with heartfelt moments of poignant storytelling and challenging platforming puzzles, and now it has a fitting new home on Nintendo Switch. Even with a few downgrades to the visuals, Unravel Two is far from an inferior experience when played on Nintendo's hybrid system. Full of charm and character, it’s one of the best co-operative platformers you can play anywhere, and another robust Switch port that was well worth the wait.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has co-op multiplayer in the form of Battle Mode. This is a collection of a variety of different minigames like Balloon Battle, in which each player has three balloons and the objective of the mode is to be the last team standing by bursting other player's balloons. There's also Shine Thief, which is basically capture the flag, Bob-omb Blast, which involves throwing bombs at other players, Coin Runners, in which your team has to collect the most coins in a set period, and Renegade Roundup, which is essentially cops and robbers.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection is a lovely port of a classic RPG loot-a-thon that keeps its feet firmly in the past. The execution is wonderful, but its gameplay is not something that will appeal to everyone due to the high level of repetition. If you’re looking for a loot-driven grind-a-thon with more explosions of viscera than you can comfortably discuss with your mother, this is the game for you. It's also one of those games which is best played with friends. While you can play online, couch co-op offers a much richer experience as you battle demons and collect loot together and three local players can drop-in and join you on your quest.
Bigger and more fully featured than ever, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! marks a high point in this quirky puzzle-platformer series. It's not perfect - the stripped back aesthetic and lethargic physics won't be everyone's cup of tea - but fans of co-op puzzlers, in particular, should investigate pronto. The 'Tale For Two' campaign lets a second player take control of Qucy and you must work together to create strings of boxes and navigate through each 2D level to the exit. It remains a distinctive and deceptively layered puzzler very much in line with the trilogy on 3DS, but the fact that you can now bring a partner in on the fun makes this the best BOXBOY yet.
If you are struggling to make your way through Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! then you will want to get a buddy involved and take advantage of the co-op play. The game allows a second trainer to drop-in whenever you want, the second player essentially acts as a support character which makes the game way easier. If you are struggling to catch those pesky Pokémon and fight other trainers, then playing in co-op mode will be a great option for you.
Billed as a side dish to the main series, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes has been prepared with enough love and affection to become a filling meal on its own, packed with the spice and spirit you’d expect from Travis Touchdown. It’s a fun, indie-inflected blast of hack-and-slash which doesn’t change the world mechanically, but its sincerity and energy are charming. It’s an adult game, though – a gamer’s game – foul-mouthed and dripping with style. It also boasts drop-in, drop-out single-screen co-op with a single Joy-Con, too, and the simple controls and mechanics lend themselves well to teaming up with less-experienced players.
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