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 been introduced, rewarding you with special outfits, characters, and alternate color schemes.
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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.
Heave Ho might not quite reach the lofty heights of Snipperclips, but it’s still one of the best couch co-op titles to hit the Switch. It encourages communication and careful planning, but remains utterly chaotic and achingly hilarious, with a fantastic selection of unique costumes to unlock as you progress. The fact that you’ll face the same stages whether you’re playing multiplayer or single player is undoubtedly disappointing, so it's best to save this for when your mates are round. Whatever way you decide to play, Heave Ho is great fun and hauls itself onto this list with ease.
Super Mario Party was a big surprise when it released. Very few people expected it to be this good, given its recent history, but the latest entry in the multiplayer party franchise turned out to be a hit. The latest entry also offers the best co-op multiplayer yet, thanks to River Survival Mode. This sees you and up to three friends rowing down a treacherous river before a timer ticks down. You'll avoid obstacles and try and collect balloons that initiate a minigame. Beat the minigame and you'll add more time to the clock. It's an absolute ton of fun that's well worth checking out.
While you could argue that the humble side-scrolling fighter is an endangered species for a reason – they do get awfully repetitive after a while – Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle illustrates perfectly why this particular genre was the toast of video gaming in the late '80s and early '90s. Addictive, enjoyable and – perhaps most important of all – bloody good fun when played co-operatively with friends, all of the titles in this seven-strong compendium are worth your time, and by adding robust local and online multiplayer support, Capcom has done its utmost to ensure they find favour with a whole new generation of gamers. If you're not a fan of the genre then you may well be wondering what all the fuss is about, but for everyone else, this is a must-have download.