The Stretchers (Switch eShop)

The Stretchers (Switch eShop)
The Stretchers (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Tarsier Studios
Release Date: 8th Nov 2019 (USA) / 8th Nov 2019 (UK/EU)

The Stretchers is an unexpected delight, dropping on to the eShop without warning and perfectly timed to brighten up the long, dark winter days ahead. Tarsier has taken all its experience working on the likes of Ragdoll Kung-Fu: Fists of Plastic and LittleBigPlanet and brought it together to deliver this ridiculously OTT ragdoll puzzle riot that works well in solo but is on another level when enjoyed with a friend in co-op. Missions are varied and lend themselves perfectly to moments of hilarious slapstick, and there's a couple of real standout moments scattered across the course of proceedings that will have you laughing all the way to the end.

Monaco: Complete Edition (Switch eShop)

Monaco: Complete Edition (Switch eShop)
Monaco: Complete Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Pocketwatch Games / Developer: Pocketwatch Games
Release Date: 21st Oct 2019 (USA) / 21st Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Monaco: Complete Edition offers a solid solo experience which benefits from some excellent storytelling and multiple perspectives, as well as brilliantly-constructed heist-based gameplay focused on putting each criminal's skills to the best use. However, it truly shines in multiplayer, whether couch co-op or online. As the servers are pretty quiet, grabbing a group of friends and forming your own motley crew is your best route into this explosive heist thriller.

Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)

Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)
Luigi's Mansion 3 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next Level Games
Release Date: 31st Oct 2019 (USA) / 31st Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is not only a graphical powerhouse and showcase for Next Level Games’ unrivalled mastery of video game animation, it’s also an immense helping of spooky fun as well. The amount of care and consideration poured into every facet of the game is abundantly clear, and it all results in one of the most enjoyable and attractive Switch titles of the year. It's an excellent single-player experience, but you can also play the whole game with a friend, loved-one, or sworn enemy in co-op mode. Player One controls Luigi with Player Two as Gooigi, which results in a largely symmetrical experience. The person at the helm of OG Luigi is definitely more in control of things overall, making this a perfect game to play with kids or a less experienced gamer.

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ibb & obb (Switch eShop)

ibb & obb (Switch eShop)
ibb & obb (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Sparpweed / Developer: Sparpweed
Release Date: 5th Mar 2020 (USA) / 5th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)

Playing Ibb & Obb on your own is an absolute no-go; it just won't work. But get together with a friend – preferably via local play – and you'll have an absolute blast with this game. Some of the puzzles can be excruciatingly challenging at first, but it's immensely satisfying when you finally figure out how to beat it together. It's yet another fine co-op title to add to the Switch's library.

Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)

Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)
Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Double Fine / Developer: Foam Sword
Release Date: 6th Feb 2020 (USA) / 6th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

From stem to stern, Knights and Bikes is a delight to behold and a testament to the creative power of the talent at Foam Sword. Demelza and Nessa’s story is a compelling one that hits all the right emotional and comical beats, while the laid-back gameplay proves to be varied and interesting as the narrative continues. All of this is tied together by some stellar presentation to make for a couch co-op experience that you won't want to miss out on. We’d give Knights and Bikes a strong recommendation whatever way you choose to play it, though bear in mind that you’ll be getting the best and most fulfilling experience if you play it through with a friend.

Streets of Rage 4 (Switch eShop)

Streets of Rage 4 (Switch eShop)
Streets of Rage 4 (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Dotemu / Developer: Dotemu
Release Date: 30th Apr 2020 (USA) / 30th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Streets of Rage 4 is the very best the series has ever been and offers top-tier co-op brawling. Its hand-drawn graphics breathe new life into Wood Oak City and its inhabitants, the soundtrack is outstanding and the combat feels better than ever. Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games and Dotemu managed to completely modernise the look and feel of Streets of Rage, expanding on the experience without losing sight of what made the original games so popular to begin with – and the handful of additions made to the action here serve only to enhance the classic core gameplay, resulting in one of the best side-scrolling beat 'em ups we've played in a long time.

Phogs! (Switch eShop)

Phogs! (Switch eShop)
Phogs! (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Coatsink Software / Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release Date: 3rd Dec 2020 (USA) / 3rd Dec 2020 (UK/EU)

Phogs! is a genuine dose of unbridled joy in a weird, physics-y, dog-tube package. It's hard to play this game without having a huge, goofy smile on your face. The Switch version has some minor to major issues here and there, but it rarely slows down the momentum of the puzzle-solving, dog-wiggling gameplay – this is another brilliant co-op experience for Nintendo's system.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Switch)

Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Switch)
Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Switch)
Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Ghost Town Games
Release Date: 23rd Mar 2021 (USA) / 23rd Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

Overcooked! All You Can Eat a time management simulator, in which you and up to three friends must work together to prepare a variety of orders before your grumpy customers storm out of the restaurant impatiently. Meanwhile, your restaurant is actively fighting against you. You might have to contend with gusts of wind while preparing food on top of a hot air balloon, or have to navigate a spinning kitchen. It's frantic stuff, and the craziness only ramps up the more players you play with. No matter how you play it though, you'll have a crazy amount of fun cooking up the various dishes.

This is an absolute must-buy for anybody looking for a fantastic party game to play with friends. The wacky visuals and chaotic gameplay make it an ideal game for local co-op, and there’s plenty of content to work through with the entirety of Overcooked: Special Edition and Overcooked 2 — both incredible co-op games in their own right — to feast on. The only downside is that those who have already dipped into either title (or both) won't find a massive amount of new stuff here, outside of the exclusive "Peckish Rises" expansion. Still, very tasty.

WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)

WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)
WarioWare: Get It Together! (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 10th Sep 2021 (USA) / 10th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)

WarioWare: Get It Together! is a triumphant Switch debut for the subversive series that makes some daring changes to core gameplay, resulting in the best entry in the franchise to date. With a generous roster of playable characters, lots of solo and multiplayer modes to dig into, and stages that cleverly adapt to your choices on the fly, this is a superb compilation of hilarious microgames that delivers more ways to play than ever before. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll dodge bird droppings on a skateboard. So grab a few friends or family members, break out the controllers, and gather round the TV — WarioWare: Get It Together! is essential stuff if you're after a couch co-op laugh.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)
Publisher: WB Games / Developer: TT Games
Release Date: 5th Apr 2022 (USA) / 5th Apr 2022 (UK/EU)

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a fantastic experience on Switch, a great big celebration of everything Star Wars that's made the jump to Nintendo's console in surprisingly fine form and an fun family co-op experience to boot. The upgrades to the series' core gameplay here — the combo-focused combat, flashy space battles, boss encounters, over-the-shoulder shooting action and cover system — all combine to make this the best Lego Star Wars has ever felt to play. Throw in a humongous open world setting that's bursting at the seams with secrets and collectibles and you've got an absolute smorgasbord of all things Star Wars to dig into with a pal in tow. Yub nub.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)
Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 25th Mar 2022 (USA) / 25th Mar 2022 (UK/EU)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a great big colourful joyride of an adventure for our little pink pal, and after the short intro section that sees Kirby arrive in the titular Forgotten Land, it's playable in its entirety in co-op mode, with a second player taking control of a Waddle Dee. The game is bursting at the seams with fun and inventiveness, managing to transpose everything we know and love about past Kirby games to this all-new arena whilst adding plenty of delightful new aspects as it goes. Mouthful Mode is just as daftly entertaining as it looked in the trailers, each and every level is packed full of secrets and dripping in wonderful detail, and there are enough side activities, collectibles and co-op fun here to keep you entertained and coming back for more for a good long while.


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