Chances are, couch co-op games were a big part of the reason why you chose to buy a Nintendo Switch. After all, Nintendo is the bonafide master of local co-op games, and the Switch is tailor-made for those experiences thanks to its Joy-Con controllers, which double up as two separate pads when you've got a friend nearby.
But what are the best couch co-op games on Nintendo Switch, we hear you cry into the cold, unanswering void? Well, that's a question we aim to answer in this list. We've painstakingly searched reviews, your user scores, and various different websites to come up with this definitive list. And that means you can't argue with it, so there.
Also, we're going with the definition that co-op games allow players to work together as teammates, as opposed to competing with each other. We're also only including games with local multiplayer on a single device, which rules out games like Splatoon 2. Right, with those ground rules out of the way, shall we begin?
Note: This this has been updated for January 2019 with new titles, and we've re-ordered some of the existing games.
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Kirby Star Allies really should be higher on this list, considering that HAL developed it with four player local co-op firmly in mind. One of you plays as Kirby and recruits enemies to serve as allies, which any Joy-Con wielding friend nearby can take control of.
You can even combine the abilities of your allies to various effect, like adding lightning or flames to your swords, but it never really comes together. That's largely down to the fact that the game is just far too easy, with simply no challenge in sight. It's definitely fun, but even young children will probably find the lack of challenging unsatisfying.
Death Road To Canada allows fans of the zombie genre to live out their ultimate survival fantasies again and again. In the game, you can bring one other friend along with you on the wild and deadly road trip. As the game is quite a challenging roguelite, you will need all the help you can get.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle does have an excellent co-op mode, with you and a friend tackling a variety of mission maps as your favourite characters. If this was the entire single player campaign, you can bet your bottom dollar that this would be much higher on the list.
Fire Emblem Warriors combines the insanely addictive Dynasty Warriors combat with the strategy and dramatic plot of a Fire Emblem. The result is a unique game of taking strategic locations with force, directing troops, and battling bosses.
You can play pretty much the entire experience in co-op as well. After a few short missions, a friend can pop in and join you as you work together to capture all of the strategic locations, defeat bosses, and find the secrets in each level.
Rocket League is a fine online multiplayer game of driving really fast, pulling off insane tricks, and scoring ridiculous goals with an oversized ball in a car. Make no mistake, despite the odd concept, this is arguably the finest football game available right now.
Local co-op is supported for up to four players, and you can battle against the AI in 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 matches. That's plenty to dig your teeth into.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ offers four player local co-op in this Zelda-like endless dungeon crawler roguelike. Bit of a mouthful, eh? Sadly, you won't play as four Isaacs. Only player one is Isaac, with the other players playing as babies instead. These deal half of the damage of Isaac, can fly, and only have a single heart container – which they take off Isaac when they join.
Enter the Gungeon is as mad as its name suggests. This is an absolutely bonkers bullet-infested roguelike in which you shoot, loot, roll, and flip a bunch of tables on your journey through hordes of enemies to earn the legendary gun that can... er, kill the past. Whatever that means. Who really cares about story – this is an action-packed shooter that makes the action of The Matrix look like a Yoga session for the elderly.
Minecraft was at one point the biggest game on the planet before Fortnite arrived to steal all of the limelight. Even so, its influence is far-reaching and explains the sheer number of copycat survival games and blocky builders.
The original and best is available on Switch though, of course, and provides you with countless hours of co-op fun as you pretty much do anything you want from building stuff to crafting weapons and beating up enemies.
Death Squared was built with co-op in mind, and boy does it do a good job of it. You have to work your way through a bunch of increasingly-challenging puzzling levels, helping two cuboid robots to stand on their same-coloured circle without destroying each other. It sounds easy, but navigating the various pitfalls and challenging sequences can be very challenging.
Trine Enchanted Edition is the origin story for the three unlikely heroes of Trine - Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief. Spellbound by the magical object Trine, the heroes must join forces to overcome obstacles and puzzles in a fully interactive physics-based world, battle the undead and their minions, and restore balance to the kingdom. This a great game for playing with one or two friends as you really need to work together to solve the puzzles and move to the next area.