Heave Ho (Switch eShop)

Heave Ho (Switch eShop)Heave Ho (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: Le Cartel Studio
Release Date: 29th Aug 2019 (USA) / 29th Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

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 (Switch)

Super Mario Party (Switch)Super Mario Party (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nd Cube
Release Date: 16th Nov 2018 (USA) / 5th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle (Switch eShop)

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle (Switch eShop)Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 18th Sep 2018 (USA) / 18th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)

Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good-Feel
Release Date: 29th Mar 2019 (USA) / 29th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)

Yoshi’s Crafted World has colour and charm to spare, even if its inventiveness is largely limited to its looks. It’s delightfully presented and makes for another very solid entry in Nintendo’s ever-growing pantheon of material-based platformers – it takes extreme discipline to not overuse that word ‘charm’ while discussing it. A breezy drop-in/out two-player co-op mode is available, with one player able to literally carry the other, making the combined pair more powerful. It’s a fun way to pass the time with a second player, especially with kids or inexperienced gamers. So, if you’re looking to share a light-hearted platformer with the family, or simply relax in a big chair with a cup of something warm and a comfy pair of socks, be sure to have a spare pair ready – Yoshi's Crafted World will charm the ones you’re wearing right off.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Switch eShop)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Switch eShop)Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Switch eShop)
Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Starbreeze Studios
Release Date: 28th May 2019 (USA) / 28th May 2019 (UK/EU)

As poignant, heartbreaking and memorable as it was back in 2013, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons hasn’t lost any of its emotional impact in those intervening years. With a captivating soundtrack, an aesthetic design evocative of Fable and a genuinely clever take on co-op, you can really see why it’s held in such high regard. The new traditional co-op mode does offer a new way to play, although bear in mind that it also robs the game of one of its most challenging and rewarding features and perhaps makes things a little too easy, but it's still a charming two-player experience.

Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)

Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: SFB Games
Release Date: 10th Nov 2017 (USA) / 10th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

Not only is Snipperclips a Nintendo Switch exclusive, but it remains one of the finest couch co-op experience on the platform. It challenges you to navigate around a variety of creative levels, cutting your paper characters into different shapes to help you sole puzzles. There's a massive single player story to work through, which supports two player co-op, then a bunch more puzzles you can figure out with up to four players. While you don’t strictly need a second player, we wouldn’t play Snipperclips without a friend, relative or significant other – when solutions elude you or an attempt goes sideways, exorcising frustration by snipping (and, indeed, clipping) your partner is always cathartic and hilarious.

Killer Queen Black (Switch)

Killer Queen Black (Switch)Killer Queen Black (Switch)
Publisher: Liquid Bit / Developer: Liquid Bit
Release Date: 11th Oct 2019 (USA) / 11th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)

Killer Queen Black does for Nintendo Switch what TowerFall Ascension did for PS4, offering up a 2D multiplayer extravaganza that’s easy to pick up but devilishly tricky to master. The support for local multiplayer (through split Joy-Cons and/or wireless play) really sells this as a crazy couch play experience, while the inclusion of online play and a Spectate mode gives room for a potentially vibrant competitive scene. The learning curve is steep, and it's chaotic to track when playing on anything other than a massive TV, but it’s likely to become a cult mainstay for indie multiplayer aficionados.

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.

Overcooked 2 (Switch)

Overcooked 2 (Switch)Overcooked 2 (Switch)
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Ghost Town Games
Release Date: 7th Aug 2018 (USA) / 7th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Overcooked 2 is 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. A smattering of free updates and paid DLC make this something of a neverending meal, and that's fine by us - keep it coming!

Overall, Overcooked 2 pretty much builds on its predecessor to completely refine the experience, providing more polish, new mechanics (throwing stuff at each other!), and souped-up visuals, although Overcooked: Special Edition is still definitely worth a look if you're after a more contained co-op experience.

What's your favourite local co-op game on this list? Did it even make the cut? Let us know in the comments below.