ESRB: Everyone, PEGI: 3, NL minimum age recommendation: 7-8
Combining two of many a child's passions, Rocket League essentially involves playing 3-against-3 football except the ball is enormous and instead of controlling a person, you're driving a car. That might sound like a nightmare of 7-point turns and sluggish gameplay, but what can we say - it works! It might take a while to click - specifically getting used to the camera which follows the ball by default rather than your car - but when it does click, Rocket League is one of the most fun and addictive competitive games on Switch. With tons of customisation options and decorative doohickeys to plaster over your car, it's a blast whatever your age and if your child is into either football (or soccer, if you prefer) and/or RC-style cars, this is an obvious winner.
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ESRB: Everyone, PEGI: 7, NL minimum age recommendation: 7-8
This remake of the Game Boy original is as cute-looking as they come, and would make an excellent introduction to Nintendo's premier action-RPG series. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening requires a certain amount of reading and patience, but it's a captivating little adventure with big, cartoon-y monsters that you'll be happy to help out with if the kids get stuck. Of course, guide-based help is only a click away if you're really in a bind.
ESRB: Everyone 10+, PEGI: 7, NL minimum age recommendation: 7-8
Despite a starring role for the undisputed king of platformers, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based strategy game. Repeat - THIS IS NOT A PLATFORM GAME, so make sure you don't get it thinking you'll be taking direct control of the plumber and jumping on the heads of Goombas. Throwing together Ubisoft's Rabbids with Nintendo's Mushroom Kingdom gang, this game is bursting with humour and is perfect for kids with a head for light strategy and puzzles.
ESRB: Everyone 10+, PEGI: 12, NL minimum age recommendation: 8
Everyone is here. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes every single fighter from the previous games in the series in a roster that's still growing thanks to new Downloadable Content. The range of characters to play as will be a massive draw for kids, and there's a huge number of modes whether you're playing along or you've got a room of eight (!) friends. With an adjustable difficulty that makes button-mashing an option, there's plenty of scope for 'growing' with the game, too, finding more depth the longer you spend with it.
The on screen action can get a little chaotic, so some children (and some adults, to be fair) may find it tough to follow what's happening, especially when eight players are scrapping. Still, this is one of the best fighting games ever, and your kids are gonna love it.
ESRB: Teen, PEGI: 12, NL minimum age recommendation: 8
If your child is mad about the Marvel movies, you could do a lot worse than Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Featuring a vast roster of all your favourite characters from the comic books and the movies, this hack-and-slash game will let them assemble the Avengers of their choice and battle Thanos in a classic good-against-evil bout. With a fun multiplayer mode for up to 4 players, it's a no-brainer that this will go down well with fans of Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captains America and Marvel, Spidey and the rest of the MCU stars.
ESRB: Teen, PEGI: 12, NL minimum age recommendation: 8
Hyrule Warriors offers the chance to jump into the boots of a load of characters from the Legend of Zelda series and whip the behinds of countless monsters. There's still complexity to be enjoyed, but the objective is invariably to give wave upon wave of evil minions a sound thrashing rather than navigate the environmental puzzles and epic adventuring of the main series.
Naturally, this game contains lots of fantasy violence and swordplay. Fire Emblem Warriors is another of the crossover Dynasty Warriors-style games featuring Nintendo characters which might be worth a look if this style of hack-and-slash clicks with your kid.
ESRB: 10+, PEGI: 7, Personal experience minimum age: 9-10
If your kids have energy to spare, why not burn some of it off with one of the best fitness games ever made? While games like Just Dance 2020 might go down well with little extroverts, Ring Fit Adventure ties motion and exercise into RPG-style monster-battling gameplay itself and we have firsthand experience of its success with kids. Obviously, this one works better at the latter end of the age range and you'll need to monitor that they're not going mad with the Pilates ring-style controller included with the game, but this is a great way for them to burn off some of the boundless energy kids store up.
ESRB: Teen, PEGI: 12, NL minimum age recommendation: 9-10
Finally, you'll have no doubt heard about Fortnite even if you have zero interest in video games, such is this shooter's popularity. This cartoon-y free-to-play Battle Royale game drops 100 players onto an island and leaves them to find guns and ammo, blasting their way to victory until only one remains. While it's free-to-play, there is plenty of opportunity to spend money on cosmetic items and costumes or get involved with seasonal Battle Passes which offer exclusive gear after completing certain objectives.
As gun-based deathmatch games go, Fortnite is as colourful and carefree as they come, and with constant updates and fresh content, it's no surprise that the game has been such a colossal hit with kids across the world. It's bloodless and comic violence, but bear in mind that Fortnite involves shooting other people with bullets. Being a free game, it's easy enough to download and check out for yourself first if you have concerns.
Are there any games not included on this list that have gone down well with your kids? Let us know in the comments below and perhaps we'll add them.