9 Best Nintendo Switch Co-Op Games for Shared Adventures


Nintendo Switch has established itself as the GOAT ūüźź when it comes to handheld consoles. The credit goes to the minds behind this pocket-size dynamite. The most exciting Nintendo Switch exclusives and a hybrid gaming style make it the best.¬†

What makes it a dynamic console is that it’s for everyone, whether you are a pro or just a go-to gamer. Nintendo Switch offers a buffet of games you can play according to your choice. Moreover, what’s better than playing alone? Play with your friends and family. 

You know, whether you come out on top or not, playing with loved ones is always a good time. These types of games are called co-op games. These are different than other genres because, in this, you explore the gaming adventures with another person. They can be your friends, family, or some random player worldwide. 

The purpose of writing this post is to talk about some of the best Nintendo Switch co-op games. So stay with me cause the game listed in this article will create endless memories with your loved ones. 

But first, why not look at the types of co-op games? However, did you know – there are two types of co-op games? The first one is couch co-op, and the other is online co-op. So, before we begin, let’s take a look at…

What is the Difference Between Couch Co-op and Online Co-op Games?


As we know, co-op games stand for cooperative games. You and your other real player work together to achieve the game’s goal. In some instances, co-op games are also known as PVE (Players vs. Environment). 

Couch co-op games were created by a group of players seated around a single screen cooperating to achieve a common goal. Basically, you are playing with your family members or friends under one roof. On the other hand, when you are playing on a public network or online with other players worldwide, it’s called online co-op games.

I prefer couch co-op gaming to online co-op games because it makes the experience more fun. Because communicating online and communicating face to face is an entirely different experience. However, the couch co-op game market has narrowed over time, but it is still fun today. 

However, you must take a look if you are a hyper-competitive gamer who likes to make strategies while playing games or wants to annihilate enemies with your teammates. 

Tips for Building a Solid Team and Communicating Effectively with Teammates

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The first and most important thing here is to choose the in-game characters. You and your teammate must choose characters whose weaknesses can be covered by other’s strengths. Moreover, you must know how to utilize your personality at its best.¬†

In this way, you and your teammate can easily dominate the game and send support to each other. The other pointer is that you both should know the game’s map. This will help you communicate more effectively cause sometimes you rely on other players’ instructions. 

So, when you know where the enemy is coming from, a single hint from your teammate is enough. If you and your teammate are in the same room, then communication is more straightforward and fun at the same time.

However, if you are playing online, you must have a good mic and internet connection to make the communication clear and audible. Other tips could be joining a gaming community online, which will help you find your ideal teammate. 

Now that you’re ready with a solid team or have gathered your family and friends, we are about to begin the list. So, here we go.

Bayonetta 2

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Bayonetta 2 belongs to the breed of games that won’t give you a moment to catch your breath. The hardcore hack-n-slash game is the sequel to Bayonetta, released in 2009. So, if you are not aware of the plot, let me take you through it.¬†

So, the story takes place in a world where humans and demons co-exist, and you take the role of the Bayonetta. At first glance, you will feel the beauty of the protagonist, and that will be your first mistake. Because this beauty is basically a witch with some of the most powerful weapons in her arsenal. 

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Bayonetta 2 was released in 2014, and once again, you can slash the demons with some cinematic combos. This time, you can also team up with real-time players in the 2-player Tag Climax co-op mode. The scenes become completely different while playing alongside real players. My good wishes are with the enemies. 

Developers: PlatinumGames

Publishers: Nintendo

Release Date: September 20, 2014

Diablo III

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Diablo III is hands-down one of the best top-down co-op RPG games. This is the third installment in the Diablo series. The game takes place in the world of demons and angels. However, because of the conflict between the demons and angels, the world is on the brink of destruction. 

Your role as the main character here is to stop the forces from hell to fulfill their intention and save the world. Simple right? I wish it was as simple as it sounds; throughout your journey, you will face a wide range of enemy troops and bosses. And as we talk about demons, they won’t be that easy to take down.¬†

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But, the battles can be easier and more fun if you have a teammate battling by your side. That’s when the co-op mode comes in, where you are joined by a real-time ally. So choose your character from a wide class of heroes, dive into the fast-paced action sequences, and use your magical powers to annihilate your evil enemies.¬†

Developers: Blizzard Entertainment

Publishers: Blizzard Entertainment

Release Date: May 15, 2012


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Do I even have to tell you what is FIFA 23? Some call it Soccer, some call it Football, but no matter what you call it, it’s more than just a sport. It has become an emotion. And while playing FIFA 23, you know what sort of emotions come out.

Sometimes, this game becomes so competitive that people start getting furious. Not at all shocked why there are so many rage compilations on YouTube today. But jokes apart, the graphics and physics of FIFA 23 broke all the gaming limitations.

With every installment, Electronic Arts is setting new gaming possibilities, going against all odds. The game is getting more and more real every year. Once you play the game with your friends, then it becomes a real challenge. 

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This time, you both have to cooperate carefully and in the best formation possible. Because let’s be honest, you don’t want to lose in a sport that you love. So time to get into the shoes of your favorite player and lead your club to victory with your friend. 

Developers: Electronic Arts (EA)

Publishers: Electronic Arts (EA)

Release Date: September 30, 2022

Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Why should Mario have all the limelight? It’s time for Luigi to come into the spotlight. With this motto, we present you with Luigi’s Mansion 3.

As the charming plumber in green in cooperative play, you’ll be able to destroy some ghosts by collaborating with an ectoplasm clone by the name of Gooigi. The brilliant thing about Luigi’s Mansion 3 is that the co-op mode is great for beginners, making it a great game for families to enjoy.

The animated aesthetics of the game will keep you hooked on the screen for hours.¬†Also, it’s one of the best Nintendo Switch multiplayer games available today, so you can’t afford to miss it!

Developer: Next Level Games

Publisher: Nintendo

Release date: October 31, 2019

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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Well, you just can’t keep Mario out of the conversation when we are talking about video games. He is the OG, and once again, you will step in the shoes of Mario and team up with Rabbids’s heroes to bring peace to the Mushroom Kindom in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom battle

Moreover, you, as a player, get to choose from eight distinguished heroes along with real players. Some of the in-game characters that you can choose from are Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi. All the iconic characters. 

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Throughout your journey, you get to move from world to world. The game features 4 different worlds, and your aim is to fight the enemies and free your friends. Furthermore, the developers are very active when it comes to bringing new features to the game. The recent update also features Donkey Kong as a DLC. This game is also a part of our list of the best Mario games on Nintendo Switch, so make sure to check that out as well!

Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release date: August 29, 2017

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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The visuals, emotions, and action that Marvel brings to the screen are still unmatchable. The characters have become immortal, and let’s be honest, we want to be heroes like the one in the Marvel Universe. And you’ll get a chance to live that dream in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Thor, and every iconic hero feature in the game. Just imagine diving into the action-packed RPG game with your friends. I’m getting excited while writing this; while playing this game, I can harness the power of my favorite Marvel character, Dr. Strange. What’s yours?

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Even if you make the best team possible, remember you will have to go head to head with some iconic and merciless villains. The game features villains like Galactus, Thanos, and Ultron, and some are even from the comics. So the battle will be not as easy as you think. So, if you are ready, scream at the top of your voice, “Avengers Assemble”. 

I’ll tell you something, but please don’t jump from your chair. This game also features the one-eyed eagle, aka Nick Fury and Wolverine.

Developer: Team Ninja

Publisher: Nintendo

Release date: July 19, 2019

Monster Hunter Rise

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If you and your partner are a hardcore gamer and tired of dealing with tiny villains. Why not dive into a game where you will face villains 1000 times bigger than you? Now that I’ve got your attention, let me tell you about Monster Hunter Rise.

The story takes place in Kamura Village, which is haunted by monsters and creatures. So, the job of the protagonist, aka you, is to bring peace to it. But as the story unfolds, you get to know that your path is filled with hoards of monsters.

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Throughout your journey, you will get powerful weapons and armor. Moreover, you will gain a boon from endemic life. So why go on this epic adventure alone? Bring your loved one to share this epic journey and take part in some hardcore action sequences. 

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Release date: March 26, 2021 

Mortal Kombat 11

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First thing first, heavy disclaimer: don’t play this game with your family, or you won’t be allowed to play video games anymore. Mortal Kombat is not for someone with a weak stomach; if you know, then you know.¬†

In case you are not aware of Mortal Kombat, then it’s a PVP or PVE game that contains gore and graphic visuals. Moreover, the latest installment in the series, that is, Mortal Kombat 11, just took things to a whole new level.

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The game features all 37 iconic MK characters, along with 13 add-on characters. Each with their unique fighting skills, brutalities, and fatalities. Moreover, the game became more iconic after featuring Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger and Sylvester “The Rambo” Stallone. 

So basically, this is a type of game that can give you peak action and thrill rollercoaster rides.

Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Release date: April 23, 2019

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

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One thing that I really lack in my life is the ability to dunk. But, things that cannot be fulfilled in real life can be fulfilled in games. Now I dunk on my friends when I play NBA 2K Playground 2. The game features the NBA and its iconic legends in an animated universe. 

Let me remind you something: This is a type of game that is easy to learn but difficult to master. Once you start it, it will be very challenging to stop. It features all the elements of basketball with some majestic visuals. You are not going to get bored anytime soon.

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As you skill up, you’ll find highly competitive people from around the world. So it’s just like real life; you have to sharpen your skills every time. You can also go against your friends, and what’s better than dunking over them? That’s another level of disrespect.

Developer: Saber Interactive

Publisher: 2K

Release date: October 16, 2018

Author’s Verdict

One thing to take from this post is that every game on this list is different than others, and every game has different goals. So, no matter whether you fulfill it alone or alongside your loved ones. The gaming thrill will be at its peak, and the memories will be endless. So get your Nintendo Switch and dive into the fascinating world of gaming.

Till then, I’m gonna go dunk on my friend.

Want some amazing solo adventures on the Nintendo Switch? Check out our list of the best Nintendo Switch open-world games to get lost in amazing environments!

Ritesh Jha
Ritesh Jha
Hey there, I remember back in 2007 when I got my first computer and discovered the wonderful world of gaming through playing Mario. From then on, gaming has been a huge part of my life, and it's crazy to think that it's now my career! I love writing about all kinds of games and making sure my articles are both fun and accurate. By the way, if you ever want to challenge me to a game, I'm up for it!

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