The Nintendo Switch is home to a cavalcade of excellent games, ranging from decidedly mature shooters like Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to whirlwind adventures like Super Mario Odyssey. It's also one of the best places to find fun, family-friendly games that you can play with your loved ones, no matter if it's your little sister or your grandma.
We've got a few awesome picks that you may not have considered beyond the well-worn paths like 1-2-Switch, Mario Tennis Aces, and the like. Try one of these options on for size next time you decide to bust out the Switch and hang with your family!
Overcooked Special Edition
If you love to cook, you’ll have a blast with Overcooked, which lets you and a handful of other players work together to serve various crowds of hungry people. There’s a catch, though. One day, you might be serving up hamburgers and soups on a moving truck, or the next level might find you setting up your kitchen and chopping lettuce at a busy intersection. It can get extremely hectic as you try to work together to get the people the dishes they want at a good clip, so you don’t end up ruining their nights and they walk out. It only gets harder from there, especially when you start trying to wash dishes to make sure you’ve got a clean plate for the next meal. If you choose to play Overcooked, appropriate as it is, realize you may end up totally clashing with the rest of your family due to its nature. It can get super brutal, but it’s oh so sweet.
Turtle Pop: Journey to Freedom
This lighthearted puzzle platform features some of the cutest characters you've ever seen, and it's a Switch exclusive at that. You're on a quest as Bebo the turtle to rescue all the lost turtles that have been scattered throughout the various worlds. This means you need to recruit a friend to control the other turtles as you can swap between multiple characters at a time to solve various puzzles and help out with their own unique moves. It's a fun and challenging adventure that challenges the norms when it comes to puzzlers, so you'll find yourself coming back time and time again to enjoy the game with friends and your loved ones as you try and bring all the turtles back home safely.
Can’t take a real vacation? This might be the next best thing. The Nintendo Switch port of the Wii U title Go Vacation is going to be right up your alley. There’s a whole different wealth of mini-games to play while you explore an enormous remote island, and while it’s not out yet, you need only look to the Wii U version for how much fun you can have within its confines. Go horseback riding, roller skating, skiing, and check out a number of other activities as you enjoy your time on the island! There’s a ton of different things to do and plenty of ways to enjoy it with friends. So if you’re cooped up inside like so many of us are most of the time, embark on a fun mini vacation with your friends and family that you won’t even have to fight in the car over what’s on the radio to enjoy.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
Take on your family with sushi battles, where you duke it out to become the reigning Sushi Striker champion! In a world where sushi is a rare and delicious delicacy that the world fights over, use powerful little creatures known as sushi sprites to eat as much sushi as you can, and then throw the empty plates at your enemy. There's only one problem — sushi is banned in the country. Work to get the ban reversed and match up with friends and loved ones with this lighthearted puzzler that's as addictive as it is hilarious and colorful.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
While this Adventure Time journey is more for the entire clan to get together and watch things unfold, it's still very much an excellent option for fans of the show and newbies alike. Adventure Time is a hit with all ages and this Skyrim-styled RPG packs in enough jokes and references to delight any cartoon enthusiast. Sail along with Finn and Jake, Marceline and BMO, and the rest of the gang to figure out why the candy land of Ooo is suddenly underwater. Then, of course, you've gotta fix it. This is one that's nearly like watching an episode of the show, so it's easy to dig in and enjoy with others.