5 Multiplayer Games for Nintendo Switch You Can Play Without the Internet

Updated on February 9, 2020
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Poppy lives in Enoshima and likes to read novels and play video games, especially open-world RPGs.

The Nintendo Switch has been one of Nintendo's most successful consoles to date, selling over 52.8 million sales as of January 2020 (according to engadget), surpassing the lifetime sales of the SNES.

It is an excellent console for both serious and casual gamers, and part of the reason for the Switch's success is its vast array of available games as well, of course, as the ability to play both handheld and on a TV.


One great feature of most of Nintendo's consoles is the ability to play multiplayer locally. Locally means with two or more people can play on the same console without needing an internet connection. Most PC games and multiplayer games on other consoles can be played with others exclusively online, though there are exceptions, of course.

The large selection of local multiplayer games on the Switch means it's perfect to play as a family or with a group of friends. Here are five amazing local multiplayer games for the Nintendo Switch.

This list only includes games that can be played locally with one console and does not include online games such as “Pokémon” or “Splatoon 2.”

1. Super Mario Party

Players: 2-4

Super Mario Party has been part of Nintendo since the N64 and there was no way the Switch would be released without a brand-new installment! Super Mario Party is great because it can be as short or as long as you like and is perfect for casual players.

Play against each other in a star-grabbing board game or cooperate to clear the dangerous river rapids level packed with mini-games. With many classic Nintendo characters to choose from and more to unlock, as well as a myriad of activities and challenges, Party is perfect for families with kids and casual get-togethers.

Mario Party is a delightful classic!
Mario Party is a delightful classic! | Source

2. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Players: 2-4

Lovers is a cute indie co-op game that involves sailing through space to save bunnies from the clutches of hateful monsters. The more players the better for this one, because everyone must work together to steer the ship, fight baddies, and solve puzzles.

There are many things to unlock in this game by finding extra areas and bonus bunnies, greatly increasing the game's replayability. Are you up to the challenge to save the universe with the power of love?

3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Players: 2-8

Another long-standing series of Nintendo is the Super Smash Bros. series, a fighting game where players can choose their favorite characters from various Nintendo titles and use a variety of moves to try to throw each other off the stage.

Smash has evolved into one of the biggest fighting games in the world. Tournaments are held in hundreds of cities and it even won the Award for Best Fighting Game at 2019's Game Awards show. Smash can be played seriously or for fun. For a casual round with two or more people, choose deadly stages, lots of items, and Time Mode!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great multiplayer game
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great multiplayer game | Source

4. Overcooked! 2

Players: 2-4

This is another co-op game that is crazily addictive! Two to four players can work together to prepare dishes and serve them in time to make it through the progressively difficult levels.

This game can get high pressure and stressful for passionate players, so keep that in mind if you're not planning on taking it too seriously!


5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Players: 2-8

The legacy of Mario Kart continues with this intensely fun game, ideal for larger groups. It's pretty straightforward to grasp for new players and doesn't have as serious a "win or lose" attitude as some of the games mentioned above.

Discover shortcuts, grab items that can either help you or hinder others, and have a whale of a time with Kart Deluxe. Online mode is fun too, but you can easily play together with up to eight people.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is definitely a winner
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is definitely a winner | Source

Nintendo continues to release games and consoles that are of excellent quality and appropriate for the whole family. These five recommended multiplayer games will be enough to keep yourself, your friends, and your kids entertained for hours on end! Which one will you play first?

© 2020 Poppy


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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Thank you for stopping by, Matt!

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      Matt Pietropaoli 

      4 months ago

      This is a great collection of couch multiplayer games for the Switch! The list includes a good balance of cooperative and competitive multiplayer games.

    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      4 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Hi, Edwin! Thank you for your comment. The Switch is great, though I think I preferred the Wii U. Mario Kart is a lot of fun and anyone can enjoy it. Smash is good if you're competitive :D

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      Edwin B Lowry 

      4 months ago from PA

      I've been wanting a Switch but I haven't gotten one, yet. That Mario Kart game looks really good, and I've never gotten into Smash Brothers but I want to try one day!


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