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When Nintendo first launched the Switch, it made it clear that the console was meant for playing with friends. Remember those commercials with the rooftop parties?
The Switch really is a fantastic console for playing with another person. The ability to turn a Joy-Con on its side for quick same-console multiplayer lends itself perfectly to playing games with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
These games are tailor-made for couples to play together—whether competing against each other or working on the same team.
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
You and your significant other can’t actually beat each other senseless until one of you is launched into oblivion, but in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, that’s exactly what you can do! It’s a perfect fighting game for more casual gamers because it doesn’t require as many complicated button inputs as games like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. However, if you and your significant other are looking for depth, Smash has plenty if you’re willing to learn.
If your significant other has any nostalgia for the video games of yesteryear, Smash will scratch their itch. It has tons of characters and levels that are themed around Nintendo (and some other franchises) from the past.
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn’t necessarily the most exciting game in the Mario Kart series, as it’s a re-release of the Wii U game. However, when it comes to competitive games to play with your partner, you really can’t go wrong with Mario Kart. The racing is fun, and the ability to troll each other with items never gets old.
Just imagine your boyfriend or girlfriend is running in first place. They’re rubbing it in your face and then, seemingly as if it’s a hand dealt by fate, you get a blue shell that takes them out and secures a win for you at the last second. Will you ever let them live it down? That’s for you to decide!
3. Mario Tennis Aces
You don’t need to be a sports fan to appreciate the greatness of Mario Tennis Aces. The game bends the tennis rules in some very interesting ways while adding power-ups and a cast of characters that are straight out of every Nintendo fan’s dream. Plus, you can play on the same team, which is a nice change of pace!
Remember how much fun tennis was on Wii Sports? Well, you can somewhat replicate that feeling with Aces, as it offers similar motion controls with the Joy-Cons. That means that even if your significant other doesn’t enjoy the feel of traditional video games they can still have a good time.
4. Overcooked and Overcooked 2
This is our first game on the list that’s all about working together. In Overcooked (and the sequel), you’re tasked with creating meals and delivering them in a timely manner. Where things get interesting is in the need to work together to get the food prepared and delivered as quickly as possible.
While the game isn’t exactly a realistic representation of cooking, it will see you calling out to each other about chopping veggies, cleaning plates, and boiling water. You’ll be filled with rage as you work through the process and utter joy when you finish. Actually, maybe it’s not too far from the experience of actually cooking together.
5. Super Mario Party
Playing board games with your mate is always fun. Playing board games in a video game where you don’t need to worry about keeping track of and cleaning up all the pieces is even better. Super Mario Party on the Switch does a great job of streamlining some of the most annoying aspects of previous games while still maintaining the quirky charm for which the games are known.
Of course, we make no guarantees that your relationship will last through a single game of Mario Party, as there’s nothing quite as infuriating as someone stealing those precious stars you worked so hard to earn!
6. Puyo Puyo Tetris
If you and your significant other are down with puzzle games, Puyo Puyo Tetris is about as good as it gets. The simple controls are perfectly suited to playing with sideways Joy-Cons, and the depth offered by the blend of the two beloved puzzle franchises will make even the most hardcore of gamers feel satisfied.
In terms of value, this game is a tremendous deal. It’s literally packed with different game modes to play, so the two of you will be able to battle it out for puzzle game supremacy for hours without ever running out of things to do.
This co-op game is all about communication, which makes it a great bonding experience for couples. Essentially, you’ll be cutting each other’s characters into a variety of shapes in order to solve puzzles. That means you’ll constantly need to work together to get through the challenges.
While not the deepest game out there, there are enough levels of varying difficulty to keep you busy for a few hours. Couple that with the game being available for around $20 now, it’s definitely worthwhile.