Top 10 Family-friendly Nintendo Switch Games

May 11, 2020

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As we enter into another week in lockdown, you may be faced with the task of keeping the kids indoors and entertained. And there’s no shortage of ways to pass the time in quarantine with your kids. Video games offer hours of endless family fun, and there are an abundance of games available for the entire squad, even if they’re non-gamers. 

Family-friendly Nintendo Switch games

As part of their Lockdown Load time report, the team at Uswitch has gathered together 10 of the best family-friendly Nintendo Switch games, for hours of endless family fun. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tom Nook, CEO of Nook Inc has invited you on his Deserted Island Getaway package to create your own personalised paradise. Build friendships, explore the island and customise your own home. Each day brings a world of new surprises! 

Available to buy from Amazon

Pokemon Sword & Shield

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Begin your adventure as a Pokemon trainer in the action-packed video game Pokemon Sword and Shield. Set on a thrilling adventure in the new Galar region, where you will battle troublemakers and reveal the mystery behind the Legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta. 

Available to buy from Amazon

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hit the road with the multiplayer racing game Mario Kart 8, and play anytime, anywhere! Pick your character from a list of skilled racers and challenge friends and family to a battle, race up to four opponents at once.

Available to buy from Amazon

Over Cooked 2

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Get your family and friends involved in the chaotic cooking action, in cooperative game Over Cooked 2. Up to four players race against the clock to prepare dishes for the hungry customers, you’ll need to work together or against each other to get the highest score!

Available to buy from Amazon

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Pokemon Shield


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Explore the virtual world of Minecraft with up to four of your family members, and get creative building amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Survive the dangerous mobs, using crafted weapons, armour and multiplayer teamwork! 

Available to buy from Amazon

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Take on the role of Luigi, the terrified plumber on the hunt for his missing friends. You can complete single-player missions or have your trusted companion join you on the venture as Googi. The perfect multiplayer game for involving the less-experienced players!

Available to buy from Amazon

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Step inside the virtual world made of everyday objects, Yoshi! You’ll set out on a treasure hunt to find all the different collectables available, join forces with your friends for a successful mission. 

Available to buy from Amazon

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Mario Kart 8

Just dance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Gather your family together for a fun-filled, active dance workout with the Switch game Just Dance. Select one of the 40 tracks provided, from Old Town Road to Baby Shark, the perfect workout for the whole family. Additionally, the Sweat Mode will allow you to track your calories burnt!

Available to buy from Amazon

Super Mario Party

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nintendo has brought back the much-loved board game mode with the new action-packed Super Mario party. Test your skills against up to four family members and see who can win the most Stars in skill-based minigames. 

Available to buy from Amazon

Snipper clips

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Partner up with family members to solve imaginative stationary puzzles, snipping away portions of each other with scissors to create the correct shapes to complete the task. Up to four players can join in the fun, solving tough challenges as a team! 

Available to buy from Amazon

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  • Samantha May 11, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Ahh everyone is going wild for Nintendo Switch at the moment aren’t they! I’m not really a games person, but even I’ve found myself wanting to play Animal Crossing! Sam – Coco Travels

  • Samantha Donnelly May 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I have never tried a Nintendo Switch, but these games look great, maybe we need to get one to try some of these out

  • Sim @ Sim's Life May 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Some really good Nintendo Switch game suggestions! To this day I have yet to have a try of a Switch but I would love Mario Kart 8! Sim x

  • Yeah Lifestyle May 11, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    What a great timing to see your post as I was just googling Ninento Switch games this morning to get for the kids as they are getting bored at home. They love Just Dance so that is on our list, also adding Super Mario Party as my son loves Mario games.

  • Rebecca Smith May 11, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    We have been wondering what Switch games to buy Jack next so this is incredibly helpful! I’ll definitely be getting a few off this list.

  • Caro May 12, 2020 at 7:45 am

    We’re currently obsessed with Just Dance. It’s so much fun and a great workout if you play for long enough…

  • Liam | Whatthedadsaid May 12, 2020 at 10:01 am

    We own many of these games and they are fantastic, the Switch are on hot form at the moment,

  • Rhian Westbury May 12, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I bought my fiance a switch for his birthday and he now has animal crossing, mario kart and pokemon so plenty to keep him going. I’ve never really been a gamer so not gotten into the switch yet x

  • Natasha Mairs May 12, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Would love to get a switch. We still have an original Wii console. and we love to play on Just Dance and all the Mario games. We also have Pacman party which is a great family game

  • Rebecca Jones May 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve seen how much people are enjoying ‘animal crossing’ – I’ve hardly ever played games though (last time was PlayStation 2 I think)

  • michelle twin mum May 12, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve heard loads about Animal Crossing, and the Nintendo Switch looks fabulous but I’ve not tried it out. Mich x

  • Melanie williams May 13, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Such a great time to share this, as families are probably looking which games are best for them. So,e good choices with animals crossing for sure x

  • Kristina May 13, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Mario kart for the win, one of my all time favourites!! I would love to try animal crossing though 🙂

  • Kara Guppy May 14, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    We enjoy most of these games although there is a couple I have not heard of – Snipper clips and overcooked, will have to look into them

  • Jenni May 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    My son is saving up for a switch with his chore coins. He wants mario and Pokemon first

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