Board games used to be the only way to keep everyone entertained at a party. Nowadays, you can get a portable Nintendo Switch to play virtually with each person having their own controller. For fans of the Mushroom Kingdom and the frontiers, Mario and Peach, there is an impressive list of games to play, including Mario Party Superstars and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
It gets even better because the selection of party games on Nintendo Switch is pretty astounding, so much so that selecting the best one for your party guests to enjoy can be difficult. But don't worry. We've compiled a list of the five best party games on Nintendo Switch (October 2022) for you to enjoy with friends and family. These five games are easy to get started and hold the greatest potential to take your party to the next level.
5. Fall Guys
Fall Guys has become quite popular for its wealth of competitiveness, which is always an essential spice to add to a party mix. If you’re a fan of battle royales but they're wacky and littered with hard-to-comprehend obstacles, Fall Guys is the right choice for you. At the start, up to sixty players sign up to compete across five mini-games. The last team left standing goes head to head in the final round until the winner is made apparent and takes home the crown.
If you’re wondering whether the competition might be stiff, don’t. Fall Guys is less of a win-or-lose game and more of a have-fun game, regardless of where you place. From the get-go, adrenaline runs high. The laughter spills here and there as you navigate an array of maps, like a soccer-inspired map and several traps for unsuspecting gamers.
Plus, it’s a free-to-play game across every platform, with the option to crossplay from either. For a multiplayer, competitive game with a level of wackiness, only Nintendo Switch can bring the most to life. what more can you ask for?
4. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
While board games have had their moments of fame, let’s be honest, there is still, and always will be, something special about them. Even if some board games take a while to grasp, somewhere down the line, they get excited enough to keep your guests engaged throughout the party. If you’re one to hold a special place for the most popular board games out there and probably still have your own collection at home, you could opt for the Nintendo Switch Clubhouse Games, made up of 51 of the greatest board game classics of all time.
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s tried and true—and efficient. Rather than carrying a box with you to every party, dusting off dust residues and sometimes realizing some pieces are missing, you can get yourself all of the board games you can think of in one package. From checkers to chess to Connect Four to poker games, the most popular from every generation is likely inclusive. But there are some less popular ones too, including games like Shogi and Hex. If all your guests want to reminisce about playing some board games, you can pull out your Clubhouse Games collection, set it up on a table, and play the one you’re all already familiar with.
3. Just Dance 2022
Workout games are all the rage these days. Without leaving the house, you can get on track with your fitness routine by putting up a dancing game right at your home. And if ever you’d like to throw a dance party, Just Dance 2022 is just the right amount of fun and intuitive dance moves for your guests.
Each person holds a controller to sense your movements as popular songs and in-sync dance moves scroll on-screen. You can have up to six people on the dance floor at a time. But if more guests are in attendance, cheering them on is just as fun. Just Dance 2022’s song list is already impressive on its own, but if you’re looking for even more diverse songs to dance to, you can opt for the Just Dance Unlimited subscription plan that adds more than 500 songs to choose from, with new dance moves added to your plan each month.
2. Keep Talking, and Nobody Explodes
Sometimes, you may want to throw a party with your guests playing a quick-thinking, lighthearted game. In that case, you may want to try out Keep Talking, and Nobody Explodes, which is more or less exactly how it sounds. One player will work towards diffusing a bomb. However, he’ll need help from the others, who will have to keep talking by reading off of a manual on how to diffuse the bomb before the timer goes off.
It gets more tricky as the manual isn’t as straightforward as just reading it out. Rather, you’ll need teamwork to find the right page while the player diffusing the bomb needs to find the right panel. There is potential for completely humorous or tense situations depending on your guests. What’s certain, though, is that your guests will be engaged throughout the game.
1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
At the top of the best party games on Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's own fan-favorite and award-winning Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This crossover fighting game is filled to the brim with 76 of the most popular Nintendo characters. Each with unique moves and skills. From Mario to Samus to Fox, and all the other characters ever featured in Super Smash Bros.
Of course, the more stages you win, the more players you unlock. But even without all 76 accessible to you from the start, there is no doubt much fun to be had with up to eight players competing locally at a time. Does a party of ‘knocking other players out of an arena’ sound exciting? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the perfect easy and fun-to-play game to start with.
So there you go! Which game are you planning to include in your next party itinerary? Are there more of the best party games on the Nintendo Switch we should know about? Let us know in the comments or on our socials here.