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5 Best Switch Games for Kids

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Best Switch games for kids

Many of us grew up during the Game Boy or Nintendo DS era of handheld gaming devices. Both were fantastic times that ignited our love of video games as children, but they have unfortunately passed us by. Nowadays, the Nintendo Switch has become the go-to handheld gaming gadget for not just kids, but everyone. However, thanks to Nintendo's recognition for creating not just fantastic games, but also kid-friendly ones, means the Switch holds the best games for kids.

There are hundreds of titles that every child might enjoy, but we've narrowed it down to the top five that we believe any kid will love. These games are full of adorable characters, challenging puzzles, and a fun and rewarding story. Plus with a two-player co-op mode, you or any siblings can join in alongside the fun. So, whether you're searching for a new game for your kid or one that you can play together, these five best Switch games for kids are all an excellent choice.

 

5. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes | Nintendo Switch Trailer

If your kid is a fan of superheroes and LEGO, then LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the perfect title. The game features any kid's favorite superheroes, like the Avengers, X-Men, and even the Fantastic Four. Of course, all of the main villains are present, but they are all depicted in a lighthearted and humorous manner. That can also be said for the entire cast of characters and the story they follow in the game. Furthermore, the gameplay is light, gentle, and easy to pick up, perfect for kids.

The game also features split-screen co-op, so there won't be any fighting over who's turn it is. It's also a perfect game for parents to play with their kids as even an adult can get a kick out of the writing. You'll also be able to assist with the most challenging aspect of the game, the in-game puzzles, which in truth are pretty straightforward. So, if your kids like superheroes or LEGO, you really can't go wrong with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

Age Rating:

  • ESRB: Everyone 10+
  • PEGI: 7
  • NL minimum age recommendation – 5
  • Difficulty: 3/10

 

 

4. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Trailer

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are ideal titles for introducing your kid to a game you enjoyed as a child. The games are remakes of the original Pokémon games on Game Boy in 1996, which means your kids can feel the joy of catching Pokémon, just as you did. Fortunately for them, their experience may be a little more modern and with better graphics than ours, but the same passion for capturing Pokémon remains the focus of these games.

Being the first open-world Pokémon games to come to Switch, your kid can run free with adventure in either Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee! Both games play entirely the same, the only difference between the two versions is the Pokémon that's up for grabs. The game also supports a two-player co-op so you can join in on all the Poke catching fun too! So, if Pokémon is your kid's niche, then this is by far the best option.

Age Rating:

  • ESRB: Everyone
  • PEGI: 7
  • NL minimum age recommendation: 5
  • Difficulty: 2/10

 

 

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer

If your kid needs a little more engaging fast-paced action to keep them busy from pulling on your sleeve, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best way to go. It's the perfect racing game for a younger audience, with tons of kid-friendly features. Such as auto acceleration and steering aids, so kids of any age can feel involved on the track. The aids are actually so generous that you can turn them on without your child touching the controller and their racer will still race, compete and finish the game.

Up to four players may play split-screen co-op on a single console, making it ideal for you or any siblings or friends to participate in the racing action. Plus it comes with a roster of Nintendo's most beloved classic characters like Mario, Luigi, Daisy, Princess Peach, and so many more. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fantastic pick for kids of all ages, especially if you're searching for a constantly engaging and friendly action-packed game.

Age Rating:

  • ESRB: Everyone
  • PEGI: 3
  • NL minimum age recommendation: 3
  • Difficulty: 1-4/10 (Varies with Control Aid Features)

 

 

2. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Kirby was an iconic figure for all of us as kids, so there's a strong possibility your child may fall in love with the character just as we did. That's why the colorful and adventure-filled Kirby and the Forgotten land is a perfect title for youngsters. And to be honest, it's even got us a little excited. The 3D platformer lets you roam free as Kirby, solving puzzles and inhaling foes as you go. The movement is fun and free-formed and the combat is basic point-and-click.

There is even a Spring-Breeze Mode, which lowers difficulty and helps give direction. Furthermore, the game supports co-op, allowing you to join your kid and assist them in solving puzzles or progressing through the friendly tale.

The game plays as a fun puzzle platformer for younger kids, but it also has a compelling storyline that's engaging for more mature kids. When it comes to the best Switch games for kids, you can't go wrong with Kirby. It's suitable for all ages, and you might even be tempted to try it yourself after seeing your child play it.

Age Rating:

  • ESRB: Everyone 10+
  • PEGI: 7
  • NL minimum age recommendation: 4-5
  • Difficulty: 3/10

 

 

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019

A game that's the talk of the town and one your kid has probably mentioned is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The relieving news is that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is extremely kid-friendly. The game set's you on an island where you learn how to build a home, engage with the village and its town members, and catch and collect small critters. Either by fishing or bug-catching.

The games all about exploration and has tons of activities, missions, and quests to keep the experience refreshing. It's a super light-hearted game that really teaches the fundamentals about making friends and building a life for yourself. Part of the fun of the game is that it lets you visit your friends' islands, share resources and in general hang out and do activities together in and around town. As far as the best games on Switch for kids go, our number one pick is Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Age Rating:

  • ESRB: Everyone
  • PEGI: 3
  • NL minimum age recommendation: 3
  • Difficulty: 2/10

 

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other games on Switch for kids that you think would be best? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.