Couch co-op games for Switch Club

The first rule of Switch Club is: You do not talk about Switch Club forget to bring your console ๐Ÿ”‹

Switch Club is what our team lunches evolved into after I became addicted to Nintendo Switch ๐ŸŽฎand decided everyone else should be too.

Switch Club re-introduced me to multiplayer magic ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ I’d been flying solo – a lone wolf, if you will – ever since I’d moved on from home consoles to handheld ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿข

I’ve been on a gaming hiatus for some time. I worked, travelled, dated and changed flats (and countries), and for the most part lacked a couch co-op champ.

I’d enjoyed backseat driving The Witcher, Mass Effect and The Elder Scrolls when my BFF and I lived together in Sydney. But alas, my fellow London lockdownee is more interested in writing code that plays games than playing games himself.

Like a psychocat ๐Ÿ™€

Everyone deserves Switch Club in their lives. There’s just something so satisfying taking out your boss with a pixellated arrow ๐Ÿน, beating your sibling across a virtual finish line ๐Ÿ, or showing up your mates in a digital dance-off ๐Ÿ•บ

Note: Multiplayer player count listed below includes local wireless play – excluding online play.

Overcooked! 2

๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ
โ“ Players knead to work together to prep, cook and serve up demanding orders in a chaotic kitchen in time otherwise impatient customers will storm out. The best feature has to be the dynamic kitchen environments which routinely change – monotonous chopping won’t save you!
โญ Best for workmates you’d also take on an escape room with. Both a clear strategy, flexibility and task delegation is vital for a successful kitchen. Best to assign a head chef
โœ… Finished? Who are you kidding, you haven’t finished. But I guess you could try Moving Out

Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ง
โ“Expect double the fun with two games in one that’s a fun mash up of classic 2D Super Mario games. The name of the game is to traverse each level as a team, but whether you choose to play chaotically by throwing each other, jumping off their heads and stealing power-ups or with care and consideration is up to you
โญ Best for family fun. Don’t leave Mum behind!
โœ… Finished? Try Rayman Legends


๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน
โ“ Archery combat meets party game. Matches are equally intense as end-of-match Versus Awards are hilarious: ‘Mostly Harmless’, ‘Happy Accident’, ‘Koala’, ‘Least Composed’ and more. The core mechanics seem straightforward but are deceptively difficult with a mix of gameplay elements thrown in. If you fear you are dangerously close to loosing a real arrow at a fellow player, switch to co-op mode and team up against monsters and bosses instead
โญ Best for workmates again, but this time invite your manager for added stress
โœ… Finished? Try Celeste, a fab single player from the same creators

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๏ธ
โ“ Take to the digital tarmac to race, battle and throw bananas at your peers for the fun of it. TV mode is recommended to enjoy stunning race tracks, but definitely try huddling around the Switch screen on tabletop for a challenge. To be honest, I grew up with Crash Team Racing (CTR) and will always prefer this Playstation classic (primacy effect), but even I can agree yet another Mario Bros. game is worth the hype
โญ Best for total newbs to gaming. No one is actually ‘good’ at racing games, just press the accelerator button and remember to follow your quadrant of the screen…
โœ… Finished? Try Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fuelled!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ
โ“ Variety is rife in this game. There are over hundreds of catchy music tracks and 100 vibrant stages to battle on, and more characters are added to the fray. Brawl your buddies as Nintendo and other iconic gaming characters and try to win by smashing each other off the stage. My favourite feature is Stage Morph – why pick one backdrop when you can haphazardly switch to another mid-battle to keep you on your pixellated toes?
โญ Best for flatmates. It’s a simple solution to deciding whose turn it is to take the bins out
โœ… Finished? Brawlout

Dragon Ball FighterZ

๐ŸŽฎ Multiplayer up to ๐Ÿฅ‹๐Ÿฅ‹๐Ÿฅ‹๐Ÿฅ‹๐Ÿฅ‹๐Ÿฅ‹
โ“ The Dragon Ball franchise has been milked for anime series and video games over the decades so much, I think that says something. This game is a return to 2D side-by-side fighting in contrast to 3D like it’s predecessor Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. High end anime graphics, crisp character modelling and explosive attacks will wow even non-Dragon Ball fans. It’s an enjoyable assault on the senses that will raise your hackles. There’s also brand new content which introduces you to Android 21 whose creation was supervised by Akira Toriyama. Hoping for a series spin off!
โญ Best for fellow gamers as button mashing won’t quite cut it. You’ll want experienced players to quickly pick up combos so you can enjoy all the graphics this game has to offer
โœ… Finished? Try Blade Strangers

On my radar ๐Ÿคฉ

Games my mates highly rate that I’m yet to try. Thanks, lockdown… well no, actually, thank you for real ๐Ÿ’™

๐ŸŽฎ Rayman Legends Definitive Edition
๐ŸŽฎ Wizard of Legend
๐ŸŽฎ Enter the Gungeon
๐ŸŽฎ Cuphead
๐ŸŽฎ Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

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