The Top Nintendo Switch Games for Kids

Nintendo's latest video game console has taken the gaming world by storm with a wealth of content for everyone from seasoned gamers to younger children. Here are the best age-appropriate Switch games that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch screen with title text The Top 14 Games for Kids
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Top Switch Games for Kids #14: LEGO City Undercover

LEGO City Undercover offers a fun storyline filled with multiple missions and side quests in the cheery world of LEGO. Kids will enjoy solving mysteries and finding collectibles as they explore an absolutely huge overworld. The game can be played alone or two players can play together through local co-op play. ($25; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #13: Arms

Select a crazy character and use your extendable arms to defeat opponents and become the champion. A game of Arms is a great way to get your kids off the couch as it allows players to throw punches using the Switch Joy-Con motion controllers (although it can be played without motion through traditional button gameplay too). The premise of Arms is straightforward and easy to learn, but great depth can be found in trying to master the complex boxing techniques. Up to four players can fight locally or online. ($50; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #12: Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is Nintendo's family-friendly take on the popular shooter genre. The game features cute characters called Inklings that spray colored ink on surfaces, enemies, and each other. The main mode features a four-on-four online showdown in which players see which team can cover the arena with more ink. A single-player campaign and a co-op survival mode are also included. While the controls may be a bit complex for very young children, older kids will love the competitive nature of this colorful game. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #11: Overcooked 2

This chaotic game challenges teams of chefs to cook and serve meals to hungry patrons. Players are given tasks like chopping onions, grilling burgers, and preparing soup on a number of different stages. While the premise may seem a bit mundane, it becomes a hilarious game of hectic co-op teamwork as players try to navigate the kitchen without running into each other or burning the meal. Overcooked 2 features a straightforward control scheme which takes just minutes to get the hang of and is a great game for two to four players looking for laughs. ($40; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #10: Super Mario Odyssey

Few games have as much polish, creativity, and fun as a Mario game. Super Mario Odyssey is a massive adventure that lets players travel to dozens of unique worlds to help rescue Princess Peach from Bowser's wedding plans. Mario games are known for having incredibly intuitive, responsive controls, and Mario Odyssey is no exception. The game is easy enough that younger kids can enjoy progressing through stages without excessive difficulty while more experienced players can challenge themselves by collecting as many Power Moons as possible. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #9: Snipperclips Plus

Characters Snip and Clip must work together to cut each other into the right shapes to solve weird challenges in this unique puzzle game. Kids will love the endless surprises Snipperclips provides as they create shapes to pop balloons, push buttons, and guide bowling balls. It may sound crazy, but it's endlessly entertaining and challenges players to work together and use creative problem-solving skills.. ($30; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #8: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The latest racing game from the Mario Kart series is absolutely one of Nintendo's best racing games. With tons of colorful characters, 48 courses, and multiple modes, the game is packed with content. The controls are easy to learn and feature a "Smart Steering" mode that's great for helping young players stay on the road. Up to four players can race together through a local split-screen gameplay, and up to 12 can compete online. As with most Nintendo games, the online modes allow kids to play safely without the worry of negative communication thanks to a predefined messaging system. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #7: Minecraft

One of this generation's most popular games, Minecraft is a sandbox video game that allows players to let their creative juices flow by placing blocks to create objects, buildings, or worlds. Kids can also explore, gather resources, craft new materials, and fight block monsters. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including a two-player split screen mode. While Minecraft is available on nearly every digital platform available, the Switch version includes exclusive Super Mario-themed skins. ($30; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #6: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

For adventurers and detectives alike, this is a problem-solving game for the child who loves puzzles. Embark on a journey with Toad as you look for hidden clues, collect gems, fight dangerous obstacles, and finally solve your way through different levels. Unlike most Mario games, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker doesn't have complicated jumping actions, so your kid can search for clues on the ground. Let your child solve the puzzle on their own or join in on the fun with the two player co-play option. ($40; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #5: New Super Lucky's Tale

If you're looking for a game with charm as well as friendly and silly characters along with lots of adventure, mini games, and battles, New Super Lucky's Tale is the game for you. It leans toward the easier side of the spectrum of difficulty, making this game an ideal option for younger kiddos. Even better? Every kid can personalize this game with hundreds of collectable items and costumes for each character. ($40; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #4: Luigi's Mansion 3

The modern day ghostbuster is here and takes the form of one of the most loved video game characters: Luigi. Help Luigi rescue his brother Mario in the spooky Last Resort Hotel. With each floor hosting its own challenges, this thrilling game is one for players of all ages and talents. If you're concerned about the spooky ghostly theme, the game takes on an endearing comedic structure with Luigi's ghost-like self, Gooigi, and his trusty canine sidekick, Polterpup. Rated E for Everyone, this adventurous game is bound to become a family favorite. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #3: Pokémon Let's Go: Pikachu

A playful introduction into the vast world of Pokémon, Pokémon Let's Go: Pikachu! nails the storytelling expedition for every gamer. Travel with your Pokémon trainer through the land of Kanto, discover new characters, and fight through epic battles with honor. Snatch the Pikachu version or play with Evee, and await the magic that captures each player's heartstrings and curiosity. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #2: Super Mario Bros Deluxe

Swiftly dive and dodge obstacles in this fun-filled course-based game; Super Mario Bros Deluxe is a must-have staple in your gaming collection. Join Mario and friends as they speed past Goombas, Piranha Plants, Koopas, and other hurdles as they fight to rescue Princess Peach. This charming and chaotic multiplayer game is perfect for every family game night. ($60; gamestop.com)

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Top Switch Games for Kids #1: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Build your own fantasy island oasis complete with a charming cast of characters with the number-one trending family Switch game: Animal Crossing. Players will be dropped off on a deserted island to call their home, but they'll have to work hard to create the paradise they've always dreamed of. Get this: Every island is totally unique with individually designed maps and hundreds of characters chosen for you to partner on your land, so you can be sure that your island experience will be different from every other player. Gather resources, build houses, and show off your beautiful utopia to all your friends and family; the fun truly never ends. ($60; gamestop.com)

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