Top 10 Kids Games for the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's newest console offers unlimited fun for the whole family.

Nintendo has always been the first choice for parents looking for a console that favors age-appropriate gaming for kids. The Nintendo Switch has seen more Mature-rated releases than normal for a Nintendo platform. That said, the Switch’s playful design and emphasis on old-fashioned couch-sharing multiplayer means it’s still the console with the strongest line-up of child-friendly gaming.

Keep checking back with SuperParent, as we’ll regularly update this list with new games your kids may want to try. If you want to see any of the older games we've featured -- which are equally recommended -- head over to Page 2.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Rated E for Everyone

This life simulation game lets players of all ages travel to a deserted island where they can build a new life for themselves. They can plant flowers, collect fruit, catch bugs, go fishing, interact with friendly talking animals, and much more as they customize the island to suit their tastes. If you only have one Switch system, multiple people can share the same island. Or, if you have multiple Switches, each family member can have their own island, and you can visit other players through local or online multiplayer. New Horizons is one of the most wholesome, relaxing games to come out in quite a long time, and you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy it. For more information, check out our review.

Luigi's Mansion 3
Rated E for Everyone

Luigi’s Mansion 3 lets kids and adults join Luigi on another haunted adventure, as he must rescue Mario from a hotel full of ghosts! As you explore the hotel, you can use Luigi’s Poltergust G-00 vacuum to suck up ghosts and other objects or even slam them around. While the game may feature ghosts, it’s family-friendly and charming, rather than realistic and scary. This time around, Luigi also has a doppelganger companion named Gooigi, who can help you out on your quest. If you’re playing solo, you can control both Luigi and Gooigi by switching between them. Or, you can team up with a friend and let them control Gooigi for you. Outside of the game’s story mode, a ScareScraper mode allows up to eight players to compete in a variety of mini-games locally or through online multiplayer.

Super Mario Party
Rated E for Everyone

Think of this as an elaborate digital board game loaded with mini-games and one goal: Get around the board and score the most Stars (and coins) in 10 turns. Play solo with the computer or against your family, go free-for-all or team up and see who wins in the end. The only concern is that Super Mario Party can only be played with the Switch's detachable Joy-Con. DO NOT buy this for the Switch Lite.

Ring Fit Adventure
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10+

Who knew that doing squats would help you kick butt in a video game? Workout games have often felt more like workout than game. It’s not a bad thing, but Ring Fit Adventure has figured out the balance of how to get you up and moving while also pushing you to play a fun platforming, turn-based combat game. Read our take on it, here.

Nintendo Labo
Rated E - E10+ (for Everyone to Everyone 10+, depending on the kit)

Nintendo often gets criticized for sticking doggedly to the same core franchises and characters it’s been using since the 1980s, but when the company does break out and innovate, the results are always magical. Take Labo. These combinations of STEM learning kits and clever video games are perfect for the whole family. Part of the fun is following the on-screen instructions to build the game’s peripherals (Toy-Con), which are made out of cardboard. As the pieces come together, your kids can see how the mechanics work. There are currently four packages available -- Variety Kit, Robot Kit, Vehicle Kit, and VR Kit -- and all are great.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10+

The story goes something like this: Sonic, Mario, and all their pals are in Tokyo for the Olympic Games. There, they will compete in 30-someodd mini-games ranging from traditional decathlon-grade athletics to skateboarding, surfing, and more. Of course, Bowser and Dr. Eggman are having NONE of it, so they manage to timewarp the crew back to 1964. With retro-graphics and all. So, you’re essentially playing many mini-games tweaked for today, and playing throwback 2D classics all rendered in old sprites. Whether you’re blazing through the story or gathering up the family, we highly recommend this competition.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield
Rated E for Everyone

These Pokemon-themed role-playing games let players become a Pokemon Trainer on a quest to become the Champion of the Galar Region. They’ll be able to travel through beautiful environments full of wild Pokemon to capture and other trainers to battle. As they explore, they can put their skills to the test in a series of Gym battles against some of the game’s most powerful characters. There are 400 Pokemon to collect across both games, and even more will be added once the game’s premium (and optional) Expansion Pass content launches later this year. For more information about Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, check out our review.

Super Mario Maker 2
Rated E for Everyone

Super Mario Maker 2 is the sequel to the original Super Mario Maker, which was released on Wii U in 2015. The hook: Create your own Super Mario-style levels and share them with the world, as well as download and play levels created by other users. For this sequel, players can choose from new themes and level elements, such as slopes and the Angry Sun. In addition, a brand new Story Mode introduces players to some of the game’s many design elements as they complete 100 stages created by Nintendo itself. For more on Super Mario Maker 2, check out our guide.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Rated E for Everyone

A multiplayer stalwart for over 25 years now, Mario Kart remains the go-to racer for kids with a competitive streak (ie. basically all kids). Though Mario Kart 8 was originally released for Nintendo’s lackluster Wii U console, this Switch version is bigger, faster, and perfectly portable. It’s also the perfect game to play with your child, though you have to promise to not get mad when they nail you with a blue shell right before you cross the finish line.

Splatoon 2
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10+

Cute tentacled teens called Inklings form teams and romp around cleverly designed maze arenas armed only with paint. The idea is not to “kill” your opponents – although you can knock them out with a good soaking – but to color enough of the map in your team’s paint to win. This kid-friendly third-person shooter includes a single-player story mode as well as a variety of multiplayer options. For instance, Turf War gives two teams of four a limited amount of time to cover as much ground as possible in ink that matches their team colors. In addition to playing online, the game also supports local multiplayer so you can play with your kids in the same room. All the excitement of a shooter game, and all the hand-eye coordination practice, but with none of the nihilistic violence. Brilliant.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10+

If your kids have ever gotten into friendly debates about which video game character is stronger, this is the game for them. Pick your favorites -- there are MANY in-game to choose from -- and battle buddies or family members to settle the score. While the venerable series has been around since 1999 (first on the Nintendo 64), the Nintendo Switch version truly lives up to its “Ultimate” name. It isn’t just a collection of characters from the Nintendo universe -- it gathers up favorites ranging from Street Fighter characters and Pac-Man to super soldiers and Pokemon. If you ever wanted to slap around your favorite video game characters in a cartoony fashion, this is the game for you -- and your family.