The Best Multiplayer Games Coming To The Nintendo Switch

By Dale Bashir on Jul 10, 2018

The ever-popular MMO, Warframe is coming to the Nintendo Switch, making it the latest in the line of ports coming to Nintendo’s excellent portable console. Warframe’s everlasting appeal, which is its excellent multiplayer gameplay and combat, is being ported by Panic Button, who also ported Doom and Wolfenstein to the system. It’s definitely made the Nintendo Switch more appealing, but if you’re a fan of Warframe, or MMO games in general, you may be wondering if the console is worth getting.

Well, there are plenty of multiplayer games just waiting to be released on the Switch, and here are some of the best that you should look out for:

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

While the critically acclaimed Monster Hunter World may never come to the Nintendo Switch, the next best thing is right around the corner. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an enhanced port of Monster Hunter Generations for the 3DS. It’s a sort of Greatest Hits collection for the series, featuring fan-favorite monsters from previous games. If you liked Warframe, the mission progression of the game is very similar to Monster Hunter.

Overcooked 2

The frantic, co-op, party game is back crazier than ever. Overcooked was a massive hit and the sequel aims to be everything the original was and more. There’s even more variety in the kinds of kitchens you and your friends will find yourselves in. From kitchens that move about and changing their layouts as you play, to teleporters strewn about the stage. It is the perfect party game either on couch co-op or online, so pick this up when it releases this August.

Sausage Sports Club

The best party games are the silliest; a quirky art style with an even absurd game style. It’s basically a free-for-all brawler, like Power Stone. Only in this game, you use sausage-proportioned animals to beat the life out of each other. It’s as wacky as you think. The game supports online and local multiplayer for up to 8-players. If you’re a fan of Humans Fall Flat or Gang Beasts, this is the party game for you.

Super Mario Party

The OG party game is making it’s glorious debut this October, and this time it’s really honing in on the Super aspect of Mario Party. The previous Mario Parties have been hit and misses, ranging from weird microphone gimmicks, forced motion controls, and the omission of the classic boardgame-like gameplay. Super Mario Party brings back the best of Mario Party and the Switch gimmicks are arguably cooler than previous entries.

Unruly Heroes

From Magic Design Studios, a studio made up of former Ubisoft employees, comes a brand new multiplayer action-adventure game called Unruly Heroes. Based on the classic Chinese tale, Journey To The West, 4-players will take the role of Wukong the Monkey King, Sanzang the Buddhist monk, Kihong the greedy pig, and Sandmonk the river demon to bring enlightenment to China. The same artstyle from Rayman Legends is used here, and brings together players offline and online.

Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud

Warframe might be the first MMO on the Switch for the rest of the world, but in Japan, they received Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud back in April. This is a cloud-based version of Phantasy Star Online 2, meaning the game is constantly streamed to your system, rather than downloaded. This is similar to the cloud version of Resident Evil 7 on the Switch, which is also exclusive to Japan. Hopefully Phantasy Star will make the jump worldwide soon.

Dragon Quest X

This July 26th, Dragon Quest X will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in Japan. The tenth instalment of the popular RPG series is an MMORPG, and has players making their own heroes and saving the world together. Dragon Quest isn’t as big worldwide as it is in Japan, but with Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 and Dragon Quest Builders doing pretty well on the Switch currently, we can bet that an English announcement of Dragon Quest X will be made soon, along with Dragon Quest XI.

Avabel Online

This MMO has been on mobile since 2013 and has amassed quite a fanbase. It was announced in Tokyo Game Show last year that it will come to the Switch some time this year, making it another mobile game that’s following the trend to jump on the Switch. It has all the usual MMO tropes of classes and races for players to choose, making it a sort of spiritual successor to Ragnarok or Maplestory. So if that’s a gaming itch you want to scratch, try out Avabel Online.

Arena of Valor

The Switch beta version of Arena of Valor is making its rounds as we speak, it will finally be playable for the rest of the public sometime in Autumn 2018. A Nintendo console has never been home to a MOBA, and Arena of Valor has the honour to be the first MOBA to do so. Featuring classic 5v5, 3 lane battles, Arena of Valor can provide hours of fun and challenge to the competitive player.  

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

We saved the best for last, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will truly live up to its name, and will also be the best introduction to Smash for those who have never played the games before. With 68 (and more to be announced) old and new characters joining the fray, 8-player online and local multiplayer, this is definitely one game that will take you a while to get bored of.  We’ll see how big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets when it releases on December 7th 2018.

Nintendo has always pushed multiplayer to be a focus in their games, and now with even more third-party support from other developers, even multiplayer hits like Paladins and Fortnite are doing very well on the Switch. Hopefully these 10 upcoming games sate your crave for more multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch.

Dale Bashir
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