The 7 best Nintendo Switch games for kids
These games are fun for the whole family
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Here at Reviewed, we love the Nintendo Switch. Whether you're using it as a hand-held device or a stationary console, we adore how versatile it is. While we could go on and on about the hardware, let's talk about the games.
Nintendo has a long history of family-friendly games, and the Switch is no exception. In fact, there are loads of games for kids of all ages. So, whether it's saving Hyrule or racing Mario, here are the best games for the Switch.
1. Mario Kart 8
There's nothing more classic than Mario Kart. If throwing colorful turtle shells at other players is your thing, then this racing game is for you. In terms of gameplay, it's relatively straightforward, which is why it's a great choice for younger gamers.
While you can play fan favorites like Mario or Yoshi, you can also play as the characters from Splatoon. Plus, there's even a cool anti-gravity setting where you can drive your vehicle on the walls or ceiling.
2. Super Mario Odyssey
Like Mario Kart, the Super Mario series is another Nintendo classic. Super Mario Odyssey, the latest installment, follows Mario (our favorite plumber) as he journeys through different worlds to save Princess Peach from Bowser.
The plot is a little thin, but it's good fun and gameplay is easy enough. The possession power is my favorite thing about this game.
Mario can basically possess anything (monsters and objects) with his red cap and use their abilities to solve puzzles. It's less scary than it sounds, I promise.
3. Breath of the Wild
Whether it's completing a dungeon or exploring the mysterious Lost Woods, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a fantastic game for kids ten and up.
It has just the right amount of adventure and the eccentric characters you meet along the way are an absolute delight to interact with.
While it's almost a perfect ten for me, gameplay isn't super intuitive and the weapons system is a bit annoying. Despite these minor nitpicks, kids will love the story and the Studio Ghibli-esque art style.
4. Blossom Tales
Blossom Tales is a lesser known title, but we think it deserves an honorable mention.
Playing as Lily, a newly anointed knight, you're tasked with saving the kingdom of Blossom. If I had to compare it to another game, it would be Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, as it has a similar vibe.
If you like taking down powerful monsters and solving complex puzzles, then this is the perfect game for you. While the story is a little too simple, it's certainly not lacking in the charm department.
Snipperclips is one of the best co-operative games for the Nintendo Switch. My nine-year-old nephew also loves it, so that's got to count for something.
You play as either Snip or Clip, the devilish U-shaped characters. When the pair overlap each other, you can trim them into new shapes.
Sometimes you need to make a sharp edge to pop a balloon or a bowl-like shape to carry objects. The great thing about this game is that it asks you to think outside of the box.
If you're looking for a heartfelt story, Owlboy will certainly deliver. Otus, the main protagonist, is clumsy and shy and the furthest thing from a traditional hero.
But that's what makes him so great and relatable. Gameplay is a little wonky, though. You need really strong strong hand-eye coordination skills in order to get through this game, which is why we'd recommend it for older kids.
It also has one of the best game soundtracks I've ever heard!
Overcooked is as maddening as it is fun and innovative, and I mean that in the best way possible. Not only are you tasked with running a kitchen, you'll also have to deal with obstacles like a pedestrian crosswalk.
Gameplay is pretty straightforward, too. While it's not for the faint of heart, it's still one of the funniest games I've ever played.
Whether you're carrying a pot of soup across the deck of a swaying ship or preparing a delicious sandwich atop an iceberg, you're in for a good laugh.