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The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
This list includes 12 games from the last 30 years, with 330 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play together with one Joy-Con.
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Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds
Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018
Price: 26% off
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS
Genres: Action and Race
Accessibility: 27 features
Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game
Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Release Date: 27/10/2017
Price: 27% off
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform
Accessibility: 15 features
Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room
Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...
Skill Rating: 3-7 year-olds
Release Date: 09/11/2020
Price: 45% off
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Accessibility: 8 features
Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room
Race with Ryan is a kart racing game staring Ryan from the Ryan’s World YouTube channel. Along with the racing you need to collect the Mystery Eggs scattered across each track. Each one then gives you a power up to help you win.
Release Date: 01/10/2011, updated in 2018
Platforms: Switch and Wii
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation
Developer: Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS)
This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013
Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Race and Sports
Accessibility: 1 feature
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game
Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Skill Rating: 3-11 year-olds
Release Date: 03/10/2019
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Stealth
Accessibility: 25 features
Developer: House House (@House_House_)
This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...
Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds
Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013
Platforms: Switch and Wii U
Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform
Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...
Release Date: 28/02/2019
Platforms: PC and Switch
Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation
Accessibility: 12 features
Developer: Hyaku 1128 (@Hyaku1128)
Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.
Skill Rating: 5-12 year-olds
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Genres: Action, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Developer: Std Somewhere (@StdSomewhere)
Bonito Days is a pastel-retro rolling, jumping and gliding game. You roll down a slope to launch yourself into the air and then glide around before landing. It's a simple challenge that combines with the breezy summer aesthetic with lite touch...
Release Date: 27/04/2018
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports
Accessibility: 21 features
Developer: Uj Rom (@UjRom)
Players: You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room
12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Genres: Action and Simulation
Accessibility: 11 features
Developer: DNA Studios Twitt (@DNAStudiosTwitt)
Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...
Skill Rating: 5-11 year-olds
Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2017
Platforms: Switch and iOS
Genres: Action, Rhythm and Sports
Developer: Harmonix (@Harmonix)
Super Bear Sports is a sports rhythm game where you move your character in time with the music to swing, volley, and score points in different events.