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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 8 games from the last 23 years, with 478 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: 12+ year-olds
Release Date: 28/08/2018
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Sports
Accessibility: 32 features
Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game
Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...
Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds
Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020
Price: 22% off
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Genres: Open World, Role-Play and Simulation
Accessibility: 28 features
Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)
You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Price: 23% off
Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U
Genres: Action and Fighting
Accessibility: 19 features
Players: You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game
Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.
Skill Rating: 7-13 year-olds
Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018
Price: 37% off
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Genres: Action and Puzzle
Accessibility: 23 features
Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game
Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds
Release Date: 23/01/2019
Price: 60% off
Platforms: Android, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 10 features
Developer: Magic Design Game (@MagicDesignGame)
Unruly Heroes is a hectic martial arts running, jumping and hitting game. You play one of four heroes on a quest to collect all the scroll fragments and restore balance.
Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds
Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019
Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Developer: Aquiris GS (@AquirisGS)
Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room
This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...
Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds
Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting
Developer: Dodge Roll Games (@DodgeRollGames)
Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room
Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Release Date: 16/06/2022
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting
Accessibility: 20 features
Developer: Bitmap Bureau (@BitmapBureau)
Final Vendetta is a brawling game like classic 1990s arcade games, Final Fight, Double Dragon, Body Blows and Streets Of Rage. You control a street-fighting character with an array of moves to learn so you can progress through the waves of different...