Nintendo excels in its mastery of the art of bringing people together. For decades, friends and family have huddled around a Nintendo home console simply playing games. But I’m not referring to the competitive flurry of Mario Kart or Goldeneye. I’m referring to the multiplayer experiences of the co-op variety.
Many may share my childhood memories of sleepovers, where chips and soda fueled an all-night binge of Contra III, Battletoads, Duke Nukem 64, or Perfect Dark with friends. Sure, our sleepovers would include the occasional wet-willy, the eye-watering fart biscuits that we’d eventually assault each other with, or any multitude of teenage-boy antics. But against all odds, we’d always come back around to getting serious in our cooperative gaming adventures. My friends and I would replay games of NFL Blitz over and over again as we squared off against an AI difficulty cranked up to the highest notch.
With that being said, Nintendo continues to drive the “play together” mantra with cooperative Switch titles like Kirby Star Allies, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Third-party developers have also sought to incorporate the familial nature of Nintendo’s brand into their titles. And, more are headed our way! So, let’s take a look at five upcoming co-op titles that are coming to the Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!
After ample anticipation, players are going to get the chance to snag Pokémon on the Nintendo Switch. It was bound to happen given the success of the Nintendo Switch and continued popularity of Pokémon. This adventure is bringing things back to basics by featuring the original generation of Pokémon. However, Mega Evolutions of these Pokémon will be available along with a new Pokémon named Meltan. So, while it might bring back sweet memories of Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow, it comes with the power and graphical upgrade of the Nintendo Switch.
What you may not know is that this iteration of the Pokémon world comes complete with cooperative play. And, I’m not referring to online play like much of today’s offerings. The Pokémon Let’s Go games will feature couch co-op play. A single pair of Joy-Con is all that is required. Players can catch Pokémon together. If the players throw their Pokéballs in sync with each other, the chances of snagging the elusive critters increase greatly. Additionally, players can battle as a duo against other trainers. The only concern here is that co-op play might make this game overtly easy as there is no indication yet of a scalable difficulty that might increase the XP of other Pokémon during co-op play. But, maybe grabbing a buddy to casually lay waste to incoming challengers might make for a nice afternoon after a stressful day at the office.
Okay, so I’m sort of lumping two games together here. But both titles have a similar appeal. As reported mere days ago, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Guacamelee! 2 are coming to the Nintendo Switch. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is, in fact, available now while Guacamelee! 2 is heading to the eShop in December. The highly-rated games from Drinkbox Studios bring a mixture of color, humor, artistic design to the Metroidvania genre. The original game features an unlucky farmer turned superhero thanks to the gift of a magical luchador mask. From that point forward, it’s all manner of kicking, punching, and pounding enemies in a non-linear adventure that requires players to upgrade Juan’s abilities in order to progress.
Both Guacamelee! titles feature a co-op mode that goes all the way up to 4 players. There’s nothing fancy or complicated about it. Players simply traverse the world and destroy enemies together as they would in any other side-scrolling platformer. The best part, however, is that players can simply enjoy a game together that exudes heart, humor, and fun at its very core. The Guacamelee! games are not ones that you want to write off.
Lego Harry Potter Collection
While the Lego games are formulaic, the Lego aesthetic and character combined with our favorite franchises are quite endearing. The usual Lego formula involves players adventuring, platforming, and solving Lego puzzles, while fighting bad guys in order to progress. This mold certainly fits into just about every Lego game description. Despite the routine gameplay, the fun comes when mixing the standard walk in a Lego world with the powers and abilities that come with each franchise. And, Harry Potter has some of the best powers and abilities in the entire Lego catalog.
Players can control the likes of Harry, Ron, Hermoine, and other characters we all know and love from the Harry Potter franchise. Co-op buddies can drop in and out of a game, and work together to dispel enemy hordes and solve the level’s puzzles. Or, just do what everyone does in a Lego game and smash everything in sight to obtain all the Lego stubs and collectibles one can find. And, with the Lego Harry Potter collection, players can venture through all 7 years of Harry Potter. There’s a lot of bang for your buck on this one. So, if Lego games are your bag, be sure to check out the Lego Harry Potter Collection when it drops on October 30th.
The free-to-play game Warframe has been around for a few years and has hit virtually every platform. Nintendo was never part of that equation. Now, the Switch is joining the Warframe club as the free-to-play online title is set to release on November 20th. In terms of genre, this game is a bit of mixed bag including shooter, action, stealth, RPG, and online multiplayer elements. The futuristic game centers around ancient warriors known as the Tenno. These warriors are bound in conflict with the Grineer, a militant faction of humanity.
Players will create their own Tenno warrior. Each character will select a Warframe – or armored suit – that comes complete with specific special abilities. Of course, players have melee weapons guns, and side arms to tackle the enemy elements. Grab your friends and create a team of four as you bounce around the solar system completing story and side quests. This is where the RPG element comes into play as players will level up their characters and equipment through experience. Leveling up equipment boosts damage output but also increases its ability to support additional modifications. Warframe is a thrill and has only increased in popularity over the years. Be sure to look for it on the eShop this November.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Mario’s trusty steed is heading on another adventure without his red-hatted companion. Over the years, Yoshi-centric titles have been among the most beloved Nintendo titles. From the zany, cartoony styling of Yoshi’s Island on the SNES to the textured and fuzzy affair of Yoshi’s Wooly World, Yoshi never ceases to leave an impression with his fans. Yoshi’s Crafted World is no different, as the little dinosaur traverses a crafts-y world just as the name implies. The cardboard and paper environment is sure to have its own contributions to the gameplay. As we’ve already learned, Yoshi can flip the camera angle to see the opposite sides of cardboard constructs and interact with objects that may have not been seen before.
However, in keeping with Nintendo’s tradition for the Switch, cooperative play will be available. As the trailer from the latest direct reveals, a different-colored Yoshi can drop in for some platforming fun. However, unlike Kirby Star Allies or Guacamelee!, this adventure is only for two friends according to Nintendo’s site. Be sure to keep an eye out for this when it launches next Spring!
There you have it. This has been a look at five exciting co-op multiplayer games heading to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. If you’re more about the friendly cooperative adventures and less about the competitive bad blood that might run between friends in a bout of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Mario Kart 8, these titles might just be up your alley. Let us know what co-op games you’re excited for in the comments below!