The extremely clever Snipperclips challenges players to cut each other’s avatars into shape to solve a series of puzzles. It supports up to four players and gets increasingly wild the more you have.
The co-op mode in Luigi’s Mansion 3 is simple, and that’s what makes it great. If you want to play a game with kids or others who don’t want to deal with anything too complex, it’s a solid choice.
It may be “new,” but New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe feels just like an old-school Mario game, albeit with lots of modern twists. It should be easy for anyone to pick up, and the ability to mess with your fellow players is an added bonus.
The Just Dance games let you ignore the buttons on your Joy-cons and use them to track your movement. It’s a great way to get folks in the game without needing to know their way around a controller.
Simply put, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best multiplayer games ever made. It takes a bit more skill than some others on this list, but it’s still a welcoming game ... assuming your family can take their wins and losses in stride.
Both Overcooked games are great choices for multiplayer hijinks. Their chaotic co-op cooking modes encourage lively communication — in the form of shouting at your fellow players about chopping technique or proper plate placement.
Super Mario Party is the quintessential kid-friendly party game. Its minigames are simple and varied, with lots of motion controls that help level the playing field between experienced players and newbies.