Best Nintendo Switch Games For Kids

Nintendo Switch is a console with brilliant software for gamers young and old. Nintendo’s wholesome, family-friendly image is well-earned, and with characters like Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom gang, Switch games to cater to the young and the young-at-heart alike. With its excellent parental controls, Switch is the perfect console for kids and parents.

The console’s success has led to a wider variety of games across genres than ever before on a Nintendo platform, including many that might not be appropriate for your young ones due to their mature content.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the very best kids games on Switch arranged in a general ascending order of age appropriateness. We’ve included ESRB and PEGI ratings in addition to our own minimum age recommendations based on the level of coordination and skill needed to have fun with the game. Remember these are only a rough guide based on our personal experience — you are, of course, the best judge of what is appropriate for your child. Generally speaking, the games towards the back half tend to involve more reading and more complex controls. That doesn’t mean your ten-year-old won’t also love the choices at the beginning, though. ‘Minimum’ is just that and doesn’t exclude older kids (or, indeed, adults). Every single game below is a winner, whatever your age.

Many kids might enjoy simply watching you play a game (something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example). If so, bully for you — the eShop is your oyster! It’s also worth noting that there are many more games aimed at kids on Switch; we’ve concentrated on what we consider to be the very best examples.

So, let’s take a look at the best kids games on Nintendo Switch…

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 28th Apr 2017 (USA) / 28th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)
New Pokémon Snap (Switch)
New Pokémon Snap (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Bandai Namco

Release Date: 30th Apr 2021 (USA) / 30th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)Yoshi's Crafted World (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good-Feel

Release Date: 29th Mar 2019 (USA) / 29th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)
Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory

Release Date: 25th Mar 2022 (USA) / 25th Mar 2022 (UK/EU)
Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 27th Oct 2017 (USA) / 27th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Game Freak

Release Date: 16th Nov 2018 (USA) / 16th Nov 2018 (UK/EU)
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 11th Jan 2019 (USA) / 11th Jan 2019 (UK/EU)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 13th Jul 2018 (USA) / 13th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)
New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)New Super Lucky's Tale (Switch)

Publisher: Playful Entertainment / Developer: Playful Entertainment

Release Date: 8th Nov 2019 (USA) / 8th Nov 2019 (UK/EU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Release Date: 5th Oct 2021 (USA) / 5th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)
LEGO DC Super-Villains (Switch)LEGO DC Super-Villains (Switch)

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: TT Games

Release Date: 16th Oct 2018 (USA) / 19th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

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