Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Local multiplayer (2-4 players) and online multiplayer
Got a Switch? Get Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Already played Mario Kart 8 on Wii U? Get Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. Don't have a Switch? C'mon now!
The Mario Kart formula has been long established, and MK8's anti-gravity track segments aren't as dramatically innovative as they might sound – but they've enabled Nintendo to create some of the series' most brilliant courses to date.
Furthermore, Deluxe adds in the brilliant DLC that was sold separately on Wii U, and better yet, its Battle mode is miles better than the original MK8 one. Whether split-screen or online, you can play this one forever.
If you'll play with friends, it's nearly worth buying the Switch for
Co-op (2-4 players), versus (2-8 players)
Just as Arms reimagines fighting with a Nintendo twist, Splatoon 2 takes the realistic firearms of squad-based shooters and swaps them out for paint rollers, ink-spitting squirt guns, and all manner of other curious ways to dominate.
And in Splatoon, the primary goal isn't to kill your enemies – it's to paint the majority of the ground in a level, for example, or collect clams and then toss a clam-filled American football into a goal (yes, really).
Splatoon 2 is weird and cartoonish, but it's much smarter and more strategic than you'd think, incredibly accessible and fun, and also packed with style and amazing tunes. Shame about the lack of split-screen play, though.
Splatoon 2 is the Switch's best online team game
Mario Tennis Aces
Local multiplayer (2-4 players), online multiplayer (2-4 players)
It takes a lot of time and effort to find some tennis balls and a friend willing to play a set on a lunchbreak. Getting them swinging on the Switch, meanwhile, is a doddle. And even if your friends are still being elusive, you can search online for an opponent instead.
Of course, Aces certainly isn't like your average tennis game. The special moves that let you slow down time and hit the ball with racket-shattering power add a lot of depth to the sport. Find an evenly-matched player, and you'll be in for an enjoyably tense face-off.
Don't like the sound of all these fancy special moves? Don't worry, you can always revert back to the traditional controls or even take a Wii Sports nostalgia dive by using the Joy-Cons' motion sensors.
One of the best multiplayer sports games to come out in yonks. It just needs a few more online features to come out swinging
Local versus (1-4 players), online multiplayer
Remember Punch-Out!! from back in the day? Well, Nintendo's boxing classic takes on a whole new tenor in Arms, a game that features pastel-adorned, superhero-looking fighters with spring-loaded limbs that can shoot across a room.
It's an odd one certainly, but the Wii-like motion controls for tossing punches and throwing 'bows makes this a fantastic multiplayer experience.
Anyone can hop online and start trading blows with real-life swings, or if you grab an extra pair of Joy-Cons, you can get a two-player brawl going in your very own flat. Just keep a little distance, and seriously, use the wrist straps, unless you want to be replacing an entire roomful of furniture.
You'll get a serious workout – and have a blast too