When it comes to buying games for young children, you want to make sure that they are going to be a good balance between fun and not being too stimulating. It’s a tightrope that is difficult to walk, especially if you are unfamiliar with the games as a whole. But don’t worry, if you’ve got a little one getting a Switch this holiday season, here are some safe gaming bets to get them.
Super Mario Odyssey (7+)
As the latest main entry in the Mario series, Odyssey is designed to be enjoyed by players of all ages. However, the game’s simple controls, open level design, and accessibility options make it especially enjoyable for younger players. Odyssey rarely forces the player onto a designated path; if a challenge is too difficult, they can return to exploring fun and colorful worlds to find something else to do.
If the game continues to prove to be too difficult, the aforementioned accessibility options can make the game easier by removing the threat of bottomless pits and guiding players to the next main objective. There is also a limited two-player mode where the second player can help overcome some obstacles, while the main player controls Mario as usual.
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (7+)
Mario Kart is always having a good time – the series is well known for its easy to understand yet extremely enjoyable racing mechanics. And 8 Deluxe features over 40 bright and imaginative courses, tons of fun characters to play, and great offline and online multiplayer options. The in-game item system means new players still have a shot at winning, and the battle mode is a fun distraction from the main race.
This entry also offers some accessibility options, including automatic acceleration and intelligent steering – it ensures that the driver does not collapse from the edge of the track.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (8+)
Luigi’s Mansion 3 maintains a spooky atmosphere throughout, but it never attempts to scare the player. Emitting faint haunted house vibes, the player takes on the role of Luigi as he explores an abandoned hotel full of ghosts. There are plenty of things to collect and puzzles scattered around that are never too painful. Even if they do, there is a two player co-op mode where the second player plays as “Gooigi” and can help out in some of the more difficult sections of the game.
Luigi’s mansion 3
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Minecraft before – it’s one of the most popular games of all time after all. The free-form nature of this game makes it the perfect digital sandbox for many kids. Once a world is started, players are allowed to transform it into anything they want, whether it’s building a peaceful farm or a massive city. There are very few limits to creativity in this game, and the more difficult aspects like the need to collect materials, deal with hostile enemies, or eat food can all be turned off to make the game more peaceful.
Minecraft is also a great co-op experience. Players can join each other’s worlds over the internet, and split-screen cooperative mode means up to four players can play on the same system at a time. (You’ll want to make sure you’re signed in to a decent-sized screen, though.)
Pokémon: Let’s Go Games (7+)
While the Pokémon series has evolved and grown over the years, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee aimed to cut things down to basics, which means they’re both great for young people. players. The Pokémon count has been reduced to 151, catching Pokémon now involves a fun little mini-game, and your Pokémon even follows you as it moves around the map. The game keeps the difficulty low but not nonexistent, and catching all of the different Pokemon should prove to be a fun challenge to overcome.
The differences between the two games are pretty minimal: Eevee or Pikachu will serve as companion creatures throughout the game depending on the version, and each version has 11 exclusive Pokemon species. You can also play with your child as a second Pokémon trainer by exploring the map and participating in Pokémon battles.
Pokémon: let’s go
Kirby Star Allies (6+)
The Kirby series has always positioned itself towards younger players with its adorable visuals and forgiving difficulty level. Star Allies is never this difficult, but the large collection of bonus levels and challenges available means it should hold your child’s attention for a while. Kirby is able to copy enemies’ abilities, so there is a lot of experimentation to be done to solve the simple puzzles found at each stage. There is also offline four-player co-op that anyone can participate in.
Kirby Star Allies
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (6+)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is all about peacefully building an island city. The player befriends a colorful cast of village animals as they decide where to place buildings, plants, and furniture. It is not just a matter of decoration, as players can also earn in-game money to improve parts of the city or their house, and collect various species of insects and fish to donate. at the Museum. It’s a relaxing game, and with no real way to fail or lose, it’s ideal for players of all ages.
There is a limited four-player cooperative mode, and multiple people can live on the same island at the same time. It is very important to note that only one island can exist on each console. Therefore, if multiple people are using the switch, they will need to share it.
Animal Crossing: New horizons
Rocket League (9+)
Rocket League is a simple game that involves shoving oversized soccer balls with cars to win every game. It’s a fun concept that leads to a great time to play, and while it’s possible to be really good at Rocket League, the basic mechanics of the game are simple enough that slightly older kids don’t have to. very hard to understand. This game focuses on playing online with strangers, with a natural competitive element included. If you prefer, you can completely turn off all forms of communication with other players.
You can also play offline or online only with friends. It’s a good time when enough people get together. Rocket League is free too, so there’s no harm in trying it out.
This is the latest version here, and Ninjala is another free online competitive game. In this colorful world, you play as Ninjas participating in team tournaments. The player can choose from a variety of weapons to hit their opponents on the stage, with various items thrown for more variety. With a heavy emphasis on player customization and a generally light tone, this is a great game for kids.
LEGO games (+7)
There are quite a few LEGO games on the Switch, but they all share the same basic gameplay. These games are all about collecting items, unlocking characters, and solving simple puzzles. The gameplay is simple and fun, there’s a great two-player offline co-op for each game, and the stories are told in a way that prioritizes cartoon humor over everything else.
Most of the LEGO games are based on pre-established franchises like Jurassic world, The Incredibles, Harry potter, or The Avengers. For this reason, it’s best to just go through the list of currently available LEGO games and choose the one that best suits your child’s interests.