The 8 Best Nintendo Switch Kids' Games to Buy in 2018

See which titles will make your kids smile from ear to ear

Super Mario Odyssey
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The Nintendo Switch is by far the best gaming console for kid's on today's market. Nintendo has always had a brand that was loyal to families, assuring that it had more games that focused less on realism and violence, but more so on the pure fun that anyone can play.

Below are the top eight best Nintendo Switch kids' games. The list contains a diverse collection of games that cater to each different type of kid. Do they like sports? Or maybe they like action/adventure games? Perhaps they just want something to tinker and play with all day without any obligations. Whatever they're interested in, we have a Nintendo Switch game for them. Best of all, the games listed are fun for the whole family, so you and your kids can play together.

Super Mario Odyssey is by far the best Nintendo Switch game for kids due to its huge 3D kingdoms, diverse environments, fluid sandbox and entertaining gameplay. The new installment of the Mario series includes a ton of items and costumes for Mario to collect and a new way of playing by controlling object, characters and animals (dogs, dinosaurs, etc.) with your hat.

Huge levels like cities modeled after New York, vast green jungles and desolate deserts await Mario in Super Mario Odyssey; the game has so many different places to explore that you'll always discover something new. If you happen find something interesting, Mario’s hat, Cappy, can be thrown at it and players can interact with it. The open world game encourages exploration while collecting various items and stars in order to complete objectives.

By far the best racing game ever, especially for kids, is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch. Both kids and parents alike can enjoy the long-established series of Mario Kart, as the game is filled with classic tracks, characters and that familiar rush from previous iterations. Just make sure that no one gets too into it – it’s that fun.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is best with multiplayer, allowing up to four players to share the screen locally as they go head-to-head on their TV in split-screen mode. There are over 42 characters, 48 tracks and various vehicle combinations like motorcycles, providing for a definitive and full experience of a Mario Kart racing game. Best of all, kids can take their Switch out for a handheld mode adventure and play with others who have the game.

For any kid that loves adventurous explorations, The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild is by far the best game on the list. The award-winning game features a beautiful humungous world in a sandbox environment where players can explore on their terms without time constraints.

The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild has players climb up towers and mountain peaks to traverse new areas and set their own path into ​the wilderness. It’s a world filled with gigantic monsters, friendly animals, as well as various ingredients and items that kids can mix and match to create new concoctions. The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild has plenty for a kid to do, with over 100 Shrines of Trials, hundreds of items, as well as various lands filled with friends and foes.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game where kids are encouraged to rely on their critical thinking skills. The game features both single and multiplayer modes and features characters from the beloved Mario and Raving Rabbids series.

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, players lead a group of three heroes (like Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach) and four Rabbids. Each stage consists of a series of battles with turn-based gameplay, kind of like chess. The strategy turn-based action game is great for any kids and players who want to think tactically and play a game that's a little more mature than the rest on the list. It’s not a hard game to play, but it is a hard game to master.

There’s no rush or hurry in Minecraft. Kids can enjoy a nice casual game where they can build whatever they want without expensive Legos. Minecraft is only limited by the player's imagination, generating huge random worlds where kids can build anything from little homes to gigantic cities using virtual blocks and crafting items like ladders, stairs and more.

Minecraft features two gameplay options: Survival and Creative Mode. Kids who play Survival Mode will have to mine deep for resources and building materials and will be forced to fend off giant spiders, skeletons, zombies and other mobs of enemies when the sun sets. Creative Mode offers a more relaxed way of playing, giving infinite resources for players to build whatever they want on their own time at their own pace. The game also features a multiplayer mode, so kids and their friends or parents can join in on building something together. 

Believe it or not, there is a kid-friendly Nintendo Switch shooter game for kids called Splatoon 2.

Who says shooter genres have to be bloody and violent? Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 instead takes the approach of being a paintball style game that focuses less on brutal realism and more on family fun.

Splatoon 2 is a team-based, third-person shooter where players use colored ink to attack opponents and beat goals. Players can transform into squids and navigate through the ink that splattered in order to avoid detection. Various game modes include an online and offline multiplayer Turf War battle where players must cover the entire level with ink. The game features a variety of different weapons and is just as fun and intense as the more popular shooters on the market.

FIFA 18 is by far the best sports game on the Nintendo Switch and features beautiful lifelike graphics and engaging gameplay that looks like an actual soccer game. Kids will be excited to know that the game offers a mode where they can create their own players and teams.

Built from the ground up specifically for the Nintendo Switch, FIFA 18 provides an immersive gaming experience with a high definition presentation. Players have multiple gameplay options, allowing for offline multiplayer play with the Joy-Con controllers. There's also single-player and even an online mode to face off other players. Multiple game modes like FIFA Ultimate Team have you creating and unlocking new characters for your fantasy soccer team, as well as in-depth Career Mode to advance to a championship and local seasons. Any kid who wants a thorough sports game experience and loves soccer will love FIFA 18.

If you have active kids who like to move and groove, then Just Dance 2018 is the Nintendo Switch video game for them. Considered to be one of the best dancing game series, Just Dance 2018 features modern artists like Ariana Grande and Maroon 5  and players have to mimic dance styles in order to play.

In Just Dance 2018, players select from a variety of 40-plus songs and dance to it by copying a virtual dancer on screen. You don’t have to worry about having an extra controller either, as Just Dance 2018 allows players to use their smartphone to control their movements with the Just Dance Controller app. The game features multiple modes, but most notably, there's a multiplayer option for up to six players to all dance together at once, perfect for any slumber party.

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