When I make my weekly list of Switch games on sale, I don’t usually have a theme in mind. Typically I’m just looking for titles I’ve played or know have some appeal, and that are significantly marked down. But this week, it just happened that most of the games that jumped out at me are multiplayer-focused. So grab your friends or go online, and check out some of these bad boys.
Mario Tennis Aces — $41.99, down from $59.99 (until 8/20)
I never actually played Mario Tennis Aces but I just learned that you can hit a ball so hard in this game that it destroys your opponent’s racket. Is this game actually one of Tim Rogers’ many unpublished novels about tennis? You can be Chain Chomp in this one. Aces is also free to play right now for Nintendo Online subscribers, in case you wanted to try it out before you buy it.
Nine Parchments — $5.99, down from $19.99 (until 8/14)
If you’re looking for a fun, low-key co-op game on the Switch, Nine Parchments might be your thing. It can get a little repetitive, but I had a lot of fun with it on the PS4 last year, and the characters are all pretty charmingly designed. Oh, and you can do the crossing streams thing from Ghostbusters with your magic lasers.
Death Squared — $5.39, down from $14.99 (until 8/21)
So you like co-op games, but you hate Harry Potter and Gandalf? Okay, take a look at Death Squared instead. It’s a puzzle game that requires coordination between you and your teammates as you each attempt to reach your color-coded goal. The game was updated earlier this year with new modes and options for colorblind players, so if you missed it back in 2017, now would be a great time to pick it up.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap — $9.99, down from $19.99 (until 8/21)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a remake of a 1989 Sega Master System title which was actually the third in the Wonder Boy series. You don’t need to have played any of them to enjoy this gorgeous, hand-drawn game though. And you can even toggle the visuals and audio between the updated versions and their originals.
Windjammers — $7.49, down from $14.99 (until 8/21)
This one time at a furry convention I was hanging out in a hotel room while some people played Windjammers and we all tried to figure out what we were doing that night. I had flown in and only brought one pair of shoes, which were chunky heeled boots, and I’d been on my feet all day, so I was just laying on the hotel bed massaging my abused soles until someone came in and told us we had to leave because we were in the wrong room. Anyway, Windjammers looked pretty fun.
Team Sonic Racing — $27.99, down from $39.99 (until 8/14)
Let’s get this out of the way immediately: there’s no reason to buy Team Sonic Racing over Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s also a bummer that they dropped some of the more innovative aspects of the previous game in the series. But if you’ve played Mario Kart to death and/or you love the blue hedgeman, then this might be for you.
Pang Adventures — $4.99, down from $9.99 (until 8/21)
If Pang Adventures looks familiar but the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s probably because you know it as Buster Bros, the title it was released under in North America. Adventures is a remake of that classic arcade game. It’s still all about popping bubbles with grappling hooks, which sounds weird but is actually a ton of fun with a friend.