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The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers 

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Updated December 5, 2019 1.1k votes 217 voters 12.4k views 25 items

If you're a casual gamer looking to try a few games in the Nintendo Switch library but aren't sure where to start, you've come to the right place! While there are plenty of games developed for the more intense gamer, there are tons designed for those who enjoy gaming at a more casual pace. If picking up a game doesn't mean sucking 15 hours of your life away without noticing, these games for the Switch might just be perfect for you!

Finding the right casual game means determining what you enjoy about gaming. If you're partial to racing games, then you can't go wrong with Super Mario Kart, which features racing, throwing bananas, and trying not to get hit by random turtle shells! Other games like Minecraft feature a massive open world, which you can explore, destroy, or build in any way you choose. Most games for the Switch can be picked up and put down easily enough, which is why it's the perfect console for casual gamers. Other titles, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, have avid gamers in mind, but thanks to its intuitive controls and ease of use, it's also great for casual gamers. 

If there is a Nintendo Switch game for couples that's not here, go ahead and add it below, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!

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Mario Kart 8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2014 (Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Mario Kart 8 is a kart racing video game and the eighth major installment in the Mario Kart series, developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U video game console. First announced at E3 ...more
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The Legend of Zelda: Bre... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Nintendo EPD)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3, 2017. Breath of the Wild ...more
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Super Mario Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Nintendo EPD)
Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 3D platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. An installment in the Super Mario series, the story follows Mario and Cappy, a ...more
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Super Smash Bros. Ultima... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2018 (Bandai Namco Studios)

Genres (Video game): Fighting

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo. It is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, ...more
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Super Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2018 (NDcube)

Genres (Video game): Party

Super Mario Party is a party video game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo. An entry in the Mario Party series, it was released for Nintendo Switch on October 5, 2018. The traditional ...more
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Yoshi's Crafted World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Good-Feel)

Genres (Video game): Platform, side-scrolling

Yoshi's Crafted World is a side-scrolling platform video game developed by Good-Feel and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a side-scrolling platformer where 3D ...more
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New Super Mario Bros. U ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Nintendo EAD)

Genres (Video game): Platformer

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game that is an enhanced port of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Princess Peach is held captive in her castle ...more
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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2009 (4J Studios)

Genres (Video game): Open world, Action game, Sandbox, Role-playing video game, Survival

Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more
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Luigi's Mansion 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Next Level Games)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure

Luigi's Mansion 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sequel to Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the third ...more
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Snipperclips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (SFB Games)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle

Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together! is a puzzle video game developed by SFB Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Snipperclips is a co-operative puzzle game for up to four ...more
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Donkey Kong Country: Tro... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2014 (Retro Studios)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, known in Japan as Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is an upcoming side-scrolling platform game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii ...more
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Splatoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Nintendo EPD)

Genres (Video game): Third-person shooter

Splatoon 2 is a 2017 team-based third-person shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Players control characters known as Inklings and use colored ink to ...more
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Tetris 99 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Arika)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle, battle royale

Tetris 99 is a free online multiplayer version of the tile-laying puzzle game Tetris, developed by Arika and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch in February 2019. Incorporating ...more
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Pokémon: Let's Go... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2018 (Game Freak)

Genres (Video game): Role-playing

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the ...more
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de Blob is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2008 (Universomo)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Platform game

de Blob, is a 2008 platform-puzzle video game that allows players to explore and liberate an alien city from the evil, monochromatic INKT Corporation that has taken over the city and outlawed ...more
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Night in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Infinite Fall)
Night in the Woods is a 2017 single-player adventure game developed by Infinite Fall. It is a story-focused exploration game in which players control an anthropomorphic cat named Mae, who ...more
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Just Dance 2020 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Ubisoft Paris)

Genres (Video game): Music

Just Dance 2020 is a dance rhythm game developed by Ubisoft. It was unveiled on June 10, 2019, during its E3 press conference, and released on November 5, 2019 for Nintendo Switch, Wii, ...more
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Need for Speed: Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2019 (Ghost Games)

Genres (Video game): Racing

Need for Speed Heat (stylized as NFS Heat) is a racing video game developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the ...more
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Undertale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Toby Fox)
Undertale is a role-playing video game created by American indie developer Toby Fox. The player controls a child who has fallen into the Underground: a large, secluded region under the surface ...more
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Hollow Knight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Team Cherry)
Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania video game developed and published by Australian studio Team Cherry. The game was released for Microsoft Windows in February 2017, and later for macOS and Linux ...more
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Little Inferno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2012 (Tomorrow Corporation)
Little Inferno is a 2012 puzzle video game developed by independent game developer Tomorrow Corporation. The game was first released in North America for the Wii U and Windows platforms. It was ...more
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Fortnite is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Epic Games)
Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, the former also publishing the game. The game was released as a paid early access title for Microsoft ...more
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Into the Breach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2018 (Subset Games)
Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy video game developed and published by Subset Games, consisting of Justin Ma and Matthew Davis. It is the studio's second game, following FTL: Faster Than ...more
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Soldam: Drop, Connect, E... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Released: 2017 (Naughty)

Genres (Video game): Action, Arcade, Puzzle

Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase, known as Soldam: Bloom Declaration is a 2017 Nintendo Switch puzzle video game and an expansion of Jaleco's 1993 Game Boy game. The player can rotate a pair of ...more
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Minit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Switch Games For Casual Gamers
Minit is an adventure video game developed by Jan Willem Nijman, co-founder and one-half of Vlambeer, Kitty Calis, who contributed to Horizon Zero Dawn, Jukio Kallio, a freelance composer, and ...more