Switch games for little boys….where to begin
So you don’t play video games yourself, but your little boy is enjoying his time on the families’ Nintendo Switch? Finding a game as a present can be a chore when you have no experience yourself. And I can just see why giving him eShop credit isn’t the way you want to go. It simply isn’t the same as giving a “real” game in a game case with nice box art on it!
Don’t worry, we have you covered with our Best Switch Games for Little Boys list!
Below is a list of games that he might enjoy and that are all available in stores, not just as digital download. They have all been tried and tested by one of our team of writers, and come recommended! The prices I quote are an approx. price, it will give you an idea about whether it fits.
Mario Kart 8 DeLuxe
There have been many versions of Mario Kart on Nintendo devices, and the one of the Switch is the definitive one: version 8 DeLuxe. Race against your family and friends. If you connect the Switch to the TV, you can play with 4 people in the room on the big screen at the same time. Or play on your own and race against the characters in the game
Choose who you want to be, Mario, Luigi or even Wario. There are a lot of karts that comes in all shapes and sizes. Use power-ups to go faster and try to finish first. Or enjoy the racing and have fun exploring all the amazing tracks you can race on.
It’s available for £40.99| $54.40| €56,99
Pokémon Let’s Go (Eevee or Pikachu)
Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee: both are the same games with some different Pokémon to collect. The games are based on Pokémon Yellow from the past. You journey through the Kanto region as a rookie Pokémon Trainer, and catch, battle and form friendships with many Pokémon along the way! What’s extra special is that this game connects with Pokémon Go on mobile.
Although this game still has enough to do for die-hard Pokémon fans, it’s particularly good for newcomers to the series. I think it’s even better for someone who is new to the Pokémon games then the newer Sword & Shield. Your Pokémon can now always be there with you!
It’s available for £39.99| $59.95| €56,99
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Nintendo is of course well known for their platform games. Many feature Mario, but Yoshi has his own adventure too. The world he is exploring is entirely made out of wooden textures, and looks amazing. Yoshi has his usual array of abilities: he can jump, pound the ground, and unroll his tongue to eat enemies and turn them into throwable eggs.
The levels are simple but playful, with a typically leisurely pace. You clear out enemies, navigate environmental puzzles, and collect everything from smiling flowers to hidden souvenirs. One of the great features in the game is the ability to dress Yoshi in various paper-craft costumes. As you earn coins, you can spend them at a capsule toy machine full of eggs that each contains a new look for Yoshi.
It’s available for £57.19| $56.00| €54.00
Lego Jurassic World
Is your little boy a fan of Lego? Then combining it with a game on the Switch might be a great idea. There are several Lego games available, so you can choose depending on the theme. There’s the Harry Potter Collection, Lego World Undercover, Lego Marvel Superheroes, Lego Disney Pixar’s: The Incredibles and more. I wanted to feature Lego Jurassic as it combines Lego with another favourite: Dinosaurs!
You can relive all the magic in the Jurassic World movies and explore Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna. There are 20 levels to play and a free-play mode. As with the other Lego games, when characters “die” they just collapse into a pile of Lego bricks and soon reappear.
It’s available for £25.79| $39.99| €34,99
The hive awakens as the sun’s first rays warm the horizon. It’s time to test your wings, receive orders from the Queen and begin your first mission. And that’s just the start of your adventures. Humans want to cut down the tree that holds your hive, so your fate – and that of the whole swarm – rests on your tiny shoulders!
In this game, you can see the world through the eyes of a bee! Explore a world inspired by Central Park where you can take part in bee races, collect pollen from rare flowers and defy dangerous wasps.
You can play the game alone in story mode protecting your family of bees. Can you save the hive from the threat of human beings? You can also play in exploration mode to discover a world inspired by Central Park in New York. But if you want to have fun in the game with friends and family, you can play in split-screen mode.
It’s available for £34.99| $39.99| €49,99
Go Vacation is a mini game collection and holiday simulator. It was originally developed and published by Bandai Namco for the Wii in 2011. But it also released on the Nintendo Switch last Summer, right in time to jump back into the tropical fun. The game takes place on Kawawii Island, which has four resorts: Marine, Snow, City and Mountain. In these resorts you’ll find a mini game collection.
Aside from playing the mini games, you can also take pictures, photograph animals, collect presents that are dropped from planes and walk around with your dog. You can play with up to three other players locally in split screen, but the game is also very enjoyable to play alone.
A perfect family fun game. It’s available for £31.99| $43.99| €45,00
Paige wrote a review for the game that you can find here.
Super Mario Party
The Mario Party series is the longest running mini-game series to date, with the latest installment being Super Mario Party on the Nintendo Switch. In Super Mario Party, up to four players take turns rolling the dice and individually race across a board; seeking to obtain stars to try and win. There are also five gems to collect from the different game modes, with the main mode ‘Mario Party’ being the board game that fans of the series have come to enjoy.
In between a round of everyone’s turn a mini-game is played. The mini-games are the best way to earn coins which you need to buy the stars. Whoever has the most stars (or coins if it comes to it), at the end of all the turns; wins. Various spaces do different things, such as give or take your coins, trigger a bomb countdown, or take you to another side of the map.
If you enjoy board games and are looking for a party game to play with family and friends, then this would be perfect. It’s available for £39.99| $49.99| €56,99
Paige wrote a review for the game that you can find here.
In Overcooked you and your friends take on the role of chefs in a kitchen. You have to prepare meals by preparing ingredients, cook them, serve them and clean up too. And meanwhile, you are working against a time limit to complete as many dishes as possible. And you can’t just make what you want, no, you have to do it in a certain order.
This also means that working together with friends make the work easier, and you can earn more coins. You’ll also get bonuses for speed, while orders that are improperly served do not earn any points but only waste time. Of course, the goal is to collect as many coins as possible within the time limit.
This family game can get hectic but is always fun. It’s available for approx. £28.17| $30.00| €40,99
Paige made a review of Overcooked 2, you can find it here.
Really, you must have lived locked away from civilisation as we know it when you’ve never heard of Minecraft. I mean, even my 86 year old mother knows about it, and she’s not even into gaming! Minecraft is basically a collection of 3D blocks, and everything from stone to leaf and water, is represented by these blocks. The game can be played in several modes. The survival mode, where you are challenged to build everything you need not to starve and not be beaten by enemies.
Creative mode is the opposite of survival mode: you have an infinite amount of all blocks and items available. No worries about hunger or health and you’ll even be able to fly. Especially younger kids might really enjoy this type of gameplay, where you can make whatever you like. And let me tell you, player made some amazing creations!
Adventure mode is a sort of cross-over between survival and creative mode, and it’s often used to allow other players to visit your creations, or for creating adventure maps. Other players won’t be able to break down your blocks.
I’d say there’s a mode for everyone, depending on whether you want to be challenged to survive in the wild with aggressive enemies and only the resources you can mine yourself, or if you want to create something without worrying about the materials needed. That’s the beauty of the game, you can play in a pink world without a care, or you can create your own challenges and make it as tough as you want.
This creative game is available for approx. £20.00| $30.00| €30,00
New Super Lucky’s Tale
If you like the kind of colourful platforming fun that Nintendo is famous for with their Mario games, you might want to take a look at New Super Lucky’s Tale. Cute and charming are perfect words to describe this adventure. The sign of a good platforming game is one where players want to explore and collect all the items that are found around each level.
The game has a nice storyline, and is fun to play for young and old. You play as Lucky the fox, and your goal is to collect pages for the Book of Ages. This mystical tome contains worlds and characters within, but the menacing Jinx the cat wants it all for himself. So, Lucky travels through the worlds in an attempt to replenish the Book of Ages and stop Jinx’s Kitty Litter. Will you help him?
The game is available for approx. £28.17| $30.00| €40,99
Did we miss any?
If there are any physical games you think we should add to our Best Switch Games for Girls list; please let our readers know in the comments below!