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Best Tabletop Mode Games for Nintendo Switch

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Look, it’s not often like Nintendo advertising when it comes to games in tabletop mode on Nintendo Switch. We don’t all have the photogenic smiles and make a noise when we play in a trendy cafe, but there are times and games that really go with a tabletop game. Alone or with friends, there is certainly an incentive to break out that stand (or a decent third party) and play a bit.

We have already compiled a list of the best TATE mode games, so only a few of them are selected here; The other choices range from ideal multiplayer games to an example or two that are actually best played on a table. So let’s get to that …

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: June 5, 2020 (United States of America) / June 5, 2020 (UK / EU)

Compilation games like Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics always have a variety of hits and misses depending on personal taste, but there is a wide variety of board, card and action games here that you are sure to find a number that you like . Everything is presented with charm and warmth (aside from terribly written cutscenes) and there is a tremendous amount of content; The nature of its games also makes it a great candidate to share with others. All you need is the system and its Joy-Con controllers.

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Arcade Archives Donkey Kong (Switch eShop)Arcade Archives Donkey Kong (Switch eShop)

Editor: HAMSTER / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: June 14, 2018 (United States of America) / June 15, 2018 (UK / EU)

This arcade-accurate version is tougher than the NES port and can be quite addicting trying to improve your high scores. If the many re-releases of the NES version aren’t convincing, there’s nothing here to convince you, but for fans of the game, this release from Arcade Archives is something of an “ultimate edition”. As usual, HAMSTER offers a multitude of extras and adjustments and is fantastic in tabletop mode with the TATE option.

WarioWare: Get It Together!  (Counter)WarioWare: Get It Together!  (Counter)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 09/10/2021 (United States of America) / 09/10/2021 (UK / EU)

WarioWare: Get It Together! is a triumphant Switch debut for the subversive series that makes some daring changes to the core gameplay, resulting in the best entry into the franchise yet. With a generous list of playable characters, loads of solo and multiplayer modes to try out, and levels that adapt to your decisions in an instant, this is an excellent compilation of hilarious microgames that offers more play options than ever before. It’s also great for immersing yourself in with friends and family, with the colorful graphics going well when the TV isn’t available and you just want to soak up the action on a table.

Snipperclips Plus: cut out together!  (Counter)Snipperclips Plus: cut out together!  (Counter)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: SFB games

Release date: November 10, 2017 (United States of America) / November 10, 2017 (UK / EU)

Snipperclips was a lovely starter game that is perfect for solving puzzles in multiplayer, and its plus design gives you more content to enjoy. This is still not particularly great for solo gaming – although it is possible – but it’s a game that clearly shows its status as a multiplayer experience and is a great showcase for tabletop mode with two players, one at a time Cancel Joy-Con. It’s still charming, humorous, and challenging too when playing with friends and family, and the extra charge for the DLC content is well worth the investment. As the definitive version of a high quality game, it is worthy of any Switch collection.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 04/28/2017 (United States of America) / 04/28/2017 (UK / EU)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe delivers a huge amount of racing qualities right out of the box; a polished version of a Wii U entry that was just one proper battle mode away from being top notch. It’s the ultimate Mario Kart 8 experience, rich in content and a delicious feast of comedic, cartoonish karting action. It’s a game that always brings smiles to you, and the occasional rage of the Mario Kart trademark when grenades strike and positions are lost. It’s addicting and connecting, unfiltered fun that attracts anyone who dares to take the wheel. With the wide range of control options, you can run a few spontaneous races in the tabletop on the go.

DEEMO (change eShop)DEEMO (change eShop)

Editor: Flyhigh works / Developer: Rayark

Release date: 09/28/2017 (United States of America) / 09/28/2017 (UK / EU)

Flyhigh Works’ Deemo is a fantastic rhythm game with an incredible soundtrack, fun mechanics and a surprisingly touching story. His fine art and piano focus give him a unique feel – without limiting his musical horizons – and the excellent tempo and difficulty options make it accessible and entertaining for a variety of skill levels. It is best enjoyed flat on a table in portable mode with headphones using the excellent touchscreen controls. Be sure to stop by Reborn demo, even.

Chess Ultra (Switch eShop)Chess Ultra (Switch eShop)

Editor: Ripstone / Developer: Ripstone

Release date: November 2, 2017 (United States of America) / November 2, 2017 (UK / EU)

Chess Ultra is a visual treat and will calm you down with pleasant music even during a tough fight. There are many options and variety for online and offline games, the former being especially convenient if you are able to compete in real-time. With tournament options and some well-designed challenges on board, along with tutorials for newbies, it ticks most of the boxes and offers a compelling, convenient alternative to the real game when playing with a friend in tabletop mode.

Ikaruga (change e-shop)Ikaruga (change e-shop)

Editor: Nicalis / Developer: sweetheart

Release date: May 29, 2018 (United States of America) / May 29, 2018 (UK / EU)

Ikaruga is not so highly revered by accident, despite its almost accidental origin. It’s the result of a combination of an incredibly talented team making the most of excellent hardware and bringing in the unique dual polarity gimmick that secretly introduces the puzzle-solving mechanics into a bullet-hell shmup. So it’s no big surprise that not only does it remain an incredibly addicting experience, but it also lands smoothly on our switch shmup list. Aside from portability, what really drives this version above all is the ability to toss a Joy-Con to a friend to play co-op anytime, anywhere in tabletop mode.

It really is the perfect shmup on the perfect system. The old king is back on his rightful throne on Mount Shmup.

Flipper FX3 (Switch eShop)Flipper FX3 (Switch eShop)

Editor: Zen studios / Developer: Zen studios

Release date: December 12, 2017 (United States of America) / December 12, 2017 (UK / EU)

Nintendo hardware has had its share of entertaining pinball games over the past few generations, and Pinball FX3 is at the forefront in terms of content available. It’s free to download and you get some free tables, then there are different sets to buy if you want to expand your virtual collection. With a mix of licensed tables and replicas of iconic classics, this combines superb physics with some beautiful presentations and modes. The important thing is that it supports TATE mode. So putting your Switch on a stand (or being very careful with the stand on the OLED model) becomes a fun pinball experience.

Mario Party Superstars (Switch)Mario Party Superstars (Switch)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: 29 Oct 2021 (United States of America) / 29 Oct 2021 (UK / EU)

You have a couple of Mario Party options on the Switch, with Superstars being the newest. In this case, there are quite a few classic boards and mini-games that are still in vogue to this day. If you are of a certain ageA smile is guaranteed, especially when you play this with friends. If reliving the retro goodness all over again isn’t your thing, then Super Mario Party is also excellent as both games have modes and options for Quickfire tabletop sessions.


Is one of your favorites missing from this list? It’s an ever-evolving beast that we’ll be adding regularly when a worthy game comes up, so share your favorite recommendations in the comments section below.

This article is one of our guides to Switch Essentials, covering a wide variety of genres, including the best Switch FPS games, the best Switch RPGs, the best Switch games for kids, the best Switch couch co-op games, and the best switch fitness and exercise games. We can also help find the best Switch horror games, the best Switch racing games, the best Switch action RPGs, the best Nintendo Switch roguelikes, roguelites and run-based games, the best free Switch games, and even games help to play after completing Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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If you are looking for the best Switch games regardless of genre, our reader-voted selection of the best Nintendo Switch games should help you, and you can also find the best Nintendo Switch games of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 too. And finally, if your into other Nintendo consoles and retro games, check out the best Game Boy games, best Nintendo DS games, best Nintendo 3DS games, best SNES games, best N64 games, best GameCube games and the best Wii games, as well as every Nintendo Switch Online NES game and every Nintendo Switch Online SNES game.

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