Play these by yourself, or with all the family this holiday season
Updated: Original list by Dave Aubrey, Updated by Jupiter Hadley on December 11th, 2020.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays one and all, it is that most magical time of the year where we are forced to hang out with family members and swap stories around the dinner table. For some, this is a wonderful time, while for others, it makes us want to bury our heads under the sand. Or snow. Whatever analogy works best.
When you've got a whole bunch of potentially inebriated family members running around the house at Christmas, you need two things: the first is something to distract yourself from the chaos, and the other is something to distract your family members when they attempt to talk to you.
Thus we turn to video games, and if you have a Nintendo Switch, or received one for Christmas, then these are the definitive games you need to pull out on Christmas day. These will either mentally remove you from your surroundings enough to survive, or will prove to be enough of a distraction to stop those family members from causing chaos on the big day.
If you haven't got these essential Nintendo Switch games yet, now is the time…
This is for Christmas day itself. Get four people together and no matter what their age they will be able to enjoy a good game of Super Mario Party.
Super Mario Party is possibly the best game in the series, and it has loads of brand new game modes and stages exclusive to this version. If you don't feel comfortable going around a game board solo, you can team up with friends, or alternatively you could have the whole family work together to sail a raft downstream.
Everyone is sure to enjoy this excellent party game.
Stardew Valley is non-violent, so none of your family members will judge you if you put it on the TV, showcasing your farm to younger members of your family. It's a lovely farming game, where you slowly can get to know townspeople, expand and grow your farm, and attend festivals!
If any of your cousins have this game, they can join you, working together on your farm. As it's your farm, you can direct and boss them around, meaning that you have complete control over what you are playing and how!
Want to play a game where you can be just as annoying as the people around you? Untitled Goose Game allows you to be a complete jerk, all while rewarding you for it!
Start solving puzzles by being an annoying goose, in hopes of unlocking new areas and annoying the heck out of the farmer near you. It's a great distraction from your family, and one that can be easily picked up and played.
Get everyone in the family involved in this. Pass around the JoyCon, get heated, and play some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best kart racing game in existence - fact - and all of the multiplayer options in this version make it the definitive experience to play with a group or people.
Show off your racing talent, jump into the battle modes, and blow away the competition. Everyone can involved with the accessibility options, and everyone is sure to smile while playing. It really doesn't get much better than this.
When you want to share the joy at Christmas, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the perfect choice. And yes, I realise this list of five Switch games has two games with Mario in the title included. He's a strong choice, honestly.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is looking so festive this holiday season! With Toy Day on Christmas Day, you are going to want to remember to grab your cartridge and switch to bring along with you to wherever you end up eating Christmas Dinner!
You can visit your family's farms, show your friends around yours, and possible even trade recipes if you have any spare. It's a great game to share with your family - and you'll still be able to take part in more celebrations!