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23 Best Nintendo Switch Games for 6-Year-Olds

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Video games can be a great way for six-year-olds to spend their downtime. By now, they are usually advancing in their reflexes and becoming more interested in games with storylines and missions. Nintendo combines these two factors superbly with the Switch console. Their games are bright, fun, and packed with challenges perfect for inquisitive kids.

Finding the right game online can be a challenge in itself, so we’ve put together a list of the best Switch games according to people who have witnessed how much fun their six-year-olds have had playing them. 

By bashing away any games with fake reviews, you won’t be slipping on any bad bananas. With all the greats like Mario, Sonic, and Pokémon, will you stop at one game or will you want to catch ‘em all?

💡 Tip: If your kid is a little old for their age, then be sure to also check out our reviews of Switch games for 7-year-olds for more inspiration.

Top 3 Switch Games for 6-Year-Olds

These three Nintendo Switch games are our top picks for three key categories: games that are cheap but great, games that are good for younger 6yos and multiplayer games for the whole family to enjoy.

💰 FOR TIGHT BUDGETS🧒🏻 BEST FOR YOUNGER KIDS🧑‍🤝‍🧑 BEST MULTIPLAYER
Dreamworks Spirit Lucky’s Big AdventurePaper Mario: The Origami KingMario Party Superstars
Spirit Luckys Big AdventureSuper Mario Origami KingMario Party Superstars Nintendo Switch
BEST AGE3 years and above6 years and above3 years and above
❤️ PROSIt teaches kids to care for animalsPacked with fun characters and catchy musicTruly fun for all ages with fantastic replayability
💔 CONSThere’s not a whole lot of actionNot everyone enjoys the turn-based battle systemSome of the mini-games can be challenging for a
💵 PRICE$16.00$54.85$49.95

Now you’ve seen our favorites, check out the rest of our list to find the perfect game to match the 6-year-old in your life.

A quick note before we start. Some of these games are rated age 10+ but we feel that they are perfectly suitable for 6-year-olds to play. 

1. Paper Mario: The Origami King

Type of Game: Puzzle & Strategy

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

Mario’s world has been turned upside down by the evil ruler of the origami kingdom, King Olly. He has taken control of Princess Peach’s Castle and turned both the Princess and her castle into origami as he hatches his plan to re-fold the world.

Recommended age: 6 years and above 

Playing as the most notorious character in video game history, you join Mario and his new partner Olivia in this epic new adventure with a twist. As well as battling evil origami soldiers, Mario has to repair the damage King Olly has caused to the landscape.

This new chapter in the Mario universe is not only bright, colorful, and fun, but you also face brand-new challenges whilst keeping your wits about you navigating new levels filled with new enemies to battle. 

What We Love

❤️ It’s a Mario adventure, but not as you know it
❤️ There are new characters to meet

What We Don’t Love

💔 Gameplay can seem fast-paced if you’re not used to it

2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Type of Game: Puzzle & Strategy

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

You may have met this adorable character before from other games in the Mario franchise. In this adventure, my favorite racer from Mario Kart has to dodge dangers through volcanoes, haunted houses, and steam engines to track down hidden treasures.

Treasures have been stolen by the evil greedy bird known as Wingo which need to be reclaimed. As Captain Toad, you can explore various courses, solving puzzles to recover Super Gems and Power stars from Wingo’s clutches.

You must find your way through enemy-infested levels in the shape of wild-west shanties, colossal towers, and Goomba waterparks where you will uncover secrets and even unlock new characters to help you on your adventure.

What We Love

❤️ You can play with a friend in the two-player co-op mode
❤️ You can scope every part of the level from different angles

What We Don’t Love

💔 The game can seem quite short for the price tag

3. Minecraft

Type of Game: Puzzle & Strategy

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

If you’ve never heard of Minecraft before…where have you been?! The premise is pretty simple, build a structure and protect it at all costs. But that’s not all. Minecraft offers a vast universe to explore, where your character can craft their own weapons and armor, go on huge adventures, or you can spend your time constructing the biggest castle you can imagine.

There is so much to do in this game! Once you’ve mastered the controls, anything is possible. Personally, I spend A LOT of time with my engineering hat on, constructing huge structures, knocking them down, then building them even bigger.

This game does have a 10+ age rating, but I’m confident that any 6-year-old will get to grips with it and will grow with the game. This vast block world offers something for everyone and has a long lifespan. No wonder it’s been on the top-selling list since it came out.

What We Love

❤️ With so much to do, the game has a long lifespan
❤️ You can play online with friends

What We Don’t Love

💔 It can take a while to get used to building

4. Sonic Mania

Type of Game: Action & Adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

You’ll surely recognize Sonic the Hedgehog from his days as the face of Saga. Now he joins forces with Nintendo to bring this classic game to the Switch. If you grew up playing video games in the 90s like me, you’ll instantly remember the speed and ferocity of navigating Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails through loops, jumps, and platforms as you collect coins and fight against Dr. Eggman’s evil robotic army.

Show your 6-year-old how games were played “back in the day” when everything was about 2D platforms and 8-bit soundtracks. It wasn’t about the graphics, it was about the player’s reactions when guiding these loveable characters to the end of the level.

Sonic Mania gives you all that nostalgia with a modern twist. You can now go head-to-head in competition mode or play as a team in Co-Op mode. This proves that good video games can stand the test of time for a new generation to enjoy 30+ years later.

What We Love

❤️ It plays exactly like the classic version
❤️ Multiplayer is a great addition

What We Don’t Love

💔 6-year-olds might not like the classic graphics

If you are looking for some time away from the screen then be sure to check out the Sonic the Hedgehog coloring pages we made available.

5. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Type of Game: Platform / Jump ‘n’ run

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

Here comes our favorite big, pink loveable character for another adventure in a forgotten land. This time, he’s in 3 dimensions. You play as Kirby as you discover a world from a past civilization littered with abandoned structures with enemies all around to keep you busy. Since our introduction in 1992, Kirby has been keeping us entertained with fun adventures and exciting gameplay.

As you wander around this forgotten land, Kirby will inhale objects and transform them into power-ups, fire them at enemies, or just get fatter for the fun of it. But Kirby isn’t alone. You can now join the action with your 6-year-old (or they can play with friends) to control Kirby’s new buddy Bandana Waddle Dee. The best part is, you don’t need any extra controllers to do it.

This bright, bold adventure has plenty to keep 6-year-olds challenging, whilst also having fun and enjoying all the laughable moments Kirby and friends bring. There’s no wonder Kirby has been the star of the show for this many years.

What We Love

❤️ Kirby has many moves to master
❤️ There are 2 difficulty modes

What We Don’t Love

💔 Why have they rated it age 10+? This is definitely suitable for 6-year-olds

6. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Type of Game: Action & Adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

When you own a Nintendo of any kind, you have to play a Mario game (it might even be the law, I’ll do some research). Mario has been on pretty spectacular adventures in his time, and this is his biggest to date. Not only that, here you get 2 epic games for the price of 1 as Nintendo has thrown in Bowser’s Fury as a bonus. 1Up!

With so many 3D challenges to explore, you can play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad to navigate through tricky traps, battle enemies, and collect coins to reach the goal pole at the end of each level. All the usual power-ups are here, as well as the brand-new Cat Mario. As the funny feline hero, you can climb walls, scratch your enemies, and jump higher and further. There’s so much that can happen in this huge 3D world.

And if that’s not enough, there’s a whole other adventure to enjoy…Bowser’s Fury. Here, Bowser is rampaging his way through Lake Lapcat causing some serious concern to its residents who just so happen to all look like cats. But you have help. Mario teams up with Bowser Jr. to battle through this feline-themed world.

What We Love

❤️ You can play online with friends
❤️ Two adventures in one

What We Don’t Love

💔 Some of the levels are hard and may need adult assistance

7. Dreamworks Spirit Lucky’s Big Adventure

Type of Game: Role-Playing (RPG)

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Decision-making
✅ Reading

If you enjoyed the popular Dreamworks movie, now you can actually be a part of the action. You play as Lucky, a curious young girl who needs to explore the frontier with her faithful mustang Spirit (who’s a horse for those who haven’t seen the movie) and her best friends Abigail and Pru as you look for hidden treasure buried somewhere in the mountains.

Make your way through the wide-open frontier with your treasure map in hand as you collect items to aid you on your journey, complete challenges, and meet new animal friends. Just make sure you keep out the way of the villainous horse wrangler Hendricks, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the treasure.

This game is great for 6-year-olds who prefer to explore over fast-paced gameplay. You have to care for Spirit in order to keep him fit and healthy by feeding and bathing him, or he won’t be much use on your adventure.

What We Love

❤️ It teaches kids to care for animals
❤️ There’s a lot to explore at your own pace

What We Don’t Love

💔 There’s not a whole lot of action

8. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Type of Game: Action & Adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

The famous brother takes us on his very own adventure through a scary haunted mansion. Luigi is invited to the Last Resort Hotel where he discovers that Mario and his friends have gone missing. You play as Luigi as he overcomes his fears and makes his way through the mansion to rescue his friends and brother.

Of course, there are ghosts that Luigi must defeat by vacuuming or blowing away with his Poltergust G-00 backpack whilst battling his way through puzzles, challenges, and other objectives which pop up along his adventure.

The fun never seems to let up as you navigate through each floor of this huge mansion hotel, as each one has a different theme and different challenges to face. Even if the scary ghosts become too much for you, there are plenty of mini-games built-in to keep your senses sharpened. 

What We Love

❤️ You play with a new character sidekick Gooigi
❤️ You can play with up to 8 friends online

What We Don’t Love

💔 Some levels are very dark

9. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Type of Game: Action & adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

I may be a little older than 6, but The Skywalker Saga has me gripped. Combining the two greatest things invented, Star Wars and LEGO, you travel to a galaxy far far away to roam through different planets completing challenges and battling the dreaded empire. With over 23 planets to explore, there’s so much to keep you hooked in this game.

Each level takes you through the storyline of each film in the Star Wars saga, unlocking new characters, spaceships, and weapons as you go. There are over 300 playable characters in the galaxy, each with their own special skills to help you on your adventure.

An extra fun feature is that all your surroundings are made out of LEGO, so you can destroy and re-build objects as you go. This game not only follows the stories of each movie, but they add all the fun and humor of LEGO. I can’t tell you enough how fun this game is.

May the force be with you.

What We Love

❤️ You can quickly switch between characters to complete different tasks
❤️ There’s a free-play mode allowing you to roam the galaxy without messing up your progress
❤️ You can use the force to move objects around

What We Don’t Love

💔 The power-ups aren’t that easy to find

10. Yoshi’s Crafted World

Type of Game: Action & adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

Our favorite sidekick is back in their very own action-packed adventure in Yoshi’s Crafted World. As Yoshi, you must jump and eat your way through this treasure hunt, collecting coins, and discovering different collectibles along the way. Can you battle your way past enemies and obstacles to recover the gemstone stolen by Baby Bowser?

Like we’ve come to expect from Switch games, Yoshi’s Crafted World is bright, colorful, and extremely fun to play. The thing that makes this game so cool is its attention to detail. The textures in each level, from the background to the characters themselves, brings a new dimension to the Nintendo world.

What We Love

❤️ You can team up with a friend in multiplayer mode
❤️ There are loads of new characters to meet

What We Don’t Love

💔 Kids might grow out of it quickly

11. Taiko no Tatsujin Drum ‘n’ Fun! 

Type of Game: Music & Fitness

Skills it develops: 
✅ Hand-eye coordination

As you probably already know, kids like to make noise, and plenty of it. Instead of telling them to quiet down, now you can encourage it with Drum ‘n’ fun. 6-year-olds will feel the rhythm as they drum in time with this classic arcade game from Japan. With over 70 songs to choose from, there’s no chance of getting bored by the beat.

In this bundle, you get the game, a cool drum, and sticks to beat it with. You can choose from several characters from the Nintendo universe like Kirby or Squid from Splatoon 2 as you hit the drum in time to the music.

Not only will this game promote motor skills, it will also teach them to be competitive in the multiplayer party mode. Here you can play with multiple Switch consoles in the same room, or, connect with others across the world online.

What We Love

❤️ There are mini-games to hone those rhythmic skills
❤️ In multiplayer mode, not everyone needs the drum to play

What We Don’t Love

💔 It’s not a game you can play quietly

12. Super Mario Odyssey

Type of Game: Platform / Jump ‘n’ run

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

You might start to think, “Surely not another Mario game. This one can’t be any different” but you’d be wrong. Another day is another adventure in Marios’ world, and what a world Odyssey offers! This time you’re not just guiding the famous plumber through faraway lands, you’re exploring a world with dinosaurs, sugar skull characters, and real-life people.

This globe-trotting, 3D platform game takes Mario to a whole new level as he rides his vessel, The Odyssey which is powered by collecting Power Moons. You may be saving Princess Peach (AGAIN!) but you’re doing it with your trusty new ally, Cappy. 

Cappy brings a whole new dimension to the traditional jump ‘n’ run gameplay as it busts out moves never before seen and the ability to control enemies and objects to advance to the next level. Collect power-ups, battle enemies, complete the challenges, and save the Princess. Easy right?

What We Love

❤️ With 2-player mode you can control both Mario and Cappy together
❤️ You can even run around the city streets on one level

What We Don’t Love

💔 It’s rated age 10+ but we think it’s perfectly fine for 6-year-olds

13. Hot Wheels Unleashed

Type of Game: Racing

Skills it develops: 
Hand-eye coordination
✅ Familiarity with game rules
✅ Social interaction

When I was a kid, I had more Hot Wheels than sense, and I wasn’t alone. These cool cars have transcended generations and are still popular with 6-year-olds today. Now they can get behind the wheel and race their favorite vehicles to take home the grand prize.

Whether you race with skill or drift like a maniac, players can face up to 12 opponents as they drive through big twists, turns, and even loops, just make sure you’re going fast enough or gravity will get you.

In Hot Wheels Unleashed, you can customize your vehicle to match your driving style and your fashion style, and you can even build your own track to put other players to the test. Like they say ‘The bigger the challenge, the greater the glory”.

What We Love

❤️ The handling on the cars is amazing
❤️ It’s exciting going through loops and off jumps

What We Don’t Love

💔 It’s very fast-paced

14. Lol Surprise! Movie Night

Type of Game: Simulation

Skills it develops: 
✅ Reading
✅ Problem-solving

Who could have predicted how huge Lol Surprise! would be? They’ve expanded from toys to movies, pop stars to fashion icons, and now they have their own series of games for the Lil Outrageous Littles super fans. Create your own rising star and take her all the way to the top in the fun, cute, Movie Night.

You start the game in Lol Ville with dreams of being a movie star and fashion icon. You must set up photo shoots, memorize movie scripts, collecting popcorn, and of course, run away from ghosts to rise up the ranks of stardom.

If your 6-year-old has the same aspirations (maybe not the ghosts part), this game will give them the opportunity to live out their dreams whilst making friends and learning valuable lessons along the way.

What We Love

❤️ You can decorate your own apartment
❤️ You can capture memories by taking selfies

What We Don’t Love

💔 It is a little shallow

15. The Legend of Zelda™: Link’s Awakening

Type of Game: Action & adventure

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem solving
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Reading

Another veteran in the Nintendo world is the iconic hero with the sword, Link, here again to save the day. The Legend of Zelda series has kept us entertained for decades with its immersive storylines and action-packed gameplay. In Link’s Awakening, you’re transported to a strange land far away from Hyrule where you must uncover the truth about your new location.

In this cute-ified version of the much-loved series, navigate your way through these new surroundings as Link, where you explore trap-ridden dungeons, complete challenges, overcome obstacles, and even do a spot of fishing along the way.

Link’s Awakening is the perfect introduction for 6-year-olds who (after playing this) will want to progress onto harder games such as Breath of the Wild and Skyward Sword. It focuses more on puzzles than fighting and will have the little ones wanting to complete the adventure again and again.

What We Love

❤️ There are mini-games included
❤️ There are new characters to meet

What We Don’t Love

💔 The levels are kind of short

16. Super Mario Party

Type of Game: Party / Multiplayer

Skills it develops: 
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Familiarity with game rules

There’s no better way to get a party started than playing with the original party characters, Mario and co. With 80 mini-games to choose from, even the unruliest of 6-year-olds won’t be getting bored anytime soon. Whether you’re battling with bats, balls, hammers, or dice, There’s a game for everyone in Super Mario Party.

All the usual gang is here from Mario to Luigi, Bowser to Princess Peach, you can even play as a Goomba as you battle each other to win stars and coins. You can play all in the same room or across the other side of the world with friends online.

Super Mario Party is ideal for keeping 6-year-olds engaged at parties when the weather might not so great outside. Here they will learn how to compete fairly with others whilst having fun and learning how to play tactically to defeat their opponents. 

What We Love

❤️ Fun partner system to play as a team
❤️ The Sound Stage teaches rhythm

What We Don’t Love

💔 Some of the games are quite fast-paced

17. Pokémon Shield

Type of Game: Role-Playing (RPG)

Skills it develops: 
✅ Problem-solving
✅ Decision-making
✅ Reading

Pokémon Shield lets you roam the vast lands of the new Galar region, including villages, cityscapes, snowy mountains, and grassy fields as you choose a partner and begin your journey to becoming a Pokémon champion.

In this bright, colorful adventure, you will come across many new creatures to capture, befriend, and battle. You’re free to explore with the game’s 360-degree camera angles, which you can control.

6-year-olds will find endless fun here as they not only have to capture, train, and battle their Pokémon, they can also customize their character with different outfits and hairstyles to choose from. Will they spend time battling, or will they have a nice wander through the meadow?

What We Love

❤️ You can play online with friends
❤️ There’s a camp where you can train before going out into the world

What We Don’t Love

💔 It doesn’t differ that much from Pokémon Sword

18. Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition

Type of Game: Simulation

Skills it develops: 
✅ Critical thinking
✅ Promotes friendship
✅ Reading

If the 6-year-old in your life is obsessed with the magic of Disney, then this game is a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t want to visit a land where you can dance with Princesses, join Mickey in a parade, and play in the snow with Olaf? You can do all this here as you explore this Disney-themed world.

There are plenty of fun challenges to complete as you wander through six different worlds themed on Disney hit movies like Frozen, Snow White, and the Little Mermaid. But, it’s not all singing and dancing, on the one hand, you will encounter dungeons and castles, and on the next, you will be customizing your outfit for the ball.

What We Love

❤️ There are loads of characters to meet like Donald Duck, Goofy, Elsa, Anna, and Ariel
❤️ You can design your own menu in the café

What We Don’t Love

💔 There isn’t much diversity in Disney characters

19. Mario Golf: Super Rush

Type of Game: Sports / Multiplayer

Skills it develops: 
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Familiarity with game rules

Grab your clubs and hat to hit the greens in this fast-paced take on the notoriously slow-paced sport. This is golf, but not as you know it. With plenty of characters to choose from, each with their own skills, it’s a race to the hole as you navigate crazy courses with plenty of obstacles to overcome.

Tee off with up to four different players, who can either be in the same room or online as you start your journey as a beginner at the Bonny Greens club. Hone your skills, learn your special moves, and whatever you do, watch out for the evil bosses like Wario and Bowser.

6-year-olds will not only learn how to compete with others, but they will also learn accuracy, as aim means everything when you’re trying to get a tiny ball in a hole 400 yards away.

What We Love

❤️ You hold the controller like you’re really swinging a golf club
❤️ Each character has different strengths and weaknesses

What We Don’t Love

💔 Make sure you have the controller secure, or it may fly into the TV set

20. My Universe – Pet Clinic: Cats & Dogs

Type of Game: Simulation

Skills it develops: 
✅ Reading
✅ Problem-solving

What did you want to be when you grew up? If the 6-year-old in your life has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian, then Pet Clinic provides a great simulated experience of working with animals. When a pet gets sick or injured, you must act fast and make the right call to help them get on the mend.

This isn’t just a game about cute animals, the decisions you make will affect the welfare of each patient, teaching us how our actions have consequences for others. You start with your own surgery, which you can decorate and move up by treating more patients. 

Once you begin to master your skills, you can start recruiting more help, upgrade your equipment, and unlock new treatments. Keep those pets happy using X-rays, bandages, medicine, and most importantly, plenty of affection. 

What We Love

❤️ Good way to teach kids responsibility by checking in on their pets
❤️ Design of the pets is high-quality

What We Don’t Love

💔 Some kids might find the game a bit slow

21. Just Dance 2022

Type of Game: Music & Fitness

Skills it develops: 
✅ Hand-eye coordination

When you hear that beat drop, you just have to let loose and DANCE. Just Dance has had a few releases these past couple of years, but 2022 has all the latest songs that will have 6-year-olds jumping around the living room without a care in the world. With 40 hot new tracks to choose from, this version has the latest and greatest to show off your moves. 

As TikTok is now a staple of our social media lives, dancing is the way we express ourselves to our followers. There’s no better way to learn new moves, master tempo, and have a blast than by playing Just Dance.

On the playlist are current hits from Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, and many many more. There is even a Kids mode to get the younger ones engaged as they progress onto the harder choreographies. 

What We Love

❤️ You can dance with others online
❤️ There’s an expansion pack with loads more songs

What We Don’t Love

💔 It can get quite tiring after a while

22. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Type of Game: Racing

Skills it develops: 
Hand-eye coordination
✅ Familiarity with game rules
✅ Social interaction

The ultimate racing game is back with new tracks, old tracks, and better than ever. If you’re a seasoned Nintendo fan, you’ll be well aware how fun any game in the Mario Kart series is to play, now you can introduce your 6-year-old to the best version yet. Choose from classic characters like Bowser, Toad, and obviously Mario, or play as one of the all-new Inklings.

The premise is simple, race around the bright, colorful tracks, dodge the oncoming obstacles, and impede your fellow racers by throwing shells, dropping banana skins, or simply ramming them off the road.

This is a game for the whole family to enjoy. You can choose from different difficulty levels, multiple vehicles, or launch Battle Mode to see who’s the toughest player. In TV mode you can have up to 4 players with split-screen as you use all of your cunning to cross the finish line first.  

What We Love

❤️ Includes all the tracks from the Wii U version
❤️ You can use the controller like a steering wheel

What We Don’t Love

💔 If you’re not very good, you will get left behind

23. Switch Sports

Type of Game: Sports / Multiplayer

Skills it develops: 
✅ Hand-eye coordination
✅ Familiarity with game rules

I have to admit, I play this game a lot! It’s so much fun to play both on my own, and with TheToyZone crew. There are six sports to choose from (more are coming soon in updates) where you can face off against your friends or different folk around the world in online mode.

There’s Bowling, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Badminton, and Chambara (a less violent form of sword fighting) to choose from, each one using a different skill to win. Switch Sports is no standard button pusher, you have to stand up and get physical using the controller. 

Whether it’s throwing a bowling ball down the lane, swinging a tennis racket, or even kicking a soccer ball by strapping the controller to your leg, there’s so much fun to be had. You can also design your own character to look just like you, so it feels like you’re actually in the arena showing off your sporting skills.  

What We Love

❤️ There’s a training mode for each game before you start
❤️ It comes with all the accessories you need to play

What We Don’t Love

💔 You need a bit of room to play


Common Questions 6-Year-Olds and the Switch

🙋 What makes a game suitable for 6-year-olds?

Games which test a 6-year-old’s skills like hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, and competitiveness are great for their development. Video games which contain puzzles and/or jumping teach kids patience as they strive to make the right moves to advance in the game.

It goes without saying that games with little to no violence are best for 6-year-olds. Bright, colorful, loveable characters are what Nintendo thrives on, which rarely show any means of real violence.

🙋 What games do 6-year-olds like?

Of course, every child is different, so they will like different factors in games. Some will like action, some will like RPGs. It’s best to ask them what types of games they prefer.

6-year-olds are beginning to learn new skills and sophisticated play. Imagination is still a big factor, but they will start basing a lot of their play on reality. Playing video games set in different worlds will keep their imaginations active, keeping fantasy play alive.

🙋 Can you play Switch games on your TV?

If they have a Switch console (not a Switch Lite), you will be able to hook it up to most televisions. This is great for multiplayer and party games where a few people are playing at once. It’s very easy to do, watch this video for a simple demonstration.


How We Picked Our Top Choices

6-year-olds go through many developmental milestones, so anything that encourages this growth is good for them. Video games are a great way to challenge 6-year-olds to develop their hand-eye coordination, reading ability, and problem-solving skills, all whilst having fun doing it.

The most important features we considered when shortlisting Nintendo Switch games for this article were: 

1️⃣ Fun – There’s no point in playing video games that aren’t fun right? We did plenty of research to find games that are highly rated by 6-year-olds, their parents, and of course, ourselves, like my current favorite Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

2️⃣ Bright and Colorful – We chose games that are bright and colorful that 6-year-olds will love to play. If games are too dark and mysterious, they become harder to play and less fun for this age group. We kept it light, like the amazing colors and textures of Paper Mario: The Origami King.

3️⃣ Challenging – Video games should keep 6-year-olds challenged, but if they are too challenging, they probably won’t get played for long. We selected games that suit this age range and won’t get boring over time. You can even change the difficulty level on some of these games, so they can advance, like Mario Golf: Super Rush.

4️⃣ Playability – This is extremely important for younger players. If the controls are over-complicated, it’s not likely to be enjoyable to play for 6-year-olds. We’ve chosen games that are suited to this age range.

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