5 Preschooler-Friendly Nintendo Switch Games

After hearing from my siblings how great the Nintendo Switch console is for families, I knew that I wanted one. My son was only three at the time we took the plunge, and I thought the console might be too advanced for him. But boy, was I wrong. With a variety of games for all skill levels and ages, the Switch has proven to be a worthy investment, especially when faced with long layovers, delayed flights, long haul flights, you name it. Plus I enjoy playing the games too. Here’s a handful of our favorite games, plus some helpful tips on how to score deals and discounts on games:

1. MarioKart 8 Deluxe

Who doesn’t love Mario Kart? This is a great intro game because there are auto-accelerate and auto-steering features built-in so my son could get the hang of the controls while keeping up with other racers. Retails for $59.99.

2. Nickelodeon Paw Patrol: On a Roll

This game has very clear directions that pop up on the screen to help your little one learn the functions of the controller buttons. The voiceovers and characters in the game are exactly like the TV show. Retails for $29.99.

3. LEGO City Undercover

This is an open-world game where you collect super bricks as a police officer to make super builds, which unlocks more of the story, to help you capture the villain. You can drive a variety of cars and unlock really cool costumes along the way too. Retails for $29.99.

4. Mario Party Superstars

For us, the best part of this game is playing the mini-games together. With over 100 to choose from, you won’t be easily bored. Every mini-game opens with a mini-tutorial before the real game commences, so you can practice use of the controls before playing for points. Retails for $59.99.

5. Om Nom Run

This game is just, well, silly. My son has watched a few Om Nom videos on Kids YouTube, so we were very excited to see it on the Nintendo eShop for a steal. The controls are very simple (you only have to steer up, down, left, or right) and the game itself is super easy to learn. And the Om Noms are adorable! Retails for $4.99.

How to Find Deals on Games

With rising inflation, and the already expensive cost of consoles and videos games, here’s a few ideas we use to find discounted video games for the Switch:

  • Check the Nintendo eShop for sales, which usually start every Thursday.
  • In the Nintendo eShop, you can sort games by selecting “Deals” as a filter and sorting by “Price: Low to High.” We found the LEGO City Undercover game for only $5.99, and my favorite game, Overcooked! All You Can Eat for half off.
  • You can add games to your Wish List on the Nintendo eShop and receive an email when the price drops.
  • If you don’t mind keeping track of the small physical video game, you can buy used games from Game Stop, or use websites like eBay and Facebook Marketplace for new to gently used items. If you prefer Amazon, there are a variety of used games available for purchase as well – just select “See All Buying Options” located underneath the Add to Cart button.

Do you have a Switch for your family? If you have other games you think we’d love, drop us a line below so we can try them out!

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