The best Nintendo Switch games for kids are not only fun, but also easy to understand and age-appropriate. Kids as young as three pick up game controllers and stomp on buttons.
Game ratings help parents choose the best content for their children’s safety while playing games. Age ratings are based on elements in the game software and are visible on the packaging. Content descriptions indicate whether a game contains cartoon or fantasy violence, comic mischief, crude humor, gore and gore, drug references, or profanity.
In the United States and Canada, games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). If you’re looking for Nintendo Switch games that a 3-year-old can play or Switch games for kids under 10, you’ll want to stick with E-rated games for everyone. E10+ rated games recommended for ages 10 and up.
In European countries, Pan-European game information (opens in new tab) (PEGI) breaks down game ratings by age. For example, games rated at 3 are suitable for ages 3 and up, while 7+ is suitable for ages 7 and up.
One of the best games for kids is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has an E for everyone. Rated PEGI 3 for ages 3 and up, easy to understand, fun, educational and full of cute animal characters. In our Animal Crossing: New Horizon review, we loved the relaxing gameplay and refreshing new content. We also liked the positive moral lessons about kindness, hard work and dedication.
We gave Animal Crossing: New Horizons an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and our highly regarded Editor’s Choice award.
Although this game supports online multiplayer with a Nintendo Switch Online (opens in new tab) membership, interaction is limited. Kids can only play with existing Switch friends added by parents. Nintendo Switch Console Parental Controls (opens in new tab) app also lets parents restrict interaction for all games.
So if you’re the proud parent of a new Switch owner looking for the best kids’ games, we’ve got you covered. From a classic Pokemon remake to Big Brain Academy puzzle games, here are some of the best Nintendo Switch games for kids under 10.