Sometimes, you need a bit of virtual fun and friendly competition to spice up a party. Whether you’re gathering with a group of friends or staying in with your family (or both) this New Year’s Eve, you might consider setting up a video game station. These five multiplayer games are perfect for everyone at the party, no matter their age or gamer level. But beware: you might not be so friendly with each other by the end of the night!
Mario Party Superstars — Nintendo Switch
Mario Party Superstars is probably the best Mario Party installment to entertain at an event. It brings back the classic Mario Party Nintendo 64 and GameCube mini-games while adding a modern flair. And if you’ve never played Mario Party before, this is a great installment to start with. Up to four players can get in on the fun.
Jackbox Games — All platforms
Jackbox Games are perfect for when you don’t have any extra gaming controllers on hand, and they’re also available on any console. Up to eight players participate from their mobile devices! The developer, Jackbox Games, has a series of party packs — the most recent is The Jackbox Party Pack 8 — which contain a collection of unique party games like “Job Job” and “The Poll Mine.” The packs are even designed to work virtually, so you can play during a Zoom party, too!
Just Dance 2022 — Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
What’s a party without dancing? You and your guests can bust a move to popular and classic songs in Just Dance 2022. Make sure you clear enough space to move around! And just like with Jackbox Games, you don’t need multiple controllers — iPhone or Android devices work. There’s even a mode with dance routines designed specifically for kids, so the whole family can get involved.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — Nintendo Switch
Ah, the ultimate virtual friendship-ruiner. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, still one of Nintendo Switch’s best-selling games after four years, will certainly liven up your New Year’s Eve party. Just imagine karting your way to 1st place, and then your best friend sends a dreaded blue shell your way… Even spectators will be screaming during every race. Up to four players can participate on a single Switch.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat — PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a cooking game with its own unique brand of chaos. This remastered collection combines Overcooked and Overcooked 2. Up to four players work as a team to cook food in a busy restaurant, serving up orders for not-so-patient customers. But there’s a twist: the kitchens are anything but normal. You and your party must work around shifting icebergs, flame throwers, and more. It’s fast-paced, but so much fun.