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Best Nintendo Switch games for an 8 year old

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One of the biggest problems when it comes to buying games for children is knowing whether your child will actually be able to cope with it. While the rating on the box gives you an idea about the content, it doesn't actually tell you anything about a game's complexity - so a text heavy strategy game can still have a 3+ rating on the box. In contrast, we give each game an "Ability Level" rating based on its difficulty, complexity and reading, known as EPALs, or Everybody Plays Ability Level (more info). By choosing an age above, you can filter our database by age, to find games you can be sure your child will be able to enjoy.
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Knowing your child will be able to handle a game is great - but if it's full of swearing, violence, or sex, you still may not want your child playing it. This filter lets you set the absolute maximum level of Mature Content you'd be happy with.

Games in Green will contain, at the absolute most, very little, very mild swearing and cartoon, non-realistic violence; those in Orange may feature more frequent swearing, blood, and realistic impacts from weapons; while Red games may feature strong swearing, bloody violence, or explicit sex.
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If you're looking for the best Nintendo Switch games for an 8 year old, our family experts are here to help. We've played, reviewed, and rated all of the biggest and best games, so you can be sure you're buying a game your child will love. Here's the list of our favourites, in order:

Fire Emblem Warriors

An action take on a strategy game? It'll never work! Well, you'd be surprised...

Genre(s): Action (3D)

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$21.50
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Pokken Tournament DX

Everybody was Pokémon fighting - ha!

Genre(s): Beat 'em up

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$47.99
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Scribblenauts Mega Pack

A double pack of Scribblenauts fun, including the never-before-released DC Comics adventure

Genre(s): Puzzle (Word and Number)

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD

Square Enix's 'lads on tour' role-playing game gets a chibi-fied remake

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Real Time Battles)

Yoku's Island Express

Saving an island from destruction, one delivery at a time in this cutesy pinball adventure

Genre(s): Platform (2D)

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$27.95
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

Double trouble in the latest instalment of the alchemical role-playing series

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Turn Based Battles)

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$99.95
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Lost Sphear

Get lost in this old-school role-playing adventure from the folks behind I Am Setsuna

Genre(s): Role Playing Game (Turn Based Battles)

Snake Pass

Super slithering fun with Sumo Digital's snake-themed platformer

Genre(s): Platform (3D)

LEGO Worlds

Co-op creation capers, in a LEGO game that lets you experiment, explore, and excavate

Genre(s): World Building

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$18.69
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Starlink

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EPAL Ability Level
Level 4
Content Rating
OK

Way out among the stars, could this be a toys-to-life game revival?

Genre(s): Simulation

Splatoon 2

Nintendo's take on the shooter is back for a second outing, this time on the Switch

Genre(s): Third Person Shooter

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$48.77
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info

Arms

A new contender steps into the ring on the Switch - but can Arms last the whole nine rounds?

Genre(s): Beat 'em up

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Amazon.com
$52.49
Price correct as of 20:40, Friday 23rd of August 2019, may not include postage. More info
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