Best multiplayer game of the year: Monster Hunter Rise

Nintendo Enthusiast 2021 Nintendo Switch best multiplayer game of the year GOTY Monster Hunter Rise

It’s the end of the year, so it’s time for game of the year awards at Nintendo Enthusiast! As the days in December wind down, we’ll be revealing our nominees and winners across various categories, starting with multiplayer. The award for best multiplayer game of the year in 2021 goes to the Nintendo Switch game that provided us with hours of cooperative or competitive fun with our friends and random people.


  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Monster Hunter Rise

2021 best multiplayer game of the year winner: Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise was released in March 2021, providing us with an addictive gameplay loop that could be experienced by yourself or online with friends. With the design of Monster Hunter Rise multiplayer, Capcom went to great lengths to reward players no matter their play style, and it paid off. Separate single-player and multiplayer content provide tremendous satisfaction regardless of where you choose to dwell.

Multiplayer in Monster Hunter has always been an essential part of the experience, especially after the release of Monster Hunter: World in 2018, and some of the new mechanics in Rise have only enhanced it. For instance, the introduction of Wirebugs has made encounters with the game’s titular monsters even more chaotic, as multiple players can use unique skills to mount their prey. This can easily become madness, as you will often be facing off against multiple creatures at a time.

Since the launch of Monster Hunter Rise, Capcom has been dedicated to releasing a steady stream of new content, most of which is directly tied into the multiplayer component. With Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak scheduled for release next summer and a PC version on the way, the hunt will continue either by yourself or with a team of skilled companions (albeit without cross-play). We can’t wait to experience what else Capcom has in store for us.

Monster Hunter Rise is our 2021 best multiplayer game of the year on Nintendo Switch at Nintendo Enthusiast. Check back early and often for more award reveals!

Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.