The party is fully pumping with conversations firing back and forth, music blaring, and drinks flowing. After completing an all-too intense conversation about which Star Wars movie is the best, I start to notice fewer people around. A distant cheer comes from the living room and a familiar tune starts drifting into the surrounding music.
Heart full of hope and curiosity, the noise beckons me to hopefully discover my truest, deepest desire. A glowing 4-way split screen confirms my hopes as my friends are tossing insults at each other and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder holding a variety of controllers and tiny steering wheels.
That’s right… Mario Kart!
If you have never been to a party where Mario Kart made an appearance, I strongly recommend you get new friends. Games like Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros have always been party/group favorites in my circles. With so many competitors out there, Nintendo continues to be a crowd favorite for all ages, crowds, and events. The older and more career driven I get, the more I find myself gravitating back toward Nintendo.
With work, school, family and other hobbies that take up most of my time these days, it’s hard to dedicate time to get truly absorbed in a game. I remember playing World of Warcraft for 12-14 hours straight; not only that, but waking up and then doing it again!
Now, even playing a couple hours after work eats up free time. Work 0900-1800, get home at 1900, play till 2100-2200… so where do you fit in a workout, dinner, family… etc.? This has started pushing many players, myself included, toward less immersive games where you can pick up the controller, play a couple games, and be satisfied. Not only this, but multi-player (non-online) games are becoming rarer and rarer on Xbox and PlayStation. The Switch is the best of both worlds with a mix of amazingly in-depth games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Octopath Traveler, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and also round-based games like Smash, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and of course Mario Kart.
Ever since the original NES system was released in America in 1985, Nintendo has been a household staple in console gaming. While the company has had their ups and downs in the American market, Nintendo always comes back and rediscovers its place in our hearts. The Nintendo Switch has been a success since it’s release in 2017 and with much-anticipated games soon to be released — excitement grows.
Some of my fondest memories growing up is playing video games with my friends. Now as an adult, I love the fact that I can enjoy the same games and experiences (with better graphics) with my family and friends. Whether its nostalgia, group gaming, just fun, or all the above — Nintendo is always a go-to. So next time you’re bored or you’re at a dull party, maybe its time to dust off that Nintendo 64 and/or shell out for a Switch and ruin someone’s night with a Blue Shell.