So is the Nintendo the ultimate lifestyle choice for family gaming? Well it could very well be – since its launch way back in 2005, there have been numerous upgrades and tweaks culminating in the latest Nintendo 3DS. This is the machine that brought gaming out from the teenager’s bedroom and turned it into mainstream fun for all the family.
Its popularity is undoubtedly down to the great combination of uses – camera, e-reader as well as console – and the fact that there is a vast library of games you can buy or download to it. Whether you want to read the literary greats, improve your fitness using the My Health Coach game, learn a different language or try the Cooking Guide that provides recipe ideas from the ingredients in your cupboards – the Nintendo is so much more than purely a gaming console. Still not sold? Well take a look at these fantastic games. They are brilliant to play and will entertain all the family.
1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
This fantastic game is really a series of brain teasers set against the brilliantly charming village of St Mystere. You score points for managing to solve a variety of mysteries that have been troubling the locals. For those who start to struggle there are clues to help you out but this is a great game for all the family, not matter what age.
2. Mario Kart DS
If you have been thinking you might sell your Nintendo DS online then there will be a ready market – partly due to this absolute classic. Everyone can enjoy Mario Kart – the ultimate racing game for the Nintendo. With the relatively recent addition of being able to connect to your friends using wi-fi and race each other, critics agree that this really ranks as one of the best of its kind.
3. Animal Crossing: Wild World
Imagine that your neighbours were all animals – dogs, cats or ducks? Well this is the world brought to life by this fun game. Create and maintain your own little village, grow fruit, make friends and collect bugs. This real life simulator is a gentle but highly addictive format for all the family to get involved with.
4. The legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
The ever popular and famous Legend of Zelda games just keep getting better. Although rated 7+ this game is packed with fantastically perplexing puzzles that you must solve in order to navigate your way around. As it is part of the Zelda series you know you are going to get a great game here.
Another classic, Tetris is one of the original block games. Nintendo has upped the ante with this one by using lots of retro Nintendo characters. Again you can go online using wi-fi to play with up to 10 friends locally.
And if that’s not enough for you, there are lots of other mega titles that have been released in time for the holiday season including Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the Legend of Zelda 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon X&Y. Take your pick – there should be something there to keep the whole family entertained this summer.