Nintendo consistently develop high quality first party titles that our both exceptionally fun and becoming more and more inclusive with new ways to play that helps break the entry barrier for all ages. The following 5 games are some of nintendo’s best from the past year or so that are great fun for all over Christmas.
Mario smashes his way onto Nintendo’s newest home console in superb form. The fully 3D Mario title that many have been waiting for showcases both innovation and renovation of the classic Mario formula pulling heavily from the recent and excellent Super Mario 3D World on 3DS, the game’s fun, fast and challenging. With many great new additions including some wonderfully vibrant visuals that pop and a fully inclusive and excessively enjoyable competitive/cooperative multiplayer mode, this isn’t just a great Mario game, it’s one of the best the series has ever seen.
Nintendo Land is not only an excellent showcase for what can be done with the Wii U’s second screen but indeed a genuinely brilliant and fun game. It’s a game that is at it’s best when played with others as it’s both humorous and more challenging when your working with or against your friends and family. The title is broken down into a range of exciting mini games all with different gameplay elements and unique uses for the Wii U gamepad. It’s excellent fun, well presented and perhaps as long as your not a sore loser a great way to have some competitive and cooperative fun with the family this Christmas.
A wonderfully fresh and exciting take on one of Nintendo’s most classic Zelda games ‘A Link to the Past’ this new game whilst based in the nostalgia inducing Hyrule of the classic game it plays homage to, it’s full of fresh ideas and real innovations to the series that feel potent and needed. A great game full of classic Zelda charm, yet with the inclusion of fresh ideas like alternating between 3d link and 2d drawn link to traverse different environments really enhances the series in an unexpected way. The new item system of the game pulls away from the traditional dungeon hunting stagnant system of old and allows you to explore the world in whatever order you wish, with no real linearity in dungeons the game feels like a true adventure. Thanks to this and the aforementioned dimensional abilities of Link the game is host to some of the most unique, exciting and challenging puzzles to ever have grazed a Zelda title. A fantastic game to be thoroughly enjoyed and one that will both intrigue and challenge you.
Ben Corbett-Mills / @benleopards