So it's Christmas time! Time to have fun, enjoy presents and eat loads and loads of cheese! But most importantly, it's the time when family really get together and once you've stuffed down the Christmas turkey and eaten a gazillion mince pies, it's time to just chill out. This is the perfect time for videogames! I know some folks (namely the parents) might say: "no, turn that off" because they think it's 'anti-social' but actually there are some great Nintendo games out right now that are perfect for all the family: kids, parents and even Grandparents. Here are some of the best ones to get everyone involved.
Dancing may seem like some gamer's idea of a nightmare, but being an ex-dancer myself, I've always had a soft spot for them. Back in the day, it was me and my dance mat all the way. In my opinion, Just Dance is a great dancing game series and I'm really loving Just Dance 4. It's actually perfect for getting the kids up on their little feet - cousins, nephews, and nieces, you name it! Even if they are really little, they will love it! I've taken a Just Dance game babysitting on many occasions and it's a real winner. And for us grown ups, thanks to its crazy, sweaty routines, it makes you feel slightly less guilty about eating that extra bowl of Christmas pud!
Also, want to hear something cool? My Grandad is a gamer just like me! Yep, my Grandad! So when my grandparents come over on Christmas day, he always wants to jump on the Nintendo console. My Grandma however, is not a gamer but she also likes to join in. We found the perfect game for all of us last year in the form of Mario Party 8! Seriously, you can't go wrong!
It's great because I can team up with my Grandma who isn't familiar with videogames (can't understand why the little "mushroom boy" is referred to as a Toad) and help her out! Mario Party is best played with others and with some mini-game controls being as simple as 'tap A repeatedly', literally everyone can play! I'm looking forward to showing them Mario Party 9 this Christmas but even more so, Nintendo Land! When it comes to the older folk, party games always work for me!
If you're just looking for some great family games, my favourites are definitely New Super Mario Bros Wii, due to its chaotically brilliant multiplayer. Also, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, thanks to its wacky 5 second microgames. One minute you're using the Wii Remote to sweep the floor and the next you're plucking some dudes nostril hair! However, I think Mario Kart Wii tops it for me when it comes to family games. I have hilarious family memories of replaying Rainbow Road over and over until we can ALL finish without someone falling off the track once. Yeah, it never happens!
Do the older members of your family think videogames are 'anti-social' at Christmas or are they like mine, and happy to join in? What other games do you think are great to play at family gatherings?