Nintendo Family...

Nintendo Family…

 

The very reason I am so fond of Nintendo is for some of the same reasons I’ve heard other’s complaining about the brand.

They have not appeared to try to compete for the adult gamer market; instead keeping familiar characters like Mario and Zelda appealing to a younger audience. Whilst I’m sure there’s plenty of money to be made from the hardcore gamer, most of us don’t have the time or inclination to get that involved in a computer game and too many titles on competitor consoles may be an attractive idea to the underage but terribly unsuitable; they’re generally well beyond their ability or attention span too!

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Nintendo has been a part of our family since hubby and I set up home; I understand he’s had every console since the ‘game & watch’ which I believe pre-dates the Game Boy – don’t quote me on that he’s the Nintendo-Nerd not me!

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy playing a computer game because I do; before children I thoroughly enjoyed racing him in the snowboarding game SSX Tricky on the Game Cube and after children we’d often put Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (not child friendly) on the Wii and let off steam shooting zombies.

These games and plenty of others have plenty of additional goals and challenges yet are still light-hearted and easy to pick up and play. I see this as one of the main appeals of Nintendo games and is exactly what they delivered with the release of the Wii.

When I first heard about the Wii console, it was like something from a fiction film of my childhood. I still watch the children using the remote to control games and wonder what on earth we would have thought if someone had told us the idea at the same age. Now even grandparents are getting up at parties for a bit of bowling, dancing or karaoke all controlled by the one console.

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As a parent the amount of game time you allow your child to play computer games is always a source of concern and one which I regularly evaluate. Through observation I’ve currently of the opinion that as long as they have mostly active lives and remain more enthusiastic to get out and do something when there’s an opportunity, a bit of down time with a game can’t hurt.

I’ve also noticed that they’re often more active in front of a game on the Wii U than they would be simply watching the telly. Not only that but they interact better with one another, discussing tactics and working together to complete challenges and puzzles. With sibling rivalry rife in this house at the moment, anything that has them co-operating is a bonus in my books.

Master E is currently a huge fan of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is one of my husband’s favourites of the 17 games in the Zelda series dating right back to 1987! The HD Wind Waker game E plays on the Wii U is a re-release of the Game Cube version from 2002 still retaining it’s appeal a part of the winning formula Nintendo have created.

There was no clearer proof of this than recently when fed up of E constantly using modern consoles to access the internet and watch YouTube clips I removed them all and replaced them with Hubby’s old Super Nintendo. Not only was the whole family playing the old cartridges with the same enthusiasm than a recent release – visitors were also impressed by our cool retro model!

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Because the children of the 80′s are the parents of today and Nintendo have created a brand and theme we know and trust!

So there may have been just a bit of excitement hysteria in the house when we were invited as Nintendo Family Bloggers to go and play some of their most recent titles with them just before Christmas. Nintendo not only know their audience when creating games they know them when putting on an event too and it was a huge pre-Christmas treat for the whole family.

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In a huge apartment with comfy sofa’s and snacks and soft drinks in every room, E showed off his Zelda knowledge and added Lego City Undercover to his Christmas list, Madam made Mario cupcakes and lounged on a bean bag with the 2DS and hubby challenged Mario to a game of bowling!

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In-between rescuing a terrified looking Luigi from Fifi and posing for photos in a silly booth. I was allowed a very special peek at someone’s personal limited edition gold Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds bundle and now know exactly what to buy Hubby for his birthday!

~ We are Nintendo Bloggers but I received no incentive or payment to post, these are just my honest impressions and opinions on the brand ~