I am a huge gamer. My dad used to call me a “vidiot” because I was always playing our NES growing up (I still own one, by the way – can’t knock the original!). He totally bought it for himself but I got the most use out of it. I don’t discriminate, I love all video game systems, but there is something about Nintendo that brings me back, something that puts it higher on a pedestal for me. I have had a Nintendo 3DS since they first came out – but I was recently lucky enough to be given a new Nintendo 3DS XL from Nintendo and I love it! My daughters (and husband) are thrilled because they now have their own Nintendo 3DS they can play with (I am definitely a Nintendo hog). I love the new design – the larger screen, the C Stick, the amiibo support, and the fact that the games go in the bottom and not the top. I have been playing it daily since I got it and the best part, all my older games work with it as well!
I have recently been playing Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and I honestly cannot get enough. It is addicting and so much fun! In the story mode of this game, you (as your Mii) train for the Olympics with either Team Mario or Team Sonic – I chose Team Mario but plan to play through on Team Sonic as well. There are 14 Olympic Game events (and 14 Plus Events with a Marion and Sonic twist!) to compete in and so far Beach Volleyball is my favorite – although they are all a lot of fun. Other events include boxing, 110m hurdles, javelin, archery, and even rhythmic gymnastics. I enjoy what I call “mommy time” playing this game by myself, but you can also team up with others. Up to 4 players can compete against each other with just one copy of the game in download play. If you have more than one copy of the game however, you can play using local play and have a wider selection of characters.
Even my 4 year old has fun with this game. She doesn’t really like the story mode, only because she is not a fan of the training (which is what I love about the story mode). She wants to jump right in and compete! Her favorite event is golf and she is actually really good at it. We have several Amiibos so I love that they can be integrated in to this game. When you complete story mode, you can use them to power up your Mario and/or Sonic Suits! Overall, this game is a ton of fun – in all of it’s different modes. I think it is great for both new and longtime fans of Nintendo – and a ton of fun for the entire family (especially if you have more than one 3DS system so you can play together). It is a must play, must purchase in my opinion!
And guess what? Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is coming out for Wii U soon – I just might have to get it!
Mario, Sonic, and their friends head to the ultimate training grounds for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the streets of Rio de Janeiro! Train with Mario or Sonic in their own stories, then test your skills in 14 events. Soar high in BMX, blaze over 110m Hurdles, perfect your swing in Golf and field a team in Brazil’s favorite sport: Football (soccer)! Get in the Games by training your Mii character in Mario or Sonic gyms led by top-notch trainers, like Donkey Kong or Tails. Inspire the city with your victories while searching for missing medals, or find out why Mario & Sonic’s gyms are at odds. Either way, give your Mii an edge with outfits, like a pirate or a knight, or even character costumes like Toad or Knuckles! Take on friends and family in all 14 events. Or for a new twist, try Plus Events-supercharged with Mario & Sonic elements. Dodge Goomba stacks in BMX, vault over Thwomps in Equestrian, or shoot at moving Boo targets in Archery! Join the fun and find your spot on the podium!
**JUST ANNOUNCED!! The entry point to Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS games and franchises has never been more affordable. On May 20, Nintendo will lower the price of its kid-friendly portable Nintendo 2DS system to a suggested retail price of $79.99, a remarkable savings from the previous suggested retail price of $99.99. Some systems even come pre-installed with the universally popular Mario Kart 7 racing game, making the new value price even more appealing for parents who are looking for an entry-level gaming system for their young gamers. Since my girls are both too young to use the 3D feature on the 3DS, I just might be picking up a couple of these!
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