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Spend Time on the Track with Your Kids This Father’s Day – Mario Kart 8

Race Day with Andy

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00532

I received a download code for Mario Kart 8 from Nintendo for Father’s Day. Opinions are my own.

One of the games that I love playing most with the kids is Mario Kart. We’ve had several versions and the latest version is Mario Kart 8. I’ve had a copy of the game for a while and I think I got it specifically so that I could use it with the Nintendo Labo system that Nintendo sent to me. With the vehicle kit you can build a steering wheel and a gas pedal to play games but it also works with Mario Kart 8. Andy has been using that a lot recently. He’s practicing up to race against me. I’m the undefeated family champ. You don’t grow up with the NES and playing every day after school and lose that title willingly!

Disclaimer: Those images on our Switch Screens are screen grabs from two different sets of races. Our first set I won and so should have a gold trophy. I did not snap a photo. Andy did nd he had come in second so he has Silver. My screen is showing the results of our second set of races where I came in 3rd against the computer players and Andy came in 7th. So.. Still family undefeated.

Nintendo Bowser

So I had Mario Kart 8 already and I was offered a copy of a game from Nintendo for Father’s Day. They had a selection of really fun games like.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
  • Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The thing is, I have all of them. Every single one. I had to decide what game would be the best to have a second copy of so that we could each play independently on our Nintendo Switch at the same time against each other. See, even though I have the game and the kid can play all of the games we own on their own Nintendo Switch you need two copies of the games to play at the same time. So what would be most fun to play head to head.

The choice was obvious. It had to be Mario Kart. A close second was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and that may be an option at a later date but right now it is all about racing.

Andy and I took our individual Nintendo Switches to the backyard and hung out at the patio table and payed several races together tonight. You can choose to play up to 48 races in a shot! We only did 8 twice. As long as we are both on the same Wireless network we can be anywhere in the house and play against each other. It is so much fun having your own screen to play on but still play head to head. I think we’ll try doing this on my office TV and the Living Room TV. That way we both have huge screens to use.

What I am saying it that this Father’s Day if you want to spend some quality fun time with Dad get him a Nintendo game that you can both play.

Mr. Minecraft and his new Dungeons Game.

Mr minecraft

Photo-A-Day 2.0 #00520

I got the kids a new game for the Nintendo Switch. Andy and Eva have been enjoying building things in Minecraft since Christmas. A game called Minecraft Dungeons came out recently and in it you don’t go any building but rather you fight all the different mobs (monsters) and quest for armor, weapons and treasure. The game is fun because you can have up to four people playing at once to fight the mobs. It sort of makes me think of old school Gauntlet but the character distinctions are not as clear. In Gauntlet you had 4 separate hero types. In this every character looks almost the same and can do pretty much the same thing. Players may specialize in a certain weapon or magic but they can all do the same thing if they have the right equipment and weapons.

I’ve been playing this with Andy a little bit and he’s been playing this with his sister whenever he can. I think he likes it because they can both play together and he gets to have time with her. I think that is what he wants most of all during all this quarantine, for Eva to spend time with him.