One of the hottest gifts for the holidays this year is the Nintendo Switch. We have had a Switch for about a year and we love it, especially our kids.
If you are planning to buy a Switch this year, or want to expand your game collection, here are 7 Nintendo Switch games that our children love. Below is a link to each game + Elias’s (age 10) thoughts about what makes each game awesome. Some of these games have been provided to us for review over the year, while others we bought ourselves. This post uses affiliate links, but is not sponsored by Nintendo – I just thought it would be a helpful post to write!
Super Mario Party: I like this game because of all the mini games you play in it.
Arms: I like this game because you get to punch things in the game including other people, boxes, and aliens.
Just Dance 2018: I like this game because there are so many fun songs to dance to and you can dance with other people.
Super Mario Odyssey: I like this game because you can turn in to a lot of cool stuff and its challenging
Splatoon 2: I like game because it’s not every day that you can paint a whole room.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: I like this game because you get to battle these weird
Zombies and it has awesome levels.
Rocket League: I like this game because it is cars and soccer combined, which is awesome.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: This is one of my favorite games. The levels are difficult, but it’s fun.
Mario Cart 8 Deluxe: This is a really fun multi-player game. I like all the different cars and character choices.
Also I’m excited to share this new program Nintendo has just launched: Nintendo and the Institute of Play have teamed up to bring Nintendo Labo kits into elementary classrooms nationwide, combining the innovative play of Nintendo Labo with the basic principles of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to inspire kids and help make learning fun! Nintendo will provide Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits and Nintendo Switch systems to participating classrooms to reinforce skills such as communication, creativity and critical thinking. The program aims to reach approximately 100 schools and 2,000 students ages 8 to 11 during the 2018-2019 school year.
Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools to make DIY creations like a Fishing Rod, Piano and RC Car. Kids can then play games with these creations through a mix of physical and digital experiences. I love how kids can use a gaming system to learn. Nintendo just sent us a Labo kit to review and Elias and Adeline had so much fun putting it together. Elias said it was one of the coolest things he had ever done on the Switch.
This is a great opportunity for grades 2-4 public and private school teachers! Each participating school will be provided with Nintendo Switch systems and Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits, as well as the Nintendo Labo Teacher Guide.
The in-classroom program will begin in November and run through March 2019. Teachers and schools interested in participating can apply at http://instituteofplay.org/nintendolabo.
The Nintendo Labo Teacher Guide will also be available later this fall for teachers to download or for families to use at home. The Nintendo Labo Teacher Guide will include sample lesson plans and learning modules dedicated to basic elements of STEAM and the Make, Play and Discover components of Nintendo Labo.