Getting Your Gaming on this Summer with Nintendo Friends

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While we take advantage of all the warm weather we have here and head outside, there are plenty of days with bad weather or road trips we head out on. I am happy with a good balance of outside and inside fun especially on days I need a break myself! I like stocking up on games and activities too so we have them on hand rather than buying a bunch in the colder months.

Need some ideas for keeping your family busy this summer while still playing with Nintendo friends?

Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises all year round.

Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online or with others beside you, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.

Just Dance 2021 is the ultimate dance game, with 40 hot new tracks from chart-topping hits like “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Kick It” by NCT 127, and “Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK x Selena Gomez. Start a dance party your friends and family can enjoy. You can even use your smartphone as a controller.

Star in your own adventure alongside. Choose Mii characters to cast as allies and enemies as you venture forth to bring down the face-stealing dark Lord. Any Mii character you create can be used, and you can also add wigs and makeup to give your characters more. Assign a personality trait and watch your characters come to life-create a Mii character of your favorite actor and watch them fight alongside a stubborn Grandma!

The Super Mario Celebration edition of the Monopoly game offers action-packed excitement along with nostalgia. Choose from 6 tokens designed with the Super Mario enthusiast in mind, and buy, sell, and trade locations from iconic Super Mario games. It features beloved characters and themes through the years, all the way back to 1985 and the first Super Mario Bros. video game. The Monopoly game features a Question Block with sound effects that can change a player’s luck. Toad houses and Princess Peach’s castles replace houses and hotels. The board game is a great gift for gamers and a birthday or holiday gift for Super Mario fans, ages 8 and up.

Personally, I was super excited for this Monopoly version as it is not so focused on building properties and collecting money. There is also not regular money, but trust me it works better in this game. Plus there is a coin block to hit which is awesome!

Aquabeads Animal Crossing: New Horizons Character Set is the ultimate craft activity for Animal Crossing fans! This complete craft kit includes everything your child needs to create islander bead art, including Tom Nook, Isabelle, Peanut and Bunnie! Set features over 870 solid, jewel and star beads in 17 vibrant colors, layout tray, sprayer, two double-sided template sheets and 4 keychains to wear and share your designs! To start crafting, select your template and place the sheet underneath the flip tray, aligning the beads to the spacing on the tray. Follow the template to place the beads on the tray until the template is covered. Spray with water to fuse the beads together and finish your design! Fill the sprayer with water and spray the design thoroughly, allowing to dry for 60 minutes. Explore more Nintendo character sets from Aquabeads including Super Mario!

We actually love Aquabeads as there is no ironing required and the water really does hold the beads together. This is going to be a perfect craft for a rainy day and especially after playing Animal Crossing for awhile.

For those days you want some non-screen time and to encourage non-readers to read, there are some great Super Mario and friends books to keep kids busy! Books like Meet Mario! (Nintendo), Super Mario Little Golden Book and Super Mario Official Sticker Book. Each book will keep kids busy with learning about their new friends and activities to keep them entertained.

Finally, to outfit Super Mario loving kids there are some great apparel choices for boys and girls. Fifthsun.com is a leading supplier of licensed, non-licensed, and private label apparel for over 25 years. The shirts feature all sorts of Nintendo friends from popular games.

Don’t forget about “Me” Time

While I love my family and playing games with them, sometimes I admit I like to take our Nintendo Switch and get some “me” time in. Something about unwinding with a video game is a great way to escape for a little bit. I like too the challenge of some of the games as they give my brain some exercise!

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