As a family some of us are gamers, Boo many moons ago did some gaming, Piglet is still too young but learning, I have gamed for years, Roo has for a little while but in the last couple of years has done more, Tigger though loves games. Very rarely do 4 of us get a chance to sit down and play games together but when we do there is competitiveness.
Over the years I’ve played with all three where Roo and Tigger certainly play more together now with Games like Minecraft, Lego Dimensions, Skylanders, a variety of lego games and Rocket league, they both own a PS4 now as this tends to be their choice most of the time.
Last Christmas Santa gave Tigger a Nintendo switch, with the instructions to share with his family, since then he has played games like Mario Odyssey, sonic, Mario kart etc… He now has a list of the game he wants to buy but these are largely all family of children-friendly games.
What Kicked off the Competitiveness?
But Mario Kart has sparked the competitiveness of us all, we have played 4 player Mario kart both In the battle mode and the race mode, we all have our own characters, (I’m Toad no reflection on my life lol), this has seen some pretty tense battles, determined faces, mocking and celebration from all. We don’t always have time to play with the kids In this situation, being parents is planning, organising teaching, telling etc… But this allowed us to just let go and have fun.
Generally, we aren’t competitive but clearly, we have an underlying need to be race drivers and win, and in the spirit of family fun, it’s brought us closer together because we are able to quite easily play together. With the console you get 2 joycons which can be broken into two half’s, we bought another pack of joycons which allowed us to have four players. The great thing with the Nintendo Switch is the variety of controller options, and actually saves money if you wanted to buy 4 controllers compared to both PS4 and Xbox One as they come with and buying 4 can be pricey.
Our future battles?
There are other gamers down the road we will play as a family, super smash bros maybe, Mario party is a definite one for us, even games like Minecraft and lego Tigger wants to play as he can take the switch anywhere, another benefit of the switch. As they get older, we may have a look at some of the cool shooting games on the market too. I’m ready looking forward to our next game so I can Red shell Boo!