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The last-minute holiday rush is on, and if you want to get a Nintendo Switch in time for Christmas, you better get it now! It's no secret that the hottest gifts of the holiday season are usually hard to come by when the home stretch rolls around, and for 2017 the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most wished-for items for kids and grownups alike. It's a truly special system that can bring the entire family together both at home and on-the-go, and my friends at GameStop are doing their best to help families find one in time for the big day. Visit the Nintendo Switch locator to find a Switch in-stock at a GameStop store near you! They want to help you find a Switch, but we're also teaming-up to give you a chance to W-I-N Super Mario Odyssey - not just one of 2017's hottest games, but one being hailed as quite possibly one of the greatest video games of all-time! Get details and enter to win below!
Last month, The Rock Daughters™ and I kicked-off the holiday season with our second visit to Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington. There, inside a notoriously-secretive complex outside of Seattle, the girls and I went hands-on with some of 2017's hottest games and gifts. It's no secret that we're big fans of Nintendo here at Rock Father HQ, a love that dates back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it's successor, the Super NES (SNES), which were both Christmas gifts. Funny enough, twenty years ago, in 1997, my then-future wife and I both presented each other with wrapped Nintendo 64 (N64) systems under the tree. The GameCube followed, and now we're parents in 2017, and our house has a Nintendo Switch and a pair of the "New" 2DS XL systems, and with that I've curated a collection of "Rock Father Picks" for the Nintendo fan in your life - from budding gamers to experienced players! Take a look...
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When I first played Splatoon 2 at a Nintendo Switch launch event earlier this year, I immediately pegged it as a game that my girls were gonna love. I jumped-in to a test run of local multiplayer against a full field of players, the interesting aspect being that I was the one player in the mix who hadn't played the original Splatoon. On the surface, I thought it was a simple paintball game - a shooter in which kids could splatter their digital world and have a fine time doing it. Thing is, it's actually so much more, with a world of "Inkling" shapeshifters who move between humanoid and squid forms, swimming in ink to refill their weapons as they navigate a well-thought world with real missions. After receiving a copy of the game for review from our friends at Nintendo this summer, I've had a chance to play it myself, but I've also had the opportunity to see just how much the kids like it - but also how the digital world of Inkopolis has come to life in the real world via new toys from JAKKS Pacific.
I've never been much of a fan of motion control when it comes to video games (though I was a fan of the Power Glove in looks, not function), and the past decade or so proved that. The Wii felt gimmicky, and that thing that Sony made that looked like a massager with a ping pong ball attached was just goofy. Looks aside, the problem always was genuinely related to the fact that motion control just never seemed to work as advertised, and that stifled the intended fun. It's taken a lot of time, but with the Nintendo Switch, motion controls do work now, and with the release of ARMS, the full potential of the new Joy-Con controllers is front-and-center for a game that makes fighting more fun than it probably should be. In fact, ARMS is just fantastic.
It was 1991 when THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST arrived, the third game in the Zelda series, and first for the recently-launched Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). I came into THE LEGEND OF ZELDA a tad late, our family getting the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) a few years after it came out, but just at the right time (probably 1988 or so) to be really into the Zelda series by the time that THE SUPER MARIO BROS. SUPER SHOW! started airing in syndication the following year, presenting animated episodes of The Legend of Zelda in place of the Mario Bros. each Friday. The reason I cite the third game in the series as a benchmark is because it was a massive game for Nintendo at the time, helping to usher in the era of a new system, and it has a title that perfectly relates to being a parent: As my kids grow to love THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, it is in fact "a link to the past" - my past.
The Pokémon world just continues to grow, and during the latest Pokémon Direct presentation this morning, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company was joined by Junichi Masuda, Director of GAME FREAK, to announce multiple upcoming Pokémon titles for Nintendo consoles. Pokkén Tournament DX is the one we're most interested in here at Rock Father HQ, as it brings the franchise to the Nintendo Switch, while Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will be hitting the 3DS. Those looking for some classic Pokémon action on current platforms will also have something to check out. Details and trailer below!