Last weekend, my family and I got a chance to check out some brand spanking new (or soon to be released) video games at Nintendo’s #3DSMyWay Girls Love Gaming Event in New York City. Aimed at encouraging girls to embrace their own gaming style, the event was a great reminder that video games are not just for boys—they’re for everyone! Special guest Laura Marano from Austin and Ally (!!!) spoke to the girls about being a proud gamer and then cozied in to test out some new games with the kids.
With a variety of Nintendo 3DS games from Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer to Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon and Super Mario Maker, there were plenty of different kinds of games for the girls to choose from. Three in particular caught and kept my daughters’ eyes.
I’m pretty sure it was the easily recognizable characters and multi-player play that drew my girls into this one. What’s cool about this new Mario Party game is that you can play with up to four players simultaneously. No one has to sit around waiting for other players to be done with their turn. Each player can roll the dice, roam the board and explore, recruiting allies and earning stars and coins along the way.
This game is perfect for any of the mini fashionistas in your life. Anything with the words “style” or “fashion” reels my daughters in immediately, so I knew they’d have to try this one. In it, kids can explore five different fashion careers: they can manage their own boutique, design clothes for a fashionista, become a top model, style hair or do makeup.
Another one with well-loved characters that lured them in, this one might just be my girls’ favorite. A sequel to the ever-popular Disney Magical World, I didn’t understand the appeal of this one at first. To me, it looked like Elsa was walking around in circles on the screen. But my daughters explained that you can explore six Disney-themed worlds (from classics like Frozen, The Little Mermaid, and Lilo & Stitch). Each of these worlds are interconnected through portals that let characters move from world to world. They can interact with up to 100 Disney characters doing things like going on adventures with Elsa and Olaf, dancing with princesses, fishing with Donald Duck, exploring ghost-filled dungeons for treasures and so much more.
We didn’t get a chance to try all of the games (mostly because my ladies were seriously fixated on these three), but if your kids have gaming styles similar to my daughters', they might also like Super Mario Maker for 3DS, which comes out on December 12th. If you’re not familiar with the original Wii U version, players can create courses and collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. Very, very cool.
Looks like I can get started a little bit early on holiday shopping this year. For more gift ideas from Nintendo, be sure to check out their holiday gift guide.
Nintendo invited us to test out new games, but opinions are all my own (or those of my highly opinionated children).
JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer’s posts.