Today, Nov. 23, marks the start of National Family Week. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “families who play together, learn together,” and we have a week’s worth of fun activities for families to participate in. Nintendo is widely considered a company for families, and their family-friendly software is a great way for parents and children to interact together this week. With parents and children home from school and work this week due to the holiday, this is a perfect time for families to be together, play a Nintendo game, and have fun as a family.
Start the week off by hosting a crazy sweater party. Find a colorful, crazy sweater and play Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U together. Both a parent and child can play together in co-op mode as you explore the imaginative and charming world of Yoshi’s Woolly World. Solve puzzles and work together to discover all the hidden items on each stage. Find our full review of Yoshi’s Woolly World here.
Tomorrow – Nov. 24 – will be all about each family member’s creativity and sense of imagination. Play Super Mario Maker for Wii U and host a ‘Best Level-Creation Challenge’. As a family, work together, judge, and play each other’s Super Mario Maker levels. Award those who create the hardest, most fun, or most creative levels. Find our full review of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo Wii U here.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, change things up and have some fun by making a mess with Splatoon for Wii U. Play against each other in the title’s Battle Dojo and see who earn the most points, or jump online and compete against players from all over the world. Swap the GamePad between family members each round, unlock new equipment, and remember to stay fresh. Find our full review of Splatoon here.
Thursday, Nov. 26, is Thanksgiving Day and it’s the perfect time to host a Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash tournament. Gather your family and friends and host a tennis tournament. Play both singles (1v1) and doubles (2v2) matches with your favorite Mario characters. Bring your favorite amiibo and have them play as your partner. It’s game time! Find our full review of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash here.
If tennis isn’t your thing, feel free to host a Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Battle with your favorite Nintendo characters, team-up with family members, and see who makes the best team. Find our Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review here.
For Friday, Nov. 27, forget the Black Friday rush, and instead stay in with the family. Come together and play some Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Compete in the Board Game mode, or challenge each other in the game’s many mini-games.
As the weekend begins, start Saturday, Nov. 28, with some classic Mario Party 10 fun. Everyone will want to play as Bowser, so use the ancient art of rock, paper, scissors or eeny, meeny, miny, moe to determine who play as Bowser in Mario Part 10. In the all-new Bowser Party mini-games, one player will play as Bowser and compete against four others playing as Mario and friends. Families will love this mode as it incorporates competition and teamwork.
To close out the week on Nov. 29, host a Mario Kart 8 party. Visit the Play Nintendo website to print tournament brackets and design awards. Mario Kart 8 is a great game for families as it supports 4-player local co-op and is always a ton of fun. While on the Play Nintendo website, you will also find fun food ideas like Super Star Cookies. Find our full review of Mario Kart 8 here.
Have a fun National Family Week! Find more fun ideas by visiting Nintendo’s holiday website here.