24 Games Of Christmas! Day #1: Mario Party Superstars

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As has become an annual tradition at DDNet, we are here to help you count down towards Christmas! One new game every day for the 24 days from December 1 to Christmas Eve. Think of it as a kind of Advent Calendar, if you will, giving you new tips and ideas for games to pick up and play at that rare time of year where everyone does have a little more time to indulge their favourite hobbies.

Also, it’s an excuse to post pictures of cute anime girls in Christmas gear every day. I won’t deny that we love doing that too.

Day #1: Mario Party Superstars

Is there a more perfect game to have sitting there on your Nintendo Switch for when family and friends come over for Christmas parties, I don’t know what is. Mario Party Superstars is a “best of” one of the most beloved party game experiences ever created. Whether you’re a complete beginner with computer games, or able to beat Dark Souls blindfolded, Mario Party’s approach of simple little minigames and straightforward board game design is a great leveller and while there is a winner and loser at the other end, no one really cares about that stuff. Not when you’ve had some great laughs at the silly minigames along the way.

What seems like a thin package on the surface as a single-player game (and it is quite limited from that perspective) becomes great value when you realise just how replayable each Superstars board is in that party situation. Thanks to the highly accessible and portable nature of the Joycons you’re also able to get a game going for at least two people, docked or in handheld mode, no matter where you are. Spending a quiet Christmas with just your significant other? You could watch a Christmas movie (note: not Die Hard. Die Hard is not a Christmas movie), or you could play a couple of rounds of Mario Party. It’s just that versatile.

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