Months ago. Many months ago, we bought a Nintendo Switch.

We bought the Switch long before I decided to do Blaugust again, only to fizzle out three entries in and then not post a thing for the entire month of September. I’m not even sure when we bought the Switch, but now’s when I’m finally getting around to writing about it.

The Switch was mainly intended as something to do with Indy. We got into playing Super Nintendo Classic games with him before bed, and thought the Switch might be easier. It’s definitely easier on my back to play with a wireless controller!

We picked up three games with it: Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (The Zelda game was for us.) We’ve since purchased Super Smash Bros, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Splatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8. The kid is, well, not particularly good at any of them, but he manages. I’m aware that one day he’ll surpass us and we’ll fondly look back at the time he handed the other parent the controller to get past something particularly difficult, or when we didn’t have to jump off the cliff several times so he could win Smash Brothers at least once.

We refer to this as “the kitty game” for obvious reasons.

“Remember when?” We’ll ask each other, when we slip on the banana he left yards ago as a rushes into the finish line in Mario Kart. Remember when he would play upside-down and stop looking at the screen?

I got so fed up at playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 with him I started watching Lego Masters instead. We’re almost finished with season 2 so I’m scrambling to find a show that might actually interest both of us. He’s gotten pretty good at Lego building with instructions and I was hoping the show might inspire some creativity, but so far all we’ve gotten is occasionally making critters with leftover bricks or sticking two instruction-based builds together and calling it a “mash-up.”

This has me thinking though–I bet he’d enjoy the Lego games! Maybe Lego Jurassic World because he likes the show on Netflix. I don’t know if he’s familiar with any of the other IPs. If you have any suggestions for two-player Switch games a 5-year-old might love, leave ’em in the comments. Lego Jurassic World is arriving Saturday.

Cover Image: Why do I love Super Mario 3D World? Because you can turn your character into a kitty. Obviously. Mrow!

One thought on “We Bought A Switch

  1. Similar situation over here. I got the switch for us as a family Christmas gift last year. I am terrible at platformers, but LOVE Lego games. Lego City: Undercover is basically Zelda BotW but Lego. It’s silly and relies on a lot of stereotypes, but in a playful way. E is really into Pokemon and Mario, but is pretty rubbish at using a controller and can’t read, so requires our constant attention to actually play something.
    We just got into Minecraft over here, I was playing on my phone and E on her Kindle fire tablet, which was working quite well, but leaving my hands sore and my eyes hurting, so I bought it for my laptop the other day.
    I’d say E has the opposite approach to Lego, she doesn’t love following directions, but enjoys building weird stuff.

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