The Switch Gamer’s Vacation Survival Guide for Festive Family Multiplayer Sessions

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It’s the season of forced family reunions, way too much of every food imaginable, and TV shows filled with unnecessary modern remakes of old favorites. It is also the perfect opportunity to put a controller in grandfather’s hands and show the joys of the game with those who could normally avoid it, by bringing together the family, young and old, in a single harmonious activity. Nintendo brand. Everything to avoid another one boring Monopoly game that lasts until 11pm the next day.

Nintendo’s future missionaries have a captive audience over the holidays without having to “accidentally” spill superglue on someone’s chair like last time. Couch multiplayer is still the best kind of multiplayer, and you already own the most portable and simple modern gaming console on the planet. The conditions are perfect!

Wondering how to best navigate this delicate festive arrangement and make the most of those extra Joy-Con? Nintendo Life is here to make sure you don’t waste this annual golden opportunity with seven tips to get your family ready for the fun …

Tip # 1 – Be More Prepared Than Christmas Batman

Now is the time for those bulky steering wheel accessories.
Now is the time for those bulky steering wheel accessories. (Photo: Nintendo)

Whether you have promised to visit your friends and family or if they are all coming to visit you, make sure you have already chosen the perfect set of games for the Switch family, everything loaded, updated , the controllers are already paired, and everything is ready to go.

If you are bringing the gift of the Switch game to someone else’s house, you have your own HDMI cable with you, preferably with a splitter as well as your own three-way multi-plug adapter so that no one has to choose between keep the switch or lights twinkling around the living room window open. There will be people present who will choose the lights.

In short, follow the example of the Boy Scouts and always be prepared. You are an island of technological certainty in a sea of ​​garland-adorned chaos, and everyone in the room gazes at you in silent awe *.

* Silent fear is not guaranteed. Side effects can include mild bewilderment and active disdain.

Tip # 2 – Don’t touch that dial

Grandpa is about to destroy Junior with a red shell.  This is what you get for playing with the remote, son.
Grandpa is about to destroy Junior with a red shell. This is what you get for playing with the remote, son. (Photo: Nintendo)

No one wants to see an enthusiastic demonstration of your new TV’s ImmersoAmbiLightFeels â„¢ system before they can play anything. Grandma doesn’t want you messing around with her ensemble either, although you’ll be switching to the right aspect ratio or digging through service menus and turning motion smoothing off.

No, not even if you have a PowerPoint presentation set up and ready to watch on a tablet with a downloaded version of this video of Tom Cruise explaining why it would be so much better for everyone if only she let you do it.

Unless half the screen is cropped or it’s black and white, work with what you have and resist the temptation to tinker around in a misguided attempt to achieve audiovisual perfection.

Tip # 3 – Suse the Joy-Con only when needed

Dad can easily monopolize the Pro controller here.  Tsk.
Dad can easily monopolize the Pro controller here. Tsk. (Photo: Nintendo)

Splitting a Joy-Con into two emergency multiplayer controllers is a really smart idea to save money this time of year – and also an uncomfortable idea. If you have to do this, it’s polite that you take half the hand cramping kick for the family team.

It would also be a good idea to avoid using rare, limited-edition Joy-Con controllers if you’re lucky enough to have them. If your cousin / brother / father doesn’t accidentally throw them across the room during a game of 1-2-Switch, there’s a non-zero chance they’ll drop them into a bowl of lukewarm custard instead, and no one wants to spend the rest of dinner comforting you while you’re ugly sobs’But I had to buy a Let’s go! Pikachu Edition Change to get them!‘in the right tablecloth next to a bowl of gently steaming roasted potatoes.

Tip # 4 – Be a digital Santa

So.  Many.  Switches.
So. Many. Switches. (Photo: Nintendo)

Is anyone else in your family a huge fan of Animal crossing Where Pokemon? Then send them something special, right from the comfort of your Switch! It’s never been easier to share a bespoke virtual Christmas sweater design with a loved one or swap specially bred Pikachus and shiny Wooloos, whether they’re in the same room or thousands of miles away. from a distance, shielding yourself from the sun on a warm beach in Land opposite Australia.

You gave someone a thoughtful gift and you didn’t have to spend a single dime. They may or may not be fully aware of this fact. It’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

Tip # 5 – Keep it fun

Definitely ask your wealthy cousins ​​to bring all of their switches.
Definitely ask your wealthy cousins ​​to bring all of their switches. (Photo: Nintendo)

Make a six year old cry because 200cc races are the only “real” races Mario kart 8 the races will make you scratch in a hurry everybody List of Christmas cards, like the old ‘it’s not my fault if they weren’t good enough to stay the course‘excuse.

Likewise, insist that everyone play Smash Bros. Ultimate use your elaborate tournament legal settings when the only other half-awake person only vaguely remembers ‘Green Mario’ from his youth and is sprawled out on the couch feeding a belly full of cranberry sauce and mulled wine is not a good idea either.

Remember, this is not a happy multiplayer encounter unless everybody have a good time, even if that means subtly throwing a match or two. They can face your wild game on another day.

Tip # 6 – Keep it simple

"Am I doing it right?  Am I a gamer now then?" Yes, Uncle Phil.  You have just played.
“Am I doing it right?” Am I a gamer now then? Yes, Uncle Phil. You have just played. (Photo: Nintendo)

While we’d like to tell you the opposite, now isn’t a great time to hire two other people who were just feigning a polite interest in playing anyway. Secret of Mana to the end with you. Today is not the day of an epic either Mario tennis aces session with formal parentheses and seeding. No, although there is certainly enough space in the room for your freestanding whiteboard, matching tournament ladder, and umpire chair. Let everyone hit the ball until they want to do something else and pretend you don’t mind at all when your uncle wipes the floor with you even though you were really playing your best.

Typically, any game that you need to explain to people for several minutes before they can play – or that takes a long time to set up – is the wrong game for a relaxed family reunion.

Tip # 7 – Be brief

Better than the queen's speech, right?  To the right!?
Better than the queen’s speech, right? To the right!? (Photo: Nintendo)

Was a single round of 9 holes of Mario Golf: Super Rush more than enough games for everyone, even though you’ve spent the last week recharging every Joy-Con you can get your hands on (as we advised in tip # 1) and came at the party with a shoulder strap stuffed with all the multiplayer games imaginable? Perfect.

Now is the time to disconnect that Switch, load up your favorite single-player game, have some fun, and leave those who are still awake enough to make it have the traditional argument in its own right on Die hardholiday movie status.


Are you planning some Switch multiplayer action this holiday season? How are you preparing? What games would you recommend? And above all, is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

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