Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2019
Platforms: Game Boy and Switch
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure-puzzle game in the Zelda series and universe. A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name, this one is set on Koholint Island and follows Link after he is stranded and must find a way back to...
Release Date: 28/01/2022
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...
Release Date: 30/11/2012
Platforms: Wii U
Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...
Release Date: 27/10/2017
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...
Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.
Release Date: 22/11/2013
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is an action-adventure game in the Zelda series. It's the seventeenth game and spiritual successor to the 1991 game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. A more open adventure with a novel world-jumping...
Release Date: 23/10/2008, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Style Boutique (Style Savvy) is a role play game where you play a fashion shop owner. You work on the style of your fashion collection as well as your own clothes, makeup and so on.
Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014
Platforms: Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...
Release Date: 03/03/2017
Platforms: Switch and Wii U
This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...
Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch
The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...
Release Date: 21/11/1991
Platforms: GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...
Release Date: 10/09/2015
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...
Release Date: 12/11/2007
Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Game Builder Garage enables anyone to make video games. Unlike other game makers, this offers in-depth lessons to take you from the basics to advanced techniques. The cute Nodon characters that power the visual drag-and-drop construction, enable players...
Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Pokemon Cafe Mix is a puzzle game. Similar to the icon-connection challenge of Disney Tsum Tsum, you play as Eevee and delivering orders in a cafe by linking Pokemon icons in a ring. It's a low pressure puzzle with a swirl-to-connect interaction that is...
Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018
Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U
Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.
Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022
Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...
Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.
Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013
Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019
New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...
Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You play Link and navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to the land below it. While the island locations and flight drew from Wind Waker, the combat and...
Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013
Platforms: GameCube and Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...
Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013
Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...
Release Date: 30/04/2021
New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...
Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...
Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017
Platforms: Android and iOS
Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...
Release Date: 19/11/2006, updated in 2016
Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...
Release Date: 29/04/2022
Nintendo Switch Sports, is the latest version of Wii Sports. It brings the classic motion sports game up to date with new sports and ways to play. You can compete in six sports, including Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Bowling. The novelty, as...
Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009
Platforms: GameCube and Wii
Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...
Release Date: 28/07/2017
Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...
Release Date: 27/04/2018
Nintendo Labo is a game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. You get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering wheels, fishing rods,...
Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020
Platforms: Switch and Wii
Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...
Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021
Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii
Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...
Release Date: 27/07/2018, updated in 2021
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Switch, Wii and Wii U
WarioWare: Get It Together is the latest in the mini-game series. Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a...
Release Date: 02/03/2017
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly...
Release Date: 17/11/2003, updated in 2017
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U
Mario and Luigi adventure games feature Mario and Luigi as the heros, accompanied by playable characters from the Nintendo pantheon. Each adventure pits you to defeat Bowser in different ways. Progress is through talking to characters, exploring,...
Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.
Release Date: 25/10/2013
Wii Party U is a collection of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.