I am showing my age when I tell you that I remember the Christmas my brother got the Nintendo NES and the Mario Bros. entered our lives. I got to watch Dallas play the game more than I got to watch it, but like pretty much every other child in America at the time, I had an immediate affinity for these plumbers and their quest to save Princess Peach.
And I just LOVE that 30 years later my own kids can get to know this pair and go on adventures with them. In fact, I’d say that Nintendo is pretty darn brilliant to have kept the Mario Bros. in play, because I am all about getting to relive my own childhood with my kids, same characters and all (but with the benefit of major advances in gaming technology!).
Nintendo sent us the newest Mario Bros. release, Mario Party Star Rush, which we have been playing on the handheld Nintendo DS XL. One of the things that I really like about this game (and evidently many others as I’m now learning) is that these cool figurines called amiibos can be purchased to further enhance game play. We have Princess Daisy to play with as a stand alone figurine, which is fun for the girls, but you can also activate her by placing her on your screen when playing Mario Party Star Rush to unlock some cool extra features. I have also learned that amiibo figures that are released will very often be able to unlock features in games that get released in the future, too. I think it’s super fun to have such a tactile element added to the game play.
We also enjoyed kicking the fun up a notch by devoting some blank wall space to a little Mario Bros. mural. This set is available for under $10 and they are VERY easy to apply to the wall, and I tested to make sure that they come off without causing any problems, too. This was a HUGE hit with my daughter and can I just say that I love it, too? It’s so fun to see characters that I loved as a child have a prominent spot in my daughter’s room now.
If you haven’t introduced your kids to the world of the Mario Bros. now’s a great time to do so, and you can make it even more fun by doing fun little extras like getting an amiibo or two, some wall decals and if you really want to go wild, get some mustaches, too. Video game fun doesn’t have to be limited to screen time and it doesn’t have to be something that your kids are into but that you don’t understand. If you are a child of the ’80s, then you understand Mario Bros. Your kids will show you how to work the upgraded controllers and you’ll be on your way to find the princess in no time!
Does your child have a favorite Nintendo game? Do you ever get to play on your child’s system? I sneak in games while the kids are at school! 😉