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Lockdown Survival Guide #1

Updated: Jun 8

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

Today's topic is Family Friendly titles and he's what we think you should consider if your game time is limited by having the family around;

Mario Kart

Whatever console generation/edition of MarioKart you have available, it will always be a family favourite for up to four players. With the later iterations such as MarioKart 8 Deluxe on switch having multiple control options and AI assistance for younger players it really can be fun for everyone. A growing cast of fan favourites, colourful new characters and different vehicle types means you can all play around with who you want to be over and over. And if you get tired of the standard racing there are various other game styles such as battle mode. Caution “Blue Shells” can cause family tension.  


Wario Ware - Smooth Moves

If there was one game that dominated rainy days in my house, it would be Wario Ware Smooth Moves on the Nintendo Wii. Like most recent Wario games, Smooth Moves is made up various mini games themed around different characters in the Wario series. Using the Wii remote to flip pancakes, lift weights, help an old lady with her dentures and so many more; these mini games are so weirdly wonderful and can guarantee hours of fun for the whole family. I’ve been playing this game for years and I still don’t think I’ve unlocked every mini game in the game!


The Lego Games

It's pretty much fair to say that not a lot has evolved since Lego Star Wars was released back in 2005. The overwhelming charm we all felt running through that story the first time still has a certain magic and given the variety of different series the games lend themselves to you'll find something in the series (be it Harry Potter, Marvel or the self-branded movies) which will tickle the fancy of enough of your household. The games are available on pretty much every console and serve as a great gateway game for a lot of younger players (as you can't really die) allowing you to chaperone your kids or younger siblings through silly renditions of the source material.


What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know on Twitter (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!


Make sure you check back tomorrow for #2!