I like video games, but to be honest, I'm not particularly good at them. I play because it's fun and it's an enjoyable activity for the whole family.
This summer, my son bought the Nintendo Switch game console system.
This is a brief overview (by him) of the new hardware:
Well thank you Mother of mine! Yes the Switch has made it into our household with 3 games that broke me, but let's get back to the system. The Nintendo Switch (or Swish Cheese if you want to be funny) is the newest console, with the idea of it having multiple ways to play. The three main ways are: Tabletop/TV Screen, Handheld, and (as I call it) Mini-Screen. The Switch looks similar to the Wii U a previous console by Nintendo, but the side controllers can come off the sides, with also three ways to use them: One, Two or Joycon Grip. With multiple ways to play, you could take it on the go or settle down and play around.
However one thing I'd like to point out is how gosh dang tiny the little cartridges are! I'm glad I have all these casings for said cartridges or they'd be gone in an hour! Also, sadly the Switch is not backward compatible like the Wii and Wii U. But basking in glorious FPS (frames per second) in Legend of Zelda, or Beautiful Motion Controls in ARMS makes it pretty worth it. Speaking of games...
One of the new games that we purchased for the Switch was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
I've played Mario Kart in various forms for ages - but I'm terrible at it. (I think this is somewhat ironic considering that I'm the only one in the family legally able to drive in real life.) Usually when the family plays, the others take the top three spots and I'm in 12th place. (12th is last place.) I don't mind - I'm not very competitive and it's more about the family connection.
I've been improving and I suspect some of the new features (e.g. auto acceleration, smart steering, and a different controller) have helped. For one brief and glorious moment during a four person race, I was in first place! I was squealing as if I had won the race, even thought it was only for about 30 seconds and others quickly overtook my lead. One of the new features on the "joy-con" is a camera and I was able to capture a screen shot of the short but sweet moment when I was on top. (I don't have the proper technology to transfer the image straight to the blog at this time, so I pulled up the image on the Switch from the saved picture files and took a photo of the screen after it was done to share the evidence.) I'm the bottom right quadrant. My son is the top left; my daughter is the bottom left and my husband is the top right.
|Proof of my moment in the sun!|
Well I mean yeah, don't get me wrong. Sitting on top in First place is rewarding, but when a small unusual event causes me to fall to another place. It actually kind of frustrates me, I'm used to being first or at least in the top 3. But when I fall under that, I feel like I've become rusty and I'm failing. But that's because I'm so used to being on top, if anything, failing... Is a good thing sometimes!
A few days later, most of the household decided to go see a movie at the local theater. My son and I decided not to attend so instead we chose some mother-son bonding by playing all 48 courses on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
That was a fun 3 hour gaming session! It was worth it too, so many customization options were unlocked!
I had no expectation of doing well. My son is a video game expert. He has logged countless hours in front of the screen and regularly beats other experienced players. And yet ... on the very first place, not only did I grab first place, I kept it and finished in first!
|Peter (Toad) is on the left. Me as Yoshi is on the right|
And I wasn't going easy on her! Wow, who would've thought...
|The standings after the 2nd race - and I'm on top!|
|Mushroom Kingdom Circuit - ended in first!|
2nd wasn't too bad here.
|Dolphin Shoals - just for a brief time in the lead|
She has a hard time with the pipe section.
|The start of the race for Grumble Volcano|
Classic stage, I LAVA it!
|On Rainbow Road Game Cube version - it's a hard course!|
I don't remember which version this one was for, my bad if it's false info!
|In Wario's Gold Mine|
Wario's got a lot of structures, is there more to this guy then we know?
|Rainbow Road N64 Edition - a scary track!|
Sharp turns and Rainbow Thwomps, oh my!
|In Ice Ice Outpost|
Gotta keep your cool here.
If this aligns with our core beliefs & research - what are we doing as a SYSTEM to change it? https://t.co/go357vU4Tn— Jennifer Brown (@JennMacBrown) August 8, 2017
Just a little way in but a couple of takeaways already! pic.twitter.com/eVv6NwCjv8— Jennifer Brown (@JennMacBrown) August 4, 2017
Let me swing it back from schooling back to gaming - and leave the final word to my co-writer:
Gaming is a great learning tool, I mean not in the sense that you can learn how to drive from Mario Kart or be able to kill mutant salmons from Splatoon 2. But these kind of moments have lessons to learn from it. And it mixes learning and enjoyment in small ways, and that makes it all the while. Thank you Mother, for having me on this Monday Molly Musings, and good night.
(It might actually be night when you read this, but whatever.)