Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classic Wrap Up (Switch)

This past week I’ve run through all 51 games in the new Clubhouse Games for Nintendo Switch.  So today I’m going to do a wrap up with links to all the articles I’ve written as well as my overall general impressions.  So let’s begin!

You know what’s interesting is that this isn’t the first Clubhouse Games Nintendo has released.  Back on the DS in 2006, they released the first Clubhouse Games with about 41 different card and board games on it.  I don’t know why I didn’t get that one, but it may have something to do that when it was released, I had just lost my job at the church and was probably limiting my gaming purchases.  Or I could’ve been knee-deep in Okami at the time, too.  At any rate, it was only 20 bucks so I guess it just slipped under the cracks for me.  Plus the Switch version just seems more appealing and now that I have it, the DS version doesn’t seem necessary anymore.  Anyway, since there are so many games on the Switch version, I split them up into three parts: Board Games, Card Games, and Misc. Games.  So here are links to those articles.  Please read them if you haven’t already.

Board Games

Here I covered board games like off-brand Yahtzee and Connect Four, as well as Checkers, Chess, Dominoes, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and many more!  It’s too bad they couldn’t add Nintendo characters to some of the games. I’ve seen Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong versions of Yahtzee and Chess, too bad they couldn’t put them in here.  Seems like a missed opportunity.

Card Games

Some of the card games you get here include Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Speed, and War, as well as a memory matching game and variations on solitaire and Mahjong.  You can even play Hanafuda, which is a Japanese card game and is how Nintendo started out over a hundred years ago!  You can even unlock Mario versions of cards to play in Hanafuda, memory matching, and other card games.  I wish you could unlock cards with other Nintendo characters as well, like Zelda or Kirby.

Misc. Games

And last are the games that are neither board nor card games.  Some include parlor games like pool or billiards, which others are toy versions of sports games like Soccer, Baseball, Boxing, and more.  I like how the golf game use the same courses found in NES Golf and also on Wii Sports.  NES Golf is one of the few NES games I could get my dad to play, and did you know that Satoru Iwata programmed it?  Some of the games, like slot cars, fishing, tanks, and piano let you connect more than one Switch screen together for a bigger playfield!  Very neat!

And those are all the games!  When you start you get to create your own profile and can even select games to recommend to others that you like.  You can also view other people’s profiles and records and recommendations online, or view ones the CPU provides for you.  You can view all of these on a globe, and select your location, too.  You can play the games with others online and locally as well.  It’s a bit more casual, but I like casual games and enjoy it when Nintendo does stuff like that.  The game is only 30 to 40 bucks, so I think it’s great for the whole family.

Kid Factor:

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is rated E for Everyone with ESRB descriptors of Mild Cartoon Violence and Simulated Gambling.  You do blow up toy tanks in one game, and can bet chips in some of the poker titles.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, but there are games for all ages.  You and your family may even learn about new games from other countries as you play, so it’s certainly educational, too.

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