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‘Tis the season of enforced family gatherings, far too much of every food imaginable, and TV schedules filled with unnecessary modern remakes of old favourites. It’s also the perfect opportunity to stuff a controller in granddad’s hands and demonstrate the joys of gaming with those who might normally avoid it, bringing family young and old together in one single harmonious Nintendo-branded activity. Anything to avoid another dull game of Monopoly that lasts until 11pm the next day.
Would-be Nintendo missionaries have a captive audience over the holidays without having to ‘accidentally’ spill superglue on someone’s chair like last time. Couch multiplayer is always the best kind of multiplayer and you already own the most portable and unfussy modern gaming console on the planet. Conditions are perfect!
Wondering how best to navigate this delicate festive arrangement and make the most of those extra Joy-Con? Nintendo Life is on hand to make sure you don’t mess up this annual golden opportunity with seven tips for prepping your family for fun…
Tip #1 – Be more prepared than Christmas Batman
Now’s the time for those bulky steering wheel accessories. (Image: Nintendo)
Whether you’ve promised to visit friends and family or if they’re all coming around to visit you, make sure you’ve already picked the perfect set of Switch family games, everything’s charged, updated, the controllers are already paired, and everything’s ready to go.
If bringing the gift of Switch gaming to another’s home, you have your own HDMI cable with you, preferably with a splitter as well as your own three-way multi-socket adapter so nobody has to choose between keeping the Switch or the twinkly lights around the living room window on. There will be people present who would choose the lights.
In short, follow the Boy Scouts’ example and always be prepared. You are an island of technological certainty in a sea of tinselled chaos, and everyone in the room looks upon you with quiet awe*.
*Quiet awe not guaranteed. Side effects may include mild bemusement and active disdain.
Tip #2 – Don’t touch that dial
Gramps about to destroy Junior with a Red Shell. That’s what you get for messing with the remote, son. (Image: Nintendo)
Nobody wants to see an enthusiastic demonstration of your new TV’s ImmersoAmbiLightFeels™ system before they get to play anything. Grandma doesn’t want you messing with her set either, not even if you’re going to switch to the correct aspect ratio or dig …….