Nintendo's Ultimate Summer Road Trip Playlist

Summer’s here and that means road trip season! If you’re doing any long-distance driving this year, you might be looking for family-friendly road-trip games that will keep everyone entertained for hours. Nintendo has your family covered with a playlist of new on-the-go games using the New Nintendo 3DS XL system. Combined with some classic road-trip games, these activities will keep your little (or big!) ones having fun during all your summer travels.

1. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: All of your favorite Mario and Sonic characters are ready to join the fun in Rio de Janeiro, host of the Olympic Games in 2016. Friends and families can take the rivalry on the road with this portable collection of supercharged events like Soccer, BMX, Beach Volleyball and Archery, or they can try Plus Events, which add a Mario & Sonic twist to the athletic proceedings, like dodging stacks of Goombas in BMX Plus or vaulting over Moto Bugs in Equestrian.

2. Nintendo’s Alphabet Game: The rules are simple enough: Find a word associated with a Nintendo game or character beginning with each letter of the alphabet in chronological order and keep going until the day’s final destination is reached. No repeat words!

3. Kirby: Planet Robobot: Kirby is back in one of his most technologically advanced 2D adventures yet. Jump into Kirby’s powerful new Robobot Armor to lift heavy objects with ease, scan enemies, gain abilities and transform into new Modes to complete a wide variety of creative stages. The game is full of features new to the series like Kirby’s powerful mech armor, new Copy Abilities, amiibo functionality and a cooperative multiplayer brawler in Team Kirby Clash.

4. I Spy Super Mario Bros: “I spy with my little eye, something pink.” [Princess Peach] This easy-to-learn game is perfect for kids and can keep them entertained for long periods of time. The directions are simple: One person spies something related to a Nintendo character or game they are playing and recites the line, ending in a clue. Everyone else takes turns trying to guess the mystery item.

5. Mario & Luigi Paper Jam: Paper Mario jumps out of a book and into the bizarre adventures of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hilarious, and dangerous, hijinks! Become the superstar team of Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies and untangle these two unique universes in this playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series.

6. Nintendo’s 20 Questions: This easy game is great for younger kids, thanks to its straightforward rules. Player One thinks of a person, place or thing associated with Nintendo. Everyone else takes turns asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. After each answer, the questioner gets one guess. Play continues until a player guesses correctly or all 20 questions have been used.

7. Mario Kart 7: Fan-favorite game Mario Kart 7 brings Mushroom Kingdom racing fun into glorious 3D. For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities, such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea. New courses, strategic new abilities and customizable karts bring the racing excitement to new heights on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

8. I’m Going on a Picnic – Nintendo Style: This memory game is great for kids 5 and up. The game can be played with as few as two players, but it’s more fun when the whole family joins in. The first player says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by a Nintendo game or character (i.e. Super Mario Bros.). The second player repeats what the first person said, but adds a different Nintendo game or character. So she might say “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing Super Mario Bros. and Princess Peach.” And so on. If someone forgets an item, she or he is out. The last player to recite all the items on the list wins.

9. Disney Art Academy: For the first time in the Art Academy series, Disney Art Academy teaches players to draw some of the most classic and recognizable Disney and Pixar characters. Once created, artwork can easily be shared through Miiverse or on social media channels like Facebook or Twitter using the game’s Image Share features.

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Happy road tripping!

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Robbie is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief at Socalthrills.com, Entertainment Website. He's been involved with Journalism and Blogging for the past 10 years. Robbie is also an Independent Travel Agent at World of Magic Travel. If you're looking to book your next Disney Adventure or a fun family vacation, send an e-mail to: robbie@worldofmagictravel.com