Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
This is a game my wife had me pick up for her. She'd decided it was "super cute" when she saw her sister play it. She never got around to playing it, but I did.
Like all the Mario RPGs, The Thousand-Year Door is just a lot of fun to play, even though it's obviously directed at eight-year-olds. The battles are calibrated to provide a little resistance without getting frustrating, there's no grinding, and the story is clever.
On second thought, this is one kids' game I'm not that embarrassed to love.
Wii Sports Resort
This is one of those titles that "real gamers" aren't supposed to like; it's nothing more than a minigame collection. But I can't lie—the sword-fighting is a blast, and this is one of the few games my wife likes to play with me. If liking Wii minigames makes me one of those dreaded casual gamers, so be it.
This is the Wii Sports of the PlayStation Vita—it's just a way to show off the system's gimmicks. It's not particularly good, and it got mediocre reviews. But there's one feature this game has that no other game provides: It lets me shoot my cat.
See, one of the Vita's features is a camera that lets you play "augmented reality" games. One of the minigames included here is a shooter that, through the camera, uses the room you're in as a background. It creates a bunch of little critters that you're supposed to shoot. But I prefer to shoot my cat.
This is another GameCube classic from my college days. Honestly, I don't even remember which Mario Party number we had. But I do remember discovering the sheer joy of a straight-up button-mashing contest. Yes, there was alcohol involved.
What games are you too embarrassed to admit you like? Thanks to the anonymity the Internet provides, you can let us know in the comments section.
Date: June 26, 2012
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