We’re back with another carefully curated playlist of the games taking up our valuable time around the Pure Nintendo office.

You might be wondering, how do we decide what to play? Usually big new titles make our list – the latest Mario Party is evidence of that this week. We’re always dipping into classic titles, too, especially when it comes to Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda – there’s always time for these amazing series!

It’s time to share our latest obsessions with you, dear reader, so check out our latest playlist below. Which games are you playing lately? Let us know your own gaming list – we promise there’s no judgment here.

Pure Nintendo playlist


  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – With the new update coming, I’ve been visiting my island once more. Brewster has always been one of my favorite characters so I’ve been prettying my island just for him. It’s been great getting back into the game and has been so relaxing.
  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – I was so excited for this game and it didn’t disappoint. The throwback to Mario Parties 1, 2, and 3 is a nice blend of old and new. I appreciate that Nintendo kept some mechanics from the new games but paid a nice homage to the older games. My sister and I have been playing this every night since it came out.


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – I’ve been really excited for this to come out. I can’t tell you how many hours my friends and I played this game. Staying up all night at sleepovers, getting into fights with friends over stealing each other’s stars. Good times :) I love that they brought back some of my favorite mini games and levels. I also can’t wait to see what DLC and other characters they have in store!


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) –  Only a slight addiction to this game since it came out, it’s everything I missed in Mario Party games. The boards and mini-games are so much fun. Online is a surprise absolute blast, it works perfectly and is just a chaotic as playing with friends in person. I see myself playing this game for many more weeks to go.
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version (Switch) – After a few hours of playing, I can honestly say it’s such a better game than people would imagine. The game is bursting with personality and humor. While the combat takes a little bit to get use to, I’m genuinely enjoying my time with Guardians. The cloud version on Switch works surprisingly well, I haven’t run into any issues trying to play the game. So far, it’s a great time with the Gardeners of the Galaxy. Oh wait, they’re Guardians?


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – Seems the popular choice of the moment. More importantly, I need to get some practice in ahead of the annual Hiner Family Mario Party New Year’s Eve Tournament. All three of my kids are now skilled enough to beat me without my assistance. Sunrise, sunset.
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Switch) – I moved on to some review obligations without completing the Ayane bonus level. Gotta clear that out this weekend, as Shin Megami Tensei V will be clearing everything out after next Friday.


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – Like much of the PN team, I’ve been enjoying Mario Party Superstars. As a series fan, it’s the game I’d hoped Mario Party: The Top 100 would’ve been. I already have ideas for future DLC, including another MP3 board, more characters, and co-op. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of the updated character movement in Star Rush and Super Mario Party, either. But this is a great collection representing classic MP. I’ve sunk a lot of time into it already, and I’m hoping to play online with my PN colleagues soon.
  • Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS) – Two Mario Party games on the same playlist?!? When a new entry in a series releases, I’ll often go back to play an older one. Island Tour isn’t my favorite MP game on 3DS (too much emphasis on luck), but it has its moments.
  • The Falconeer: Warrior Edition (Switch) – It’s rare to see such high-quality from a sole developer (and an updated version no less), but The Falconeer: Warrior Edition has a lot going for it. I haven’t spent a ton of time with it yet, but it’s already won me over (almost immediately) in several key ways. Even if you’re not into flying games, the impressive audio package – fully voice work and a great soundtrack – might persuade you to check it out.
  • The Sundew (Switch) – A point-n-click graphic adventure game I’m playing for review? Want to learn more. You’ll have to stay tuned…


  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) – I’ve been dipping into this classic DS adventure to brush up for our next Zelda-themed podcast, coming to you in the next couple of weeks. I’d forgotten just how much fun this stylus-based game is! Plus, how adorable is Toon Link?
  • The Legend of Zelda: wilight Princess (Wii U) – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this classic 3D Zelda outting. We discussed everything about Twilight Princess in last week’s podcast, from our favorite dungeons to why we like Midna so much. Have a listen and let us know your thoughts!
  • LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (Switch) – Playing this one for an upcoming review, keep an eye out for it soon! It may not be the best LEGO-based game out there, but it’s still fun. It’s LEGO, after all.
  • Dr. Mario World (mobile) – It’s finally come to an end, making this the last time Dr. Mario World will grace my playlist. Since July 2019, I accumulated 44 doctors, with Dr. Peach my most used in levels and Dr. Yoshi my champion in battle mode. I cleared up to World 21 and won 830 out of 1499 battles. RIP Dr. Mario World!

What’s on your playlist this week? Let us know all the games you’re playing right now!