We’re back with another carefully curated playlist of Nitnendo games, just in time for the holidays.

How do we decide what to play? We cover a lot of reviews each week, from big hitters like Big Brain Academy to indie titles like Creepy Tale 2. But there’s still always time for the classics, with Animal Crossing, Mario Party and The Legend of Zelda frequent obsessions within our team.

It’s time to share with you which games are taking up our valuable time around the Pure Nintendo office, so check out our latest playlist below. Which games are you playing lately? Let us know your own gaming list – there’s no judgment here.

Pure Nintendo playlist


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – Yep, still playing the newest Mario Party because the game is still great! I’ve spent more time recently playing online, which is so surprisingly fun. Online play works so well with Mario Party and it doesn’t ruin friendships when I play with random people online. I’ll keep playing Superstars for a while and keep hoping for more DLC.
  • Loop Hero (Switch) – Partly because I reviewed the game (which you should check out), I’ve spent alot of time with Loop Hero. It’s a surprisingly addictive game that hooks you into wanting just one more turn. I’m further along in the game and the challenges are getting much harder, but it’s such a unique take on the adventure RPG deck building genre, I won’t be putting it down for a bit.


  • Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – I still haven’t gotten sick of this game. I’ve been playing regularly with my cousins and my friends. Also, with how good the online actually is, I’ve been able to play more often with friends. I’d love some DLC for this game, but I’m happy with it for now.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch): This is a game I won’t stop playing anytime soon. I’m still enjoying the latest update and am working on rearranging my island… again.
  • Great Ace Attorney (Switch) – Even though this game came out a few months ago, I’m still working my way through it with my sister. I enjoy the murder mystery games, getting to know the characters, and their various stories. While I’m used to the Phoenix Wright games, Great Ace Attorney is similar but different enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.
  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Switch) – I’ve been waiting for this remake for a long time, so I’m sure I won’t get tired of it anytime soon. I’ve already beat the game, but now it’s time to build multiple teams and go shiny hunting.


  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – Took me a while to get into this game, but now it has my full attention. It fascinates and infuriates me in equal measure, but that’ll all be discussed in my upcoming review.
  • Ghost Sync (Switch) – I’m an unapologetic fan of KEMCO’s retro JRPGs, and I’m enjoying this one as much as any of recent memory. Not sure if I’ll spend the weekend level grinding or if I’ll just use some paid DLC to get my party where they need to be, but it should be a fun time either way.
  • Cuphead (Switch) – Not by choice, mind you. I mean it’s a fine game, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not my kind of game. My youngest son picked it up during the recent eShop sale, however, and I’ve been trying to help him while I can. It won’t be too much longer, after all, before he’s better than me at these things.


  • Disney Classic Games Collection (Switch) – I already reviewed this collection, but it’s now available as an updated release. Don’t worry, existing owners can purchase the new games as DLC. How much value do The Jungle Book and Aladdin (SNES) add to this already very good package? Find out soon.
  • Nintendo Switch Online – While I’ve yet to see the value in upgrading my subscription, I’ve been playing this between review games. Tecmo Bowl is my go-to, one of the most replayable NES games ever.


  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) – Still working my way through this touch-screen classic. I’m almost at the end, just in time for our upcoming podcast! I’ve been loving this one, easily one of my favorites.
  • Super Mario Party (Switch) – Not to be confused with the new Mario Party Superstars, we’ve been revisiting this fun party game with family lately.
  • Creepy Tale 2 (Switch) – I recently reviewed this dark and foreboding tale of a boy ridding the world of Evil (with a capital E). It’s a fine point-and-click adventure with horror elements, and an improvement on the original. Check out my Creepy Tale 2 review for all the details!
  • Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Switch) – I started with the demo and am now playing the full game. It’s super fun and the whole family is into it. It’s a cute and easy way to minigame your way to exercising your brain on a dailty basis. Watch for my full review very soon!

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