Nintendo Switch Brings Classic Games to Video Game Night

Family game night used to be us gathering around the dining table and pulling out boxed games like Sorry, Life or Backgammon. Checkers, chess and dominoes were also in the rotation, amongst some other favorites like Yahtzee. We still have a lot of our original games, but now that Nintendo has brought Clubhouse Games 51 Classics to the Nintendo Switch, game night is now often video game night and we love it! (And thank you, Nintendo, for sending us this game to try!)

video game night

And more specifically, I love it. After a stressful work day, or when I’m just enjoying some quiet time, I pull out my Switch and pop it in. Today, I got tired of the endless string of emails and I took a quick 20-minute break out in my backyard, with the breeze and sunlight, to celebrate the fact that I am *almost* caught up on my backlog. I should actually be able to sit down with the hubs tonight, pour some Bulleit and watch some nonsense on the TV. I can’t wait! I may also challenge him to a game or two of Dots and Boxes…

Nintendo switch clubhouse games for video game night

Clubhouse Games really does have 51 games available, and here they are for a quick preview:

  • Mancala
  • Dots and Boxes
  • Yacht Dice
  • Four-in-a-Row
  • Hit and Blow
  • Nine Men’s Morris
  • Hex
  • Checkers
  • Hare and Hounds
  • Gomoku
  • Dominoes
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Ludo
  • Backgammon
  • Renegade
  • Chess
  • Shogi
  • Mini Shogi
  • Hanafuda
  • Riichi Mahjong
  • Last Card
  • Blackjack
  • Texas Hold’em
  • President
  • Sevens
  • Speed
  • Matching
  • War
  • Takoyaki
  • Pig’s Tail
  • Golf
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Darts
  • Carrom
  • Toy Tennis
  • Toy Soccer
  • Toy Curling
  • Toy Boxing
  • Toy Baseball
  • Air Hockey
  • Slot Cars
  • Fishing
  • Battle Tanks
  • Team Tanks
  • Shooting Gallery
  • 6-Ball Puzzle
  • Sliding Puzzle
  • Mahjong Solitaire
  • Klondike Solitaire
  • Spider Solitaire
  • Piano

Video game night is usually a group of us playing whatever, but Clubhouse Games is also a solo player game. In addition to TV mode, two can also play on one Switch, using opposite controllers, or you can connect virtually so multiple people can play together. There’s even a Mosaic Mode, where up to four players can connect and the game plays out across all screens, which is pretty cool.

video game night

Do you remember old school slot cars? It’s okay to date yourself, because this game will never go out of style. Just like that good ole Dots and Boxes…or Chinese Checkers! I played both during my quick break, sitting under the orange tree on our <fake> grass. I won Chinese Checkers, won at Dots and Boxes (which I played several times) and alas, I did not win Mancala.

One really cool thing is that the game learns about you as you play. You choose your own character (down to the hair color, though I was bummed it didn’t offer purple hair) and you answer a few questions. As you play and the game realizes you’re good at something, it makes it harder so it continues to remain a challenge. I’m sure I’ll get to the point where Dots and Boxes becomes something that I really have to put some logic and strategy into it! (I’m a creative, so that kind of process is going to be interesting.)

Chinese checkers on Nintendo switch for video game night

Up to four people can play the games at a time, in any mode, and it’s rated E for everyone. Available now, you can find it online and in stores.

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