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An Inside Look at Nintendo's Top Video Games for Beginner Gamer Kids

I'm that mom. I'm the mom that pointedly searches for Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) video game ratings before any purchase or download is even an option in our home. With that being said, my kids can tell you that we have acquired quite an assortment of educational games in our personal collection. As my nine-year-old son has grown up with technology as an integral part of his academic life, as well as his social life, my education and entertainment balance standards have shifted with the changing face of technology. Standing the test of time, Nintendo video games have maintained a steady presence within my home. Observing each of my three children connect with their favorite games has been interesting, to say the least! Take an inside look into the thrilling adventures of Nintendo's top video games for beginner and pro gamer kids.

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An Inside Look at Nintendo's Top Video Games for Beginner Gamer Kids

You're probably ready to get to the gaming adventures, however, allow me to remind you that I'm that mom, I research ESRB game ratings. Researching ESRB provides families with detailed information about game content valuable for making informed decisions when considering video games and apps. Before we give you an inside look, let's take an insider's look, my Gamer Guy was more than excited to read that the top video games on his wish list, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield are all rated "E" for Everyone, with content descriptors for content with Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence.

Getting into game mode, my Gamer Guy was prepared for to join in on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons excitement, along with magnificent Pokémon adventures.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

"Picture it: You just landed on your own deserted island paradise. You instantly find your inner peace as you hear the soothing sound of ocean waves. You set up your new tent and, before calling it a night, decide to wander around the island to take it all in. Before long, you will be meeting animal residents, crafting items and indulging in a variety of activities, like catching bugs and sharing your virtual life with friends and family. Your island life is just beginning and there is so, so much more to experience…"

Gaming fans of all ages are thrilled about the adventures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, available for the Nintendo Switch family of gaming systems. Prepare for excitement as you travel to a deserted island to create your own island paradise. as you explore, create and customize your island life. Design your Animal Crossing character, then decide upon an ideal location to set up then upgrade your tent, while you customize the island. Add furniture, flowers, even develop your island’s terrain with new facilities and residents to become a part of your tropical community.

Look out for free Animal Crossing: New Horizons updates added to the game throughout the year, delivering bonus seasonal content for players, and the ability to use online features, which requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Nintendo Switch Online members also have access to use NookLink, part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, to scan a Custom Designed QR Code pattern from Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer with a smartphone to download them into Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Players connected online, are able to chat with friends who also have Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, using their smartphone to text or voice chat.

Whether playing online* or with others locally**, your island life will be even better when you share it with others to showcase your island for family and friends or venturing off to visit their islands.*** Becoming a help to others is an engaging way to offer your services to grow each other's island community by opening up shops, upgrading and decorating your home with furniture and accessories, and many other ways to design and personalize your island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available in stores, Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system, or Nintendo.com, compatible with both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. For more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, visit HERE.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, two of the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time! In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players embark on a journey through the Galar region, where they’ll catch, battle and trade a variety of Pokémon. Throughout the game, they meet a memorable cast of characters and unravel the mystery behind the two Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta.

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield game features legendary Pokémon Zacian, with a shining blade capable of cutting through anything, and Zamazenta, holding a shield preventing any attack. So epic! Each of these majestic Pokémon rise high representing the adventures within Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

A new generation of Pokémon are taking over the Nintendo Switch system. To start off, begin your adventure as a Pokémon Trainer by selecting one of three new partner Pokémon- Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. As your adventure begins in the new Galar region, you will challenge the troublesome Team Yell, as you continue to reveal the true mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. Team up with three other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles* you and other players face off against gigantic, super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

With the new generation of Pokémon, some Pokémon are able to Gigantamax to evolve into a new look with a powerful set of G-Max moves. As you prepare to be the champion you will learn to master your battle skills, select your own clothes, and trainer style. Your journey, will lead you to encounter new Pokémon, as well as familiar Pokémon with a different look in their new Galarian forms. Assign your Pokémon Poké Jobs to complete, play along with your Pokémon in Pokémon Camp, and level up to advanced levels.


- Catch, battle, and trade Pokémon on a new adventure in the Galar region

- Choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon

- Unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta!

- Players can control the camera in the vast Wild Area

- Team up with other Trainers to participate in Max Raid Battles**!

- Battle wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles** and try catching them!

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Concerned families, like myself, should be aware of the fact that Nintendo Switch features parental controls allowing adults to manage the gaming content their child's profile is able to access. Find  additional information about other account management features by visiting HERE.

 *Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Persistent Internet and compatible smartphone required to use app. Data charges may apply. Nintendo Account age 13+ required. Smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. HERE

**Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems and some accessories sold separately.

***Please note: Only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch system, irrespective of the number of users registered to or games used on one system. One Nintendo Switch and one game is required for each unique island. Up to eight players can live on the same island within one game. With one Nintendo Switch system and one game, up to four players can play on the same island at the same time. With additional systems and games, up to eight Nintendo Account holders can play on the same island at the same time via local wireless or online play.

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