Best Nintendo Switch games to share with your family

Looking to switch it up and play some video games with your family this upcoming game night? Here are the best games to get little ones and your grandparents involved with the Nintendo Switch!

I’ve now played Odyssey for Nintendo Switch with pretty much every demographic now and I’ve noticed that it’s a perfect game for every single member of the family. So that got me thinking…

Which Nintendo Switch games are the best to play during family game night? Here are the best options out there!

Super Mario Odyssey

There’s a reason that there’s a “Best Family Game” award on the Super Mario Odyssey’s page in the Nintendo eShop: and it’s because it truly is an incredibly fun, whimsical, interactive and over-the-top game to play with family of all ages.

Not only does Super Mario Odyssey have a little something for everyone, but the colorful world of Odyssey will have even the most uninterested aunt or uncle say “Oh! What was that?” at one point or another.

It doesn’t matter your skill level, if you’re someone who’s been playing Mario since you’ve been in diapers, or if you’re a 54-year-old mom who calls every single console ‘Nintendo’, Super Mario Odyssey is a $ 60 game that will provide hours of entertainment regardless if you’re actually playing and following the story, or just dicking around in each level to uncover all the cool little hidden nooks and crannies.

Mario’s back with… a sentient hat? Sure. You’ll travel the globe with Mario, visit faraway lands, and attempt to save Princess Peach. Your trusty hat, Cappy, adds a new dimension to the game in which you can possess various characters and take control of their bodies. Yes, you can become a T-rex. While the story’s fun to play, definitely take your time exploring these worlds. They’re gorgeously designed and include lots of hidden nooks and crannies you’ll need to find to collect all the moons. (The Verge

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1-2 Switch

Switch is up and focus on the person you’re playing with, rather than the screen in front of you. Seem tricky? Well your family will be rolling with laughter as your grandmother and teenage cousin square off in 1-2 Switch!

Using your Joy-Con controllers and at least two players, you can play games like quick draw which makes you stare down your opponent and fire virtual bullets on command (and then your trajectories come up on the screen to see who fired first!), milk, that allows you to feel the sensation of milking a cow as you race to fill up a cup before your opponent, samurai training (which seems pretty straight forward, don’t ya’ think?), table tennis, safe crack, where you twist the Joy-Con and use HD rumble to see if you’re cracking the code, and so, so much more.

One of the neatest features/games to come out of the $ 50 1-2 Switch in my opinion is Ball Count where you can truly marvel at how sensitive and super well designed your Switch’s Joy-Con controllers are: the game makes you guess how many ‘balls’ there are in the box by gently tilting the controller back and forth! This would be a perfect game to play with someone who’s older, or even a younger child or older toddler.

Other such games include things like:

  • Sword fight
  • Wizard
  • Telephone
  • Beach Flag
  • Runway
  • Soda Shake
  • Sneaky Dice
  • Joy-Con Rotation
  • Shave
  • Baby
  • Zen
  • Treasure Chest
  • Signal Flags
  • Fake Draw
  • Baseball
  • Boxing Gym
  • Plate Spin
  • Air Guitar
  • Dance Off
  • Gorilla
  • Copy Dance

1-2-Switch is the Switch’s version of Wii Sports, in that it acts as an overall mission statement for the console itself. The quirky, bizarre nature of the unique mini-games make it a funny, memorable experience, but some games are hard to play at first due to unclear tutorials and dialogue cues. (IGN)

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Before I jump into why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great family game, I just have to say: this game ruins relationships. Maybe not as Mario Party, the single greatest party game of all time (TAKE THE HINT, NINTENDO), but there were totally moments of blood, sweat, and tears when it came to my friends and fam playing Mario Kart. Does that mean it’s a bad family game? PSH, no! Not by any means! It just means that if you have a competitive family, this game might get ya’ll riled up.

That being said: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a fantastic game to play during family game night. Here’s why:

Regardless of age, everyone has either played a driving game before or driven an actual car/remote control one, and even if one of your family members has never operated something with 4-wheels, then half the fun of playing $ 60 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be watching them struggle to figure things out before having a touching moment of showing them how to play!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next Nintendo Switch must-buy. It’s the best the series has ever been, offering one definitive package.With the glorious return of Battle Mode, improved visuals and more content than ever before coupled with more ways to play it than ever thanks to the Nintendo Switch, I don’t think fans could ask for much more. (Trusted Reviews)

Not only is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a great racing game, but it’s alst entertaining for people and children of all ages. Not only will you get that little feeling of nostalgia in your stomach, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also give you a terrifically fun family game night.

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Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!

If you’re part of the type of family that loves puzzles and puzzle games but want something with a bit more of a techy twist, then it’s totally worth it to check out Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!

With a clever idea for 2D physics-based puzzle solving and a bright and colorful personality, Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is a good experience by yourself and a great one with friends. Solving every puzzle won’t take too long, but Snipperclips is continuously clever in its puzzle design and adorably fun to watch play. It left me eagerly waiting to reunite more frogs, put together more cat puzzles, and solve whatever other odd challenges developer SFB Games might have in mind. (IGN)

This game can be played solo or you can play with up to four players in Party mode in order to challenge each other to the ultimate Snipperclip challenge. There are even fun and fast sports-like competitions in Blitz-mode that’ll pit your snipping skills against your mom or dad for a little extra allowance money.

The super bright and eye catching world of Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! Is pefect for people of all ages, and is bound to catch and hold the attention of a toddler if it’s the adults playing in the room. Plus it only costs $ 30!

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The Jackbox Party Pack 4

What’s a Jackbox Party Pack, exactly? Well it’s a series of 5 party games that anyone can play, making it the perfect party present for your upcoming family game night for only $ 25!

Now I know what you’re thinking: what if we don’t have enough controllers for up to 7 people to play? Well that’s simple! You can use your phone or tablet as an extra controller and join in on the fun easy peasy, so if you have a larger family and are worried about everyone being included, don’t worry! The Jackbox Party Pack 4’s got your back.

Players all still look at the big screen to receive instructions and follow the overall game, but you’ll make selections, enter text, and make drawings on your phone. It’s so simple that even non-gamers will quickly find themselves playing and laughing along with the other players. While these games are perfect for playing together locally, they also play great online game via livestreaming. Just broadcast the game on Twitch or Mixer and your stream viewers can play along. That’s a killer feature, that anybody can join the host’s game, even if they don’t own the game. (Window’s Central)

The best part about The Jackbox Party Pack 4? The fact that there are constant updates and new games that come out. There have been additions like Fibbage where players guess weird facts about other players, Survive the Internet that makes you twist your friend’s online comments in hilarious ways, Monster Seeking Monster where you message and date another monster with “special powers”, Brackseteering where you place small bets on dumb arguments, and Civic Doodle where you compete to improve town murals.

So wind up that Jackbox Party Pack and start a-playin’!

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What are your top family game-night Switch games?

Is there a particular Nintendo Switch game that I left off the list that you believe is the best Nintendo Switch game for a family game-night?

Let me know what your top picks are in the comments below (and why you chose ’em!)

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iPhone and Android Duopoly Nears Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year

A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner.

Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective operating systems last year. Android’s dominance is unsurprising given the software is installed on dozens of different smartphone models offered at a range of price points, whereas the iPhone primarily caters to the high-end market.

Android and iOS have been the leading mobile operating systems for many years now, but the duopoly became so dominant last year that Gartner doesn’t even break out BlackBerry and Windows Phone individually anymore. Together, the platforms accounted for less than 0.1 percent market share in 2017.

For perspective, Gartner estimates that of the just over 1.5 billion smartphones sold worldwide last year, handsets running BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, and all other platforms made up only 1.5 million of the total.

The writing has long been on the wall for BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which have been ceding market share to Apple and Google for the better part of the last decade. But with Android and iOS finally reaching 99.9 percent market share, it looks like the platforms will be officially dead soon enough.

In the meantime, BlackBerry recently announced it will continue to support its BlackBerry 10 operating system for at least two more years, but it encourages customers to upgrade to its Android-based smartphones manufactured by TCL. BlackBerry World and other legacy services will shut down by the end of 2019.

Back in October, Microsoft likewise announced that it will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile with security updates and bug fixes, but it will no longer develop new features or release any new Windows Phones.

The fall of BlackBerry in particular is remarkable given it was the pioneer of the smartphone industry. Its devices actually continued to grow in popularity for around two years after the iPhone launched in June 2007, at the expense of then-leading Nokia, with a peak market share of around 20 percent in 2009.

It only took a few years until the surging popularity of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones led iOS and Android to leapfrog BlackBerry and Nokia, and based on today’s data, the duopoly is now firmly entrenched.

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Acuity Brands acquire Lucid Design to gain share in smart home solutions market

Acuity Brands, an Atlanta based electronics manufacturing company announced its acquisition of Lucid Design Group, a provider of building analytics and business intelligence platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acuity looks forward to unlocking the value of the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities in buildings by combining Lucid’s software platform with Acuity Brand’s networked sensors.

Based in Oakland, CA, Lucid provides a SaaS-based BuildingOS platform that enables users to gain insights into the operations of their buildings. Lucid has built integrations into over 180 different building data systems and services, including systems tracking utility data, building automation systems, work order systems, and property management solutions.

“We are excited by the opportunity to leverage Acuity Brands’ broad IoT and control capabilities to deliver a complete solution to our customers,”Will Coleman, CEO, Lucid Design Group, Inc.

Acuity Brands, a leading provider of lighting and building management solutions hit $ 3.5 billion in sales in 2017. While the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the financial bottom line of the company this year, it will fuel growth for Acuity in years to come.

“Lucid’s technology will allow us to extend the power of our digital networked lighting, building management and IoT solutions,” Laurent J. Vernerey, President of the Acuity Technology Group and Executive Vice President of Acuity Brands, Inc.

Over the past few years, Acuity Brands is transforming from a traditional lighting manufacturer into a state-of-the-art software solution provider within the IoT domain. In July 2016, Acuity made a similar acquisition of 100 percent equity stake in San Francisco-based DGLogik Inc., a provider of innovative software solutions for efficient energy usage and facility performance to enhance its portfolio of holistic IoT solutions.

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Uber’s new ‘Express Pool’ is all about getting more riders to share rides

The new UberPool option requires riders to walk a little before and/or after their ride.

Uber is beginning to roll out a cheaper version of its ride-sharing UberPool service, called Express Pool. The service, which was being tested in Boston and San Francisco, is now available in Los Angeles, San Diego and Denver, and will launch in Miami, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., tomorrow.

The idea is that Express Pool, which requires riders to walk a little to meet their driver — and then again to their destination after being dropped off — will make shared rides more efficient. If it works, it should both increase the number of rides that drivers can give and also make those shared trips faster for passengers.

The new service tests a thesis Uber has long had: Lower prices means higher utilization, and higher utilization means more money — both for drivers and for Uber. Also that road congestion is bad and the solution is to share more rides.

Those are the same theories that sparked the creation of the original UberPool service, which requires a little less walking. But the hope is that this will make it easier to match more passengers and therefore lose less money on each shared ride.

Uber Express Pool screenshot of the app. Uber
Uber Express Pool screenshot of the app.

How does it work for riders?

After selecting Express Pool, riders will wait to be matched with another passenger. Then they walk to the pickup point, join any passengers they’ve been matched with along the way, and get dropped off in the vicinity of their destination and walk the rest of the way there.

None of those points are fixed, and even if you take the same trip every day, there’s no guarantee that the pickup or drop-off locations will be the same, because it depends on who you’re matched with.

Because the company expects utilization to go up, and because you have to do a little bit more work, rides will be up to 30 percent cheaper than regular UberPool rides.

How does it work for drivers?

It should work roughly the same as UberPool, with one exception. Before dropping off the rider, drivers will be notified that the passenger will walk to their destination.

However, some drivers who have already tried Express Pool in Boston and San Francisco have complained that passengers either don’t understand that it’s not a door-to-door service, or they still insist on being picked up or dropped off in front of their location.

“It’s much more effort, many of the intersections Uber chooses as a good Express pickup location are very dangerous, and there is no good spot to safely pull over and pick up the passenger,” Thad, a Boston driver who has been working on the Uber platform since September 2017, told Recode. “It’s more effort, more headache, more potential for complications and a bad rating over things the driver has no control of.”

Drivers are still being pay per-mile and per-minute in addition to a base fare, as well as a fee they receive per pickup — so it’s entirely decoupled from what riders pay. Uber also recently rolled out ratings protection so drivers could not be penalized for things out of their control — such as traffic or bad navigation.

What’s the upside for Uber?

Higher utilization is good for Uber, period. Uber’s network will be more efficient if the supply of drivers on Uber’s platform are giving more rides. The company also expects that it will help decrease how much is spent on subsidizing these rides.

When calculating the upfront price of rides, Uber takes into account things like the expected time and distance, as well as the likelihood that a rider will be matched with another passenger on shared rides.

If the company predicts that you will be matched with a rider, for example, it may charge you $ 4, with the expectation that the total fare will be $ 8. That doesn’t always happen, however, which causes the company to lose money on those rides. With the new Express Pool service — for which Uber has built a completely new back end that determines a shared route with you and other passengers — the company expects to be able to predict whether you get a match with more certainty.

It stands to reason that since it’s not door-to-door, it should be easier to determine routes that work for multiple passengers.

Lastly, this could be a big opportunity for self-driving cars. Driverless cars don’t have to stop, so this will further increase utilization. Think about it: With Express Pool, Uber driverless cars will be able to continuously pick up multiple passengers quickly and efficiently without splitting the profits with the driver.

Is Uber trying to replace public transit?

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently said he wanted the company to run city bus systems, but there are obvious downsides to depending on a private company to provide a public utility. Some could argue that Express Pool is the company’s first official attempt at getting into micro-transit.

Though many people compare services like Express Pool to buses, it works a lot more like existing on-demand shuttle services like Via or even Chariot — except Chariot operates fixed routes based on demand along those routes. With ExpressPool, everything is dynamic, from routes to passengers to prices.

The logical next step for Uber ExpressPool is to use more SUVs and other vehicles that could fit more passengers, the way that Via does. But it’s unlikely that this service could replace bus systems anytime soon, because it’s hard to see how privately owned vehicles will be able to meet the demands of public transit, and profitably at that.

The bigger opportunity is in filling the gaps of transit systems, according to Sarah Kaufman, the assistant director for technology programming at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation.

“If cities start to see these services as better fits for low-ridership bus routes, especially late at night, passengers will benefit from more direct service and lower costs for transportation managers,” Kaufman told Recode.

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