The six best games to play with family this 2015 holiday season

4. Super Mario Maker

Wii U

Super Mario Maker for the Wii U manages to combine two games - a level designer and a traditional 2D platformer. While the ’10 Mario Challenge’ offers players a fun a way to get used to the game throughout its eight levels (it’s unlikely that every family member will have played a Mario game before), the best aspect of Super Mario Maker is its level designer.

By creating your own courses, you can make levels for family members as simple or as complicated as you want. Meaning you can create an area with a few simple puzzles/obstacles for those relatives who don’t even know Mario’s nationality and insanely difficult levels for your hardcore gamer cousins and siblings.

Once you’ve created your levels, it’s simply a matter of gathering your family around the console and watching each member becoming increasingly frustrated at their inability to finish a section. And you never know, the game could inspire a young member of your clan to become a famous game designer when they grow up. Maybe.

Published Nov. 24th 2015

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