One series we didn't necessarily expect to make a return was Clubhouse Games. You might recall the original Nintendo DS entry released in 2005. While it wasn't the most thrilling concept, it was still a fun game to play with both friends and family, and even featured online play.
If you've been craving more tabletop action like this, during the latest Nintendo Direct Mini, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics was revealed. As the name suggests, there are 51 games to enjoy in this new entry due out on 5th June. Some include Mancala, Slot Cars, Sliding Puzzle and Texas Hold’em. Local and online play is also supported for up to four people.
You can pre-purchase the game from the Nintendo Switch eShop right now. Anyone who does will receive Gold Points valued at 5% of the amount paid. Was this one of the highlights of the presentation for you? Leave a comment below.
This was my favorite announcement. It looks like a ton of fun, and I hope the bowling has motion controls
WII PLAY 3 BABY WOOOOO
@MasterJay : Same here! I just hate that they're going with the painfully generic title of "51 Worldwide Games" for Europe/Australia (especially as the DS game was released in Australia as "Clubhouse Games" back in the day, as well as the DSiWare games). I suspect that the lack of brand identity (and the excessively harsh rating) will ultimately harm this release in Australia. I'm tempted to import the US version due to the title alone.
I also hate that it's rated E in the US, while being rated M (equivalent of ESRB: T/PEGI: 12) in Australia, which is absolutely ridiculous considering that the ACB gives G ratings to games with loot boxes and other predatory tactics involving gambling with real-world currency, but card games where winning or losing is entirely inconsequential is given such a harsh rating. I could understand if gambling was incentivised with rewards (as they were in the Gen I-IV Pokémon games and in other games such as Sexy Poker), but this seems blown completely out of proportion.
I swear that bowling was taken from Wii Sports
@RyanSilberman : I certainly hope so. If this is a way of sneaking in Wii Sports activities while strategically avoiding the use of the "Wii" branding, then bring it on!
But I would prefer a new "Wii Sports" game (perhaps rebranded as "Mii Sports") that contain all the base/Resort activities at the very least.
@Silly_G I’d love to see ‘Mii Sports’, hopefully with a fully explorable Wuhu Island overworld, lots of NPCs to challenge and fully functional online. That would be a dream game.
Looks interesting. 😀
I do like casual games like that.
Sold for the hanafuda game.
@MasterJay I'm absolutely stoked for this sequel. CHG was one of the best little collections of games I've ever played. I had a few favourites in the DS title, and always wanted and hoped to see a sequel to it.
@Silly_G It isn't impossible too! Notice how the Shooting Gallery and Tank games bear similarities to the ones on Wii Play!
Most hype announcement. 44 of the 51 games are online.
I am so buying this! Amazing how this type of thing usually gets totally overlooked.
I wish they released this as a Nintendo Online Member game. This would have been an amazing way to hook people onto the Switch online service, and offer so much for the online play. Oh well, it still looks good.
Day one purchase for me!
Looks like Clubhouse Games DS + Wii Play with a little Wii Sports thrown in for good measure.
Seriously though, why has it taken so long for a full Wii Sports sequel to make its way to Switch?
Ah yes, those classic game titles of "Renegade" and "Four in a Row".
Lol, love these kinds of games actually, kinda want it. I'll throw it in the "maybe" category on my Games tab.
@patbacknitro18 I agree this would have been a cool game to have as part of their online service!
This was a highlight for me with the local and online coop I think this will be a lot of fun. I thought the price was a little high but I think there’s a lot of value to be had here.
ITS $50CAN on pre order!!!!!
Are you kidding?!?! Hahahahaha!
Anyone that buys this is crazy or rich. No way is this shovel ware worth $50!!!!!!
What a joke.
I thought for sure it would be $5 at most... MAYBE $10.
Gimme a break.
@RyanSilberman : I haven't played Wii Play (it didn't appeal to me) or its sequel, so I can't comment on that, but it looks like a lot of content from Nintendo's more casual releases from the DS/Wii era is being revisited here, and that is a very good thing.
@nessisonett : Ooh, yes! Wuhu Island was already (mostly) explorable in Pilotwings Resort for 3DS, but perhaps Nintendo can produce a new Pilotwings game that allows the worlds of other popular Nintendo games to be explored as well, perhaps Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, the Pokémon games etc. It could be like Super Smash Bros. of the heavens!
@TimboSlice : This isn't "shovelware". It's made and published by Nintendo as previous Clubhouse Games releases have been. It may be a "casual" title and not to your taste, but I would prefer a refined collection such as this as opposed to the disingenuously-titled "100,000 IN ONE" collections that exist elsewhere.
Would love a Tamadachi Life with all these things in there
Mii life or something haha
This is perfect for the Switch, can't wait to get this.
Nic, can finally play Hanafuda with friends without having to go into detail about the rules.
Must buy for me and the family. This will get a lot of play in my house.
@Ttimer5 : An open-world Tomodachi Life would be amazing.
Was this the only new first party game announcement of the Direct?
They should release while the world is on lockdown so we can play games with each other indoors.
I want to learn how to play mahjong! So I'll likely buy this (I also play chess, Texas hold 'em, etc...)
@roboshort “Good Job” is ©Nintendo too
This should've been the Switch launch title instead of that stupid 1-2-Switch.
I loved the original Clubhouse Games on DS, and the series name works to gather the Wii Sports and Play series under (Nintendo learned their lesson after Wii U it seems). I’m all for this
EDIT: at least in NA the game runs for $39.99. I was ready to pay the standard price of $59.99 but at this price the game’s a steal!
I’m interested if it gets a physical release. Otherwise $40 is too much. As others have said this seems like it should’ve been a Nintendo Switch Online included game.
Can I Use Online lobby?
Will definitely pick this one up! Club house games on the DS was one of my fave titles due to the bast amount of games in it.
"Why isn't this free?!!"
People, this game is HUGE with 51 games to play. For 40 euro this is like € 0,79 cents per game.
I'm excited to be playing this.
Was that Wii Bowling hidden in the middle of that? This was one of the best announcements and I'm looking forward to this more than I probably should be
@bluesdance Oh cool. "Good Job" looked like it would be fun.
I easily put over 500 hours into the DS version. In fact, my best friend borrowed my DS-Lite just so she could play Clubhouse Games on it. But she loved it so much, and played it daily, that she kept it in her purse, took it everywhere, and played everywhere. Was always on it while on break at work, or anywhere else. Was laying in bed playing it every night, etc. But, she refused to give it back, because she loved it so. I ended up buying her her own pink DS-Lite and a copy of the game just so I could get my DS-Lite back. She still plays that game on her pink DS-Lite to this day. I don't know how many hours she's put into that game, but it was definitely her favorite DS/3DS game.
I've already pre-purchased this game new Switch version. I will definitely put 500+ more hours into this game too. This was the most exciting announcement from the Nintendo Direct Mini for me. Tho, I will definitely be picking up other games from the direct too (like Borderlands and Burnout Paradise, and others). But Clubhouse Games and Advance Wars were the 2 games that I wanted most on the Switch, and kept telling everybody that I couldn't wait for them to be made. Tho, honestly, I thought Advance Wars had a better chance of showing up than Clubhouse Games did. But I'm extremely excited to get Clubhouse Games. Again, I've already bought it.
This is great because its the type of game that my non-gaming friends would join me on when they're round having drinks.
Have you tried Tiny Metal?
That's a pretty solid spiritual successor to Advance Wars.
@EmirParkreiner Yes. I've already beat Tiny Metal 1 and 2, and finished all of the Skirmish maps on both. Did everything in WarGroove too, including the recent DLC addition. I have over 200 hours in each of all 3 of those games too.
@TimboSlice I wouldn't call this 'shovelware'. I'll pay £35 for this anyday
Yes! I had and still have soooo much fun with the DS one. The best 5$ game in the world. The music is still with me on shuffle in my head. Cant wait for this.
This was honestly one of my favorite announcements during the Direct. Can’t wait to try this out. The bowling game looks sweet.
This is gonna get a ton of play by me. Playing the first one online on the DS was like magic, this is going to be sweet. Now I've gotta convince my family to buy their own switches so we can play together online. They don't play video games, so this should be perfect.
Everyone saw the small print about local multiplayer, right??
“Free supplementary software will be available that allows players to connect in local multiplayer with someone who owns the full version of the game.”
Yes, yes, yes! As someone who loved Clubhouse Games on the DS and the whole download play concept I’m very psyched for this game and super happy to hear this detail.
At first I thought it is Wii Play 3, and I was hyped, kind of in a nostalgic way, but then I realised it's a sequel to DS game Clubhouse Games (42 Spieleklassiker) and that was the best quality board/card/casual game collection ever!
When I saw the presentation, I didn't know I wanted a sequel so much. One of the best announcements in the Nintendo Direct.
If you think 39,99 for a fantastic collection of 51 extremely polished classic games is too expensive, then I wonder what you think about the horrible, uninspired, mostly basic, glitchy, and bland indie versions of those games on the eShop. Keep in mind that you have to pay 5 to 20 bucks for every single one of them (if they're available at all, because none of the 3480 games in my eShop is a Backgammon, or Shogi, or classic Mahjong game - and these are just 3 examples).
@Franz Meanwhile I recommend the Mahjong Soul game, it is for cell phone and computer browser. https://mahjongsoul.yo-star.com/
If this is nearly as good as the DS version I will buy several copies. Please Nintendo let us see a physical release here.
@SKTTR Yeah it looks a lot like Wii Play 3, Wii Sports 4 and Clubhouse Games 2 all in one!
@MetaBunny I hadn’t seen that fine print but that just makes the package even better!!! I had expected to get plenty of mileage from online play alone but that lets me take it to friend groups too with ease
@Joekun Great news... it will be at retail stores as well as the eShop.
@Leu10antFalcon Thanks, definitely getting one!
I like how you think.
Let's bring Wii Play and Wii Play Motion back!!
Biggest surprise of the Mini, for me. However, at $40, I might wait (pray?) for a sale; not a ripoff price point, but I'm never playing even half of these games, and very few alone. Depending on others to play sweet Switch games with me has proved to be a...costly oversight in my recent experience.
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