Monday, May 1, 2023


I appreciate Nintendo including me in a who's who of "dad bloggers" to participate in their DADS PLAY TOO event. This was an online hang out where the company's marketing team highlighted the gameplay and engaged in Q&A for recent and upcoming Nintendo Switch releases. Then we engaged in a DADS ONLY Splatoon 3 tournament. 

Growing up in the era of rotary dial telephones and Atari 2600 gaming consoles, the technological advances of easily video conferencing on Zoom and playing Splatoon 3 against people located across the country during this Dad's Night In made me feel both very old as well as brought out the youthful exuberance of my inner kid at heart. In the interested of total disclosure, I did have to have my teenage son provide a bit of IT support to get me up and going for the Splatoon battle. Doah! I hated to admit that. 

Nintendo hooked me up for the event sending Splatoon 3, gaming headphone and their idea of a dad cap my way. They also provided me a Nintendo Switch Online subscription so I could connect with the other guys participating in this Dads Night In event to play Splatoon 3 online. I was GEEKED to learn more about a variety of Nintendo Switch games and have fun playing against competitors who were far less competitive and more my own speed then the teenagers who live in my house and their friends who quickly blow me away when I jump in on their Fortnite games with them. Wow, I really am starting to sound like my dad! 

Nintendo showcased the following games for us during their DADS PLAY TOO event:


Journey through the diverse biomes of planet Tallon IV as you uncover the Space Pirates’ sinister experiments and gather information about the toxic substance that left the planet in ruin. Blast forward to your next objective or take time to stop and scan your surroundings and delve into the creatures and culture of Tallon IV. From the quiet stillness of the snowy Phendrana Drifts to the magma geysers of Magmoor Caverns, this alien planet introduces beautifully harsh landscapes and labyrinths.

Become intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran and explore an alien planet in this critically-acclaimed first-person adventure Use and upgrade abilities like the Morph Ball, Missiles, and an array of beams to survive the harsh environments and lethal creatures of the planet Tallon IV Gain abilities and revisit areas to uncover the different routes and secrets hiding in a beautiful-yet-threatening interconnected world Scan your surroundings to gather information about the planet’s history and the creatures that call it home or to reveal enemies’ weak points Choose from multiple control options and experience revamped graphics, sound, and unlockable art in this remastered classic.


an action RPG that takes place in the League of Legends universe. In the kingdom of Demacia, the Mageseekers hold the power to oppress magic-using citizens in the name of public order–by inducting and indoctrinating them, locking them away, or driving them into hiding. Play as Sylas, a spell-stealing mage who has just broken free of his unjust captivity at the Mageseekers’ hands. Wielding the chains that once bound you, you must liberate your homeland from tyranny, one Mageseeker at a time.


The piglins’ Nether corruption is spreading across the Overworld, scorching everything it touches. Are you the hero who will protect this gentle land? Plan your strategy and face the piglins in epic battles – but be warned: they always fight back. Take on piglin bases by day and defend your allies after dusk. Explore lush biomes filled with treasures and perils, meet new friends, and reunite with familiar mobs. With the allays by your side, all that’s left to do is save the world.


An epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule awaits in the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game for the Nintendo Switch™ system. The adventure is yours to create in a world fueled by your imagination. In this sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Can you harness the power of Link’s new abilities to fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom?

Which of these four games are you, or your kids, most GEEKED about playing? Metroid Prime Remastered, The Mageseeker, Minecraft Legends or The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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