Long before I became Nintendo Brand Ambassador, I was a big fan of Nintendo. I can’t remember what exactly my experience was with Nintendo before the Wii. I think my little brother had an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) although most of my memories seem to involve my mother glued to The Legend of Zelda. She was really into that game.
It kind of runs in the family. I have to find my game. And once I find my game, I’m totally into and sometimes, dare I say, obsessed with it. As you can imagine, as a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, I do actually have access to a LOT of cool games. But I have a 5 year old that seems to think every Nintendo package is for him.
A few examples…
A few months ago, I got Kirby’s Return to Dreamland. Neither one of us had heard of Kirby. I started off playing the game because I’m the grown up and well, it’s my game. And I liked it. And then said 5 year old tried it and didn’t stop until he mastered it. So I didn’t even bother trying it anymore.
Then, most recently, I got Mario Party 9, complete with a party package. Since I was in the midst of moving, I didn’t really have time to plan a party. So we snuggled up in the Mario blankets, ate the Nintendo gummies, and played our hearts out.
Evan loves snuggling in his Mario blanket
And as the grown-up world beckoned me back, my 5 year old kept playing. I loved this game and so did he. Short, simple, and pretty easy to win. That means a low level of frustration from a 5 year old (and his mom).
Side note: We did have an unintentional party when my friend Amy and her two kids came over to help me pack. We all ate pizza. The kids played Wii and Amy and I drank wine.
But he eventually mastered this game as well.
It’s okay. It took quite a while for that to happen. While I was busy packing up all of his toys in preparation for our move, we kept the Wii plugged in and active so he could keep playing.
We unplugged the Wii the day before we moved. We kept it plugged in until the last possible moment and it helped. Because while our world was being turned upside down, my 5 year old had one constant. His Wii. We made sure that was one moving box that was clearly marked.
And once moving day finally came, we were able to get the Wii set up without worrying about any cable or internet connections. It was the one thing that helped my little guy transition easily to the new house. It was something familiar and fun.
Just a few days later, a familiar looking box showed up on my new doorstep. My 5 year old looked excited wondering what the box might hold for him. I had to inform him that the box was for me. A hot new copy of Mario Tennis Open for an upcoming “friendly” competition among some of the ambassadors.
Side note: I was knocked out in the first round of the tournament. Next time, I’m going to let my 5 year old play for me.
Once I practiced and lost my game, I heard the question, “Mommy, can I try your new game?” And yes, he mastered that too.
So Nintendo saved my sanity. It helped my 5 year old transition to a new state, a new house, and hopefully new friends (we’re working on that). And as a surprise for him being so good during all the boring grown-up parts of the moving process, I bought him a few vintage Wii games: Super Mario Galaxy, and LEGO Star Wars.
Now… anyone know how to wean a 5 year old from video games? Mommy wants a turn.
Disclosure: I serve as a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, which basically means I’m a big fan of Nintendo. They occasionally send me products, such as those mentioned above, but it is always my choice to write about these products. And of course, all opinions are my own. Also, there are affiliate links in this post.