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Nintendo’s fresh take on some very old game night favourites

With a kitschy clean presentation and a multicultural theme, Nintendo’s 51 Worldwide Classics is a glossy and generous collection of tabletop standards and rainy day time wasters, perfect for a night in with the family.

Software that emulates board or card games isn’t exactly uncommon, but it’s also rarely remarkable. What sets these versions apart from your standard digital version of Klondike is a lot of charm and attention to detail. Whether you’re familiar with the games or not, jumping in and learning the ropes is a lot of fun here, with multiple modes for each game and various options for getting pairs or groups of players together.

Each game is introduced by a family of plastic game pieces.

Each game is introduced by a family of plastic game pieces.

Included in the 51 are ancient strategy games like Chess, Shogi and Mancala, more modern board games like Ludo or “Four-in-a-row” (Connect Four), and of course heaps of card games including Sevens, War, Blackjack and a generic version of Uno.

Beyond that there’s also a few Wii Sports style activities like Bowling and Darts, cutesy mechanical gadgets themed after boxing, soccer and others, and some more video gamey fare like a shooting gallery and fishing.

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