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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics Wrap-Up

On 07/02/2020 at 09:22 AM by Cary Woodham

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This past week I’ve run through all 51 games in the new Clubhouse Games for Nintendo Switch.  So today I’m going to do a wrap up with links to all the articles I’ve written as well as my overall general impressions.  So let’s begin!

You know what’s interesting is that this isn’t the first Clubhouse Games Nintendo has released.  Back on the DS in 2006, they released the first Clubhouse Games with about 41 different card and board games on it.  I don’t know why I didn’t get that one, but it may have something to do that when it was released, I had just lost my job at the church and was probably limiting my gaming purchases.  Or I could’ve been knee-deep in Okami at the time, too.  At any rate, it was only 20 bucks so I guess it just slipped under the cracks for me.  Plus the Switch version just seems more appealing and now that I have it, the DS version doesn’t seem necessary anymore.  Anyway, since there are so many games on the Switch version, I split them up into three parts: Board Games, Card Games, and Misc. Games.  So here are links to those articles.  Please read them if you haven’t already.

Board Games

Here I covered board games like off-brand Yahtzee and Connect Four, as well as Checkers, Chess, Dominoes, Backgammon, Chinese Checkers, and many more!  It’s too bad they couldn’t add Nintendo characters to some of the games. I’ve seen Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong versions of Yahtzee and Chess, too bad they couldn’t put them in here.  Seems like a missed opportunity.

Card Games

Some of the card games you get here include Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Speed, and War, as well as a memory matching game and variations on solitaire and Mahjong.  You can even play Hanafuda, which is a Japanese card game and is how Nintendo started out over a hundred years ago!  You can even unlock Mario versions of cards to play in Hanafuda, memory matching, and other card games.  I wish you could unlock cards with other Nintendo characters as well, like Zelda or Kirby.

Misc. Games

And last are the games that are neither board nor card games.  Some include parlor games like pool or billiards, which others are toy versions of sports games like Soccer, Baseball, Boxing, and more.  I like how the golf game use the same courses found in NES Golf and also on Wii Sports.  NES Golf is one of the few NES games I could get my dad to play, and did you know that Satoru Iwata programmed it?  Some of the games, like slot cars, fishing, tanks, and piano let you connect more than one Switch screen together for a bigger playfield!  Very neat!

And those are all the games!  When you start you get to create your own profile and can even select games to recommend to others that you like.  You can also view other people’s profiles and records and recommendations online, or view ones the CPU provides for you.  You can view all of these on a globe, and select your location, too.  You can play the games with others online and locally as well.  It’s a bit more casual, but I like casual games and enjoy it when Nintendo does stuff like that.  The game is only 30 to 40 bucks, so I think it’s great for the whole family.



Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/02/2020 at 06:40 PM

Jeez, that's a lot of games! I'll get to these soon. 

Cary Woodham

07/02/2020 at 10:36 PM

Yeah it is a lot of games, and a good deal too at only 30 to 40 bucks!


07/02/2020 at 10:07 PM

Neato, I want a copy on my Xbox. Wah. 

Cary Woodham

07/02/2020 at 10:38 PM

There are Xbox games on Switch (like Ori and the Blind Forest and Super Lucky's Tale), but not the other way around!  You wouldn't be able to do things like connect screens to make slot car tracks and fishing rivers, though, if it were on Xbox.


07/03/2020 at 09:13 PM

That's true. I have seen similar traditional games collections on Xbox. I might get one. 

Cary Woodham

07/04/2020 at 08:16 AM

Which ones are on Xbox?  I don't have that console so I'm not as familiar with it.


07/06/2020 at 03:40 PM

I can't remember off hand, but I've come across some. One was a collection of new takes on old arcade games. I want that one. 

Cary Woodham

07/07/2020 at 08:03 AM

That one sounds cool.  If you ever find it and get it, you'll have to write about it.


07/07/2020 at 07:32 PM

I will. 

Cary Woodham

07/07/2020 at 09:32 PM

You'd better or else Blaze from Streets of Rage will come over to your house and throw you across the room and eat all the turkeys on the floor!


07/08/2020 at 06:34 PM

I'll leave a lot of turkeys on the floor so she'll be too distracted to fight me. 

Cary Woodham

07/08/2020 at 08:54 PM

Oh sure, just give her lots of energy! (I can be pretty silly sometimes, huh?)


07/08/2020 at 09:07 PM

Silly is fun, and I'm often that way too. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/03/2020 at 08:10 PM

I don't know if I'll ever understand Hanafuda or Mahjong. Those games are a big part of the reason I don't ever really try to Platinum Yakuza games. I can probably get the hang of Shogi because it's like chess, but even then I don't quite understand it as well as chess. 

Cary Woodham

07/04/2020 at 08:17 AM

Oh they have Mahjong in the Yakuza games, too?  When I played one of those Yakuza games, I just stayed in the arcade and played Space Harrier and unlocked Fantasy Zone.  I liked the arcade lady there, too.

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/04/2020 at 11:17 AM

They have pretty much every popular Japanese gambling parlor game, I'd wager. There are also dice games like cho-han that are completely luck-based I seem to do pretty well in. 

Yakuza also has Texas Hold 'Em, black jack, roulette etc. in the casinos. I imagine a lot of the games in this collection you're reviewing are in Yakuza too. 

Cary Woodham

07/06/2020 at 09:21 AM

Wow if you just ignored all the Yakuza stuff, you wouldn't even have to get Clubhouse Games, huh?  That's kind of what I did with the arcade games in the Yakuza game I played.  Here's the story of the Yakuza game as experienced by me.  "Once upon a time, a Yakuza Man decided to stop being a Yakuza Man and just played arcade games all the time.  He lived in the arcade and married the arcade lady who worked there and they lived happily ever after.  The End."  Sounds like a good story to me!

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