There’s something about the 4th of July that brings out the gamer in us all. Maybe it’s the sense of pride and excitement at the thought of the Revolutionary War and the idea of independence. Perhaps it is the feeling of summer’s stranglehold on our daily lives reaching its peak. Or it could be that people are naturally competitive and seeking the next chance to prove superiority over their family and friends. That last one makes the most sense, I’d say. Well, if you’re looking for some fun, competitive games to play for a 4th of July party, I’ve got exactly what you need.
1. Super Smash Brothers Brawl. Nintendo Wii.
1-4 Players. Fighting Game. 16 Player Rotation.
You may or may not know that I’ve been a fan of Nintendo’s ‘Smash’ series for ten years and frequently do editorials for it. For those unfamiliar with this ultra-popular series, it’s practically built for family get-togethers and the like. Choose from almost 40 different video heroes and villains in the greatest fighting game ever made. Witness the intense, vibrant, explosive results that encompass a single SSBB match. Have more than 4 players wanting to get in on the action? No problem! Play in Brawl’s ‘Rotation Mode’ for up to 16 players. The game will swap in different players between matches so everyone gets to play! For that added Independence Day effect, but on all ‘Cracker Launchers’- an item that shoots out a shower of fireworks. Highly recommended.
Fighting game alternatives: Naruto Clash of Ninja Revolution 1 or 2, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2 or 3, Godzilla Unleashed, Super Smash Brothers Melee, or Power Stone 2.
2. Advance Wars Days or Ruin or Advance Wars Dual Strike. Nintendo DS.
1-4 Players. Turn based- War & Strategy Game.
Looking for something a little more like the Revolutionary War? While not a very popular war to base video games off of, there are plenty of substitutes. The one I’d recommend over others for a 4th of July party would be, Advance Wars for the DS. Either Days of Ruin or Dual Strike are great choices- both offer similar experiences. You only need one Nintendo DS and one copy of the game to play, making it not only portable- but cheap. No need for extra controllers or systems, you play by passing the DS around with each turn. This one is for thinkers- strategy and tactics win the battlefield. You control an army of little troops, tanks, planes, and subs as you try to overcome enemy armies. It does a great job of putting you in the military hot-seat. Recommend for fans of strategy and turn-based game lovers.
Strategy/War game alternatives: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Battalion Wars 2, or Dynasty Warriors.
3. Clubhouse Games. Nintendo DS.
1-8 Players. Variety of party, card, and board games.
Looking for something more old-school? Are you a fan of card and board games? Then ‘Clubhouse Games’ is for you! Choose from over 40 classic games and play head-to-head through the DS’s unique ‘Download Play’. Only one copy of the game is needed to play classics like- Blackjack, Chess, Connect Four, Texas Hold ‘um, Checkers, Old Maid, Backgammon, Grid Attack (Battleship), Last Card, and many-many more! Great for a more old-fashioned 4th of July party.
Classic game alternatives: Virtual Console games, Wii Play, Mario Party DS, or New Super Mario Bros (Mini-games).
4. Wii Sports. Nintendo Wii.
1-4 Players. Motion-controlled Sports games.
What list of party games is complete without the revolutionary Wii Sports? Included free with the Nintendo Wii, many see Wii Sports as the greatest pack-in game ever released. Your friends will want to hug and kiss you upon seeing ‘Wii Sports’ pop up on the screen. Grab a Wiimote and spend the 4th of July playing one of the games five included sports! Swing a bat or throw a ball in Wii Baseball. Wield your racket with precision in Wii Tennis. Sink a hole-in-one on Wii Golf’s course. Knock out all challengers by throwing real blows in Wii Boxing. Try for a perfect 300 when playing in Wii Bowling’s alley. All this and more await you! Have a great 4th of July!
Sports game alternatives: Mario Power Tennis Wii, Mario Super Sluggers, Mario Strikers Charged, or Mario Hoops 3 on 3.