As you may have heard, Club Nintendo has raised their excitement level to eleven this year, and started offering actual games in exchange for play-coins. Step right up to Club Nintendo and pick up your two new digital offerings: Mario Party 2 for the Wii’s Virtual Console and Art Academy: First Semester for DSiWare (though you oddly need a 3DS to redeem it).
I always thought Mario Party 2 was the best in the series — I can’t tell you how many wacky evenings I’ve spent with friends playing that game. Everything was kind of a blur, but I distinctly remember obscenities being flung casually into the wind every time someone would find a hidden star, use a magic lamp, use a Boo to steal coins, or win by the “Happening Star” — that game can end friendships, man.
So we all know Mario Party has its niche, but can anyone out there vouch for Art Academy? The biggest plus I can find for it is that it’s a “pleasant diversion.”