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KratosMD

Would like to hear some opinions regarding a PS1 game, Grandia. A second-hand store just received a physical copy of the PS1 version for only €25 without a manual (which I don't really care about, I just want to have the game physically). As a comparison, a copy with a manual there is €100. Although I'm guessing that copy is also in a better condition than the first.

So is the game worth getting at that price, and is this a good JRPG in general? I know there's an HD remastered collection of Grandia 1 and 2 on Switch, but I tend to prefer buying physical copies of games whenever I can. Not to mention that I already have tons of JRPGs on Switch so it might just get forgotten about if I were to buy it there.

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JohnnyShoulder

One of my nephews is 5 just after christmas and my bro has just got a Switch. So I will be getting him his first video game. As far as I know he has only played games on an Android tablet previously. He did have a go on Zelda BOTW a few weeks back at my place and he did struggle with trying to control the camera with the right stick, and just kept going in a straight line every where. He also got a little upset with the enemies attacking him after a bit. He seemed to like the colourful graphics though.

He likes Batman and Cars and I see that there is the DC Villians and a Cars 3 game for the Switch. My only concern is that the DC game might be a bit too advanced for him which might frustrate him and is rated as 7 so might not be suitable for him. The Cars game might be a safer bet as it is rated E and might be more easy going for him. I was thinking of a 2D game but the ones that spring to mind will probably be too hard for him like Cuphead (if I was really evil that would be top of my list), Sonic Mania or the countless Metroidvania games available.

Has anyone got any other suggestions please? I'm not too worried about the overall quality of the game as long as it's not flat out broken to play. He will most likely just muck around in the game and not playing to complete it

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KratosMD

@JohnnyShoulder The obvious choice based on that would be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It's a racing game, it's incredibly colourful, you can glide in it (like Batman), it's circuit/point-to-point based so the tracks are linear (no need to control a camera), you can adjust the difficulty to make it easier (automatic drifting instead of manual, you can also make it so he doesn't drive out of the track etc.) and there's a lot of content.

Footnote: I just realised that you meant "Cars" as in the Disney franchise, not the noun "cars" lol. But maybe Mario Kart could be a good fit for him anyway. It's a quality title and I doubt a third-party game like Cars would even come close to the greatness of MK.

Another suggestion that's not based on your criteria is Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee. It's the easiest Pokémon game ever and who doesn't like Pokémon. Great way to introduce people into RPGs as well, it can become quite addicting! It can also be played in local multiplayer where two players control one trainer each, so you or your brother could play with him at the same time.

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Rudy_Manchego

@JohnnyShoulder I agree with @KratosMD, the accessiblity options in Mario Kart 8 are very good. You can calibrate it so that basically the user only has to worry about basic steering etc. My daughter used to play it with me when she was 6 and she struggles to control two sticks but you don't need to with this game.

I struggled with BOTW at first because there are a lot of systems in it and combat is very hard at the start - plus minimal hand holding. Also, oddly another good option might be a Switch online membership as there are lots of good NES and SNES games to try as well for platformers.

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@JohnnyShoulder % might be a bit young for a lot of Switch stuff, but agree with Rudy and Krat - MK8 it a winner. It's flashy and very accessible.

The Cars game form the looks of it is based on the Disney Infinity racing stuff - OK, but I reckon MK8 will be a lot more forgiving.

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JohnnyShoulder

@KALofKRYPTON @Rudy_Manchego @KratosMD Cheers guys I will check out MK8 and Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and compare them with some others to see if I can them at a decent price as I'm not looking to spend loads if possible.

And yeah he likes both the Pixar Cars films and cars in general. Not sure if he's into actual racing enough for MK8 to hold his interest enough but we shall see.

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KratosMD

@JohnnyShoulder It's too bad that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn't have a demo on the Switch eShop but there is one for Pokémon Let's Go in case you want to try it out first.

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JohnnyShoulder

@KratosMD Ok cheers for the heads up, I'll check it out.

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Tasuki

@JohnnyShoulder Maybe try the Spyro Collection. It's colorful controls are pretty much simple enough and really it's a good game to just "muck around in". I am sure a 5 year old will have fun just running around breathing fire and headbutting Gnorcs and collecting gems.

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Thrillho

@Tasuki Good shout. The story for the first game is pretty minimal too so it’s all about flaming bad guys and gliding around.

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JohnnyShoulder

@Tasuki That's a good shout, another one to add to the list.

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JohnnyShoulder

@Tasuki That's good to know, thanks! I've narrowed it down to the following

Yoshi's Crafted World (has a Mellow mode for lower skill levels)
Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Super Mario Party
Cars
Pokemon Let's Go
I will give all of those a deep dive over the weekend and decide on Monday.

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RogerRoger

@JohnnyShoulder With respect, I'd remove New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe from that list. Even as a somewhat-experienced gamer, I found the difficulty curve on that to be prohibitive. Its content is brightly-coloured and innocent, but it's definitely a gamer's game. Maybe for when he's closer to ten, not five (same with LEGO DC Super-Villains, which you mentioned before and agree with you about).

Rest of those options look solid. I'd say that Yoshi, Spyro and Cars are your top picks.

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JohnnyShoulder

@RogerRoger The only reason I chose NSMBUD is that there are two new characters, Toadette and Nabbit that have been introduced and have special abilities which are designed to help out less experienced players. Plus you can have local co-op with just one Joy-Con controller, so an adult can help out if needed. I'll keep your thoughts in mind though!

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RogerRoger

@JohnnyShoulder Ah, of course there are, my mistake! Yep, get him started on 2D platforming early. Key gaming developmental skills and all that; none of this Fortnite twin-stick, episodic VR season-based loot box nonsense his generation is bound to thrive on.

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