The Year of the Gamer – Mario, Zelda, Cuphead and more!

Infendo OpEd

It’s a pretty great time to be a gamer. Whether you prefer a quiet solo session of adventuring or some online action with total strangers, it seems like there’s really something for everyone out there this year, and honestly, that’s pretty great. No matter what type of gamer you are, we can bet there’s something out there for you.

From Breath of the Wild’s sprawling open world to Mario Odyssey’s straight-up fun, there’s never been a better year to put aside hundreds of hours for an immersive excursion. And with the Nintendo Switch’s portability, this year we gamers can take our adventures out to the real world. It’s truly never been a better time to eat an octorok or bomb some dodongos! Admittedly, the gaming well had been dry for a while now, so it’s nice to finally have such a large library of titles to choose from.

Admittedly, single player gaming can only go so far. Luckily, the online gaming world has never been as rich and full as it is now. For the more competitive among us, games like Arms, Splatoon 2 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Provide a fun multiplayer challenge. The real joy of online play comes from the fact that every experience is guaranteed to be different from the last. When you’re looking for something new and exciting every time you play, nothing beats Esport and you can even place a bet on games with Crownbet.

For a more social experience, a lengthy group Minecraft session is in order, or perhaps some lighthearted racing in Mario Kart 8. Sometimes the point of a game isn’t so much to compete, but rather to come together and socialize over a common event. And again, thanks to the internet, your friends have never been closer. In fact, sometimes the best gaming sessions are the ones where you barely touch the controller, and just spend time catching up.

Of course, eventually you’re going to want to push yourself to the absolute limit. Sometimes you just want to challenge yourself to the point of pulling out your hair and throwing the controller into the ground. Luckily, the newly-released Cuphead has just what you’re looking for. From high speed boss battles to bullet-hell style dodging, Cuphead, and games like it, will be there when you’re looking for that high-adrenaline rush.

No matter what you’re looking for, it’s hard to argue against gaming this year. Be it a solo offline experience or something online, lighthearted or intense, there’s really something for everybody out there right now. Maybe you’re looking for something familiar, or perhaps you want a brand new experience. There’s no wrong answers. So what are you waiting for? Grab a computer, a Switch or a phone and get playing already!