The Best Games Within Games (Mini-Games)

Sometimes games contain other games within them. These mini-games are usually nothing special, but some end up surprising players as sometimes, they are just as good (or at times even better) than the parent games themselves. In this post, we have a look at some popular console games with the best mini-games.

Splatoon – Squid Jump

Splatoon took everyone by surprise back in 2015. No one expected the game to be as popular as it is today. Business Insider details how Splatoon 2, the sequel to the original Splatoon – has sold more than 9 million units to date, making it one of the best selling games on the Nintendo Switch. None of this would ever be possible if players had not taken to the original Splatoon’s colorful and novel gameplay.

While we can talk about any of the minigames in the Arcade Machine, Squid Jump is the one you just don’t ever forget. The mechanics of the game are simple: Get the squid as high as you can get it while navigating through some tricky platforms. But sometimes simplicity is key, as players quickly took to the game, even posting their high scores in gaming forums. If you missed playing Squid Jump, you’ll be glad to know that someone was able to recreate it so you can play it on your browser.

Mario Party 10 – Bowser’s Bogus Bingo

Mario Party 10 was released on the Wii U back in 2015 and featured two new modes: Amiibo Party and Bowser Party. The former took advantage of the Wii U’s capability of integrating their Amiibos into their games, while the latter lets a fifth player join the game and allowed them to hinder the other players’ progress.

One of these games included in Bowser Party Mode is Bowser’s Bogus Bingo. For anyone familiar with the traditional game of bingo, this should look familiar. It is reminiscent of the 40-ball variety, which an ultimate guide to bingo by Gala Bingo explains is the variation of the game that is played using a 2 x 4 grid containing eight numbers between the value of 1 and 40.

Random numbers determined by a machine are then called out when the game starts. Players with the numbers on their cards mark them until they complete one line (or by marking all the numbers on your card in a house game). The rules to Bowser’s Bogus Bingo are quite similar, except that you’ll want to keep your card as clean as possible, as each completed line will result in one bomb being dropped on your character. This Bowser Party Mode was so popular that Tech Crunch cited it as one of the game’s main draws. If you plan on playing this game, remember to avoid getting the same symbol twice for Bowser, because this will lead to you losing a round.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Gwent

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a modern masterpiece and is one of the best examples of how far video games have come. The game is the perfect combination of stellar graphics, impeccable gameplay, and an enthralling story that pulled players into the world of The Witcher. These factors led to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt winning a host of awards including Game of the Year back in 2015.

While The Witcher 3 is beloved among gamers across the world for its main story, a minigame within its expansive world also managed to get their attention. The game in question was Gwent. It was a full-blown card game located in The Witcher 3. It had players go head to head with fully customizable decks to try and beat each other. If you want to play Gwent against other players, you’ll be glad to know that CD Projekt Red, the developers of The Witcher 3, created an entire spinoff of Gwent that’s still being updated.


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Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.
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