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Here are five games that can help pass the time this summer with quick, bite-sized play—whether you’re stuck in a car, at the airport, or just waiting for everyone else to get ready. The games in this article are available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch family of systems. You can keep reading to learn more!

You can play subgames in the Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe game

Merry Magoland is just one of the modes offering quick in-and-out play in the Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe game (the other is Story Mode). You can visit the Merry Magoland amusement park to play a colorful collection of subgames, collect stamps for your Stamp Rally, and earn in-game prizes. If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting Kirby adventure, you can download the free Nintendo eShop game demo!


You can fit in a battle or two in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game


There are five types of Battle Modes in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game. For a quick bit of gaming fun, we recommend Balloon Battle mode! Things can get pretty wild in Balloon Battle, where players use shells or other items to pop their opponents’ balloons. Players start off with five balloons and battle it out in rounds ranging from one to five minutes. You can use in-game coins you earn to unlock karts and more.


You can ink it up in Turf War in the Splatoon 3 game

Beloved by squiddos everywhere, Turf War is a three-minute, 4-vs-4* battle in the Splatoon 3 game. Two teams of four players battle to see who can ink a majority of the map with their team’s ink. The team that claims the most turf wins! You can splat ink using things that look like water guns, brushes, buckets…even an umbrella. If there’s no internet available, you can check out the single-player mode and practice your moves for the next battle.


You can explore Paldea in the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games

There is no set path on your adventure in the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games. This gives you the freedom to pick up your game, battle a few Pokémon, and put your game back down. You can also discover Legendary Pokémon and explore unfamiliar areas with friends and family in multiplayer mode (1-4 players online* and 2-4 players in local wireless**).


You can take on minigames in the Mario Party Superstars game

You can have a blast with fun, bite-sized minigames in the Mario Party Superstars game. Each minigame takes mere minutes to play, and you can go head-to-head with a friend using just two single Joy-Con controllers and one Nintendo Switch system. You can choose from ten Super Mario series characters like Mario, Princess Peach, and even Wario! If you’re playing on your own, the computer will control the other characters.


Bonus tip: You can pause the play (and jump back in) with Sleep Mode!

If you’re in the middle of a game but need to quickly put a pause on playing, you can put your Nintendo Switch system into Sleep Mode. To do this, you can press and hold the POWER Button for at least three seconds for the power menu to be displayed. You can select Power Options, then Sleep Mode. To wake the system from Sleep Mode, you can press the POWER Button or the HOME Button. It’s that easy!


*Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.

**Additional games, systems, and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems, and some accessories sold separately.

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Fantasy Violence

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ESRB Rating: Everyone with Comic Mischief

Splatoon 3 ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Cartoon Violence

Pokémon Scarlet ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Fantasy Violence

Pokémon Violet ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Fantasy Violence

Mario Party Superstars ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence