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Stuck inside? These games for the Nintendo 3DS system can help bring outdoor fun INdoors!

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It is SO not fair when it rains on a summer day. 

Rainy days mean no playing outside, no hanging out with friends in the park, no playing with a pet in the yard. But have no fear! You can have outdoor fun inside with these games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

 

Play with Poochy

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Dogs usually like to play outside in the rain, but then you’re stuck with that gross wet-dog smell all day. At least you can still take Poochy for a nice walk! Actually, it’s Poochy who takes Yoshi for a walk—er, a ride—through two levels of the Yoshi’s New Island game. This loyal pup has shown up in a few Nintendo games, where he mostly follows Yoshi around and sniffs out helpful items like keys and food. Check out Level 3-5 Don’t Fear the Spear and Level 4-S See Poochy Run! if you want to see Poochy in action.

 

Hang out with friends

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Playing with friends outside in the rain can be fun for kids as well as dogs. But wet-kid smell is just as bad as wet-dog smell. Instead, you and up to three friends can meet up in one of your towns in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf game. Each player will need their own system and Game Card (sold separately). If all players are within range of each other (like, in the same room), you can all connect via the Nintendo 3DS system’s Local Play feature to set up your own fishing tournament or bug hunt, trade custom designs, or dance the night away at Club LOL.

 

Have a picnic

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There’s no snack like a summertime picnic snack, especially if you’re sitting on a blanket under a shady tree on a hot day. But rainy days make for terrible picnics, so you can have a virtual picnic instead with the Kirby: Planet Robobot game. Kirby has the appetite of a pink puffball twice his size, so eating food is pretty high on his to-do list. What kind of things might you see in Kirby’s picnic basket? Calamari and Maxim Tomatoes. Yum!

 

Play some tunes

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Warm summer nights were almost made for harmonica blowin’ and guitar strummin’. But if your one-person show gets cancelled due to bad weather, you can always pick up The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D game. Music and instruments are vital to unlocking the secrets of the game. Songs can be used to warp to different locations, solve puzzles, and more. Plus, you’ve got a great music teacher: the mysterious Sheik.

 

Collect Bugs

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Ladybugs, fireflies, and grasshoppers come out in droves each summer, making them prime backyard-bug-collecting specimens. But if a rain shower is keeping you inside, you can try to catch those bugs in the YO-KAI WATCH game. The Yo-kai Lens can be used to catch bugs like Ladybugs, Fireflies, and Grasshoppers. Bugs can be traded for items at the Jungle Hunter, which is a pretty awesome way to get rid of your pest problem.

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Yoshi’s New Island ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence

Animal Crossing: New Leaf ESRB Rating: Everyone with Comic Mischief

Kirby: Planet Robobot ESRB Rating: Everyone with Mild Cartoon Violence

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes

YO-KAI WATCH ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ with Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence