My Little Pumpkins! How is this beautiful day treating you? More than fine, I hope.
I have absolutely LOVED video games since I was very little (So… Yesterday? Haha. Very funny, Barbara), and they still are a big part of my life. They calm me down, distract me, inspire me and always take me to wonderful places. I am always searching for relaxing and Kawaii games to match the mood I am feeling.
Sometimes I just want to pass the time, relax and not worry about a thing, other times, I want a challenging game, something cute but with enough challenge that I will feel like I have accomplished something. There are also times that I need a break, I need something easy, something to make me feel cute and small, but that still requires my focus and keeps me from overthinking things I can’t fix right now.
Today I want to share with you my personal list of my most favourite Kawaii Games. Because Let’s face it, our games need to be as kawaii and adorable as us, right?
I have not ranked the games below, and the order does not say anything about my preference for them. They are mostly too different from one another to categorize and compare. I love all of them, and they are here because they make me feel very happy 🙂 Now on to the list!
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)
This is such a big series in this little community of ours that I think this game does not need an introduction.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, just like all the other games of the series, is a life simulation game. In New Leaf, you accidentally become the mayor of a town populated by many adorable animals, when Isabelle, your more than lovely secretary, picks you up at the train station and thinks you are joking when you say you are not the real Mayor. Easiest job hunt, right?
So now you are the mayor of this brand new, quite small town you have never seen in your life. What do you do now? Well, anything you want, really! Isabelle helps you settle down, builds you a house and explains your mayoral duties, which are 100% optional, but very fun.
After you are settled at your brand new cozy little house, you are completely free to make your own choices. You can fish, catch bugs with your net, harvest fruit from the trees and even dug for hidden treasures. There are many different animals to interact with and build a friendship, and the town is alive and constantly changing.
The game is played in real-time, which influences in the shops opening hours, the different types of wildlife you will find, when neighbours go to sleep and the such. You also get many different festivals and celebrations around the year, and from time to time new animals will move into your town, while some of the residents may also move out.
There are so many different things you can do! You can renovate and furnish your house; change your appearance and clothes/accessories; you can donate fishes and bugs you catch to the museum, as well as rare fossils you might find digging around the town. Build new objects for your city, like bridges, fountains, street lamps, and many useful things, as well as new facilities like cafès and police stations. You can pass laws to guide your town in the way you want it to function, like if the residents will plant more flowers, if your shops are going to open later or earlier, or if your town is going to be more wealthy.
I love this game with all my heart. There is no real commitment you need to make; there is no pressure, no objective or wrong choices. You get to play whenever you can, and if you spend a long time away, things are probably going to be changed, and your friends and neighbours will miss you!
It is such a relaxing and easy game to play; I often use it to escape and just forget about my worries, and I know I can go back to it whenever I want to. 🙂
Pokemon, Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu! (Nintendo Switch)
Now, if you have played the first RPGs in the Pokemon series, Pokémon Red and Green (Japan) or Blue (Everywhere else); or especially Pokemon Yellow, this game is going to feel like a love letter to you. If you have not played Red, Green, Blue or Yellow
you stop everything you are doing and go play right now, this game is still going to be absolutely amazing.
Pokemon, Let’s Go is set in Kanto, back with our loved 151 Pokemon, but with some new additions like their Alolan forms and Mega Evolutions. You play as a 10-year old, off to an adventure with a brand new Pokemon Professor Oak will give you. Except this time, you don’t get to choose your starter at all. The only choice you get to make is when you buy the game: Is it Eevee or Pikachu?
Your first partner is going to be one of these two absolutely adored Pokemon, and they are going to stand by your side forever. I personally chose Eevee, so I’ll talk about my game just because I don’t know how different those two are.
Eevee is going to ride around with you on your head. He doesn’t get inside his Pokeball, and he will want to interact and help you in every way he can. In fact, all the HMs you needed to navigate the world of Pokemon are now Special Moves, which Eevee insists on learning so he can help you even more.
There are a couple of different mechanics in these new games, the best one, in my opinion being that Pokemon now appear in the wild, so you see them before the encounter starts. You also don’t battle them, instead, you capture them like in Pokemon Go (with the rare exception of legendary Pokemon and our precious Snorlax <3).
Another great addition is that, for the first time ever, you get to play co-op! If you shake another joy-con while playing, a new Support Trainer will appear to help you in battles and to catch Pokemon. It is a very fun experience, although the support trainer doesn’t get to do much on his own.
There are many nostalgic places and people, with even Team Rocket Jesse and James from the anime popping up, with Meowth right there with them, it’s SO adorable! We also get to see Red, Green and Blue, and I got to admit, I never thought I would get so excited to see “Smell you later!” again.
The game is stunning, and you’ll feel like a child all over again. Seeing the same places, now with the incredible graphics we have on Nintendo Switch, is going to bring back feeling you almost forgot about. It’s a very unique and emotional experience that I highly recommend to fans of the franchise.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64/3DS/Wii)
I don’t even know where to start with this game. The Legend of Zelda franchise is so, so precious to me; it’s hard to explain. Everyone knows Link and Zelda, even if some of us still can’t quite get their names right. ^^’
I actually played Ocarina of Time not that long ago. My boyfriend was the one who, first, gave me my 3DS (♥♥♥♥♥), and second, insisted on me playing it, and I can’t express enough how thankful I am to him for both of these things.
The game has one of the most beautiful stories. It is engaging, magical, fun, touching, cute and strong, ALL at the same time. Playing this is a very unique experience.
You play as Link, the Hero of Time. Link is the chosen one to protect Princess Zelda and stop Ganondorf, the king of the Gerudo tribe, from obtaining the Triforce. While trying to save everyone, Link actually makes everything worse by opening the Sacred Realm and unknowingly letting Ganondorf reach the Triforce that was once sealed. He tricks everyone and remains powerful, while Link is sealed in the Sacred Realm until he is strong enough to wield the Master Sword and face Ganon.
To save everyone Link has to use the Ocarina of Time, a gift from Zelda, and the Master Sword to travel back and forth in time, learning new things, finding new tools and weapons, and solving puzzles. His goal is to travel through many temples to awaken the Seven Sages so they can seal Ganon away forever and peace can reign again.
The game gives you a wonderful sense of accomplishment for every right thing you make. You actually feel that it is your credit when you try, learn, and solve the puzzles, when you finally defeat that boss, when you put pieces of the story together.
I will admit, it does get dark and scary sometimes. There are some nightmarish monsters that still give me creeps when I think about them. There was ONE in particular (that only appears two times in the whole game) that I couldn’t actually fight. My boyfriend had to kill it for me both times because I couldn’t even look at the screen without panicking and bursting in tears, but that was my trigger, and maybe it won’t even affect you. His name is Dead Hand in case you are curious (Don’t.)
But apart from that guy, I felt amazing when I could finally beat the monsters I feared. Horrible hand falling from the sky to kill you? Dead. Ugly Mummy, that even Link freezes when facing it? Gone. Suspicious mask salesman with the most bizarre smile you have ever seen? Back in the next game and not actually bad, for some reason.
In the end, it’s an unforgettable and very touching experience. The story is so pretty, and I still cry every time I think about the ending. I highly recommend people of all ages to play this game; it’s very very worth it.
(Poochy &) Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo 3DS/Wii U)
This platform game is one of the most kawaii games I have ever seen in my life. Everything, the characters, the environment and even the menu, are all made of yarn and cloth.
You play as two yarn Yoshis who have to rescue all the other Yoshis, after Kamek comes and transforms them all in big bundles of yarn for his master Baby Bowser. You explore this yarn world, saving all your woolly friends.
You choose between three colours: Classic Green, Light Blue and my forever favourite, Pastel Pink. You can also choose the mode you play, either the Classic Mode or Mellow Mode, which gives you three adorable little Poochy pups that help you find secrets and act as yarn balls, and a pair of wings, so you don’t have to worry about falling and can easily reach places that would otherwise be challenging.
This whole game, every aspect of it, is just plain adorable. Every level has many different assets to play with, like finding beads to exchange for Power Badges, swallowing enemies and storing them as yarn balls for you to use later, solving puzzles, and collecting Flowers, Wonder Woolls and Stamp Patches.
If you collect all the Yarn Bundles in a level, it unlocks new patterns of Yoshis you can use in your adventure. And you can also play and build patterns yourself! It is so fun to make them, and the limit is your imagination to the patterns you can make.
You can also play in Co-op mode! Which allows you to swallow your buddy and throw him at hard-to-reach areas you couldn’t reach by yourself. While playing by yourself, you can use any Yoshi Amiibo to create a duplicate Yoshi and mimic the co-op actions.
At the main menu, you will also find Yoshi Theater, with adorable short videos of Poochy and Yoshi playing around in funny scenarios. You will be asked a question based on what you saw on the video (like the colour of something or what Yoshi is eating), and if you get the answer right, you get some beads!
It is such an adorable game, you can’t help but smile while you play it. The design looks stunning, and it’s a fairly easy game, especially in Mellow Mode. You get to just sit down and enjoy all the fuzzy Yoshis and Poochies you wished were there with you.
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Mario Odyssey is INCREDIBLE! It is everything you know and love about the Mario games, and more. The plot, as usual, is very simple. Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach and plans to marry her. So, with the help of the Broodals, they plan the perfect wedding for the couple.
The Broodals (a bunch of adorable evil bunnies) proceed to go from planet to planet stealing only the best of everything for the perfect wedding. The most delicious stew from Mount Volbono, the most beautiful ring from Tostarena, the prettiest tiara from Bonneton, our poor Tiara, among many other precious gifts and delicacies. When was the last time Mario did anything like that for Peach, Huh?
This is where our heroes come in. Oh yeah, heroeS. Fortunately, Tiara has a big brother called Cappy, who joins Mario on his quest to once again save the princess from the
very powerful, amazing, charismatic and devoted ♥ evil Bowser. They go from Kingdom to Kingdom searching for the Broodals and trying to stop them from fulfilling the plan.
This game is stunning. Every Kingdom if so rich and full of personality, with so many different creatures and things to do. One of the main mechanics of the game is Cappy’s ability to “possess” enemies and creatures. So every kingdom plays differently. We have Cheep Cheep, Goomba, Bullet Bill, and many more of the classic enemies, as well as some new ones, like Uproot, the angry onion.
Mario and Cappy jump from world to world collecting moons to power up their ship so they can continue pursuing Bowser and Peach, and there are MANY moons in this game. You only need a small number of moons to proceed with the story, but Oh Boy if you go after them all! There are so many secret places, so many puzzles, some not even that hidden but quite challenging, that you can spend A LOT of time playing this game and still have so much to do. At the same time, you can just ignore all that and move on with the story, you won’t miss a thing (except, you know, moons.)
Every detail is so pretty, and you find hidden gifts and messages all around. You will come across parts where Mario will get into a pipe on the wall and play a very nostalgic 2D pixelated area. You will find some very iconic friends like Captain Toad, Pauline, Toadette, your brother Luigi and our loved Yoshi.
Mario Odyssey is a love letter to the fans of the franchise. It lets us play around with all these different characters we saw growing up, with enough freedom to explore this huge, beautiful world they built for us, and with an ending SO EPIC, you’ll want to scream and laugh and jump and cry at the same time. I won’t give spoilers, but it’s A M A Z I N G. You should go play it. You should go play it right now.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS)
I have to admit; I had a hard time picking up a Kirby game for the list. I love them all, and I love Kirby too much! He is small, kawaii, loves food and eats all the time, is mostly innocent and calm but will become fierce and protective when those he loves are in danger. I can honestly relate to 100% of that!
In Triple Deluxe, while Kirby is peacefully sleeping at his house at night, beanstalks start growing from down under all over Dream Land, carrying many landmarks, including Kirby’s House and King Dedede’s castle, up into the air. After waking up and recovering from the shock of being somewhere entirely new, Kirby heads over to the King’s castle just in time to see Taranza, a spider of some sort, knocking down the king’s guards and kidnapping him. Kirby then sets off to Dedede’s rescue, adventuring through this brand new land of Floratia.
This game is a 2.5D platformer, which means it is linear (front and back) but you can also move deeper into the background with portals. Triple Deluxe plays with Kirby advancing through Floratia fighting (and mostly eating) enemies, collecting stars and key chains, which are shaped after various characters from past Kirby games.
Kirby still can copy some enemies attacks, with over 20 options in this game! Most are the same from past games, but we have some new ones like Beetle, Circus, and Archer. You can copy the enemies abilities by inhaling (eating) them.
Apart from the fact that Kirby is just absolutely ADORABLE, this game is so pretty and colourful. The graphics are very clean and the cut scenes are precious. We also have Kirby little dances, and the faces he makes with his mouth wide open to inhale everything? Priceless.
Triple Deluxe has the Hypernova Kirby mode, which happens when he eats a Miracle Fruit. On this mode, Kirby glows rainbow-like and gets a much more powerful inhaling attack, even sucking up big trees along the way. He becomes practically invincible, except for bosses and mini-bosses.
This is such a fun and relaxing game to play. Everything is so cute. The characters, the trees. Even the enemies! The colours and the music also match the game perfectly. Kirby was developed thinking about non-experienced players, that’s why he floats around indefinitely and never falls. It’s overall a very good experience, even for people who are not that used to playing video games.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (Nintendo 3DS)
Harvest Moon has been one of my favourite games since PlayStation 1. The first time I played Back to Nature, I instantly fell in love. I didn’t even know English yet, and I still played every day, religiously.
I chose A New Beginning because it’s a newer game and easier to find, and also one of the best of the new Harvest Moon games in my opinion. For those of you who never played Harvest Moon before, it is a farm simulation RPG game, where you have to take care of an inherited farm, taking it from scratches and building it back up to success. You build relationships with the people in town, even getting an option to marry a character from the opposite gender.
In A New Beginning, you inherit an old farm from your father in the abandoned town of Echo Village. You run across a man who explains that everyone moved into the big city, and only a few remain. The two of you come up with a plan to bring the town back to life, building houses, decorations and amenities to convince people to move back into Echo Village.
The game consists of you working on your farm, planting crops, taking care of animals (cows, chickens, sheep, etc.), renovating your house and customizing your character, as well as rebuilding the city, so the villagers come back into town. The more you work on the city, the more people will come and the more you will have to put on your farm.
The different villagers sell seeds, blueprints for different decorations and amenities, farm animals, pets (cats and dogs), and many different things that can help you rebuild the town and your farm. You can also build a relationship with the villagers, giving them gifts, even finding a significant other and getting married.
This game has a multiplayer feature where you can exchange items and take care of each other’s animals. It is a simple feat but can be very helpful.
I really like this series. It is a very worry-free game, you don’t necessarily HAVE TO do anything. The game gives you the “objectives”, but you choose how you are going to build your town and your farm. You don’t need to stress out about doing things the wrong way or missing something.
The animals are all adorable, and you can actually find some in the wild, like bunnies and squirrels. You can’t keep them thou, unfortunately 🙁 I highly recommend playing this or any of the Harvest Moon games, it is a very lovely experience and can be quite a peaceful game.
Moco Moco Friends (Nintendo 3DS)
This one is not as famous as the other ones. It was actually my boyfriend who found this and recommended me. And that’s the day I found out he really knew me that well.
Moco Moco Friends is a role-playing game about a little witch who just graduated from magic school and has to befriend many Plushkin in the land of Dreamtopia! This is somewhat similar in genre to Yo-kai Watch and the Pokemon series.
Moco is a very funny witch who is constantly thinking and talking about food. She lives in Konpei Tower, where her Master Michuru lives and gives her tasks so she can one day become a Plushkin Master too.
Moco goes on adventures in dungeons full of Plushkin, fighting them and capturing them. She works on finding precious things for building essential gadgets in the town, so she can continue to grow and be a strong Plushkin Master.
She is very forgetful and insatiably hungry, often forgetting what she needs to do because she was thinking about food. She has a staff named Neko who is always trying to help and keep her focused, but can’t most of the times.
It is a very funny and kawaii game, very easy to play and you will fall in love with all the Pushkin. They are all stuffed animals of many forms and colours, who fight for and with you. It is a very entertaining and cute game to play with no commitment and for when you want to have a good laugh.
My Reason for All This
First of all, I am very sorry for the size of this post. I know it is very long, but I couldn’t control myself! I actually had to get some games out of the list (Professor Layton I am so, SO sorry. I still love you very much, I promise), it hurt my heart but had to be done.
Also, I didn’t exactly plan to write only about Nintendo games; it just happened that all the most kawaii ones I could think of where Nintendo ones, which actually kind of make sense. To end this massively long post, I want to show you the beautiful and personalized 3DS my boyfriend gave me. Eevee is my favourite Pokemon and knowing that, he made this surprise for me ♥ I can easily say it’s the prettiest thing that I own, and I’ll be forever grateful to him.
Thank you so much for being with me again today, and I’ll see you girls very soon!