- System: Nintendo Switch
- Genre: Party / Puzzle Game / Family
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
- Developer: BB Studios / Hyde
- Release Date: 2019
About Disney Tsum Tsum Festival
Console games becoming mobile games, mobile games becoming console games… The gaming industry is an ever-changing, ever-exciting thing. Disney Tsum Tsum was a popular mobile and arcade puzzle game in which you line up matching character-shaped balloons in order to pop them and get rid of them. A classic premise with cute characters, of course it’d be a success! Well, now expanding onto the Nintendo Switch, Disney Tsum Tsum Festival has brought in the big, adorable guns and we took it for a spin!
The Next Party Game?
After years of success in arcades and on mobile devices, Disney Tsum Tsum is making its debut on the console gaming scene with the Nintendo Switch. Referred to by many as a family console, Nintendo has been known to produce quality party games and now Disney Tsum Tsum has to stand up to greats like WarioWare and Mario Party which pretty much invented the game. And that’s exactly what BB Studios did! Yes, you can still pop Tsum Tsums, but now you also get to play a bunch of different mini-games! And we got to try some out at this year’s E3.
One of the fun things about Tsum Tsum is collecting new and rare characters from the ever-expanding Disney roster. Well, you can still collect Tsum Tsums by collecting coins to buy them but now you can also earn coins by playing other games! And even better, you can play with up to 3 other people online OR locally, which means you need to get playing with some friends to get those rare Tsum Tsums!
There’s air-hockey, in which contestants are placed in teams and must defend their goal while trying to score a goal on the other team, as one does. The vehicles are bouncy and it makes it pretty challenging, especially when you’ve got an air-hockey expert on the opposing team!
The VIllains Party game is kind of like PacMan—you eat little dots and when you eat the big ones the ghosts are edible and that’s when you earn points. Of course, the characters are adorable Tsum Tsum villains and the mazes are colorful and vibrant with whimsical music that makes it feel fun but also makes you feel a little pressured when you’re about to get caught by a ghost.
The Spin game was also fun and required a bit more skill. All contestants are inside a bowl/ramp and there are barrels all around it. Sliding back and forth, the piled up Tsum Tsums must push each other out of the game area while not allowing other players to shove them out. It all happens very quickly and next thing you know, you’re down to just one Tsum Tsum! But don’t worry! When you shove someone off, you get one of theirs!
There are also music-based games, curling, races, coin collecting, and who knows what else will be included in the final version!
While we only got to experience a part of what the whole game will be, we’re pretty excited to see what other mini-games there will be! The Tsum Tsums are adorable, the quick multi-player action is fun and doesn’t get boring with so many different stages, and you can play with your friend(s) whether online or IRL! Are you a die-hard Disney Tsum Tsum fan just itching for the Switch Festival to start? What’s the rarest character you have? They’re so cuuuuute~!