While Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics for Nintendo Switch is a LOT of fun, it really falls short in the two player aspect of it. A huge thank you to Nintendo for providing me with a copy of the game to check out. All opinions expressed are my own.
If you don’t already know that everyone in my family is a huge gamer, you haven’t been paying attention. All four of us play every console imaginable in our down time. And yes, we play board games too. In fact, every Sunday is game day for us.
So when we discovered Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics was coming to the Nintendo Switch, we were overjoyed. Board games… in Switch form… sign us up! We have two Switches and were so excited to start playing so we downloaded it immediately.
Now let me start off by saying that this game IS a lot of fun. There are tons of games to choose from and if you are a gamer, you are sure to have a blast with it. If you are playing by yourself, there are lots of cool trophies to collect and, if you are a completionist like me, you will be striving to win every single game and collect them all!
How Do You Play Multiplayer Clubhouse Games?
My main issue with this game is trying to access multiplayer games. Like I said above, my whole family loves to game. So we thought for sure this was going to be something we could have fun with as a family. Sure, most of the games are two player, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take turns.
But WOW. I never expected it to be so difficult to get two players in on this game. I downloaded the game on my profile, but then after hitting start, I couldn’t even select two player. Then my daughter tried to open it from her profile and she couldn’t. The game is nearly $40 so you would think a family of four would each be able to play it on the same console… right? Technically yes — but it took a full three days for our Nintendo Switch consoles to allow it.
For those three days, the eShop was trying to make each person purchase and download the game themselves, under their profile, if we all wanted to be able to each be able to play the full game. That would be $120!
After a lot of research, and even reaching out, I was told that the profiles that did not purchase the game could download a “guest pass” for free. This pass would allow them to play SOME (not all) of the games with the person who owns the game. However, we had a really hard time accessing the guest pass. It seems like because one of our profiles downloaded the game, the guest pass wouldn’t show up for us. But we kept being instructed to purchase the game again. Weird!
I think what bothered me most about this is the fact that these are multiplayer games. It feels like a family should be able to share the game, and play together with ease — since that is the nature of these games. To play together. So I knew there was something wrong here. We checked daily, and just waited it out. Hoping this glitch would fix itself.
Well, after a lot of begging from the kids, we decided to purchase one more copy of Clubhouse Games. This was several days later and now, finally, the eShop was saying purchased under every profile. There was still a problem though, the game would not allow anyone besides the profile that purchased it to play the full game (which is me).
The easiest solve to allowing the whole family to play the full game is of course, allowing everyone to play on my profile. Which is fine, but the completionist in me that likes to earn all the trophies myself had to take a step back and just allow it to happen (even though it hurt a little to do so).
Luckily, this problem also ended up fixing itself. After another day, the consoles seemed to “update” themselves to where we could all play the game – on either of our Nintendo Switches! We were all THRILLED when this happened!
After many hours and a lot of stress, we were finally able to play Clubhouse Games as it was intended and enjoy it. It is a TON of fun, especially if you love tabletop games like we do. All the issues we dealt with? Perhaps just growing pains of a new release and the fact that it was a digital download versus a physical game. Were they all worth it in the end? I have to say yes — although I do not wish to deal with that all again.
My husband and I have both been gaming since we were young, and have every console imaginable, so it feels like this should have been easier for us to figure out. We both are convinced that something was updated after a few days, and perhaps part of the problem is we downloaded it the first day it was available.
One week after release and download update: We have the game on BOTH of our Nintendo Switch Consoles without having to purchase a second game. All four of us can play on either Switch. We also discovered that once each person played a single player game on EACH console, that opened up two player and local play. Woohoo!
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is a ton of fun. I know that my kids will be playing it all summer long — especially on those rainy days when they can’t enjoy the outdoors. Ever since we got it all figured out, they have been glued to the Switches and playing (and yes mom and dad barely get a turn!).
Clubhouse Games Features
These features are the ones pointed out by Nintendo and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. I personally enjoy the Learn A Game for my kids — it is an easy way for them to understand how to play a game. I have seen them doing it more than once.
- Dive into this diverse collection of games with helpful features that make learning new games approachable, including How to Play sections. Select games offer helpful “Learn a Game!” tutorials along with an Assist option that suggests opening moves. There’s even an Undo function in some games, so take backs are allowed!
- Challenge friends in person or online with a wide variety of options for multiplayer matches. Forty-four of the included games support Local Wireless* and Online Play** with other Nintendo Switch owners, while 40 of the games support Single System Multiplayer.
- Play against CPU opponents with multiple difficulty levels in single player, ranging from “Normal” to “Impossible!” Unlock and collect trivia as you play while you chase after the elusive trophy cup reserved for game masters who beat all the CPU levels.
- Arrange up to four Nintendo Switch systems side-by-side on a surface using Mosaic Mode with up to four players.
- Anyone who downloads the free Clubhouse Games Guest Pass in Nintendo eShop*** on Nintendo Switch can try out four of the games from the full game, single or multiplayer by sharing a Joy-Con or by connecting locally with another Nintendo Switch owner who also has the Guest Pass. Or enjoy all the games that support Local Wireless in the full release when connected to someone who owns Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
**Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems and some accessories sold separately. ***Free supplementary software will be available to download from Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system. Up to three players with this supplementary software can enjoy a selection of games in local multiplayer with a player who owns the full version of the game. Full version of the game and systems sold separately.
About Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
With a selection of classic card games, tabletop games and digital delights from around the world, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics offers dozens of ways to relax and connect with friends and family. Four-in-a-Row, Texas Hold’em, Chess, Slot Cars, Mancala and so many others, this collection includes new and old favorites spanning centuries of strategy and creativity.