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Road trips and video games go together perfectly. There is only so much corn you can look at before you go a little nuts. To pass the time, kids might want to explore Hyrule or race along the Rainbow Road while stuck in traffic. Instead of your kids fighting in the backseat with their siblings, they can fight as part of a Marvel team of heroes. If competition is more their speed, then Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is perfect for a bunch of short showdowns.

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Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The great American road trip is all about exploration. If you want to keep exploring from the back seat, scope out Koholint Island. In Link’s Awakening, the intrepid hero of the Legend of Zelda, Link, has found himself on the mysterious island of Koholint. As an old school Legend of Zelda fan who loved the original game — and played it daily — I am thrilled to say that, when playing this game, I’m transported back to that childhood of exploration with Link.

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Mario Kart World Tour

Wandering around a mysterious island may not be up to speed for everyone. For some people, a road trip means a need for speed, and Mario Kart 8 can satisfy that need. You can play independently or compete locally, which can make that road trip simply fly by. Playing with other people locally requires a wireless network, so if you don’t have one in the car then you might be out of luck. However, you will not be without your Mario Kart action because Nintendo just released Mario Kart Tour on Android and iOS, so you can race anywhere anytime.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Siblings fighting in the back seat is a natural thing. Siblings fighting together as a team is something entirely different. With Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Orderyour kids can battle Thanos and his minions together. What I love about this game is that you can put together your favorite characters on the same team to help you battle — not everyone has to be the best player possible. Stronger players can help keep the weaker players in the game, so it is perfect for kids of multiple ages and gaming skills.

video games for road trips

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

What if your road trip isn’t that long? When that is the case, then a series of mini-games is a great option. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is perfect for this because you can play on one Nintendo Switch system, and each game is very short. There are more than 30 games to play, so kids won’t get bored as they compete to be the best of the back-seat road warriors.

No matter where you are going or how you get there, I bet there’s a game for you and your family.