5 Best Mini Games Within Games

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Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King

Mini-games have been an integral part of games. Just for example the car-smashing bonus stage of the Street Fighter series or Mortal Kombat‘s button-mashing drama Test Your Might have become instantly recognizable. Certainly, some mini games within games have become a legend in themselves – Geometry Wars basically lived inside Project Gotham Racing 2’s garage.

There are more challenging games to try like Book of Ra if you are feeling lucky, Coming back to the topic: mini games within games can be integrated into different ways to different effect. Some are used diegetically to develop on a game’s world, such as Hideo Kojima’s self-referential tapestry in the Metal Gear franchise, while others play as recognition to achieving stories past, just like Namco’s addition of Galaga in Tekken’s loading screens, If you remember that.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Japanese RPGs feature some version of gambling in the games, but no franchise pulls it off with the talent of the Dragon Quest series. Many games in the series include casinos, but it is Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the PS2 used the most comprehensive use to date; the towns of Baccarat and Pickham offer slot machines, bingo games and roulette.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V is a brilliant game and no doubt about that and it includes a mix of mini-games and things you can pass your time with and it is so polished they could almost pass as stand alone releases, but it is Righteous Slaughter 7, Michael de Santa’s son Jimmy, that’s the most memorable character. This is the only unplayable entry on this list, The combat plays out at high frame rates and young foul mouthed male gamer Jimmy quick scopes his prey while shouting tons of slangs down the headset that which is even too much for his criminal father.

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl are given extensive replay value by the plenty of unlockables, which can satisfy even the most compulsive players. In Melee for the Gamecube console, character trophies can be gathered through gambling in a coin lottery where the more coins put in raises the player’s chances of obtaining a new statuette. Its series Brawl for the Wii has a lot more skill-based versions in Coin Launcher, a shooting game where coins can be propelled at moving targets to collect trophies and stickers and after getting them you can arrange them on display tables and in scrapbooks.

Final Fantasy VIII

The Final Fantasy series is known for making a lot of mini-games and some of them are super cool, such as the Gold Saucer events from VII and Blitzball from X, but it is the addictive pastime of Triple Triad from Final Fantasy VIII that was simply the best. This card game is launched with a normal rule set which can later be changed as Squall and co. meet NPCs from other expanses who play by their own provincial rules, opening up added intensity and complexity. So well-integrated is Triple Triad that there is even a spell which can be used against enemies to collect the cards connected with them, as well as a side-story including the Queen of Cards, a character who can help to expand rules among the various regions and help in the pursuit of unique cards.

Animal Crossing

Before the age of the Virtual Console and the retro fever kicked off, Animal Crossing released on NES cartridges with its huge collection of tat for the Villager to collect. These are available as part of the Japanese N64 original and the more well-known Gamecube installment but were grievously absent from all following versions. In a related fashion to Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue, they help as a quaint reminder of Nintendo’s legacy and early accomplishments, offering titles such as Excitebike, Donkey Kong and Golf among others.


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