Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are just some of the games that teens have been playing during this time of social distancing. We created iThrive Game Guides to support your connection with the teens in your life when they play them and other popular video games.

At iThrive Games Foundation, we care deeply about teens, games, and social and emotional skills. Right now, in the same home, parents are working and teens are learning. It’s a huge adjustment to navigate the new normal amid COVID-19. With changes at hand and routines disrupted, social and emotional skills are more important than ever. And, we can stay connected by playing games while practicing social distancing.

Video games are an easy avenue to foster connection with the teens in your family, which is why we created iThrive Game Guides. While social distancing, our Game Guides will support you in:

  • Learning More: Read the general overview of the game, have a seat and watch your teen play.
  • Joining In: Now that you understand the game, grab a controller and ask your teen to show you how to play.
  • Getting Curious: Whether you watched or played along, use these discussion prompts to ask questions with genuine curiosity.

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iTHRIVE GAME GUIDES

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS

is an open-ended, life simulation game for Nintendo Switch that invites players to explore a world of possibility and create their own paradise. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons here and a printer-friendly version here.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

is an online multiplayer battle arena video game set in a fictional universe. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for League of Legends here and a printer-friendly version here.

MINECRAFT

MINECRAFT

is a sandbox video game that encourages players to be creative as they craft their own customized maps. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Minecraft here and a printer-friendly version here.

FORTNITE

FORTNITE

is an online video game that features three modes that invite challenge, creativity, and adventure. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Fortnite here and a printer-friendly version here.

SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE

SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE

is a crossover fighting game that features familiar characters from Nintendo and its third-party franchises. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate here and a printer-friendly version here.

STARDEW VALLEY

STARDEW VALLEY

is an open-ended role-playing game that simulates country life on a farm plot and invites players to take on the task of making the plot and once-bustling town thrive again. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Stardew Valley here and a printer-friendly version here.

OVERWATCH

OVERWATCH

is a team-based, multiplayer first-person shooting game that is set in a fictional, futuristic world. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Overwatch here and a printer-friendly version here.

DESTINY 2

DESTINY 2

is an online multiplayer first-person shooting game set in a futuristic, mystical sci-fi world that features cooperative and competitive elements. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Destiny 2 here and a printer-friendly version here.

MARIO KART

MARIO KART

is a series of racing games with solo and multiplayer modes that feature historical characters from the Nintendo franchise. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for the Mario Kart series here and a printer-friendly version here.

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD

is an action-adventure game with an immersive story set in a visually engaging world. Check out the iThrive Game Guide for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here and a printer-friendly version here.

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