At times, when you just wanna veg out and relax, but can’t muster the willingness to play games yourself (or just plain looking for background noise during a work day), you can’t go wrong with a good Let’s Play. This quirky medium of entertainment exploded into popularity with the rise of YouTube. As they feature generally likeable personalities, their quippy commentary tends to mix pretty well with some of our favorite games.

When you find the right Let’s Play, you’re almost guaranteed a fun time. For example, there is the Game Grumps’ recent Super Mario Maker 2; watching Arin cycle through a wide range of emotions (usually oscillating between anger and sadness) while Danny chides and empathizes from the sidelines is absolutely funny more often than not. Maybe you like watching Super Beard Bros. just to see Jirard, Alex, and Brett; it makes for a nice change of pace outside the cleverly scripted episodes of The Completionist!

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In my case, I came recently across a channel called TheRunawayGuys, a collaboration between YouTubers Chuggaaconroy, ProtonJon, and NintendoCapriSun. I was in the mood for Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, if only just to see how the game’s four-cartridge multiplayer actually functions. The Let’s Play I stumbled upon turned out to be utterly hilarious.

Watching Emile, Jon, Tim, and special guest StephenPlays take on the Mirror World gave me insight I never got to experience with the game’s basic single-player mode. It also helps that the dynamic the four share works really well here, which often leads to some standout moments that left me reeling: constant openings of the map layered with riffing, reaching a world Boss without even realizing it and subsequently getting destroyed, or finding out all too late that the final boss doesn’t take damage from Kirby’s exhale, among other instances. It’s great that the team of four went in mostly blind, otherwise this playthrough wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun.

As I watch or listen to them go, admittedly, all I could think of was how Kirby and the Amazing Mirror could really do well with a remaster or remake for the Nintendo Switch. Granted, all eyes are on Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door right now for a remaster, but I digress. What Let’s Play series are you currently bingeing? Are they any series or YouTubers in particular you would like to recommend? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.

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