While my perfect vacation would normally be spent playing video games at home, many people say I need to get out of the house more. Well, I’d be more than happy to set foot in the great outdoors if I could visit some of the locations from my favorite video games. And so, to appease those who think I’m too much of a homebody, below are my top five video game vacation destinations, in no particular order!
- Delfino Island – I mean, this one is pretty obvious, but who wouldn’t want to visit the same tropical paradise as Mario and Princess Peach during Super Mario Sunshine! They have plenty of fresh fruit, sandy beaches, a theme park, and some truly lovely scenery. I’d especially love to visit Noki Bay, which has always been my favorite location in the game since childhood, with its high cliffs and ancient ruins. I just hope my visit doesn’t coincide with an eel with poor oral hygiene mucking up the place again…
- Glade of Dreams – I’ve always loved the beauty of Rayman’s world, the (usually) peaceful and always whimsical Glade of Dreams. Not only is it a wild and natural land, very much unlike our industrialized world full of cars and cities, but it’s inhabited by a truly delightful, if not bizarre, cast of characters. I’d very much like to spend a vacation just relaxing with the limbless and carefree Rayman and his best friend Globox, not to mention Ly the fairy and the diminutive Teensies!
- The Last Resort – I’ve already said this in my review for Luigi’s Mansion 3, but I’d actually love to visit the towering hotel featured in this game…if it wasn’t absurdly haunted, that is. Nearly every floor has a unique theme, like a medieval level for entertainment, an unnatural history museum, a nautical-themed restaurant, and some themed guest rooms inspired by gardens or Egyptian tombs. If I recall correctly, the hotel is inhabited by friendlier ghosts at the end of the game, but that’s after the place is demolished and rebuilt. We can only hope that the hotel’s splendor was preserved during these renovations because The Last Resort would simply be a vacation to die for!
- Ding Dong Dell – Now I’m not the biggest fan of cities, but Ding Dong Dell from Ni no Kuni would be a lovely place to visit and relatively peaceful as far as cities are concerned. The city features plenty of greenery and old buildings, but the best part of all is that it’s inhabited by cat people called grimalkins! They’re just too cute!
- Quacksville – Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without my island from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. After all, I put a lot of work into this place, so it would be nice if I got to, you know, actually visit it! I’d love to spend time with all my animal friends, and to add to the fun, much of my island is inspired by Disneyland, featuring a Main Street USA, Adventureland, Haunted Mansion, and Tom Sawyer Island! In addition, I can visit the theme park on the beach if I’m in the mood for some recreation or the zen garden if I’d rather some peace and quiet.