The best holiday destinations in gaming
To celebrate National Video Game Day we've put together a list of what we think are the best holiday spots in gaming.
Isle Delfino, Super Mario Sunshine
There's nowhere better if you're looking to just roll out your towel on a beach and top up your tan – just don't forget your shades as it gets brighter than what you might be used to.
During the summer it gets popular with tourists from the Mushroom Kingdom but don't let that put you off – you can always visit in the low season when the weather is just as good and there aren't as many crowds.
This dolphin-shaped island has plenty to keep you entertained outside of its gorgeous beaches and blissful bays. Head to Pinna Park for a ride on the rollercoaster or hike up Bianco Hills for views over the stunning lake and windmill.
Croft Manor, Tomb Raider series
This gorgeous stately home in the Surrey countryside is the perfect place for a UK break that won't break the bank.
The owner is a wealthy heiress who doesn't spend a lot of time there, so while she's away it's available as a holiday rental for a remarkably reasonable price.
And don't let its stuffy, towering, red-brick facade put you off - this place is actually as hip as they come. With tons of activities to help you pass the time, including an outdoor assault course, a hedge maze, quad biking, a firing range, plus an indoor pool and gym. And a fascinating, museum-like treasure room – if you can find it.
Wuhu Island, Wii Sports series
If you're looking for a more active getaway then Wuhu Island is ideal, with countless sporting activities to choose from. From classics like tennis and bowling, to the more niche like skydiving, archery and swordplay.
There are plenty of watersports for cooling off from the sunshine too – go for a laid-back canoe ride or get the adrenaline pumping with a wakeboarding or power cruising session.
For a day off from all those activities, go out in search of the ancient ruins that dot the island or spend some time watching the surprisingly diverse wildlife.
Your island, Animal Crossing New Horizons
Your dream island is just a short flight and a lifetime of crippling debt away. But if you'd rather not commit to that, perhaps just a flying visit is enough.
With activities available all year round, you'll never be bored. Go bug catching or digging for fossils, plus freshwater and sea fishing. You can even go diving in search of rare corals, shells and aquatic plants too – with different treasures to find depending on which time of year you visit.
That's not to mention the charming population of quirky animal friends that will keep you company during your visit. Don't trust Tiffany though, she's sus.
Mount Komorebi, The Sims 4 Snowy Escape
This stunning, snowy mountain and the charming town that occupies its foothills are perfect if you're more into snow than sand.
Skiing, snowboarding and rock climbing are all on the list, with lessons available for novices. But if you'd rather experience the culture of this gorgeous region, why not go on a walk in search of mischievous spirits and finish up with a dip in a hot spring?
Also a must-do is the fortnightly Festival of Light which takes place in the Senbamachi neighbourhood. Enjoy traditional food and costume, make a wish by the tanabata trees and pay your respects to your ancestors in the beautifully lit pagoda.