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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (known as 51 Worldwide Games in Europe and Australia) is a board and card game compilation released for the Nintendo Switch on June 5th 2020. It was developed by NDcube as a successor to Clubhouse Games (known as 42 All-Time Classics in Europe) on the Nintendo DS and published by Nintendo. As the title implies, the game is a compilation of 51 various board games, card games and toys, ranging from well known games like Checkers (Draughts in the PAL release), Chess and Four-in-a-Row (Connect Four in Japan), to more obscure games like Carrom, Hare and Hounds and Sevens, as well as including a small handful of original games like Toy Tanks and Sliding Puzzle.

Along the way, a family of board game figures will show you how to play various games and guide you through them.


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  • Action Figure Speech: They pretty much are action figures (okay, not quite), so it's only appropriate.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The family of game pieces that guides you through the game counts as this.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • New to this version is the option to pick up to three games in "With Anyone" online to queue up for rather than just one, in case you can't decide between two or three or in case the game you want to play most doesn't seem to be very popular. Furthermore, you can play a vs-CPU game while waiting, and if a match is found while playing that vs-CPU round, an Auto-Save will be created so you can get back to it later.
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    • Most multiplayer games offer CPU opponents with four difficulty levels. However, games that are either sufficiently solved or lean heavily on luck only have one CPU level, meaning you need only one win to get mastery status for it.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In Riichi Mahjong, pinfu is translated as "All Sequences", which is misleading because while getting all sequences is one way to earn this yaku, the translated name doesn't also mention that this is a closed-hand yaku (i.e. you can't call someone else's discard to complete your hand; all tiles must be self-drawn), and you have to get to tenpai (one tile from winning) in such a way that you can get one of two different tiles to complete a sequence (called "open wait")For example . Meaning that a player can form sequences with discards (chii)...and then wonder why they're unable to win in tenpai. Furthermore, "All Sequences" misses the very definition of pinfu: A hand with 0 fu. The details are a bit tricky, and roughly involves difficulty of completing your hand, but basically no triples or quads (hence why you need sequences), no winds that qualify for yakuhai for the current round (meaning no seat wind and no round wind), and an open wait (as mentioned above) on tenpai. Granted, "pinfu" is tricky to translate into English because of the many conditions it requires, but it could've been left in the original Japanese like many other terms (such as "yaku", "mangan", and "riichi" itself).
  • But Thou Must!: Before playing any of the games, you must invite a guide from the globe, with no way to back out of it. Makes sense, it's a big package and they serve as starting points for certain types of games. You're still allowed to explore the entire collection right off the bat independent of the currently invited guide.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Played with by Last Card. While it is an actual game, the cards are given designs that very clearly evoke those of Uno, a game based on the original Last Card.
    • Also played with by Ludo. On one hand, some may be more familiar with branded variants of the game, such as "Sorry!" and "Trouble," but it is otherwise still well known. On the other hand, the board used resembles a German variant called "Mensch ärgere Dich nicht!"Translation , which is a trademarked brand.
  • Cultural Translation: The card game "President" is in real life a westernized version of the japanese game of "Daifugo", and is obviously called the latter in the japanese version of the game. You could argue that Daifugo and President are the same game at the core, but here the available rule variants are based on the common japanese rules of Daifugo instead of the western ones seen in President, so the name "Daifugo" would have described it more accurately.
  • Falling Blocks: 6-Ball Puzzle, a port of the Castle Clearout mini game from Mario Party 9.
  • Flipping the Table: Several games support motion detection when played on tabletop mode, allowing particularly angry players to do this. The game resets the pieces back in place, though.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The tutorial skit for Billiards begins with the woman (Naomi) saying to the man (Russell), in a flirtatious tone of voice, "Now that there are no kids around..." It sounds extremely suggestive before she launches into a chipper, "Teach me how to play billiards!"
  • Harder Than Hard: Amazing and Impossible levels for the AI opponents in most games.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The final game in the list isn't a board game, card game or toy, but rather a piano app.
  • Luck-Based Mission:
    • A few games, such as Ludo, War, and Pig's Tail, come down to luck. The medals for these games reflect this, with there only being one medal for winning against the AI as opposed to the typical four medals. There's also no AI difficulty setting, either.
    • Lampshaded with the third hint for War in particular:
      "Try to learn from the lives of people who are naturally lucky."
  • Timed Mission: Fishing can be played with a three minute timer, or with unlimited time.
  • Unwinnable: A handful of the games included have been "solved". While Nine Men's Morris is solved for a draw (and is mentioned to be as such in its trivia), Hare and Hounds is solved in the Hare's favor, and it is trivial to show it as the Hare can force a looping pattern until the turn count hits 30, giving the Hare a win by default. Thankfully, the medals for Hare and Hound don't care which side you play as.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Quite a few games do this, such as Four in a Row being Connect Four (the Japanese version even names it as such), Renegade being Othello, Hit and Blow being Mastermind, among others.
    • In the case of Last Card, this also extends to the rules. The Draw 4 Wild is gone and replaced with a Draw 3 (which isn't wild).


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