Fascinating games

Christina Aguilera on love of video games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – The Hollywood Reporter

Talking about video games with Christina Aguilera is not common. You could even say it’s a unique piece. Still, Tuesday’s big one-off saw the legendary pop powerhouse team up with Nintendo and take part in a virtual session where she expressed her interest and love for colorful, family-friendly games and even walked through some of the newly remastered courses. in one of his favorite titles: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The singer’s enthusiasm for games is nothing new. On his Instagram account, between posts devoted to new and old music, instruments, touring shots and nostalgia, Aguilera includes a photo of places to play with his children, Max and Summer; as well as solo tournaments of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

It turns out that video games have been a staple of Aguilera’s life for years. “They were such a part of my childhood,” says the singer The Hollywood Reporter on Zoom, explaining that she started out on the NES system, “back when you only had a choice of two or three characters.”

Aguilera says she’s “always grown up on Nintendo” and gaming is something she shares with her sister, Rachel. When the pair were growing up, Aguilera says, they would come home from school and feel compelled to practice and improve their strategies. “Because it’s not just about playing and it’s just a fun game; you really get into the competitiveness of it,” the singer explains. “That’s so funny.”

Christina Aguilera
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Even to this day, Aguilera and her sister have “so many personal inside jokes” that they share in reference to some games they played in their pre-teens. And now, as adults, they like to bring their families into the mix.

“We literally host couple game nights,” says Aguilera. “Life gets so serious sometimes and we don’t want to talk about ‘how’s school?’ and this and that; it’s important to take ourselves out of our daily lives sometimes and have a moment of release and escape to do something so playful and fun, until we have to get back to our normal lives.

During the pandemic, Aguilera shares that she and her family have definitely had more time to play games together. “Being squatted at home, being able to make yourself comfortable on a couch or your bed with your children, is a moment of intimacy and bonding that sometimes you wouldn’t otherwise have when sitting at a dinner table. all in separate seats.”

Aguilera calls herself a homebody, noting that most of her life has been spent on the road, on tour. “And sometimes there’s a lot of anxiety that comes with that and the pressure of performance,” she says, adding that she takes games on the road with her “as a form of decompression.”

While the Nintendo Switch is what Aguilera takes these days when on the go, its gaming setup was considerably more involved. “Before, I was a lot,” she laughs. “I literally had a road box that was set up with a TV inside that you could unlock in concert halls or arenas, and [it] had a whole Nintendo setup in it,” she recalled.

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“Now that you have the Nintendo Switch that you can just pick up and take on a plane if you want and play, or wherever your travels may take you, it’s a great source of fun on the go, which my lifestyle asks a lot.

Aguilera says she tends to go for “comfortable games that don’t require as much activity,” but she’s well aware joy-con bracelets can be used for dancing or exercising through boxing. , tennis and other virtual sports.

If Aguilera were to ever star in a video game adaptation or lend her voice to one, she says she’d want to portray a “fun, playful animated character” who doesn’t need to mirror her own personality. “That would be a dream.”

Specifically, Aguilera focuses on certain particular sounds that grab his attention. “I love the voices of the characters,” she says. “Sometimes my sister and I go for the characters that have the most interesting voices. My sister is Waluigi and I am Wario. They can get really sarcastic with each other and they’re just the funniest characters.

When it comes to characters or stories the singer would potentially like to see appear in future games, Aguilera says the sky’s the limit. She marvels at the different worlds and countries that can be visited in Nintendo games, like soaring next to the Eiffel Tower on the Promenade de Paris circuit of Mario Kartor visit Tokyo in another run from the robust menu of imaginative offerings.

But at the end of the day, she’ll leave that brainstorming “to the real game makers.”

Like the cat with THR drawing to a close, Aguilera stresses that the game is “very special” for her as a mother as she can enjoy the activity with her children: “I know that they will be able to take those nostalgic memories with them. throughout their lives, and hopefully pass it on to their children.

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