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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite: Team Marvel

It’s Marvel Week here at GamerDad.com.  We’ll be looking at the characters in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, and at the end of the week, a review of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game!  Anyway, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is a fighting game featuring characters from Marvel comic and Capcom game universes.  Usually when I play a fighting game that has a lot of interesting characters in it, I’ll write a blog about them, so that’s what we’re going to do here.  We’ll start with the Marvel cast.  Keep in mind that I’m not a big comic book fan, so most of my knowledge of Marvel characters comes from the movies, Marvel vs. Capcom games, and the LEGO games.  So when I go over these characters, if you ARE a Marvel fan, please feel free to correct me on anything or provide any information or insight that you might like to share.

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Just Dance 2018 (PS4, Switch, Wii U, Wii, PS3, Xbox One, 360)

The Just Dance series of games is one of the more popular console dance music games out there.  So much so that there’s a new yearly release annually, and it’s time for the 2018 version to hit with more songs and other goodies.  It’s available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Zelda Champions amiibo

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there are four champions who pilot giant animal-like mechanical guardians to help defeat the evil Ganon.  And now you can get amiibo figures based on those four champions.  Of course I got them so let’s take a look at them!

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Rapala Fishing Pro Series (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Surprisingly, I’ve found many fishing video games to be quite fun.  And the newest is Rapala Fishing Pro Series for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (PS4 version reviewed here).  So is this game a keeper or one you’ll want to throw back?  Read on and find out!

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NASCAR Heat 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

NASCAR is one of the most popular racing sports in the US, and there have been tons of video games based on the franchise.  The newest one is NASCAR Heat 2.  I haven’t played the first one, so I don’t know what improvements are in the sequel, but it’s available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Deer Hunter: Reloaded (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

One of the biggest successes in gaming that you don’t hear about much anymore is Deer Hunter.  Back in the late 90’s, this game was huge and I reviewed a ton of its sequels and imitators back at The Dallas Morning News.  In fact, there were so many hunting games back then that I had to tell my editor to stop sending them to me, because I was getting tired of reviewing them!  And you know I hate turning down a game to review!  Heck, even my grandmother on my dad’s side played the Deer Hunter games back then.  And she was really good at them, too, and got the highest scores in our family!  And now Deer Hunter is back with Reloaded, available on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices (reviewed on PS4 here).

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The Mummy Demastered (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

The Mummy is one of Universal Studios’ most popular movie franchises.  There have been several sequels and spinoffs, a ride at their theme parks, and I think there was even a cartoon at one point.  Recently they’ve remade the movie and WayForward published a game based on it called The Mummy Demastered.  The reason for that title is because they made the game to look like a movie tie-in from the 16-bit era, and it’s available to download for nearly all the current game consoles and PC (reviewed on PS4 here). It’s a 2-D platforming run and gun exploration type of game, similar to Metroid.  With all those good things going for it, could anything go wrong?  You’ll just have to read on to find out!

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Spelunker Party! (Switch)

Spelunker was an 8-bit 2-D platformer game where you explored caves, avoided obstacles, and gathered treasures.  It came out in the US, but gained more popularity in Japan, probably because it was one of those easy to play yet hard to master games, and it came out when the Famicom (Japanese NES) was big.  You can even find Spelunker references in other Japanese media, like anime cartoons and video games like Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko Drum Master).  There’s even been a few remakes and rereleases of the game, and I’ve reviewed a few of them.  Such as Spelunker HD, which was one of the first games I reviewed on the PS3, and Everyday Spelunker, a mobile version of the original game.  Now cave exploring is back as a downloadable title on the Switch with Spelunker Party!

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Brawlhalla (PS4, PC)

Over the past year or two, there’s been a free-to-play fighting game that’s taken the PC world by storm.  I know because I’ve seen it at recent PAX shows I’ve been to.  And now it’s available on PS4 and Steam as well!  All are still free-to-play and supposedly cross-platform online as well.  Brawhalla is a cartoony four player fighting game that resembles Super Smash Bros. quite a bit (reviewed on PS4 here).

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The Games of the SNES Classic Edition

Last year, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a smaller sized 8-bit NES shaped console with 30 classic games.  It’s been notoriously hard to find, and I’ve been a bit bummed that I haven’t been able to get one.  But I wasn’t TOO upset because most of the games I played on the NES were from Capcom, not Nintendo (Mega Man and Disney games).  But the 16-bit Super Nintendo is my all-time favorite console ever.  It was the gaming console that really cemented my preference for console games, and the system just clicked for me for some reason.  So when Nintendo released the SNES Classic Edition in the same vein this year, I REALLY wanted to get it.  Luckily, my family got it for me for my birthday!  Nintendo DID say they were making more of the SNES Classic Edition, and I don’t know if that’s really true or not, or if we were just more prepared this time.  But not only was I able to get one, but three of my brothers got one, too!  So to celebrate me getting a SNES Classic Edition, here’s a blog about all the games on it!

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