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Nintendo Switch Toys in Burger King Kids Meals!

Staring in February, Burger King has kids meal toys based on Nintendo Switch games!  Sorry this article is a little late, and I don’t know if they’re still doing them.  But they might still have them.  So let’s take a look at what they have!

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Game Preview: Guilty Gear -Strive- (PS4, PS5)

While Street Fighter 2 is probably the most recognizable one-one-one 2-D fighting game series, there are plenty of others that have made a name for themselves over the years.  With its anime styled characters and rockin’ soundtrack, Guilty Gear is just one of those series.  And there’s a new one coming out in about a month called Guilty Gear -Strive- and I got a preview beta build of it to review!  Now, keep in mind since this is a beta build, there may be changes to the final game.  Hopefully I’ll get to review that, too! Anyway, Guilty Gear -Strive- will be available on PS4 and PS5, but I’m playing the beta on PS4 here.

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Unplugged: Ice Duo (Boardgame)

Ice Duo, Looney Labs, 2020 — front cover (image provided by the publisher)Loony Labs has two solid game lines going for it.  One is the chaotic but entertaining line of Fluxx games, and the other is its line of games based around a set of of colored plastic pyramids.  Sold in many different ways, the pyramid line is now available in several small box releases.  Ice Duo, reviewed here, is actually two games in one.  Ice Dice is a push your luck style game of rolling dice to collect pyramids while Twin Win has players moving pyramids around the board in order to arrange them in a specific (secret) configuration for the win.

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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (Switch)

Game makers SNK and Capcom are famous for their 2-D one on one fighters, and they had a pretty big rivalry between each other for a while.  So that’s why it was a big deal back in the early 2000s when they both collaborated in making a few fighting games featuring both companies’ characters pitted against each other.  Crossover games like this weren’t as commonplace back then.  One of the first of these SNK vs. Capcom games was The Match of the Millennium for SNK’s handheld NEO GEO Pocket Color.  It was one of the best games for that system and now you can play it on Switch!

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Unplugged: Deckscape (The Curse of the Sphinx)

Image result for deckscape curse of the sphinxWhile it may be hard to get out of the house, fans of escape rooms have alternatives that can be played at home. Deckscape, one of several lines of at-home escape room games, is a complete escape room experience in a (large) pocket-sized box of cards. Obviously, it can’t take the place of an in-person, physical escape room, its nonlinear progression through many puzzles may be the next best thing.

 

 

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Golden Force (Switch)

In Golden Force, play as one of four pirate characters as you collect treasure and beat up baddies in this side scrolling 2-D hack and slash.  It imitates 16-bit classics, right down to the difficulty, and is available to download on Switch.

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The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match (PS4)

Game maker SNK is famous for its fighters, and one of their most popular ones is The King of Fighters.  It features characters from other classic SNK titles like Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and even Ikari Warriors, and it’s a series still around today.  While they used to do yearly games, a new KOF game will still come out every now and then.  There’s even a new one coming soon (I hope I get to review it, too).  But in the meantime, you can download an updated version of one of the more popular games in the series on the PS4.  Well, actually I’m just assuming it’s one of the more popular ones, as I see sprite art and screenshots from it most often on the internet anyway.

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RPG Miniatures – Boneyard

Rather than focus on a particular storyline, the newest entry in the WizKids line of role playing game miniatures focuses on hordes of undead.  The common figures span the gamut of typical undead hordes, while some of the rare large creatures are just downright disturbing.  (Let the reader decide if that’s good or bad.)  Releasing in March, D&D Icons of the Realms: Boneyard is a mix of standard and more unique pieces with which to build your undead army.

 

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TOHU (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

TOHU is a point and click adventure with beautiful hand-drawn graphics.  In the game, you play as a young girl who lives on one of several ‘fish islands.’  These are giant fish that float in the sky and have buildings and stuff on their backs.  Your girl character has the ability to change into a big, strong robot, which you’ll use when you need to lift heavy objects.  Change back to the girl when you need to climb obstacles or fit through small spaces.  A hooded character has been breaking stuff on the islands, and now the girl must find out what’s going on and fix it.  TOHU is available on most current game consoles, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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YesterMorrow (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

Yui is a young girl who lives in a fantasy village with her family.  One day, during a festival celebrating the light that protects their village and the people who harness it, evil shadow beings come to invade.  They capture a bunch of the villagers, including most of Yui’s family.  Many years later, Yui is older and lives in the crumbling remnants of her town.  One day she stumbles upon living ruins with the power to send her back in time.  Now Yui must travel from the future to the past to stop the shadows and save her family in YesterMorrow.  It’s a 2-D side scrolling action adventure platformer game, and it’s available on most current consoles but reviewed on PS4 here.

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