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PixlCross (Wii U)

PIXL_BOXPicross is a picture logic puzzle game where you use number clues on rows and columns of a grid to fill in squares to make a picture. And now you can play this brain teaser favorite as a downloadable game on your Wii U with PixlCross.

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Lovely Planet (Wii U, Xbox One, PC)

LOVELY_BOXI’m not too big on first person shooter games. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I’m not very good at them.  Plus, most FPS games are about war and darker themes that I’m not too terribly interested in.  I have dabbled in a few early FPS games that were a bit more whimsical, like Chex Quest or Faceball 2000, but those are few and far between.  So when Lovely Planet, a downloadable game for Wii U, Xbox One, and PC came along (Wii U version reviewed here), I was intrigued.  Here was a FPS game with visuals that looked like Katamari Damacy meets Doom.  Or “Katamari Doom-acy,” as I called it (I’m so clever).  So will Lovely Planet get me into FPS games?  Read on to find out!

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Sonic Drive In has Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Themed Kids Meal Toys

For a limited time, Sonic Drive In restaurants now have toys based on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in their kids meals. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a 3DS RPG featuring a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and it was released earlier this year.  Click here for more details on the toys featured in this promotion.

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Super Arc Light (iOS, Google Play)

ARC_BOXSuper Arc Light is a simple, downloadable arcade style shooter for iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here). It’s similar to classic 80’s shooters like Gyruss or Tempest, where you zap enemies in a circular fashion.  But what makes Super Arc Light unique is that you only need to tap the screen to control all functions of your ship!

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Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut (Wii U, PS4, PC)

SHANTAE_BOXEver since I got the original Shantae title on Game Boy Color (still have my boxed copy), I’ve been a huge fan of the Shantae series. In the game, you play as Shantae, a half-genie half-human girl who can attack with her hair and dance to transform into animals to help her get around, like a wall-climbing monkey or an elephant that can bash rocks.  You explore various 2-D platforming locations, similar to classics like Castlevania or Metroid.  Years later, the folks at WayForward made a downloadable sequel on DSiWare.  And now you can play an improved version on the Wii U, PS4, and PC (Wii U version reviewed here).

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The Three R’s of Amiibo: Ryu, Roy, and R.O.B.

AMIIBO_LOGOHey folks. Got another batch of amiibo figures that I thought I’d share with you.  This time it’s three amiibo figures whose names start with the letter R, and three new Animal Crossing amiibo figures.  Let’s check them out!

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Kid-friendly Boardgame Round-up

unplugged_titleGaming isn’t always about serious strategy, staring at a board until your opponent makes their next thoughtful move. There are many games on the market perfect for players looking to add a bit of dexterity and/or silliness to their next game. This can be great for younger gamers who might otherwise have a hard time sitting still. Here are a few games I’ve played over the past few months that seem to fit the bill.

 

 

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Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble (iOS, Android)

YOKAI_BOXYo-Kai Watch is a super-popular 3DS video game and cartoon about a boy who meets and befriends spirits and mythical monsters called “Yokai,” and calls upon them with a special Yo-Kai Watch on his wrist when he needs their help to solve problems. The franchise has been a huge hit in Japan where it originated, and last fall the first 3DS video game was released in the US and the cartoon started airing on Disney XD.  And now there is a brand new Yo-Kai Watch game you can play, too!  This one’s called Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, and it’s available to download for free on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  It’s an action-puzzle game with RPG gameplay elements and characters straight from the original 3DS entry and cartoon!

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The Fighters of Pokken Tournament

PIKACHUNintendo and Namco have worked together a lot in the past. Namco’s good at making arcade baseball games, so Nintendo had them do some Mario baseball titles.  Namco’s Taiko drum music games were a hit in Japan, so Nintendo had them do Donkey Konga.  And Namco also is known for racing and fighting games, so they helped Nintendo with the arcade Mario Karts and recent Smash Bros. games.  So when Nintendo wanted to make a Pokémon fighting game, Namco was up to the task again, since they are known for fighters like Tekken.  In fact, that’s why the Pokémon fighter is called Pokken, as a combination of Pokémon and Tekken.  So I thought in this blog we’d take a quick look at the game and check out which Pokémon you can play as!

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Unplugged: New York 1901 (Boardgame)

ny1901Become a real estate magnate by constructing the best and the most skyscrapers in New York. Players take turns claiming lots and placing buildings almost-Tetris style onto the game board. Larger buildings are harder to squeeze onto open spaces and are worth more points. At game end, bonus points are awarded for having the most buildings along specific streets as well as a special scoring that is different each game. New York 1901 is a solid entry in the family gaming category. Fun for the older folks, but still playable by the younger (early grade school) set.

 

New York 1901
Publisher: Blue Orange Games
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-4
Time: 45 mins
(Review copy provided by Blue Orange Games)

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