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Kitaria Fables (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

In a fantasy world full of talking dogs, cats, goats, bears, and others animals, trouble is brewing.  An ancient calamity has returned, making monsters more aggressive and endangering the lives of the people.  You play as a young cat imperial soldier, sent to a small town to help defend the village.  There you’ll discover that to keep the calamity at bay, you must collect several relics from dungeon caves.  And so your adventure begins!  Kitaria Fables is a top down action adventure game, similar to titles like Zelda or more obscure ones like Brave Fencer Musashi.  There’s a heavy emphasis on crafting materials and items, too, so you’ll do a lot of mining for ores and farming crops.  So the game has a lot in common with titles like Rune Factory as well.  It’s available on most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Pretty Girls Panic! PLUS (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

Play a classic styled arcade game to reveal pictures of anime ladies in Pretty Gals Panic! PLUS.  It’s very similar to Pretty Girls Panic, which I reviewed recently, but adds new graphics, characters, and gameplay mechanics.  It’s available on PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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D&D Plushies: Cuddly & Deadly

I recently received a box of miniature figurines from Wizkids, and hiding among the packing material was a surprise bonus of four little Dungeons and Dragons plushies. The line of stuffed “animals’ ‘ is officially called Dungeons & Dragons: Phunny Plush by Kid Robot. They are cute and are an excellent representation of some of the most unique, entertaining, and possibly deadly inhabitants of the D&D universe. The four of them are currently guarding my desk for me at school. With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d pass on a brief rundown on them in case there’s someone in your life who needs something soft to protect their stocking or bed.

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 5: The Disney One

When I do one of my podcasts with my brothers, I try to think of a topic that we can both talk about enthusiastically.  I’ve noticed my brother Nathan really likes to talk about Disney parks and stuff, so that’s what we did in this one!  We talked about our top five favorite Disney characters and our top five favorite rides at the Disney World theme parks!

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KeyWe (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, PC)

Jeff and Debra are two kiwi birds who have just applied for a post office job in a Podunk town in the middle of the Australian Outback.  Unfortunately the mail room isn’t designed for two pint-sized kiwis, so they’ll really have to work together and use their beaks and butts to type out telegrams, mail letters, and sort inbound and outbound packages!  KeyWe is a co-op action game available for most current consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Teacup (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

Teacup is a frog who loves tea, but on the day before her big tea party, she runs out of ingredients!  Oh no!  Help her explore her town full of animals, talking with her friends and playing mini-games to gather everything she needs to have the best tea party ever.  Teacup is available on nearly every current game console, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Hallmark 2021 Video Game Christmas Ornaments

Hallmark always has a wide annual selection of new Christmas ornaments and series, and in the past few years they’ve even done video game related ones!  This year they had even MORE than ever (my wallet is still crying), and I got most of them, so I thought I’d share them with you here.

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Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

In the Land of Imagination, the residents are about to celebrate a festival of colors.  But when guest of honor Rainbow Billy launches the fireworks, they wake up a sleeping monochrome dragon under the sea!  This angry Leviathan steals all the colors from the land, and now Billy must bring them all back and rescue his friends, and make more than 60 new ones, too!  Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a turn-based RPG with elements of Paper Mario platforming thrown in.  And the battles aren’t really battles at all. You must talk your way through each skirmish to make new friends out of your foes!  The game is available on nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Steel Assault (Switch, PC)

You are Taro Takahashi, a resistance soldier on a revenge mission against the dictator who lords over the ashes.  Run, jump, climb, and smack enemies in this 16-bit arcade styled 2-D action platformer.  Steel Assault is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Metroid Dread amiibo

For a while I wasn’t having too much trouble getting amiibo figures but this year it’s been a lot harder.  Luckily I finally got the Metroid Dread amiibo two pack, so let’s take a look at them!

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