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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Ninja Launcher

In this new StreetPass game, you are the heir to a ninja clan, but there are enemies atop a cliff waiting to attack.  So you must use your ninja clan’s honored tradition of firing yourself from a cannon to do battle. But wait, it gets weirder.  When you enter the cannon, you find out you’re not wearing any clothes!  They explain your clothes would burn off if you wore them while being fired from the cannon.  This is where your StreetPass tagged friends come in.  Each one will stand on the ground and fly a kite, and on the kite will be an article of clothing, weapon, or armor.  It’s your job to adjust them so that when you are fired from the cannon, the kites will line up with your trajectory so that you’ll be able to nab as many items as you can so you can fight the enemies on the cliff.  For some reason, this game reminds me a bit of Angry Birds.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Feed Mii

This new StreetPass mini-game is all about cooking, but it has kind of a creative premise.  You are a chef in a restaurant in an RPG, and heroes come in and eat your food to get energy to go off on their quests.  It kind of reminded me of another 3DS game I reviewed a few years ago called Weapon Shop de Omasse, where you were a blacksmith in an RPG weapon shop and made weapons for heroes.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Market Crashers

So in this new StreetPass game, you’re a Day Trader on Wall Street and your StreetPass tags are advisors.  The more advisors you have, the more accurate their predictions for the day will be.  When you’re ready, you’ll go to a graph screen where you can press a button to buy stocks, and one to sell stocks.  When the graph line dips low, you’ll want to buy, and when it rises high, you’ll want to sell.  You’ll want to end your day with more money than you started with.  Yeah it’s about as fun as it sounds.

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New 3DS StreetPass Games: Slot Car Rivals

Back in the late Summer/early Fall, Nintendo released a new batch of 3DS StreetPass mini-games.  I didn’t get them right when they came out because I didn’t have an opportunity to get out with a bunch of 3DS users to really take advantage of the StreetPass capabilities.  But a couple of weeks ago I went to PAX South, so I finally had a reason to download these games and try them out.  You can download the games separately, or in a bundle for less than ten bucks, so it wasn’t that bad.  The games are pretty small, so I thought it would be fun to do a mini-review of each game per day this week.  So we’ll start with Slot Car Rivals!

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Yarn Poochy Amiibo

Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the best games on the Wii U in 2015.  And now it’s on the 3DS, too.  They added a few new features to the 3DS version, but not enough to make me want to buy it again.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the game on the Wii U, but I just didn’t see the need to buy it again.  At first I thought I’d have to, since the 3DS version also comes packed with a Yarn Poochy amiibo.  But luckily, I found out that I could just buy the Poochy amiibo separately, so I just did that.  So here are some pictures if you’re interested.

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Shift DX (3DS)

Shift DX is a downloadable platform puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS.  Each single screen puzzle room requires you to reach a door to exit the level, and that’s it.  But in order to do so, you’ll have to shift the playfield so the floors become ceilings and vice versa.

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Toby: The Secret Mine (Wii U, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android)

TOBY_BOXToby’s friends have all been imprisoned in little cages and taken away to a mine by baddies, and it’s up to Toby to save them.  Toby: The Secret Mine is a 2-D platformer adventure with silhouette style graphics and gameplay similar to Limbo.  In fact, if Toby didn’t have those big horns or ears sticking out of his head, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell much difference (although it’s not quite as creepy and the backgrounds aren’t as dark either).  It’s available to download on Wii U, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 2, Part 2

ATARILOGO2We’ll wrap up this presentation of the games in Atari Flashback Classics vols. 1 and 2 by looking at the rest of the 2600 games on vol. 2.  Like last time, I’ll only go over each game briefly, because there are so many games here.  And also because I don’t have as many good memories playing 2600 games as a kid because our first gaming systems in our house were an Apple computer and an Atari 5200.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 2, Part 1

ATARI2I just love classic arcade game collections, so when I got Atari Flashback Classics vols. 1 and 2 on the PS4, I wanted to go over which games were on them here.  Earlier this week we went over the games on volume 1, and now we’ll do it again with volume 2.  Just like before, I’ll split this into two parts.  Today we’ll go over the arcade games in volume 2, as well as the 2600 ports of those arcade games, so I don’t have to repeat myself.  And then tomorrow we’ll go over the rest of the 2600 games.

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The Games of Atari Flashback Classics vol. 1, Part 2

ATARILOGO1So this time we’ll go over the rest of the 2600 games in Atari Flashback Classics vol. 1.  They did a pretty decent job with the presentation for these.  You can view the box art and original instructions for each game.  And when you start, you’ll see a replica of the Atari 2600 on the bottom area of the screen so you know what buttons to push if you want to change game modes and such.  But I wish they would’ve gone the extra mile like how Activision Anthology did on the PS2.  In that one, you had all those features listed above, plus you could view TV commercials, earn virtual patches, and even listen to 80’s music while you play.  I really liked that collection because of that, and the fact that Activision’s 2600 games were better overall.

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