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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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Trios (Switch, PC)

Trios is a math puzzle game where you must solve equations to match the number in the background.  In each stage are bubbles with numbers and equation signs in them (plus, minus, times, and divided by).  You must tap two numbers and an equation sign to make a new number, and repeat the process until you get the desired outcome.  It’s available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Gynoug (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Japan-only classic 16-bit shooters lately that have been re-released on newer consoles.  But here’s one that was actually released in the US on the SEGA Genesis, under a new name.  In Japan it was called Gynoug, but they changed it to Wings of Wor in the US.  Despite how you may feel about the change, I can understand why they did that since ‘Gynoug” looks like the phonetical pronunciation of holding back a sneeze.  Anyway, in this one you play as a winged warrior as you mow down enemies in 2-D side scrolling fashion.  It’s available to download on most current consoles but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy (Switch, PC)

Waifu?  What’s that?  Isn’t that what you hook your Internet up to?  Nah, just joking, I know what that word means.  It’s like a pretend girlfriend or something, I think.  Anyway, fasten your seatbelts, folks, because I think this may be one of the weirdest (and most adult) 2-D shooters I’ve ever played.  In a fantasy world, warrior and wizard ladies have put on cursed armor and now they need to get it off.  So an old lady summons a spaceship from a shooter game and shrinks it down to shoot away the curses and remove the evil armor.  Waifu Discovered 2: Medieval Fantasy is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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