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Super Mario Odyssey amiibo

Super Mario Odyssey is Nintendo’s new hit Mario game on the Switch.  So of course they released some amiibo figures to go with it, and they’re all dressed up for the occasion.  In the game, Bowser’s trying to marry Princess Peach, so the amiibo figures have a wedding theme.  Let’s crash the ceremony and check out these new figures!


Dungeon Dice (Boardgame)

A rollicking series of dice rolls determine your fate as you fight monsters to level up and gain loot in Dungeon Dice. Despite the dice, the players have meaningful decisions such as when to push their luck, when to commit their nonrenewable resources, and when to burn resources just to punish (and/or annoy) the other players.




Dungeon Dice
Publisher: Potluck Games
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-4 (5 w/expansion)
Time: 20-30 minutes
(Review copy provided by Potluck Games)


Earth Atlantis (Switch, PC)

An apocalyptic event has left the Earth 96 percent covered in water.  Machines have evolved into sea-like creatures and it’s up to you to hop into your submarine and destroy them.  Why?  Who knows?  But that’s just what you do in Earth Atlantis, a 2-D shooter with elements of exploration and strikingly unique visuals.  It’s available to download on Nintendo Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.


Golf Story (Switch)

Golf Story is an homage to my favorite golf game of all time, Mario Golf on my Gameboy Color. It combines standard videogame golf gameplay (choose clubs and aim given wind and course conditions, then time button presses to determine power and accuracy.) Part golf game and part RPG, Golf Story favors the casual golf videogamer, but more “serious” golf gamers should find the game worth their hard earned cash.


Beach Buggy Racing (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Mobile, PC)

Beach Buggy Racing is a kart racer where a bunch of crazy drivers and their dune buggies compete in a tropical setting.  It’s available to download on nearly all current game consoles, mobile, and PC, but reviewed here on the Switch.


Super Mario: Level Up! Boardgame

Combining bluffing and voting, Super Mario: Level Up! has players vie to advance their secret Mario characters to the top of a spiffy 3D board and elect one of them the champion. A successful vote ends the round and players score based on the positioning of the characters shown on their secret character card. Repeat for a total of three rounds and the player with the most points is the winner. A fairly quick game, it rewards planning but players can take some risks to boost their score.



Super Mario: Level Up! Boardgame
Publisher: USAopoly
Ages: 8+
Players: 3-6
Time: 10-30 minutes
(Review copy provided by USAopoly)


The Games of the Famicom Classic Edition

As much as I like Nintendo, they have made quite a few mistakes as a game company.  Some are big, like the Virtual Boy and using cartridges on the N64.  And some are not quite so big.  One of those ‘not quite so big’ mistakes I feel is how they released the NES Classic Edition last year.  For those who don’t know, the NES Classic Edition was a smaller console that looked like the 8-bit NES and had 30 games on it.  But Nintendo didn’t make enough and it’s very hard to find.  Even I don’t have one!  I know Nintendo recently said they would make more and release them next summer, but we’ll just have to see about that.  So when I saw where I could order the Famicom Classic Edition online for nearly retail price, I decided to import that instead.  The Famicom was the Japanese version of the NES.  Their Classic Edition has most of the same games as the NES one, but with a few changes here and there.  So in this blog, I’m going go over the Famicom Classic console, the games on it, and at the end I’ll share some good news related to this topic!


Fluxx, the edumacational versions (Boardgame)

The somewhat silly, chaotic game of Fluxx comes in a huge variety of themes. Math Fluxx and Chemistry Fluxx are now options that make a fun little game that combines learning with quick (chaotic) gameplay.

Chemistry Fluxx or Math Fluxx
Publisher: Looney Labs
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-6
Time: 5-30 minutes
(Review copy provided by Looney Labs)


Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase (Switch)

Soldam is a colorful puzzle game that’s like a cross between Tetris and Othello.  It’s reminiscent of puzzle games from the 90’s (because it actually was), and it’s available to download on Nintendo Switch.


Universal Classics Pinball (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Three of Universal Studios’ most popular movies: Jaws, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, and the Back to the Future trilogy are now available as video pinball tables from Zen Studios, makers of the Pinball FX and Zen Pinball platforms.  But these three tables are the first new ones for Zen Studios’ upgraded Pinball FX3.  It’s available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.