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Nintendo Labo RC Car

The first thing you are recommended to build in the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is the RC Car, as it is the quickest to put together.  Although it doesn’t look like a car at all, but makes me think more of those Hexbug Nano toys that are so popular now.  Anyway let’s take a closer look at what this baby can do!

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Intro to Nintendo Labo!

Nintendo has crafted something very weird…yet creative.  They’ve put together games where you fold and build objects using cardboard, then fit in your Nintendo Switch controllers and screen to play games with.  It’s called Nintendo Labo, and it fits right in with what GamerDad.com is all about, so for the next couple of weeks, we’re going to feature Nintendo Labo extensively here.  We’ll start with an introduction to the whole thing.

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Don’t Die, Mr. Robot! DX (Switch, PS4, Vita, Mobile)

Don’t Die, Mr. Robot! is an arcade style single screen action game that reminds me of a mix of classics like Pac-Man, Robotron, and Missile Command.  You play as a little yellow square robot, although to me it looks more like a slab of butter with eyes.  You must avoid enemies flying about the screen while collecting fruit.  When you nab a fruit, it’ll explode in a circle which will destroy any nearby enemies.  It’s up to you to survive as long as you can in this downloadable game for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Vita, and mobile devices (reviewed on Switch here).  The Switch version has a DX in the title, which according to the press release it means it has flashier visuals and extra music.

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The Swords of Ditto (PS4, PC)

“Ditto” is a cursed sword and once a kid picks it up, they become a hero and are tasked with defeated the evil wizard Mormo, who rises to power once every 100 years.  It’s an endless cycle.  Gameplay is similar to a top-down Zelda title, with a lot of cartoon humor and randomness thrown in.  You’ll explore an overworld, collect tools, and venture through dungeons.  But after six days, you’ll have to face Mormo.  If you win, the land will be at peace for 100 years.  If you die, Mormo will reign for 100 years and either way, you’ll play as a new kid in 100 years and start the cycle over with a new map and dungeons.  The game is available to download on PS4 and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

The newest in the Star Wars saga is now in pinball form on Pinball FX3!  It’s available on nearly all current game systems, PC, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.  To play Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi, first you need to download Pinball FX3 (Zen Pinball if you are on mobile).  Pinball FX3 is free and acts as your hub.  Then you can purchase and download tables separately.  Oh yeah, and since people are particularly sensitive about spoilers regarding these movies, I guess I’ll put out a spoiler warning for this game review, too.

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LightSlinger Heroes (iOS, Google Play)

For mobile games, there are two very common types of match three puzzlers.  There are the ones that play like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, and there are those where you aim and pop colored bubbles on the top of the screen, like Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Bobble.  The first type of match three puzzle games have had many that combines the gameplay of Bejeweled with an RPG battle system, most notably popularized by games like Puzzle Quest and Puzzle & Dragons.  But you don’t see many of the bubble popping type of puzzler mixed with RPG elements.  Until now, which is what LightSlinger Heroes plays like.  It’s a free-to-play download on iOS and Google Play, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Eat Beat Dead Spike-san (Switch, Mobile)

Ragna is a character from the BlazBlue series of fighting games.  In this music rhythm side game, Ragna can’t seem to win any fights, so his friend (?) Dead Spike-san, decides that if he eats more, he’ll get stronger.  So he drags Ragna on a quest to eat more food in time with BlazBlue music in this silly game downloadable for Switch and mobile devices (reviewed on Switch here).

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My Tamagotchi Forever (iOS, Google Play)

For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by the virtual pet phenomenon.  It wasn’t part of my childhood as I was an 80’s kid and this was a 90’s fad.  But the Tamagotchi craze did begin around the time I started writing video game reviews professionally, so I’ve always followed it that way.  Plus many of my little brothers enjoyed it when they were little (they were all 90s kids).  So naturally when a new Tamagotchi game just came out recently on mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here), you know I just had to review it!

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Minit (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

You’re a weird duck-billed (looks like a Tamagotchi) character in a black and white world.  One day you pick up a cursed sword which will make you keep dying every 60 seconds and return to your home for another 60 seconds until you die again.  So now you’re on a quest to destroy the cursed sword factory with only a minute to complete it.  And just HOW are you going to do that?  You’ll just have to read this review to find out!  Minit is available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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The Adventure Pals (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

You have to wonder if the developers of The Adventure Pals wanted to make a game based on the Adventure Time cartoon, or were at least inspired by it.  You play as a boy who lives in a weird cartoon world and uses a sword to dispatch crazy enemies.  For your birthday you get a magical yellow giraffe with a stretchy neck, but soon after that, your grandpa gets kidnapped by Mr. B., who wants to turn all the senior citizens into hot dogs…for some reason.  So you and your giraffe set out on a 2-D platforming adventure to save him.  My brother Jeff says the game looks like something you could play on Newgrounds as well, which sounds about right.  Anyway, The Adventure Pals is available to download on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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