For a limited time, Sonic Drive In restaurants now have toys based on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in their kids meals. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a 3DS RPG featuring a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and it was released earlier this year. Click here for more details on the toys featured in this promotion.
Hey folks. Got another batch of amiibo figures that I thought I’d share with you. This time it’s three amiibo figures whose names start with the letter R, and three new Animal Crossing amiibo figures. Let’s check them out!
Gaming isn’t always about serious strategy, staring at a board until your opponent makes their next thoughtful move. There are many games on the market perfect for players looking to add a bit of dexterity and/or silliness to their next game. This can be great for younger gamers who might otherwise have a hard time sitting still. Here are a few games I’ve played over the past few months that seem to fit the bill.
Become a real estate magnate by constructing the best and the most skyscrapers in New York. Players take turns claiming lots and placing buildings almost-Tetris style onto the game board. Larger buildings are harder to squeeze onto open spaces and are worth more points. At game end, bonus points are awarded for having the most buildings along specific streets as well as a special scoring that is different each game. New York 1901 is a solid entry in the family gaming category. Fun for the older folks, but still playable by the younger (early grade school) set.
New York 1901
Publisher: Blue Orange Games
Time: 45 mins
(Review copy provided by Blue Orange Games)
Skylanders is a super-popular toys-to-life video game that features real figurines that you can scan into a game and play as those characters. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to review all the main Skylanders games here at GamerDad. Now there is also a collectable card game as well called Skylanders Battlecast, which you can also play on mobile devices. And for a limited time, you can get a free Skylanders Battlecast card in boxes of Kid Cuisine TV dinners (do they even call them TV dinners anymore?).
Yesterday we went over the exhibits in the newly-opened National Videogame Museum in Frisco, TX. If you haven’t read that article, I encourage you to go back and read it, too. But the museum is more than just exhibits; it’s just as much of a video game art museum as it is a history museum. So today we’re going to look at the artwork in the museum, all of which was hand-painted by super talented local artists. We’ll also look at the museum’s awesome arcade and some opening day fun and shenanigans, too!
There are all kinds of museums in the US, but none so far dedicated to the history of video games. Until now! On Saturday, April 2, the National Videogame Museum opened its doors in Frisco, TX. Which is cool because that’s only about 15 minutes driving distance from where I live! So for the next couple of days here at GamerDad.com, I’m going to take you all on a virtual tour of the museum. But I won’t show you everything! You’ll just have to come out and see it all for yourself. And I hope you do, too! It’s not some rinky-dink operation either. It’s like something you’d see at E3 or even Disney World!
One thing I miss about being a kid in the 80’s is going to arcades. You just don’t see them anymore, and if you do, a lot of times they have more modern arcade machines, which I don’t like as much. But one cool trend I’ve noticed in the past couple of years is the rise of ‘Barcades.’ These are bars that have a bunch of arcade machines in them, and since they try to cater to an older crowd, a lot of times they have old arcade cabinets from the 80’s (and early 90’s are OK, too, I guess). A couple of months ago, my brother Jeff and I went to one of these barcades close to where we live (well, 30 minutes away anyway, it was in Richardson, TX). It’s a little late, but I just got around to showing off some of the pictures I took there.
Project X-Zone 2 is a strategy RPG on the 3DS that stars popular video game characters from companies like SEGA, Bandai Namco, Capcom, and even Nintendo! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken a look at the characters from each of the game companies in this title, and we’ll conclude this blog series by going over the characters on the Capcom side!