So recently I was wrapping up playing Tomodachi Life on my 3DS. It’s a life sim game that lets you use your Mii characters. I started thinking about other Mii character specific games, and thought I’d write a blog that features them. Most of these Mii games are geared toward casual gamers, and while Nintendo has gotten quite a bit of criticism on that, I still think they’re fun. Now, there are many games that let you use Mii characters in titles like Mario Kart and Sonic & All-Stars Racing, but I’m focusing on just the games that only have Mii characters and nothing else. So let’s get started.
As I looked out at the summer rain today, I pondered what to do with my young grade school boys. Looks like it’s time to break out the bow and arrow and do a bit of indoor archery practice! No, I’m not crazy, but I recently got a hold of some of the kid-friendly bow and arrow toys made by Zing Toys.
One of Nintendo’s hottest games right now is Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. And now you can get toys based on the game in McDonald’s Happy Meals. Click to take a closer look:
The next entry in our “Nutty Namco Week” is another hardcover book collection of web comics, and this one is called “Wonder Momo: Battle Idol.” Wonder Momo was an arcade game in Japan made by Namco (creators of Pac-Man) in the late 80’s. In the game, you played as young girl Momo and kicked bad guys on a theater stage (there’s an audience and curtains and everything). If Momo ran into a tornado and spun really fast, she would turn into Wonder Momo, a stronger super-hero version of herself who could throw a hula hoop at bad guys. The game was meant to be a parody of “Magical Girl” anime cartoons like Sailor Moon, and spoofs of ‘sentai’ super hero shows like Power Rangers. It was never released in the US, probably due to its slightly suggestive themes. You had to avoid a photographer in the audience, for instance, who would try and take upskirt pictures of Momo from below. The flash from the camera would stun Momo for a moment. Anyhow, Wonder Momo has remained fairly popular in Japan and Namco has had cameo appearances of her in various other games. Shifty Look, an online web comics site, makes comic strips featuring classic Namco characters, and Wonder Momo is one of their most popular ones. It spawned a web anime series and now you can get a collection of the first 100 strips in a quality, hardcover book format! Let’s take a quick look at what’s inside.
It’s “Nutty Namco Week” here at GamerDad, where we’ll take a look at new books and games featuring odd Namco characters! First up is Bravoman! Bravoman is a classic arcade game by Namco, makers of Pac-Man. The Bravoman arcade game was released in Japan only, but it did get ported to the US by way of the TurboGrafix-16 game console (and Wii Virtual Console). It’s a 2-D platformer beat ‘em up featuring a super hero who can stretch his arms and limbs to punch and kick bad guys. The game is meant to be a silly parody of super heroes and video games. While Bravoman has made cameo appearances in other Namco titles, he would’ve faded into obscurity had it not been for Shifty Look. Shifty Look is an online web comics site who has recently published strips featuring obscure Namco game characters. Bravoman is probably their most successful and long-running series, and has spawned into a high quality web cartoon (featuring prolific cartoon voice actors like Rob Paulsen), and even a tablet game (that one’s not so good). And now you can buy a hardcover book with the first 100 or so strips from the Bravoman web comic! Click here to take a closer look!
Can you believe this year is already half over? What I like to do this time of year is write about the best games of the year 2014 so far. Most of the really good titles come out during the Christmas season at the tail end of the year, and the games that come out earlier tend to be forgotten. So this is where those games get their due.
Another E3 has come and gone, so I thought I’d write a blog about my favorite games and news stories from the show. But before we get to that, I have to rant a little bit. I do apologize in advance, but for the second year in a row I was denied a press pass to E3. So I have to gripe about that a second.
Summertime is upon us, and that means lots of chances for the younger ones to drive their parent’s crazy with so-called “boredom” and other funny business. “Go play outside” is the best play in a parent’s playbook, but what happens when it’s raining outside? This summer, GamerDad Unplugged will try to help fill in those gaps with a few handy ideas. First up – Dominoes!
In honor of the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8, I thought I’d write a blog ranking my favorite games in the Mario Kart series. Mario Kart 8 itself isn’t on the list, since I haven’t played it yet as of this writing, but I am looking forward to it. So read on to find out which Mario Kart game took first place, and which ones ate dust!