The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System was literally a game changer. It helped bring the video game industry out of a slump in the mid-80’s. And for many children at the time (myself included), the NES was a household name. You didn’t just play video games, you played Nintendo. To honor that excellent time in gaming, Prima Games has just released a new book: Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. It features games published by Nintendo for the NES, as well as strategies for select games, probably to coincide with the NES Classic Edition (a smaller NES shaped device with 30 games inside) which was recently released as well (sadly, as of this writing, I have not been able to find one of those).
Hey folks. Just got a new batch of Nintendo amiibo figures. This time they’re of more Mario characters. This set includes Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Boo. Let’s check them out!
With the popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go, recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS, and a new series of the anime cartoon soon to be airing on Disney XD, Pokémon is bigger than ever. So if you have a young fan of the Pokémon cartoon around the house, you may want to check out this nice hardcover book! It chronicles the adventures of Ash and his friends in the cartoon, as well as which Pokémon they’ve caught and battled, what gear they use, who they’ve met and where they’ve been.
The theme for all things Pathfinder this fall has been dark and deadly supplements to the game to bring a bit of horror to player’s games. Supplements have been released featuring the covert shenanigans and evil organizations found in Ultimate Intrigue and Villain Codex, the dank and dark setting found in Horror Adventures, and the dark ghostly burdens found in the Haunted Hero Handbook. It is as if the teenaged(1) Pathfinder RPG has entered its Goth stage. There is even a release of miniatures, Deadly Foes, designed to complement these dark tales of woe. Aside from the darker side, the Pathfinder rulebooks have taken a page from cell phone technology and have been shrunk into easier-to-carry paperback editions.
This game may look cute and cuddly, but World of Final Fantasy can be quite challenging sometimes. In this monster gathering and battling RPG, if you don’t go into the fight with the right strategy, you might find yourself toppled over—literally! Luckily there’s the World of Final Fantasy Strategy Guide from Prima Games. When I was a kid, I used to enjoy the older Final Fantasy games, and would pour over the printed guides when I wasn’t playing. This guide made me feel like a kid again while reading it, so let’s take a look inside together!
One of video game’s most popular female icons turns 20 this year. Makes me feel old, how about you? To celebrate, Prima Games has put together an awesome hardcover book with more than 300 pages featuring the Tomb Raider games, the fans, and Lara Croft herself.
I played Dragon Quest Builders at PAX West this year and it was one of my favorite games of the show. It’s basically a combination of Dragon Quest and Minecraft. Those two game series are very robust, so you know you’ll need a comprehensive guide if you get stuck or don’t want to miss out on secrets. Luckily Prima Games has you covered with the Dragon Quest Builders strategy guide! Let’s take a look inside and see what’s all in there!
About a month and a half ago for my birthday, my family and I went to Dave & Busters. The best way to describe Dave & Busters is it’s like a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. They have a restaurant and bar, billiards, and other things. They’ve also always had big arcades. I think Dave & Busters started out in Georgia, but when they expanded, one of the first places they went to was Dallas, so we’ve had them nearby for a long time. I think they’re all over the place now, though. Anyway, we mainly spent our time in the arcade, and it was the first time in a long while that I had a lot of fun in a newer, modern arcade. So I thought I’d share with you some of the stuff we played.
So a while back, I wrote a blog about my favorite police officers in video games. It was a fairly popular topic, so I decided to revisit it, only change it to be my favorite firefighters in video games. It won’t be as long of a list, because I couldn’t think of too many firefighter game characters. I’m a little surprised there aren’t more firefighting games out there. Real life firefighters are true heroes, risking their lives and being brave to save others in danger. So I’m surprised that more video games haven’t capitalized on that. Also, according to where I work now, this month is fire safety month so it’s topical. But anyway, here are my favorites.
This year, Dungeons and Dragons is all about the giants. The various types of giants (fire, hill, cloud, etc…) have gone to war with each other to determine the best kind of giant. Since the release of of 5th edition, Wizards of the Coast has picked an overarching storyline and theme for the year’s releases. This year focuses on a disruption of the natural order of giant seniority, and the infighting between the giant types to get higher in the pecking order. Player characters get caught up in the political intrigue and can even steer the outcome in one way or another before the tale’s final denouement.