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Fibbage XL (Switch, PC, Mobile)

If you are stuck at home right now and want to play a multiplayer game with family and friends, but you don’t have enough controllers, then Jackbox has you covered!  One of their most popular titles, Fibbage XL, has come to Nintendo Switch, and you use cell phones or other mobile devices to play it!  Just connect to jackbox.tv on any phone, enter in the room code, and you’re in!

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The Games of the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini: Part 5

One final part of my blog series on the TG-16 Mini!  Last time we looked at some of the games on the Japanese PC Engine side, and now we’ll look at the rest of them.  The games in this batch I’m more familiar with, because they were released in the US in some form or fashion either on this console, other consoles, or in the arcade.  And they’re also made by well-known companies like Namco, Capcom, SEGA, Taito, and Konami.  OK let’s finish this off!

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Drink More Glurp (Switch, PC)

What if aliens from another planet watched Earth’s sporting events and wanted to try them for themselves.  Would they get the sports right?  Maybe, but maybe not.  Drink More Glurp is a physics-based track and field style sports multiplayer game with goofy product sponsors and even sillier events.  It’s available on Switch and PC but reviewed on Switch here.

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Hamster Bob (Switch)

I still remember the very first game I beat on my own.  It was Mickey’s Space Adventure on our family’s Apple ][+.  The game was kind of a mix between a text adventure like Zork but had pictures and word cues like a point and click adventure.  I just remember the sense of pride and accomplishment I got after beating it.  And yeah it was a game for little kids, but I WAS a little kid at the time!  It just stuck with me and is why I have a strong interest in educational games for kids.  I never pooh-pooh those kinds of games like a lot of other reviewers do, I always welcomed meeting with companies like Humongous when I wrote for The Dallas Morning News, and it’s why I still write for GamerDad.com now!  So I’m really glad to get the opportunity to review Hamster Bob, an interactive coloring book adventure on Switch for the youngest gamers.

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The Games of the TG-16 Mini: Part 4

As I mentioned in previous TG-16 Mini blogs, the Mini has two different menus you can choose from.  One has US releases on the TG-16 side, and one has Japanese games on the PC Engine side.  Since we’ve gone over all the US releases, now we’ll look at the Japanese ones.  I’ll split these into two blog parts.  In the first one we’ll look at the Japanese games I’m not so familiar with, and then in the final blog we’ll look at the games I’m more familiar with.  So let’s get started!

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The King of Fighters R2 (Switch)

SNK is best known for their fighting games, and many of their characters show up in their flagship fighter series, The King of Fighters.  For a while, they had annual entries in this series, but they still make new games in the franchise every now and then.  Characters from other SNK games show up in The King of Fighters titles in a tournament, so you’ll see fighters from games like Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, Psycho Soldier, Ikari Warriors, and more!  So of course there was a King of Fighters game for SNK’s handheld, the NEO GEO Pocket Color.  This handheld came out in the US in the tail end of the 90’s, and for a while I even liked it more than the Game Boy Color.  Recently some NGPC games have been ported to the Switch, so here’s a review of The King of Fighters R2!

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Samurai Shodown 2 (Switch)

The NEO GEO Pocket Color is one of my favorite handhelds.  For a while I even liked it better than the Game Boy Color!  So that’s why I’m glad they’re releasing more of the games on the Nintendo Switch!  The NGPC was made by SNK, who is most famous for their fighting games, so many of their most popular series were on the handheld as well.  One of SNK’s most well-known fighter series is Samurai Shodown.  They even had a new entry in the series this past year.  I didn’t get to review that one, though.  Too bad.  But I’m glad I got to review this pocket sized Samurai Shodown 2!

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The Games of the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini: Part 3

And here’s the last of the blogs about the games on the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini’s US releases.  Well, mostly.  I’ll combine a few of them that had both US and Japanese releases on here like I did last time.  So let’s take a look at the rest of them!

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Tiny Racer (Switch)

In this 3-D racing game on Switch, choose from a selection of cars and race on tracks in single player or multiplayer.  You can do a tournament where you compete on multiple tracks for points, race a single track in an arcade mode, and beat your best times in Time Trial.

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Aeolis Tournament (Switch, PC)

Aeolis Tournament is a collection of multiplayer mini games based around the simple concept of sucking in and blowing out gusts of air.  Up to 8 can play locally and online, and it’s available on the Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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