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Klonoa 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Can you believe Klonoa has been around for 25 years?  That makes me feel REALLY old!  I remember when I first played that game in college and reviewed it for The Dallas Morning News.  If you don’t know (and shame on you if you don’t), Klonoa is a series of (mostly) 2D platformers by Namco.  And they’re really good, too!  The quality of these games really had an impact on me and they’re some of my favorite titles on the PSOne and PS2.  For the 25th Anniversary, Namco released a collection of the PSOne and PS2 main games, which we’ll talk about here.  But we’ll also go through the other games in the series as well!  Oh yeah, there may be some spoilers here and there, but I’ll warn you when they come up.

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Smash Boats (Switch)

Relive the fun of playing with your tub toys as a kid with Smash Boats on the Switch.  Charge into other toy boats to sink them in water filled arenas like bathtubs, kiddie pools, sinks, toilets, and more!  The game has actually been out for more than a year, but it finally got an update with a co-op and competitive party mode, which it sorely needed.

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Book Quest (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

You are in a medieval fantasy world and one night a red ninja steals your family’s magic book.  The ghost of your grandfather requests that you get it back, as it holds mysterious powers.  So you take up a sword and go on a quest to get the book back in this 2-D, 16-bit retro styled top down adventure.  It’s available on all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 10: Our Favorite Music/Rhythm Games

We’re celebrating a couple of milestones with this podcast!  First, it’s our one-year anniversary since we started doing this podcast.  And second, this is our tenth episode!  So to celebrate, here’s a special episode where my brother Jeff and I talk about our favorite music/rhythm games!

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Sofiya and the Ancient Clan (PS4, PS5, Switch)

You are Sofiya, a cute pink haired witch out to save the day in this 2D side scrolling 16-bit styled platformer.  Run, double jump, and use magic blasts to defeat enemies in this game available on PlayStation consoles and Switch, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Mega Man: Battle and Fighters (Switch)

A lot of people don’t know that Mega Man starred in two arcade games.  One was brought to the US, I know because I have the arcade cabinet in my garage.  But the sequel stayed in Japan.  They looked like fighting games, but they were basically boss rushes.  But you could still acquire the boss’ weapons and use them against other bosses who had a weakness to those weapons.  You can play these arcade games on some collections, like the most recent Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium.  But did you know that around the time these games were released, there was a home port of these titles on a handheld device?  SNK’s late 90s handheld, the NEO GEO Pocket Color, got a port of these games combined into one: Rockman: Battle and Fighters.  It was never released in the US until now with Mega Man: Battle and Fighters on the Switch.  As a fan of both Mega Man and the NGPC, I’m really glad I got to review this!

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Sonic the Hedgehog Fruit Snacks

Hey everyone!  Guess what I found at the grocery store the other day?  Sonic the Hedgehog fruit snacks.  Now the speedy blue blur can grace your kids’ lunchboxes this school year!  I got a press release a few months ago saying that they were going to come out with Sonic fruit snacks plus a Sonic cereal.  So I guess the fruit snacks finally came out. I haven’t seen the cereal yet but if I do, you’ll know I’ll buy it and definitely write about it!  You’d think they would’ve had this kind of Sonic foodstuffs before now, but they haven’t.  So let’s take a quick look at the fruit snacks!

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Lost In Play (Switch, PC)

A brother and sister are playing together and living out their fantasies as they play pretend to make their way back home.  You’ll seamlessly switch between fantasy and reality in this point and click style adventure that uses no words.  It actually reminds me of a game I reviewed a little over a year ago called Fire: Ungh’s Quest.  Lost in Play is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

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Arsonist Heaven (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S)

You are a dude in a fire retardant hazmat suit and you must go around burning up all the monsters in a level.  Armed with a flamethrower and a jetpack, you’ll tromp around 2-D scrolling stages with retro pixel graphics.  Arsonist Heaven is available on all current consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak amiibo

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is an expansion to Capcom’s popular Monster Hunter Rise game.  I hear it’s a pretty big addition, too.  So much so that it got three new amiibo figures!  I had to import these, as I never saw where I could get them in the US.  Actually I think Capcom USA had a special edition of the game that came with one of the amiibo figures (the dragon), but I wasn’t about to pay hundreds of dollars for that plus a game I’d never play.  But luckily, importing these wasn’t very costly at all!  I was surprised.  So let’s take a look at them!

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