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Kirby Amiibo!

AMIIBO_LOGOI’ve got another batch of amiibo figures to show off, and these are based on the Kirby series!  I like Kirby games even better than Mario ones, so I was pretty excited for these.  Let’s check them out!

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Skylanders: Battlecast (iOS, Google Play, Amazon Appstore)

BATTLECAST_BOXThe Skylanders video games started the whole toys-to-life games phenomenon, where you scan actual toys to play as them in the games.  They’ve become extremely popular over the years and I’ve been lucky enough to review all of the main games here at GamerDad!  And now Skylanders is gearing to take over collectable card games, too!  Now you can buy Skylanders: Battlecast cards and booster packs in stores, and play a new card battle game for free on iOS, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore (reviewed on iPad here).

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Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)

RHYTHM_BOXThere is a little-known series of music games by Nintendo called Rhythm Heaven, yet they have a cult following.  The series first appeared on the Game Boy Advance in Japan only, but also globally on the DS and Wii.  A couple of weeks ago during E3, Nintendo surprised everyone by releasing the newest game in the lineup: Rhythm Heaven Megamix, as a downloadable title on the 3DS eShop in the US! 

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Pocket Card Jockey (3DS)

JOCKEY_BOXGet ready for one of the weirdest game combos this year!  Pocket Card Jockey is a cross between a fast-paced Solitaire game and…horse racing?!?  Yup, and not only is it one of the weirdest games this year, it’s also one of the most addicting.  So much so that after I downloaded the free demo on the 3DS eShop, I forked over the seven bucks it costs for the whole game!  And I enjoyed it so much that I decided to review it, too!

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Kick & Fennick (Wii U, PS4, Vita, Xbox One)

KICK_BOXA young boy named Kick wakes up from hypersleep in a futuristic world full of rampaging robots.  Luckily he finds a friendly flying robot named Fennick as well as a giant ray gun that’s almost as big as the boy himself.  Together they’ll explore high-tech landscapes in 2-D platforming fashion.  While Kick can use his giant ray gun to shoot cracked walls and angry robots, he’ll mostly use the strong recoil of the gun to launch himself high in the air to bypass obstacles and reach far-off places.  Kick & Fennick is downloadable on the Wii U, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One, but reviewed on Wii U here.

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Cary’s Top Four Favorite Pixar Films (and Top Four Least Favorite Also)

NEMOFinding Dory was recently released in theaters, and it’s a sequel to Finding Nemo, which is one of my favorite Pixar films.  So it got me to thinking about my other Pixar favorites, and also Pixar movies that I didn’t like as much.  So I made a list of my top four favorite and least favorite Pixar films.  Why four?  No reason other than that it was harder to narrow it down to five. I had four distinct ones in each category but after that it wasn’t as clear.  So I stuck with four for eac

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Paranautical Activity (PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC)

PARA_BOXParanautical Activity is a classic styled FPS game that also mixes elements of ‘roguelike’ dungeons, as the mazes, rooms, and enemy placements are randomly generated each time you play.  You’ll shoot down all manner of spooky enemies including devils, flying shadowy sea turtle things, giant spiders, and much more.  It’s available to download on most current gen game systems, but reviewed on PS Vita here.

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Skylanders Superchargers (and PowerPuff Girls) Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

This month, Skylanders Superchargers (and PowerPuff Girls) toys are in McDonald’s Happy Meals.  Since Skylanders is a pretty big deal here at GamerDad, I figured I’d post a bit about it.  Click for more pictures and info!

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E3 2016 Notes

E3_LOGOWell another E3 has come and gone, and this was the first year in a long time that I wasn’t quite as interested in it as I usually am.  But there was still enough stuff that I could write a blog about, so here it is!

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Cary’s Favorite Mech Games

KIRBYROBOTA new Kirby game was released on 3DS recently, called Kirby: Planet Robobot.  In this game, Kirby can pilot a robot mech to smash enemies and solve puzzles.  So that got me to thinking about other mech games that I like, so here’s a blog about them!

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