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The Sun & Moon (PS4, Vita)

SUN_BOXI’m not really sure why this game is called The Sun & Moon, but it’s a precision 2-D platformer downloadable on PS4 and PS Vita (Vita version reviewed here). In the game, you can phase shift by pressing a button, which will allow you to dive into the blocks you walk around on, allowing for some creative movement through the levels.

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Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (Wii U, 3DS)

MINI_BOXThere’s a new free-to-play puzzler in town that’s downloadable on the Wii U and 3DS (reviewed on Wii U here). It stars everyone’s favorite wind-up toys from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.  Help Mini Mario and pals make it to the goal in each level, and you unlock new characters by scanning amiibo figures.  I guess that’s why the game is free-to-play.

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Mega Yarn Yoshi Amiibo!

AMIIBO_LOGOI FINALLY GOT IT! The one amiibo that was missing from my collection is finally in my possession.  It’s a large version of the Yarn Yoshi amiibo.  Click here for pics and stuff.

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Apestorm: Full Bananas (iOS, Google Play)

APE_BOXIn a steampunk industrial-filled world, three apes who can speak and wear clothes decide to retaliate. They hijack a zeppelin and start bombing pollution-causing human structures to take back nature and reclaim their home.  Apestorm: Full Bananas is a 2-D shooting and bombing sidescrolling game downloadable on iOS and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here).

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Aliens vs. Pinball (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, 360, iOS, PC)

ALIENS_BOXIn space, no one can hear you tilt. Zen Studios has a new pack of pinball tables for their Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 games, and they’re based on the Aliens movie and video game franchises.  You can download and play the new Aliens vs. Pinball pack on consoles that support Zen Studios pinball platforms (PS3 version reviewed here). When you download Pinball FX 2 or Zen Pinball 2 (depending on which game console you own), you’re just downloading the hub.  It’s free, and then you purchase separate tables for play in the game.  Here are the three tables in the Aliens vs. Pinball pack.

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Angry Birds Movie Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

To coincide with the new animated Angry Birds movie, McDonald’s has Angry Birds Movie themed toys in their Happy Meals.  Click here for more info and pictures.

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Fold+ (iOS, Android)

FOLD_BOXThis is a really neat puzzle game where colored lines are arranged on the screen and you must tap either end to shrink them down into a single square. When all colors have just one square apiece, you win the level.  But you must plan your moves as colored lines can attach to other lines and move when you shrink them down, so you have to think ahead.  I’m not really sure why this game is called Fold+ since you’re not really folding anything, but I guess they had to call it something.  It’s also a sequel to a game that came out in 2013, but since that’s about the time I got my iPad, I never played the first one so I don’t know how the ‘plus’ version has improved.  You can download Fold+ on iOS and Android devices, and it’s reviewed on iPad here.

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Orbit’s Odyssey (iOS, Android, Amazon Appstore)

ORBIT_BOXEvil aliens have stolen life-giving crystals from a peaceful planet, leaving it for dead. And now it’s up to a little space hero named Orbit to travel to planetoids to get all the crystals back.  Orbit’s Odyssey is an action game where you walk around little round planets and satellites, collecting coins and crystals while avoiding aliens.  It’s available to download on iOS, Android, and Amazon Appstore, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Star Fox Space Tour

PEPPYYou know, there are a lot of Nintendo franchises that I really like, such as Kirby, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Metroid, etc. And there are some that I don’t like as much, but I don’t hate either.  Star Fox is one of those franchises.  But for as indifferent as I am about Star Fox, I’ve ended up playing every game in the series, so I guess I at least like it a little bit.  So in honor of the recent release of Star Fox Zero, I thought I’d go through all the Star Fox games and give my quick impressions and personal experiences with each one.  I’m not really rating each of these games on this list, although if I had to say, the first three here would be my favorites.  So hop into your Arwing and let’s take an intergalactic tour of all the Star Fox games!

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Dungenious (iOS, Android)

DUNGENIOUS_BOXBack in the early 90s, Capcom made an arcade game that was like a mix of a fantasy RPG and a trivia game called Quiz & Dragons. I never saw it in an arcade, but I did play it on one of their collections and thought it was a neat idea.  So I was happy to see something similar in Dungenious, a downloadable game for iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here), that’s a mix of a quiz game and an RPG dungeon crawler.  The story goes that owls are the keepers of knowledge, but one greedy owl wanted all the knowledge for himself.  So he stole all the words and pictures from books and hid them in monster-filled dungeons.  Now it’s up to you to be the hero and venture forth into the dungeons to seek out knowledge.

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