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Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus (Wii U, PS4)

TEDDY_BOXSo once upon a time, the king of monsters was lonely so he went to the human world and stole a little girl’s teddy bear. She went after it, and after many adventures, she and the monster king became friends and he wasn’t lonely anymore.  The girl and her teddy bear returned home, but later the monster king was defeated by an evil magician, and possesses the girl’s teddy bear and leads her on an adventure in the monster world.  So yeah, the story of this game doesn’t make any sense, but nothing about this game does.  Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus is a 2-D side-scrolling adventure game with exploration elements similar to Metroid or Zelda.  It features retro-style pixel graphics and atmospheric music and is downloadable on the PS4 and Wii U (reviewed here on the latter).

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Minecraft Story Mode: Episode 5: Order Up! (PS3, PS4, Wii U, 360, Xbox One, iOS, PC, Android)

MINECRAFT_BOXMinecraft is an incredibly popular open-world building adventure game with stylishly blocky graphics. It’s become a bit of a phenomenon since its release a few years back, especially with kids. And now, point and click experts TellTale Games has crafted an adventure based on the Minecraft universe called Minecraft: Story Mode.  It is split up into five episodes, like most other TellTale titles, and this is a review of the fifth episode.  It’s available for nearly all current home consoles, PCs, and tablets, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

SWORD_BOXAfter your plane crashes, you find yourself in a lost world full of magic and monsters. People from the outside world like you are called “Strangers” and are generally stronger than the regular inhabitants of Sword City.  So it’s up to you to form a party to defeat monsters and gather crystals to gain power and save the day…somehow.  Stranger of Sword City is a PS Vita RPG dungeon crawler that’s very similar to classics like Wizardry.

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Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault (PS3, PS4, Vita)

AEGIS_BOXIn the distant future after the apocalypse, a new energy source emerges and cities are constructed around these spots so people can mine there and eke out a living. But these new energy sources also have attracted giant creatures who attack the cities (think Pacific Rim).  In the game Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault, you are a commander of a city and must build it up so it can withstand the onslaught of monster attacks.  Kind of like a cross between SimCity and a tower defense game.  It’s available for Sony’s current game consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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PixlCross (Wii U)

PIXL_BOXPicross is a picture logic puzzle game where you use number clues on rows and columns of a grid to fill in squares to make a picture. And now you can play this brain teaser favorite as a downloadable game on your Wii U with PixlCross.

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Lovely Planet (Wii U, Xbox One, PC)

LOVELY_BOXI’m not too big on first person shooter games. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I’m not very good at them.  Plus, most FPS games are about war and darker themes that I’m not too terribly interested in.  I have dabbled in a few early FPS games that were a bit more whimsical, like Chex Quest or Faceball 2000, but those are few and far between.  So when Lovely Planet, a downloadable game for Wii U, Xbox One, and PC came along (Wii U version reviewed here), I was intrigued.  Here was a FPS game with visuals that looked like Katamari Damacy meets Doom.  Or “Katamari Doom-acy,” as I called it (I’m so clever).  So will Lovely Planet get me into FPS games?  Read on to find out!

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Sonic Drive In has Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Themed Kids Meal Toys

For a limited time, Sonic Drive In restaurants now have toys based on Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in their kids meals. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a 3DS RPG featuring a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, and it was released earlier this year.  Click here for more details on the toys featured in this promotion.

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Super Arc Light (iOS, Google Play)

ARC_BOXSuper Arc Light is a simple, downloadable arcade style shooter for iOS devices and Google Play (reviewed on iPad here). It’s similar to classic 80’s shooters like Gyruss or Tempest, where you zap enemies in a circular fashion.  But what makes Super Arc Light unique is that you only need to tap the screen to control all functions of your ship!

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Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut (Wii U, PS4, PC)

SHANTAE_BOXEver since I got the original Shantae title on Game Boy Color (still have my boxed copy), I’ve been a huge fan of the Shantae series. In the game, you play as Shantae, a half-genie half-human girl who can attack with her hair and dance to transform into animals to help her get around, like a wall-climbing monkey or an elephant that can bash rocks.  You explore various 2-D platforming locations, similar to classics like Castlevania or Metroid.  Years later, the folks at WayForward made a downloadable sequel on DSiWare.  And now you can play an improved version on the Wii U, PS4, and PC (Wii U version reviewed here).

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The Three R’s of Amiibo: Ryu, Roy, and R.O.B.

AMIIBO_LOGOHey folks. Got another batch of amiibo figures that I thought I’d share with you.  This time it’s three amiibo figures whose names start with the letter R, and three new Animal Crossing amiibo figures.  Let’s check them out!

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