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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (PS4, Vita)

EXIST_BOXA group of high schoolers from Tokyo get involved in a serious accident (a huge hole appears in a road).  But instead of winding up dead, the bunch of teenagers ends up in a strange world full of floating islands, monstrous creatures, and a huge tower.  Now they must fight to uncover the truth as to why they’re there, and stop evil forces along the way in this anime styled RPG.  It’s available for Sony’s PS4 and Vita, but reviewed on the Vita here.

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Just Dance 2017 (Wii U, Wii, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, PC)

DANCE_BOXUbisoft’s popular dance game series’ most recent entry is out, with new features and of course, new songs.  It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles (even the Wii), but reviewed on Wii U here.  The biggest new feature is the ability to use your smartphone as a controller.  Just download the Just Dance app and make sure your console is connected to the Internet.  I didn’t try using my smartphone myself, as my phone is a bit old and Wii remotes are easier for me to figure out.  But I imagine more people have smartphones than Wii remotes, so more people can join in on the fun with this game!

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Chase: Cold Case Investigations -Distant Memories- (3DS)

CHASE_BOXThis is a downloadable text adventure game where you play as two police detectives in Tokyo.  You’ll crack cold cases, which are crimes that haven’t been solved in a long time.  Aside from reading a lot, you’ll interview suspects and witnesses, as well as investigate crime scenes using the 3DS touch screen and stylus.

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Tumblestone (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

TUMBLE_BOXTumblestone is a puzzle game that hearkens back to the puzzlers that had a bit of a boon in the late 80’s and 90’s.  When you see it, you may think of games like Puzzle Bobble, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Cleopatra Fortune, or Magical Drop (especially Magical Drop).  The top of your well playfield is covered with colored blocks, and you move a character around on the bottom. Line them up to a block at the top and press a button to take it away and it’ll move to the top of the screen.  Then you must match two more squares of the same color before you can repeat the process again.  So yeah, it really reminded me of Magical Drop, except less arcade-y and more cerebral.  It’s available to download on computers, Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U, but you can also get physical disc copies of it on the PS4 and Wii U.  That version on the Wii U is what’s reviewed here.

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Skylanders Imaginators (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, 360)

SKYLAND_BOXSkylanders is super huge here at GamerDad.com, as it is the first of the ‘toys to life’ games to come out.  The game series is extremely popular, with a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon and now a new cartoon on Netflix.  And now they’ve released the sixth main game in the series!  Have you ever wanted to create your own Skylander?  Nah, me neither.  But when I was a kid, I doodled all sorts of Pac-Man mazes in my school notebook, and created all sorts of imaginary Mega Man bosses.  So I imagine kids today would definitely be into creating their own Skylanders.  And that’s just what you do in Skylanders Imaginators.  It’s available for nearly all the current home game consoles, but reviewed on PS3 here.

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Runbow Deluxe Edition (Wii U, 3DS)

RUNBOWDX_BOXLast year, one of the most popular (and fun) downloadable indie games on the Wii U eShop was Runbow.  Now you can get it in a physical disc form, with all the DLC and added extras included!   There’s also a version called Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition for the 3DS, but we’re reviewing the Wii U version here.  Runbow is a competitive 2-D platformer for up to nine players, and it has a colorful twist. Every second or so, the background will change to a different color, and any platforms or walls that are that same color will blend into the background and disappear, so you’ll have to stay on your toes!

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Two or More (iOS)

TWO_BOXYou’ve probably played a variation of this puzzler and not even realized it.  In Two or More, the field is full of colored squares.  You must drag your finger across as many adjacent same colored blocks as you can.  When you do, they’ll disappear and you’ll get points.  Only difference between this and the many others like it is that in this one, you must make a path with your finger, not just tap on the squares, so you may not be able to clear all the squares depending on how they are arranged.  So it’s a bit trickier.  Two or More is available free-to-play (two bucks will remove the ads, though) for download on iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics (Book)

NINTENDO1The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System was literally a game changer.  It helped bring the video game industry out of a slump in the mid-80’s.  And for many children at the time (myself included), the NES was a household name.  You didn’t just play video games, you played Nintendo.  To honor that excellent time in gaming, Prima Games has just released a new book: Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics.  It features games published by Nintendo for the NES, as well as strategies for select games, probably to coincide with the NES Classic Edition (a smaller NES shaped device with 30 games inside) which was recently released as well (sadly, as of this writing, I have not been able to find one of those).

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New Mario Series Amiibo

AMIIBO_LOGOHey folks.  Just got a new batch of Nintendo amiibo figures.  This time they’re of more Mario characters.  This set includes Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Boo.  Let’s check them out!

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Pokémon Visual Companion: 2nd Edition (Book)

POKEMON1With the popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go, recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS, and a new series of the anime cartoon soon to be airing on Disney XD, Pokémon is bigger than ever.  So if you have a young fan of the Pokémon cartoon around the house, you may want to check out this nice hardcover book!  It chronicles the adventures of Ash and his friends in the cartoon, as well as which Pokémon they’ve caught and battled, what gear they use, who they’ve met and where they’ve been.

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