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Super Beat Sports (Switch)

Some may say that many skills in sports require a rhythmic action to them, and now you can put that statement to the test with Super Beat Sports.  It’s a music/rhythm game with a sports theme and you can download it on the Nintendo Switch.  In the game you play as a human who travels to a whimsical alien world where they play sports based on music and rhythm.  It’s cute and quirky and reminds me a bit of the Rhythm Heaven game series (those games even had golf and ping pong rhythm games).

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Unplugged: Holiday Guide 2017

Happy Holidays! Boardgaming has had a serious upsurge in the past few years, and there’s no better time to get into the hobby than an extended holiday break. As we at GamerDad have done for the past 15+ years, it’s time for an annual rundown of recent boardgames well worth your time. Nothing beats the social aspect of in-person gaming with friends. Last year’s run-down is a great list of recommended games. Here again are some great examples of boardgames to get you and your family gaming. You might not find all these titles at your local mega-mart but many can be found online or in a friendly local game store. Some may argue $50+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to videogaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. Good boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future. They will provide many more hours of entertainment than most video games. In that vein, feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2015, 2014 , 2013 , or 2012.

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Party Planet (Switch)

Aside from 1-2 Switch, there’s not a lot of multiplayer mini-game party titles on the Nintendo Switch, at least not that I’m aware anyway.  Which is a little surprising, considering Nintendo’s recent console history.  But now, Party Planet is here to fill that void for Switch owners this Christmas season.  It’s a collection of 30 mini-games for up to four players, and can be played solo, cooperatively, or competitively.

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Steven Universe: Save the Light (PS4, Xbox One)

There is quite a dedicated fanbase for Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe series.  And there’s yet ANOTHER new game out based on the franchise.  Steven Universe: Save the Light is actually a sequel to a mobile game I reviewed a couple of years ago called Attack the Light, which was on mobile devices.  It’s unusual for a mobile game to get a sequel on a console, but that’s just what happened here, as Save the Light is available to download on PS4 and Xbox One (PS4 version reviewed here).

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Steven Universe: Dreamland Arcade (iOS, Android)

Steven Universe is one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows right now.  It’s about a boy named Steven who befriends some gem-based intergalactic warriors and they go on adventures together.  As popular as the show is, there aren’t too many video games based on the franchise, surprisingly.  Until now, as Dreamland Arcade is not one, but nine games in total for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).  In one of the episodes, Steven and his friends visit the local Funland arcade.  One of his gem warrior friends gets addicted to a game that bears a striking resemblance to Samba de Amigo.  It’s called Meat Beat Mania and in this mobile game, Steven falls asleep while she plays it.  Then he has a dream where he’s in an arcade featuring games starring him and all his friends.  You get to unlock and play these games that Steven dreamed up.

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Reader Review: Bad Apple Wars (Vita)

A few months ago, I reviewed a visual novel game from Aksys and didn’t fare too well.  So when they sent me another one, I decided to let my brother Benjamin Woodham review it.  So here’s his take on Bad Apple Wars for Vita.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

The evil Kang has conquered time and space and is bringing Marvel universes from different time periods together to create one big city called Chonopolis.  Now modern day Manhattan is next door to Asgard, Roaring 20’s Manhattan (complete in black and white), 2099 Nuevo York, and even an alternate timeline New York where Hydra has taken over.  It’s utter chaos and it’s up to Marvel superheroes from different time periods to team up and save the day!  You’ll play as classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Doctor Strange, Thor, and more, as well as meet up with alternate timeline versions of characters like Cowboy Captain America in the Wild West and Spider-Gwen.  It’s the wackiest LEGO super hero adventure yet!  LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite: Team Capcom

In the second part of my look at the characters in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, we’ll go over the fighters on the Capcom side.  I’m way more into video games (obviously, since I review them) than I am comic books, so hopefully I’ll sound a bit more knowledgeable here.  So let’s dive right in.  Oh yeah, some slight Story Mode spoilers here and there may happen, so you’ve been warned.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite: Team Marvel

It’s Marvel Week here at GamerDad.com.  We’ll be looking at the characters in Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, and at the end of the week, a review of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game!  Anyway, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is a fighting game featuring characters from Marvel comic and Capcom game universes.  Usually when I play a fighting game that has a lot of interesting characters in it, I’ll write a blog about them, so that’s what we’re going to do here.  We’ll start with the Marvel cast.  Keep in mind that I’m not a big comic book fan, so most of my knowledge of Marvel characters comes from the movies, Marvel vs. Capcom games, and the LEGO games.  So when I go over these characters, if you ARE a Marvel fan, please feel free to correct me on anything or provide any information or insight that you might like to share.

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Just Dance 2018 (PS4, Switch, Wii U, Wii, PS3, Xbox One, 360)

The Just Dance series of games is one of the more popular console dance music games out there.  So much so that there’s a new yearly release annually, and it’s time for the 2018 version to hit with more songs and other goodies.  It’s available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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