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The Games of the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

NIS America recently released a collection of some of SNK’s arcade hits on the Switch.  While SNK is mostly known for their fighting games and NEO GEO, before then they made other arcade games, too, and that’s what this collection is all about.  So no King of Fighters or other NEO GEO games.  Mostly pre-90’s stuff here.  But despite having a lot of army themed shooters, this is still a pretty good collection, so I thought I’d go over the games on it today.

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Solar Flux (Switch, PC, Mobile)

Pilot a spaceship and collect plasma balls and fire them into a sun in this intergalactic action puzzler.  Use your thrust, planetary orbits, gravity, and other space physics as you collect all the plasma, just watch out for solar flares and blazing heat!  Solar Flux is available on PC and mobile devices, and is now a downloadable title for the Nintendo Switch, which is the version reviewed here.

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Don-Ay Pet Land (iOS, Google Play)

Rescue and adopt a stray animal in this free-to-play virtual pet simulation/continuous runner hybrid game.  As you play, you’ll be able to help out a real-life pet rescue organization, too!  Don-Ay Pet Land is available to download on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit Wrap-Up

This week at GamerDad we’ve looked at the three main things you can build with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit.  So now I’ll wrap things up with links to all three articles so you can view them more conveniently, as well as some conclusions on the set as a whole.

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Airplane

The last thing we’ll look at in the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit is the controller for the airplane, which is just a cardboard flight stick.  There are also a bunch of little small odds and ends that you can build, too, which we’ll briefly go over as well.  Prepare for take off!

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Submarine

The next thing you can build in the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit is a submarine controller.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m not sure I can describe this one very well.  I’m not sure if it works like a real submarine because I don’t pilot those very often (or at all, really).  And I don’t play very many submarine games either.  The only one I can think of is when Yoshi transforms into a sub in Yoshi’s Island, and you know THAT’S realistic!  Anyway, so let’s take a look at the submarine controller you can build and what it does.

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Car

Earlier this year, Nintendo released one of their most creative ideas in a long time for the Nintendo Switch.  In fact, I read somewhere that TIME Magazine named it one of the best inventions of 2018!  That was Nintendo Labo, and the sets came with sheets of foldable cardboard and a game that showed you how to build them into toys where you could attach Nintendo Switch controllers to them and play with them.  A couple of months ago, they released a new set called the Vehicle Kit, which lets you build a steering wheel and gas pedal to drive a car, as well as controllers for a submarine and airplane flight stick.  My brother Jeff and I FINALLY finished building them all, so this holiday week we’ll take a look at them, starting with the car.

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New Smash amiibo

A new Super Smash Bros. game recently came out on Switch, with lots of new characters and all returning ones.  So naturally they’re going to have new amiibo figures, too!  I got the first three: Star Wolf, Inkling Girl, and Ridley, so let’s take a look at them!

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GamerDad Unplugged: 2018 Holiday RPG Guide

Role Playing Games have surged in popularity in the past couple of years. If someone in your life shows a leaning towards imagination, creativity, or storytelling, an introduction to the world of role-playing games might be in order. In the past few years I’ve mentioned a few in the annual Unplugged guide, but the resurgence of the hobby deserves its own list this year. If you’re thinking about adding a role-playing game to your holiday gifts or activities, here are a few examples and ideas spanning a wide variety of types and recommended ages.

 

 

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Truck Simulation 19 (iOS, Android)

Truck drivers play an important part in American business.  They sacrifice a lot of creature comforts to get items we need from place to place.  And now you can experience some of what they deal with in Truck Simulation 19, available to download for mobile devices (reviewed on iPad here).

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