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We Love WarioWare!

A new WarioWare game has been recently released on 3DS: WarioWare: Gold.  It’s kind of a ‘best of’ the series with over 300 games from the franchise.  So in honor of that, I figured I’d post a blog about all the games in the series, as it is one of my favorites!

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Food Fantasy (iOS, Google Play)

In a fantasy world in ancient times, a great war between Food Souls and Fallen Angels devastated the land.  Eons later, Food Souls and Fallen Angels still exist, and humans must eke out a living trying to avoid attacks.  Luckily, Food Souls are there to help.  They may look like ordinary humans, but they have the power to help prepare food and battle Fallen Angels, too (somehow).  You play as an aspiring restaurant owner who must manage a group of food souls as you run an eating establishment in this restaurant sim/RPG battle hybrid.  It’s free to play on mobile devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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20XX (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

With the Mega Man X Collection recently released, and the upcoming Mega Man 11 on the horizon, there sure is a lot of excitement and buzz around the Blue Bomber lately.  And if you want to keep that excitement going, and don’t want to wait around for Capcom, then you might want to check out 20XX.  Gameplay is nearly exactly like Mega Man X.  So much so that I’m surprised Capcom didn’t sue.  But the difference here is that the stages are randomly generated, so each run will be a little different every time.  Because of that, the game is a bit more hardcore, too.  20XX (how do you pronounce that anyway?) is available to download on most current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Tempest 4000 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

When people think of arcade games from Atari, Tempest is one that usually comes to mind.  The original 80’s arcade game featured vector graphics that gave the game an early 3-D look as you traveled around the edge of a cylinder or other geometric shape, all the while blasting enemies coming from the bottom up to get you!  And now you can play an updated version on your PS4, Xbox One, or PC (reviewed on PS4 here).

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Omega Strike (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A scientist has developed a serum for soldiers in a military that makes them stronger and faster.  But soon after, the soldiers start mutating into monsters under the now evil scientist’s control.  Now it’s up to three resistance fighters to battle the mutant army and save the day!  Omega Strike is a 2-D action game made to look like a title in the 16-bit era.  It features run and gun gameplay similar to Mega Man, as well as some Metroid style exploration elements.  It’s available for download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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MUSYNX (PS4, Vita, Switch, Mobile)

This is a music game from PM Studios, so you know what that means.  Lots of Asian techno tunes, but this one has a little more than that which makes it a little better.  Gameplay is similar to Guitar Hero.  Icons scroll down lanes and you must push the correct button when they reach a certain line in time with the music.  Do this multiple times to increase your combo and your score.  And that’s about it, really.  It’s available on Sony’s consoles, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Legacy of Dragonholt (Boardgame)

The Legacy of Dragonholt boardgame is essentially a tricked out choose your own adventure. Allowing freeform character generation and spanning multiple volumes, it is more than a simple book. However, despite its boardgame sized box, but it is not a traditional boardgame. If that sounds interesting to you, Legacy of Dragonholt is a great choose-your-own adventure experience with strong role-playing game flavor.

 

 

 

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The Games of SEGA Genesis Classics Part 2

Last week we looked at some games on the SEGA Genesis Classics collection out now on consoles.  But there were so many games on this collection, that I had to split it into two parts!  So here are the second half of the games found on this massive 16-bit collection.  Do be sure and read the first part, too, if you haven’t already!

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Pearl & Marina amiibo

It’s been a little while, but some new amiibo figures have been recently released, and of course I got them and will share them with you here.  It’s Pearl and Marina from Splatoon 2!  In the first Splatoon game, Callie and Marie were the game’s hosts, broadcasters, and musicians for the competitions.  But in the sequel, they’ve been kind of replaced by these two newcomers, who pretty much do the same thing.

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Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

This past Spring, Nintendo released one of their most creative ideas in a long time for the Nintendo Switch.  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.  I’ve already gone over the Variety Kit here at GamerDad, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly suggest you follow this link to my Nintendo Labo Wrap Up where I talk about all that stuff.  But Nintendo also released a Labo Robot Kit, where you build your own robot suit and tromp around a city as a giant robot in a game!  So we’ll go over that one now!

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