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2014 has been a GREAT year for family friendly video games. We have seen new editions of Minecraft. The Toys to Life category is exploding thanks to new editions of Skylanders and Disney Infinity and more competition in the form of Angry Birds Transformers and Nintendo’s amiibo line. Most importantly we have spent the year bearing witness to the phoenix-like resurgence of Nintendo who have slowly started to right the ship with the once maligned WiiU console.

Below is a list of five games for the WiiU that are great for families and will be great gifts even if they aren’t number one of your child’s list. (And you know what… YOU might even enjoy them too!)

 

1. Mario Kart 8 – (Read our review here!)

Mario Kart 8 is on the short list for Game of the Year here at EFG. It was a must own for anyone with a WiiU at launch, but the promise of new racers and tracks coming down the line makes it a no brainer.

2. Super Smash Brothers for WiiU

You only get one Smash Bros. game per Nintendo console generation and this is it. It has not released yet as of the time of this writing, but it launches on November 21, 2014 and will likely be one of the hottest games of the holiday season.

3. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

Nintendo makes really good platformers. DK Tropical Freeze released earlier this year in the Spring of 2014 so it was missed by a lot of families. This holiday is a great opportunity to pick up a very strong game.

4. Hyrule Warriors – (Read our review here!)

Hyrule Warriors was announced this Spring to mixed opinions. Many people were disappointed that is was not a traditional Zelda game. But, it has been released to some stellar reviews.

5. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad releases on December 6th, 2014 and looks like it might be the most charming game Nintendo has released in a long time. It is based on the Captain Toad puzzle levels in Super Mario 3D World but expands them to an entire game.

Honorable Mention: Shovel Knight – (Read our review here!)

Shovel Knight is just plain amazing. If you, or your child, have any interest in classic Nintendo games then this is a great buy for the WiiU. This is a downloadable title that is available on the Nintendo eShop and its low price (under $20) doesn’t hurt!

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Nintendo is building up for a very strong holiday season this year with two Super Smash Bros. titles coming to market before Christmas. But, those aren’t the only games Big N has up their sleeves. They are also releasing Captain Toad Treasure Tracker on December 5th at a budget-minded price point of $39.99.

We’ve known about the game since E3 this year, but the specifics have been cloudy until now.

Nintendo sent out a press release that finally included story details to help us understand what we’re going to be doing while we play.

In the game, the titular Captain Toad and the pink, pig-tailed Toadette go on a wild adventurer recover a rare and valuable Power Star that was stolen by a giant bird named Wingo. The game play will be based on the Captain Toad puzzle levels that were found in last years wildly successful Super Mario 3D World.

What do you think? Are you on board?

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Nintendo has published a list of games that will be published on the Nintendo eShop for WiiU and 3DS during 2014.

The list of upcoming releases is as follows:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Ackk Studios LLC

Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut

Q4

Arachnid Games

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite

Summer

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

Fall

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red

July 8

BeautiFun Games SL

Nihilumbra

Summer

Breakfall

STARWHAL: Just the Tip

Q3

Curve Digital

Lone Survivor

Q4

Curve Digital

Stealth Inc. 2

Q3

Digital Lounge

Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition

Summer

DrinkBox Studios

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Summer

Frima Studio Inc.

Chariot

Fall

Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Inc.

Armillo

Summer

Gamesbymo

A.N.N.E

2014

Image & Form

SteamWorld Dig

Fall

KnapNok Games

Affordable Space Adventures

Fall

Natsume Inc.

Alphadia Genesis

Winter

Neko Entertainment

Wooden Sen’SeY

Summer

Nicalis

90s Arcade Racer

Summer

Nnooo

Cubemen 2

Q3

Nyamyam Ltd.

Tengami

Summer

Rain Games

Teslagrad

2014

Ronimo Games BV

Swords & Soldiers II

Q4

Slightly Mad

Project CARS

Q4

Turtle Cream

6180 the moon

Q3

WaterMelon

Pier Solar and the Great Architects

Q3

Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight

June 26

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

Fall

Big John Games

Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter

August

Capcom

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Winter

Gaijin Games

Woah Dave!

Summer

Goodbye Galaxy Games

Tappingo 2

Summer

Hörberg Productions

Gunman Clive 2

Fall

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival

September

Mojo Bones Ltd.

Siesta Fiesta

Summer

Nnooo

Blast ’Em Bunnies

Q4

Renegade Kid LLC

Treasurenauts

Q4

Renegade Kid LLC

Moon Chronicles (ep. 2)

Q3

WayForward Technologies Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Summer

Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight

June 26

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Nintendo is banking very heavily on its first party franchises to help motivate players to go out and pick up a WiiU. Mario Kart 8  has already launched this year, and we are quickly approaching the release of  Super Smash Brothers for both the 3DS (October 3rd, 2014) and WiiU (Holiday 2014).

One of the most exciting things about the impending release is that we will start see the final roster additions! Nintendo took advantage of E3 this week and shared more members of the Smash Brothers roster with the public.

They fighters they announced were:

Pac-Man – There were rumors regarding his inclusion for a while, but he has now been confirmed. His inclusion means that players can set up the ultimate grudge match: Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, and Pac-Man. Insane!

Mii Fighters – This was a bit of a surprise, but it is very cool. Players will select a Mii and then select one of three archetypes: Swordsman, Brawler, or Shooter. Players will then be able to further customize their Mii fighters by choosing each of their special moves. This will give players the ability to include any character they want into the roster so long as they are willing to create the Mii!

Lady Palutena – She is a character that debuted alongside Pit in the most recent Kid Icarus game. She is an impressive addition to the roster with a powerful set of specials. She also helps by bringing another strong female to the roster!

Take a look at the slide show below to see if your favorites are in the roster!

Super Smash Brothers 3DS Box Art
Super Smash Brothers 3DS Box Art
Super Smash Brothers WiiU Box Art
Super Smash Brothers WiiU Box Art
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Pit
Pit - Kid Icarus
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Lady PalutenaSuper Smash Brothers Characters - Lady Palutena
Lady Palutena - Kid Icarus: Uprising
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Pac Man
Pac Man
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Bowser
Bowser - Super Mario Brothers
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Mii Fighters
The newest addition to Super Smash Brothers!
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Ike
Ike - Fire Emblem
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Greninja
Greninja - Pokemon
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Sheik
Sheik - Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Yoshi
Yoshi - Super Mario World
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Charizard
Charizard - Pokemon
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Zero Suit Samus
Zero Suit Samus - Metroid
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Diddy Kong
Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong Country
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Little Mac
Little Mac - Punch Out (NES)
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Princess Zelda
Princess Zelda - The Legend of Zelda
Super Smash Brothers Characters - King DededeSuper Smash Brothers Characters - King Dedede
Kind Dedede - Kirby
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Lucario
Lucario - Pokemon
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Rosalina and Luma
Rosalina & Luma - Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Marth
Marth - Fire Emblem
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Luigi
Luigi - Super Mario Brothers
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Princess Peach
Princess Peach - Super Mario Brothers
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Cartoon Link
Cartoon Link - Legend of Zelda : Windwaker
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Pikmin & Olimar
Pikmin & Olimar - Pikmin
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Villager
Villager - Animal Crossing
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Mega Man
Mega Man
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Mario
Mario - Super Mario Brothers
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Wii Fit Trainer
Wii Fit Trainer - Wii Fit
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Link
Link - The Legend of Zelda
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Samus Aran
Samus Aran - Metroid
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Kirby
Kirby
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Pikachu
Pikachu - Pokemon
Super Smash Brothers Characters - Fox
Fox - Star Fox
Meta Knight - Kirby series
Shulk - XenoBlade Chronicles
Ness - Earthbound
Robin - Fire Emblem
Dr. Mario - Dr. Mario
Lucina - Fire Emblem
Falco - Star Fox
Captain Falcon - F-Zero
Dark Pit - Kid Icarus: Uprising
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By: Stephen Duetzmann, editor in chief

The WiiU has struggled to move consoles recently because of a lack of games. It doesn’t have a strong enough general lineup to excite “core” gamers and get them to buy the machine. Families, on the other hand, have plenty of games to choose from. The list below includes the best options available to parents this year when they are shopping for games. However, one of the strengths of the system is the catalog of classic titles on the WiiU eShop. Don’t underestimate the cool factor of giving your kids an eShop card and letting them choose their own classic titles to play.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – E 10+

This is a high definition remake of one of the best games in the Zelda franchise. It may have met resistance from fans when it was originally released on the GameCube all those years ago, but the cartoon graphics have aged very well and look stunning and vibrant in HD. If you remember trying to rescue Zelda when you were a kid and long for the chance to introduce your own kids to the series this is an amazing start.

New Super Mario Bros. U – E

Many of us hold fond memories in our hearts for our first trip through the mushroom kingdom on the NES. Super Mario Brothers U shows respect to those fond memories and catapults the entire experience into HD. I won’t lie. I was skeptical at first. I didn’t see the value in the upgraded graphics, but the subtle touches to the look (and sound) of the game will make this a favorite in your house.

New Super Luigi U – E

Read above. Super Luigi U is all of that, but it also adds in some tweaks to add additional challenge. This is a budget priced game that can stand alone, but, like Luigi, it is best appreciated when paired with its older brother.

Super Mario 3D World – (Rating pending, but presumably E or E 10+)

Super Mario 3D world launches on 11/22/2013 and, by all accounts, looks like it might be the strongest game on the console so far. Super Mario 64 is one of the most beloved games of all time, and this appears to take all of the magic that made it special and injects it with multiplayer fun.

Lego City: Undercover – E10+

LEGO City Undercover takes a lot of the open world variety available in the Grand Theft Auto Series and gives it a kid friendly veneer. If you have kids who have been begging you to buy them Grand Theft Auto, have them give this game a try. Its age appropriate, funny, and a great warm-up for when they are old enough to play,

Rayman Legends – E10+

Rayman is a game mascot that was left forgotten by gamers for years until he was resurrected by Ubisoft with the surprise hit Rayman Origins.

Rayman Legends improves on virtually every aspect of its predecessor. The hand drawn art and animations are a joy to look at and the use of licensed music makes this game a treat.

It is on the challenging side, so you should make sure you know your child’s skill level before you buy it. But, this is an excellent gift.for children who love platforming games.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – E10+

LEGO branded games have been the surprise hit of this console generation and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes looks like it is one of the best. It is lower priced than other games on the market ($50) and is loaded with super heroes. Your child favorite is all but guaranteed to be playable. This is an excellent gift for the Marvel fan on your list!

Game & Wario – E

Game  & Wario is less of a traditional “game” than it is a collection of interesting ways to use the WiiU’s gamepad. You’ll be asked to do all sorts of things like block suction cup arrows and blow up aliens and all of it will be done to crazy beat.

If your family likes rhythm games and is looking for a multiplayer experience that will make you laugh out loud, then this is the game for you.

The Wonderful 101 – T

The Wonderful 101 is rated T, so it is meant for older kids. But, this is a humorous take on Japanese “sentai” shows like Power Rangers. The characters are over the top and the story is just crazy enough to be followed.

If your child loves Power Rangers and is looking for something new to play, this is a good choice.

 

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Nintendo did not hold a press briefing at E3 2013. Instead they posted a 38 minute Nintendo Direct video on their E3 website showing off the new titles that are on the way.

They showed a number of new and exciting titles, but things didn’t really pick up steam until the end of the presentation where they closed with game play details for Super Smash Brothers.

Smash Brothers is a fighting game that pits iconic Nintendo characters against each other in 4-player battles has been on of the most successful franchises Nintendo has to offer. It really couldn’t be coming at a better time as the Nintendo WiiU has been struggling on account of a lack of killer games. The reality is that Smash Brothers might be just what the doctor ordered.

They confirmed the return of several longstanding characters like Mario, Pikachu, Samus Aran, Link and Donkey Kong. They also have announce three new characters so far at E3.

The first new character was “The Villager” from Animal Crossing. He appears to be an interesting character with a lot of defensive moves. For example he can dig holes to prevent opponents from charging in on him. He can also catch projectiles in mid air and pocket them.

The second character announced is quite possibly the biggest news of the entire event (Yes. I mean all of E3… ALL OF IT). Capcom’s Mega Man will be making a guest appearance in Smash Brothers this time around complete with mega-buster, a whole pile of robot master weapons, and his trusty dog Rush. This is a huge deal because Mega Man is among the most popular characters in video games and has, sadly, been left out of the spotlight in recent years.

The third character was announce after the Nintendo Direct presentation went off the air. The “Wii Fit Trainer” is going to be stomping all over some Nintendo characters with her yoga moves.

We, sadly, don’t have a release date for this game right now, but Nintendo indicated that it would be releasing for the 3DS and Nintendo WiiU in 2014. I expect that we will have a lot more character announcements between now and then.

Stay tuned!

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By: Lara Murray

Staff Writer

Nintendo struck gold when they released the Wii in November of 2006. A revolutionary system that used motion controls in its games, it became a success due to the simple fact that anyone could enjoy it, regardless of gender, age or experience in gaming. Following its success, Nintendo launched the Wii U in November 2012 to similar acclaim.

If a family doesn’t own the Wii, then the Wii U is a gaming must. Keeping with its predecessor by inheriting the motion control feature, the Wii U also introduced a separate handheld gamepad that functions similar to a tablet. The game pad works like an interface for controlling the Wii U’s menu, but it can also control the television while the system is on. The game pad also works like a second monitor, making it possible to switch the display of certain games from the television to the gamepad. Play can then be resumed, freeing up the television for family use. Multiple user accounts can exist on the same system, but game save data is shared among all accessible accounts.

Unlike the Playstion 3 or the X Box 360, the Wii U cannot play DVDs or Blu-Rays, but it has access to stream media from Netflix. Parental controls on the Wii U allow concerned moms and dads to restrict certain content from children’s accounts like games based on their ratings as well as other modes of entertainment like the aforementioned Netflix and YouTube, purchasing software from the Shop Channel, posting or accessing the MiiVerse (a social media outlet where Wii U users can comment on their favorite games), and overall Internet access.

The Wii U is backwards compatible with Wii games, meaning that a family can play any Wii game on their Wii U system in addition to the games available for the Wii U, but Wii U games cannot be played on a Wii console. The Wii U’s catalog of exclusive games is small at this time, as is the case with any new console, but over the next few years it’s expected that game releases will fade out on the Wii in favor of exclusive releases on the Wii U. The Wii U also has a “Virtual Console”, which is an emulator that plays classic games from former Nintendo systems and some Sega systems after they are purchased from the Shop Channel.

At a price of ~$350 for the deluxe bundle packaged with goodies like a 32GB hard drive and the game Nintendoland, or ~$300 for the just the system with an 8GB hard drive, parents on a budget may opt to fill a home’s console vacancy with an original Wii, which retails at about half the price of the Wii U but comes with the cost of missing out on worthwhile exclusives, specifically Nintendoland and New Super Mario Bros. U which are both available now. With a reputable back catalog, the Wii U is a favorable option for a family looking for a next-generation gaming console with something everyone in the family can enjoy.

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E3 2018 is nearly upon us and with it comes a stacked slate of press conferences from major publishers. Its the most exciting time of the year for gamers and almost all of the hype is concentrated in this handful of hours. Take a look below for the schedule of events that will lead up to the opening of the E3 show floor.

 

Saturday, June 9th

Electronic Arts

11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

I have a very strong feeling that we will be very busy after the EA press event. They are going to make announcements regarding Madden 2019, FIFA 19, and NBA Live 19. But, it is also entirely possible that they will announce further content for Star Wars: Battlefront II, or even another Star Wars game entirely. They could also announce a new Plants Vs Zombies or Sims game and it wouldn’t surprise me either.

The unknown element in their conference is Anthem. We don’t know what their targeted ESRB rating is. If it ends up being rated T for Teen then it will end up being on our radar.

Sunday, June 10th

Microsoft

1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Microsoft is undoubtedly going to announce a new Forza Horizon game. I also think that it is likely that they will announce something to do with Minecraft (they always do). But, aside from that, I have no idea what they will talk about and whether or not any of that will mean anything to us. It will be interesting to watch either way.

Bethesda

6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

I don’t expect that we’ll see anything for families from Bethesda. They focus on games for the mature crowd. The grown-ups in the house, however, might be interested in tuning into the news. The only game that we KNOW that they will be showing is a first-person shooter called Rage. They have a lot of games in the works though (many of which are unannounced) so we could see all kinds of cool stuff.

Monday, June 11th

Square Enix

10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern

Livestream

Square Enix hasn’t held a major event at an E3 for years. This leads me to believe that they have big plans. I would expect that a good chunk of their live stream will be taken up by Kingdom Hearts 3. I know I’ll be excited to see more info, but I am REALLY hoping that they announce a release date. We should also see more information about the upcoming Tomb Raider game (not for the kids sadly) and more information about the next season of Final Fantasy XV DLC. The wildcard is Crystal Dynamics. They are working on an Avengers game that we haven’t seen anything meaningful about. I would think that a trailer would do very well considering the success of the recent Avengers movie, but I have no idea if it is ready or not.

Ubisoft

1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Ubisoft has already tipped their hand and revealed a good portion of their press conference. We can expect to see, per the Ubisoft Website, “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Transference, along with content for For Honor.” The only family-friendly game on that list is the toys to life game Starlink: Battle for Atlus. They didn’t tell us, but I can’t imagine that they won’t have a goofy dance number to help announce Just Dance 2019. We can also count on them for a surprise or two. Last year they announced Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle out of nowhere and blew us away.

PC Gaming Show

3 PM Pacific / 6 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

This event is not likely to give us much to talk about. It’s never done so before. The PC Gaming show has a very specific audience (who I am sure will be very excited), but it isn’t really us. This biggest reason being that there is no one company that will be making announcements.

Sony

6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Sony has already come out and said that the bulk of their conference will be dedicated to Spider-Man, Days Gone, Ghosts of Tsushima, and Death Stranding. Spider-Man is a big deal as it looks like it will be one of the best family-friendly games to come out this year (assuming it lives up to the hype). The other three are all games for grownups. Sony did mention that they would have third-party announcements and indie games in their show, so there is still hope there.

Tuesday, June 12th

Nintendo

9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern

E3 Digital Presentation

 

Nintendo closes out the major E3 events with their annual Digital Presentation. They have already announced that they will be focusing on games coming out this year. There will be a special focus on Super Smash Brothers for Switch. They announced it already, but I’m very excited to hear more details. All we know is that it exists. I would love to see a title, a release date, and a big portion of the roster as well.

Smash isn’t the only game Nintendo will be talking about though. They already told us that a new Yoshi game will be coming later this year so I expect more details about that. There have also been rumors that a new Pokemon announcement is incoming. We’ll have to see though because Pokemon games can be difficult to predict.


What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!

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It is readily apparent at this point that every halfway decent Wii U game is going to be give a “Deluxe” version on the Switch at some point within the next few years. We already have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Pokemon Company has announced Pokken Tournament DX. That got me thinking about all the great Wii U gamers that died on the vine on the Wii U. E3 2017 has passed without anymore announcements, but take a look below for a list of five Wii U games that need Deluxe versions ASAP.

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

One of the highlights of the Switch is its ability to handle multiplayer gaming on the go. Each Switch comes with two controllers so local cooperative play is a possibility for everyone who owns the system. That makes bringing  Super Mario 3D World to the Switch a very smart call for Nintendo.

Super Mario 3D World is, without question, the best multiplayer Super Mario Bros. game ever made. This makes it a natural fit for a console that allows for multiplayer gaming everywhere it goes.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Mega Man fighting Fox Mcloud in Super Smash Bros for the WiiU and 3DS

This one is an absolute lock. No need for wishful thinking. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being ported to the Switch is an inevitability; it really just a matter of time.

Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises so it only makes sense that they would bring it over to the Switch at some point. It could even be that the only reason they haven’t announced it is because they want to let Arms breath a bit before they announce another fighting game.

It doesn’t hurt that it would also be very easy to give Smash the Deluxe treatment. Nintendo could include all of the DLC from the Wii U version for an insane value. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in another character, but the roster is already massive enough.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker started as an interesting set of levels in Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo was so happy with how those levels turned out that they made a whole game out of it. People had mixed reactions with this game, but I thought it was, quietly, one of the best games the Wii U had to offer. This would be a smart port for Nintendo.

I don’t think this would be the flashiest announcement they could make, but it would go a long way towards providing diversity in their game library on the Switch.

 

Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE

Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE holds two distinctions. 1. It has the weirdest name of any game published on the Wii U. 2. It is the best RPG published on the system as well.  It was a niche title released on a niche system so it had a very constrained audience. Mirage Sessions was a fascinating game that combined the stylish design of Shin Megami Tensei with the fantasy flare of the Fire Emblem series.

RPGs feel great on handheld consoles like the Switch because they give you more opportunities to grind and build up characters. This is a no brainer.

Super Mario Maker

Super-Mario-Maker

Super Mario Maker had its issues. The biggest among them being that it was very difficult to find good levels. Re-launching the game on the Switch would give Nintendo an opportunity to fix the discoverability problem.

The only real problem with bring Super Mario Maker to the Switch is that it would be difficult to design levels and test them on the big screen. That’s a small concern though as you would still be able to both create and test while in handheld or tabletop mode.


 

What do you think?  Do you have any Wii U favorites that you think should get Deluxe versions? Sound off in the comments!

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Yoshi, for the Nintendo Switch, is a spiritual successor to the Nintendo WiiU title: Yoshi’s Woolly World. Yoshi games have taken on a their own visual style separate from the Mario franchise. Yoshi 2018 is animated and designed to be played in a world of arts and crafts.

Yoshi is animated in green felt, while running through cardboard doors with hinges made from duct tape. Yoshi 2018 plays like the platform adventure game of its previous iterations. Each individual level is lovingly built as if it were a diorama in a child’s crafts fair, with moving parts and materials that border on photo realism. Yoshi explores these levels from a two or three dimensional perspective, sometimes traversing a level side to side, sometimes hitting an object with a signature egg to reveal depth to the level. The newest design that Yoshi 2018 brings is the ability for Yoshi to turn the entire level around and play “On the back side of the level”. Again, these levels are build as if they are from a craft fair, so Yoshi can explore behind paper walls and cardboard bushes that are inaccessible if he were “In the front side” of the level. Finally when viewing the backside of a level, the perspective of the game peers out beyond the level and into a what appears to be a child’s room, further driving home the theme that everything here was made by hand by a parent and child inspired by a game they love.

Why is this awesome?

Beyond the scope of what is going to be a fantastic Nintendo Switch title, this game will spark the creation of arts and crafts with adults and children alike. It is not very often that games will have direct tie ins to visual creative outlets outside the games itself. I see many felted Yoshis and cardboard castles being made as the result of this game. The possibility of two player co-op shows potential for adult/child cooperation or young children playing side by side with the joy cons.

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