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By: James Pisano

If you remember Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”, then you had a fantastic childhood.  If you also played Final Fantasy Tactics, or are a fan of the Final Fantasy universe, then your childhood was even better.  If one or both of those statements applies to you, then I have AMAZING news for you!

On the same day that Netflix is releasing “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” prequel TV series, they’re dropping “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics”.  Yep. It’s a Dark Crystal turn-based tactics game, borne out of a partnership between Nintendo, Netflix, and Bonus XP (The developer behind the Stranger Things games).  You’ll be controlling squads of soldiers from the Dark Crystal universe, on a grid based map, and fight using a combination of swords and sorcery. The aesthetic, while simplistic, looks stylized and appropriate for the game.  The animations also look a bit simple, but this was never going to be a graphics powerhouse. If it delivers a sound strategy game, dripping with personality from the world of The Dark Crystal, I think we will all be very happy.

Now, they’ve planted a flag in the ground by putting the word “Tactics” on the end of a game.  That’s definitely a statement, and one that has not gone well for some other games. However, I have faith that they’re going to nail this.  By the short trailer we’ve seen, and my gut instinct, I’m declaring this one a winner, sight unseen. Will I be right? Time will tell.

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E3 2019 Nintendo Direct – 5 Things Parents Need to Know!

Nintendo’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct was full of fun announcements and surprises! Take a look below for five things that parents need to know!

Animal Crossing: New Horizon Delay

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was unfortunately delayed at the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct.  And while all of us were saddened by this news, we’ve already been waiting 7 years for a new Animal Crossing game, we can wait a few months more.  With its charming design, relaxing atmosphere, and neverending hours of fun, we’ll have plenty to enjoy when it hits the shelves in March 2019.

Two New Smash DLC Characters

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still rolling out the characters in its fighter pass. The first character was Joker, from Persona 5, which made just about any character to ever be a part of a video game possible. Nintendo revealed two characters during their direct: The Hero from Dragon Quest XI, and Banjo-Kazooie!

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is without a doubt, one of the greatest games ever to come out of Nintendo.  It’s got action, puzzles, story, amazing visuals, and so much more. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t enjoy their time in this version of Hyrule.  So when Nintendo announced that the sequel is in development, jaws around the EFG war room dropped. We all suspected, but now we know its coming. Whenever its ready, we’re bracing for what might be a very different look at Hyrule, and we are 100% OK with that.

Secret of Mana Collection

Let’s see… we’re getting Final Fantasy Adventure (actually part of the “Mana” Series), Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana, which is actually hitting the US for the first time in history.  Trials was previously known as Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan, and fans of the “Mana” series have been wanting a US port for a very long time. This collection is available today on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $40.  Additionally, a full 3D remake of Trials of Mana will be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2020. All aboard the Mana Hype Train!

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 was announced for later this year. Nintendo revealed a ton of gameplay details during their Direct. This looks like it is going to be a great game for families to enjoy when it comes out later this year.

Honorable Mention: Dark Crystal Tactics

On the same day that Netflix is releasing “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” prequel TV series, they’re dropping “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics”.  Yep. It’s a Dark Crystal turn-based tactics game, borne out of a partnership between Nintendo, Netflix, and Bonus XP (The developer behind the Stranger Things games).  You’ll be controlling squads of soldiers from the Dark Crystal universe, on a grid based map, and fight using a combination of swords and sorcery. The aesthetic, while simplistic, looks stylized and appropriate for the game.  The animations also look a bit simple, but this was never going to be a graphics powerhouse. If it delivers a sound strategy game, dripping with personality from the world of The Dark Crystal, I think we will all be very happy.


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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Playtonic Games got out ahead of the insanity that is E3 2019 and revealed their next game on Friday June 7th. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is coming to Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One and it looks to be a delight.

Playtonic’s first game, Yooka-Laylee, struggled to reach expectations. They launched on Kickstarter and it set the world on fire, but that came with high expectations. People wanted Yooka-Laylee to be the second coming of Banjo-Kazooie. That just didn’t happen. One of the biggest complaints about the original game was about the camera. Some players even reported getting motion sick.

Faulty camera issues can doom a 3D platformer so it makes sense that Playtonic would abandon that path in the sequel. Impossible Lair is a “2D-Platforming-Adventure-Hybrid” that combines 2.5D platforming with gameplay segments that are top-down and have a heavy puzzle focus.

The trailer is embedded below. Take a look and let us know in the comments if this looks like a game you would want to play!

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from March 17 – March 23, 2019

Here are all of the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 17th and March 23rd.

Monday, March 18th


Turok- Switch

Tuesday, March 19th


American Ninja Warrior: Champion- Switch
Fate/Extella Link- PS4, Switch
SNK 40th Anniversery Collection- PS4, Switch
Symmetry- Switch

Wednesday, March 20th


Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy- PS4, Switch
Super Kickers League- Switch

Thursday, March 21st


Azura Saga: Pathfinder Deluxe Edition- Switch
Block-a-Pix Deluxe- Switch
Grand Prix Story- Switch
Reptilian Rebellion- Switch
Rogue Bit- Switch
StarDrone- Switch
Super Phantom Cat- Switch
Witch & Hero- Switch

Friday, March 22nd


Peasant Knight- Switch
Sushi Time!- Switch
Unravel 2- Switch

For the Grownups


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, March 22nd)


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kirbys extra epic yarn box art

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 3rd and March 9th.

Monday, March 4th


Black Desert-Xbone

Tuesday, March 5th


Bard’s Golds- Switch
Darkest Hunters- Switch
My Little Riding Champion- Switch
Pillar- Switch
R.B.I. Baseball 19- PS4, Xbone, Switch
The Occupation- PS4, Xbone
Unknown Fate- Switch

Wednesday, March 8th


Elevator to the Moon: Turbo Champion Edition- Switch

Thursday, March 7th


Braveland Trilogy- Switch
Ghoulboy- Switch
Valley- Switch

Friday, March 8th


Assualt Android Cactus+- Switch
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn- 3DS
Monument Builders Rushmore- Switch
Paperbound Brawlers- Switch

For the Grown Ups


Devil May Cry 5- PS4, Xbone, PC (Friday, March 8th)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from February 24 – March 2, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between February 24th and March 2nd.

Tuesday, February 26th


8-Bit Hordes- PS4
8-Bit Invaders- PS4
Anno 1800- PC
Child of Light Ultimate Edition + Valiant Hearts: The Great War- Switch
DIRT Rally 2.0- PS4, Xbone, PC
Fractured Minds- Switch
RPG Maker MV- PS4, Xbone, Switch
RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore- Switch
Skyhill- Switch
Stellaris: Console Edition- PS4, Xbone
The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch
The Lost Light of Sisu- PC, Switch
Trials Rising Standard Edition- Switch
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles- Xbone

Thursday, February 28th


Ape Out- PC, Switch
Battloon- Switch
Constructor Plus- Switch
Crash Dummy- Switch
Deltarune: Chapter 1- Switch
My Girlfriend is a Mermaid- Switch
V.O.I.D.- Switch

Friday, March 1st


Awesome Pea- Switch
Creepy Road- Switch
Klondike Solitaire- Switch
Pirates Pinball- Switch
Shred! 2: Freeride Mountainbiking- Switch
Tardy- Switch
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch
Treasure Stack- Switch
Riddled Corpses EX- Switch
Swords and Soldiers II: Shwarmageddon- Switch

For the Grownups


Nier Automata: Game of the Yorha Edition- PS4 (Tuesday, February 26th)
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes DLC #1- Switch (Thursday, February 28th)
Dead or Alive 6- PS4, Xbone, PC (Friday, March 1st)


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 27 – February 2, 2019

The following is a list of all the video games that have been rated E-T by the ESRB that are coming to stores between February 10th and February 16th.

Monday, February 11th

Darkest Hunter- Switch

Tuesday, February 12th


Minesweeper Genius- Switch
The King’s Bird- Switch
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince- PS4, Switch
The Sims 4: Get Famous Expansion- PS4, Xbox One
Trials Rising- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch

Wednesday, February 13th


Away: Journey to the Unexpected- PC
Iron Crypticle- Switch

Thursday, February 14th


Cinders- Switch
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Expansion- PC
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~- PS4, Vita
LOVE- Switch
OlliOlli: Switch Stance- Switch
Strikey Sisters- Switch
Tokyo School Life- Switch

Friday, February 15th

Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders- PS4, Xbone, Switch
Ice Climbers Amiibo
Jump Force- PS4, Xbox One, PC
King K. Rool Amiibo
Piranha Plant Amiibo
Space Lift Danger Panic!- Switch

For the Grownup

Crackdown 3- Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)
Far Cry: New Dawn- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)
Metro Exodus- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 27 – February 2, 2019


Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between January 27th and February 2nd, 2019.

Tuesday, January 29th


Kingdom Hearts III- PS4, Xbone
Mages of Mystralia- Switch
Playstation 4 Pro: Kingdom Hearts 3 Limited Edition
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy- Switch
Unworthy- Switch

Wednesday, January 30th


Drowning- Switch
Fishing Star World Tour- Switch
Hyperide– Switch

Thursday, January 31st


Agartha-S- Switch
Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings- Switch
Bombfest- Switch
Bleep Bloop- Switch
Downwell- Switch
Dragon Marked for Death: Advanced Attackers- Switch
Dragon Marked for Death: Frontline Fighters- Switch
Eggggg: The Platform Puker- Switch
Gabbuchi- Switch
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander
Merchants of Kaiden- Switch
Necrosphere Deluxe- Switch
New Star Manager- Switch
Piczle Colors- Switch
Planeterian- Switch
Stray Cat Doors- Switch
Tangledeep- Switch

Friday, February 1st


8-Bit Hordes- PS4, Xbone
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unkown- PC
Animal Super Squad- Xbone
Thea: The Awakening- Switch
Wargroove- Switch

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Is Mortal Kombat 11 Ok For Kids?

Mortal Kombat 11, from NetherRealm Studios has been formally unveiled during a live stream event. I can’t really show a single frame of the show, but if you are a curious parent you can go to their YouTube page for the announcement trailer.

I don’t know how OFTEN it will come up, but here is my answer to questions about whether or not Mortal Kombat 11 is age appropriate for kids:

No.

Niet.

Não.

Nein.

Non.

いいえ.

“Sometimes “No” is the kindest word.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Real freedom is saying ‘no’ without giving a reason.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“If something is not a “hell, YEAH!”, then it’s a “no!”
― James Altucher

“NO” is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone’s request with a simple No.”
― Sharon E. Rainey, The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal


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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 13 – 19, 2018

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between January 13th and January 19th. 

Monday, January 14th

Forever Forest- Switch

Tuesday, January 15th

Vane- PS4

Wednesday, January 16th

Bash the Bear- Switch

Planet RIX-13- Switch

Thursday, January 17th

Bedtime Blues- Switch

Build a Bridge!- Switch

Crazy Striker Bowling EX- Switch

DYING: Reborn- Switch

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force- Switch

Feudal Alloy- Switch

Gunman Clive HD Collection- Switch

Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space!- Switch

Left-Right: The Mansion- Switch

Mega Mall Story- Switch

Octahedron: Transfixed Edition- Switch

The Office Quest- Switch

The Shrouded Isle- Switch

Friday, January 18th

ACE Combat 7: Skies Unknown- PS4, Xbone

Old School Racer 2- Switch

Fight of Gods- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

Onimusha Warlords- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch (Tuesday, January 15th)

The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Episode 3- PS4, Xbone, Switch (Tuesday, January 15th)

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG- PS4, PC, Switch, Vita (Thursday, January 17th)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes- Switch (Friday, January 18th)


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