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I know what a lot of you might be thinking. What in the world is Club Nintendo?

The answer is simple here. Club Nintendo is a rewards program that allows people to accrue “gold coins” when they purchase Nintendo products. Do remember all those little red inserts in the Nintendo game you bought? That included a code you could enter on club.nintendo.com and earn coins with which to make purchases. The included physical goods like 3DS cases, folders, and bags as well as digital game downloads. The program is, unfortunately, coming to an end and while Nintendo has stated they are working on a replacement; we have no idea what it is yet.

The good news is that there is still time. Dig through all your boxes and grab those codes! Head on over to club.nintendo.com and sign up for an account. It will take some time to enter the codes since you will need to fill out a survey with each, but even 200 coins earned (which isn’t that hard) will net you a game download on the Wii U.

Nintendo released the final batch of rewards today and the list is VERY long and includes some great games for not a whole lot in the way of coins.

Physical Rewards

Mario & Luigi Greeting Cards (300 coins)

2016 Desktop Calendar (400 coins)

3DS XL Pouch: The Legend of Zelda (600 coins)

Animal Crossing Mini Playing Cards (600 coins)

Fierce Deity Link Jigsaw Puzzle (800 coins)

Limited Edition 2013 Platinum Poster Set (700 coins)

Nintendo 3DS Game Card Case: 2015 Edition (400 coins)

Nintendogs Greeting Cards (300 coins)

Retro Mario T-Shirt (700 coins)

Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set (700 coins)

Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set v2 (700 coins)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Messenger Bag (800 coins)

WiiU Rewards

Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 – Wii U (200 coins)

Balloon Fight – Wii U (200 coins)

Baseball – Wii U (200 coins)

Clu Clu Land – Wii or Wii U (200 coins)

Donkey Kong 3 – Wii U (200 coins)

Donkey Kong Jr. – Wii (250 coins) or Wii U (200 coins)

Dr. Luigi – Wii U (300 coins)

Dr. Mario – Wii U (200 coins)

EarthBound – Wii U (250 coins)

Excitebike – Wii U (200 coins)

F-Zero – Wii U (200 coins)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity – Wii U (200 coins)

Game & Wario – Wii U (600 coins)

Golden Sun – Wii U (200 coins)

Golf – Wii U (200 coins)

Ice Climber – Wii U (200 coins)

Ice Hockey – Wii U (200 coins)

Kid Icarus – Wii U (200 coins)

Mario Bros. – Wii U (200 coins)

Metroid – Wii U (200 coins)

NES Open Tournament Golf – Wii U (200 coins)

NES Remix – Wii U (300 coins)

Pilotwings – Wii U (200 coins)

Pinball – Wii U (200 coins)

Punch-Out!! – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Mario Bros. – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Mario Bros. 2 – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels – Wii or Wii U (200 coins)

Super Mario Bros. 3 – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Mario World – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Metroid – Wii U (200 coins)

Super Punch-Out – Wii U (200 coins)

Tennis – Wii U (200 coins)

The Wonderful 101 – Wii U (600 coins)

Urban Champion – Wii U (200 coins)

Volleyball – Wii U (200 coins)

Wario’s Woods – Wii U (200 coins)

Wii Fit U – Wii U (600 coins)

Wii Party U – Wii U (850 coins)

Wrecking Crew – Wii U (200 coins)

Yoshi – Wii U (200 coins)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – Wii U (200 coins)

Wii Rewards

1080 Snowboarding – Wii (250 coins)

Art Style: Cubello – Wii (200 coins)

Doc Louis’s Punch-Out – Wii (250 coins)

Eco Shooter: Plant 350 – Wii (250 coins)

Excitebike: World Rally – Wii (250 coins)

F-Zero X – Wii (250 coins)

Fluidity – Wii (250 coins)

Mario Golf – Wii (250 coins)

Mario Kart 64 – Wii (250 coins)

Mario Party 2 – Wii (250 coins)

Mario Tennis – Wii (250 coins)

NES Play Action Football – Wii (200 coins)

Paper Mario – Wii (250 coins)

Pilotwings – Wii (250 coins)

Snowpack Park – Wii (250 coins)

Starfox 64 – Wii (250 coins)

Super Mario 64 – Wii (250 coins)

Super Mario Kart – Wii (250 coins)

Super Punch-Out – Wii (250 coins)

Super Smash Bros. – Wii (250 coins)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (250 coins)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Wii (250 coins)

ThruSpace – Wii (250 coins)

Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II – Wii (200 coins)

3DS Rewards

3D Classics: Twinbee – 3DS (150 coins)

3D Classics: Urban Champion – 3DS (200 coins)

3D Classics: Xevious – 3DS (200 coins)

A Kappa’s Trail – 3DS (200 coins)

Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters – 3DS (200 coins)

Brain Age Express: Math – 3DS (200 coins)

Brain Age Express: Sudoku – 3DS (200 coins)

Brain Age: Concentration Training – 3DS (600 coins)

Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder – 3DS (250 coins)

Crosswords Plus – 3DS (600 coins)

Dillon’s Rolling Western – 3DS (250 coins)

Donkey Kong – 3DS (150 coins)

Donkey Kong 3 – 3DS (200 coins)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 3DS (600 coins)

Donkey Kong Jr. – 3DS (200 coins)

Fluidity: Spin Cycle – 3DS (300 coins)

Golf – 3DS (150 coins)

HarmoKnight – 3DS (300 coins)

Kersploosh – 3DS (150 coins)

Ketzal’s Corridors – 3DS (200 coins)

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters – 3DS (150 coins)

Kid Icarus: Uprising – 3DS (700 coins)

Looksley’s Line Up – 3DS (200 coins)

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 3DS (250 coins)

Mario Golf – 3DS (200 coins)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again – 3DS (200 coins)

Mario’s Picross – 3DS (150 coins)

Metroid II – 3DS (150 coins)

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3DS (600 coins)

Nintendo Baseball – 3DS (150 coins)

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – 3DS (700 coins)

Punch-Out – 3DS (200 coins)

Radar Mission – 3DS (150 coins)

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword – 3DS (200 coins)

Sparkle Snapshots 3D – 3DS (200 coins)

Star Fox 64 3D – 3DS (700 coins)

Super Mario 3D Land – 3DS (600 coins)

Super Mario Land – 3DS (150 coins)

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – 3DS (150 coins)

Tennis – 3DS (150 coins)

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – 3DS (200 coins)

Tokyo Crash Mobs – 3DS (200 coins)

WarioLand II – 3DS (200 coins)

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Nintendo posted another Nintendo Direct event on November 5th 2015. The show was less than an hour long, but packed a lot of information regarding several eagerly awaited titles (and some we didn’t know were coming)!

The following are the highlights of the video which can be viewed in its entirety here.

Wii U

Mario Kart 8 DLC

The first pack of DLC for Mario Kart 8 launches on Nov. 13 and features new racers, levels and karts from Nintendo properties The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero and Excitebike. Players can purchase the DLC for $7.99, but  the best deal is to purchase the two announced DLC packs for $11.99. (The second pack will feature Isabelle and Villager from Animal Crossing and will launch in May 2015.)

amiibo

The amiibo figures are almost upon us and players have been wonder exactly how they will work for a while now. Nintendo has finally let loos with enough details that we can see how they will work. IN essence, amiibo figures will serve as minor add-ons to a large number of Nintendo titles. This stands in contrast to the other toys to life figurines on the market that will only function for a single game (or series of games). For example, they willallow you to create, level up, and customize a “figure character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Multiple other games will be compatible with amiibo, including Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors in 2014.  Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Mario Party 10 will gain the functionality at some point in 2015. This amiibo functionality will be available to players in the following games when the first wave of figures launches on Nov. 21, 2014

  • Mario Kart 8: When players tap Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Captain Falcon, Fox, Samus or Kirby amiibo figures on the Wii U GamePad controller, they will receive a Mii racing suit themed to that particular amiibo character. Players’ Mii characters can wear these detailed suits when racing in the game.
  • Hyrule Warriors: The Link amiibo figure gives players a special weapon called the “Spinner.” Every Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figure will grant randomly selected materials, weapons or rupees in the game when used.

Splatoon

 Splatoon was announced at E3 this year as a four-on-four online multiplayer shooter. Today Nintendo announced that it also features a single-player mode.  Players pit their squid-like “Inkling” against an massive army of octopi equipped with their own ink weaponry. Splatoon is currently slated for launch exclusively for the WiiU in the second quarter of 2015.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

I loved the original for the Wii and have been hungry for the followup since it was announced. Xenoblade Chronicles X looks like it will not disappoint. The direct quote form the press release is below:

“In this new RPG from Monolith Soft, players embark on an epic quest in a new world. Using the city of New Los Angeles as a home base, players will embark on missions, collect items and take on requests from residents. Xenoblade Chronicles X – which features a bigger world than Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii – is scheduled to launch exclusively for Wii U in 2015.”

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The Kirby series has always been adorable. This entry in the franchise has the lovable pink puffball journeying through a world made entirely of multicolored clay. Players do not directly control Kirby this time. Instead they guide Kirby along a rainbow line that they draw on the Wii U GamePad with a stylus. It does feature a new four-player multiplayer mode  that lets one player play as Kirby and focus on drawing rainbow lines on the GamePad, while the others control a trio of Waddle Dee characters that can collect items or even carry Kirby around. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is slated for launch for Wii U in February 2015.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Nintendo debuted a new trailer that showed off a lot more game play. Take a look at the new trailer here.  Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of our most anticipated games this holiday season and launches for Wii U on Dec. 5. 

Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is one of the most divisive games in the entire franchise. It was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in the year 2000 and is being remastered for a 3d release on the Nintendo 3DS console. It “brings Link’s suspenseful, intricate quest through the mysterious world of Termina to a hand-held system for the first time with enhanced 3D graphics and added features for a smoother game experience.” It is scheduled to release sometime in 2015 and is a great addition to the bursting 3DS library. 

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

You know we love strategy RPGs here at Engaged Family Gaming right? The genre is full of brain twisting puzzles in the form of strategic challenges. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. by Intelligent Systems, the creators of the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series, is a turn-based tactical action RPG that features characters like Abraham Lincoln. No that was not a typo. Abraham Lincoln leads a team of newly revealed playable characters like Tiger Lily and Tom Sawyer. Each character has unique abilities that players have to use to their fullest in order to overcome challenges. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015.

Indie games!

There is a HUGE lineup of Indie games coming to the Nintendo 3DS handheld and WiiU console. Some of them are:

  • Runbow from 13AM Games (Wii U) – 2015
  • Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut from Ackk Studios LLC (Wii U) – Winter
  • Citizens of Earth from ATLUS (Wii U, Nintendo 3DS) – Winter
  • Nihilumbra from BeautiFun Games (Wii U) – Winter
  • The Swapper from Curve Digital (Wii U) – Nov. 6
  • Thomas Was Alone from Curve Digital (Wii U) – Nov. 25
  • Proun+ from Engine Software (Wii U) – Winter
  • Trine Enchanted Edition from Frozenbyte (Wii U) – Winter
  • Chariot from Frima Studio Inc. (Wii U) – Winter
  • A.N.N.E. from Gamesbymo (Wii U) – Winter
  • Gunman Clive 2 from Hörberg Productions (Wii U) – Winter
  • SteamWorld Heist from Image & Form (Wii U) – Spring 2015
  • Affordable Space Adventures from KnapNok Games (Wii U) – Q1 2015
  • Gone Home from Midnight City (Wii U) – Winter
  • High Strangeness from Midnight City (Wii U) – Winter
  • forma.8 from MixedBag (Wii U) – Winter
  • A World of Keflings from NinjaBee (Wii U) – Nov. 13
  • Tengami from Nyamyam Ltd. (Wii U) – Nov. 13
  • Treasurenauts from Renegade Kid (Nintendo 3DS) – Q1 2015
  • Xeodrifter from Renegade Kid (Nintendo 3DS) – Q4
  • Swords & Soldiers II from Ronimo Games BV (Wii U) – Winter
  • Beatbuddy from THREAKS (Wii U) – Q1 2015
  • Sportsball from TOO DX (Wii U) – Nov. 6
  • 6180 the moon from Turtle Cream (Wii U) – Winter
  • Rive from Two Tribes (Wii U) – 2015
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Question: My nine year old daughter has been begging me to buy Disney Infinity for our Nintendo Wii so she can play as Elsa and Anna from Frozen. I’ve resisted so far, but the holidays are coming around again. Should I cave? She really loves those characters. I don’t really know anything about video games though. Please help!

Disney has been on a roll recently. Disney Infinity was the biggest name in the relatively new toys to life market and Frozen is the highest earning animated film in history. It only makes sense that the Frozen characters would make an appearance in the game. Parent’s wallets just haven’t been safe since.

Your question is actually more common than you think. Video games are huge and they are getting bigger every year. There are plenty of parents who grew up without video games who are finding themselves in the position where their children want them… and badly. That’s the entire reason this site exists in the first place!

My answer might be different if you had a different console, but if your only gaming device is a Nintendo Wii then I would recommend against it at this point. The biggest draw for Disney Infinity is a toy box mode that lets players create their own landscapes and even go online to download other people’s creations. This mode is absent in the Wii version of the game because it doesn’t have the same power as the rest of the consoles on the market.

My answer doesn’t shift completely if you were to own a different console though. Disney Infinity is a difficult game for a younger child to understand and play on their own. They might be able to run around the toy box as Anna and Elsa, but they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do much else without a significant amount of help from you. This really would need to be a “together” activity as opposed to a distraction. If that isn’t what you are looking for then I would probably pass.

You had mentioned in your question that you weren’t much of a gamer yourself, so this is definitely something you would want to consider. If you aren’t looking for something to do together, then I would again recommend against it in your situation.

With all that said, if she is really interested in those two figures because she loves the characters (what nine year old girl doesn’t right now?) there is no problem picking up the figures themselves without the game.

The figures themselves are gorgeous and well made so they are worthwhile even if she will only ever put them on a shelf. The hidden advantage to that is that if she has a friend at school or a family member with the game all she needs to do is grab her figures and brings her own team!

Let us know what you decide to do!

 

 

 

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A new Skylanders game will soon be upon us! Skylanders: Trap Team will release on October 5th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiU, Wii, and 3DS.

Skylanders is a billion dollar franchise so a new entry will be coming every year for the foreseeable future. Each new title so far has brought with it a new spin on the “toys coming to life” mechanic. First we had Giants, then we had the Swap Force. This time… we get the bad guys.

Trap Team allows players to take command of the Trap Masters, a new kind of Skylander, that can help locate Traptanium zones. They also help the player capture enemy bosses inside crystals. Once trapped they become paragon monsters that can be used by the players. There are forty different monsters in Trap Team that can be captured and collected (including Kaos himself)!

What parents need to buy:

1. A new Starter Pack – The crystal trapping mechanic requires a brand new portal. The other portals you have been using so far can be safely retired. The new one will come with the Starter Pack.

2. Crystals – In order to capture a monster you will need the crystal that matches the corresponding element. Activision and Toys for Bob have made it clear to other outlets that they will not be selling these crystals in blind packs. This means we will be buying them separately for our kids. They haven’t given any word on pricing yet.

3. Trap Masters – These are the new gimmick Skylanders. They are slightly taller than Swap Force characters and have HUGE crystal weapons. One of them (Snap Shot) comes with the Starter Pack.

4. Skylanders – There are, of course, going to be a new set of core Skylanders to collect and play with. Food Fight, for example, comes with the Starter Pack.

What parents need to know:

1. ALL of the original Skylanders that we have purchased for the first three games will be playable in Trap Team. (The new Skylanders, however, will not work with the old games.)

2. The retail starter pack will include a “Traptanium Portal,” two crystal traps, Trap Master Snap Shot, and Food Fight.

3. It is releasing for just about every platform known to man, but the 3DS version will actually be a different game.

Make sure to keep your eyes on our main page for more Skylanders: Trap Team information as it is released! How excited are you and your kids? Sound off in the comments!

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By: Stephen Duetzmann, editor in chief

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is looking more and more like it is going to be one of the highlights in family gaming this holiday season. The demo is releasing on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this week. The actual game will hit retail shelves next Tuesday.

We all know that kids can get attached to certain heroes and refuse to play games or use action figures when they aren’t involved. Take a peek below for a full list of the characters that are available in the game. (Note: This list is VERY long since the game includes all of the major characters and a lot of fringe characters that casual fans have likely never heard of.)

Heroes

  • Spider-Man
  • Captain America
  • Thor
  • Wolverine
  • Black Widow
  • Nick Fury
  • Iron Man
  • Cyclops
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • The Thing
  • Jean Grey
  • Emma Frost
  • Storm
  • Rogue
  • Psylocke
  • Invisible Woman
  • Human Torch
  • Iceman
  • The Hulk
  • Thundra
  • Hawkeye
  • Deadpool
  • Silver Surfer
  • Iron Fist
  • Luke Cage
  • Ghost Rider
  • Moon Knight (My personal favorite!)
  • Black Panther
  • Blade
  • Nova
  • Dr. Strange
  • Daredevil
  • Elektra
  • Ms. Marvel
  • U.S. Agent
  • Gambit
  • Nightcrawler
  • Black Cat
  • She Hulk
  • Black Knight
  • Doc Samson
  • Wonder Man
  • Tigra
  • Ka-Zar
  • Misty Knight
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Quicksilver
  • Colossus (!!!!!!!)
  • Namor
  • Cloak
  • Dagger
  • Photon
  • Quasar
  • Hercules
  • Mockingbird
  • Quasar
  • Ant-Man
  • Wasp

Villains

  • Dr. Doom
  • Loki
  • Ultron
  • Amora The Enchantress
  • Baron Mordo
  • Venom
  • Carnage
  • Magneto
  • Kang The Conquer
  • Bullseye
  • Abomination
  • Super-Skrull
  • Mystique
  • Toad
  • Avalanche
  • Blob
  • Pyro
  • Hydro-Man
  • Mysterio
  • Electro
  • Sandman
  • Vulture
  • Baron Zemo
  • The Juggernaut
  • Sabretooth
  • The Wizard
  • Trapster
  • Klaw
  • Titania
  • Moonstone
  • Warlord Krang
  • Byrrah
  • Attuma
  • Tiger Shark
  • Absorbing Man
  • Taskmaster
  • Living Laser
  • Green Goblin
  • Hobgoblin
  • Mole Man
  • Wrecker
  • Thunderball
  • Piledriver
  • Bulldozer
  • Skurge the Executioner
  • Blizzard
  • Batroc the Leaper
  • Red Skull
  • Whirlwind
  • Dreadknight
  • Crimson Dynamo
  • The Mandarin
  • Dormammu
  • Mad Thinker
  • Beetle
  • Arcade
  • Egghead
  • Constrictor
  • Ringmaster
  • Swordsman
  • Plantman
  • Malekith the Accursed
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By: Stephen Duetzmann, Editor-In-Chief

WayForward Technologies

ESRB Rating – E 10+

August 13, 2013

Reviewed on PS3 (Also available on, Wii, WiiU, 3DS and PC,  Xbox 360 version available on 09/11/2013)

Overall Review:

Just about everyone reaches a point in their adult life where they begin to develop a yearning to re-experience the things they held dear as a child. They ride on the gentle waves of nostalgia until it’s all they can do to keep themselves from spending all day at work reading Wikipedia about their favorite cartoons as a kid.

Ducktales: Remastered is the perfect game for people who are experiencing that right now. Many of us played the original title back in 1989 when it was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Remastered is crafted in such a way that it looks and sounds the way we imagined it so many years ago. The 8bit era of the Nintendo gave us the freedom to imagine the world, but Remastered allows us to enjoy it.

The feeling of playing this game, at least for a longtime fan, is the most important thing to discuss here. I could pick at dodgy controls and somewhat intrusive story sequences for a few hundred words. But, there is an intangible element to this game that transcends the game mechanics and storyboards. Most games today are full of tension. They want to evoke a feeling of dread, excitement, joy, or all of the above. Ducktales: Remastered stands apart from all that. Instead it lets me be 9 year old boy sitting cross legged in front of the TV with my brother again. That is worth my $14.99 every single time.

Family Gaming Assessment:

I’ll make this quick. This game is rated E 10+, but the content is very mild. It plays out like an episode of the Ducktales cartoon. If you would let your child watch that, then this game is no problem.

Conflict in Ducktales: Remastered is resolved through using Scrooge’s cane to pogo bounce off of enemies. There are no weapons or fighting of any kind. If violence is a concern for you, then this game should not be a problem.

The only real theme that is worth noting is that the Transylvania level does have a horror movie aesthetic. If you are concerned that your kids are easily scared by cartoon ghosts and mummies, then that level is something to consider. With that said, it is goofy enough looking that it should be easily explained away.

Playability Assessment:

This game is very difficult. I would expect children to have a fair amount of difficulty with this one unless they have had a fair amount of experience with other 2d platforming games like Rayman Origins or the New Super Mario Brothers series.

With that said, the game does have a difficulty selection option. Putting the game on “Easy” lessens the challenge by reducing the damage you take from running into enemies. It also removes the “life” counter from the game and prevents you from getting a game over. This should be very helpful for young and/or inexperienced gamers that might be discouraged by losing their progress.

Conclusion:

Ducktales: Remastered is a great game. It is not without its faults, but I found the experience to be fun and engaging. Kids will have a lot of fun playing through the colorful environments and becoming acquainted with some of the less appreciated characters on the Disney roster (a Gizmoduck/Phineas and Ferb crossover would be amazing).

All of my praise so far is based on the assumption that the prospective player is a fan of the series. The waters are far muddier if you are not a fan of the original game or the Ducktales series. The game relies on the nostalgia effect to overcome some of its weakness. When I wipe that away and think objectively about it there are not many reason to go out of your way to play this game.

My final verdict:

Fans: Buy it. Now.

Non-fans: Buy it when the price drops unless your kids REALLY like Disney games. 

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D3 Publisher of America
Rated E for Everyone
Released 07/15/2013

Review based on PS3 version (Available for Xbox 360, WiiU, 3DS, Wii, DS)

Overall Review:

Games based on kid’s movies get a bad rap. They are never given the time in development to really grow and flourish into something original. As a result, most developers just pick a genre and jam in story concepts until the game is “finished.” Considering these games get such a bad rap, I can see why some developers go out of their way to try and think differently and try to avoid doing something obvious.

It’s admirable, but sometimes I think people should just go with a proven concept and focus on execution over innovation. Turbo:Super Stunt Squad is the result of an attempt to do something “different” and suffers for it. The entire game experience is impaled by a shoddy attempt at dodging expectations.

Point blank: I cannot recall a gaming experience in my life that has disappointed me more.

I spent the days while my copy was in transit waiting to play a cart racer. I assumed that it only made sense since it is a licensed title based on the story of a snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500. Cart racing games are a personal favorite of mine. I love just about everything about them, so I figured I was in for a treat… until I started playing.

Turbo Stunt Squad is not a racing game in the least. Instead, it is a trick based game that is not unlike the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series many of us played a decade ago. It feels like a clone, and not a very good one at that.

You control Turbo, or one of his snail friends, as you traverse environments from the movie trying to achieve high scores and complete tasks and challenges. Over time you can customize your snails shell in some interesting ways, but it isn’t really worth the effort involved.

Family Gaming Assessment:

There is some gross humor in the game when you remember that these characters are snails. Rail grinding on a burrito on the floor of a taco stand is funny, but sickening when you think about it.

Aside from that, this game is perfectly acceptable for younger players. In short: If you let them watch the movie, then the game is just fine.

Playability Assessment:

This game is not easy. The tutorial does a good enough job of explaining what buttons to press, but the levels themselves are a challenge because players have to use contextual clues to figure out where to go and how to get there. This isn’t easy for younger players who don’t have a lot of experience with video games.

For illustration, I gave the controls to my oldest son who is 7. He fiddled with the controls for about 5 minutes and then went off to do something else. I was able to hold his attention longer with a game of Civilization V (which is an abstract grand strategy game).

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a Turbo game, then you are far better off downloading Turbo Racing League for your phone or tablet. This game just isn’t worth the trouble.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes cover art

This is the cover art for the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. I can’t wait to play it with my boys!

When LEGO expanded their product line beyond building toys and into games, we were thrilled. Everyone loves a good LEGO game. The LEGO series of video games has been a delight to family gamers for years now. We’ve played as Indiana Jones, Batman, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter and more. This Fall we will get a chance to step into the LEGO version of the Marvel universe. Are you as excited as I am? Our boys cheered when they saw the E3 trailer.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will launch this Fall on pretty much every device capable of playing games. LEGO has built the game to work on next generation consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, and WiiU. It will also be available for current generation consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. They also did not leave out handheld devices like the 3DS and PSVita. The game will feature over 100 Marvel characters. We can make some assumptions regarding a lot of them, but LEGO is being mysterious about exactly who will be featured.

Marvel has released the cover art (posted above) for the game featuring a number of characters. They are:

  • Captain America
  • Wolverine
  • Iron Man
  • Black Widow
  • The Thing
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Thor
  • Spider Man
  • The Human Torch
  • The Silver Surfer

Those are some big names. Who do you think is missing? Sound off in the comments!

 

 

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