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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 20th and September 26th.

Tuesday, September 22

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim- PS4
  • Tennis World Tour- PS4, Xbox One

Wednesday, September 23

  • CastleStorm II- Xbox One, Switch
  • Orbt XL- Switch
  • Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure- Xbox One, Switch
  • Unrailed!- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, September 24

  • Alluris- Switch
  • Big Bobby-Car: The Big Race- Switch
  • Breakpoint-Switch
  • Going Under- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Gothic Murder: Adventure That Changes Destiny- Switch
  • Little Big Workshop- Xbox One
  • Lost Ember- Switch
  • Micro Pico Racers- Switch
  • Rivals of Aether: Definitive Edition- Switch
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition- Switch
  • Wartile- Switch

Friday, September 25

  • Port Royale 4- PS4, Xbox One
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

Guillermo Del Toro is best known for his not-so-family-friendly movies. He is the film maker of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim. In 2016 it was a huge surprise when he announced that he was going to be making a children’s animated series. Thus, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia became a smash hit. It has gone on to have 3 seasons, and 2 spinoff series. Now, in 2020 you can play as Jim Lake Jr. and save the troll universe!

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We’ve been waiting a long time for a proper Nintendo Direct. It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer, but we DID get a big news drop with the release of a Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct. It was 16 minutes long and was loaded with Super Mario Bros. news.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

This was the biggest announcement from the direct. It isn’t perfect, but its a great package that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy (just the first one). It will only be available for a handful of months so you’ll want to make sure you pick it up.

Optimized versions of 3D Mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package. In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimized for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Players can also listen to music on their Nintendo Switch systems when the screen is off. A limited production of Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on Sept. 18 and will be available until approximately March 31, 2021.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

I have no idea how to feel about this. I think it looks amazing. This is the evolution of the toys-to-life genre that we needed. But, I’m not sure how well it will work. This is a remote controlled car that you control with your Switch. You can theoretically build tracks and race Koopa kids on those tracks. It all sounds amazing, but I’m going to need to see this in person before I’m sold.

Created in partnership with Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the fun of the Mario Kart series into the real world by using a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite** system to race against opponents using a physical Kart. The physical Kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination. Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customizations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.*** Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which is available in a Mario Set or Luigi Set, launches on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

This is cute. It’s a handheld device that includes, essentially, a new version of Super Mario Bros. There are 35 easter eggs and tweaks added to the game. I don’t think this will be worth the $49.99 for anyone but the most hardcore collectors, but this is neat to look at.

This new collectible device is inspired by the original Game & Watch systems first released in 1980. The original handheld device included a game, and could also be used as a watch to tell time. The original Game & Watch series sold more than 43 million worldwide. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. features a modern +Control Pad. In addition to playing classic games Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. also functions as a clock, with 35 little touches to discover, including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. launches on Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Super Mario 3D World has been overlooked for years because it came out for a console that no one owned (The Wii U). I’ve been waiting for a port since the Switch launched because it could breathe new life into it. You don’t want to sleep on this game. It is an amazing 3d platformer and a great party game. Our kids spent a lot of time playing it on the Wii U and we’re excited to give it another go with new content.

Multiplayer mayhem pounces onto Nintendo Switch! This enhanced of Super Mario 3D World, which originally launched for the Wii U system, features co-op gameplay both online* and through local multiplayer in a variety of creative levels. Additional details about what new things this game has to offer will be revealed later. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 12, 2021. New amiibo figures Cat Mario and Cat Peach will also be released at the same time as the game.

Super Mario Bros. 35

Tetris 99 is one of my favorite games of the last few years. I never thought I would be a battle royale fan, but it turns out that I am a sucker for a unique way of applying the genre. Nintendo is releasing another battle royale version of an NES classic on October 1st with Super Mario Bros. 35. Players will play levels that START like they are from Super Mario Bros. on the NES against 34 other players. Defeating enemies sends them to your opponent’s screens. Racing through levels increases your chances of winning. This sounds like it is going to be glorious chaos. The only potential downside is that this is going to be a limited experience. The game will be going away on March 31, 2021.

Welcome to Super Mario Bros. … with 35 players! In this competitive online battle game, 35 players will compete to be the last Mario standing … or running. Enemies defeated will be sent to other players’ courses, but that also works the other way around! Players can activate special items to try and outpace their opponents. Super Mario Bros. 35 launches on Oct. 1 as a digital-only game exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.* The game will be playable until March 31, 2021.

Super Mario All-Stars

This is one of the best collections of games ever made. Its certainly the best SNES cartridge ever released. Bringing it to the Switch Online games list is pretty great idea. Its already available to subscribers so go… drop what you’re doing and play!

The classic Super NES game that includes upgraded versions of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 with enhanced 16-bit graphics is joining the catalog of games available with Nintendo Switch Online … later today!*

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between September 6th and September 12th.

Monday, September 7th

  • Circuit Dude- Switch
  • Shaolin vs. Wutang- Switch

Tuesday, September 8th

  • AVICII Invector- Switch
  • Meganoid- Switch
  • OkunoKa Madness- Xbox One, Switch
  • RPG Maker MV- PS4, Switch
  • The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journy to Baatu- PS4, Xbox One

Wednesday, September 9th

  • CarX Drift Racing Online- Xbox One

Thursday, September 10th

  • Adventures of Pip- Switch
  • Bake ‘n Switch- Switch
  • Bounty Battle- PS4, Switch
  • Death and Taxes- Switch
  • Deleveled- Switch
  • Hidden Through Time: Legends of Japan DLC- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Hotshot Racing- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • MO: Astray- Switch
  • Space Robinson- Switch
  • Tamarin- PS4
  • The Snake King- Switch
  • Tin & Kuna- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Tomoyo After: It’s a Wonderful Life CS Edition- Switch
  • Wintermoor Tactics Club- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Friday, September 11th

  • Doodle Derby- Switch
  • Firework- Switch
  • Inertial Drift- PS4, Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC- PS4, Xbox One (Wednesday, September 9th)
  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 3- Xbox One (Thursday, September 10th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

After last week’s big week with The Avengers, I decided to choose a simple platforming game for my pick of the week for this week. The goal of the game is to rescue Tin as the armadillo-like creature Kuna. You gain new abilities as you progress through the game. Put your platforming and puzzle skills to the test!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 30th and September 5th.

Monday, August 31st

  • Pocket Circuit- Switch

Tuesday, September 1st

  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Marvel’s Avengers- PS4, Xbox One
  • MX vs. ATV All Out- Switch

Wednesday, September 2nd

  • Batu Ta Batu- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • CD-Run- Xbox One
  • Mask of Mists- Xbox One, Switch
  • Piffle: A Cat Puzzle Adventure- Switch

Thursday, September 3rd

  • Connection Haunted- Switch
  • Good Pizza, Great Pizza- Switch
  • Here Be Dragons- Switch
  • Jelly Champs!- Switch
  • Niche: A Genetics Survival Game- Switch
  • Perfect Traffic Simulator- Switch
  • Spinch- Switch
  • The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters- Xbox One
  • Touhou Luna Nights- Xbox One
  • Under the Jolly Roger- Switch

Friday, September 4th

  • Doraemon: Story of Seasons- PS4
  • Fantasy Tower Defense- Switch
  • NBA 2K21- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2- PS4, Xbox One
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championships- PS4, Xbox One

For the Grown-Ups

  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 2- Xbox One (Thursday, September 3rd)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week has to go to Marvel’s Avengers. I am excited to eventually be able to play this game. You can play as Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Ms. Marvel. Also announced have been Ant-Man and Hawkeye coming sometime post launch. Now to talk about the elephant (or should I say spider) in the room. Spider-Man will only be available for people who buy the game for PlayStation 4. It is unsure if Microsoft will have a deal come out too, but as of now he is the only character that is trapped on one system. So, take up Mjolnir and Hulk Smash when Marvel’s Avengers comes out on September 1st!

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This week Stephen and Amanda are here to catch up on video game news!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 23rd and August 29th.

Sunday, August 23

  • Parking Madness- Switch

Tuesday, August 25

  • Descenders- PS4
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2: Track Edition- Switch
  • Giraffe and Annika- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls- PS4
  • Madden NFL 21- PS4, Xbox One
  • No Straight Roads- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Over the Alps- Switch
  • Project Cars 3- PS4, Xbox One
  • Street Power Soccer- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, August 26

  • Jenny Leclue: Detectivu- Switch
  • Jets ‘n’ Guns 2- Switch

Thursday, August 27

  • Alphaset by POWGI- Switch
  • Best Friend Forever- Switch
  • Deadly Days- Switch
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered- PS4, Switch
  • Hypnospace Outlaw- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Moon- Switch
  • Newton’s Cradle Puzzle Game- Switch
  • Struggling- Switch
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator- Switch

Friday, August 28

  • #NoLimitFantasy, Super Puzzles Dream- Switch
  • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions- PS4, Switch
  • Color Jumper- Switch
  • Death’s Hangover- Switch
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride- Switch
  • Hexagroove: Tactical DJ- Xbox One
  • Jump Force: Deluxe Edition- Switch
  • Liege Dragon- Xbox One
  • Mighty Gunvolt Burst- PS4
  • Nexomon: Extinction- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Road to Guangdong- Xbox One, Switch
  • Serious Scramblers- Switch
  • Solitaire Klondike Minimal- Switch
  • Windbound- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Saturday, August 29

  • Collapsed- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 1- Xbox One (Thursday, August 27th)
  • Wasteland 3- PS4, Xbox One (Friday, August 28th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week has to go to the remaster of the Gamecube classic, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. I am excited to get this game and play with my friends online. Usually, not having a couch co-op option would annoy me, but in the age of social distancing, there wasn’t a chance that I would be able to get someone to come and play this game live in person. When the original came out, you needed a Gamecube, 3 Game Boy Advances, and 3 link cables in order to play with 4 people. Now, all you need is the power of the internet!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 9th and August 15th.

Monday, August 10th

  • Twist & Bounce- Switch

Tuesday, August 11th

  • Brunch Club- PS4, Xbox One
  • Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite Combate- PS4, Switch

Wednesday, August 12th

  • Banner of the Maid- Switch
  • Escape from Tethys- Xbox One, Switch
  • Metamorphosis- Xbox One, Switch
  • Volta-X- Switch

Thursday, August 13th

  • Big Dipper- Switch
  • Boomerang Fu- Xbox One, Switch
  • Darkestville Castle- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Double Kick Heroes- Switch
  • Faeria- Xbox One, Switch
  • Pool Pro Gold- Switch
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timeline- Switch
  • We Are Doomed- Switch

Friday, August 14th

  • Arcade Archives: Super Punch-Out!!- Switch
  • Bite the Bullet- Xbox One, Switch
  • Ea Sports UFC 4- PS4, Xbox One
  • Linn: Path of Orchards- Xbox One, Switch
  • Shaolin Vs. Wutang- Switch

Saturday, August 15th

  • Regina & Mac- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of a week is a game that is already out on Steam and Mobile. Faeria is a card battle game like Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering. This game boasts that it has over 100 hours of solo experiences, plus you can battle your friends and strangers online. There are over 300 cards to add to your deck of thirty, which allows for many customizable options. Faeria is already on Xbox Game Pass for PC, and I’m hoping that it will come to the console’s version of the subscription service as well.

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This week Stephen and Amanda are here to talk about video games. Specifically, the EFG Essentials. These a lists of great EFG approved games for kids on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch!

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The Free Summer update – Wave 2 will come to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on July 30th. It will include fireworks and a new “dreaming” mechanic, but (most importantly) it will also include the ability to backup and restore your island so long as you are a Nintendo Switch Online Subscriber. Take a look at the details below!

Baby You’re a Firework!

I had a feeling this was coming when the first wave of summer DLC didn’t include fireworks. I can’t wait to see videos and pictures of the fireworks displays in our various towns.

Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Get in the spirit by redeeming Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza to get various festive items that you can use. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky!

Sweet Dreams!

Players will be able to use a new Dreaming mechanic to visit other players islands or allow other players to visit theirs. The big difference between dreaming and visiting via the airport is that nothing you do while visiting in dreams will be permanent. It is, quite literally, a “dream.”

You can now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home.** While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too.*** She will grant those who share their island a “Dream Address” which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream. In dreams, nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content.

The Island Backup & Restoration Service is FINALLY here!

The most important part of this update is Island backups. Nintendo Switch Online members will have their island data uploaded to the cloud periodically. They can then contact Nintendo Support to have their island reinstated in the event of a damaged Switch.

You cannot, however, transfer the island to another Switch. That ability will be added in an additional patch later this year.

Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which automatically uploads island and user save data to the internet at certain times. If your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, you may be able to recover your island paradise as long as you’ve enabled island backup. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support about restoring the island and user save data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch system. After your island data and individual player data is restored, you can get back to building your island community!**** Additional details can be found on the Nintendo Consumer Support page when the update goes live. The island backup feature is separate from the Save Data Cloud functionality offered for select Nintendo Switch games through Nintendo Switch Online. A function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another system is planned for later this year. Details will be announced in the future.                                                                         

The video also teased a fall update at the end. The teaser icon is a pumpkin and I can’t wait for the autumn season shenanigans!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between July 26th and August 1st.

Tuesday, July 28th

  • Ageless- Switch
  • Cubers: Arena- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Destroy All Humans!- PS4, Xbox One
  • Escape Game: Fort Boyard- PS4, Switch
  • Grounded- Xbox One
  • Megadimension Neptunia VII- Switch
  • Rugby Challenge 4- Switch
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Skater XL- PS4, Xbox One
  • The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting DLC- PS4, Xbox One

Wednesday, July 29th

  • Lost Wing- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Nowhere Prophet- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • They Breathe- Switch

Thursday, July 30th

  • Buried Stars- PS4, Switch
  • Hellpoint- Xbox One
  • Kingdom Rush- Xbox One
  • Locomotion- Switch
  • Merchant of the Skies- Xbox One, Switch
  • Sentinels of Freedom- Switch
  • Spiral Memoria: The Summer I Meet Myself- Switch
  • The Touryst- Xbox One

Friday, July 31st

  • Castlestorm II- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Cat Quest + Cat Quest II: Pawsome Pack- PS4, Switch
  • Dodo Peak- Switch
  • Fairy Tail- PS4, Switch
  • FootGoal! Tiki Taka- Switch
  • Hamster Bob- Switch
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch: Ultimate Edition- Xbox One, Switch
  • Naught- Switch
  • Nicole- Switch
  • Paint Your Pet- Switch
  • Swim Out- Xbox One
  • Tiny Racer- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

As a fan of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, the 1989 comedy where Rick Moranis accidentally shrinks his children down to a minuscule size, I was very excited when this game was announced. Grounded is a first-person survival adventure game where your character has been shrunk down like the movie referenced earlier. You and your friends must defend against the creatures that live in the backyard, such as spiders, ants, and other bugs.

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

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