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Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Namco-Bandai

ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Fantasy Violence)


Pokemon battles are nothing new. We’ve been seeing these cute little monsters battle it out for decades now. With that said, these battles have always been very abstracted. I have a difficult time imagining a pair of trained beasts patiently taking turns while they lay into each other with fireballs and water blasts. Instead, I have always imagined the battles to more like MMA bouts where both combatants fight at once; wildly slashing, bashing, and blasting at each other.

My vision was finally realized when Pokken Tournament was announced last year. I was super excited then, and that carried right through until the release of the game. I have been hungry to get in and battle it out for a long time and I can say that I was not disappointed.

First, it is important to note that Pokken Tournament was developed by some of the same people responsible for the long running Tekken series. As a result the fighting mechanics are rock solid. The buttons are responsive and the action is furious. I never felt like I was behaving randomly even when I was learning the game. This is a big deal because the Pokemon brand will certainly attract a younger audience and it is important that the game be accessible right from the outset.

At its core Pokken Tournament is fighting game just like the others that are on the market right now. The biggest thing that sets it apart from the competition is its use of different “phases.” During each match players compete for position in both a Field Phase, where they can freely roam the battlefield, and a Duel Phase, where players fight in close quarters on a 2D plane. Each match is a dance as players weave in and out of the two phases based on their preferences. Some players may prefer to “zone” out their opponents using ranged attacks while others will try to close in on their opponents to unleash devastating combos. This adds an additional layer of strategy without bogging players down with additional button presses.

The roster includes sixteen Pokemon of various elements and from different games in the primary series. Everyone who plays should be able to quickly find a character that they like. And, honestly, if they can’t decide… then they should just use Lucha Libre Pikachu. Trust me.

Family Gaming Assessment

Pokken Tournament joins Super Smash Bros for Wii U as a family friendly option for fans of the fighting game genre. It does involve one on one combat between two Pokemon, but they are all obviously cartoonish characters. If you would let your child watch an episode of Pokemon, then the basic gameplay will not be a problem.

The game does, however, involve online matches where other player’s screen names are visible. Nintendo is generally very good at keeping the really bad stuff from being visible, but it is still worth being vigilant.

Playability Review

Fighting games aren’t exactly known for being “simple.” Pokken Tournament is no different. Players will need to have to be coordinated enough to use just about every button on the controller. In order to be successful they will need to be able to enter complex strings of button presses. This isn’t to say that you can’t just button-mash your way to a good time, but success depends largely on your ability to string together combos.


Pokken Tournament is an excellent game. Pokemon fans and fighting game fans alike should check this one out.

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The Nintendo Direct was week ago, but we are still super excited for several of the announcements that Nintendo made during the presentation. Take a look at the full video and then look below for our favorites!

Star Fox Zero – Wii U

I’ve been concerned about Star Fox Zero for a while. It didn’t look very good when it was formally announced and everything I read about the way the game controlled gave me plenty to be scared of. The numerous delays haven’t done anything to help heighten my excitement either. The footage and features they showed this time around have us much more excited. The biggest reason? The introduction of a cooperative mode where one player can control the ship while the other controls the fine aiming with the Wii U gamepad. I simply cannot wait to give this one a try with my kids!

Star Fox Zero will launch on April 22nd.

Paper Mario: Color Splash – Wii U

Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door for the GameCube is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. It is dumb. It is laugh out loud funny and it has some of the smartest turn based combat in the entire series. Paper Mario: Color Splash looks like it has a chance to return the series to form by bringing it back to the home console to take full advantage of the hardware’s power.

We don’t know any of the details regarding release window, but it is safe to assume it will be out during the later part of the year.

Splatoon – Wii U

We thought that updates for Splatoon were over, but Nintendo is coming back swinging! They have already released a balance patch with the intention of improving matchmaking and increasing the weapon diversity by making some of the lesser used weapons better. They also plan to release several different weapon configurations in packs called “Shelldon’s Picks” starting in April!

Kirby: Planet Robobot – 3DS

Kirby Games are always a treat. He’s adorable and his games are often very forgiving for kids who want something to play. This time you control Kirby just like you always have, but with the added twist that you can hop into a giant mechanized suit of armor.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – 3DS

We are huge RPG fans here at EFG. That won’t come as a surprise to any of our regular readers.

The Dragon Quest series is one that doesn’t get a lot of love in North America and it really doesn’t make much sense. It has interesting characters, cool stories, and tight mechanics. Dragon Quest VII is one of the best in the series and it is getting the full remake treatment for the 3DS. The graphics are being redone and it is being fully localized for the Western audience. It will be coming out later this year.

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Publisher: Nintendo

Release Date: 03/04/2016

ESRB Rating: T for Teen

Reviewed on Wii U


I have a confession to make. I ran out and bought a Wii and Twilight Princess as     quickly as I could back when the game first came out. I played for about six to seven hours and enjoyed myself (or thought I did at least). But, one day I turned the game off and never turned it back on. There was just something frustrating about the game that I couldn’t put my finger on.

When I heard that Twilight Princess was coming to the Wii U in HD I knew, as a Zelda fan, that I had to give it another shot. And boy… am I glad that I did that. The new version of the game shined a bright spotlight on my previous play through and helped me discover the exact reason I struggled: The waggle controls.

The original version of the game made use of the Wii’s motion controls, but it only worked in a haphazard way. The designers essentially mapped different shakes and thrusts to different buttons. It was a far cry from the sword play I was hoping for.

The HD remake, on the other hand, utilizes the controls that were present on the GameCube version of the game and the experience is glorious. I was immediately more comfortable with playing the game and was able to progress well past my previous quitting point in a matter of hours.

Even better? The simple textures really pop with the new resolution. My kids hardly noticed that the game was almost a decade old. They were genuinely stunned when I told them about it.

Anyone who had reservations about their previous experiences owes it to themselves to give this game another try.

This is a classic Zelda adventure that serves as a great entry point to the series for fans who have never played a game in the series. My two sons are nine and seven and thoroughly enjoyed learning about some of the core themes in Zelda games like temple design and the relationship between Link, Zelda, and Ganon. My oldest has put in a lot of time with Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask so he found it especially interesting to see all of the different threads that connect the different games in the series.

Family Gaming Assessment

Twilight Princess HD is rated T by the ESRB. The ratings summary is as follows:

“This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Link, a young hero who must save a fantasy kingdom by defeating an evil villain. From a third-person perspective, players explore caves/dungeons, solve puzzles, and use swords, arrows, bombs, and magic to defeat enemy creatures (e.g., skeletons, spiders, dragons, plant creatures). Some sequences allow players to use ranged weapons/abilities from a first-person perspective; one section allows players to engage in a one-on-one sword-fight with a boss character. Cutscenes occasionally depict characters impaled by swords or shot with arrows; one boss creature emits small puffs of purple fluid when stabbed.”

The main issue that parents will need to deal with here is the violence. The vast majority of the conflict resolution in this game is managed at the point of a sword, bomb, or bow and arrow. There are some darker themes as play here, but many of them are abstracted enough through the gameplay that they aren’t really of serious concern.


Playability Assessment

The Legend of Zelda series has never been “easy.” They are complex games with mind bending temples full of puzzles. Frankly, even the boss fights are mini puzzles. Twilight Princess HD doesn’t change any part of that formula.

One glaring concern for many is that there is no spoken dialogue during the game at all. Everything is done using text. While this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for many families as most early readers won’t have the controller skills to play the game anyway, but it does make playing with a shoulder surfer a bit more challenging as you will have to read all of the text like a storybook. (Bonus points though if you make up a cool voice for Midna!)


Zelda fans probably don’t need to hear this, but this is a very good purchase. The game holds up remarkably well (and is much better if you only ever played the Wii version).

We feel comfortable recommending this one to anyone looking for an adventure on their Wii U.

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Editor’s Note: This article was written and submitted to us by the owner over at Token Meeple. It’s a little out of their genre over there, but we sure loved the help! Head on over there for their take on grown up board games (including some great single player stuff)!

Today Disney presented us with the first edition of Disney Infinity Next. If this 12-minute announcement was any indication, there are big things in store for Disney Infinity 3.0 over the next few months and the remainder of 2016.

During the opening sequence we were reminded that Disney Infinity, for the 2nd year in a row, #1 in the Toys-to-Life category. The 3.0 release will be the largest collection of content inside of a Disney game and will remain compatible with the 3.0 base.

The next announcement focused around the upcoming release of the Zootopia movie this Friday. Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps bring a bit of a stylistic change from previous Infinity characters and look like they just walked off the movie set and into the game. They are available for purchase as of March 1st for the Disney Infinity Platform. Judy is the agile and quick character who will specialize in powerful kicks and will have her Tranq gun from the movie to help stun characters in game as well. Nick is a very strong melee character who will have his Popsicle stick referenced from the movie to help him out. He also has a friend “sidekick” who can help him out and use the Popsicle as well.

The next announcement was what really caught our attention. The Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set!! At one time we all have wondered who would win in a fight between say Captain America and Iron Man, and now we can find out! Also, for the first time, a Disney Infinity Play Set will feature 4-player play and it seems it will happen without another base. Battlegrounds will feature 8 arenas’ that take on a life of their own. The Arenas are almost a character themselves. They take damage leading to a lot of Environmental Destruction and potentially causing you to fall between levels or open up other new areas of the Arena. And lets not forget, the Marvel Disney Infinity 1.0 and 2.0 characters have been refreshed to include new abilities and super abilities within the Battlegrounds.

All of the Marvel Characters have been balanced within the Play set to make the combat more competitive. 4 new characters will be released at around the same time the Play Set is available. These new characters will consist of a new Captain America from Captain America: Civil War. This combat focuses much more around his shield in this version and his special ability is a Heli-Carrier strike that he deflects with his shield for a powerful AOE attack.

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The other new characters we will be seeing to hype this play set are Black Panther, who will be another character who excels in Martial Arts agile melee style. Vision, yet another quick character, changes it up with his special ability allowing him to phase into the ground, perform an uppercut and transition that into an air combo. This is a new ability type that hasn’t been introduced into Disney Infinity yet and shows that Disney is committed to pushing Disney Infinity to new heights.

Then we get one of my most wanted, Ant-Man. You read that right, we will finally have Ant-Man in Disney Infinity shrinking power included!! Ant-Man will be a very defensive character but because of his shrinking ability he will be able to surprise people and catch them off-guard.

The final announcement of the initial Disney Infinity Next featured the live action remake of The Jungle Book. Well now hopefully you are asking what does this do for Disney Infinity, and the answer is Baloo! This figure is modeled beautifully and you can picture Baloo dancing and singing Bear-Necessities when you lay eyes on it. In game, Baloo can swing a Palm tree as a melee weapon and throw various fruit at his enemies. Baloo also attacks his enemies with his belly and rear end, and we can see him being a favorite of many children.

I have to admit, this was a pretty exciting 12 minutes and Disney teased with just enough to have me looking forward to each new wave release. Even with all of this being announced, I would still expect a surprise or two from Disney on the Infinity side, after all there is still a lot of Disney left unexplored on the Infinity platform. I am still waiting for something from the Junior side of the house as well!


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Nintendo has announced a sale beginning on February 11th and running through February 24th. The games include a whole pile of indie favorites for the Wii U at 50% off! The list of titles on sale in North America and other territories is below. Take a look and see if any of the games interest you! The prices are really hard to beat.

One of the games on sale in every region is Turtle Tale by Saturnine Games. You can check out our review of it here.

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2015 was a great year for family games, but 2016 looks like it will be just as good (if not better). Take a look below for a list of the ten games we are looking forward to the most

Mighty No. 9


Mighty no. 9 found its way onto this list because of its wildly successful kickstarter a few years back. It is intended to be a spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise and it looks like it will be a lot of fun to play.  Unfortunately, the game has been delayed what feels like 87 times. It has been delayed so frequently at this point that it is starting to squelch the giant pile of excitement that I had.

Final Fantasy Explorers

Evan, our oldest, is excited enough for this game all on his own to catapult Final Fantasy Explorers onto the list. We really didn’t know much about this one until Square Enix started sending out press information in the last few months.

The core elements mimic some of the elements of the Monster Hunter series that has been super popular worldwide. The difference is that it features final fantasy job classes and the ability to use special moves and/or items to summon iconic Final Fantasy characters.

This should be an interesting experiment and the new 3DS is a great place for this type of action RPG.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was a massive surprise when it was release and it has built a HUGE audience of 8 million players. The sequel was inevitable and we are super excited to play it.

The best part of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is that it is everything great about the first game with more cool stuff like sci-fi elements and new characters (like an orange that shoots lasers).


I am so excited for Overwatch that I am giddy. Blizzard has a great history of taking genres, identifying the key components that make them fun, and designing a new game that highlights those key elements.

Overwatch looks like it will be the next game to go through that process and be all the better for it.

We are looking forward to this one and hoping that the recent design decisions to remove most of the blood will remain so we can enjoy this with our older kids.

Pokemon Go


People have been calling for a mobile Pokemon game for years. Pokemon Go is the answer to those players prayers and more.

The game is being developed by the team behind Ingress and features the some of the same mechanics. Pokemon will be placed all over the world using GPs coordinates and players will be able to physically go to those locations to fight them and capture them. The result will, hopefully, be an opportunity for players to really feel like a Pokemon trainer.

No Man’s Sky

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No Man’s Sky is making some bold promises. It is promising players an opportunity to explore a universe that is almost infinite in size. It is promising millions upon millions of unique planets, the majority of which have never been seen, to explore. Something about that makes it seem too good to be true. Something has to be wrong? They can’t possibly accomplish this stuff right?

We are going to find out this year and I cannot wait.

Street Fighter V


I’m not gonna lie folks. I LOVE me some Street Fighter and Street Fighter V looks like it will be one for the ages.

I recognize that there will be some parents who will question why I would place a fighting game so high on my list of family friendly titles, and I can respect that. But, I strongly believe that Street Fighter is different because the game is at least positioned to be about a tournament. There may be fireballs and lightning attacks, but these characters are competing in a non-lethal tournament (as opposed to, say, Mortal Kombat or Killer Instinct).

Many of you might have heard on our podcast that Uncle Badger and I will be holding a Street Fighter V tournament sometime this year. Keep your eyes on EFG for more information about it. You don’t want to miss it!

Pokken Tournament

Anyone concerned about Street Fighter should immediately be comforted by my inclusion of Pokken Tournament. This is a hardcore fighting game that features a HUGE pile of Pokemon like Pikachu, Machamp, Mewtwo, and more. It is already doing well in Japanese arcades and will be launching in North America during the first half of 2016.

We simply cannot wait to get our hands on this one.

My wife and I collaborated quite heavily on this list and while we generally agreed on positioning for the games that we have already talked about he simply could not agree on a number one. Mainly because new entries in our respective favorite game series are being released (ostensibly) within 2016. In the spirit of compromise we agreed to let it be a tie between our two highly anticipated games. They are:

Final Fantasy XV – Steve’s pick

Point blank: Final Fantasy XV gives me the chills.  I have loved this series since I was in 8th grade and I don’t think that will be going away any time soon. This entry features some interesting changes. It features an action RPG battle system (as opposed to turn based battles in the past) and it features a primary cast that is entirely male.  It also features an amazing black convertible that you drive across the map as one of the main parts of the gameplay loop.

I know a lot of people have abandoned Final Fantasy in favor of other classically styled JRPGs and I can’t really blame them. But, something about this game has me counting down the days.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U – Jenna’s pick

The Legend of Zelda Wii U is one of our most anticipated games because we love the Zelda franchise. Beyond our love for the franchise however, there are many more things that draw us into the game.

First, and most obviously, would be the unbelievable aesthetic to the game. The artwork is absolutely stunning. It’s how we’ve always wanted a Zelda game to look.  It’s not too cartoony, it’s not too dark, and it perfectly displays the fantasy like atmosphere of the game.

The second reason that this is one of our most anticipated games is the open world concept.  We love the idea of exploring anywhere within the kingdom without having to follow a linear path.  If you can see it, you can go there.

Finally, we love the fact that they are going to keep the puzzles and dungeons that we love while reworking them to add more dimension and an exciting new feel. At least, that’s what was promised to us.

Now, they actually have to show us more of the game and get it in the shelves.  The wait has been long enough.

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The Game Developers Choice awards will take place on March 16th as part of the game developers conference.

The Game Developers Choice Awards “are the premier accolades for peer recognition in the digital games industry. Each year, the Choice Awards recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical genius of the finest developers and games created in the last year.”

Below is a list of the nominees for the various awards as well as a list of honorable mentions for each category.

Game of the Year

– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Rocket League (Psyonix)

Honorable Mentions: Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

Innovation Award

– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
– Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
– Undertale (Toby Fox)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
– The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Honorable Mentions: Rocket League (Psyonix), Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games) Cibele (Star Maid Games), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)

Best Debut

– Studio Wildcard (ARK: Survival Evolved)
– Toby Fox (Undertale)
– Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
– Moppin (Downwell)
– Steel Crate Games (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)

Honorable Mentions: Asteroid Base (Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime), Question (The Magic Circle), Thomas Happ (Axiom Verge), Dinosaur Polo Club (Mini Metro), MidBoss (Read Only Memories)

Best Design

– Rocket League (Psyonix)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/ Bethesda Softworks)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Honorable Mentions: Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

– Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montréal / Square Enix)
– Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
– AlphaBear (Spry Fox)

Honorable Mentions: Prune (Joel McDonald), The Room Three (Fireproof Games), Subterfuge (Ron Carmel and Noel Llopis), Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets / BANDAI NAMCO), Sage Solitaire (Zach Gage), SteamWorld Heist (Image and Form), You Must Build a Boat (EightyEight Games)

Best Visual Art

– Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Honorable Mentions: Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami), Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn / Sony Computer Entertainment), Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Narrative

– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
– Undertale (Toby Fox)
– The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Honorable Mentions: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks), Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment), Cibele (Star Maid Games), SOMA (Frictional Games)

Best Audio

– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
– Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Honorable Mentions: Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks),The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), SOMA (Frictional Games), Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Technology

– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)

Honorable Mentions: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)

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2015 was an excellent year for family gaming. There was no shortage of games for our kids to play at any point in the year, but five games really stood out as the very best that 2015 had to offer.

The Engaged Family Gaming Game of the Year for 2015




I have to admit that I didn’t think much of Splatoon when it was announced. I had serious doubts that Nintendo would be able to deliver on a purely multiplayer shooter. I remember telling my wife that I was going to play the test fire so I could write about it, and an hour later I was sold. The controls were intuitive, the art style was adorable, and I could not wait to jump into the game and mess around.

Several hundred hours later our family has spent many evenings passing the controller back between the all-together-too-short and yet not-long-enough three minute matches. We found ourselves scheduling family game time during the regular Splatfests. I can’t remember another game convincing anyone in our family gaming on a schedule besides WoW (and that isn’t looked on fondly by my wife).

At the end of it all Splatoon was the clear winner. We are sad to hear that Nintendo is no longer going to support it with DLC or new maps, but we are looking forward to the potential for paid DLC and the inevitable sequel. I mean… Spla2n is just too obvious.

Honorable mentions

Ori and the Blind Forest


Ori and the Blind Forest is both hauntingly beautiful and maddeningly frustrating. The story and the challenging platforming can BOTH make you shed tears, but the ultimate payoff as you progress and learn to navigate the gorgeous world is worth every second.

This is not a game for the youngest among us, but if you have an older child who has mastered other platformers and is looking for a challenge, then this is an awesome (and inexpensive) option!

Super Mario Maker


A lot of the reason I share video games with my children is that I want them to experience some of the same joys that I did when I was a kid. The Super Mario Bros. series is such a huge part of that nostalgia factor that Super Mario Maker was almost guaranteed to find its way onto my Games of the Year list. The fact that it executes on the promise of delivering a near infinite number of Mario levels to play sealed the deal.

If I’m being honest, the only thing that kept Super Mario Maker out of the top spot is that it is still far too difficult to discover new and interesting levels that aren’t punishingly hard.


Star Wars Battlefront


2015 was the year Star Wars came back (for many of the people who thought it was gone in the first place). Episode VII is breaking records left and right and Star Wars Battlefront is happily riding that wave of excitement and nostalgia all the way to the bank (12 million copies have been sold so far!)

The good news is that it isn’t all about sales numbers and nostalgia. Star Wars Battlefront is a perfectly accessible shooter that gives fans of the series a chance to inhabit a rebel or storm trooper in several famous Star Wars locales and battles

This one caught us off guard as well, but we loves every second we spent playing it and can’t wait to see what else EA and DICE have in store.


Yo Kai Watch


Anyone who calls Yo Kai Watch the “Pokemon Killer” doesn’t really understand the lasting power of the Pokemon brand, but that doesn’t mean that Yo Kai Watch is a bad game; far from it.
The main complaint against Yo Kai Watch is the combat system where your critters attack on their own. This leaves you to manage them in different ways by activating super moves and healing them with items. I felt like the battle system was similar to the one employed in Final Fantasy XIII. I was given a break from micromanaging my party and left to control the ebb and flow of the battle. This is a VERY different experience that some people simply do not like, but it is a novel approach to a role playing game that is not utilized often. The bottom line? This is a great game that should not be overlooked. 

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The Game Awards took place on Thursday December 3rd, 2015. The week before my son and I recorded a podcast where we both made our predictions regarding all of the game related awards that were given out. Below are the results of the awards as well as our scoring! Our competition was much more competitive than we expected it to be!

Game of the Year

  • WINNER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker

Stephen’s Prediction: Fallout 4

Evan’s Prediction: Super Mario Maker

Score: 0-0

Developer of the Year

  • WINNER: CD Projekt Red
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo
  • Bethesda Game Studios

Stephen’s Prediction: Nintendo

Evan’s Prediction: Nintendo

Score: 0-0

Best Independent Game

  • Axiom Verge
  • Her Story
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • WINNER: Rocket League
  • Undertale

Stephen’s Prediction: Rocket League

Evan’s Prediction: Ori and the Blind Forest

Score: 1-0

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Downwell
  • Fallout Shelter
  • WINNER: Lara Croft Go
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Pac-Man 256

Stephen’s Prediction: Fallout Shelter

Evan’s Prediction: nil (We missed this one on the podcast! Whoops!)

Score: 1-0

Best Narrative

  • WINNER: Her Story
  • Life Is Strange
  • Tales From The Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Stephen’s Prediction: The Witcher 3

Evan’s Prediction: Tales from the Borderlands

Score: 1-0

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • WINNER: Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Stephen’s Prediction: Ori and the Blind Forest

Evan’s Prediction: Ori and the Blind Forest

Score: 2-1

Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • WINNER: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Stephen’s Prediction: Ori and the Blind Forest

Evan’s Prediction:Ori and the Blind Forest

Score: 2-1

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • WINNER: Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Stephen’s Prediction: Mark Hamill

Evan’s Prediction: Camilla Luddington

Score: 2-1

Games for Impact Award

  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • WINNER: Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Stephen’s Prediction: Her Story

Evan’s Prediction: Undertale

Score: 2-1

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • WINNER: Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Stephen’s Prediction: Call of Duty Black Ops 3

Evan’s Prediction: Splatoon

Score: 2-2

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • WINNER: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Stephen’s Prediction: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Evan’s Prediction: Ori and the Blind Forest

Score: 2-2

Best Role Playing Game

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • WINNER:The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Stephen’s Prediction: Fallout 4

Evan’s Prediction: The Witcher 3

Score: 2-3

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd
  • WINNER: Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder

Stephen’s Prediction: Mortal Kombat X

Evan’s Prediction: Rising Thunder

Score – 3-3

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders: SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • WINNER: Super Mario Maker

Stephen’s Prediction: LEGO Dimensions

Evan’s Prediction: Skylanders Superchargers

Score: 3-3

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • WINNER: Rocket League

Stephen’s Prediction: NBA2K16

Evan’s Prediction: NBA2K16

Score: 3-3

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • WINNER: Splatoon

Stephen’s Prediction: Rocket League

Evan’s Prediction: Splatoon

Score: 3-4

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • WINNER: No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Stephen’s Prediction: No Man’s Sky

Evan’s Prediction: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Score: 4-4


As you can see, the final score ended in a tie!  Neither of us are sure if that means he did very well or if I did super bad, but it is probably a little of both. What do you think? Did any of your favorites win an award? Sound off in the comments!

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