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Video Game Figures: a look at this growing trend

by Blogger ‎08-25-2014 08:46 PM - edited ‎08-25-2014 09:16 PM

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Interactive video game figures have, in a matter of only three years, taken the games industry by storm. This craze began with Activision's Skylanders series, and kicked into high-gear with the emergence of Disney Infinity last summer. Now, as we approach the crucial holiday season, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with their upcoming Amiibo line of interactive figures. It's going to be an exciting next few months as new video games and figures for all three of these series come to market. To help you prepare, here's an overview of what each toy figure line has to offer!

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Disney Infinity: Lots of Fun New Figurines and Play Sets Available

by Blogger ‎03-16-2014 01:10 PM - edited ‎03-16-2014 01:10 PM

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If you’re among the millions of gamers enjoying the Disney Infinity Starter Pack on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii/Wii U, first off – good choice! Disney Infinity is such a fun gaming platform (as you can read in my review) and I enjoyed immensely both the collectible Disney character figurines and their virtual Disney play environments. Now that you’ve spent quite a bit of time enjoying the initial batch of characters and Play Sets in the Starter Pack you might looking for new figurines and adventures to keep the fun going.

 

The good news is there's a lot to choose from. Come take a look at some of the fun, new figurines and Play Sets that are available now!

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Skylanders: Swap Force - What to Expect

by Blogger on ‎09-11-2013 10:19 AM - last edited on ‎09-11-2013 01:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The third big adventure in the Skylanders series is nearly here, with Skylanders: Swap Force arriving on all major gaming platforms.  Gameplay is similar to the previous two games, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders: Giants, enabling players to use the Portal of Power to bring their new Skylanders: Swap Force toys into the game. 

 

Skylanders: Swap Force features the brand new ability to swap out the upper and lower halves of the 16 new characters, opening up a world of new characters and gameplay possibilities!

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Hottest Games For August 2013

by Blogger ‎08-11-2013 10:03 AM - edited ‎08-11-2013 11:23 AM

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Back-to-school always marks the beginning of gaming's biggest season and one look at August's release schedule will show that the flood of great games has begun.  There are some heavy-hitting sequels to popular game franchises such as Lost Planet, Saints Row, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Madden NFL Football, along with the launch of Disney Infinity, the next big franchise from Disney Interactive Studios.  Of course there's also Pikmin 3, which Nintendo hopes will breathe new life into their Wii U console, and spearheads a string of major upcoming releases from Nintendo.

 

Without any further wait, let's bring on the games!

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Pandora's Tower - Review

by Guest Blogger on ‎07-08-2013 07:16 PM - last edited on ‎07-08-2013 10:29 PM by Blogger

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The Nintendo Wii will probably be one of the consoles I never box up, some of the games on it were just out of this world! Games like Super Mario Galaxy made sure we all knew Nintendo didn't need HD graphics to wow us, and Mad World made sure even mature gamers took note of the system (even if it was only in a few colours). Most of all, people will never forget how the goofy-named console with a strange controller that made you "waggle"  took the world in a frenzy. Even though its time might be running out as the Wii U starts to gain steam, it makes me very happy to see a game like Pandora's Tower finally make its release here in North America in the consoles final years.

 

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Most Anticipated Video Games for July 2013

by Blogger ‎07-01-2013 03:44 PM - edited ‎07-01-2013 03:54 PM

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The summer months are here and to entice us to stay cool indoors are a slew of Japanese role-playing games finally making their way to North America.  Also coming this month is Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, the next game in KOEI's Dynasty Warriors series, and for those who enjoy American Football, EA's bringing us NCAA Football 14.

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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Most Anticipated Video Games For April 2013

by Blogger ‎03-31-2013 09:53 PM - edited ‎03-31-2013 09:57 PM

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Coming off such a blockbuster March gaming line-up, it's a bit of a relief to have a quieter April, especially since I'm sure many of us are still working through the games we picked up last month.  With that said, April has its fair share of notable games, headlined by NetherRealms Studios' much-anticipated DC Universe fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us

 

We've also got the video game tie-in to the upcoming TV show Defiance (filmed in Toronto by the way), and the brand-new Star Trek video game for consoles (developed in London, ON).   April is also delivering Dead Island: Riptide, the sequel to 2011's surprise hit open world zombie survival game, and PlayStation Vita gets Soul Sacrifice, the new action role-playing game from acclaimed gamer producer Keiji Inafune (best known for co-designing Mega Man).

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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Nintendo Announces Release Dates for First Half of 2013

by Blogger ‎01-20-2013 10:19 PM - edited ‎01-20-2013 10:37 PM

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Nintendo has unveiled their release schedule for early 2013, including firm dates for much anticipated games such as LEGO City Undercover, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.  Release windows were also given for many games first shown at last year's E3, including Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, and Wii Fit U

 

Additionally, Nintendo has compiled a list of upcoming third-party game releases, which includes many games fans have been waiting for such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Rayman Legends, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate.

 

The launch date schedule includes Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS.  Let's take a look at what to expect in early 2013!

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Disney Interactive Announces 'Disney Infinity'

by Blogger on ‎01-17-2013 03:01 PM - last edited on ‎03-14-2013 02:03 PM by Retired Administrator

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Disney Interactive unveiled their brand new gaming initiative, Disney Infinity, at a major media event held in the renowned El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood yesterday.  With Infinity, Disney is taking characters from their most popular Disney and Pixar Animation Studios properties and bringing them together on one game platform. Disney Interactive is calling their new project "its most ambitious gaming initiative ever", and after watching the Infinity presentation, it was clear this ambition is shared by multiple groups within The Walt Disney Company.

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Review: LEGO Lord of the Rings

by Blogger ‎01-11-2013 08:39 PM - edited ‎01-12-2013 01:32 PM

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The LEGO video game franchise never ceases to entertain me.  It’s one of the few game franchises that delivers consistent quality with every iteration, and while critics often cite the lack of innovation, all you have to do is go back to 2005’s LEGO Star Wars to see just how far this franchise has come.  Lord of the Rings is the latest movie license to get the LEGO treatment, bringing with it all the wit and charm that is synonymous with this franchise.  LEGO Lord of the Rings is the most daring LEGO adventure yet, delivering hours of action and excitement the whole family will enjoy.

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Top Kid-Friendly Games for the Nintendo Wii

by Blogger ‎01-04-2013 01:28 PM - edited ‎01-04-2013 09:32 PM

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Since the release of the Wii Mini, there's still plenty reason to check out this much-loved console.  It may not be the brand spankin' new Wii U, but it offers an entirely different experiece still worth exploring.  This week on my Kid-Friendly Game series I'll show you a mix of E-Rated and T-Rated games worth checking out! 

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2012 Spike Video Game Awards Winners Announced

by Blogger ‎12-08-2012 07:29 PM - edited ‎12-08-2012 07:29 PM

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Last night the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards aired, showcasing the biggest and best games of the year across all gaming platforms. The runaway winner this year was The Walking Dead: The Game by Telltale Games, which won for Game of the Year, Best Adapted Video Game, and Best Downloadable Game.  Telltale Games had even more to celebrate with their game development studio winning the award for Studio of the Year.

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Just Announced: Nintendo Wii Mini

by Blogger ‎11-27-2012 05:00 AM - edited ‎11-29-2012 07:05 PM

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[Update: Nintendo has stated that the Wii Mini is currently exclusive to Canada.  No other territories have been announced.  Further, gamers who register their Wii Mini at club.nintendo.com and complete a small survey will receive 100 Coins to their Club Nintendo account.]

Nintendo will release a brand new version of its flagship Wii console called "Wii Mini" on December 7th, for the low price of $99.99, the company has just announced.  The redesigned console will have a red casing with a textured black matte finish on top, and will come packaged with red Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controllers.

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Review: Just Dance 4

by Blogger ‎10-23-2012 07:38 AM - edited ‎10-23-2012 07:38 AM

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Hey, do you like music? Do you like having fun? If you’ve answered yes to these admittedly broad questions, you’ll probably have at some fun if you lose some inhibitions and spend some time partaking of a quick game of Just Dance 4. I never really played much of its predecessors, and admittedly am not the biggest fan of the genre but having spent some time with Just Dance 4 and some friends, I can definitely say I would do so again without hesitation.

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Review: Kirby 20th Anniversary Dream Collection

by Blogger ‎10-12-2012 08:05 AM - edited ‎10-12-2012 08:04 AM

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When it comes to anniversary collections, I have some pretty high standards.  And for good reason, any publisher planning on releasing a bundle ought to make something extensive, elaborate and worthy of any devoted fan's time.  A keen attention to detail can be so affirming, there really is no better way of saying 'thank you' to the fans.  Luckily the Kirby 20th Anniversary Dream Collection on the Wii offers plenty of fan favourites while offering lots of additional features in the mix.  Whether you're an all-time Kirby fan or are looking for a gateway into the Kirby series, this collection is well worth your time.  

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