Get Your Game on With Nintendo

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This past weekend, my son, husband, and myself headed to the Nintendo World Store in New York City to check out some of the newest and soon-to-be-released games, including Yoshi’s New Island and Disney Magical World launching soon on the Nintendo 3DS/2DS.  We had a great time playing the new games, checking out the systems, and even answering some fun trivia questions.  My son is a Yoshi pro, so the questions were right up his alley.  He won a prize, which thrilled him to no end (a plush Kamek) and we even won a raffle prize- a Yoshi T-Shirt.

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Keep an eye out for the review of the new Yoshi game!  It will be up shortly.

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In addition, there is some fun news to share with you.  During the month of March, people who register a Nintendo 3DS™, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS™ system, as well as one of six select Nintendo 3DS games via Club Nintendo, will receive a free code to download either Pokémon™ X or Pokémon Y, the best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of 2013. The six participating games are Mario Kart™ 7Super Mario 3D Land™Animal Crossing™: New LeafDonkey Kong Country™ Returns 3DLEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins and the upcoming Yoshi’s New Island™. The system and game must be registered between March 1 and March 31 in order to take advantage of the promotion. Download codes for Pokémon X or Pokémon Y must be redeemed by May 31, 2014.
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Getting Our Game On

We are in NYC today, checking out some of the newest family and kids game at the Nintendo World Store.   There will be more to share with you soon, keep an eye out for an upcoming post with the full details and more information.
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Great Kids Games from WonderForge

Disclosure: The below mentioned games from Wonder Forge were provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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What child doesn’t love playing games, especially games that include their favorite T.V. characters? Wonder Forge has a great variety of children’s games for this Holiday Season. I am so excited to share with you some of their awesome games.

About Wonder Forge:

In 2007, a small group of people with a passion for children’s entertainment came together to develop extraordinarily fun, original play experiences for kids and families. Wonder Forge was then born.

Wonder Forge has a preschool I Can Do That! Games that offers children brain challenging fun for the whole family . They also offer family games that help close the generation gaps and build bonds together with others.

Wonder Forge now offers 50 games for all ages. The games are each sold nationwide and in four different countries. Their games have received more than 100 of the industry’s top awards for product excellence.

The Games I Reviewed:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Madness:

You can now send the turtles flying to knock off Shredder’s Foot Clan as they climb the big, teetering tower, or play as Shredder racing to get your ninjas to the top win!  This game is available at Amazon for only $19.99.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt Game: 

This is a great game for active indoor fun for preschool pirates. Captain Hook has buried pirate booty all over Shipwreck Beach. You have to flip over the gold doubloons and use Jake’s spyglass to decode the secret clues. When you finally get a match, you can get up and go. If you get the right treasure with the foam sword and hurry back to score. This is a great game for your child to play throughout the winter months. This game is available at Wal-Mart for only $24.99.

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Game On!

 

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate my review.  All my opinions are my own and honest.

Looking to connect with the kids in a virtual way, but still hang out together in the “real world”? Check out these fun systems and games, perfect for rainy days, nights, and family fun for most ages.

Ouya started life as a Kick starter campaign, and quickly became fully funded and then some. Ouya is an android, 4.1 jelly bean, based micro console. The hardware does its job well and because of Ouya’s open source thought process has great potential for upgrades and do it yourself add-ons.
Currently there are over 400 games available for Ouya ranging from racing games to role playing to action games, all of which feature a free to play element in the form of free levels, free trials or being completely free. With the free to play element, you can actually try every game before buying it- meaning you will never pay good money for a not-so-good game with the Ouya.

The console comes packed with one Blue Tooth controller. Additional controllers can be purchased and other Blue Tooth controllers can be paired with the console in a pinch. Ouya retails for $99 and is available at fine stores everywhere as well as from Ouya.tv.

With every new console innovation a bright shiny new technology is expected, but with the Nintendo 2DS handheld system, some components are improved or altered. The handheld is based on the 3DS, but has tweaked it a bit to have a lower price point, and more accessibility to kids. This, in addition to a big design change, gives players a new way to play their 3DS and DS games.

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 The 2DS in comparison to the 3DS is now one solid unit, no hinge in the middle, which also makes it harder to break. Also it has a more tablet-like feel, with a slight tilt when put down, to rest easier on a hard surface. The 2DS can play most DS games as well as all 3DS games,with crisp sharp graphics and some incredibly fun games like Pokemon X and Y and Legend of Zelda, A Link Between Worlds, which makes the entertainment and value for your dollar quite high. With the reduction of 3D the price of the 2DS was also reduced, leading to a more wallet friendly way to get the newest system and games in the hands of you and your kids.
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Magna Color – Awesome 3D Creativity Station

Disclosure: The MagnaColor from Creative Magic was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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With all the technology we have, sometimes I fear that the kids are losing their creativity. However, that is not the case with the Magna Color 3D. With the Magna Color, kids are able to be creative and make their own creations. After they have created their creations, if you have a Smart Phone or Tablet, you can then create an Augmented Reality Aquarium.

About Magna Color:

The Magna Color 3D’s newest draw, scan, and play format is priced at $24.99 and is great for kids 4 and up. The Magna Color App for iPad is free and very user-friendly.

Your child can use the Magna Color pens to draw along the Magic App stencils. Parents then can download the free Magna Color App into their iPad. You can then launch the colorful marine designs and watch as the fish jump off the screen.

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Turbo Video Game by D3

 

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Video games can be difficult to gauge on the surface, especially ones which are franchises.  The gems of these are usually few and far between, but in recent years there have been some notable exceptions.  These include Toy Story and the popular Batman: Arkham series.

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To be a gem, the game has to tie into the move/cartoon/character while also being fun and interesting.  Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is the newest game by D3 featuring characters from the movie Turbo.  This game is a stunt based game.  Think the popular skate boarding games of yester year minus humans and skateboards and instead super speed boosted snails.
Initially there are a few levels open.  Each level is based on a  human environment, but from a snails perspective.  These settings include a kitchen at a fast food establishment and a nail salon.  In each level there are collectibles and upgrades which unlock new abilities as well as open up new portions of the level to explore and conquer.
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Bunny Peek A Boo-Great Kids Game

Disclosure: The below mention game was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

20130822_192223In our house, we are all about games. My kids will seriously do just about anything if I make it into a game, which is absolutely wonderful for me. We even love when we get to have our special game nights. I am always on the look out for new games that we can add to our wonderful game nights. Bunny Peek a Boo will be a new regular for us, even if it is meant to be a 1 person game.

About SmartGames:

SmartGames is the company that makes Bunny Peek A Boo, as well as many other games.

  • 1 Player Games
  • Multilevel
  • Easy Storage
  • Durable

The SmartGames company has a large variety of games for your children. They are great because they can all be played with just one person, or you can easily adjust for more people to join you.
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Vtech Go!Go! Smart wheels Airport Playset Review

Disclosure: The VTech Go!Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

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I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Vtech Go! Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset. I must say that since we recieved it, my daughters have not stopped playing with it.

About Go!Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset:

You can watch the airplane (included) or other Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles (sold separately) interact with the airport’s six SmartPoint locations. Each location responds with phrases, music or fun sound effects. The airplane teaches letters and sounds, while the airport strengthens fine motor skills [Read more…]