Disney Infinity 3.0 – Star Wars

It looks like Game Informer have lots of exclusive content about the next Disney Infinity game and so far what we know some of you are going to be joyful about as fans have been craving for this for months, perhaps years. Star Wars.

Finally we are seeing Star Wars join the Disney Infinity world. And that’s not all. Oh no if you look with care you can also see Iron Man’s Hulk Buster, Ultron and the beautiful and renowned Mulan. Also looks like possible Tron characters and an “original” Mickey Mouse (in his famous red pants) which is something I have wanted, or even a black and white version from the very first Mickey Mouse animations.  Very excited by this, however will I be buying this?

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We have owned the past and present DI games and what have we thought? We loved the original but understood people wanted more structural content which they got in DI 2.0. However we felt the stories were short. We finished Avengers easily, Spider Man took a bit longer and to be honest due to the disappointment of these feeling so short we haven’t bothered buying Guardians of the Galaxy Play set, though we do own Rocket. We like that we can choose how the character levels, we didn’t like how you get 2 turns to reset these choices. It’s like they forgot “the possibilities are endless” by limiting what our characters can be. So whilst I’m hyped by the Star Wars and my Marvel fangirl inside me in squealing over Ultron the game truly has to give me content we can enjoy and not forget that kids want to play this, not just adult gamers.

Use your magic wisely, Disney. I’m watching this one closely!

To Wii U or Not to Wii U?

We’ve been an XBox family since I can remember. The Playstation 3 was in out home for a while but it was purely for blu-ray stuff and decided that wasn’t a good enough reason to keep it around. Now we have an Xbox One and 360 sitting side by side by I wonder often if a Wii U would suit us. Here’s a few things I’ve been thinking about to give you a rough idea on why we are finding it hard to decide.

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Mario Kart 8
I love Mario Kart, missed playing these games but this game is still strong and recently my son has asked if he could play this. I also know a few families with kids similar age to my son who also love this game so I think this could be a chance for him to play with other kids. Also I love the idea of racing with my son. I don’t really think I have a downside to this game. Not that I know of yet!

Super Smash Bros.
Been playing this since N64 and it’s painful that for a long time this was my only game I wanted on a Wii U. I know I could get it on a DS but doesn’t seem as fun or as cool. This could be a game all of us could play together. It’s fun, silly, exciting and got loads of cool characters. Downside? My son doesn’t like losing at these sorts of games, but perhaps it’ll teach him people can win and it’s okay to lose once in a while.

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Splatoon
Not out yet but what I have seen looks great. I think we’ll all have a good time with this, I can see my son certainly liking the shooting ink, the fact you’re a squid (guess why he likes that idea!) and for me I also like the music. Downside? Not knowing huge amount about it except what I’ve seen from trailers, also doesn’t look cheap either.

Finally… the other issue…

The Age of The Wii U
The Wii U has been out for about 2 years now, 3 years in November. Is it a good idea to buy a console already over 2 years old? And do we get second hand or new? My fiancé seems best to go new due to warranty being offered but then is a brand new price worth it for something fairly dated? Although Zelda game has been pushed back does mean should be out next year so that would be something we’d like to play as adults.

Thoughts? Should we go for it? New or second hand? Love to hear from Wii U owners!

About My Twitch Channel

So for a while now I have been live streaming on Twitch but some people don’t understand Twitch or know my channel so I thought I’d try and write a bit about my channel and then work on something to help people understand how Twitch works in another post when I get the chance.

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My twitch channel has content usually suitable for children, although perhaps not always suitable for young children. Currently games I play are Minecraft, The Long Dark and Terraria. In the future I hope to stream Pokémon and other DS games, however to do so I need money to afford a DS Capture Card which isn’t cheap. This is where my donate button comes handy. My viewers can help my content get better as well as access more games by donating as little or as much as they wish. It’s not required but it helps!

Now first of all Twitch only allows children aged 13 or over to have an account. Anyone younger I recommend watching with a parent, that way the parent can check the content first. Also a lot of channels will have mods and bots who will remove anything they don’t want such as bad language, links or even host giveaways. So I suggest watching some streamers first before letting your kids see them just to be sure it’s what you want them to watch.

So what do I plan for the future of my live stream? Well I still want to keep it fairly family friendly. If I ever get the DS Capture Card games I would love to stream would be Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask, Mario Kart, Pokémon, and so on. I’d also like to play some PC games that are family friendly such as I am Bread, Chariot and a couple of old games like Sonic and Jet Set Radio. But I would also like to host an adult part of my channel, but right now that’s very far in the works and currently enjoying the family friendly content.

If you have any questions about Twitch, my channel or how it all works then feel free to comment below! I’ll do my best to sort out another post discussing Twitch in more detail but this is more to promote what I do and hopefully see some of my blog readers pop over to my channel. See you there, I hope!

Amiibo – More Characters Incoming…

Following on from the successes of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, amiibo is the name for the latest product range to capitalise on the fact that children love toys as well as video games. What makes amiibo stand out is just how powerfully the system works across multiple games and platforms. The toys interact in fun and innovative ways in games such as Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., on the New 3DS and 3DS XL and the Wii U.

The way it works is simple, just tap the toy to the touch point on your game machine while it’s running a compatible game and new features will be unlocked, whether its new playable characters, weapons or game modes. The interaction can be two way as well, with games helping to level up the toy to make it more effective in that game and elsewhere. It’s the perfect match of collect-ability, and customisation.

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For example, Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS and Wii U allows you to train an amiibo up as either an ally to fight alongside you, or the ultimate foe if you’re looking for a new challenge. The more you use a figure, the more experience it gains, with Nintendo even boasting the figures are capable of learning tactics from the opponents they fight!

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The two way interaction also allows for a whole new level of customisation, with new themed costumes being opened by using your amiibo with the correct games. These costumes are not only usable in game, they can also be transferred over to your Mii.

However, for many gamers the real appeal of amiibos is going to be the new game content it unlocks. Many games now are shifting over to a model of bringing their existing customers back for more with DLC, but amiibo makes the same trick seem fresh by adding collectible figurines into the mix.

For example, steampunk strategy game Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. allows you to use amiibos to bring in Fire Emblem characters from the Super Smash Bros. collection. The key here is that each new character is more than just a cosmetic redress of the existing gameplay mechanics. When a character is wielding Marth’s sacred sword, Falchion, or the blessed blade Ragnell it will have a real impact on how the game is played.

The latest round of amiibo characters has had mixed press so far, less to do with the actual characters than with how Nintendo has been bringing them to market. Orders have been cancelled, release dates changed, and retailers have been struggling to keep figures in stock (some particularly creative gamers have even written a song about the troubles of amiibo fans). To add insult to injury, several of the characters, Lucario, Shulk, Rosalina & Luma, and Meta Knight, have only been available through specific retailers, forcing many to queue from early morning outside the right stores or to hunt for them on eBay.

A Range With Character

But ignoring the delivery method, the products themselves are a solid addition to the series. As well as the exclusives, the new wave of amiibos include Toon Link, a cartoon-ish version of the Zelda character, Fire Emblem’s Ike, King Dedede from Kirby, Sheik, again from Zelda, and characters like Sonic, Mega Man and Bowser who need no introduction.

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Some of these came out not long ago but recent news tells us about Jiggypuff, Dr Mario, Charizard, Zero Suit Samus and many more… so keep an eye out (hint I’d say around September).