Fall Classic Video Games

Looking for some new video games to play with the family as the weather cools down? Or maybe something portable to get you through those inevitable holiday travel delays? Here are some of our current favorites.

Paper Mario Color Splash (Nintendo)

paper mario color splashThis newest entry in the beloved Paper Mario series takes Mario to the formerly colorful Prism Island, where someone is draining the land of all its paint and color. As the hero we all know and love, Paper Mario comes along to save the day with his paint hammer, which splashes color on colorless portions of land, flowers, characters, houses, and even water. This game plays like other games in the series, where combat is turn based, but it also includes cards that describe what moves can be used next. This game is a blast to play for RPG fans or Mario fans in general. And if you’re new to Paper Mario, this is a perfect place to start, giving you an interactive role-playing experience that will help you paint-smash some dull areas of your own life. Only on the Nintendo Wii U. Retails for $59.99. http://www.nintendo.com

Metroid Federation Force (Nintendo)

metroid federation forceMetroid is a longtime Nintendo fan favorite. But Nintendo created quite a bit of controversy when they developed Federation Force instead of continuing the Samus saga in the Metroid Prime universe. That said, Federation Force is an interesting spin on a familiar game setting and characters. This title picks up after the events in Metroid Prime 3 Corruption and follows the Federation Force in their pursuit to clean up the galaxy by battling Metroids, Space Pirates, and various other alien creatures, who are causing problems across three familiar planets. This game differs from other Metroid Prime installments in its emphasis on teamwork and group-based shooting instead of exploration. Nintendo also removed the touchscreen-based elements of Metroid Prime Hunters and the scanning ability of Metroid Prime. Players can adopt several specialties, depending on which weapons (including a healer weapon and heavy fire missiles) they choose to load out before each mission. Federation Force also includes an arena-style combat soccer mode called Blast Ball. You can get both in retail stores or the eShop for $39.99. http://www.nintendo.com

Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls (Nintendo)

yo-kai watchThe main story revolves around our protagonist Nate, as he solves mysteries involving the spirit world by using his Yo-Kai watch. These two new games delve deeper into the origins of the Yo-Kai watch and engage players in the watch’s humble beginnings. The story in Yo-Kai Watch 2 deals with a war of epic proportions between Yo-Kai, who still have time to help various townspeople and take mini quests along the way. It also includes bug catching. If you’re looking for a fun, easy-to-pick-up-and-play RPG with monster collecting, Yo-Kai Watch 2 is perfect. And if you’re a general RPG fan and looking for something with an odd flavor or you just love the TV show, you won’t want to miss this. Both are available now for the Nintendo 3DS, and retail for $39.99 each. http://www.nintendo.com

Galaxy Style 3DS (Nintendo)

galaxy blue 3dsThere’s no shortage of consoles and gaming devices, but one of the newest (and in our opinion, prettiest) is the Galaxy Blue 3DS XL, which Nintendo released in honor of the new planet scientists just discovered. Lovers of science, astronomy, or just really cool artwork will love this space-themed, shimmery design. It’s a limited edition, so you’ll have to act quickly. With tons of family-friendly games, the Nintendo 3DS family is the best-selling video game system in the United States. They retail for around $199.99 and are available in stores or at http://www.nintendo.com/

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