Hope you had a Happy Halloween for those who celebrated. What is also super fun about this week is Target is running a buy two get one free sale on all their video games and board games. My eyes feel like they are receding into the back of my head because I just looked over the entire 50 pages of board games they have. When I see some of the games selling at a store like Target I really question how hard it could be to make a good board game. I mean “Who Farted?!”…really? It’s like board games are the one place creators decide to celebrate children’s potential for potty humor. There was this game that came out when I was little that involved pulling boogers out of a guys noise until his brain flew out his head. It was as dull as you can imagine, but at least it’s funny to mention to people.
Anyway, I picked out six board games from Target that I think are great choices. The first reason is they are all rated very high. The second reason is they all make great two player games. The third reason is they all make great 3+ player games. Really, wins all around. Here’s the list, click on the name to be taken to its page on boardgamegeek to see what it’s all about.
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What made me almost mad was that they listed 7 Wonders Duel on their site. Which, is a game I just talked about last week and would happily buy. However, it was practically the one game that was “currently unavailable.” Nice. Though, that reminds me to let you all know that there are a lot of other great games to grab at Target. Like 7 Wonders (the original), Codenames, Catan, Blokus, and more.
Don’t forget, this sale is for video games too! All of them! Also, yes you can mix and match board games and video games for the deal. I went ahead and picked up three board games myself. One of which is going to make a good Christmas gift.
That deal is running through November 4th. That means this Saturday is the last day to cash in on this deal. Which is why I hastily felt the need to share this as soon as it hit my radar.
Okay, now that I’ve let you know about the sweet deal let’s move on to the new Mario game. It’s already sold over two million copies and hasn’t even been out a week. Actually, it took it precisely three days to reach two million sales. I’ve seen gifs of parkouring Mario’s crop up all over the internet, and in gaming news, it seems to be one of the biggest things being covered this week.
Be forewarned, Mario has retired from being a plumber! He’s whatever you need him to be.
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Super Mario Odyssey released October 27th for Nintendo Switch. Of course, it is a platform game. It costs $60. The game stars not only Mario but Cappy–a spirit who possesses Mario’s hat. Yet again Mario must save the Princess Peach from the meanie Bowser. This game has a more open-world concept that promotes exploration. We hadn’t seen an exploration style Mario game since Super Mario Sunshine for Gamecube fifteen years ago. As you might have deduced, it’s not a typical way they create the game. However, it seems to have been a good choice.
The ratings are making me sorely displeased to not have a Nintendo Switch. I’m starting to seriously reconsider my life choices that I have ended up here and now, with no Switch. You guys, this game has a 10/10 on IGN. It’s not just there either. It has a 10/10 on Gamespot and a 97/100 on Metacritic. Across the board, its reviews sing praises. I feel like I feel like one of those characters in a movie who stares at their family through a window at Christmas time because they aren’t allowed in. Instead, I’m smiling goofily at walkthroughs on YouTube. I’m afraid it’s the closest I’ll come to playing.
Now, this Mario game isn’t only about saving Princess Peach. You see, poor Cappy has had his sister stolen by Bowser as well. Which is why he has teamed up with Mario. Cappy lets you possess other characters by merely throwing Mario’s hat on them. Not only can Cappy do that, but he can also be used as a weapon and to help with jumping. Not a bad sidekick to have!
What people seem to love about this game–well one thing of many– is how the game is 3D but keeps a 2D feel sometimes. An integration of old and new. Sounds weird, but apparently it just works.
Now, this game has 16 worlds to explore, and you travel to them via a hate shaped spaceship. Where a lot of AAA games like to make a game feel like a ginormous world to explore, Super Mario Odyssey feels a little different. It’s more like a journey that some says feel like a vacation. I love that. It’s a familiar feeling in some animes, like Samurai Champloo and Avatar. Where people get caught up in a journey, but keep living life, and eventually the journey ends and they move forward.
Now excuse me while I go consider if I really need to eat the next month more than getting a Nintendo Switch for this game.