Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mario and Sonic Back to Basics! Content Rich Mario and Sonic at the Olympics, SEGA Revives Classic 8-Bit Story Modes in a Big Way

All-Around Fun Mario and Sonic at the Olympics 2020 is finally here! 

Now available in stores, online, and even for download with Nintendo, you can play Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Find it on Amazon now for just $49.94. 

Each Olympic event comprises of a series of challenging and thrilling experiences. You are prompted to press the correct buttons in order to perform each event with precision. From Gymnastics Floor Exercises to Swimming, you’ll see your favorite Mario and Sonic characters doing things you’ve never seen them do before! The game overall has tons of content and will quickly be a game favorite! 

With stunning graphics, catchy music, exhilarating Quick Match mode, and iconic Story Mode, this will be the game of the year for sure!

Mario and Sonic-Two Universes Collide

Choose an array of classic Mario and Sonic characters and take your gaming next level to go for Olympic gold. Travel around each gymnasium or park and learn some trivia along the way. Continue playing and beat previous times in order to unlock special characters and mini-games. Choose your character favorite and get started on a gaming journey that original platform gamers have needed for a long time - a content-rich storyline with that same 2D cheesiness that all 8-bit gamers know and love! 

Karate in Quick Match mode

You can choose to play a Quick Match or Story Modes

In Quick Match mode, you can play a quick game or two without too much commitment. You may find yourself playing for two hours straight like I did this morning; it’s that fun. 

Story Mode is very much involved, the constant dialogue is reminiscent of 90’s gaming where every single bit of information is tapped out on the screen. With each chapter, you have to compete in an event from Tokyo 2020 to help Sonic and Mario as they are stuck in Tokyo 1964. I love that there is a real storyline, which makes this game more than a party game. 

Princess Peach has her classy red and orange hue. 

8-Bit Gaming Never Gets Old

Going back and forth between gaming eras is seamless. Starting Story Mode, Sonic has to beat Dr. Eggman by racing Japan’s iconic Bullet Train. You have classic Sonic the Hedgehog style movement with a 2D game board. Mario has to race Bowser at rowing with a bunch of crazy hurdles along the way. Gaming fans will love seeing the character throwbacks like the flying fish from Super Mario Bros, or the pinball bouncers from Sonic the Hedgehog.  

The games in Tokyo 1964 are reminiscent that of Nintendo and SEGA of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the music has that synthesized sound, the announcer is over the top, the graphics are pixelated and blocked together—it’s just wonderful. I really hope SEGA creates more games like this as they captured the overall essence of original Nintendo console gaming. This is my childhood here, and I know gamers today will appreciate this style of gaming. 

Not only do you get the feeling of gaming nostalgia within the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, but you also can play your favorite characters from both franchises. Choose to play Sonic, Tails, Amy, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and more characters! You will also notice that they both have the unique qualities that make them the iconic gaming characters from each of their platforms. When you go back to Tokyo '64, you can see that Bowser releases his iconic puffs of smoke from his nose or Sonic charges and does his iconic spin.

Follow the controller commands to reach Olympic perfection. 

Controller Commands 

In story mode, you have to play Tokyo 2020 events, and you have to follow the button prompts in order to win at that event. The gameplay itself was a bit fast-paced as each prompt flashes on the screen. After a few goes, I got it as the pattern doesn’t really change for each event. SEGA made sure to include directions each time before the event began. I found myself mashing the A button to get to the event because it was a bit long-winded. Don’t do that. Be patient and have fun. 

Dream Events - Surreal Meets Epic Gaming

Show off your hoverboard tricks in Dream Racing with your favorite characters. 

Dream Events are only available to play in Tokyo 2020, and there are three to choose from Dream Karate, Dream Racing, and Dream Shooting. All three are over the top versions of Olympic events making games play fun free for all. Dream Racing is a mixture of Mario Kart, Sonic the Hedgehog, and skateboarding — ride the rails, zoom up a loop like Sonic, and pick Sonic rings and power-ups along the way. Dream Karate is stadium-style craziness with iconic players battling to light up the game pieces. Dream Shooting is an awesome version of target practice. 

Overall, my family and I have been thoroughly enjoying Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. The game is so content-rich that it really doesn’t get old and sets itself apart from party games. The story mode is full of content and you’re not just clicking through the dialogue, you have free will to explore. In story mode you can walk around, learn trivia, speak to different characters, and explore the map, so you’re not just playing events and completing tasks, there’s an actual game in this game! I’m only up to Chapter Four, and I can’t wait to get back to it and play some more! 

Big thank you to SEGA for sending us Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Nintendo Switch early to test out and play. Check out my gameplay video to see some highlights.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Enter to Win a Game Code for Release Day!

History in the Making

Who else is totally pumped for the new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020? Published by powerhouse SEGA, the game release date is nearly here. With Japan getting it first on November 1, followed by November 5 in North America, and on November 8 in Europe - it's going to be a full week of Mario and Sonic lovefest. This is warranted as this game is the real deal. My family and I have been playing it for a week straight so far, and we haven't gotten bored. We can't wait to show our subscribers all of the events we have discovered.

Compete at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 or Go Back to Tokyo 1964

Realistic events, familiar character favorites from both the Sonic and Mario franchises and just an all-around exciting and thrilling gaming experience will give each player the party-style game they've been longing for, especially since we've got the most amazing round-up of characters. Each character in the 3D events has its own unique style, and the 8-bit gaming characters are true to their 8-bit forms. SEGA really did an amazing job with the design, music, and just thoughtfulness that went into this game, it's definitely a game to be studied. We have so many different familiar elements harking back to arcade-style gaming with the command prompts and pitchy music. I just love this game! You can pre-order it now on Target.com, GameStop, and more for $49.99. 

Why not try and win your own game code courtesy of SEGA? 

We have an amazing give away with the coolest prize provided by SEGA. I have three (3) game codes (just the codes - no cases), and I am giving one each away on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can enter via the gleam links below for the Twitter and Facebook game code giveaways. If you want to enter via Instagram, this is a typical follow/share/comment scenario as a lot of kids shy away from Gleam. I love it when kids actually win because I know they will enjoy the prize! Kids under 13 need to get their parent's permission before entering. One unique winner per social media platform, so feel free to enter all of the giveaways, but note that you can't win all - you're just hedging your bets! This give away is for US only, and you need the Nintendo Switch to play.

Twitter Giveaway
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 Code Giveaway!

Facebook Giveaway
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 Code Giveaway! Facebook Friends


Enter via instagram.

This give away is not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. The game codes are provided by SEGA, and I am the host to give it away to a lucky follower! Lots of luck!
Thank you SEGA for making this possible and for sending us our game code for review. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

YouTube Educational Channel ChuChuTV Launch Peek & Play Surprise Toys Line with Moose Toys

Toddlers rejoice! ChuChuTV now has a full line of surprise eggs to mimic their Surprise Eggs videos featuring animals, colors, and letters. 

Thank you Moose Toys for sending ChuChuTV for our review! They are HIT at our house! My two year old loves the Peek & Play Surprise eggs and the Chu Chu train! All opinions expressed are my own.

Do you have a little fan of ChuChuTV at home? The educational channel, ChuChuTV Surprise Eggs Learning Videos now has toys made by top toymaker, Moose Toys. Moose Toys sent us the Peek & Play Surprise toys for our review, and some are definitely firsts for Moose Toys' play lines. 

What's Inside?

In this collection, you can get a ChuChuTV Choo Choo Train featuring a surprise egg with Horace the Elephant inside. The train also sings Johnny-Johnny Yes, Papa, and other familiar sounds and songs from their channel's videos. Just like the videos from their YouTube channel, there is a collection of surprise eggs with faces on them. Moose Toys created this whimsical toy line to recreate the magic of ChuChuTV. Each surprise egg is colored and has a face from the channel's videos. Inside the eggs are different animals and the letter identifying that animal. You can collect all of the eggs to build the alphabet (A, B, C, D, E comes as a 5-pack set). The ChuChuTV toy line really has so many advantages. 

Versatile Educational Toys

Teach your little one the fundamentals at home using fun and playful methods. Name the letter and the animal associated with that letter as well as the animal's sound, plus the color of the egg. All of that is just one egg! Adding another Peek & Play Surprise egg to playtime will now add a new letter, new animal, new animal sound, new color, and now a number to count your eggs.  

Parents, the holidays are coming! Choose a variety of ChuChuTV toys now available on Amazon. Links below are affiliate links. The Chu Chu Train sings familiar songs and holds three eggs for jus $19.99 each on Amazon. The 12 Pack of Surprise Eggs are the perfect stocking stuffers, and you can split up the box amongst your kiddos to share for $29.99. The ABC Starter set includes five surprise eggs that are lettered A, B, C, D, and E. 

Thank you Moose Toys for providing the Peek & Play Surprise Eggs for our review!

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