Friday, April 18, 2014

Game Review - Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo 3DS)

Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo 3DS)

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About the Game
Yoshi is back and he’s bustin’ out the big eggs. Crush your surroundings and create paths with his new Mega Eggdozers in a brand-new platforming adventure! It’ll take more than egg tosses and flutter jumps to lead fledgling Mario through a dangerous new island littered with inventive power-ups. Can you save poor Luigi?

Guide Yoshi and a young Mario through all-new stages, from slippery slopes to watery wonderlands. As Yoshi fans know, it’s all about the collectibles and they’re more enticing than ever to find. You’ll need the new Mega Eggdozers to beat puzzling platforming moments and locate every collectible and surprise. They’re hiding—are you seeking?

Key Features:

  • Discover a new island chock full of clever platforming challenges
  • Crush your surroundings to find new paths and secrets with the Mega Eggdozer.
  • Immerse yourself in a delightful, Yoshi-ridden world
  • Guide Yoshi and a young Mario through all-new stages, from slippery slopes to watery wonderlands.

Starting April 22, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a suggested retail price of just $29.99 each.

Additionally, Nintendo has also released two limited-edition Nintendo 3DS XLs for Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World. Shoppers looking for entertaining ways to use their tax returns will also be able to find deals on the classic Nintendo 2DS and 3DS XL collection, the latest Nintendo games, as well as several bundles for Wii U. The Wii U is Nintendo’s latest, high-definition console featuring an innovative second-screen controller and products include the standard Wii U Deluxe bundle which includes two Mario games to the fan-favorite Skylanders Swap Force Wii U bundle.






My Take on the Game
I was originally a fan of this game from back in 1995 when it first came out. I loved the game play, the story and the platform it was on. Now that this was being brought back, I was excited to try it out to see what had changed and what had stayed the same. What I ended up finding was that the game was definitely a fun one and for the new player, you will get some solid game play and a fun story. If you played this back in 1995 though, you will notice a similar story and the game itself has not been changed too much overall.

The game itself was not too challenging, and you can get through the levels quite quickly. The one thing that is a bit more of a challenge is trying to complete all of the goals that are set in place for you on each level. I found that there were some levels where I had to replay it several times to be able to accomplish these goals, so there definitely were some challenges there that I was not expecting which was fun.

The 3D effect made the game fun too, and added a new dimension that was not there in the 90's!

The story itself was fun and interactive. It was well written and the cartooning was great too. You can lose yourself in some of the story as you are playing the game which is part of the overall fun itself.

I will say that though the game is not as different as I would have expected, it was still a blast and has stayed true to most of the things that I remember and love about the 1995 game while adding in some new elements that new game players will also enjoy!

The only thing that I wished about the game was that there were different difficulty levels and that the game was longer too, as I found the game to be somewhat short in the scheme of things.

All-in-all though the game was fun, engaging and entertaining. I truly enjoyed the game and you will too!


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Book Review - Geronimo Stilton Spacemice: Alien Escape

Geronimo Stilton Spacemice: Alien Escape

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About the Book
An all-new Geronimo Stilton series spin-off, set in outer space!

Meet Geronimo Stiltonix:
He is a spacemouse -- the Geronimo Stilton of a parallel universe! He is captain of the spaceship MouseStar 1. While flying through the cosmos he visits distant planets and meets crazy aliens. His adventures are out of this world!

ALIEN ESCAPE
Geroimo Stiltonix's spaceship is in danger of exploding! The only solution is to replace the engine's batteries by tracking down a rare element. When a group of mysterious aliens claim they can help, Geronimo is relieved. But are the aliens as friendly as they seem?

Book Review - The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

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About the Book
While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess.

This is the sixth adventure in the adorable, sparkly, sweet Very Fairy Princess series from celebrated children’s book author Julie Andrews (best known for The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries) and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

In this new tale, the end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can't help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She's also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym... what if her new teacher doesn't let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess!

Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle. A perfectly delightful addition to your child’s bookshelf.


My Take on the Book
This was a well written book about transitions in school. While reading this to my youngest, I realized that the timing was perfect, as there is only about two months left of school for her and then she will be going through a similar transition and I know there will be some trepidation on her behalf. I loved how this book addressed this issue and made it very clear that there is nothing to worry about, and in fact these changes can be a ton of fun too. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a young child getting ready to make the change from one classroom to another as it is a great book with vivid illustrations, and the story was simply adorable. All-in-all, this was a wonderful book that all should read!


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Book Review - A Simple Idea To Empower Kids

A Simple Idea To Empower Kids
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About the Book
This book is about how kids can use the Law of Attraction to achieve anything they want. It is unique because it uses the power of love, choice, and belief to teach the Law of Attraction. It will help all kids achieve anything their hearts desire.


My Take on the Book
I was impressed with this short book. It was a book that really allowed my kids and I to have some great conversations about the Law of Attraction. What I liked was that this is a concept that not every adult understands and it explains it so well that a child can understand. Everyone, young and old can learn from this! Well written and a topic that is timely and important to share.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crashlings Are Out Of This World @CrashlingsUSA

Crashlings
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Wicked Cool Toys is galaxtatic to launch Crashlings, a proprietary, TV promoted boys’ collectible product line of Mutant Meteors from Outer Space! Crashlings are one-inch collectible figures that are packed and travel inside a rubber-flex meteor. Each meteor has the power to blast over 5 feet into the air! Series 1 includes over 155 Crashlings to collect with special rares, ultra rares and retired editions. Crashlings come in five different breeds (Aliens, Insects, Underwater, Dinosaurs, and Monsters), and kids will be skyrocketed into another dimension as they collect them all! The Crashlings comprehensive product line is expected to launch in Spring 2014 with a variety of figure packs, play sets, and a space ship. In addition, Crashlings includes National TV Campaigns which will run throughout 2014 where Crashlings will be riding high and creating mischief in every new galaxy. Ages 5+, SRP: $1.99 - $19.99


Crashlings

Use the high flying meteor launcher to blast your meteors into space! The meteor missile launcher pad is essential to cause just the right amount of unwanted destruction. Don't forget about the dropship cockpit - it's the perfect ride for the two crashlings that are included.

My Take on Crashlings
These new toys were so much fun. One of the things that I loved were the intricate designs on each of the crashlings. One of the things that was so cool about these was the fact that there were over 150 crashlings that you can connect. Also, from my research you can get them in single packs or multi-packs. I tried out one of the playsets as you see above and these playsets make the crashlings really come alive. One of the other really cool things is that each of the crashlings come with a unique meteor that the crashlings come in and these meteors transform to allow the crashling to pop up to four feet in the air. So you not only are getting a very cool collectible toy, but you also get some fun action with each crashling too.

This is definitely a HUGE collector community favorite to come as Wicked Cool Toys will continue to expand this universe and you will be able to continue having fun with the toys for years to come!


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Book Review - Family Tree Book One: Better to Wish

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About the Book
Four generations. Four girls. One family. An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.

In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.

But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?

In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows.



My Take on the Book
This is the type of book that really brings the past to life. The author has a way of capturing the sights, smells and sounds of an earlier era and making you feel like you were there too. The way that she captures the fears, hopes and dreams of her characters is infectious and makes you excited to see what is coming next. Being only the first in a series, this is a book that sets the tone to a great set of books to come!


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Book Review - Whatever After: Bad Hair Day

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day

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About the Book
In this magical fifth installment of the hit series, siblings Abby and Jonah fall into the fairy tale of Rapunzel . . . and hilarity ensues!

Fractured fairy tales are all the rage, and this series has been a huge hit! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Rapunzel. When the siblings get the famous tale all tangled up, they have to find a way to set things right . . . with hilarious results! With quick thinking and a bit of magic, can Abby and Jonah turn this bad hair day around? Find out in this whimsical adventure!


My Take on the Book
My eldest daughter and I loved this book, it was so much fun and really made us look at Rapunzel in a while new way. I have to say that I give kudos to the author as she keeps bringing forth a wonderful series of books that keep you guessing and keep these fairy tale characters relevant to a young generation. I love how each of these books are situated around situations that are pertinent to kids of today. As we worked our way through this book, we kept wanting to turn to another page and not stopping and by the end my daughter was asking when the next book would be out! Keep it up Ms. Mlynowski!


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