Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Key Art, New Details Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/ftbkl/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-key-art-new-details-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/ftbkl/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-key-art-new-details-revealed Mon, 04 May 2020 13:28:30 -0400 Daniel Hollis

After months of silence since its announcement at Microsoft's E3 presentation last year, LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga finally strikes back.months of silence, Warner Bros. and developer Traveller's Tales Games have revealed the key art for the upcoming title, which can be seen below. 

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga promises big changes for the long-running formula, with all nine mainline films being playable this time around, all built from the ground up in one massive package. The Skywalker Saga reportedly won't retread content from previous series entries. 

In an interview with StarWars.com, Jonathan Smith, head of production and strategic director at Traveller's Tales Games, and Craig Derrick, managing producer at Lucasfilm Games, gave further insight into the development of the project. There's a promise of more freedom and the ability to start from a trilogy of your choosing.

Smith said: 

Freedom of choice is a really important principle for us! We love stories and storytelling; but we also feel, both as gamers ourselves and with particular concern for young players driven to experimentation and change, that stories exist to be played with, however the player wants.

With Derrick adding: 

We all have our favorites that we want to jump straight into, while others may want to start with the new trilogy first, and yet we find most want to start at the beginning of the saga to see and play from where the story all began.

Aside from a certain freedom of choice, there's also said to be over 500 characters in the game, spanning from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. Said to be massive with an epic feel in scope, The Skywalker Saga will feature dozens of locales and planets from The Clone Wars to Imperial Era and beyond. 

While there's still no official release date, Warner Bros. is eying a Summer 2020 launch window for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Be sure to check GameSkinny for more on LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga as it comes in. 

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Best Kids Games for Keeping Them Entertained — Anytime https://www.gameskinny.com/motxw/best-kids-games-for-keeping-them-entertained-anytime https://www.gameskinny.com/motxw/best-kids-games-for-keeping-them-entertained-anytime Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:28:52 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Unfortunately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is only an option for Nintendo Switch owners. If you’ve got one (or more), though, then you’re in luck. It definitely earns the “Ultimate” part of its name with the amount of variety and content on offer here. There are over 70 characters to choose from, along with every stage from the series’ history.

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It offers several robust single-player options if you aren’t keen on online matches, plus plenty of co-op options. But if online is what you’re looking for, it’s usually top-notch as well. The ranking system means you typically won’t get matched with someone way out of you league, so everyone can enjoy their time with Smash Ultimate.

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If you're looking for another brawler for other systems, Brawlhalla is another great choice — and it's a lot like Super Smash, but in the best ways possible. 

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Whatever the reason you need to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble, these games should give you plenty of options. Let us know what your fail-safe games are for keeping the kids busy, and be sure to give us a like and share on social media if you enjoyed what you read!

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Be sure to check out these other awesome kid-centric games in case you didn't already find what you were looking for: 

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Madden NFL 20

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The most recent Madden game, Madden NFL 20, packs enough content to keep any football fan busy for a long, long time. Its story mode, Face of the Franchise, lets you create a career football player and follow them through the college divisions all the way to the top of the NFL. It might not be quite so engaging the further you get into it, but it’s still a very solid experience. The real magic is on the field in normal matches, though.

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Madden 20 introduces a new feature to the formula with X-Factor Superstar Abilities. These are unique to star players, created with their own real-life strengths and abilities in mind that shake up how you execute your plays and approach each situation. Madden 20 also offers challenge modes, dynamic Playbooks, and basically anything football lovers might want in a Madden game.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

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Speaking of Dragon Quest, If monster-catchers and MMOs aren’t really your kids’ thing, then Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age fills that RPG niche very well indeed. It’s the latest and arguably one of the best in the long-running Dragon Quest series. It’s brighter, more colorful, absolutely jam-packed with things to do, and as always, the localization is some of the best in the industry. 

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You’ll do the usual RPG things — gather a party of misfits, journey around the world, and try to save it from evil — but like all Dragon Quest games, XI offsets the familiar with a huge heart and plenty of character.

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Despite being the 11th title in the series, you don’t really need any prior experience with Dragon Quest to appreciate it, though references to earlier games mean fans get the most out of it. Better yet, it’s available on every platform except Xbox One. The Switch version has added content, but the base version on PS4 and PC is still a modern classic and an excellent single-player experience.

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Minecraft

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Minecraft is a pretty obvious choice for games to keep your kids entertained. Heck, they (and you) might even be completely sick of it by now. If that’s the case, fear not. There’s still plenty more you can do with Minecraft. Multiplayer games, either of your own creation or on dedicated servers, are always an option to shake things up, as are survival games.

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Minecraft has countless excellent creative servers for building themed or guided worlds as well and frequently demos new “snapshots” of upcoming features on PC (like the Busy Bees trailer above). Basically, Minecraft never stops, and there’s always something new to try — even if it’s just venturing into a new world.

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But if you're absolutely fed up with Minecraft, there are other alternatives. Roblox is one, a combination of world builder and game designer where you can create your own games within the game. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is another, offering a more guided take on the "build anything" idea, a story, and tons of the series' trademark charm. Even though it's not as open as Minecraft, you can still create pretty much anything you can dream of.

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Cities: Skylines

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Cities: Skylines is one for the older kids. It’s an incredibly deep, immersive simulator-strategy game where you’re in complete control of your very own... well, city. And we mean “complete. control.”

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You’ll determine everything from road layout and economic strategy to sewer maintenance and development zoning. Every choice you make determines how your city grows — or collapses in a spectacular mess around your ears.

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Cities: Skylines has a number of well-realized expansions, too, adding even more content. Some focus on nightlife, while others focus on industry and parks and recreation. Still others focus on tourism and alternative energy production.

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It’s on the Switch and PlayStation 4 as well, though the PC and Xbox One versions are the only ones that allow for modding. Also, note that the Switch version doesn’t always perform the best.

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Of course, you could always go old-school and pick up the ultimate classic, Sim City 2000 on Good Old Games. It's perfect for any age group. 

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Temtem

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You might have heard about Temtem when it entered early access back in January. It’s pretty obviously inspired by Pokemon, but there are some key differences that make it worthwhile even if you’ve caught ‘em all elsewhere.

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Temtem is essentially an MMO — designed to play with others and explore together — while Pokemon is essentially a single-player experience. Temtem takes place on a brightly colored archipelago, too, and really cranks up the Indiana Jones feels: the sense of exploring a strange, magical new world.

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And there’s even more, though. Developer Crema Games has a host of new content additions planned for the next year. These are designed to flesh out the end-game content and provide even more ways to enjoy the game.

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If you’re looking for something more traditional, though, Pokemon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch would definitely fit the bill. The latest Pokemon games don’t shake the formula up that much, but they’re fresh, fun, and full of life.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 or Super Mario Maker 2

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LittleBigPlanet 3 or Super Mario Maker 2 are tied to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, respectively. But if you have either of those systems on hand, both titles offer a mind-boggling amount of content to keep the kids busy and encourage imagination. Maybe they'll learn a thing or two along the way.

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Both games have a story mode of sorts, traditional platforming adventures that put your skills to the test. They’re really just for getting ideas for the main attraction, though: level building.

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At their cores, Little Big Planet and Super Mario Maker 2 are level creators. You’ll choose from a vast array of tools and themes to design anything you can imagine. Obviously, Super Mario Maker 2 is all about making Mario levels, but Little Big Planet really lets your imagination run wild. Plus, both have multiplayer modes so you can play together or with friends.

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A Hat in Time

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A Hat in Time is another product of the 3D platformer renaissance, but it’s far from derivative. Hat Kid travels through space — until she doesn’t anymore. She’s lost all her space fuel and must explore all the worlds she can reach to find more. Fortunately, Hat Kid gets special powers from all the hats she creates, so there’s never a dull moment on her travels.

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Whether you’re solving The Murder on the Owl Express or dealing with the ruthless Mafia of Cooks, the worlds are absolutely stuffed with things to do and uncover. It’s cute and funny, plus a little bit chaotic when it needs to be. There really isn’t anything quite like A Hat in Time.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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Pretty much any Lego game is worth trying out if you’re interested in the franchise. But for sheer breadth of content, you can’t get any better than Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. This isn’t the new Lego Star Wars, though; it’s the 2009 Complete Saga, which means Episodes 1-6.

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Aside from meaning you’ve got six Lego games to play through in one package and more playable characters than you can shake a lightsaber at, it also means basically any computer can play it. There’s co-op play involved as well if more than one person wants to join in the fun. With character customization, hidden bonuses, and challenge modes, busy you and your younglings will be for a long time.

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

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We considered Yooka-Laylee one of the best PC games for kids a while back (and it's made it on almost every list for kids we've done since it released).

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But we can’t deny Playtonic improved the formula even more with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. It foregoes the original’s devotion to the 3D collect-a-thons of old and combines Donkey Kong Country style platforming with top-down exploration and puzzle-solving inspired by 2D Zelda games.

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It’s gorgeous, it’s colorful, and there are enough hidden collectibles and secrets to encourage multiple playthroughs. In short, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is just plain fun. Even better, it’s available on all modern platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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It's tough keeping the littl'uns occupied at the best of times. But if you're stuck at home for any reason, finding ways to keep the kids busy becomes a necessity. Fortunately, video games fill that need pretty darn well. There's a ton of kid-friendly options to choose from, but picking out the best ones can be more difficult than it might seem.

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That's why we've put together this list of the best games for keeping the kids entertained at any time. They're all good for any age, and none can be completed quickly.

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14 Upcoming Switch Games to be Excited About in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:39:27 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Developer: Traveller's Tales
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Another Lego Star Wars game? I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, it is another Lego Star Wars game — with a twist.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga includes Lego versions of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the two films that haven't yet been turned into Lego games (partly because The Rise of Skywalker hasn't actually debuted yet, of course).

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More importantly, the other seven Lego Star Wars games have been completely rebuilt. These aren't the same games you've already played with a fresh coat of paint. They take advantage of more recent changes to the Lego formula, like open worlds with big hubs, more emphasis on character abilities, and things like that.

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The galaxy changes as you progress too. While you might explore Tatooine in A New Hope and everything looks hunky-dory, when you go back under a later game to explore, portions of it (i.e. Luke's home) are completely unrecognizable.

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It's taking advantage of Star Wars mania, sure, but in all the right ways thanks to these changes. Here's a chance to experience the entire Lego Star Wars saga afresh, even after the Skywalker story ends this December.

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While Nintendo is still playing its cards close about first-party Switch releases in 2020, there's definitely not going to be a shortage of games to play on the Switch.

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Whether you're longing for escape to an island paradise, keeping Tokyo safe from Fire Emblem demons bent on world domination, or just casually carrying out corporate conquest on a planet far, far away, 2020 is going to be another busy year for Switch owners.

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For more lists detailing the biggest games coming in 2020, be sure to check out the list of articles below: 

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DOOM Eternal

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Developer: id Software
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Doom Eternal is a good metaphor for the series' relationship with Nintendo. It starts promising but ends up hitting so many complications on the way.

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Doom Eternal was supposed to be out this year for all platforms. Then it got pushed back to March 20, 2020 — and the Switch version got a TBA for 2020.

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Really, it's okay because a finished game is better than a crap one, and hopefully it gives the dev team time to work without having the life completely crunched out of them.

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Whenever it launches, Doom Eternal looks like it's going to be well worth the wait. It takes a slightly different approach from other Doom games, since it takes place on Earth, plus it's said to be twice as long as the usual Doom games.

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Other than that, it's the same over-the-top combat against hordes of demonic aliens, with wild weapons, showers of blood, more blood, and more demonic aliens bent on murdering you — definitely not for the squeamish or anti-violent.

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Disappointing though the delay may be, Doom 64 is still set to launch on the Switch on March 20, 2020.

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No More Heroes 3

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Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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E3 2019's announcement of No More Heroes 3 was a welcome surprise.

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Suda51's cult classic No More Heroes series first debuted in the Wii era as a tribute to hardcore action fans. Protagonist Travis Touchdown takes on the role of hero by using his modified lightsaber-ish beam sword to essentially hack anything and everything to pieces.

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That irreverent attitude towards the establishment, plus some equally unorthodox gameplay mechanics (like how you recharge your weapon and save), carved a niche for the series and created an intense demand for more.

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There was a sequel in 2010. 2010. Almost ten years ago, ten years with no more No More Heroes.

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That changed a bit with Travis Strikes Again, but it didn't really scratch the itch. Finally at E3 this year, a proper sequel was announced. Other than knowing No More Heroes 3's release date is 2020 and that it features Travis returning to Santa Destroy after ten years to find an artificial city hovering over the real one.

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From there is anyone's guess what happens and why. This is Suda51 after all.

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The Outer Worlds: Nintendo Switch

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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch early in 2020. Let that sink in for a minute.

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The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi game set in a distant world you're tasked with bringing under the control of a massive intergalactic corporation. The story and gameplay elements aren't anything revolutionary, true. But The Outer Worlds gets its characters just right, with each party member and even NPC playing an important role alongside your own. It's the kind of depth Obsidian is known for, and it makes every playthrough unique.

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Not only is it one of 2019's most anticipated — and successful — AAA titles, but it's a tremendously short span of time from its launch on other consoles to its Switch launch. Where Skyrim took six years to arrive on a Nintendo console, The Witcher 3 took four, and now The Outer Worlds is potentially going to take less than a year. It's quite an achievement and bodes well for the Switch's future, as we predicted would happen.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the Wii original Xenoblade Chronicles — and that's about all we know. It was first shown off in the September Nintendo Direct, and other than boasting gorgeous new graphics, releasing sometime in 2020, and potentially using material cut from the original, there's still a lot that's unclear about this remaster.

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Fortunately, we know the most important part: it'll be amazing. The original Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs of its era. Granted, that isn't saying much seeing as it launched in a period with relatively little competition. But the narrative scope, massive and intricate settings, blending of fantasy with sci-fi, and unique battle system still stand strong after almost ten years.

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If you've played Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you'll notice a few key differences, namely that combat is simplified with no Blades and relatively fewer combo opportunities. That's a trade-off for a streamlined narrative that starts strong and never lets up and massive areas to explore that somehow seem more open than the sequel's.

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Most important is the graphical update, though. It's not like the original was nightmare-inducing, but...oh wait, yes it was.

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Rune Factory 5

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Developer: XSEED
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Marvelous has been keeping a tight lid on Rune Factory 5, so tight, the above trailer showcasing a few bits of monster art and maybe the protagonist's house is all we've seen about the upcoming Rune Factory game. Other than knowing it'll be out sometime after Rune Factory 4 Special and has some kind of crossover connectivity, that's it.

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Sure, we could put Rune Factory 4 Special on here instead, but RF5 is kind of a big deal. By the time it releases, it'll be the first new Rune Factory game we've seen in seven years. That's a long time in general, but even longer considering the release gaps between the first four Rune Factory games were even longer.

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The series might be a spinoff, but it has plenty of strong points to make it worth looking into. For one, it's the reason we have monsters and dangerous exploration in Stardew Valley, being the first of its kind to introduce monster hunting and ranching into the usual farming mix. It also goes a step further Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons with the detail of its world map and characters. While there might be plenty of other farming-sim games vying for your attentionRune Factory offers a completely different kind of experience.

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Digimon Survive

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Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Digimon games have been on a roll in recent years. The Cyber Sleuth games revitalized the series in the West — which I ramble about at length elsewhere — and encouraged the development team to keep localizing games for international distribution.

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That's a good thing, because Digimon Survive is looking like another big step forward for the franchise, and it's set to launch sometime next year on all platforms, including Nintendo Switch.

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Survive takes elements of visual novels, adventure games, and strategy RPGs as it tasks players with choosing which friends to bond with, how they bond with their Digimon, and then how they manage these bonds on the battlefleds to try and, well...survive...in some sort of alternate, post-apocalyptic world.

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Outside time and bond management, Digivolving will play an even bigger role than usual, as Digimon can evolve or devolve at any point during a battle, if certain requirements are met. Normally, Digivolution depends on the Digimon's stats, but in Survive, it'll all relate to how you've forged your bonds outside battle.

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It's been delayed already, but it certainly seems worth the wait and might just be the most ambitious Digimon game yet.

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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: January 14, 2020

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Gust and Koei Tecmo have been busy pumping out games in the long-running Atelier franchise this year, with Atelier Lulua earlier, that building-sim disaster we won't talk about, and Atelier Ryza just last month. All these and the original Arland trilogy are available on the Switch, which leaves one noticeable gap: the Dusk trilogy.

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Koei Tecmo America is filling that gap first thing in the new year with the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack. It's the DX, expanded versions of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, and Atelier Shallie, all of which were previously only available on the Vita, though the vanilla versions were on the PlayStation 3.

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The Dusk trilogy is praised for moving the series forward in terms of narrative scope and character development. While it's still very much a case of cute girls doing cute things and making items, there's an overarching narrative tying their stories together. Plus, it brought some much-needed changes to the brutal time system and improved item synthesis a good bit as well.

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Like the Arland trilogy, all three will be available separately on the eShop as well.

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Minecraft Dungeons

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Developer: Mojang
Release Date
: April 2020

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Minecraft Dungeons is Minecraft meets Diablo, and that's not a bad thing by any account. The above footage is from an Xbox event, but it does a much better job showcasing what the game is about than the original reveal trailer.

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The idea is your party of adorable little Minecraft figures explores a variety of dungeons built in Minecraft fashion, takes on hordes of enemies, gathers loot, then uses said loot to get even stronger by making weapons, armor, and the like.

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The focus is on everything you can't do in regular Minecraft, like explore for a purpose or deck your avatar out in gear that makes them a complete killing machine. It's looking like you'll need that gear too, since Minecraft Dungeons doesn't appear to skimp on the mob hordes. Luckily, you'll get special abilities and magic to help keep you alive too.

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It's a clever twist to the usual build-and-craft formula. It's surprising this didn't happen earlier, really, though it's in keeping with Microsoft's desire to expand the Minecraft property in new ways.

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Trials of Mana

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Developer: Square Enix
Release date
: April 24, 2020

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Remember how we pined for any release of Seiken Densetsu 2 — now known as Trials of Mana — before 2019, even if it was just a fan translation? Well, not only did Square Enix (finally) bring the Collection of Mana west over the summer, complete with the (finally) localized Trials of Mana, but the game is being completely remade from the ground up for a standalone release in 2020.

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Secret of Mana is widely regarded as a masterpiece of an RPG, and Trials of Mana manages to do one even better. It builds on Secret of Mana with branching storylines, multiple job classes, and an overall more epic narrative scope. Part of that scope is because the story can change depending on how you construct your party; it's not necessarily a huge deal now, but for the SNES era, it was something we didn't typically see outside the SaGa games.

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The Trials of Mana remake boasts completely redesigned 3D maps and models and a revamped battle system. While some of the character modeling looks a bit iffy, and it seems the characters are definitely on the chatty side during battle, this is an RPG to keep an eye on.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Developer: Nintendo
Release Date
: March 20, 2020

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E3 2019 gave us a delicious glimpse of the newest Animal Crossing game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons — and then told us it wasn't out until March 2020. Investors might have flipped out over that fact, but it definitely looks worth the wait.

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New Horizons moves away from the town mayor feature of New Leaf — which is the only thing it could do to stay fresh — and instead puts everyone on a deserted island. You're tasked with building a town there, but the major gameplay elements and flow of progression remain largely the same, with a few notable exceptions.

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One is crafting. You'll be making a lot of your items, tools, and possibly even furniture in New Horizons with the materials you find on the island. Then, a la Happy Home Designer, you can put your furniture anywhere you want, on the beach, near a tree — whatever floats your handicraft boat. In typical Nintendo fashion, it's a small change that simultaneously opens up a huge range of new possibilities (and it's one of the Animal Crossing changes this writer was hoping for the most).

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Whatever New Horizons does or doesn't change, we just hope that jazzy tune from the trailer makes a reappearance.

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Fairy Tail

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: March 19, 2020

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Gust, makers of the Atelier and Ar Tonelico games, are behind the brand-new video game version of the popular manga and anime series Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail follows protagonists Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia as they join a guild and journey across the dangerous land of Fiore.

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It's your typical shonen-style anime, with big hair, bigger attacks, and even bigger personalities, but those characters are what make Fairy Tail stand out for so many people. There are a lot of stories to follow, and each one's usually interesting enough to stand on its own. You can catch a glimpse of some of those characters in the release date trailer that was just unveiled too.

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Like Sword Art Online it's looking like Fairy Tail for Nintendo Switch is really going to be for fans of the franchise, with a boatload of familiar figures, places, and concepts featuring in every trailer so far. The game's goal is to be faithful to the manga, though, so it very well could be a decent entry point for anyone unfamiliar with the series too.

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Langrisser 1 & 2

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Developer: NIS America
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Langrisser was one of those somewhat elusive strategy RPG series most Western fans couldn't get their hands on — legally, at least. Most of the games and their remakes stayed in Japan, but now, partly thanks to the mobile version's success and probably thanks to Fire Emblem's roaring rebirth in recent years, that's about to change.

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Langrisser 1 & 2 is a full remake of the series' first two titles (y'know, in case that wasn't obvious) with new designs, plenty of quality of life improvements, dual voice, and brand-new orchestrations.

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Gameplay-wise, Langrisser is a lot like Fire Emblem, with an emphasis on character class and army organization. One thing that Langrisser does differently, though, is its story. The entire series centers around an ages-old conflict between divine beings that regularly plays out in the normal world. This time, it takes the form of invasions from kingdoms suddenly turned aggressive and the forces of darkness working behind the scenes.

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"So... like Fire Emblem" you say. Yes, but these stories and the lands they're set in are connected; the games take place on the same continent with connections between characters and kingdoms stretching back to the past.

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Right now, it's not completely clear when the collection will launch; some listings say February, others don't. Just expect it sometime early 2020.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

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Developer: Atlus
Release Date
: January 17, 2020

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It's name is certainly a mouthful, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is definitely not an RPG to overlook. On the surface, it's a bizarre mashup of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series and Nintendo's Fire Emblem, with a huge portion of J-pop on top.

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Underneath that, it's still a bizarre mashup of all those things, but its seamless execution and exhilarating, over-the-top battles make it a strong RPG that was sadly trapped on a dying system, the Wii U.

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It's coming to the Switch almost first-thing in 2020 and brings with it even more content than the original.

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The mashup works like this: basically, the setting and battle system are SMT, while characters and narrative influences are Fire Emblem. You've got the evil forces from beyond this world trying to invade, and battle requires careful exploitation of enemy weaknesses to get an advantage, just like SMT. But you'll be summoning Mirages instead of demons, and these Mirages just so happen to be famous Fire Emblem heroes.

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Oh, and your party is an aspiring band of J-pop Idols and every battle is a performance, because Japan.

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When Tokyo Mirage Sessions first released, Fire Emblem Fates and Awakening were "the" big Fire Emblem hits, so most of the FE portions revolve around those characters. Even though Three Houses has taken over that top spot and Encore includes new material, don't get your hopes up for an Edelgard Mirage.

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The Nintendo Switch had a stellar year in 2019, from excellent ports like Dragon Quest XIS to new entries in long-running franchises like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield. With such a jam-packed year, it's hard to imagine 2020 could have anything similar in store.

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That goes double when you consider a lot of the big hitters are still missing from next year's schedule. Persona 5 Scramble might not release in the West next year, Shin Megami Tensei V might get a new trailer for 2020, and Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are still just distant blips on the radar.

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Fortunately, there's still plenty of goodness ahead, making owning a Switch in 2020 still worth it.

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There's first party goodness like Animal Crossing: New Horizons to look forward to and a veritable ton of third party software on its way, from The Outer Worlds and Trials of Mana to Doom Eternal and a new Minecraft game.

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So buckle up (your wallet) as we take you through the top 13 upcoming Switch games for 2020 in the order of release dates.

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Easy Costumes for Super Lazy Cosplayers https://www.gameskinny.com/c1csd/easy-costumes-for-super-lazy-cosplayers https://www.gameskinny.com/c1csd/easy-costumes-for-super-lazy-cosplayers Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:02:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Are you going to be relying on any of our ultra-lazy cosplays for a costume party this year? Let us know how it went, and be sure to recommend us some other easy Halloween or convention costumes in the comments below!

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Missing DLC Costume

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Oh man, this one's too perfect. It's lazy, it's funny, and it's a statement on the despicable practice of incomplete games relying on extra money from already-finished DLC that should have been part of the base experience.

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Red Ring Of Death

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The terror of many just a few years back, you can resurrect this old enemy of gamers the world over in some really easy ways. A couple of those flexible short red glow sticks with connecting pieces sold at dollar stores everywhere are a simple method, or if you're being really lazy, a t-shirt and some markers will always do.

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Pac Man Ghost

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A monochromatic sheet of fabric, umbrella, and poster board cut into the eye shapes give you any Pac Man ghost you want! Of course this one's ultra lazy if you don't actually get anyone to play the game's title character...

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Barbara

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OK, so you got me on this one – there's no official Stranger Things game yet (although there is an unofficial point and click fan made one) but hey, those kids played a lot of D&D, so maybe just give me this one?

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The unsung hero of Stranger Things, unceremoniously murdered too early and deserving of a better fate, Barb's not too hard to put together if you've got a red wig and access to a thrift store: freckles, glasses, frilly plaid shirt and jeans. This cosplayer had the nice touch of missing Barb flyers!

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Walter White

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Alright, I'm stretching credulity here on the video game front, but I've got a surprise wild card: there was actually a lame official AMC mobile game version of Breaking Bad!

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This one's simplicity itself. Green shirt, tightie whities, no pants, and glasses are all it takes to become a recognizable meth kingpin. Maybe don't wear this one while taking your kids out trick or treating though.

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Arthur Dent

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Pajamas, bathrobe, towel: done! A big, friendly “Don't Panic” sign sure spices it up a bit and lets people know you aren't just a dude on the way to the shower.

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Before anybody gets all snarky and tries to tell me Hitchhiker's Guide was a novel series that made it to movies and television but was never a video game, go ahead and put on the breaks real quick: a little known interactive text game was in fact released in 1984, so there!

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Showering Sim

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There a ton of these nude showering characters from The Sims floating around the web with varying degrees of effort. Really all you need are poster boards and markers (or if you're feeling particularly lazy and have a ton of ink, just print off squares of the different colors).

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The head icon is easy with some green craft foam and a headband. For a more authentic feel, be sure to have someone dressed as God following you around and constantly messing with you.

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Stormtrooper

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White bucket, black marker, white pants, and duct tape give you bucket head stormtrooper (maybe they were going for the Lego Star Wars version?), which is officially my new favorite thing. Now you just need to fire a blaster wildly and utterly fail to hit anyone who looks like a main character.

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Bookworm

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Green or brown pants, green shirt, baseball cap with googly eyes, and a book under arm: boom, you're the perfect Popcap Games' Bookworm!

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There are lots of variations on this idea for different games featuring bookworms. This cosplayer above has added in a clever Silent Hill element, riffing off the bookworm class found in Silent Hill: Book Of Memories.

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Happens every year: you always mean to put together your perfect Halloween cosplay on time, but it just never quite works out that way.

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You had grand (and doomed) plans to put together the perfect outfit from your favorite game or anime, and you started plotting it out well in advance so time wouldn't run out this year like all those times before.

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Then wouldn't you know it, it's time for the Halloween party and you've got nada. It's not your fault: you were binge watching Black Mirror or are still shocked from that Walking Dead season opening and couldn't do anything.

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For the lazy among us who didn't budget their time properly, here are some great cosplays to put together quickly on minimal effort!

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Top Reasons Why LEGO Video Games Continue to be the Best Games For Your Children https://www.gameskinny.com/ep1n4/top-reasons-why-lego-video-games-continue-to-be-the-best-games-for-your-children https://www.gameskinny.com/ep1n4/top-reasons-why-lego-video-games-continue-to-be-the-best-games-for-your-children Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:41:38 -0400 Kate Reynolds

When I think about my future children, as a gamer, I always imagine all the games I can introduce my children to. The Final Fantasy VII HD version that might have been made by then, Mario Kart, and even Halo are all titles that come to mind. Yet when I really get into the nitty gritty - thinking about age-appropriateness and enjoyable gameplay - I know that I'll be buying every new LEGO game that hits the market. 

Toy Tie-Ins: Building Games Are Great for Creativity

It's rare that a video game is based on a toy franchises, and a toy franchise with potential educational benefits no less.  Many scientists have argued that construction toys, including LEGOs, can help children with motors skills and creative thinking. In Parenting Science, Gwen Dewar Ph.D. argues that

It makes sense that copying models would improve a child’s ability to analyze spatial relationships...If you are going to spend money on toys, construction toys seem like a wise investment.

Assuming that children playing LEGO video games will want to play more with LEGO toys, parent's get a built in system for enhancing a child's spatial skills, at the very least. 

Also, given that small children are very bad at assembling LEGOs without help (I learned this from my younger cousins last Christmas) it also provides parents with more opportunities to play with their children. 

Not all LEGO games are two player, and not all parents are comfortable playing video games with their kids, but anyone can play with LEGO blocks. Just as long as you don't turn into evil Wil Ferrell from The Lego Movie

Popular Culture Tie-Ins Mean Harry Potter is Great for Both Literacy and Motor Skills

When kids get obsessed with something, say Cinderella, they'll want to watch the movie over and over again, play dress-up, own the toys, and play the video game. The problem being that many video games based on other intellectual property are...less than ideal. 

With LEGO adaptations, you can always expect a fun (and PG rated) game with solid mechanics. LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Indiana Jones, and LEGO Star Wars offer players a chance to have an adventure in a light-hearted version of their favorite universe. 

For a multimedia franchise like Batman, the LEGO universe offers an out-of-continuity experience that offers a nice juxtaposition to Christopher Nolan's gritty trilogy. There are age-appropriate Batman cartoons, and through LEGO there can be age appropriate Batman games. Everybody wins!

LEGO Games Are Easy and Enjoyable

When I was growing up, I was terrible at video games. What drove me to role-playing games like Final Fantasy VII and Legend of Legaia was my lack of fine motor skills. 

I share this because most children are terrible at video games to a certain point. As an adult gamer, I might be able to hold the high scores in all the games my children play... until they hit puberty. The LEGO games are well-geared towards the capabilities of children, instead of catering to skilled adults. 

Children can play LEGO games without getting too frustrated, and even non-gamer parents will also be able to play and have fun. You still won't be able to beat all the challenges the first time through, but there's never a point in a LEGO game where you'll think it's impossible to continue. More fun than frustration has a universal appeal. 

Continued Innovation

With the announcement of LEGO Dimensions this week, it's clear that LEGO intends to join the toys-to-life genre debuted by Skylanders and Disney Infinite

This new game manages to tie in new toys that your children will want to combine with their other tie-ins to multiple cinematic universes. And as usual, there will be fun gameplay. 

Will that be enough to rival Disney? We'll have to wait for the sales to know for sure. I can name at least five amazing LEGO games off the top of my head - but I can't say the same for Disney games. 

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Interviewing a Member of the Next Generation - Jacob-John https://www.gameskinny.com/vjs9t/interviewing-a-member-of-the-next-generation-jacob-john https://www.gameskinny.com/vjs9t/interviewing-a-member-of-the-next-generation-jacob-john Sat, 17 May 2014 10:42:01 -0400 Proto Foe

We have all been seven years old - well, unless you are six or under and reading this - and I doubt that any of us had a life like a lot of seven-year olds have today: easy (and secure) access to the internet, decades of video content at their fingertips, mind-blowing graphics from video games, vast worlds to explore, and people from all around the globe to play with.

Jacob-John lives in this world.

His parents are both avid gamers, so he has naturally been brought in to the fold over his lifetime. I do have to wonder what his generation will be like when they hit 18. Will they be multitask masters? Will they be digesting data on the go without even knowing it?

Or will they be just like us, and am I thinking like my parents did when they watched me absorb the Mega Drive and SNES catalogue of games?

I decided to interview him and see where his mindset is. It's mostly unedited.

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/lXk_Ik91lyE/maxresdefault.jpg

Jacob-John aka Proto JJ

Thank you for joining me.

It is okay, but you know I don’t do interviews.

I know, thank you. What is your name and how old are you?

Jacob-John, and I am seven years old.

Seven years old? Fantastic. What is your favourite thing to do?

Play, why?

Play what?

Hmm, that is a really hard question!

I am sorry.

I don’t really know, hmm, Transformers: Fall of CybertonLego Batman 2, and Minecraft.

They are your favourite games?

Yes. I play them a lot, I think they are really creative games. I would say Lego Star Wars would be my fourth, but I don’t have it anymore.

We have [YouTube] on the TV, but it doesn’t work very well. It’s kind of rubbish, really.

Any other games?

Skylanders, yes, that’d be my fifth I think. I am really looking forward to [Skylanders] Trap Force, because you know when you capture a villain? You can play as the villain! And do you know when you capture one, the rooms of the world fall in and they shout “Hey! How did I get in here? Let us out.” It’s quite funny.

What do you look for most when you play a game?

Hmm. In Minecraft, it is diamonds.

What about gameplay?

I like doing challenges in Minecaft, to stay [up] during the night without a house, with just a wooden sword and no armour. So far I have only survived five nights, I may have put it on easy though as it was on death mode.

What game that is coming out in the future that are you most looking forward to?

Skylanders Trap Force. Not another Harry Potter game though.

On favorite YouTube personalities: "Erm, I like StampyCat, and RyanX14. They are really cool."

What is the hardest game you have ever played?

Hmm, well, hardest game? [Taps phone]. I have to say it is The Pirates of the Carribean, not the Lego game, the actual one. I could only get to the second level because it didn’t save and I couldn’t redo it. I still play the demo though. 

Who is your favourite video game character?

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From Mummy’s games, I have to say Ezio. Mummy has some nice statues of him. From your games, Daddy, I have to say [whispers] Master Chief, and mine is Crash from Crash Bandicoot. He is so cool, I can’t believe there is so many Crash Bandicoot games.

I also like Dragon Ball Z, I like learning how to become one. Starting as a kid and becoming an adult! I am watching it now and somehow he got transformed back in to a kid! 

How do you view most of your TV?

[I use] YouTube on my tablet. We have it on the TV, but it doesn’t work very well. It’s kind of rubbish, really.

Do you like the content you watch on YouTube? The videos you watch? And who is your favourite person to watch?

Yea, there is a lot of it and I can watch it anytime. Erm, I like StampyCat, and RyanX14. They are really cool.

Great stuff. Now for the last question; what do you want to be when you grow up?

A game maker!!

I am sure you’ll do really well. Thank you for joining me for this interview.

Yeah, it is okay. Bye now.

So, there you have it. A glimpse in to the mind of a seven-year-old gamer. He doesn't take interviews.

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How Video Games Almost Bankrupt and Saved Lego https://www.gameskinny.com/67z2h/how-video-games-almost-bankrupt-and-saved-lego https://www.gameskinny.com/67z2h/how-video-games-almost-bankrupt-and-saved-lego Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:08:35 -0500 Chris Hendricks

Almost everyone has heard of Lego. There are more Lego minifigures in the world than there are people. In fact, there are roughly 65 Lego pieces for every person in the world. Alongside Hasbro and Mattel, Lego is the fastest growing toy company in the world. Heck, Lego is still the world's largest producer of rubber tires (more than 300 million made every year)! Although it is still too early in the year for raw sales numbers for 2013, 2012 saw Lego bring in north of $750 million. Things however have not always been so cheerful for the loveable brick makers from Denmark. As recently as 2004, the entire company almost filed for bankruptcy. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1234465/When-Lego-lost-head--toy-story-got-happy-ending.html

How did it go so wrong?

In the late '90s, Lego saw an influx in sales when it reissued their license with Star Wars to accompany the prequel trilogy that would be coming out in the following years. They also signed an agreement to produce Harry Potter sets as well. Initial sales for the sets were booming the summers the movies came out, but declined heavily in the years that no movies were released. Also, Lego had a policy of owning, rather than leasing all of their buildings around the world, and was pushing for a global market of their products. This included clothing and furniture; essentially a way of life. 

They also had a sizeable amount of money tied into their in-house video game production. A lot of money. When they first reported losses in 2002, there were rumblings of a shakeup of Lego's core strategies. Private corporations began smelling the chum in the water and the pressure was on for Lego to prove that it could right the ship. Rumors of Hasbro and Mattel trying to buy out Lego began surfacing and there were questions if Lego would survive. Those concerns grew exponentially when at the end of 2003 Lego reported losses of close to $1 Billion. That's with a "B."

How Lego Survived

Massive restructuring and a hard look inwards saw Lego return to what made them so popular in the first place. Simply putting new product on the shelf every year was no longer going to work. Lego got rid of every non-essential part of their company and focused solely on the innovation and production of quality new products. Millions are now put into marketing and research before a new set is even produced. A big part of the change was Lego selling their video game division, opting to have outside developers create games with the proper licenses. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1234465/When-Lego-lost-head--toy-story-got-happy-ending.html

All of these things cut their costs enough to see them slowly begin to rise out from their debt. Oddly enough, however, consistent sales by their now third-party developed video games had a huge impact on the turn-around. The game that had the most immediate impact? 2005's Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Although the Harry Potter games had been released years earlier, the release of Revenge of the Sith saw fans wanting anything they could get their hands on. Lego saw continued success the following years with more Star WarsIndiana Jones, Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Super Heroes games. All of these games sold collectively more than 50 million copies and were/are considered quality games within the industry. Also, those games tapped into a previously unused market for Lego, gamers.

With a flock of new people now coming into the stores to buy sets based off of video games they had played, Lego found new life and is still being supported by them today. By looking inward, they were able to see what they needed to change and how they could better utilize their resources. Smartly, they didn't rid themselves from the gaming industry, but rather let people who knew more about it make the important decisions. And we have all benefitted because of that.

And never one to rest on their laurels, Lego has already announced plans for a Lego: The Hobbit game slated to come out later this year. Expect it to do as well as its' LotR counterparts and to have a game for all the films that are released.

What does this mean for the future?

The success Tt Games has had with all of their licensed Lego games is not shocking, but it is still funny that a part of their company that Lego first saw as a liability became a big reason for their reemergence in the toy market as well as being a staple of it moving forward. Gamers are an eclectic and well versed group of people and they are obviously nerds as well as many being collectors. Many of them (us) love to own anything we can that is associated with a game we love. The fact that in this case the extra goodies happen to be little plastic bricks that we can then take to make whatever we want is just an awesome bonus. 

It is not too surprising that the games ended up doing as well as they did, but I think it speaks to the influence we as a community can have on wholly different industries. Not to say that we are the only reason Lego still exists today in its' current form, but you can be assured that gamers played a significant role. As the gaming industry grows and more franchises are realizing the powerful machine that can be video games, it is finally refreshing to see other industries, and to an extent the "common" consumer show us the respect that I think we rightfully deserve. 

So, the next time you walk past a Lego store or see a set in pieces in your closet, have pride in the fact that if you have purchased or played a Lego video game in the past 10 years, you are directly responsible for saving a multi-billion dollar company. And you haven't played any of them yet, what are you waiting for?

http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/lego-wins-fans-young-and-old/

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How Video Games Almost Bankrupt and Ultimately Saved Lego https://www.gameskinny.com/7aot7/how-video-games-almost-bankrupt-and-ultimately-saved-lego https://www.gameskinny.com/7aot7/how-video-games-almost-bankrupt-and-ultimately-saved-lego Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:08:34 -0500 Chris Hendricks

Almost everyone has heard of Lego. There are more minifigures in the world than there are people. In fact, there are roughly 65 Lego pieces for every person in the world. Alongside Hasbro and Mattel, Lego is the fastest growing toy company in the world. Heck, Lego is still the world's largest producer of rubber tires (more than 300 million made every year)!

Although it is still too early in the year for raw sales numbers for 2013, 2012 saw Lego bring in north of $750 million. Things however have not always been so cheerful for the loveable brick makers from Denmark. As recently as 2004, the entire company almost filed for bankruptcy. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1234465/When-Lego-lost-head--toy-story-got-happy-ending.html

How did it go so wrong?

In the late '90s, Lego saw an influx in sales when it reissued their license with Star Wars to accompany the prequel trilogy that would be coming out in the following years. They also signed an agreement to produce Harry Potter sets as well.  Initial sales for the sets were booming the summers the movies came out, but declined heavily in the years that no movies were released. Also, Lego had a policy of owning, rather than leasing, all of their buildings around the world, and was pushing for a global market of their products. This included clothing and furniture; essentially, a way of life. 

They also had a sizeable amount of money tied into their in-house video game production. A lot of money. When they first reported losses in 2002, there were rumblings of a shakeup of Lego's core strategies. Private corporations began smelling the chum in the water and the pressure was on for Lego to prove that it could right the ship.

Rumors of Hasbro and Mattel trying to buy out Lego began surfacing and there were questions if Lego would survive. Those concerns grew exponentially when, at the end of 2003, Lego reported losses of close to $1 billion, with a "B."

How Lego Survived

Massive restructuring and a hard look inwards saw Lego return to what made them so popular in the first place. Simply putting new product on the shelf every year was no longer going to work.

Lego got rid of every non-essential part of their company and focused solely on the innovation and production of quality new products. Millions are now put into marketing and research before a new set is even produced. A big part of the change was Lego selling their video game division, opting to have outside developers create games with the proper licenses. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1234465/When-Lego-lost-head--toy-story-got-happy-ending.html

All of these things cut their costs enough for them slowly begin to rise out from their debt. Oddly enough, however, consistent sales by their now third-party developed video games had a huge impact on the turn-around. The game that had the most immediate impact? 2005's Lego Star Wars: The Video Game.

Although the Harry Potter games had been released years earlier, the release of Revenge of the Sith gave fans a craving for anything they could get their hands on. Lego saw continued success the following years with more Star WarsIndiana Jones, Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Super Heroes games. All of these games sold collectively more than 50 million copies and were/are considered quality games within the industry. Also, those games tapped into a previously unused market for Lego, gamers.

With a flock of new people now coming into the stores to buy sets based off of video games they had played, Lego found new life and is still being supported by them today. By looking inward, they were able to see what they needed to change and how they could better utilize their resources. Smartly, they didn't completely bail on the gaming industry, but rather let people who knew more about it make the important decisions. And we have all benefitted because of that.

And never one to rest on their laurels, Lego has already announced plans for a Lego: The Hobbit game slated to come out later this year. Expect it to do as well as its' LotR counterparts and to have a game for all the films that are released.

What does this mean for the future?

The success Tt Games has had with all of their licensed Lego games is not shocking, but it is still funny their company, which Lego first saw as a liability, became a big reason for their reemergence in the toy market as well as a staple of it moving forward. Gamers are an eclectic and well versed group of people, and they are obviously nerds as well as collectors. Many of them (us) love to own anything we can that is associated with a game we love. The fact that in this case, the extra goodies happen to be little plastic bricks that we can then take to make whatever we want, is just an awesome bonus. 

It is not too surprising that the games ended up doing as well as they did, but I think it speaks to the influence we as a community can have on wholly different industries. Not to say that we are the only reason Lego still exists today in its current form, but you can be assured that we played a significant role. As the gaming industry grows and more franchises are realizing the powerful machine that is video games, it is refreshing to see other industries, and to an extent the "common" consumer, show us the respect that I think we rightfully deserve. 

So, the next time you walk past a Lego store or see a set in pieces in your closet, have pride in the fact that if you have purchased or played a Lego video game in the past 10 years; you are directly responsible for saving a multi-billion dollar company. And you haven't played any of them yet, what are you waiting for?

http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/lego-wins-fans-young-and-old/

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