Mario Sports Superstars Review

Mario Sports Superstars is the latest title in the amazing Mario Sports series that gives players five sports to choose from to play solo or with friends near and far. If you’ve played and loved previous Mario Sports titles such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, or Mario Strikers, then you will love Mario Sports Superstars. Mario Sports Superstars allows gamers to play Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball and for the first time in Mario history, Horse Racing. Gamers can choose between 16 Mushroom Kingdom characters to play as from Mario, Luigi, Yoshi to Peach, Daisy, Rosalina and more. Mario Sports Superstars also features amiibo integration, along with some new Mario Sports Superstars collectible amiibo cards. Physical copies of Mario Sports Superstars will come with a collectible amiibo card for a limited time. Mario Sports Superstars is available now for the Nintendo 3DS systems.

We absolutely love Mario Sports Superstars. I’ve been a fan of Mario Sports titles since I first took to the links with Yoshi in Mario Golf back in 1999. Mario Sports Superstars transported me back to 1999, but instead of one game on a console, I had five games in the palms of my hands. The graphics are what you expect out of a Mario title, amazing and seamless. The audio is fun and upbeat from the music to the voicing of the characters. The game mechanics are easy enough that J (age 5) could easily learn how to play the games without getting frustrated. One of the things that I really love about the game is that it is secretly teaching your kids things while they are playing. Baseball and tennis teach young players how to better their hand to eye coordination, soccer and golf teach young gamers about angles, and horse racing teaches the younglings that speed isn’t everything.

J playing Mario Sports Superstars

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We highly recommend Mario Sports Superstars. Fans old and young will love this game. If you (or your kids) own a 3DS or are thinking about getting one, make sure you put Mario Sports Superstars at the top of your “must have games” list. I am waiting for some friends to pick up the game so we can try out the online play, but i am sure it is amazing. Pick up your copy from your favorite shop for $39.99 today!

**Disclaimer- We received a digital copy of Mario Sports Superstars in exchange for our thoughts on the game. All thoughts are our own***

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Kids and Gaming

The debate about kids and video games has been going on for decades now. Thanks to Mortal Kombat we now have a rating system that tries to prevent younger gamers from playing the more violent/adult content heavy games, and we now have people advocating for minimal screen time for kids. I want to go on the record as saying that ratings and moderation are not a bad thing, but also I want to say that every kid is different and that you the parent should decide what is best for their kids.

Back in June of 2014 Medical Daily did a write up of a study done by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore that studied if certain mobile games could improve memory and problem solving skills. The study showed that, “while some games may help improve mental abilities, not all games give you the smae effect.” It showed that after people played “Cut the Rope” for 20 hours, they were able to “concentrate 60 percent better, and switch between tasks 33 percent faster, and adapt to new situations better.”

In October of 2014 the University of Toronto set out to find if playing video games would improve sensorimotor skills. The performed a series of tests between regular gamers and non gamers. Graduate student Davood Gozli said the purpose of the tests was to, “…understand if chronic video game playing has an effect on sensorimotor control, that is, the coordinated function of vision and hand movement.” The tests showed that while gamers did not show improved sensorimotor skills, it did show that gamers were able to recognize the patterns of the tests faster than the non gamers.

Gaming also leads the way for kids to be interested in the tech world. One day after playing some games on his Nintendo 2DS, J came up and asked my wife and I how video games were made. My wife pulled up a video on how motherboards are made, and J thought it was amazing. I thought we could even go deeper and check out code.org to intro him into the world of coding. Talk about an amazing resource, if you click here you will be taken to a game that has Anna and Elsa from Frozen teaching your kids how to code. Click here and your kids will learn how to code their own little game with Disney Infinity characters.

Technology is the business of the future, and our kids need to be tech literate if they are going to be successful. Yes moderation is necessary, but we the parents need to decide how much is too much for our own kids. We also need to realize that playing games with our kids can be a great bonding moment. Maybe not while getting yelled at by random 12 year olds on Call of Duty, but maybe by taking down some Frost Giants together in Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes. It doesn’t even have to be video games. If you are a board game person, find a game that you and your kids will enjoy together. If your kids like RPGs, maybe you should look into something like Dungeons and Dragons and get their imagination going. It doesn’t matter what kind of games you play with your kids, just take some time and play.

***Salt Lake Gaming Con is just around the corner.  I have 6 tickets to Salt Lake Gaming Con that I will be giving away on Monday August 3rd at 6:00pm, so make sure you stop by my Facebook page, because***

What games did you like to play as a kid that you would pass on to future generations?

Pixels

I can’t tell you how excited I was the first time that I saw the teaser for Pixels. Then the official trailer came out and we saw that it was going to be an Adam Sandler/Kevin James movie. I thought that there might be a few scenes that would be “pushing the boundaries” so it could get that PG-13 rating, when this really could have been a fun movie even with the PG rating.

There were scenes that felt like they were uncomfortable to shoot, which made them uncomfortable to watch. Specifically a scene between Kevin James and Jane Krakowski that takes place in a bakery. I didn’t buy their relationship, and it looked like neither of them wanted to even shoot the scene. There were also problematic scenes where female characters as trophies, and seeing those scenes made me shudder in my seat. That being said, there are some reasons that I think you should take the kids to see the movie.

All of the scenes with the video game characters were amazing. From Galaga to Donkey Kong, those 8-bit looking killing machines looked amazing and those scenes kept J on the edge of his seat. Q*Bert was amazing and was also J’s favorite character…until the end. The opening and closing credits both were really fun to watch as well. 

If I had a grading scale for movie reviews, I would give this one a C. The concept was good, but the delivery could have been better. As J put it, “I liked the movie, but not the whole movie.”  This is not a movie that I would rush to the theaters on opening night for, but it is one that I would say to watch during a matinee or if your local theater does a $5 Tuesday. If you do decide to watch this movie, watch it in 3D.