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Donkey Kong Highest World Record is Beaten

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Donkey Kong has a new world-record holder. Wes Copeland has ousted rival Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,190,000.

The highly contested title has a legacy of drama; Copeland held the record back in September for six precious hours before it was taken away by Lakeman. The two were dueling one another at the Donkey Kong Online Open 2015 when the title passed between them.

According to DonkeyKongBlog, which reported on the new record, Copeland was left “emotionally scarred” by the September incident. He redoubled his training, and on January 3 it paid off.

Lakeman fought briefly last week to take his title back, but it didn’t last long. “Wes, definitely enjoy it,” he conceded, “The torch has now been passed.”

Eventually, the record will no longer be breakable. According to an ESPN special called The Last Kings of Kong, experts estimate that the highest possible score is somewhere around 1,265,000, but no one knows for certain.

“I kinda feel like I’ve done everything I need to now,” Copeland was quoted after his comeback win. “I just hope Robbie at least lets me sleep on it.”

Watch a video of Copeland’s record-breaking run on Twitch.

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Gaming With the Moms #29: Flappy Mario (with Mike Mika)

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Check Out Video Games Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Gaming With The Moms on BlogTalkRadio

Nicole, Linda, and Simone are joined by game-industry veteran Mike Mika, AKA “Donkey Kong Dad,” head of development at Other Ocean Interactive, creator of the game #IDARB, and the dad of a son, 8, and a daughter, 6. As usual we run down the gaming news and jabber for a while about what we played this week.  Thanks, listeners, we love you! (Please send in questions!)
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Tembo the Badass Elephant Has Retro Games at Its Heart

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Throughout the ’80s, super-soldier John Rambo was a muscular staple of popular culture. His intense visage was plastered just about everywhere: lunchboxes, action figures, cartoon shows, and (of course) video games. Now there’s a cool, 2D-platform game for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 that borrows heavily from the Rambo mythos. The game is titled Tembo the Badass Elephant. Yes, you read that right. It’s not quite what you would expect from Game Freak, the developers behind Pokémon, but after spending some extensive time with the game I can certainly say that Tembo’s love of destruction is as pronounced as Rambo’s. Tembo’s mayhem, however, is fun and cheeky, while Rambo’s certainly was not.

Despite having been enlisted to protect the world, Tembo’s main objective is to destroy as much stuff (buildings, tanks, helicopters, etc.) as possible using a variety of slick moves to navigate structures and platforms. You can only progress to the level-ending boss battles once you’ve trampled over a certain number of enemy soldiers.

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Destroying as much as possible is one of your goals in the game.

If you look past the game’s cartoony carnage, however, you’ll find that Tembo resembles characters from the 16-bit, side-scrolling worlds of Sega and Nintendo. With a list of moves that includes a spinning ball attack, a destructive ground pound, a floating jump, and a rumbling stampede, anyone who’s ever played a Sonic the Hedgehog or Donkey Kong Country game will have a palpable sense of déjà vu. Even when Tembo picks up peanuts (the tchotchke of choice here…go figure) the sound he makes is very similar to DKC’s banana pick-up sound. Luckily, Tembo’s charming array of expressions and feisty characteristics make him a far more memorable protagonist than Donkey Kong’s lame relatives or Sonic’s woeful menagerie.

The game isn’t perfect—it has a few hiccups in its overall design. For instance, the aforementioned “enemy tally” needed to progress to the boss can be very frustrating, and there are places where it isn’t clear what to do or where to go next. Younger kids may be handing the controller over to mom or dad to help them along.

But when all’s said and done, Tembo the Badass Elephant is a very well-made plafortmer that adults and kids will get a kick out of, whether they are playing separately or as partners. Kids will dig Tembo because of its breezy pace, cool moves, and cartoony aesthetic. Parents will dig it because it harkens back to several classic games and films. Even Tembo’s theme music apes Jerry Goldsmith’s classic Rambo theme in places. Every time I heard it, it never failed to make me smile.

Everything Parents Need to Know About Nintendo's Amiibo Toys

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If your kids are enraptured by Skylanders or Disney Infinity—and/or are huge fans of everything Nintendo—then you may be eyeing a new set of interactive figurines as stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Amiibo is Nintendo’s answer to the immense popularity of those other games, but unlike those toy-centric forebears, the figurines of iconic characters like Mario, Link, and Peach aren’t tied to a single game or series. Furthermore, while they may look similar on the surface, the Amiibo figures aren’t currently used to bring playable characters into games. In Skylanders and Disney Infinity, you pop a figurine on the portal and that character appears in the game and is fully playable. With Amiibo, the experience is a little different, giving you access to bonus content and extra computer-controlled characters, rather than playable ones. Read More