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4 Reasons to Buy a Wii U This Holiday

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When the Wii U first launched two years ago, no one was sure what to make of it. Lots of people thought it was simply an expansion to the Wii. The Wii U’s high-definition graphics were viewed by many as Nintendo merely catching up to Sony and Microsoft’s previous generation. Sales were much lower than expected, and the grumbling about Nintendo’s entire future began in earnest—and continues to this day.

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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

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Looking for Halloween Ideas? We’ve Got 9 Geeky Costumes For the Whole Family

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Halloween is right around the corner, and everybody’s number one question is “what’s your costume?” Some kids know immediately what to say, whether it’s a witch, a fairy princess, or a zombie bird of paradise with dragon wings and vampire fangs. But others have more trouble—I mean really, Halloween only comes once a year! It’s a big decision. And what if you, the parents, want to get involved too? Read More