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Parent Trap: The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

The Eyes Have It, Why amiibo Detail Matters

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on why amiibo is such a hit in his house

Spending an afternoon unboxing Wave 2 amiibo figures got my boys more than a little excited, but along with the frenzied Christmas joy they quickly latched on to just how detailed these toys are. We first caught up with Wave 1 amiibos Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Peach before getting...

Parent Trap: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Family Gamer TV checks out Toad's latest adventure

If you’ve played through Super Mario 3D World you’ll already know the intricate puzzle treat of the Captain Toad levels. Looking initially simple, these fixed isometric worlds presented a substantial and layered challenge to those wanting to find every last coin. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...

Parent Trap: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Is Perfect For Pocket Monster Newcomers

Both young and old alike

Parents can lag behind their children in their video-game consumption. A combination of a sentimental connection to games of yore and a dwindling amount of free time for their hobby often results in the kids playing new games first. Even for a series as long standing as Pokémon, many parents simply don’t get what all the...

Video: Wii U Skylanders Trap Team Gets First Full Showing At EGX 2014

Wii U Skylanders Trap Team Gets First Full Showing At EGX 2014

Gotta trap 'em all

At EGX this week there was one booth on the Nintendo stand with a constant crowd of kids. Unlike the other games on offer though, young players at the expo each contributed to a team effort to beat Skylanders Trap Team — a kind of communal “EGX Plays”. A lot of the excitement was around this being the first full public...

News: Disney Infinity Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Wii U Visuals "Closer To Xbox 360"

Disney Infinity Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Wii U Visuals "Closer To Xbox 360"

Studio Gobo spills the beans

With today’s Guardians of the Galaxy play-set announcement for Disney Infinity 2.0, Family Gamer TV had the opportunity to visit Studio Gobo and ask them about where the Wii U version of the game would sit in comparison to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. When asked whether Studio Gobo were covering all the platforms...

Video: Mario Kart 8 Final Reveals The Top UK Family Racer

Mario Kart 8 Final Reveals The Top UK Family Racer

Speed demons

After weeks of heats and numerous family competitors, Family Gamer TV whittled the field down to the final four racers in their Mario Kart 8 competition. In a head-to-head final race the families each cheered on their children to complete Toad Harbour ahead of the field. Ben (racing as Mario, top left), Jarvis (racing as Larry, bottom...

Talking Point: Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Rulebook With a Focus on Children

Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Rulebook With a Focus on Children

Sharing the experience

With their online press conferences and fan events Nintendo has been doing E3 differently for a couple of years now. This year, though, it broke one of the golden rules of show business — never work with children. A Kid’s Corner initiative brought some hand-picked children into E3 to try out the new games and experience...

Parent Trap: Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson gets his crayons out

What most parents think when you say the words “video game” and what gaming families enjoy are two very different things. Far from the shooting and high impact action many mums and dads assume are the driving force behind the hobby, video games actually offer experiences as creative, imaginative...

Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Wallets are going to suffer this Christmas

Seen one toy-video-game craze and you’ve seen them all, right? Counter to first impressions Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Angry Birds Telepods each offer a distinct experience. Nintendo’s amiibo characters offer another new way to combine toys and video-games, but how different is it to these other...

First Impressions: Does Mugen's 2DS XL Battery Make Or Break The Handheld?

Does Mugen's 2DS XL Battery Make Or Break The Handheld?

With great power comes increased girth

Whether you love or hate the Fisher Price-style design of the robust 2DS, we can all agree on the need for longer battery life in our handheld devices. With that in mind, Mugen is just about to release a battery upgrade for the 2DS that doubles the capacity of the internal power cell and costs a princely $89.99...

News: Brave, Maleficent, Lilo & Stitch and Guardians Of The Galaxy Spotted In Disney Infinity 2.0 Trailer

Brave, Maleficent, Lilo & Stitch and Guardians Of The Galaxy Spotted In Disney Infinity 2.0 Trailer

Coming to the new game, too?

As we all know, Disney Infinity 2.0 will feature a large helping of Marvel characters. However, families with children who aren't as excited by the idea of a game based all around superheroes can take solace in the glimpses of a few non-Marvel characters we see in the trailer, along with the promise made from the...

News: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Comes To Wii U But Not Wii

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Comes To Wii U But Not Wii

All the details inside

Disney Infinity has done impressively this year. From a standing start it sliced a sizeable portion of the toy-meets-video-game market for itself. While some would suggest this was predictable with such a rich array of household favourite characters to draw on, Avalanche Software still needed to execute an enjoyable game that...

Video: Behold The Difference Between Skylanders Trap Team On Wii And Wii U

Behold The Difference Between Skylanders Trap Team On Wii And Wii U

Compare and contrast

With Skylanders Trap Team being developed by lead developer Toys for Bob on the Wii and Beenox on the Wii U, choosing the best platform to play it on just got a little harder. Stepping into the breach with more Skylanders Trap Team videos are Family Gamer TV. Here, they compare the visual fidelity of different generations of...