Gaming for Couples Stories February 23, 2015

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We created the weekly column Gaming For Couples to help you find excellent games to play with your significant other — someone who might not yet be into gaming as much as you, but could be won over with the right game picks. Here’s a roundup of our past nine columns, which contain a bunch of great games, plus recommendations of the best console bundles, demos, and accessories to pick!

Column 1: Our first Gaming For Couples piece looked at super-fun casual games Peggle, Peggle 2, and Peggle Blast, plus the incredible classic rock music game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Column 2: A column focused on Fireproof Games’ iOS and Android steampunk puzzle games The Room, The Room Pocket, and The Room 2.

Column 3: Focused on the console edition of board game Monopoly Plus, this column discusses what happens when you choose the wrong game to play with your significant other; “if at first you don’t succeed, try again”

Column 4: A top pick for couples and families, this looks at the best Nintendo Wii U bundle, games, demos and accessories, including the awesome Super Mario 3D World.

Column 5: A guide to the best Microsoft Xbox One bundles, games, demos and accessories, such as Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Column 6: Our look at the best Sony PlayStation 4 bundles, games, demos and accessories, including The Last of Us: Remastered.

Column 7: We look at the better-than-movie-quality multi-console game Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, and NES Remix Pack for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Column 8: Featuring multi-console cartoony platformer Rayman Legends, this edition also looks at Amiibos and the PlayStation 4 Camera — some Valentine’s Day picks for gamers.

Column 9: Two budget-priced Nintendo Wii U titles — Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Kirby & The Rainbow Curse — plus related Nintendo 3DS games and Amiibo figurines.

Some of my other gaming columns include budget PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One games worth second looks, and a guide to the entire lineup of Nintendo Amiibos, Enjoy!

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Gaming for Couples Stories February 20, 2015

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As I’ve said in a prior Gaming For Couples column, Nintendo’s Wii U is “the best current-generation console for couples and families, hands-down.” If you’re trying to convince your significant other to pick up a controller, the games that are most likely to make that happen are on the Wii U, and many of them come from Nintendo itself.

Today’s Gaming For Couples looks at two affordable Nintendo releases, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Kirby & The Rainbow Curse. Each one features one of Nintendo’s cutest characters, and is designed to appeal to casual gamers with bunches of easily digestible levels. Rather than selling them for $60 each and then discounting them, Nintendo launched both games at $40 — bargain day-one pricing for current-generation console games — and plans to keep them there. Below, I’ll discuss the games, the Amiibo figures that work with them, and some earlier titles featuring the same great characters.

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Gaming for Couples Stories February 12, 2015

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Most of my earlier Gaming For Couples articles have focused mostly on specific game recommendations to bring gamers and non-gamers closer together. Since Valentine’s Day is only two days away, I’m changing it up and focusing on some fun (and safe) gaming-related gifts for your significant other.

I’ve kept all of the options super-affordable, but if you like several of them, you can bundle them together as a big treat for the gamer (or soon-to-be-gamer) in your life. There are individual selections for people with Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft consoles, as well as some picks that overlap all of the platforms (and others). Read on for some great gifts!

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Gaming for Couples Stories February 3, 2015

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Over the last few weeks, Gaming For Couples has spotlighted the best PlayStation 4 bundles, best Wii U bundles, and best Xbox One bundles — now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, looking at great games for couples (including gamers and non-gamers) to play together. This week, we’re featuring two very different titles: a retro game that even casual players will enjoy actively exploring, and the other a modern game more impressively cinematic than the movies that share its name. Each can be had for under $30.

Our Gaming For Couples selections are Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and NES Remix Pack / Ultimate NES Remix for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Here’s why we think they’re worth your time…

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Gaming for Couples Stories January 28, 2015

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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the best bundles, games, demos and accessories for Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Today, it’s Sony’s turn. Everyone agrees that the PlayStation 4 is the most powerful game console on the market, with a great collection of exclusive and cross-platform games, and a bright future ahead. Nearly 20 million PS4s have already been sold around the world, giving developers confidence that they can reach a large audience with anything they release.

The PlayStation 4 officially sells for $399.99, but the 9to5Toys team is here to save you money on the console — including free games — and show you the best couple-friendly titles, demos, and accessories out there. Read on!

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Gaming for Couples Stories January 23, 2015

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Our last Gaming For Couples article looked at Nintendo’s Wii U as a complete package — it’s arguably the easiest console to recommend to casual gamers, lapsed players, and young families. But Microsoft’s Xbox One has started to surge as an alternative. For only $50 more than the Wii U, you get a much more powerful console, and unlike Nintendo, Microsoft has the support of a huge number of third-party developers.

There’s another big difference: even top-selling Xbox One games are discounted, which makes this console a great choice to play both Microsoft exclusives and cross-platform releases. In this week’s Gaming For Couples, we walk through the best Xbox One bundle options, as well as the top couple-friendly games, demos, and accessories out there.

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