Space Adventuring with Starlink: Battle for Atlas on Nintendo Switch


This post is sponsored by Best Buy. 

Last year, the kids received a Nintendo Switch for Christmas from their grandparents – and since then, weekend gaming privileges are hard-earned over here! The kids were stoked to have the chance to put the action-adventure video game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, on the Nintendo Switch Console to the test – complete with Starter pack, Weapons kit, Pilot kit, and Starship pack.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open-world space saga that features pretty cool modular toy technology – so players can assemble and customize real-world physical starships, link the starships to their game controller, and launch into epic adventures across the Atlas star system. The game can be played in single-player mode or with a friend in two-player split-screen local co-op mode.
Each modular component and pilot attached to the starship appears instantly in-game, allowing players to directly affect the course of their battle in ways that feel meaningful.


The kids really enjoy customizing their starships before mounting them to the controller. They also love the toys-to-life aspect of space adventuring and the feeling of playing pilot (with distinct personalities!), flying their ships and exploring planets, creatively swapping out their wings and weapons – and so much more. The kids concur that there are so many visual aspects to see and explore in this game. All the battles, crafting, ships, pilots and weapons allow for endless fun. This game received a big thumbs up from my kid testers!

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is available for the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. Save $25 on the Starter Packs and save 30% on Starlink toys at Best Buy – this week, 12/16-12/22!


Dad Made: Nintendo Samus Aran & Megaman X Halloween Costumes DIY


When my kids decided what they wanted to be for Halloween this year; Metroid’s Samas Aran (Varia suit) for the girl and Megaman X (light armor) for the boy – my husband, a home builder and old-school Nintendo fan ordered stacks of EVA foam to make their costumes.


I wasn’t too sure what to think when our dining room turned into a DIY cosplay crafting station in July and I had no idea that he’d somehow turn piles of what looked like gym mats into pretty cool costumes using a heat gun, spray-paint, and a few other supplies.


Wanna know how he did it? Check out his steps below:


  • EVA Foam
  • Retractable utility knives
  • Heat gun
  • Plasti-dip for priming
  • Rustoleum aerosol paint for color
  • Glue Gun
  • Velcro
  • bodysuits and black iron-on vinyl
  • Caulk gun and caulking tube to close seams between pieces if needed
  • old helmets


He went with EVA foam because it’s dense and porous and can easily be cut with razor blades.  Starting with hand-drawn paper templates for every single piece – he then cut, heated and bent the EVA foam into shape. He primed everything with plasti-dip to close all the pores and get the material ready for painting.  He ordered body suits (AKA unitards) for the kids on Amazon and lined them with Velcro to attach each piece of “armor” to the bodysuit. The Megaman X bodysuit was decorated with hand-drawn designs that were cut and secured with fusible black vinyl. The Helmets – an old Razor helmet, and sports helmet were picked up at a thrift store and modified.  The shoulder “pads” on the Samus Aran costume were made out of styrofoam balls and EVA foam.  The final touches of paint were first coated in color and then distressed using black acrylic paint and metallic paints to create scuffing and scratches.


The kids are stoked for Halloween – and my dining room has almost fully recovered.


I think it’s safe to say that the girl is officially over her Princess phase.

This one builds her own castles (or blows them up if she feels like it).


And their dad could totally have a cosplay side-hustle if the home design business ever gets boring. Check out his fun video here:

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Happy Halloween!