Editorials

January 14, 2017

The Nintendo Switch: A Mixed Bag Switch

by Alex Culafi - 7:40 pm PST
Total comments: 15

Thoughts on the Switch from a guy who played it.

Let me apologize for that title immediately. The phrase “a mixed bag” has long been considered the laziest phrase a reviewer can use when talking about a video game, but man, is it accurate here. The Nintendo Switch is the most mixed bag that ever did mix.

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July 9, 2015

Why It's Worth Giving Art Academy a Try WiiU

by Alex Culafi - 3:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 4

Home Studiwoah.

Art Academy is a Nintendo franchise that never necessarily felt like “one of the gang” to me. In a literal sense, it absolutely is, just as much as any other Nintendo game. But from the outside looking in, Art Academy came across as a tool provided by Nintendo more than a game within Nintendo’s... Read more...

May 21, 2015

Will a New Pokémon Game Show Up at E3 2015? 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 10:09 am PDT
Total comments: 21

This time, the games are going to be named after theoretical constructs.

As I write this, we’re about a month out from E3 and no Pokémon game of any kind has been announced for 2015 yet. If one is coming, it is (almost) unquestionably going to be announced at or right around the show. It could be announced beforehand (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were announced on... Read more...

March 2, 2015

The Different Controls of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 3DS

by Alex Culafi and Neal Ronaghan - 9:04 am PST
Total comments: 1

With the New 3DS, the old 3DS, and the Circle Pad Pro, what ways do we prefer our Monster Hunter?

Controls in Monster Hunter on the 3DS have always been a bone of contention. Hell, the Circle Pad Pro essentially exists because for the series. As such, Monster Hunter is one of the few games that makes use of the Circle Pad Pro and the New 3DS's new C-stick. After messing around with different control schemes, Neal and Alex have figured out how they prefer to control the series' latest entry Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

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January 19, 2015

The Missing Nintendo Games on 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 3:30 pm PST
Total comments: 3

Detective Alex is on the case to ask: Why aren't these games on 3DS yet?

We’re almost four years into the system’s life, and most major Nintendo franchises have shown up on 3DS. We have two Pokémon games, two Mario games, three Zelda games (counting the remakes), soon-to-be two Fire Emblem games, Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus, and more. Even otherwise console-exclusive games like Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario, and Super Smash Bros. have found a handheld home in 3DS. So the question remains: what’s left?

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January 13, 2015

Nintendo Direct (1/14/2015) Predictions

by Alex Culafi - 9:16 am PST
Total comments: 13

The brave and the bold...and Metroid.

To the surprise of no one and excitement of everyone, a new Nintendo Direct is happening this Wednesday morning, January 14. Some things are pretty much a lock – we’re going to get Majora’s Mask 3D and we’re going to get New 3DS talk for sure. But what about the rest of the announcements? That’s where I come in.

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December 31, 2014

How to Improve NES Remix WiiU3DS

by Alex Culafi - 9:24 am PST
Total comments: 4

After playing Ultimate NES Remix, Alex reviews the young series and offers his thoughts for the future.

Ultimate NES Remix is a unique package because it allows us to see the very best of what a series has to offer – a type of compilation usually exclusive to television and music. It includes challenges and remixes of the 16 most notable NES games out of 28 represented in the two NES Remix games on... Read more...

December 15, 2014

Is There a New GamePad Coming?

by Alex Culafi - 9:23 am PST
Total comments: 21

That Japenese commercial looks mighty fishy!

If you go on NeoGAF, /v/, or pretty much any online community centered around video games, there’s a decent chance you’ve seen this commercial making the rounds, posted a few days ago on Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube channel:

Around the 0:07 mark, pause and look at the man’s hands. You will see this image:

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December 3, 2014

Six Things Missing from Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:32 am PST
Total comments: 3

Where are my trumpets?

As an addendum to my other article about why Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are both great and not-so-great Pokémon games, I’ve decided to specify six things that I think could have made the 3DS remakes even better. What would you have liked to see in the new Pokémon games that didn’t end up getting in? Sound off below.

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November 17, 2014

Ten Things I Want to See in Animal Crossing Wii U 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:31 am PST
Total comments: 9

NES games, 8-player visits, and more!

It feels like the Wii U version of Animal Crossing is due for an announcement. Thanks to Miyamoto’s recent Amiibo statements, in which he directly suggested implementation into a future Animal Crossing game, there’s very little doubt that the Wii U Animal Crossing is being developed right now.... Read more...

November 4, 2014

Mapping Out the Next Five Years of Pokemon 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 10:13 am PST
Total comments: 17

What will Pokemon be like in 2019? We have the answer.

If you haven’t noticed, Pokémon has more or less become an annual franchise. In North America at least, a main series Pokémon game (or set of main series games) has come out every year since 2009.

2009: Platinum

2010: HeartGold and SoulSilver

2011: Black and White

2012: Black 2 and White 2

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October 30, 2014

Does Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Have Enough Content? WiiU3DS

by Alex Culafi - 10:10 am PDT
Total comments: 22

With the Wii U version on the way, does the first handheld Smash Bros. have enough content to stay relevant?

Before writing this, I wasn’t sure how to approach the topic, or what to base the measure of “enough” on. Should I make my evaluation based on the Wii U version, on the series as a whole, or solely the 3DS version without giving consideration to the rest of the series? For the sake of fairness, I’m going to attempt to do all three.

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October 24, 2014

Five Observations about the New Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo 3DS

by Alex Culafi - 7:48 am PDT
Total comments: 2

Bold colors and dope soundtrack and free movement, oh my!

The demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is now available in most territories and finally, yes, I have played it. The demo isn’t that crazy because it just features a bit of exploration and a handful of battles, but I still managed to glean some observations from our first taste of the upcoming Pokémon experience. Here are the five things that stuck out the most.

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October 8, 2014

10 Questions and Observations About the Duck Hunt Duo in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U WiiU3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

I don't even know if I like playing as them but I can't stop playing as them.

Every time I play as the extremely fascinating Duck Hunt duo, I learn another quirk about the character, have one new question, or gain a new observation. In lieu of proper prose with a main point, I figured it would make more sense to cut to the chase and point out some of the numerous things I’ve wondered or noticed about these two.

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April 21, 2014

Three Reasons Why I’m Not Excited for Mario Kart 8 WiiU

by Alex Culafi - 10:21 am PDT
Total comments: 37

After you take away the HD, what does this game actually have left?

Mario Kart 8 is on its way to Wii U, and there is a lot of hope on this game turning the console around. While I absolutely disagree with that line of thinking, my focus today is much smaller in scale, discussing why I am personally less excited for this game than some of you might be. Please understand... Read more...

December 18, 2013

Nintendo Direct: Planting the Seeds of Concern WiiU3DS

by Alex Culafi - 5:37 pm PST
Total comments: 36

At least they didn't end it by ruining Mario again.

As a Nintendo fan who is often extremely critical of Nintendo, I had pretty low expectations for this monthly Direct (at least, they seem to be monthly now). I expected the big Nintendo Wii U Direct to come in January, I expected no more than one announcement, and I expected Mario Golf and Kirby to... Read more...

November 13, 2013

Nintendo Direct: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 3DSWiiU

by Alex Culafi - 10:56 am PST
Total comments: 26

They ruined you, Mario.

Well, let's not beat around the bush. Nintendo promised a Nintendo Direct today and we sure got one. There were plenty of okay announcements, a couple of great ones, one really awful one, and plenty in-between. Let's take the next few minutes to talk about what I personally deem to be the good, the bad, and the ugly of this presentation (there were other announcements besides these, but those belong in a special “indifferent” category):

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January 7, 2013

What's That Poké-News?!

by Alex Culafi - 4:32 pm PST
Total comments: 16

Alex makes some predictions about tomorrow's Nintendo Direct.

Today is a very anxious day to be a Pokémon fan. With the promise of news on the horizon and no school or good games to play, I've been spending today bumming around the internet for answers as to what this Nintendo Direct-worthy news might be. What I have is not one answer, but several based on what I deem to be educational guesses.

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