Editorials

March 31, 2015

April 2015 Nintendo Direct Predictions 3DSWiiU

by Donald Theriault - 5:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 6

Will Mewtwo, Zelda Wii U or the Virtual Console actually show up?

Now that a Nintendo Direct has been announced and the brake lines have been cut on the hype train, everyone wants to know what to expect tomorrow. Based on the timing of the Direct and some other knowledge, the Direct falls into 4 camps. (As always, all predictions wrong or your money back.)

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March 30, 2015

Dot Arcade: The Unreview

by Zachary Miller - 10:32 pm PDT
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These are the tough games to review.

Developed by James Montagna and Andrew Lim, Dot Arcade is an experiment in video games as an art form. This is possibly the first truly minimalist video game I’ve ever played. As a game, I don’t know how well it works, but as an expression of gaming concepts boiled down to their most simplistic... Read more...

March 26, 2015

Omega Plus Headset Upgrade Kit: Hands On

by Addison Webb - 12:48 pm PDT
Total comments: 1

A sight for sore heads

The older I become, the more hoops I find myself jumping through to be able to get gaming time in. Due to a busy work schedule and family obligations, I find most of my free time to game later in the evening. In order to keep my wife and neighbors happy, my night time gaming rituals have included... Read more...

March 23, 2015

Drowning as a Zora in Majora's Mask 3D 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:56 am PDT
Total comments: 9

Swimming in 3D games is never great, but there's something especially horrible about Zora Link.

After 15 years, I finally wrapped up The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, finally seeing the good end to that interesting three-day cycle. I collected all of the masks, explored numerous side quests, and fell in love with this stellar entry in the Zelda series. For all intents and purposes, the legion... Read more...

March 20, 2015

Enjoying (But Not Spending Money on) Pokemon Shuffle 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:22 am PDT
Total comments: 3

Slowly but surely, Pokémon Shuffle has become one of Neal's go-to 3DS games.

I didn't think much of Pokémon Shuffle when it was announced. After playing Pokémon Battle Trozei last year, I thought my desire for a Pokémon-themed puzzle game was satiated. I also thought I had zero interest in the game's potentially shoddy free-to-play mechanics. More than 10 hours of puzzling later, I'm surprised at how much I’m enjoying Genius Sonority’s stab at free-to-play puzzling.

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March 18, 2015

My Dream for Amiibo

by Addison Webb - 5:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 1

Nintendo can make Amiibo more than just a collecting craze by giving players the ability to create their own unique Nintendo worlds.

It has been over three months since the launch of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures worldwide. Since November, these figures have caused a frenzy among Nintendo fans, with collectors and scalpers alike questing to find the rare figures to complete their collections. Last month’s investors meeting finally solidified what we knew about Amiibo fever: according to Satoru Iwata, 5.7 million Amiibo have been shipped.

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March 17, 2015

Going Mobile: A Glance at the DeNA Partnership, the NX, and the Future Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:48 pm PDT
Total comments: 33

Nintendo popped the cork on their mobile plans, their Club Nintendo successor, and their next console. What does it all mean?

Nintendo will be partnering with the large mobile company DeNA to create smartphone apps and games that will be part of a Club Nintendo-like ecosystem that links the Wii U, 3DS, tablets, phones, computers, and Nintendo’s future console, which is currently dubbed NX. That’s a hell of a way to start a morning. Yes, Nintendo is going into mobile development, but at least for now, they are still working on their own consoles.

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March 11, 2015

Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest Impressions

by Zack Kaplan - 11:31 am PDT
Total comments: 1

Zack went to see Symphony of the Goddesses for the third time, and it’s still great.

The Legend of Zelda series features a fantastic assortment of some of the greatest video game music ever composed, going all the way back to the original blip and bloop sounding original on the NES. I was lucky enough to attend The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses for the third time for its return to Boston. It was, of course, the third season of the show which is being called the Master Quest.

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March 10, 2015

The Eternal Struggle of Mario vs. Donkey Kong 3DSDSWiiU

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:12 am PDT
Total comments: 9

A brief history of Nintendo's weird, under-the-radar series created by their Washington-based NST studio.

For a game starring Mario and Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars seems like it is flying under the radar. There's a good reason for that, because the Mario and Donkey Kong series has always existed in a weird periphery to Nintendo's other games.

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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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