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April 28, 2021

Long Shutter Speed - Over 20 years of photo modes in games. WiiUSwitch

by Willem Hilhorst - 7:00 am EDT
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Snap invented the genre, but can its sequel redefine it for the next generation?

Earlier this week we posted an overview of how Pokémon Snap was created with “Know Your Developers: Pokémon Snap Series”. The Snap series clearly started out as a creative experiment from the team at HAL laboratory where they aimed to create a photography game. Initially, according to the Ask... Read more...

April 20, 2021

The Timelessness of Arcade Donkey Kong 3DSGC

by Jordan Rudek - 12:00 pm EDT
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Nintendo’s savior still deserves the spotlight nearly 40 years after it first came to your local arcade.

Whatever your experience with video games, you probably have some knowledge of or spent some time with the arcade game, Donkey Kong. The premise and controls are simple but effective: save damsel in distress Pauline from the menacing Donkey Kong, a giant ape positioned at the top of the screen. Accomplish... Read more...

March 17, 2021

On DLC, Reviews, and Reflection: Thoughts from the Two Point Hospital Waiting Room Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 1:05 pm EDT
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Reviewing games and taking names, including my own.

In February of 2020, I had the pleasure of reviewing Two Point Hospital, a hospital management sim published by SEGA and developed by folks who worked on Theme Hospital once upon a time. You can read that review here, but it's only the second 10/10 score I've awarded across almost 200 reviews. Coming... Read more...

March 2, 2021

Oh Arceus No: Everyone Is Calling Pokémon Legends Breath of the Wild SwitchWiiU

by Willem Hilhorst - 5:00 pm EST
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A Breath of Fresh Air But Not A Breath of the Wild

Like many of my fellow Pokémon fanatics, I was beyond surprised last week to see the first footage of what seems to be the next step for the mainline Pokémon franchise in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Pokémon Company (TPC) has been slowly but steadily making incremental movements into the direction... Read more...

February 27, 2021

Pokemon’s Remake/Premake Strategy Shows the Franchise at Its Most (and Least) Risky Switch

by Alex Culafi - 1:35 pm EST
Total comments: 1

Poké Fan Alex offers his take on Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the Gen 4 remakes.

In celebrating Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, The Pokemon Company announced two new core titles set to release on Nintendo Switch in the next year or so.

The first was a pair of remakes: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. They’re remakes of 2006’s DS titles Diamond and... Read more...

February 18, 2021

The Argument Against General Directs

by Joshua Robin - 2:21 pm EST
Total comments: 2

Nintendo finally released another general Direct, but were the other ways of communicating better?

I was walking to my car, fresh from watching the latest Nintendo Direct, going over all the great announcements featured in it. Except I really wasn’t. What I was actually thinking about was Splatoon 3 and Skyward Sword, and not really even that. The list of things that I was actually thinking about would be:

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February 11, 2021

The Timelessness of Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS

by Jordan Rudek - 1:40 pm EST
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A 3DS title finally makes the list for expanding the reach of a niche but beloved franchise.

The very first Fire Emblem game was released in 1990 on the Japanese Famicom, and 30 years later that initial release was localized and reached fans around the world. But it was the series’ debut on the Nintendo 3DS that would cement it as both a staple in Nintendo’s stable of franchises and strategy... Read more...

February 8, 2021

Bravely Default Was The Future of Old-School Final Fantasy But Now I'm Concerned Switch3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:37 pm EST
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Turns out removing developers and features from previous games isn’t great.

I remember realizing when playing a demo for Final Fantasy XV that Square Enix wasn’t going to make a Final Fantasy in the style I wanted ever again. I longed for the sublime sprite work of Final Fantasy on Super Nintendo. I wished for the flurry of intriguing and mostly excellent turn-based adventures... Read more...

January 11, 2021

The Timelessness of Shovel Knight Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 11:54 am EST
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An indie darling whose robust tale made a massive shovel-shaped imprint.

One of the most successful video game Kickstarters of all time, Shovel Knight pulled a shovel from a stone to become gaming royalty. Eventually spinning out into four total campaigns, the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove package contains dozens of hours of quality action platforming. But I want to focus... Read more...

January 8, 2021

I Will Always Love You, DSiWare DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:31 am EST
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Alternately: here’s some of the best games we’re losing on DSiWare.

Excitement rushed over me as I swung by the GameStop near my college to pick up my Nintendo DSi preorder on April 5, 2009. I was happy to finally try out that Rhythm Heaven game everyone imported on Game Boy Advance, which had no DSi features; Nintendo just thought why not drop a niche game on the... Read more...

January 7, 2021

The Top Next Level Games...Games GCSwitch3DSWii

by Neal Ronaghan - 3:14 pm EST
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With Nintendo buying the Luigi's Mansion developer, Neal ranks all of their previous releases.

Nintendo is in the process of acquiring Vancouver-based developer Next Level Games, whom they have been working with since the GameCube era. Astute fans will recognize them from their work on Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and 3. Some others might remember their Punch-Out and Mario Strikers work. The... Read more...

January 1, 2021

The Timelessness of Dragon Quest V DS

by Jordan Rudek - 12:00 pm EST
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The combination of traditional RPG and generational family story lead to an experience for the ages (spoilers ahead).

Anyone who has ever played a Dragon Quest game will be familiar with their strict adherence to tropes and mechanics of the role-playing genre. A hero destined to save the world, inns and shops to purchase items and equipment, turn-based combat rewarding experience points and gold: these have become... Read more...

December 11, 2020

The Evolution of Energy from The Blind Forest to The Will of the Wisps Switch

by Joshua Robin - 10:01 am EST
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How one change from the original improved almost everything about the sequel

Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are two titles that, naturally for a game and its sequel, have a lot in common. From the outside looking in, what it looks like to play these games is very similar. However, how each one feels to play and their overall design is totally different.... Read more...

November 30, 2020

The Timelessness of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SwitchWiiU

by Jordan Rudek - 4:00 pm EST
Total comments: 3

Monkeyin’ around never goes out of style.

The original Donkey Kong Country was unique for its pre-rendered 3D graphics converted into a 2D platformer, and although its gameplay was pretty good at the time, it wasn’t until the sequel, DKC2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, that the series really hit it out of the park. Opinions may differ on favorite... Read more...

November 14, 2020

Oh The Places You'll Go With a Mario Fanny Pack

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:46 pm EST
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Let's celebrate the Mario Game & Watch with the sad, cold reality of the world right now. Happy 35th!

While pre-orders seemed to have been confusing, the Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch has arrived. Best of luck trying to find out when your retailer of choice tosses them up for pre-order online. Please be safe in your travels to do in-store or curbside pick-up. Wear a mask. Do your thing.

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