Super Smash Bros 3DS Demo Impressions

Super Smash Bros 3DS BannerI was fortunate enough to be among the select Club Nintendo members to receive an early download code for the Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo. Coincidentally, while I was reading about Nintendo sending out codes to select Club Nintendo members of Friday, I happened to look down at my phone and noticed I had just received said email! Throughout the weekend I dabbled in the demo every chance I could get, and have a pretty nice grip on the five characters available. I must say, if a demo is supposed to make you want to purchase the game when it’s released, this has done a fine job of that! Although I was already going to be buying it…

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Posted by on 09/15/2014 in Nintendo 3DS


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Sunday Roundup: 9/14/14

Honeycomb Beat CoverHoneycomb Beat
Release Date: March 27th, 2007
Purchased at: Online (Amazon – $4)

In my usual perusing of Amazon’s wares I discovered this game was only $4, with Prime shipping! A brand new game for less than $5 is always a great deal, especially when it’s a game I’m genuinely curious about. Honeycomb Beat is a rhythm game that uses hexagons and tapping on the touch screen to keep the rhythm. Reviews are pointing out the game isn’t the greatest and may be better off as a minigame in a bigger collection of games, but I’m still very happy to call it my own!

NATM wii LINERMad Dog Mccree: Gunslinger Pack
Release Date: June 16th, 2009
Purchased at: Online (eBay – $8)

Call me crazy, but I’ve been eying this game for a long time now. Searching through Amazon’s listings, GameStop’s relatively useless online directory, and finally eBay’s hit-or-miss auctions, I was finally able to track down the game on someone’s poorly listed auction. I say poorly listed because they didn’t show any pictures an instead opted to just give descriptions of the product. Thankfully, the game is complete, albeit with a few stickers that’ll have to be removed, but that’s it. Mad Dog McCree itself is a collection of live-action shooting games from the 90’s. So yeah, it’s gonna be bad.



Posted by on 09/14/2014 in Nintendo DS, Wii


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Here’s Hoping Nintendo’s Amiibo Figures Are Worth the Wait

Amiibo FiguresWith the impending release of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, Nintendo is not only going to roll out the (hopeful) biggest game on the Wii U ever, but the Japanese company will also bring out the newest contender in the NFC toys-meet-games sub-category. Called Amiibo, each figure is being marketed as something very different from Activision’s Skylanders and Disney’s Infinity line of figures. Not simply used to unlock content in a specific game, each Amiibo figure will apparently act as a sidekick to the action, enhancing your gameplay experience, but not at all required to otherwise play and enjoy the game they are a part of. It’s bold, it’s different, and I think it just might work, and here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 09/06/2014 in News, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U


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Review: Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D

Gabrielles Ghostly Groove 3D BannerWerewolves, vampires, mummies, skeletons, and all things that go bump in the night start to jump in the night in Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D on the Nintendo 3DS. When you get the hiccups and suddenly turn into a ghost (I know, bad luck, right?), the only way to get back your corporeal form and rejoin your grieving mother is to dance and rock out with all variety of Halloween cliches. While the concept is fine and the art style is eye catching, the brevity, repetitiveness, and overly simplistic gameplay keep Gabrielle from being anything memorable.

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Posted by on 09/01/2014 in Nintendo 3DS


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Sunday Roundup: 8/31/14

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney CoverProfessor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Release Date: August 29th, 2014
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $30)

The unbelievable crossover game is finally available in the United States, and you bet I was there on day one to pick up the next adventure in Professor Hershel Layton’s story! Teaming up with Phoenix Wright is certainly strange to think about, but I feel like it could actually work. I’ve played a few hours or so of the game so far, and can say that it certainly feels like a Layton game, but I haven’t really had the chance to interact with Phoenix yet to see how he’s side will pan out. Either way, the story so far is good, the visuals are spot on, and I’m already getting hooked. Here’s to another grand adventure!



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Sunday Roundup: 8/24/14

House of the Dead 2 and 3 ReturnThe House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Release Date: March 11th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

When I was growing up, there was an original House of the Dead arcade machine at my local bowling alley. I would play it just about every week either before or after my league, sometimes both! Since then, I’ve been a big fan of the House of the Dead series of shooters. Considering House of the Dead was only ported to the Sega Saturn and it’s ridiculously expensive these days, I mainly played House of the Dead 2 on Dreamcast at a much more reasonable price. I’ve been eying this sweet compilation for some time now, only to recently pick it up as part of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal. The third game is really just a bonus for me: I really only wanted to play the second game again.

Pokemon Ranger CoverPokemon Ranger

Release Date: October 30th, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – FREE)

Recently GameStop has gone downhill for me in terms of deals. They literally haven’t had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on used games all year, which is literally the ONLY REASON you need to shop occasionally at GameStop. A couple of my friends graced me with a gift card for the store on my birthday, so one day when I bought a couple of games I was given a small coupon on my receipt: Buy 2 Get 1 Free on used games under $20. Better than nothing, I thought. When I went to this particular GameStop (one I consider to be a better store in the area), I could only find the above mentioned Wii game and nothing else. I happened to look in the display case for DS games, which is usually completely full of totally incomplete, cartridge only games, and was very surprised to find complete versions of Pokemon Ranger and it’s sequel. AND they were under $20! Score!

Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia CoverPokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Release Date: November 10th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

The Pokemon Ranger series of spinoffs has gone largely unnoticed by me. I know there are a few games in the series (these two here and one more sequel), and that they use the DS stylus and touch screen to capture and use Pokemon, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. After looking up the games online, I found out that you play as a Pokemon Ranger, who is wildly different than the standard Pokemon Trainer. Rangers protect Pokemon and befriend them to help get past obstacles in the wild to help and aid other Pokemon. No capturing and raising here, just mutual respect and help. I’m intrigued by this premise, and might have to dip into these games soon.


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Posted by on 08/24/2014 in Collecting, Nintendo DS, Wii


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Review: Guilty Party

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Point and click games are some of the oldest video games out there. Despite the tenure of the genre, we don’t see too many of them spring up nowadays, likely because we’ve moved past them in the medium. Technology lets us do a lot more with games, so the archaic ways of the past usually stay in the past. Once in a blue moon a fun point and click games does arise from the proverbial ashes to make me wonder why it ever went away in the first place. Enter Guilty Party (sometimes referred to as Disney’s Guilty Party), a point and click crime drama following a very socially inclusive family trying to get to the bottom of a heinous household mystery. If you are a Wii U gamer looking for sleeper hits or unknown greats for the Wii, I would easily consider this game a “Hidden Gem” that is well worth your time! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 08/19/2014 in Wii


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