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Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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It’s rare when a game series can span six entries and not hit its peak until the last game is released. Even more astounding is the Professor Layton series, where just about every game in the series can been seen as a highlight.

Seriously. They’re all that good.

Whether it’s the sublime storytelling and time traveling of Unwound Future, the first foray into 3D with Miracle Mask, or perhaps the very first adventure in the Curious Village, there are plenty of Layton games to choose from and have a truly excellent time playing.

With the release of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy on the 3DS we are tearfully bidding farewell to our favorite English professor, as this is the last game to star the brilliant archaeologist. But in so doing we are met with perhaps the grandest and most robust game in the entire series.

One last adventure. One last puzzle. One last memory…

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Posted by on 03/31/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/30/14

Dewys Adventure CoverDewy’s Adventure
Wii
Release Date: September 18th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $2)

Man, what a deal on this one! Dewy’s Adventure is supposed to be a decent platforming game on the Wii, and for just $2 I’ll pretty much give any game the benefit of the doubt. Not only was it a great deal, but it was in superb condition! And a bit of history for this as well: The game was made by the same team behind another Wii exclusive, Elebits. The more you know!

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2014 in Collecting, Wii

 

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Review: Yoshi’s New Island

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All things considered, Yoshi is kind of a terrible guardian. He was tasked with safely delivering baby Mario to his parents, but in doing so he led the toddler through dozens of perilous predicaments: lava-filled caverns, haunted houses, and jungles full of thieving monkeys. And that’s not to mention the extended amounts of time the duo swam underwater without breathing. Or forcing the puny plumber-to-be to watch as he swallowed enemies whole and popped them out as enormous eggs. For all intents and purposes Yoshi should have been the last choice for a babysitter for the future hero of the Mushroom Kingdom. Yet here with are again with the release of Yoshi’s New Island on the 3DS, which once again puts the dinosaur in the limelight as baby Mario’s keeper.

See why I was disappointed with this game by reading the full review here!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/26/2014 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/23/14

New Games (3-23-14)This week’s roundup is full of portable games: The DS is represented well, the 3DS comes in with a sub-par launch game, and a brand new, sealed copy of one of the best PSP games I played. If that’s not enough, there’s a first in this batch as well! And you know what, I might actually play some of these games!

 

 

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Worth Playing vol. 7: The Spinoff Spectacular

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Just like every other medium, video games often spawn sequels focused solely on once side characters, shining a light on their stories or adventures, and thus making the spinoff sequel. With video games specifically, the spinoff doesn’t have to focus on just a character: it can be a game that dramatically changes the gameplay but keeps the characters or storyline; it can be about a side story happening at the same time; it can focus on an entirely different character’s storyline altogether. It can be a lot of things. And an, there are a lot of spinoffs out there for your favorite franchises. Here are a handful of spinoff video games that are well worth your time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/19/2014 in Randomness

 

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My Villagers Don’t Think I Can Go To The Bathroom…

Animal Crossing New Leaf Cyrano Toilet

Less than an hour later…

Animal Crossing New Leaf Timmy Toilet

 
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Posted by on 03/13/2014 in Nintendo 3DS, Randomness

 

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Review: Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles LogoBandai Namco’s Tales series of Japanese role playing games has been around as long as genre juggernauts Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest but never seems to get as much attention or acclaim. Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube is arguably the most popular entry in the series, with a decent storyline, memorable characters, and excellent combat. If you missed out on playing the game back in 2004, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles on the PS3 gives you a second chance complete with updated HD visuals and some added content. For better or worse the Wii sequel Dawn of the New World is included in the package as well.

I wasn’t able to play the original release of Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube, and I likewise haven’t played the Wii sequel either. So getting both here for a great price was a no brainer. On top of that, Symphonia holds up really well. It was entertaining and a fun RPG, which is extra special considering it was the RPG to follow up Bravely Default in my play schedule.

Be sure to check out my full review of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles on the Inside Gaming Daily blog here!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/12/2014 in Playstation 3

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/9/14

New Games (3-9-14)This week’s Sunday Roundup has been long overdue, with all of the games actually coming into my collection prior to last Sunday. But, seeing as I was busy with work and a multitude of other tasks last week, I wasn’t able to get it written until today. Nonetheless, there are eight games here spanning seven systems. I kind of like it when they’re all for different systems: it’s like spreading out the wealth amongst the lonely consoles. And whenever I can procure a GameCube game I feel even better about the purchase!

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Candies!

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After a handful of failed attempts, I was finally able to procure a bag of the Japanese Animal Crossing: New Leaf candies! If you’re like me and you were trying to find anything about these candies online and turned up zilch, then let me entertain you with plenty of delicious pics!

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Each bag is adorned by a handful of familiar Animal Crossing: New Leaf characters like Isabelle, Rover, and Tom Nook. If you’re lucky and recognize a few of the villagers on the cover you might enjoy it more. Being a Japanese candy everything is naturally written in Japanese, so unless you can read Japanese (I can!) you probably won’t be able to tell what anything is saying.

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Inside each bag you’ll find an assortment of individually wrapped hard candies. The flavors are apple, peach, pear, and cherry: all types of fruits you can grow in the game! After tasting a few of the actual candies I can safely say I won’t be buying another bag for the taste. But I will likely buy more for the collectible cards/stickers!

Animal Crossing Candy Stickers

Each bag also comes with a sticker/card sheet. There are villagers and objects included on the card. I for one am happy to have received the to-go coffee cup and the Nook brothers! Each card is numbered making collecting easy!

Animal Crossing Candy Able Sisters

The candies have a different character on every wrapper, but admittedly a lot of duplicates were included in each bag. Seeing as I didn’t get any candies wrappers with any of my villagers on them (Not even Cyrano!) I’ll likely be buying a few more packs until I can unwrap a friendly face. Some candies were wrapped in gold wrapper. I’m not sure if these are more rare than the vanilla wrappers, but perhaps they are. Hmm, actual Rare Candy. Isn’t that from another game…

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I don’t really have anything more riveting than that. I was just incredibly happy to have been able to track down a package of these treats for myself and I wanted to share that with you all!

Well, this Animal Crossing fanboy rant has gone on long enough.

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Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/05/2014 in Nintendo 3DS, Randomness

 

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The Recurring Bosscast: 037: It Was the Blurst of Times

Is it safe to say “Twitch Plays Pokemon” a phenomenon? I think that’s safe to say, right?

Well anyway, the Bosscast weighs in on the topic this week. And after the 10 minutes or so of that, we kind of talk about… whatever…

Oh, and Bravely Default is still awesome!

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The Recurring Bosscast Episode 037: It Was the Blurst of Times

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/03/2014 in Recurring Bosscast

 

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