Nintendo

You gotta catch them all!

Well if you were just living under a rock for the past few years, than you should know about the video game Pokémon. For those people who play this game it is more of a lifestyle. You have to catch them all! There is a new game call Pokémon GO.

I want to be the very best...

I want to be the very best…

There is a new game call Pokemon GO. According to the press conference, “For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower.”

This new game also will have a device called Pokemon GO Plus. It uses a Bluetooth signal to pair with your smartphone. This Pokeball like device is used to alert you to Pokemon within range of game events. Also the simple action of throwing a Pokeball by pressing the center button.

This smartphone app is being developed by Niantic Labs(Ingress), Nintendo, and GameFreak. It will be released on the App Store and Google Play in 2016.

The House of Mario Hints at “NX” Console and Journeys to Smartphone Games

During a press conference, Nintendo and DeNA announced a partnership to bring Nintendo IP’s to mobile gaming. According to this presser, DeNA will handle completely new IP’s. Nintendo states that all of it’s library of characters will is open to this new mobile market.

Along side this announcement, Nintendo also announced that DeNA will be developing their new membership service. This will replace Club Nintendo and will be available on PC, 3DS, and Wii U. There is no firm date for the roll out of this service, they have only targeted later this year.  DeNA has recently released a new Transformers mobile game and has partnered with Square Enix for their released of Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

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In this press confrence with DeNA, Nintendo hinted at it’s next console. Currently code-named ‘NX”. Other than the working name, nothing else was stated about the new system. It was stated that this new console would be integrated with the new membership service. More details about the new system will come in 2016.

My Take

Nintendo fans should rejoice at the news. The Wii U has a shorter life span than most would like, but it will be interesting where they take it. Investors have been asking Nintendo to journey into the smartphone market to get that piece of the pie. One game if DeNA are allowed to adapt it, should be Mario Maker. That seems like the best match for the smartphone market.The new membership service looks promising but could be all digital rewards. I’m putting the cart before the horse, but it looks like physical rewards could be limited or nonexistent. All in all, this partnership is promising to all fans of the House that Mario built.

Bowser Amiibo Unboxing & Review

Hi and welcome to my first (maybe only) toy review. If I feel this type of blog has gone well, than I might continue it. You often don’t see “reviewers” review these interactive toys such as Amiibos. Your first reaction of looking at an Amiibo is “What is there to review?” or at least that was my reaction. Since I don’t own a Wii U or the new 3DS, I will just be looking at the figure itself. Today’s review will focus on Bowser, king of the Koopas and eternal bane of Mario!


Box Art

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Looking at the box art, you can tell that Nintendo put their heart and soul into this figure. The box has a large front image of Bowser, which is stunning in its detail. It perfectly matches the figure inside the box.  As well as the bottom bar stating that this is a official Amiibo. On the back of the package, it shows some game play and states that Bowser can can reach level 50. There is a small “app” looking icon saying you can use this figure with games that have this icon. (Sidebar: The games that Bowser can be used in are; Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Party 10, and Hyrule Warriors.) If I could give a letter grade for this box, it would be an “A”. Now lets get this guy open and see how cool he really is.

Figure

Bwah hah hah!

Bwah hah hah!

Wow, this sculpt is amazing! Nintendo nailed it with this one. The color. The spikes. Bowser’s eyes. All astonishing! I would say that this Bowser Amiibo is the best of them all. I believe that this is the best Bowser figure that I have ever seen. There are some small paint issues. On my Amiibo, the paint rubbed off near the tail and the base of the turtle shell. Also, there are some spacing gaps on the face. The head almost looks to be two separate pieces. I don’t know why that would be. It seems that the head and face should be one solid piece. These are very minor gripes on my part. The best part for me is that he has no plastic stand like some of his predecessors. Bowser is one solid figure. He does not have any articulation but that is fine by me. This will be used as a display figure.

All in all this is a fantastic Amiibo to add to your collection. The Bowser Amiibo is in stores now. So, join the hunt to find him. Happy hunting! If you liked this type of review please leave a comment below and share it!


Kirby Kirby Kirby

Today I bring you the review of Kirby Triple Deluxe. It is the thirteenth installment of the Kirby game series. Retro is really in at Nintendo. I would not say that Kirby is an old property but he could fit in somewhere. We all know Kirby…right? Well if you don’t, he is a round pink ball with eyes and a mouth. He does not talk much. All he says is “hi”.

STORY

As for the game’s story, Kirby lives in this place called Dream Town. Where he lives a very simple life of flying, fishing, and sleeping. One day as he is sleeping, a giant beanstalk vine thrust his home into the night sky. Waking up, Kirby sees what had happen and ventures up the stalk. He comes across King DeDeDe’s castle. Which has been carried up in the clouds too. Kirby sees a mysterious figure burst through the castle doors. As our hero Kirby runs to the king’s throne, the mysterious figure takes King DeDeDe further up the vine like stalk. It is up to Kirby to save the day!

 

GAMEPLAY

Kirby Robin Hood, away!!!

Kirby Robin Hood, away!!!

All Kirby games are simple to play. Besides walking, jumping, and dashing. He only has one ability: Inhale. This game focuses on that ability. In this game and other Kirby game your ability to suck up your opponents and absorb their powers is key. Not all enemies have powers but all can be used as a weapon. Most of the powers here are the same as previous games. There are four new ones: Archer, Beetle, Bell, and Circus.

Along with these new powers you have the Hypernova inhale ability due to the Hypernova fruit. This allows Kirby to inhale items that he previous could not. Which is not limited to not just enemies but large trees, rocks and gigantic eels. This power is used in innovative ways. You can inhale and walk backwards to pull something or propel a drill boat on hot lava. In these levels, you have a mini boss which will usually shoot some item at you. Kirby inhales the item and shoots it back. Simple mechanic but fun.

MOVE. THAT. TREE!!!

MOVE. THAT. TREE!!!

In this game you go from stage to stage collecting sun stones to unlock the boss at the end of the levels. As a platformer, it is at its best. The 3D effect adds another touch whereas Kirby can travel to the foreground and background wherever there is a shifting star to help him. Certain parts of the level requires you to tilt your 3DS to put out fires or help guide a lit fuze across a maze.

As I stated in my opening, I believe that Nintendo and HAL Labs was going for a retro theme. They might have missed the mark. As you play through, you will find keychains. These are the collectables in this game. The keychains are of various enemies and Kirby powers through his video game history. You can’t really do nothing with them other than to see them in your keychain collection. I mean does Kirby have a keychain? What does he do with them?

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At times you need it most the controls are a bit loose. Each power has a set move list and combos for different power moves. To activate a certain power, I would sometimes use the 3DS D-pad. Using the analog stick was too loose. I would try one move and get another.

Kirby Triple Deluxe has two other games included. Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe Drum Dash. Kirby Fighters is the fun one. It is like a Super Smash Bros. clone. You can play one of four different colored Kirby’s and choose one power. You can duke it out which your friend or see which power reigns supreme.

All in all Kirby Triple Deluxe is a fun game. The nods from previous game are there. There is a little extra for beating the game and to replay it as well. I don’t know the idea for putting the keychains in the game. There was no clear thought on that. I would have like a little more involvement on that part.

8.5/10

New Animal Crossing Stage for 3DS Version of Super Smash Bros.

Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. games revealed a new Animal Crossing stage for the 3DS version. Sakurai posted a picture of the island stage on the official Smash Bros. site.

The stage is titled Tortimer Island, a location first introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and will include a new feature in the Smash Bros. series. Sakurai wrote that fighters will be “placed on a different island layout every time they visit.”

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The director, Masahiro Sakurai posts at least one picture every weekday of the next Super Smash Bros. titles as their development continues. A Super Smash Bros. Miiverse fansite compiles all of Sakurai’s blog posts, if you’re having a tough time tracking down past pictures.

[Source: Super Smash Bros.]

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Originally posted on July 30, 2013

Let me preface this review by saying I had never played any Animal Crossing game. So this was a new experience for me. Plus, I had did not have a 3DS. The first thing that I need to play the game was a 3DS. Needless to say I did get the game and the system if I am writing this review.

As a newcomer to this game I read the IGN Wiki. After knowing what I need to know(i.e. Money), I started the game. The reason I bought the game was kinda due to peer pressure. Most of the people I knew were playing the game. All of the IGN staff, game informer, kotaku, and gamespot. I caved to this peer pressure and got the game. I love it. You could almost say I am a addic. You really need only 15-30 mins to play.

Starting a new life as mayor of your own town sounds like day for me. In the city of Cobra-La there rules a despot of a mayor named MXAGhost. Yes, I named my town after the ancient city in G.I.Joe the Movie. In my rule the city has grown to immense proportions. Our fair town that is located in the southeast corner of the city, where the river cascades to the ocean below, the citizens gather in joyous revelry. For the past two weeks the town has been taking donations on a public works project the will elevate the local populace to a burgeoning metropolis. Finally after all the bells have been totaled(most coming from the mayor himself). The commemoration is complete for this glorious addition to the city: a drilling rig.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there is nothing too small to celebrate. From the smallest flea to the largest whale shark. When you first turn on the game, you must name the town and choose the layout of your town, and you continue making important decisions when you settle in at your own address. Through mistaken identity, you’re granted mayoral status, and the citizens willingly prop you up to be their leader as they follow your every utterance. No mere puppet, you shape the town as you see fit. Ahhh…sounds fitting for a mayor that loves money. There are types of laws you can inact. Ordinances shift the behavior of your people, demanding that stores adjust their hours to meet your needs or that everyone sprout a green thumb to keep the town looking beautiful. Second, you have Public Work Projects. As mayor, you decide which public works projects to create. These include signs, fences, and fire hydrants, along with larger structures such as bridges and fountains. Build enough, and more options are open to you. Most of these projects cost upwards in the thousands of bells. The animals who live in the town may throw a few hundred bells into the pool, but you have to fork over tens (and sometimes hundreds) of thousands of bells to make up the difference. Since I do not play with any friends no one can give me any bells towards projects. This could be the one flaw in the game.

Making money the game is fairly simple. Either fish, catch bugs, collect shells, or digging fossils. The real money is in rare fishes and bugs that are worth a pretty penny, so your fishing rod and butterfly net is the fastest way to move from rags to riches. If you want even more money you need to travel to the island. For the measly sum of 1,000 bells you can roam the beach in search of rare fish (including sharks!) and insects resting in the trees.

This game can really suck you in. From catching bugs to building public works, this game is amazing! What do you think? Did you like this game or not? tell me in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now!