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Top Ten Dream E3 2018 Predictions

Another year and another E3 is almost upon us. As is tradition with this blog and many other outlets, it comes time for us to predict what we will see at the upcoming show. I know I always stretch really far in my predictions, but honestly if they would just make these things happen I could stop making these lists. Despite this, I kind of look forward to checking off dream boxes in my head, wishing on what could (and never will) be. Let’s jump right in with 2018’s Top Ten Dream E3 Predictions. (more…)

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An RPG Where You and Your Friends are the Stars!

The 3DS is home to a gigantic library of role playing games, with mega franchises like Final Fantasy  and Dragon Quest being ported left and right, as well as new IPs such as Bravely Default making an impact on the scene as well. But you know what those RPGs are all missing? You. Not you as in you playing them. I mean you as in “you”, the actual person “you”, in the game itself. Or rather, more specifically the Miss version of yourself. Thankfully, Miitopia is here to let you indulge in all your RPG creation dreams. That is, if your dreams have a decidedly Nintendo feel to them.

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Top Games of 2017: Metroid: Samus Returns

The year of 2017 will go down as one of the best in all of gaming. From the release of Nintendo’s Switch console to the abundant amount of triple A titles worth your time released this calendar year, it’s hard to find any other time it’s been this great to be a gamer. As the year wraps up I wanted to look back at some of the games that shaped the past 12 months for me. While there were many games I played this year, only a select few stand out as truly awesome. This is one of them. (more…)

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Reliving my Childhood One Metroid at a Time

As we get older and more and more games are released, we often look back at the titles that shaped our earlier years. The games that were there for us after school. The games that defined our generation. Or perhaps just the games which personally stood out. One such case of the latter, for me at least, is the second outing of Nintendo’s badass bounty hunter Samus Aran. On the Game Boy Metroid II: Return of Samus was one of my earliest gaming experiences. I didn’t own the game, but rather I borrowed it from my older brothers when they were done playing. It was gorgeous at the time, featuring a chilling soundtrack and just the right amount of action and exploration for my feeble mind to comprehend. Granted, I never beat the game because it was ridiculously confusing and hard (I’m only like, 6 in this scenario), but it still stuck with me.

Now we’re in 2017, some 25 years later, and Nintendo has re-released the game on the 3DS as Metroid: Return of Samus, complete with all new visuals, story elements, gameplay features, and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a remake. Thankfully in that time I’ve also upgraded my intellect and gaming prowess, so I was actually able to beat it this time around. And man, what a journey it was. (more…)

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The Simplicity of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

I’ve spent a few weeks with the newest 3DS Fire Emblem and while I would still consider myself a newcomer to the series (having only played the previous two 3DS entries, Awakening and Fates: Birthright), I can still see some major differences with Shadows of ValentiaFire Emblem fans who still haven’t taken the new game for a spin can rest assured it is a lot more of what you’d want, and arguably a better game than Fates in some instances, but some interesting mechanics and themes have come up that I was surprised to see. (more…)

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is Fun, But it’s Not Four Swords

Nearly a year ago, when Nintendo released the Zelda-offshoot Tri Force Heroes the inevitable comparison between it and the Gamecube’s Four Swords Adventure came in full force. And with good reason: the two games share many commonalities including multiplayer, teamwork to complete puzzles, different colored Links, and so forth. While Four Swords remains in many a gamer’s hearts thanks to its cheery attitude and shakeup to the standard Zelda formula, Tri Force Heroes hasn’t seemed to reach that echelon. At least not yet…

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Sunday Roundup: 11/27/16

new-games-11-27-16This could very well be a first for Sunday Roundup: We’ve got not one, but two new consoles on this week’s update of games! And to make it even better, there are more than a dozen PS1 games I picked up from a friend back in Michigan City, many of them rare and hard to find in excellent condition! Prices were fair and they were shipped here well, so really no complaints around. Also, Buy 2 Get 1 Free for Black Friday deals at GameStop always get my cravings up. Here we go! (more…)

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