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More of the Same, Albeit Cute, with Kirby Star Allies

I had a very important decision to make: I was going to spend an entire week back home in Indiana and needed something to do on the flight and in the evenings. My trusty 3DS hadn’t gotten any love since Miitopia a few months back, and the Switch was sitting there looking pretty with Breath of the Wild and Golf Story. But which one should I take with me? The 3DS just saw Detective Pikachu release, and the Switch had Kirby Star Allies. Novelty got the best of me and I undocked my Switch, downloaded Kirby Star Allies and did that thing people do in the Switch commercials: played my Switch miles away from my actual home. (Side note, that was a pretty cool feature). But enough about me, let’s talk about Kirby and pals.

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There’s Something About RPG Arcade Sports Games

Every gamer has their preferred genres. First person shooters, open world sandboxes, RPGs, fighters… the list can go on and on. When you delve deeper into these genres you get more specific, like tactical strategy RPGs, team based shooters, and chicken wing dating simulator. For me, I’ve always liked my RPGs, but when I get more detailed in that liking, I tend to enjoy quirky RPGs like card-based RPGs or crossovers featuring other video games! These sub-genres of sub-genres don’t always get frequent releases, but when they do I try to jump on them as soon as possible. Another such category is the Sports RPG. Who knew combing my least favorite type of game with my favorite genre would turn out so well? (more…)

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Top Games of 2017: Honorable Mentions

The year of 2017 has come and gone and with it many excellent games. Over the past month, I’ve recapped six of the best games I played released in 2017. Going through the games of last year, some stood out as great, but not superb enough to warrant a top spot for the year. Also, last year I didn’t just play new games, but also ones released earlier. I didn’t find it appropriate to include these in a true Game of the Year post, but here are a few others video games that stood out to me in 2017. (more…)

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Top Games of 2017: Super Mario Odyssey

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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Top Games of 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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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The Simple Magic of Super Mario Odyssey

Rejoice once again, Nintendo fans, because the year is 2017 and there are two Nintendo games which are legitimate candidates to be selected as game of the year. The release of the Nintendo Switch back in March was graced with the majesty of Link’s newest adventure in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While that game shook the industry with all kinds of accolades, it wasn’t long before many started labeling it a possible game of the year. But now it is November and we have another game which might steal that away from Link, Zelda, and Calamity Ganon: Super Mario Odyssey. (more…)

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The Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere

The Nintendo Switch is in full swing, riding off its successful launch and followup by games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well as the new IP Arms. One of the biggest draws for the console for many gamers was the sequel to Wii U sensation Splatoon. Just a week away from release, Nintendo offered all Switch owners a chance to demo the game with the Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere. A glorified demo, the Splatfest World Premiere showcased what the larger game would bring, albeit in tiny, oftentimes familiar chunks. (more…)

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Early Impression: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

What was meant to be the Wii U’s swan song (which it still kind of is, I guess) also happens to be the Nintendo Switch’s biggest reason to abandon the Wii U entirely and dive right in the the newest console. That’s just what I did when I secured my Switch last week, and I’ve been playing Breath of the Wild almost nonstop since. There are plenty of stellar reviews out there, and I read something like over 80% of Switch users also bought BotW, which is an astounding attachment rate, but is the hype behind the latest Zelda game warranted? (more…)

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