The Surprising Mediocrity of M&M’s Beach Party

As is the nature of many game collectors, we tend to get quite a few games in our libraries that don’t really have any saving graces to be there. Occasionally I’ll get a game I took a chance on that turns out to be decent if not good (Check out The Munchables on Wii for example). But more often than not we’ll take a chance on a random game and it turns out to be complete trash (Check out Dino Strike on Wii for example).

And then a game like M&M’s Beach Party shows up, and isn’t so terrible we can outright ridicule it, but it isn’t good so we can’t straight up recommend it either.

The struggles of game collecting, I’ll tell ya. Read more about The Surprising Mediocrity of M&M’s Beach Party

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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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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Who Knew Dating Fried Chicken Could Be So Fun?

Visual novels are surging lately in the video game world thanks in part to games like Virtue’s Last Reward, Danganronpa,  and the more recent Doki Doki Literature Club. These “games” are more interactive story than actual game, but that’s exactly what you’d expect from the genre’s name A branch of the visual novel genre are dating sims: games where your end goal is to find love with one of the characters in the story. Oftentimes these games have a unifying theme, such as Dream Daddy letting you make relationships with eligible men with children, while the more bizarre Hatoful Boyfriend has you befriending different types of… birds? In this strange sub-category of the sub-category of visual novel/dating sims exists Wingman DX. What is Wingman DX you ask?

It’s a dating sim where you court fried chicken wings. Read more about Who Knew Dating Fried Chicken Could Be So Fun?

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. Read more about The Simple Magic of Super Mario Odyssey

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. Read more about Reliving my Childhood One Metroid at a Time

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is Brutal but Fun

A few years ago I wrote a list about games on past Christmas whislists that didn’t make any sense. Games that were either not for me, or ended up being kind of bad and in no way should they have been on a kids Christmas wishlist. I debated doing a companion piece on this focusing on games I had on my lists for several years. These were games that, for some reason, in the span of 365 days I never managed to pick up myself. One such game (and likely the one to take the top spot if there were enough to justify an entire list) would have been the final Castlevania on the DS, Order of Ecclesia. After actually getting the game for Christmas a year ago (finally!) I’ve sat down and played the first couple hours. So far it’s brutal, it’s challenging, it’s engaging, and it’s all the things I love about Castlevania! Read more about Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is Brutal but Fun