Pokemon Red vs. Pokemon Blue Splatfest Winner Announced

Splatoon’s Pokemon Red vs. Pokemon Blue Splatfest has concluded and the winner is…..

POKEMON BLUE!

Pokemon Red, the more popular choice, only earned a 41% win rate. Pokémon Blue was only a choice for 45% of players, but they won 59% of their matches.

We definitely took part in this months event logging over 3+ hours of game time playing for the honor of Pokemon Red. As the results show,  we lost to the blue team quite a bit. We streamed some of our game-play before we had to go to dinner which you can watch here if you’d like.

 

BoxBoy! Review – Fun^2

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I just finished the last level of BoxBoy! for Nintendo 3DS and I had to come tell you just how much fun I’ve had playing this game. BoxBoy! is the latest entry level platformer from Nintendo that requires the player to navigate a series of short levels across 20 worlds. This game is a throwback to those of us that remember being taught how to play a game by actually playing it. If you’re one of those that love how Mario Bros world 1-1 was the tutorial, you’re in for a treat with BoxBoy!. BoxBoy! builds on its mechanics at a coffee-drip pace level by level, world after world, adding a new little twist to each game-play mechanic. The game also features a very simple monochromatic art style that is quite charming to the eye. The player can earn costumes to style his or her Box to look like a superhero, a cute bow wearing BoxGirl, or a rapper which give the BoxBoy a cool backwards hat.

As for the almighty game-play expect to begin by creating blocks to create stairs, platforms to walk across, using the platforms to pull yourself up, blocks to block lasers and then combinations of all of these to navigate as you make your trek. These mechanics are simple when introduced but over time the great minds from HAL Laboratories twist the levels to wreck your brain. While a challenge, don’t be afraid to try this puzzler. BoxBoy! is one of Nintendo’s better games at using the 3DS play coins which you earn daily by carrying your 3DS with you. Each of these coins can be used to obtain a hint in the form of a subtle screenshot when you face a puzzle that you can’t finish or just don’t want to put in the brain effort.

This charming big company (Nintendo) indie-like is great to pair with your favorite weekly TV show due to the 1 to 2 minutes spent between each level. Each world consists of 8 levels and BoxBoy! has 20 worlds to offer and that’s not including the challenge of obtaining 100% on each level as well as the very daunting challenge mode awaiting for you after completing the main campaign.

If there’s anything negative to say about BoxBoy! it would be the difficulty and the repetitiveness found during the campaign. The opening worlds in BoxBoy! are a breeze to fly through without much resistance which makes some feel like fluff. Once the game begins to pick up the difficulty I found that the levels became more similar as the game progressed in the later half, but that shouldn’t be confused with easier. These items I would classify as “nitpicky” and shouldn’t stop you from buying BoxBoy! in any circumstance.

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BoxBoy doesn’t set the world on fire, but it might be the best game ever that sold at launch for $4.99. The puzzle platformer provides a challenge with an interesting aesthetic and plenty of game to warrant the purchase. Must have for 3DS owners.

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My Nintendo & Miitomo registration sites are now live.

Calling all Koopalings – Nintendo has launched the “My Nintendo Account” registration which you can access at the aptly named: https://accounts.nintendo.com/. I used my current NNID to register for an account and it was as simple as it could be, only taking about 30 seconds to register and connect my Google and Twitter accounts. Registering your Google or NNID account will prompt you to verify a four digit code that Nintendo sends to your associated email. My Nintendo Accounts are a direct replacement to Nintendo’s Club Nintendo.

After creating a My Nintendo account, anyone can then preregister for a Miitomo account here. Miitomo is the “free-to-start” mobile app, the first Nintendo mobile application, coming  March. More importantly, setting up a My Nintendo Account plus Miitomo will net some “My Nintendo Points” automatically which can be claimed for discounts on digital purchases.

NNID Registration

Firewatch (PS4) Review

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Hope. Despair. Laughter. Tears. Firewatch is a game that is going to make you feel something, but what you feel will depend on how forgiving you are.

Firewatch is a first-person experience game that puts you in the middle of the Wyoming forest as Henry, a fire lookout. Your only connection to the outside world is a handheld radio and on the other end of the radio is your supervisor Delilah. You can chat with Delilah at almost any time, and the two of you work together to solve a mystery going on in the forest around you. There are a number of dialogue choices as Henry, and no matter what I chose, the discussions between the characters was authentic and genuine. Indeed, Firewatch has some of the finest writing I have experienced in a video game. 

A big reason the writing feels so natural is the excellent voice acting. Rich Sommer (who you may know from Mad Men) and Cissy Jones (who has done a number of other video games) deliver memorable performances. I immediately liked these characters, and before too long, cared about them. I was able to finish Firewatch in two sittings, and the driving force behind this was the desire to know what happened to these two characters. The time I spent with them felt like two friends telling me a story, and I wish they had another story to tell me.

 

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Visually the game is stunning. Olly Moss was able to create a world that I wanted to spend time in. I would occasionally wander the wrong direction when I started the game (the map and compass can take a bit getting used to) but I didn’t care. I wanted to fully explore wherever the game would let me go and take in the beautiful landscape around me. The only thing that stuck out to me was how little wildlife there was in the game. For being in the wilderness, there were not many animals. I do not know if this was intentional to increase the feeling of isolation (if so, it worked) but I would have enjoyed a few more furry friends.

From a gameplay perspective Firewatch was solid. Navigation was a bit hard for me at first, but by the end of the game I rarely needed to check my map and used landmarks to find my way. Otherwise everything else worked well and I was able to complete most any task with ease. There is a decent amount of backtracking, which I didn’t mind, but I would have preferred additional wilderness to explore. As the game progressed I was able to open up alternative routes between areas, which was nice, but I was so hooked by the narrative at that point, I only wanted to do activities that pushed the story forward.

The largest downfall for me was the game chugged quite a bit on PS4. The framerate drops were regular and noticeable. Campo Santo said they are aware of the issue and working with Sony and Unity to get things smoothed out, I just wish that had been done prior to launch. I also had one instance of the game locking up and having to go to the home screen, quit the application, and restart the game. Firewatch has regular auto-saving, so I only lost a few minutes of progress, but it happened at a very critical point in the story, which really took me out of the experience. Another small nitpick for me is the trophies. While I am not a trophy hunter, the list in the game is pretty disappointing, especially since there are so many cool, unique things they could have done.

Overall, I liked my time with Firewatch. It has a few technical problems, and the end of the game is a bit divisive. Still, I would be happy to go on another adventure with Henry and Delilah, or whatever Campo Santo chooses to go next.

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#TBT Review: Chrono Trigger

Authors Note: This is a day later than expected. Sorry! Never fear, as future #TBT reviews will be posted on Thursday. Thanks for your patience as I work the kinks out!

When I decide I wanted to review older games, it seemed logical to start with my Top 10 list. Chrono Trigger has stood as my favorite game since it was released in 1995. Prior to this, I had never really gotten into an RPG, but Chrono Trigger hooked me. The graphics, story, gameplay, and soundtrack were all the best I had ever experienced, so much so, that 20 years later it is still my favorite game.

Chrono Trigger revolves around our mostly silent protagonist Crono and his band of friends going on a time-travelling adventure. Taking place in the kingdom of Guardia (in different times), Crono and his pals travel through time in an effort to (spoiler alert for a 20 year old game) defeat alien baddy Lavos. Learning Lavos (who arrived on the planet long before Crono’s time) will destroy the planet in the future, Crono and the gang attempt to defeat Lavos in their own time, thereby preventing the destruction in the future.

The gameplay of Chrono Trigger is familiar to anyone who has played a JRPG. Genre standbys including Active Time Battle, an overworld map, physical and magical attacks, and a party are all present. However, Chrono Trigger does add a unique splash to many of the gameplay components. Special magical and physical attacks, called “Techs”, can be done cooperatively. The two or three person attacks can turn the tide of battle and look spectacular. Time travel is a part of the game (through time gates or with your handy time machine Epoch) and actions done in the past influence the present and future. Side quests are also a large part of the adventure. These quests help tell the backstory of Crono’s party members and friends. The stories are compelling, entertaining, and a great way to build the world around Crono.

 

The presentation of Chrono Trigger is impressive, even today. The graphics are some of my favorite 16-bit art. Each age and time feels unique, and the visuals create a sense of presence and weight that contributes to the storytelling. The music is iconic, and when combined with the visuals, create a depth of immersion you will find in few games. I still find myself listening to the soundtrack at work, and specific songs regularly trigger fond memories of gameplay moments.

In addition to just being a great game, Chrono Trigger established a couple game trends that we still see today. “New Game +” was coined by Chrono Trigger. Previous games had a New Game + mode but they all called it something different. Additionally, the original Chrono Trigger has 13 different endings. Which ending you see was based on when you went to fight and defeat Lavos. Since I have always been bad at video games, only a few of the endings were options for me on my first play through. With New Game + though, all of the endings become a possibility.

Chrono Trigger is the kind of game that I cannot list any areas of fault. Not every part of the game is perfect, but I do believe the entire package is as tight a game experience that exists. Even if you do not like RPGs, I still believe it is worth a try as Chrono Trigger is still easily avaiable today (iOS, Google Play, Nintendo DS, PSN Store) if you do not have a Super Nintendo. If you do play the port on PSN, the load times are a bit long, but the DS version is quite good.

Have you played Chrono Trigger? Does it make your Top Ten list? Tell me what you think below or hit me up on Twitter.

 

Poke Fever invades your Nintendo devices!

Pokemon is everywhere in this 2oth year of our Pokemon & the get keeps getting better. Not only are the original Pokemon games invading your 3DS Virtual Console on February 27th – Pokemon are coming to the Wii U as well. Entering the world of Splatoon in the form of this months Splatfest, teams will wage war in the honor of Pokemon Red vs. Pokemon Blue.

Head to the Inkopolis Plaza and select which game is your favorite: Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue!

This Splatfest will begin on February 19 at 10:00 PM PT and will run until February 20 at 10:00 PM PT.

This Splatfest will also happen simultaneously around the world. Like any other Splatfest, however, players you get matched with will be from your region, and the results will also be tallied by each region. 

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Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur costumes come to Mario Maker via a Pokemon themed level as well – LIVE RIGHT NOW – GO GO GO!!!  NintendoInquirer

 

Let us not forget to mention that Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team was released for the European Wii U Virtual Console this week. Fingers crossed it comes Stateside soon (this blogger believes it will).

 

Last but not least, Pokken Tournament is on the cusp of its console release. A listing has already been added on the Wii U eShop detailing modes (online and local multiplayer), file size (4.23 GB), and control options (virtually all of them). Also, Pokken Tournament supports every amiibo on the market!

Adding all this to a Super Bowl commercial and the impending Pokemon Go for mobile and it looks like The Pokemon Company and Nintendo are pulling out all the stops to celebrate Pokemon’s 20th.

Nintendo reminds us why we should care about Hyrule Warriors Legends

Today Nintendo had a bit more to say about the 3DS title Hyrule Warriors Legends which will be dropping here in the US on March 25th! Here’s what Nintendo said direct from the horses mouth:

Hyrule Warriors: Legends comes with two new exclusive stories: a four-chapter epilogue based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and a five-chapter story based on series newcomer Linkle, a dual-crossbow-wielding Cucco farmer who believes her heirloom compass means that she’s destined for greater things. Linkle isn’t the only new addition to the series, as Toon Link, Tetra and King Daphnes from The Wind Waker, and the mischievous Skull Kid from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask also make their debut. As a special bonus for fans of the original Wii U game, all new copies of Hyrule Warriors: Legends will come with a code that allows players to download these new characters to Hyrule Warriors on Wii U.

 Another addition comes in the form of My Fairy Mode. This time around, when players explore Adventure Mode there are fairies to be found, each of whom can be leveled up to bestow additional benefits in battle across all modes. By feeding them and dressing them in new costumes, players can increase their trust, change their personality traits, or strengthen their Fairy Magic. They can even be rented to friends through Local Play, allowing them to take advantage of their skills for up to 24 hours.”

Nintendo also wanted to note that even though the game will work on the original 3DS versions, players will have a better experience on the New 3DS and 3DS XL due to the increased processing power, C-Stick to adjust cameras, and of course the NFC pad so that we can all throw our Amiibos on there for enhanced weapons.
What do you think? Is this something you’re interested in? Let us know in the comments box!

 

 

IGN updates their top 25 3DS games

 

Do watch the video as the commentary is great, but we have to ask – Do you agree with IGN? What’s your top 25 Nintendo 3DS games? We are working hard here at PSVG to cultivate our very own “best of” list for each platform and I think it is safe to say, our list will be quite a bit different than IGN’s.

25: Yokai Watch
24: Star Fox 64 3D
23: Shin Megami Tensei IV
22: The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
21: Resident Evil Revelations
20: Fantasy Life
19: Steamworld Heist
18: Pushmo
17: Boxboy
16: Steamworld Dig
15: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
14: Bravely Default
13: New Super Mario Bros. 2
12: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
11: Mario Golf: World Tour
10: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
9: Mario Kart 7
8: Shovel Knight
7: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
6: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
5: Pokemon X & Y
4: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
3: Super Mario 3D Land
2: Fire Emblem: Awakening
1: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Yoshi’s Woolly World

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What’s Good:

  • Graphics
  • Character Design
  • Fun Factor
  • Easy to Play / Hard to Master

What Could Be Better:

  • A little short
  • Two Player can be tough on certain levels

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In typical Nintendo fashion, they take a tried and true concept and add a new twist to it –  well, sort of. Much like the Wii game, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, this game took its traditional design and kicked it up a notch. While Yoshi looks a heck of a lot better than Kirby did with its Yarn version, it still felt very familiar.

Literally everything in this game could be recreated with stuff from your local craft store and it’s done so well. From yarn, to cotton, to buttons, everything in this game was redesigned from the ground-up from its standard familiar form.

This game plays in the exact same way as the Yoshi’s Island games did, minus the annoying baby Mario. Yoshi eats his enemies, and instead of creating eggs to throw, he produces yarn balls. It’s a standard side-scroller game with boss battles at the end of each world.

It’s no secret that the major charm to this game is in its overall feel. Everything is so cute, from the visuals, to the music, to even the enemies! It’s very hard not to fall in love with this game. I played through the entire game with my wife, who also really enjoyed this game (which made it even more fun). While some stages are really tough to pull off with two players, I think the fun factor in this game is amplified if you have someone to play with. Overall, it’s a very easy game but difficult to master, thanks to the collectibles in each stage. You collect yarn to unlock different Yarn Yoshis, and you have to collect all the flowers to unlock the special stage in that world. If you collect all the flowers in the game, something else will happen (spoilers). Even once you beat the game, it taunts you by unlocking the Boss Tent Challenges where you……GASP……unlock more Yoshis!

While the wife and I beat the game a few days ago, this is easily one I will revisit again and again until I collect everything! Oh yeah……kids like it too, so you can play with your kids and have fun together. If they get stuck, you can just eat them and carry them as an egg for awhile! If you are a Wii U owner with someone else to play with, I highly recommend this game!

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A fun and fantastical twist on the tried and true platforming formula Nintendo does best. Fun story, great visuals and a must play with a friend! While not a perfect game, this should be in every Wii U owners library.

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First Impression: FreezeMe (Wii U)

My daughter and I checked out FreezeMe for a few minutes before the Super Bowl. FreezeMe is an indie game that we have had on our radar for quite a while due to its nostalgic nod to old school 3D platfomers.

 

Challengers approach! Check out the new Smash entrants…

We checked out the newest DLC to come to Smash Bros 4!

Unravel Preview

As part of EA Access, new EA games are able to be played five days before release. Since Unravel is in EA’s portfolio, it is part of this program. As such, you can now access a ten hour trial of Unravel, which contains the first two levels. Here are some quick impressions:

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Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

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A disclaimer right off the top: I’m a pretty big Star Wars fan. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember- even before gaming! I’ve grown up playing Star Wars games, full of amazing experiences, like Knights of the Old Republic; and not-so-amazing experiences, like Demolition. When Disney bought LucasFilm, not only did they acquire a massive film franchise, they also got the gaming side, toys, and everything else! Gamers were uncertain what this acquisition could mean. Off the bat, they canceled the really appealing 1313 title, a game we would later come to find out would be a coming of age tale of Boba Fett. Not long after, however, they announced a partnership with Electronic Arts….

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Digital Foundry talks Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess news is booming across the entire internet, with review copies distributed among the media. As such, Digital Foundry has dissected the latest Zelda HD remaster and provided their analysis via YouTube.

  • Full 1080p Resolution
  • Locked at 30 frames per second (some minor dips)
  • Higher resolution textures
  • Gamepad support
  • New dungeon
  • Amiibo support
  • Hero mode

I am very excited to get my hands on this game (being the Zelda nut here at PSVG), and I think this will be the game that finally pulls me away from Xenoblade Chronicles X. I believe, as was pointed out on NVC this week (NVC Link), that this game is going to look so much better at home than the YouTube compression videos we common folk currently have access to. I distinctly remember that being the case with Wind Waker HD, although I thought both games looked great before I saw them in person.

Witness Me!

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I solved puzzles. I stopped solving puzzles. I solved puzzles again.

I think I have solved the puzzle as to why Jonathan Blow’s newest game is called The Witness. Much like the War Boys in Mad Max: Fury Road were looking for recognition as they were about to ride into Valhalla, I wanted someone (ideally Jonathan Blow, but one of my dogs, Luna, would suffice in this case) to witness how clever I was to figure out the last puzzle. Seriously, I bet no one else has figured it out. I mean, who cares that 20% or so of players have unlocked the Endgame trophy. I did it the “right” way. They probably just guessed and got lucky, or something… Read More

DOOM! – May 13th

Bethesda announced today that its fourth Doom title will finally be released, fittingly, on Friday the 13th of May.

Below is a link to the new trailer released today. Bethesda never disappoints. I’m looking forward to this one!

I’m not buying any new games for a while. Care to know why?

The gaming scene has never been as bright as it is today. There are so many amazing games to play – no matter where you prefer to play them! Last year, you could have run from the Wild Hunt in a fantasy land, emerged from your vault after a nuclear Fallout, or even proved you had what it took to be the Knight that Gotham needed. Yes, 2015 was a stellar year of game releases with the PS4 and Xbox One consoles coming into their own, and games being able to take greater advantage of the power afforded them by the new consoles. This year, the quality of games coming out shows no signs of slowing down. This is why I’ve decided NOT to purchase any new releases in 2016 (with the exception of Uncharted 4) until the “Black Friday” sales toward the end of the year.

You may be thinking, “Why wouldn’t you buy any of the new titles coming out!? You even said they look good!” or even, “That’s just silly!” However, I ask that you hear me out in my reasoning before calling the asylum.

Toward the end of 2015, I found myself buying a lot of games. Some were new releases of games I intended to play right away. Others were games on sale which I knew I wanted to play, but had slipped my radar. These purchases added onto my already growing backlog of games – a backlog that I was trying to keep better groomed in the new console generation. The number of games installed on my Xbox One alone are over 130, over 70 of which I’ve not really played! That’s just one console. I’ve got smaller backlogs growing on PS4 & Wii U. Over on PC, my Steam backlog, too, has grown over the years thanks to Humble Bundle and crazy sales.

Those unplayed games are the reason I feel that I need to take a step back to focus on the games I have and all the experiences that await therein. Here are just twenty of the games in my Xbox One backlog that I really want to play, which would entertain me for months:
Assassin’s Creed: China
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Battlefield Hardline
Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Castle Crashers Remastered
Dishonored: The Definitive Edition
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Lego Marvel Superheroes
Life Is Strange
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rare Replay
Rayman Legends
Saints Row IV: Reelected
Screamride
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Sunset Overdrive
The Walking Dead Season 2: A Tell Tale Game
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Thus, I decided to buy no new releases until Black Friday 2016. Not only will I get a good deal on the games of the 2016, I want to make sure I give the games that I have the time they deserve. I don’t want to feel like it’s a chore to play games, so I’m not going to force myself to a strict diet of only games on my unplayed list, either. There are many games that I really enjoy playing, and like to play multiplayer with friends that will continue to occupy gaming time. I also have massive DLC for games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 that I need to consume!

This decision will mean missing out on some of the conversations about particular games that swell when said game is released, and that will be quite hard. Games like Quantum Break or Mass Effect: Andromeda, which I’ve been looking forward to for some time, will have to wait just a little longer. I hope I can successfully avoid spoilers for these games! As mentioned in the outset, the one exception is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Libertalia Collector’s Edition. It’s an exception because I’m not just buying it for the game, I’m buying that for the Nathan Drake statue!

What do you think? Is this a fool’s wish? Leave a comment below or chat with me on Twitter!

More Details about “My Nintendo” and Miitomo Emerge!

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Earlier today on an investors call, Nintendo was finally beginning to elaborate more on Miitomo (its first of at least 5 mobile device apps/games to launch between now and March 2017) and its new “My Nintendo” rewards service. According to the latest information, registration for the game and the “My Nintendo” service will become available February 17th.

Rewards will be separated into two different categories: “Gold Points,” which can be gained from buying Nintendo games, consoles, and digital content (in similar fashion to the Club Nintendo format), and “Platinum Points” that you will get from logging into your “My Nintendo” accounts, playing the new mobile games and apps, as well as possible special events and promotions.

What you then do with these points is also a little different: “Gold Points” can be used for discount deals and/or coupons for purchasing MORE Nintendo stuff (I see what you’re trying to do there Nintendo…..) while the “Platinum Points” will be used for digital content (wallpaper and additional downloadable content). They did, however, also make a point to mention “Original Goods” as well, which might end up being things like physical products, similar to what Club Nintendo offered (soundtracks, playing cards, cases, etc).

The “My Nintendo” will launch in mid-March along with the release of Miitomo, Nintendo’s first smartphone title. So far, not a ton of information has come out around this; but, it seems to be very similar to its Nintendo 3DS title, “Tomodachi Life,” which was a lot of fun and very quirky. So, in my opinion, this is right in line with what Nintendo does typically around new launches. It will be available for both iOS and Android, (sorry Windows phone/Blackberry users, if there are any left) and will also feature Mii Photo, which will allow you to help Nintendo market the app by allowing you to utilize your Mii Character, adding captions and such to easily share on social networks.

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We will be sure to let you know as more details emerge. Will you be checking out Miitomo when it launches?

Why do games based on movies have to suck, too?

We all know the curse: For the most part, movies based on video games have a TERRIBLE track record. I’m looking at you, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros, Doom, and Street Fighter. In my humble opinion, there have only been a few that I can tolerate, like the first Mortal Kombat and the Resident Evil Series (kinda). We’ve seen tons of articles and stories tearing these apart, but I think it’s time to shed some light on the real problem: Why are there so many shitty movie video games?!

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With the amazing storytelling that can be found in almost any movie, it’s hard to imagine how a great game hasn’t come from it. Look at Harry Potter, for example –  so much lore and story to pull from, yet there wasn’t a single decent game to come out of all of those movies! They had story lines that often had very little to do with the actual movies and the controls were terrible. Clearly, these games were made only to be a cash cow and nothing more. It wasn’t until later when Lego jumped in to make the Lego Harry Potter games did this series bring any sort of halfway decent games. With that being said, they are arguably the worst Lego games that came out! That’s the curse of the movie video game. Most of the time, they are made to either take advantage of kids or simply attempt to grab some of the cash blowing around during the movie release, resulting in rushed abominations. Please, let’s not forget the ten-to-twenty truckloads of E.T. for the Atari that were buried…..that’s how bad it was…and yes, I owned and played a copy, so I can speak candidly about it. Seriously, what the heck was that game supposed to be about anyway?!?!

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With the exception of Goldeneye 64 and Aladdin on SNES/SEGA (yeah, I went there), it seems like most of these are complete messes. The few times they are done right (go with me here), is when they do NOT come out around the same time as the movie. When a game company takes the premise of a movie and really spends time on developing a game, it can be great. Just a few examples: Remember The Ghostbusters game from 2009? The movie came out in 1984. Chronicles of Riddick came out 4 years after the movie. The Warriors on PS2/Xbox came out 33 YEARS later. A more recent example would be the Shadows of Mordor, a “Lord of the Rings” game which doesn’t really follow the movies at all…and that’s OK!

I know that, like everything today, it’s all about the almighty dollar; but for the fans’ sake, PLEASE slow down the process if using a movie license. If you don’t, the odds are not in your favor. Now, could someone get to work on a REAL Harry Potter game? Or perhaps some Hunger Games action is in order….now I would play that.

Comment below with some other terrible/good movie games and tell us what you think! Otherwise, we might all end up with another one of these:

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20th Anniversary Pokemon Distribution is Now Live!

Polygon writer Allegra Frank has penned a really clean article breaking down the 2016 Pokemon Distribution Calendar.

Full Article @Polygon

Mew is kicking off 2016’s distribution calendar. GameStop will offer up the legendary in-stores from Feb. 1 until Feb. 24. It will be available to download for Pokémon Omega Ruby,Alpha Sapphire, X and Y, and will come already leveled all the way to 100. Codes for the special creature — the first downloadable mythical Pokémon introduced to the series, back in Pokémon Red, Blue and Green — will be valid until May 31.

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Bethesda Announces E3 Showcase

 

No surprise here, with what many would argue was the best E3 press conference last year (even though it was their first): Bethesda has released its information for this year’s event.

No doubt, there will be more Doom footage, Dishonored 2 information, and (fingers crossed for me) some information on Fallout 4 DLC. Will we see any new Skyrim stuff this year? Probably not, but you never know. They went big last year, so expectations are high! Remember to mark it on your calendars, boys and girls: June 12th, at  7:00 pm Pacific time. I’ll be watching- will you?

Splatoon: Why you should play it, and why you’re probably not!

Unless you have been hiding in a cave somewhere or, for some reason, you pay absolutely no attention to the gaming industry (If that’s the case, why the heck are you here?), you have probably heard of Splatoon: Nintendo’s quirky (and original) take on a first person shooter. For a long time, I didn’t pay too much attention to this game at all. Most of what I buy from Nintendo are established franchises and games I can play with the whole family.

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Is it time for Link to speak?

Zelda5In an interview with GamesMaster Magazine Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda series, commented on whether or not Link should be voiced. I have never wanted Link to be voiced for fear it would harm the way I envision the character myself. But a lot of articles are claiming that I’m in the minority on this subject. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Aonuma –  We’ve had a lot of requests from fans to hear [Link’s] voice, and while in some ways I do feel that it could be good to have a game where he speaks, part of me also feels that that air of proud independence he has because he doesn’t speak is a precious part of the individuality of his character. I want to think long and hard about whether changing that would be for the better or not before I make any decision.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Detective Pikachu – More Details

The amazing guys over at GameXplain have just posted a nice detailed look at Detective Pikachu, the odd Pokemon spin-off announced for 3DS in Japan.

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First, we have some details about the characters:

  • Detective Pikachu: he likes coffee, and asks Tim to invite pretty women over for tea. The problem is: he’s quite weak around pretty women. He can talk like a human being, but he’s actually quite slow, and cannot use any moves like a regular Pikachu;
  • Mike Baker: head of the Detective Agency;
  • Amanda Blackstone: the office assistant;
  • Amelia Kristi: the new Assistant Director at a TV station;
  • Meiko Okamoto: a TV Director;
  • Pablo Milan: the owner of the High Hat Café.

Next, we have some details about the gameplay. You get to play as Tim as he goes around Rhyme City interviewing people and looking for evidence. Naturally, Tim talks to humans, while Pikachu is the one dealing with Pokémon. Once you’ve found a place to investigate, you can search for evidence using a magnifying glass.

UPDATE (2/2/16) – Tilmen (@Tilmen on Twitter) from Tilmendomination has posted the intro for Detective Pikachu for your enjoyment.

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