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Snake Pass Review

Snake Pass was released by Sumo Digital at the end of March on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and, thankfully, Nintendo Switch. Sumo Digital Ltd. is responsible for helping with a lot of remarkable games, including Disney Infinity and Little Big Planet. However, Snake Pass is their first original IP, and it's all theirs.

 While playing, or even seeing Snake Pass, you'll get the sense that this game is heavily inspired by the 3D Collection-based platformers of the past, pioneered by Rareware and recently revived by Playtonic. This is very true, as they even have some of the old Rareware talent on board. The famous composer David Wise has lent his talent to the Snake Pass soundtrack, and it really shows.
Snake Pass may be inspired by the past, but it innovates more than enough to set itself apart. Never before have I seen controls quite like those found in Snake Pass. After hours upon hours with the game, I still haven't mastered them. You don't move around like a person in …

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire From A Noob's Perspective

I never played the original Splatoon. I always wanted to, but I just never had a chance to try it out. I've seen people play it on YouTube quite a lot (the competitive nature of the game has always provided a fun streaming environment), so I'm familiar with what the game was like. However, you never really know what a game is going to actually end up being like until you get a chance to play it for yourself. Because of that, I was ecstatic to get a chance to play the Global Testfire when it started. I downloaded the beta almost a week in advance, and I eagerly awaited the moment I got to press the triggers and begin my first foray into Inkopolis.



 About five minutes before it was scheduled to, the testfire began. I pressed the button as soon as I heard, and immediately I was in. I've heard that some people had some really bad server issues, but I personally ran into very few. After I was lucky enough to have the server gods smile down on me, it was time to paint. I chose th…

Fast RMX Review

Fast RMX is a remaster (or a remix) of Fast Racing Neo, a Wii U eShop title. Developed by Shin'en Multimedia, it is the third game in the Nintendo exclusive Fast series that started all the way on WiiWare. The Fast series is somewhat of a spiritual successor to F-Zero, a Nintendo franchise that has been long forgotten by Nintendo itself. If Nintendo won't develop any more games in the series, at least Shin'en is trying...but have their efforts ended up being worth it? Let's dig in.


Graphics

Fast RMX looks phenomenal, especially considering the hardware it's on. Breath of the Wild is a beautiful game, but it doesn't look real. Fast RMX does. It's crazy to me that we live in a world where $20 games on portable Nintendo hardware look this good. This game is truly breathtaking.

 In some of the levels, there are weather effects. As water, snow, or sand bombard your screen, it's easy to become incredibly immersed in the game's world. One of the key mechanics…

Nintendo Switch Review

Nintendo has always been innovative. They always try to do something new and creative. It doesn't always work, as the Wii U showed us, but they always try. No matter how you feel about Nintendo in recent years, you have to admit that they always try to do something unique. The Switch is no different.

 The Nintendo Switch signals a new era of Nintendo. We all know that. However, at its core, it is still very much a Nintendo console, in the best and the worst ways. It comes with all the charm you'd expect. It has a lot of the barriers that are a Nintendo signature at this point. I'm speaking in very vague terms, but there is a lot to say about the Switch. Let's just dig into it.




 The specs on the Switch are honestly nothing that impressive. However, as they always have, Nintendo makes the most of them. Although the screen is only 720p, much lower than the modern expectation, the games all look beautiful on the screen. The display is so crisp. I'm sure it will depen…

How I Changed My Mind On The Launch Lineup and 1-2 Switch

If we're being honest, the original Nintendo Switch launch lineup was pretty weak. It featured a measly five games, two of which were third party ports that will likely not sell at all. However, in the five weeks since the Nintendo Switch was fully revealed, this lineup has grown. It's grown a lot.


 A lot of games have been added since the initial lineup. The launch that originally consisted of five games is now at least twelve games. I am Setsuna, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, World of Goo, Little Inferno, Human Resource Machine, Snipperclips, and Fast RMX have all been added to the March 3rd release day.

 The lineup in general has grown exponentially. Reddit user /u/AbsoluteMagnitude has been consistently updating the original lineup picture with every game announcement. The image above is their most recent version of the wallpaper. There are an incredibly large amount of games here, and the numbers just keep climbing.

 Due to the growing launch, I'm a lot more excite…

Why Every Nintendo Fan NEEDS To Buy 1-2 Switch

 1-2 Switch is the only Switch exclusive launch title developed by Nintendo. If that and the fact that it actually looks like a pretty fun time don't sell you, I know what might. When presented with this information, your perception on the necessity of 1-2 Switch very well may change. The reason you should buy this game is because of the Switch itself.

 I'll get to that in a second. First, let's look at the launch of the Nintendo Switch. The games confirmed to be releasing are Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators, World of Goo, Binding of Isaac, Little Inferno, Super Bomberman R, I Am Setsuna, and Human Resource Machine. While many of these may end up being really good games, they've almost all already been released on other consoles, or will do so simultaneously with the Switch release. The only "made for Switch" games here are Super Bomberman R...and 1-2 Switch.

Super Bomberman R looks okay, but with Konami's track rec…

Fire Emblem Heroes Is One Of The Greatest Mobile Titles Ever

Fire Emblem Heroes released today, February 2nd, on iOS and Android platforms. It is the first time the Fire Emblem series has left Nintendo hardware. As with all of Nintendo's mobile endeavors, this was a pretty risky move. Putting a complex strategy JRPG known for its difficulty and depth on a platform dominated by casual games doesn't sound like it would work, but it works so very well.

Fire Emblem Heroes features an all new story that does something fans have been craving: it connects the universes. That's right, you can assemble a team comprised of all your favorite characters from across every single game in Fire Emblem's 27-year history. But you're not the only one trying to build your perfect dream team. The Emblian empire, led by the morose princess Veronica, has developed a method of traveling between the Fire Emblem universes. They hunger for the ability to conquer any and every world they encounter, as well as to enslave those worlds' greatest warrio…

What's Going On? (UPDATE)

It has been a full week since I posted here. What's going on? Well, I feel like I should let you guys know. I broke a tooth, and I had to get it removed. My wisdom teeth were also removed. I've been in excruciating pain and looped on pain meds for days. Simply typing this is challenging enough. I hope I recover soon and will be able to return with some killer content. Until then, I'll be screaming about my swollen, bruised, bleeding mouth.

Nintendo Community Showcase #1: Mock-ups

The Nintendo community is a vast collection of many diverse people playing a wide array of games. Due to the fact that a lot of people think Nintendo is just for kids, there's a strong sense of community, and we all look out for each other and support each other. There's a lot of wonderful content being created by those in the community, and I think it's only right to use this platform to showcase it. Our first theme is mock-ups, or tech fan art.
 There's a growing trend that started with the Switch reveal. People love to make their technology their own, and Nintendo fans are no different. All over the internet, people have been sharing their designs for their ideal Nintendo Switch. I'm picking mine from the Nintendo Switch subreddit, but I'm sure there are others out there as well.  Some people have taken to making their dream Switch consoles look like Nintendo consoles of yesteryear. I really like the two featured above, as they really showcase the bright a…

Has Nintendo Switched Gears?

The Nintendo Switch is obviously something new and different. It's a concept that's never really been executed before, and it certainly seems like a new step for Nintendo hardware...but could it be something new for Nintendo software?
 In a recent article on WIRED, Chris Kohler made the bold statement that "Nintendo Switch ain't for Mom and Pop - It's for Die-Hard Fans". This has been met with a lot of feedback, positive and negative. Personally, I see where Kohler is coming from, but I don't know if it's as serious as he's making it out to be.

 Before we really dig into the "maturity" of the games, let's look at some of the games coming to the Switch:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Mario OdysseyXenoblade 2SkyrimNBA 2K18SteepFifaFire Emblem SwitchFire Emblem WarriorsThe Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final ChallengersDisgaea 5 CompleteShin Megami Tensei...and many more  While many of these a…

Fire Emblem Has The Potential To Become Huge

We just got one of the best Nintendo Directs ever. Concise editing, to-the-point writing, awesome announcments, and an exciting voice-over by Yuri Lowenthal really made this presentation a home run. Let's dig into the meat of this greatness.
 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is my kind of remake. It's not as cut-and-dry as most game remakes these days. Obviously a game would need some polishing up on its 25th anniversary, but this is really a knockout job on Nintendo's part. The original game, Fire Emblem Gaiden, was released in Japan only, but it was a very important game for the series. The innovations of this game shaped the series into what it is today. Nintendo is honoring this by completely rebuilding it from the ground up. They've added beautiful anime cutscenes, 3D graphics, and even a fully 3D free-roam dungeon crawling mechanic. 25 years later and Intelligent Systems is still innovating. I certainly can't wait to get my hands on this game on May 1…

A Nintendo Fanboy's View On Nintendo Criticism

Chances are, you'll never see me get too harsh on Nintendo on this blog. I don't think Nintendo is perfect, I have several issues with them, but harsh criticism just isn't what I envision to be a part of my blog. That said, Nintendo does really need to get their act together in some regards. Certain people take this very seriously, and create excellent content expressing what Nintendo is doing wrong and why it is wrong.

 Today, I'll be focusing on two examples: Haedox and Jim Sterling. Both of these content creators are excellent content creators whose videos I've watched for a long time. I became a fan of theirs because they both don't buckle in the face of hype, and aren't afraid to say things that fandoms disagree with. It's not something I will use this platform for, but I admire their ability to do so.

 Recently, as you all know, the Switch was finally revealed. There's been a lot of things said about the Switch, the presentation itself, and …

Top 5 Most Anticipated Nintendo Switch Games

We've finally gotten a thorough look at the Nintendo Switch and the games it will feature. While it has a pretty barren launch, the 3DS did too, and it ended up being one of Nintendo's best consoles. There's going to be a lot of good games on the Switch, and we've already seen some of them. Here are my picks:


#5.) Splatoon 2


 I'll be honest. I never got a chance to play the first Splatoon, as I don't own a Wii U. I always thought it looked interesting though, and I'm glad to see it come to the Switch. The new editions like a really cool jetpack and increased character customization only make Inkopolis seem like more and more of an appealing destination.
 #4.) SnipperClips

Snipperclips honestly really surprised me with how much it grabbed my interest. I didn't think anything of it during it's brief appearance during the sizzle reel, but when I saw gameplay of it on Nintendo Treehouse afterwards, I was hooked. The characters are cute and funny, the mec…

Nintendo Switch Presentation Thoughts

Last night, we saw an extensive look at the Nintendo Switch. We saw a lot, so let's dig in and talk about it all.




1 2 Switch looks like something I'd never play. That doesn't mean it's necessarily going to be a bad game, but it seems like a very casual party game. I doubt I'll buy it, although I am actually tempted to due to the serious lack of launch titles, which I'll talk about later. I don't think 1 2 Switch looks bad, it just doesn't look like anything honestly. I'm sure some people will really enjoy it, but I doubt I'll be one of them.



ARMS looks insanely good. I feel that due to the motion-heavy control scheme people might be overlooking it, but that would be a grave mistake. It seems to have solid gameplay, interesting characters, and a beautiful unique art style. ARMS is definitely number two on my most anticipated Switch games list.



Snipperclips looks very interesting. While it seems simplistic at first, I can see some of these puzzles …

Pre-Switch Thoughts

It's so close. At the time I've begun writing this, the Nintendo Switch event is just 8 hours away. We'll hopefully learn a lot about the Switch. The hype has peaked, and has hit a point where the imminence doesn't even feel real.


 I've already secured the funds to preorder, and I'm waiting for GameStop to get orders so I can zip over there and reserve mine before stock runs out. Both pre-order announcements from major retailers so far have said that stock will be limited. That's very unfortunate. Nintendo is a great company with even greater games, but as time goes on they abuse their fans more and more. That said, I am very excited for the Nintendo Switch.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently my most anticipated Nintendo Switch game, but to be fair there aren't many confirmed. I might end up being more excited for something else after the event, but I actually doubt it. Breath of the Wild looks like such a special game that I don'…

Rebrand

This is gonna be super short and informal. I'm honestly just interested in Nintendo right now, I'm not reviewing games at least until I get a Switch, and keeping my real name in the title seems silly, so I rebranded.

Nintendo Switch Predictions

The Nintendo Switch will be here in less than three months and we still don't know much official information. While we're hopefully learning a lot in a week, making predictions is always fun. Here's mine.
Nintendo Switch Presentation Predictions 2-3 Wii U Ports Revealed  We'll almost definitely see Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 at the event, but I'm predicting we'll see at least one more. I'm predicting it will be Super Smash Bros. I doubt it will be available at launch, but it will for sure be in the first year. I hope it will have additional content, but it may just launch with the Corrin/Bayonetta/Cloud amiibo. As confirmed by the Switch Reveal Trailer, Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon will have new content, with new assets and maps in Splatoon, and new modes and characters in Mario Kart 8.
1-3 Virtual Console Games
 While there's no way to know for sure, if credible leakers are to be trusted, Mother 3 will be on the Switch virtual console. It's been a lon…