My Top 10 DS Games

A while back I listed my top 10 3DS games, so now I’m going to back up and give some love to its predecessor. I bought my DS very late in its lifespan. In fact, to my great annoyance, they announced the 3DS a few months after I bought it. So I don’t have all that many games for it, but  I still managed to nab 36 games for the handheld system, but only played 24 of them. The rest I will get to some day. So of those 24 I have played, which are my 10 favorite? I will also be listing the developer and year they were made.

#10

the_legend_of_zelda_phantom_hourglass_game_cover The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Nintendo

2007

 

While this is one of my least favorite Zelda games, it is still pretty fun. It makes good use of the touch/dual screen capabilities, which makes for some unique gameplay.

 

#9

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New Super Mario Bros

Nintendo

2006

 

When they announced that for the first time in over a decade, Mario was going back to the side scrolling formula, I nearly crapped my pants. Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World are two of my all time favorite games, and are much better than the two 3D Mario games that were out at the time. I was never more excited for a game at that point in my life. Until they announced the title. I very much dislike the title, and when I finally played the game, I was severely disappointed. I was expecting a sequel to Super Mario World, but instead got a major regression of the series, so that it is merely a vastly updated version of the original Super Mario Bros. Despite my disappointment, it is still quite a solid platformer.

#8

Sonic_Rush_Coverart Sonic Rush

Dimps Corporation/Sega

2005

 

Well, well, well, here is an instance where Sonic beats his ultimate rival. I first played this in the prime of bad 3D Sonic games, and I hadn’t played a handheld Sonic since the Gamegear, so I didn’t really know what to expect. But what I found was quite a pleasant surprise. This is a great platformer that really takes advantage of what made the Genesis games so fun, while giving them major updates.

#7

kirby mass attaclKirby Mass Attack

HAL Labs/Nintendo

2011

 

This really put a spin on the Kirby franchise, utilizing the DS’ capabilities in clever ways to deliver a brand new adventure for the lil’ pink puffball, and it worked very well.

#6

MarioLuigiPartnersTimeBoxMario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo

2005

 

To anyone who wanted to see Mario and Luigi team up with their newborn selves outside of a sports team or racing track finally got their wish with this game, and it did not disappoint. Hilarious storyline, fantastic and creative gameplay using both generations of brothers, it’s all here and it is wonderful.

#5

kh recodedKingdom Hearts Re:coded

Square Enix

2011

 

The handheld games in this series are always trying out unique forms of gameplay and this one was no exception. It isn’t the best game in the series…far from it, but it is a really fun game nonetheless with a unique leveling system (if you can call it that) and it was the first game to actually advance the story past Kingdom Hearts II, which was the latest game, storywise, for half a decade.

#4

heartgold-soulsilverPokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Game Freak/Nintendo

2010

Okay, okay, so this is technically two games, but since they are nearly the same game, I put them together.This duo is a remake of Gold and Silver, the first sequels in the Pokemon franchise. They also happened to be the last two games I played in the series, though I never owned them. I quickly lost interest in Pokemon after only owning and loving Red/Blue. I felt the series should have stayed with just 150 Pokemon and stopped following it soon after Gold and Silver came out. But then I decided, like 20 years later, to get back into it, and what a better place to start then with these two games? And boy was I glad I did!

These games are just like the Red and Blue versions I cherished so much…except better. More Pokemon are better, I soon found out. I love catching them all, and have put around 300-400 hours into both games collectively, catching all the Pokemon available to me, which is much more than the original Gold and Silver, since they added hundreds of Pokemon from the games that came out between the originals and these remakes. Because of these two, I am a Pokemon fan once more!

#3

spirit_tracks_box_artThe Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Nintendo

2011

 

This game took the same mechanics and formula as Phantom Hourglass and managed to produce an immensely better game. Everything about it was so fun, especially riding around in a train. I very much enjoyed the story as well.

#2

kh 358Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

h.a.n.d. Inc./Square Enix

2009

 

This turned the series into a mission based game, where you play as Sora’s Nobody, Roxas, carrying out missions for Organization XIII. It actually works pretty well for the setting and incredible storyline. It doesn’t advance the series at all, but instead bridges quite a few gaps, seeing as the game starts soon after Sora becomes a heartless in the first game, continues on during Chain of Memories and finally ends right when you wake up as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II, thus finally answering that “wtf is going on?” question we all had the first time we played the second game. The game is also really, really fun, so thumbs up to that!

#1

BowsersinsidestorycoverMario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo

2009

 

Ironically, this is the first game I played on my DS, so I guess it was all downhill after that. This game is just amazing. It is so creative, so entertaining, so unique, so unbelievably fun, that it completely destroys every other game on this list. Not only is this my favorite DS game, but it is one of my favorite games of all time. It’s that good.

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Finally, A Great e3!!!

The last 2 or three e3’s have been more or less disappointing. But at long last, this year was different!

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The first conference I saw was Ubisoft, and they had lots of exciting announcements, most notable the Mario/Rabids crossover known as Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, which looks awesome, and the completely unique game Skull & Bones. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed series will be excited for the new Egypt based game. See it all here.

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Next up was Sony. There conference was great because there was hardly any talking and they just played trailer after trailer, which makes me wish they just made a video like Nintendo to keep the flow going better.

But anyway, they basically showed the same games they showed at last years e3, but with much longer trailers/gameplay. And this was fine with me, for they showcased a lot of great looking games, most notable for me was Days Gone and the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. I can’t wait to play those two games! Check it all out here.

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But the most amazing part about e3 by far was Nintendo’s “Spotlight” video presentation. Anyone who said the Switch doesn’t have a lot of software has now been proven wrong. They announced a whole slew of new titles for both this year and next, guaranteeing two years of great games. Yoshi, Kirby, Metroid, Mario will all be making appearances, to name a few. You can check out everything in detail here.

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They are the only ones I saw in detail, but Microsoft revealed a few new games and the brand spanking new, powerful consoles Xbox One X. You can watch the conference here.

It was a great showcase, and I am very excited to be a gamer right now.

My Top 10 3DS Games

I enjoy looking at top 10 lists, especially when they involve video games and such. It got me wondering what my top “whatever” are, so here I am, looking into my top 10 favorite Nintendo 3DS games. By my count, I have 61 3DS games, but of those 61, I have only played 45 of them, the rest are on my backlog. So of those 45 games, let’s see what my 10 favorite are.

#10

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 Nintendo

2012

 

This game took an interesting take on the New Super Mario Bros series, the focus being on collecting tons upon tons of coins, even including a few new power ups and items to help you. On top of that, it is a really great platformer that far surpasses the first New Super Mario Bros game for DS.

#9

mario and luigi dream teamMario & Luigi: Dream Team

Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo

2013

The fourth game in the unique RPG series is just as hilarious, creative and bizarre as the others. Mario has to jump into Luigi’s dreams to rescue some pillow people, and in the real world, the bros have their own mission to complete. The battle system is as fun as ever, with some really cool and creative attacks, especially in the dream world. A great game for the 3DS library.

#8

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Mario Kart 7

Retro Studios/Nintendo

2011

 

The first numbered game in the Mario Kart series is also the first game to incorporate gliding and underwater driving, two nice additions. Tons of new and old tracks, carts, characters and other customization options make this the first handheld Mario Kart game that feels like a home console game.

#7

PaperMarioStickerStar3DSBoxartFinalPaper Mario: Sticker Star

Intelligent Systems/Nintendo

2012

 

The first handheld Paper Mario game takes the series back to it’s roots, sort of, well actually not. It’s back to turn based action in any case. It now has a world map like Super Mario World, no doubt to cater to the quick, on the go play style of handheld games. To attack, you must collect stickers of all shapes and sizes, learning to balance the small, weak ones with the huge, powerful ones, for only so many can fit in your sticker book. You get more pages as the game progresses though. This makes for a lot of fun, and some of the stickers are very creative and entertaining. The only negative thing I can think of is this is one of those games that you never know where the heck you are going, and some of the puzzles are near impossible to figure out.

The 3D visuals for this style of graphics is remarkable as well. Paper Mario is a game that should never be played without 3D. Unfortunately this will likely be the only game to ever be graced with such wonders.

#6

yoshi_new_islandYoshi’s New Island

Arzest/Nintendo

2014

 

Am I living in the 90’s again? This game feels and plays exactly like Yoshi’s Island for SNES. And that…is a wonderful, wonderful thing. There is some new additions to the gameplay, differentiating it, but keeping the core mechanics the same. It is truly a great sequel to a masterpiece. The only thing bad about it is the name.

#5

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Banpresto/Namco Bandai Games

2013

 

All your favorite Sega, Capcom, and Namco-Bandai characters coming together to save the world (or worlds)? And with a side of countless scantily clad women and big bouncing boobs? How could you ever go wrong? Combine those exciting elements with  great grid based RPG gameplay and you can’t at all. This game is fantastic in nearly every way. It also provides around 50 hours of gameplay, so prepare to immerse yourself in something amazing!

#4

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The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo

2013

I was surprised how good this game was. It is a sequel to the beloved Link to the Past, and does everything that game did right and added it’s own unique twists as well, such as the ability to traverse the dungeons in any order and turning into some painting figure. The game is a complete masterpiece, just like its predecessor.

#3

ocarina_3d_finalThe Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

Grezzo/Nintendo

2011

 

What do you get when you take one of the best games of all time and update it? Well, an updated version of one of the best games of all time, plus it’s now in the palm of your hand! With improved controls via the touchscreen and gyro sensors, along with updated visuals and other changes, Ocarina of Time has never looked or played so well.

#2

kingdom hearts 3dKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Square Enix

2012

 

This game plays just like all the other great Kingdom Hearts games, but this time you get to switch between Sora and Riku while they each progress through their own separate campaigns. The game features tons of new worlds, enemies and allies, and a new fighting mechanic known as flow motion. And story wise, this game is one of the best in the series, mainly because it finally answers all the questions that you might have had from all the other games and finalizes everything out and leaves only one unopened door. That door being the long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. Everything else has been settled and the game ends with setting the scene for the third and most likely final game in this specific story arc.

#1

smash 3dsSuper Smash Bros for 3DS

Bandai Namco Games/Nintendo

2014

 

The fourth entry in the series proves to be the best, thanks to its huge and diverse roster of characters and stages. It is also a wonderful thing to have Smash in your pocket for whenever you wish to play it.

There are a ton of collectibles and trophies. The newest idea, and probably the worst, is the inclusion of somewhat different special moves for every original character, which is nice if that was something you were hoping to mess around with. The trouble is they are so tedious to collect. You will likely get the same ones 10 times over before getting one you don’t have. Aside from that, it’s the Smash Bros gameplay we all know and love. And to me, it’s all about the fighting, so the more characters and stages, the better the games. Who cares about all that single player fuzz? Though there is certainly a ton of it if that’s your thing.

This is the first Smash Bros game to include DLC as well. There are multiple characters and stages available, and countless Mii costumes, so the fun never stops.

There you have it, my favorite games in the 3Ds library, with Smash Bros being my favorite. Thanks for reading!

 

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The Console Wars: Rating of Best Selling Game

For the next chapter in my Console Wars series, which can be viewed via the links here…I am going to look a little more into sales figures than I would like, though not in the normal way I suppose. Today I will be ranking the best selling game on each console by ratings, the lowest rated to the highest rated. All ratings are taken from the IGN site. Why? Because it’s the site I found that had all these games on it. I used the community rating for a  broader opinion by the people who bought and played these games. In the event of a tied rating, the game with the higher sales will place at a better rank. I also am not counting any games that were included with the system, because that’s sort of cheating. That means no Super Mario Bros or Wii Sports or the like.

Also, I have no idea how accurate the sales figures are I found, and the older systems are definitely shady. But that’s all fine and dandy, because at the end of the day, this is just a meaningless blog by someone who loves gaming enough to write such strange things. This war is based all on figures, my own opinion has nothing to do with any of these rankings.  All ratings are out of 10.

So let’s get started!

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Wowsers!

 

#22 Dreamcast- Sonic Adventure -3.5

Sonic_Adventure.PNGThis game sold 2.42 million copies, a very nice figure considering the poor sales of the Dreamcast. The game was decent for its time and Sonic’s first adventure in full 3D, but it has not aged well at all, making it rather deserving of it’s low rating.

 

 

 

 

#21 Atari 5200- Super Breakout -6.5

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This game only sold 102,056 copies. Again, probably not bad for a very poor selling console. I personally have never played it, or even heard of it until now, though chances are I would prefer Sonic Adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

#20 Atari 7800- Food Fight -6.6

food fight.jpgThis is sort of a made up one. It was difficult to find any actual figures, but this seemed to be a fan favorite and did fairly well nonetheless. It is usually in the top 3 best 7800 games too, so it was probably up there in sales.

 

 

 

#19 Atari 2600- Pac Man -7.1

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Everyone has played Pac Man at some point in their lives. I have played it on countless consoles, but I think the first time I ever played it was on the 2600. Good times…I think. This particular version of Pac Man sold 7 million copies.

 

 

 

#18 Sega Saturn- Virtua Fighter 2– 7.9

 

virtuafighter2saturnj.jpgThis game sold 1.93 million units. I have never played it, on the Saturn or any platform, so I have nothing to comment about it.

 

 

 

 

#17 Sega Genesis- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 -7.9

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This wonderful game sold 6.03 million copies, a little lower than I thought for one of the best platforming games of all time. I truly have many wonderful memories with this one. Though this game received the same rating as Virtua Fighter 2, it’s higher sales gets this game placed one spot higher.

 

 

 

 

#16 Nintendo Entertainment System- Duck Hunt -8.0

TDuckHuntBox.jpghis is another classic game that I have not played in well over 20 years. It was a lot of fun, and 28 million other people probably think so as well, (well that’s how many people bought it anyway). It was very exciting to see the duck and dog duo again in the latest Smash Bros game too.

 

 

 

#15 Xbox One- Halo 5: Guardians -8.2

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#14 Sega Master System- Phantasy Star – 8.5

phantasy-star-sms-cover-front-1425.jpgThis was a mind blowing game when it first came out, and it is still a whole lot of fun today. I would recommend it to any RPG fan. It definitely deserves its rating, though I could not find a solid figure on sales, this was always prominent in any report about the SMS games.

 

 

 

#13 Atari Jaguar- Alien Vs. Predator -8.6

Alien_vs_Predator_(Jaguar_game).jpgI have never played a Jaguar, so I have never played this version of the game, but if it is the same one I played on PC, then this game absolutely deserves to be on this list. It sold 6.7 million copies, an impressive number for the Jaguar.

 

 

 

#12 Wii- MarioKart Wii -8.7

Mario_Kart_Wii.pngI love this game! It is one of my favorites, if not my favorite in the whole series. With a staggering 36.83 million sales, I believe it is in the top 10 or maybe top 5 highest selling games of all time!

 

 

 

#11 Nintendo Switch- Probably MarioKart something or another, or Smash Bros, Zelda, Mario etc– 8.9

Mario Kart Switch_2.jpgOkay, so this is cheating since this system is not even out yet, but I simply averaged the rating of the other six consoles Nintendo has on this list and it came out to be 8.9, which sounds like a fair number for Nintendo games, if not rather low. MarioKart is always a hit seller, so I’m thinking that would be its number one selling game for sure. I also averaged the sales of all the Nintendo games on this list and came out with 16.76 million sales. That sounds very right if the Switch does well.

#10 Super Nintendo Entertainment System- Super MarioKart -9.0

smc.jpgNow we are getting into the 9’s category, and it works out perfectly for the top 10. This game hasn’t aged well, but it is still pretty fun to play. It sold 8.76 million units back in its day, and MarioKart has continued to slay sales ever since.

 

 

#9 PlayStation- Gran Turismo -9.0

gran turismo.jpgAnother 9.0 game, and another racing game. This had a very high sales figure of 11.15 million, placing it well above Super MarioKart. I have never played this game or any of its many sequels, so I have nothing to say on the matter.

 

 

#8 Xbox- Halo 2– 9.1

halo 2.jpgThe sequel to the wildly popular Halo. I still remember the week leading up to this release. All the kids in school were going absolutely insane, many of them taking the day off on its release. It sold 8.43 million.

 

 

#7 PlayStation 2- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City -9.2

vicecity_ps2boxThis game sold a whopping 17.5 million copies. It is probably my favorite in the series. Still, I was shocked to see this at the top of the sales list.

 

 

 

#6 Wii U- MarioKart 8 -9.3

MarioKart8Boxart.jpgHere we have another MarioKart game, this one selling 8 million, more than half of all the Wii U owners have this game! Wow! This is a really great game, though I would rank it my third or fourth favorite in the entire racing series.

This also completely solidifies my made up MarioKart Switch game taking the top spot in sales for the upcoming system.

 

#5 Gamecube- Super Smash Bros Melee -9.4

Super_Smash_Bros_Melee_box_art.pngI don’t even want to know how many hundreds of hours I spent playing this game. It is still a fun game today, though it hasn’t aged too well. For the time, it was the best game out there, especially when you had all four players going. The game sold 7.09 million.

 

 

 

#4 PlayStation 3- Grand Theft Auto 5 -9.4

gtavps3finaljpg-e937baThis has the same rating as Super Smash Bros Melee, but it has about triple the sales at 21.3 million! I haven’t gotten around to playing this yet, even though I own it, but I am honestly shocked that with all the great games on this console, GTA would be at the top.

 

 

#3 PlayStation 4- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End -9.5

Adobe Photoshop PDFI haven’t gotten around to getting this game yet, though 2.7 million other people have. While I was completely underwhelmed with the first and third game in the series, I absolutely loved the second game and think this one looks amazing too. I can’t wait to play it…I am sure it will live up to it’s high rating!

 

 

#2 Nintendo 64- Super Mario 64 -9.5

Super_Mario_64_box_cover.jpgWhile this is the same rating as Uncharted 4, SM64 has sold 11.89 million copies. I am shocked this game has such a high rating. While it is still fun to play, I think it is one of the worst Mario games ever made. Though it definitely helped shape 3D gaming in a generation where so many companies were failing miserably at it.

#1 Xbox 360- Grand Theft Auto V -9.5

gta5.jpgWell this is sort of anti-climatic. This game has already appeared on this list, but the 360 version has bested all. It has the same rating as the third and second spot, but its impressive 17.79 million sold copies puts this at number 1. I still can’t believe a GTA game made it this high. When I finally get around to playing it, it better be nothing short of a 10 in my book. Though apparently the 360 version is .1 point better.

 

And there you have it! Microsoft takes it’s first number 1 spot!

But to find the real winner, let’s see who had the most in the top 10!

In last is Atari with 0 yet again…

And tied with them is Sega for 0 in the top 10 as well.

After them is Microsoft with two.

Then interestingly enough, we have a tie for the winner. Sony and Nintendo both have four in the top 10. So to break this tie, I will take the average rating of the four titles in the top 10 from each company. Nintendo’s average is 9.3, while Sony’s is 9.2. Wow! That was a close competition for sure, but Nintendo just manages to squeak out a win!

Good job to all, see you next time!

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Nintendo’s Switch Secrecy-Could This Be Bad Thing?

I have been worried for the past year at how secretive Nintendo has been about their new console, the Switch. Confirmed to be in development like 2 years ago as  codename “NX,” that is all that was basically said about the new console until a couple weeks ago (other than a release month).

In that long silence, about a thousand rumors were built up, every one was creating wild stories because we had nothing else to go off of. As with all rumors and hype and the like, this tends to get people thinking what it might be, and how it should be in their own personal preference. After a few months of rumors, a person could have a whole idea of what the console is going to be.

That being said, I was relieved to see that the system is in fact a portable/console hybrid, which was the central rumor. But it will more than likely not live up to all the other rumors that have spread or “leaked,” thus most likely leaving a lot of people disappointed, and just like that, said people immediately hate the console, because they bought into so many false claims that they were brain washed into thinking it was something it wasn’t, or at least hoping that it was going to be something other than what it was.

This immediate negativity could be avoided by not waiting so long without a single confirmed detail. And after countless months of waiting, what does Nintendo give us? A teaser trailer for the system, showing only its basic function and what it is officially called. A few games were teased as well.

Now keep in mind this trailer was released with only five months to go before the systems own release. Kind of cutting it short with advertising and all that, aren’t they?

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But after this trailer, we have got nothing since, and are now told to wait almost 3 more months for them to go into details with the Switch, January 12 being the exact date, a date in which the console will be released two months from! And in the short time since the reveal video, hundreds of rumors have already started flying around, adding to more false hype and confusion.

That gives the company only 2 months of solid ads and hype build, (which as hype is concerned, that’s probably a good thing, so it doesn’t get out of hand) and only allows a short time for people to decide if it is something they want to buy. If they decide they want it after seeing all the facts and don’t have the cash, now it is going to take some time to save up for it.

And then there is all those claims that people got confused about the Wii U being anything different from the Wii. This one blows my mind. It was made perfectly clear that it was a brand new console, how it was different and what it was capable of. If there are dummies like that who can get confused so easily, then shouldn’t advertising be a long drawn out thing, not a last minute revelation?

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Now you may be thinking, “Big deal, people will have plenty of time after it is out to decide to buy one or not,” which is true, but Nintendo needs a strong first year for the system to encourage third parties to continuing developing for it. Wii U had plenty of support at first, but due to lack of sales for the console, (plus being difficult to develop for) many of the third party devs decided it was not worth it at all to make games on it. And Nintendo can not afford lose that support again. Though they have said that third party support is one of their priorities for the new Switch, so that’s a start.

We’ll see what happens I guess, I just think it isn’t a great decision to keep consumers in the dark for so long.

 

Are Improved Graphics Killing Our Imaginations?

As the title suggests, I’ve found myself wondering the past two console generations if the constant improvement in video games is spoiling us. When 3D graphics first came on the scene, everybody was amazed at what they looked like. Suddenly everything was so realistic looking. I remember playing Super Mario 64 for the first time and just being wowed. Every game I played on Nintendo 64 and Playstation seemed to get more real looking with each one. But now when you look back on these games, they are eye sores. I literally have to strain my eyes to make any sense of the blobs of color that are the graphics in that generation.Image result for ocarina of time n64

This is interesting, because I am one of those people who hardly notice any real difference in graphics, no matter how big the jump. I remember when I got a Gamecube, I did not even notice the extremely vast graphical improvement until I went back and played N64 again. Then I was like, “Dear god, these games look horrible!”

More recently, I have gone back to playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl after playing the fourth one on Wii U ever since it came out. I had always thought that Brawl looked amazing, but now it looks terrible. The lack of HD doesn’t help either. What I once thought were beautifully refined images are now just a bunch of polygons with blurry edges.

I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that what we once thought were magnificent, flawless graphics can turn into poorly rendered blotches that you can barely make out. It seriously is blowing my mind right now.

Image result for fina lfantasy 8The biggest game that comes to mind as I think about this strange dilemma is Final Fantasty VIII. I remember playing this, thinking everything looked amazing and wonderful. The people looked so real as well as the environments you traveled upon. While the game looked amazing for it’s time, it just

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Squall or “Leon” from Kingdom Hearts…looked great then, looks crappy now.

looks a fright now. Every perfect little detail can barely be made out now, if it all. Later renditions of Squall in future games such as Kingdom Hearts have made him out to look more or less the same so that I didn’t even notice the change. But when I saw him again in FF8, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It is even more apparent in the older Final Fantasy VII, where everything that looked so nice now is just a bunch of pyramid like polygons stuck together.

 

 

 

 

 

Similar things can be said for every Resident Evil game as well.

It seems the further we advance in technology, the further we leave our imaginative capabilities behind. We do not need to use our minds as much to develop a good looking picture in our heads, because it is right there on the screen. At long last though, it seems like graphics are hitting sort of a stand still. The jump from PS3 to PS4 for example, was quite minimal compared to the leaps and bounds graphics took between all the other console generations. Now it seems that we are just being spoiled with HD and 4K and frame rate, focusing more on refinement and stabilization than gigantic leaps in looks. Maybe this will give our imaginations a chance to catch up.

We obviously think everything looks great because at the time, N64 or Playstation were the best things visuals could offer us, we had not been trained in real power and graphics. We didn’t know better. But something feels dangerous about the way everything we thought looked great really is just a pile of crap. It’s almost like a new system is like a beautiful girl, with plenty of makeup to make her look absolutely stunning. You obsess over her beauty for a few years and then you see her without makeup, what she really looks like, and you’re like “How in the world did I ever find her attractive?”Image result for comparison of women with makeup vs without

This applies not only to video games, but movies as well. I remember being blown away by the special effects in movies when they first came out, but if I go back and watch them now, it’s like “Oh my gosh, that looks so fake, how could they ever put this into a movie!?”

I don’t know, perhaps I am thinking about this too much…

 

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Series Ranked: Nintendo Consoles

With the release of Nintendo’s new console, codenamed “NX” slowly creeping closer and closer to its March release, we still have virtually no information about it at all. My guess is that they will finally unveil everything about it in September, giving a good six months for gamers to decide if they want to buy it or not.

Nintendo’s consoles have seen huge success and not so much success. But how well something sells doesn’t grade the quality of the console, so that is what makes this list fun to make. I judge the consoles strictly on the games present on each console, because after all, that is what a video game consoles prime purpose is, right? Playing video games? Though most people have sadly seemed to have forgotten that fact these days.

That’s right, graphics, innovation, all that will not affect the rank of these consoles, unless they somehow add to the gameplay of the games. Because again, we are playing games here.

They are listed from my least favorite, to my favorite.

#6 Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)

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While this is probably regarded as the most famous console of all time, responsible for turning around the practically dead video game industry, it has suffered due to the early age of gaming at this point. Though pretty much everything that wasn’t an arcade port was new and exciting, many of the games were just plain bad. And if that wasn’t annoying enough, most of them were outrageously hard and required you to play for hours and hours at a time if you ever wanted to beat one of them due to the fact that there were no save files for most of the games, Zelda being the first game to implement it; and only a few had passwords.

But among all the bad and terrible games were a few gems that still hold up today.

My top three games for the console are: The Legend Of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

The top two games especially blow any of the others on this console out of the water, and even many of today’s games as well. They are truly fantastic, especially for the time they came out. All three of these and many more are available on the Nintendo eShop if you have a Wii or Wii U.

#5 Nintendo 64 (1996)

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This was about as exciting as it got when this came out. Side-scrolling sprites made the jump to 3D polygons. Everyone can probably remember playing Super Mario 64 for the first time. But other than this huge jump in gaming technology, it was a rather awkward stage in gaming history. It’s competitors, the PlayStation and Dreamcast can also fit into this category. A lot of the games were very bad in this generation. Constant fighting with camera angles and bad controls plagued the systems, most likely due to the developers inexperience at developing games in 3D. Not to mention the controller was just very strange and inefficient, though still comfortable. The graphics themselves looked amazing back then, but playing them now, other than a select few, they are just horrid blobs. This is a console I bought very few games on, but despite all the bad ones, like the NES, this too was home to some of the best games ever made.

My top three are: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Paper Mario, MarioKart 64

These three games were phenomenal when they came out, and my top 2 still are today. Zelda made the jump to 3D better than anyone would have ever imagined, easily the best 2D to 3D jump made by any franchise.

Paper Mario was a unique and interesting idea that was remarkable and an exciting new direction for the Mario series, thanks to 3D graphics.

I played Mariokart 64 nonstop when I was a youngster. Sadly, it has not aged very well at all.

All these games mentioned are also on eShop for Wii and Wii U.

#4 Wii (2006)

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Motion controls. Something everyone was looking forward to all their lives. Everybody was excited for the Wii. Everyone remembers how exciting it was to play Wii Sports and Zelda: Twilight Princess with motion controls for the first time. It was a real exiting time and a big step forward in gaming history.

But unfortunately, human beings being the mindless lazy people that we are, motion controls proved to be too much effort to play a game with, and the underpowered graphics of the console failed to hold the attention of the people who need to look at something pretty and shiny. Eventually the motion controls were reduced to almost nothing more than a simple flick to do a thing or two in game, and a lot of third party games never even saw a release on the console due to how underpowered Wii was compared to PS3 and XB360. They also didn’t much feel like making the games with motion controls, finding it easier to just port from PS3 to 360 with all their huge similarities.

This hurt the Wii a lot. Everyone I knew owned a Wii, but I think I was the only one I knew who consistently played it. Sure, I had to buy a PS3 to get a lot of the games I was missing owning just a Wii, but the games that did come out, especially the exclusives, were phenomenal. The games that did motion control right were a lot of fun to play. Heck, even just flicking the remote to swing a sword or something was a lot of fun and more satisfying than pushing a button.

It’s a great console, but the lack of third party support brings this one way down on the list.

My top three games: Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

These three are among the best of the many gems that appeared on the console and can also be found on the Wii U eShop.

#3 Wii U (2012)

I was never more excited for a console to come out than this one. When the gamepad controller was revealed, I was ecstatic. This took all the fun of the Wii’s unique controls and added another screen right in the players hands. I found myself imagining all the amazing ways this gamepad could be used in games. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone else could, players or developers. Initial games like Nintendo Land and ZombiU used the gamepad exceptionally and delivered both single player and multiplayer experiences that you could possibly only find on Wii U, and it was a lot of fun. But all too quickly, the gamepad became nothing more than a mirror image of what was on your TV. Even Nintendo developers couldn’t come up with clever ways to use it for many of their games.And again the system was underpowered, so no one wanted it. It wasn’t shiny enough I guess.

And just like Wii, third parties dropped the console very quickly due to poor sales and the extra time to develop for the gamepad and overall difficulty of developing for the console in general. Except this time around it was much worse. Nearly every third party stopped making games for Wii U, leaving Nintendo to virtually support the console on their own. And I have to say, all things considered, they have done a fantastic job. Every game that has come out from them has been nothing short of a homerun, being some of the best games made in many, many years, and quite frankly, some of the best games ever.

Wii U had the potential to be the greatest console ever. Lack of third party support and use of the gamepad and underpowered hardware hurt this system badly, and every one learned from Wii not to invest their money into this.

I for one am extremely pleased with it, even if there is a severe lack of games for it, simply because the games are incredible that did make their way on it.

My top three: Super Mario 3D World, ZombiU, Wonderful 101, though there are so many Wii U games I have on back log that this could change any time.

#2 Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1991)

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This is a wonderful, wonderful system that I spent all of the 90’s playing, especially since I found it so much better than N64. This was when Nintendo dominated the video game market, getting basically every game developers made back then. Though unfortunately a lot of bad games and over the top, impossibly hard ones made their way onto it, just like its predecessor, it also played host to an incredible and unimaginable increase in game quality. In addition to tons of new and exciting games, we also saw additions to big franchises from the NES make its way over, blazing a trail of glory that continues to shine today. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Final Fantasy and Castlevania came out with some of the best games ever made back then, all of which can still be considered such today. Many new series started on this console as well, such as Mega Man X and Star Fox. This system just had one great game after another, keeping me very busy in my youth.

My top three games are probably a lot of other peoples. Super Metroid, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

These games I still play as often as I can for they are just eternally fun. Don’t just take my word for it. All three of these games can likely be found in most top 10 best games ever made lists, if not the top five.

And they of course can be found on Wii and Wii U eShop.

#1 Gamecube (2001)

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And here we are, my absolute favorite Nintendo console, and favorite console of all time for that matter.

I love everything about the Gamecube. It’s strange, unique look and color, it’s neat little mini discs, heck even the name is awesome. It just says “yeah, I’m a cube that plays games, bitch!” It’s so cool.

The games themselves are what really make this console great however. For the first time, Nintendo did not release the system with a Mario title, but instead shook things up with a Luigi game, where he had to actually rescue Mario. The best part was, this wasn’t simply a Mario game where you played as Luigi, but a whole new concept more closely related to Ghostbusters rather than a Mario game.

And Luigi’s Mansion was not the only game to shake up classic Nintendo franchises. Super Mario Sunshine, Star Fox Adventures, Metroid Prime, Kirby: Air Ride, Donkey Konga/Jungle Beat-all examples of changing up the formula. Plus, we were treated to F-Zero, another Star Fox game, a sequel to Metroid Prime and Paper Mario, two Zelda games with completely contrasting graphics and both featuring innovative/unique elements that make both of them really stand out.

New titles such as Capcom’s Viewtiful Joe were introduced on the Gamecube, this game being one of my favorites of all time, which also got a sequel on the system.Nintendo also came out with a new franchise, the Pikmin series started out here, and that too got a sequel.

Other mind blowing events happened on Gamecube, such as Sonic being put on a Nintendo console! This was something no one ever thought would happen and we were treated to remakes of the Sonic Adventure games from Dreamcast, the second one being my favorite Sonic game ever.

Owners of this system were also treated to remakes and/or re-releases of the entire  Resident Evil series. I still consider the Resident Evil remake to be one of the greatest remakes of all time, maybe only second to Metroid: Zero Mission for GBA. Gamecube even got Resident Evil 4 as an exclusive initially, before its popularity exploded.

And lets talk about all the collections that came out for the system. Going back to Sonic, we had the Sonic Mega Collection, taking all the genesis games and putting them on one disc, and also the Sonic Gems Collection, taking most of the not so great Sonic games and putting them on one disc.

The Mega Man Anniversary Collection was a great gift to gamers, which is much better than the current Mega Man Legacy, as well as the Mega Man X Collection. And don’t forget about the Zelda Collection! There’s probably a few more I can’t think of right now too!

The third party games that made it on the system were incredible as well. There were a ton more games to choose from than compared to Wii and Wii U, and most of them were super fun to play. It seemed gaming as a whole was so much better than compared to the previous generation of gaming, and Gamecube did it best out of the three competing consoles. And most of the games on Gamecube still look gorgeous today. It was truly a lasting console, though ironically, it had very low sales.

And speaking of a lasting console, it has the best controller ever made, absolutely comfortable and amazing. It is so good that it still is being made today for the Wii and Wii U, the latter having a port made for it so people can still play Smash Bros with it.

To me, any company will have a hard time topping this system. I still buy games for it every now and then 15 years later.

My top three games are Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Metroid Prime, Viewtiful Joe.

All three of these games rank among my favorites, with Paper Mario actually being my number 1 game of all time.

My Nintendo Account: First Impressions

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The new My Nintendo account, replacement of the old Club Nintendo rewards program has at last been launched. I’d like to talk about the differences between the new and old, and see if this is an improvement or not.

Right away I must say I am rather disappointed by My Nintendo. The whole thing is a nonsensical mess. You can receive three types of points. The first being platinum points, which can be used for a 15% discount off select games designated by the site.You can get platinum points by completing missions, though the only ones I’ve seen so far are just linking my Nintendo network ID to My Nintendo Account and logging onto Miiverse or visiting the eShop.

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Gold points, which for some reason, are better than platinum, thus reversing what Club Nintendo’s points used to be…and well…every single other type of awards in the history of medals and trophies. These are obtained by actually purchasing games. What aggravates me, is only games purchased off the eShop are eligible. That’s right. With Club Nintendo,  physical copies of all first party games, and even some others provided buyers with a code you could enter to get points. Not anymore. It’s all digital only now, and its bull poop.

The amount of points you get varies on the amount of money you spend on eShop. For example, one mission is spend $40.00-$49.99 for 50 points, the next would be $50.00-$59.99 for 60 points.

And what can you do with these points? You get a 30% discount off some bigger games, like Splatoon, or even some free virtual console games. The good news about these rewards is that they don’t require too many points to obtain them, but the issue here is that you likely are going to be buying all the big Nintendo games off eShop just to get all the points anyway. I, for one, already have literally every single game available for free or discount on the site except for two of them, which I would have already if I actually wanted them. So unless you plan on buying a ton a cheap indie games, which I do often enough if they go on a good sale, you will not likely ever get to use these gold points on anything you really would want to. There are no fun physical rewards to be seen either, another thing Club Nintendo did better.

The third and final type of points are the Miitomo points, obtained for doing things on Nintendo’s first ever mobile app (game?) that launched alongside My Nintendo.There are a bunch of missions related to Miitomo for account members to complete, and a few rewards that I am not sure what they do, due to the fact that I do not own Miitomo, though it is a free app, so if I wanted points that badly, I suppose I could always download it. But obviously, the rewards are usable in the game. You can also combine Miitomo points and platinum points to get the platinum rewards as well, so maybe it is worth spending time on the free app…you know… if I didn’t already own all the games that are discounted via spending earned points. And you can also use platinum points on Miitomo rewards too. So they are basically the same.

Each type of point comes with its own bank and keeps track of them separately for you, which is nice.

My Nintendo feels like it is just a tool to help push Miitomo, with enough junk on it to keep people interested, however so slightly. Does it compare to Club Nintendo? Not even close, this new rewards program falls way short. But I guess it is nice that they do this at all, and I must say it is really quite easy to get platinum points, and by the sound of the Miitomo missions, they seem pretty easy to.

To be fair, the site is brand new, so I am hoping more and more missions and rewards become available as time goes on, and then maybe, just maybe, My Nintendo will become a worthy successor of the missed but not forgotten Club Nintendo.

 

SNES REMIX, Where Are You?

This blog is for Nintendo and anyone who owns their products, more specifically a 3DS and/or Wii U. If you own these systems, then chances are you have heard of and probably played the NES Remix titles, (2 for Wii U, 1 for 3DS). All are fabulous games, filled with nostalgia, challenge, fun and excitement. A player can relive his childhood or experience games from a generation they were too young to live through.

When I played through NES Remix, I felt all of these things with the games I was familiar, and even found a game or two I have not played before. After beating most of it I found that the game would be very easy if it weren’t for the god awful controls and handling all games back then seemed to possess. What’s worse, most of the challenges took advantage of the poor handling and forced you to overcome it to beat the challenges within the shortest amount of time possible. To me, this isn’t very fun, all it seemed to do was remind me of why I hated gaming back then and that gamers only suffered through it because it was new and the best thing available at the time. In other words, we didn’t know any better. We didn’t realize we were suffering. But I still remember playing Super Mario Bros at the ripe age of three or four and wishing the controls were better. And the worst part is, those are some of the best controls on the system (for the earlier games anyway). But the game was fun nonetheless, and I wanted more, so I powered on through.

Though after all the nostalgia wears off and the hours of gameplay rack up and you find yourself struggling through some challenges over and over again to get those three stars, you start to realize why you were glad to leave these old games behind when something new came along. That something being the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

I dreamed more of this game actually being in existence over focusing on what I was playing. The SNES has arguably one of the best libraries of games for any console to date, and showcased some of Nintendo’s finest ideas that helped shape the gaming industry as it is today. One of the things refined the most between each system was the controls. With some exceptions, the controls and handling for all the games were phenomenal, the 16 bit graphics were gorgeous on the system and again, great games.

Imagine games such as Super Mario World, Super MarioKart, Super Metroid, A Link To The Past, all crammed into one game filled with challenges and other new exciting surprises Nintendo would be sure to add. It would truly be a wonder to behold. Holding a copy of these game in my hands would make me truly feel like a kid again.

This game would be amazing enough with just Nintendo games, but what if they expanded to third party games as well. Bam! Super Castlevania, Illusion of Gaia (if only) Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3 (6?)…heck pretty much any game off this system would be a welcome addition.

So come on Nintendo! Fulfill my dreams, as well as thousands, dare I say millions others who I am sure share this dream. I for one would be eternally grateful. Not that I am not already, for giving me wonderful memories from my childhood with the SNES, but now it would be nice to have all those memories reinvented and brought forth with new light and a modern day twist.