Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[REVIEW] Pokémon Trading Card Game (3DS / Game Boy Color)

Pokémon Trading Card Game
Platform: 3DS (Virtual Console) / Game Boy Color
Genre: Card game, RPG
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Nintendo

Considering the larger Pokémon continuity, Game Boy Color's Pokémon Trading Card Game is a bit of an oddball. It's clearly a spinoff, with game mechanics that are significantly different from the main series. On the other hand, it retains the "one kid trying to catch 'em all" vibe that tends to be absent from other spinoffs, making it a much easier sell if you're a fan of the gameplay found on regular Pokémon games.

Monday, November 24, 2014

[REVIEW] Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Bayonetta 2
Platform: Wii U
Genre: Action, hack 'n' slash
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Nintendo

The sequel to a much beloved Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game, Bayonetta 2 arrived as a Wii U exclusive amidst huge expectations. And for good reason, too: fans of hack-and-slash gameplay will undoubtedly be impressed by the title's breathtaking action and unflinching sense of style.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Walkthrough: How to Get Everything in Yo! Noid

Doing walkthroughs is definitely not one of the reasons why I started this blog. This is a special case for two reasons: 1) I was a bit obsessed about this game back in the good old 8-bit days, and as such spent a LOT of time trying to find everything, and 2) there is simply no thorough online guide that teaches you how to get every last secret as of November, 2014 - and definitely not one filled with pictures to provide better guidance. Let's fix that!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wishlist: Top 5 NES/SNES/GBA Games I'd Like to See in the Wii U Virtual Console

No one can argue against the fact that Nintendo was keen to try new things during the Wii generation. Some of those ideas didn't really sit right with me; I was never really a fan of motion controls, for example, especially when they were shoehorned into games that didn't need them (such as Donkey Kong Country Returns). On the other hand, one of their other innovations of that period was mind-blowing for me: the Virtual Console.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

[REVIEW] Costume Quest 2 (Wii U)

Costume Quest 2
Platform: Wii U (e-Shop)
Genre: RPG
Developer: Double Fine
Publisher: Midnight City

One of the things I miss the most about the golden age of the SNES is the abundance of great RPGs available for Nintendo players. With the absence of AAA titles in that genre for the Wii U, we turn our hopes to the system's increasingly excellent array of e-Shop offerings. And when it comes to bite-sized RPGs, Costume Quest 2 is at the top of the class.

Sunday, November 2, 2014