Opinion: Gaming in Japan and with the New 3DS

Saturday, October 18, 2014

An American's Time in Japan and with the New 3DS

Gaming in Japan. That sounds like a dream to some Americans who long for games that may never reach our shores. Over the past week, I had the opportunity to visit Japan. Yes, the typhoon hit, but that actually gave me time out of a packed schedule to go exploring the used video game world in Japan. Since my visit corresponded with the release of...

Features: The Hierarchy of Nintendo Players

Thursday, September 25, 2014

See where you sit as a Nintendo player, and also how far you've come

It’s been fifteen years since I received my first Nintendo game, and in those fifteen years, I’ve changed as a Nintendo enthusiast. I’ve matured in the way I play games, and occasionally find myself reminiscing on how I used to play games, compared to how I do now. At times I parallel my reminiscing to how a middle aged man playing on his...

Opinion: Remembering the Game Manual

Monday, September 8, 2014

Recollections of what used to be the gold standard.

There was a time when you could buy a game and an extensive manual came along with it, not those short little blurbs written in three languages. No, a game came with a 30-50 page manual that not only explained the mechanics of the game, but also a bit of the story and some extra information. If you had trouble in the game, skimming through the...

General: Consoles a Dying Market?

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Nintendo, along with everyone else, may just have to rethink their game plan.

Long time video game analyst, Michael Patcher, has spoken about a possible change. A very scary change. For the longest time, there had been talk of consoles dying out. It's been happening ever since gaming hit the mainstream. But we were never really concerned; after all, console gaming is a huge industry. However, Michael Patcher has some...

Opinion: Potential of the New 3DS

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Fan's Opinion of Nintendo's Latest Upgrade

"Ask and you shall receive." At least that's what appears to be the case here. When the 3DS was announced, many fans wondered why there wasn't a second analog input. The same was asked when the 3DS XL was announced. It seemed like the perfect opportunity, but Nintendo decided to pass it by. Now, Nintendo has heard our demand and implemented not...

Opinion: Overview of Mega Man Battle Network

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Mega Man Battle Network Is a Great Series

A while back, I wrote a piece on my excitement and hopes of Battle Network 3 coming to Virtual Console. However, it has come to my attention that many people may still consider the series the black sheep of the entire franchise. While not every entry is great (looking at you 4), they are still good and fun to play, even more so when you have a...

Opinion: Why I’m So Pumped for Megaman Battle Network 3 on Virtual Console

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A fan's reasons for wanting this old game again

A few months ago, reports surfaced that Capcom was going to release Mega Man Battle Network 3 on the Wii U virtual Console. When I heard this, I got super excited. My first experience with Mega Man was Mega Man II for the gameboy followed by Mega Man Xtreme, but my hardcore devotion didn't start until a friend told me to pick up Battle Network...

Opinion: No Shame in Playing Easy mode

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Difficulty is only a means toward enjoyment

I've never been fantastic at games. I was good or decent, but never great. At least, I was not the type that could speed run through Super Mario Bros. within 6 minutes or play through Bioshock Infinite on its hardest difficulty. In fact, I never got around to beat the original Metroid, Legend of Zelda (even Aonuma hasn't beaten it), or Super Mario...

Opinion: Suggestions for the Wii U

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

4 things to make the Wii U even better

The Wii U has improved a lot since it first released but there is still plenty of room for more. Here are a few ideas I'm hoping Nintendo will implement in the near future. Cross Buy: For games that are actually on both the 3DS and Wii U, this should exist. Now that the two systems can be linked with the Nintendo Network ID, I wouldn't think...

General: Gamespot Clarifies Why You Should Buy A Wii U in 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Many are still hesitant to buy Nintendo’s latest home console, and that’s not a bad thing considering the amount of innovation put on the table, which leaves many questioning what this thing really is. If you're still not convinced, this video might be able to buy this home console....