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MInecraft: The Worst Game of All Time?

Minecraft is a game developed by Japan in 2002,  for the Atari Jaguar, 33X, and *New* PS Vita, later released for USB drivers in 2001 and the iPhone 7’s headphone jack in 1873 , releasing only in South China and Texas, serving as a spiritual successor for Valve’s Steam web client and Google Chrome. Releasing at a hefty 5 cents, one person would expect this to be better than the USB 2.0 game Team Fortress 2. But when I bought this game in trade for my life insurance and half of my car at Burger King, and played it using my Macbook while driving I was greeted with a pirated version of The Story of Zelda on the NES, it looks like YouTube was right when they said that this game was a ripoff of Zelda 1, but If you put in the VHS backwards, it first plays a fan dub of the entirety of Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, and then the quote-on-quote “Real Game” begins with the opening cutscene from Sonic’s schoolhouse, and then it dumps you into a romhack of Sonic.exe except the file is actually a mp3 file so it doesn’t work properly, so you get screen tearing so bad that your monitor gets sliced in half, so it is pretty much required to play this game on a CRT TV because the game can’t slice through a monitor that large. Mind you, I was using my Macbook in my car so I had to stop at the local gas station to buy their security monitor. After the first part of the game you save your progress and then go through the entirety of every loading screen in Sonic ’06 and then you arrive at the “Second stage” in which you are forced to read every single Undertale fanfiction (no matter the content) on a sign in the Sonic Dreams Collection’s Hospital level. After that level precisely 156 seconds pass and then the game ends with trying to delete your save file like Undertale, but it fails and deletes your entire processor and that’s about it. Overall I’d give it a :p/59

 

Never ask me to do anything ever again.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Arrives in The West on April 25th in US and 28th in EU

Puyo Puyo Tetris will arrive in the west on April 25th in the US and 28th in Europe! The game will have the menus completely translated, as per usual for a localization as well as being fully dubbed into English, which is very cool considering how many lines each character had in the Japanese game. There are also general fixes to the game being made like having more options for online matches among slight other things. There are also name changes being made to some characters  for example, T is now Tee, J & L is now Jay & Ellie, S is Ess, and more like that. Those were just the Tetris characters, there are also changes made to puyo characters. Raffine is now Raffina, to more align with the pronunciation of her Japanese name, and Satan is now Dark Prince (this name change existed in prior games, though). Finally having another game in the west is really good, mostly because the last one was Puyo Pop Fever, and that game had some issues with translations to say the least (Rita) and also being light on content. But luckily this game has a lot more content. There is also a website for the game now. puyo.sega.com/tetris

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The Wonderful 101: Heroes, assemble!

Hero squad? Check.

Silly powers? Check.

Theme song? Hmm…

“Meteoranger, hero sentai!” …No, that’s not it.

“Shooting star, shooting star, kagayake!” …Also not it.

“The unstoppable, wonderful, wonderful, 101!” There we go.

Continue reading “The Wonderful 101: Heroes, assemble!”

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Fire Emblem Direct Scheduled for Today (2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET)

Just a reminder that Nintendo has a Fire Emblem based Nintendo Direct scheduled for today. The direct will deal exclusively with information regarding Nintendo’s popular SRPG series, and is also confirmed to feature information regarding the upcoming Fire Emblem mobile app. The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET, so make sure you’ve prepared yourself!

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – It wasn’t a mirage after all

Imagine, if you would, a JRPG. A JRPG that’s a crossover between Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. All three of you capable of doing so are probably rather intrigued by such a concept. They all probably have that game as well, but that is not the point. Even if you’ve never touched either series (which, I’m ashamed to say, is a group of people including me), you’ll probably like this game. Continue reading “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – It wasn’t a mirage after all”

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Mario Party Star Rush Review: A unique, but good, Mario party game

Mario Party Star Rush is the newest Mario Party game released on the 3DS. The game is different from your normal Mario Party this time around, with many new modes. The main party mode for this game is Toad scramble. There is a race to see who collects the most coins in a short amount of time through unique mini games in Coinathalon, and a mix of Toad scramble and traditional Mario Party with Balloon Bash, among others. The other modes are more simple and less important to the overall game, like a new puzzle game and vertical minesweeper.

Toad Scramble, the new twist on party mode, is the main mode of the game where 4 toads (who could’ve guessed) race to gather the most stars from the bosses. Race, however being used lightly, as there are many ways to play this mode. You could always just head straight for the bosses, but typically this is not how you gain the most stars. What I usually do is hog the shy guy shop and get the double card every time. The double card gets you double the items from a boss game, so if you have 2 cards in the final boss game and win 1st, you get 8 stars instead of 2. But if you go after the boss directly  you get a bonus 5 coins (half a star at the end of the game) along with getting the first few shots off the boss. All of this is to show that the game has a lot of strategy which makes the mode a lot of fun. The unique stages and the tutorial levels, which tell you exactly how to play the game while still feeling like normal stages, are also fun. There are also 12 stages (15 with the tutorial stages) which ensures replayability.

The other main mode, Coinathalon, is a race to get the most coins while playing unique minigames, all the while throwing items at your opponents to deter them. It is very simple, but very fun at the same time.

Balloon Bash is a mode that combines normal Mario Party and Toad Scramble to make a unique new mode. This mode is all about walking around a small board collecting coins and items, but most importantly walking into balloons to get stars or cause minigames to occur. You still have to buy stars, and if you get 2 minigame balloons in one round you get a boss game instead.  There are other modes but they are less important, like vertical minesweeper, a rhythm game, a puzzle game, and a character gallery.

The game presentation-wise, looks great for the 3DS, with high poly models and lots on screen at a time with no frame drops. The music is fine, but not great.

Overall, the game is great and is definitely worth the $40. It is a very fun, late 3DS title, with many unique attributes.

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Outlast 2, Coming next year!

Regularly scheduled for this year in October, Outlast 2 took a surprise spin on its fans by announcing their release for next year, in 2017. No speculation has been made to when, in 2017, it would come out. How disappointing, right? Well, Red Barrel did say that their, “…mission… is to deliver… the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible,” so it can be assumed that the game’s production was not met by the developer’s expectations. Red Barrel also suggested that they, “…could not, in good conscious, release a game who’s limits haven’t been tested to the extreme.” To many’s distraught, we still have to wait an extra allotted time for such an amazing game, so be on the lookout for its release!

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Sonic CD is now free on the App Store

Sonic CD is now free-to-play on the app store, which is great if you don’t have the game already. The one downside is, it is filled with ads. On pause screens, menu selection, they’re everywhere. Also, you have to have internet to even start the game. You won’t get any ads if you purchased the game before the game went free. You can also pay $1.99 cents to remove them entirely. This is a great opportunity to play one of Sonic’s older adventures, even with added features.

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Nintendo Confirms New Console, Dubbed ‘Nintendo Switch’

Well, the wait is finally over! Just mere minutes ago, Nintendo released a preview trailer of their next console. It would appear that the console will feature a cross between handheld and console game play, allowing you to play games both at home and on the go. The trailer also featured many different games including an unknown Mario title, an unknown Splatoon title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a few others. It would also seem that the system will support a variety of controller options as well. If you’re interested, check out the trailer below:

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Sonic Boom Fire and Ice, Not as bad as you think. (A Review)

Sonic Boom Fire & Ice is the 3rd game under the Sonic Boom name and the second game to be made by Sanzaru Games. Releasing only for the 3DS this time around, and with a lot more development time, people had a bit more hope this time that it would be a good game. Surprisingly, it actually is!

The main changes to the game from Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal are very plentiful. Some changes include a better moveset for the cast, the addition of Amy as a playable character, the ability to be in fire or ice mode, which gets you through certain obstacles, and some more gameplay styles such as races or hovercraft missions.

If you are unfamiliar with Shattered Crystal, the previous Sonic Boom game, it is very similar to this game, except the gameplay was a lot slower, had poor level design and progressing through the game was a nightmare.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a fast paced 2D platformer with the ability to switch between 5 characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks) and the ability to switch between fire and ice. Each character has their own special abilities that can be activated by pressing the X button, Sonic can spin dash which is VERY important if you want to keep your speed up, Amy uses her hammer, Tails has a laser, and Sticks has her boomerang, and Knuckles can dig. The new fire and ice abilities allow the cast to go through certain obstacles very easily.

One reason why I think that this game is not only good, but very good is that the game has an amazing sense of speed, (if you play as Sonic) if you constantly spin dash, air dash, Enerbeam, and homing attack through the masterfully designed levels. The game may be somewhat short, but it does have replayability in the fact that it has lots of collectibles to grab. All of which have a bonus for collecting them, as well as going for the fastest times in a stage gives you a pitiful amount of currency that you can use for the races.

The game, graphically, looks pretty alright. It runs at the same frame rate for both 3D and non-3D and the 3D also looks great as well. Some textures look a tiny bit muddy on the character models and on parts of the landscape, but overall it looks decent. The game also sounds pretty good as well, the music is decent and the sound effects sound alright.

This game is very good and I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Darkrai Event Back for the 3rd Time this Year

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You heard me right, Darkrai is back! If  you somehow missed your chance to get Darkrai via newsletter or GameStop code, he’s back again, this time, through code…?! Simply enter the code DARKRAI20 in Mystery Gift and he (she?) will come with the moves Dark Void, Ominous Wind, Nightmare, and Feint Attack. If Darkrai doesn’t float your boat, then you can still get Victini via internet.

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Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – Not Just a leak!

A couple days ago, the official Sonic Twitter account took a poll asking if people wanted a collector’s edition for Sonic Mania. Many people flooded the polls saying yes, and with only a few saying no. A couple days later, pictures of what would be the collector’s edition leaked onto various websites. It was eventually confirmed by the official Sonic Twitter account to be real and that it would be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Lots of celebration from the community occurred and the pre-orders sold out on Amazon (don’t worry they’re available again.) The set includes a classically styled box, a 12’’ figure that makes the “SEGA” startup sound, a cartridge cast with a golden ring, and a metallic collector’s card with the download code. The entire package will cost 70 US dollars. Unfortunately, it is only available in America. But in order to compensate for Europe, if you pre-order Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice you will receive one of those old Sonic hats from the Sonic Colors pre-order bonus. The pre-orders for the PS4 and the PC versions are becoming best-sellers which will remind people that many still show an interest for Sonic and his games.

 

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New Nintendo Direct Coming September 1st

Nintendo recently announced that a brand new Nintendo Direct will be streamed on September 1st.  Its been a decent amount of time since Nintendo last released a direct for fans, so this is certainly cause for conversation.  Unfortunately, Nintendo has confirmed that the direct is dealing exclusively in news about their handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS.  This basically disproves the idea that the direct will have any news about their new console, the NX; however, Nintendo has done some funny stuff before and I wouldn’t put it past them to slip in some info on the mysterious console.  We’ll be sure to tune in to the broadcast with you guys and hopefully some interesting info will be revealed.

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Starbound or Terraria?

This has been a discussion topic around the web, so I thought I’d write about it, since I know a lot about one of these games.

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Sandbox games seem to be gathering more and more popularity over the past ten years, games such as Minecraft and Terraria selling millions of units. On July 22nd, 2016, Starbound came out of early access after months of Soon™. But development hell isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since great things take great time, right?

I’m going to try to compare these games on many topics, so prepare for a lot to read.

Overall Gameplay

Terraria is a game about progression. You chop down a tree, make a lot of crafting tables, mine some ores, craft better gear, fight bosses, craft gear from their drops, rinse and repeat.

Starbound is about exploring the universe and progression. Starbound has a main quest line as well as many sidequests. You can expand your ship, recruit new crew members, or build a huge base.

Worlds

Terraria generates worlds of three different sizes that the player chooses from. Every world has a procedurally generated Dungeon and Lihzahrd Temple. Every world also has a jungle, a desert, two oceans, a frost biome, and grasslands. In addition to these, every world is generated with a biome of evil, the Corruption, a land of darkness and curses, or the Crimson, a land of flesh and ichor. Worlds are generated with a random set of metals, the tiers being Copper/Tin, Iron/Lead, Silver/Tungsten, and Gold/Platinum.

After the Wall of Flesh, the first boss that is necessary in progression (There are many bosses before it but they’re all theoretically unnecessary), is defeated, hardmode starts. This causes two large streaks to appear through the world, one of Corruption or Crimson (depending on the world), and one of Hallow, a land of light and painful enemies. The Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow are all biomes that spread. Corruption and Crimson can permanently affect the Jungle, which can block progression. The three biomes do not affect each other, and come to a halt when in contact with the other.

Starbound has a virtually infinite world to explore. After all, the game is about exploring the universe. There are five different types of stars you can go to: Gentle, Temperate, Radioactive, Frozen, and Fiery. Each planet has a primary biome, a description,  and a difficulty rating going from Low to Inconceivable.

Every planet also has structures that house people of different races. I’ll get to that next:

Characters and Dialogue

In Terraria, your character has options of hair, outfit, gender, and colors. Most of your character’s looks will come from armor and vanity.

As for other characters, there’s still not much writing. Terraria has no story, so characters only have a few jokes as their lines.

Starbound has seven playable races: the Apex, ape-like citizens ruled by the tyranny of a questionable leader, the Avians, wingless believers of Kluex, the Floran, unisex carnivorous humanoid plants, the Glitch, the only surviving results of a thought experiment of an ancient race, the Humans, warmongers with curiosity, the Hylotl, dumb fish, and the Novakids, strange beings forged in a star. Even after this there are still many customization options. Armor and vanity is still a bonus.

Every race has some backstory and some have unique dialogue quirks. For example, Florans lack articles in their speech, speak in third person while calling themselves “Floran”, and extend their letter s: “Floran consider ssstabbing but behave ssself.”

Glitch say the tone of their sentence before they speak the sentence: “Concerned. Try and watch yourself here, outcast.”

Story

As stated in the previous section, Terraria has no story. The way things play out does make you think about cause/effect relationships between certain events, however.

Starbound has a story with many plotlines. Interactions between races, a God’s sacrifice, a former student fighting a current pupil, it never ends.

Equipment

Terraria allows you to equip 3 pieces of armor, 3 vanity pieces that are for show and have no stat function, and a dye for each. You also have room for five (six) accessories, each with its own vanity and dye slot. Accessories can do anything from giving extra jumps to flipping gravity. There are 110 dyes in the PC version. [Hover]

Starbound, in a similar way to Terraria, allows 3 pieces of armor and 3 vanity armors. There is also a back equipment slot for a necessary item that is critical to progression called the EPP. This can be covered with a vanity back item. All armors and vanities can be dyed, and this involves applying the dye to the item itself, which uses up the dye in the process. Also, Starbound only has eleven dyes.

Combat and Weapons

Terraria has a set amount of weapons. But what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality and just how cool they are.

To talk about Starbound, I need this quote from Starbounder.org (the official wiki) to help me here:

The amount of possible weapons in the game has not been calculated, but when ignoring the stats such as base DPS, damage per swing, and swing speed there are over 1,000,000 possibilities using the data available.

Starbound has a unique combat system where every hotbar slot has two parts, one for left and right click. Large guns and broadswords take up both slots, but have a special attack executed with right click. Smaller weapons take up one, meaning that you can combine weapons for different situations, like a shortsword and shield for low health situations, or a pistol and knife for close-quarters combat.

Mod Support

Terraria doesn’t have mod support. It can be modded. tModLoader is a mod that adds mod support. But Terraria by itself does not have mod support.

Starbound has Steam Workshop integration. This is really nice because the statement “It’s better with mods” applies to this game. The workshop mods add some things to the game, and also fix some problems.


I’m putting a few miscellaneous things here. Terraria has a good UI that stays clear of your character, while Starbound’s UI obscures your view. Your crew in Starbound also gets in the way of anything you try and interact with because their definition of following you is standing within a block of your position. Interacting with your crew causes them to stop following you and stand guard where you leave them. Starbound lets you choose how zoomed in you want to be, something Terraria lacks, but this can be done by changing your resolution setting.

Overall, both games are great in their own ways. I really like Terraria, and I’m really liking Starbound.

Terraria is the game for you if you like: building, mining, crafting, having a limited world, varying playstyles.

Starbound is the game for you if you like: building, mining, crafting, mods, always having a new place to explore, creating systems.

Both games get a REALLY good out of ten in my book.

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SEGA Confirms 25th Anniversary Sonic Game “Sonic Mania”

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Wow.

Honestly, a part of me is extremely surprised typing this article right now.  At Sonic’s 25th Anniversary celebration SEGA just recently confirmed the Blue Blur’s next title.  Rather than taking a step forward it seems the company wants to take a few steps back, and that’s not a bad thing.  The newly confirmed title is called “Sonic Mania” and will let both fans and newcomers to the series experience a classic Sonic experience complete with sprite style graphics and loads of nostalgia.  The game is currently confirmed to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  Interestingly enough the release date is Spring 2017 but there has been no confirmation that a version is in development for Nintendo’s NX, which is releasing around the same time.

Sonic will not be the only playable character either as Knuckles and Tails will also be making active appearances.  The game is confirmed to contain revamped versions of many classic sonic levels as well, so you’ll be able to get a taste of both old and new once it releases.  Whatever the case, this Sonic game looks like it’s going to give many fans the classic Sonic experience they’ve been asking for and add a new branch in the hedgehog’s legacy.  The full trailer can be viewed below.  Thanks for reading, and stay fast.

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Darkrai Confirmed For The Arcade Version of Pokkén Tournament.

Earlier today, there was a Pokkén Tournament stream aired on NicoNico.  During this stream, new characters were confirmed for the arcade version of the game.  Most of the confirmed fighters were ones already present in the Wii U version, such as Garchomp and Braixen; however, there was one surprise.  The stream confirmed that the Pokémon “Darkrai” is going to be playable in the arcade version of the game.  The footage showed that Darkrai will be a Technical fighter, and rely heavily on the skill and strategy of the player.  It is still not known whether or not Darkrai will be brought over to the Wii U version of the game, but many speculate that it is only a matter of time before he is added through DLC.  You can view the confirmation video below:

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Nintendo Brings Back The “NES” With the New “mini NES Classic Edition”

Well this was a bit of a surprise.

Nintendo recently announced on their official twitter that the NES is coming back in all its retro glory.  Starting on November 11th, fans will be able to purchase the mini NES Classic Edition.  This console is a plug-and-play replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System and comes with 30 NES games already loaded onto it.  These games are listed as follows:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS ‘N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

New NES controllers are being created that connect to the system via the same port used on Wii controllers.  This means you can use the NES controllers to play virtual console games on your Wii/Wii U or use the Classic Controller on your Wii/Wii U to play retro games on the mini NES.  The system istself connects to the TV using an HDMI cable, so you’ll be able to play your games in glorious High Definition.  The system is expected to be $59.99 and the controllers will be $9.99.  This will definitely be great for long time fans of Nintendo or those interested in playing some of the most revered titles in gaming.  Thanks for reading!

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Steam Summer Sale is Happening

Well, it’s been happening. I’m always late writing these articles. I’m still working on an Overwatch thing. Anyway, the sale ends on Monday, July 4th. Here are some games I bought and a few quick thoughts for each one:

Watch_Dogs: $11.99:

This third-person shooter takes place in a futuristic Chicago where everything electronic is connected through a system called ctOS. In the game, you are connected into this system and can use this connection to do from as little as listening to someone’s phone conversation to as impactful as cutting the entire city’s power for a short moment.

It’s…

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Okay.

Melody’s Escape: $4.99:

Whoops I already wrote a Steam review on this game. Do you like rhythm games? because I definitely love rhythm games. I especially like the ones that let you play your own music, such as AudioSurf. This game is in the small group of games that fit those criteria. The game requires you to input timed directionals, but it is not a rehash of DDR. Higher difficulty levels require separate types of directional inputs, such as arrows and WASD. This game plays really well with a controller. If you like rhythm games, you should try it.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: $7.49

This is my first Metal Gear game. It’s also my first Hack and Slash game. WOW THIS GAME IS REALLY FUN. You play as Raiden, a cyborg ninja dude who rips things apart. The game has a lot of interesting plot detail in it. There are other cyborg ninja dudes that try to kill you. There’s a lot of blood (We’re talking Hotline Miami levels of blood). You can slow down time and hang out in the air while you slash things into 300 pieces. See that box? You can cut it. It took me a night’s sleep to download and the following day (The same day I wrote this) to finish. The only problem I had with it was how short it was.

 

Take advantage of this opportunity, guys. There’s less than a week left, so hurry!

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Dolphin Emulator Releases Version 5.0

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA IT’S HERE

Dolphin Emulator is an open-source program that can emulate games released on the Nintendo GameCube and Wii. Today, version 5.0 just released. Everything is summed up in this video:

I’m uninstalling Dolphin 4.0-6484 as you read this

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First Footage of Zygarde’s Different Forms Shown

We learned a while back that Zygarde was receiving alternate forms, but it seems like we are now getting a clear look at them.  Footage was first shown at the Taiwan Pokémon National Championships, and the official Pokémon Company followed up with an official trailer for US audiences later today.  Due to the footage, we were able to discover that some of Zygarde’s new moves include “Thousand Arrows” and “Thousand Waves”.  When in a pinch, Zygarde can change into his complete form in order to gain control of the battle and finish his opponents off with the move “Core Enforcer”!  This was certainly an awesome surprise and we’ll be waiting for a chance to use Zygarde’s new forms when Pokémon Sun and Moon release this November.  You can view the video below:

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New Pokémon Revealed for Sun and Moon via CoroCoro

Popular Japanese gaming magazine “CoroCoro” recently released another issue.  As always scans of the issue are already circulating around the internet, and it would seem they have given us a look at some new Pokémon.  The people who translated the articles wanted to note that they aren’t sure if the details are finite, so they may be changed or disproved later.  The first is known as the Half Awake Pokémon “Nekkoala”, and has the ability “Definite Sleep” as well as a normal typing.  It’s ability prevents it from being subject to any status affects other than sleep, and its design appears to be based on the koala (that was kinda obvious off the name alone).

corocoro7161The second Pokémon, which seems to be causing more stir among fans, is the Puppy Pokémon “Iwanko”.  It is a Rock-type and has either “Keen Eye” or “Vital Spirit” as its ability (the Japanese translation is still being worked out).

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These two new Pokémon look like they’ll be very interesting additions to the already over 700 we have, and here’s hoping there are more new ones to come.

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Sonic Confirmed For Lego Dimensions

I legitimately can’t believe I’m typing this.

The toy-to-life based video game “LEGO Dimensions” recently released an E3 Expo trailer showcasing some of the game’s upcoming characters and levels.  Towards the end of the trailer, there was a shot of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings chasing after…well…a ring.  Last second, a blue blur dashes by and grabs the ring, and upon slowing down we see that it’s none other than-

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Yep, that’s Sonic alright.  Depending on who you are this is either really cool or really disappointing.  Personally, I think it was kind of neat seeing Sonic with a LEGO mini figure.  I won’t lie though, I’m kind of upset about him appearing in LEGO Dimensions (the game is trying so hard to milk many franchises and it’s sad seeing Sonic taken to that level).  The trailer also showcased many other upcoming series being added such as “Ghostbusters” and “Teen Titans Go!”.  This was certainly…interesting to say the least, and we’ll be standing by for more information.

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Injustice 2 Announced With Trailer

Yesterday, in a surprise announcement, a trailer was released announcing a sequel to the 2013 title “Injustice: Gods Among Us”.  The description of the trailer is as follows:

“Build and power up the ultimate version of your favorite DC legends in INJUSTICE 2. With a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, INJUSTICE 2 allows you to personalize every iconic character with unique and powerful gear. Take control over how your favorite characters look, how they fight, and how they develop across a huge variety of game modes. This is your Legend. Your Journey. Your Injustice.”

It seems customization will be a very important aspect of this game and we even get to see some of it in action during this trailer.  We also get a neat look at some of the characters, such as Superman, Supergirl, Batman, and The Flash.  The game currently appears to have a 2017 release date, so we’ll hope for some more news soon.

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Pokémon Company Releases New Trailer For Sun and Moon

The Pokémon Company has released a trailer today detailing new information about their upcoming games “Pokémon Sun Version” and “Pokémon Moon Version”:

The trailer introduces some new information, such as the fact that the region will feature multiple islands and that the professor will have a mysterious assistant named Lillie.  The typing of the legendary Pokémon has also been revealed, having the Sun legendary be Psychic/Steel and the moon legendary be Psychic/Ghost.  Ironically this means that Solgaleo (the sun legendary) will be weak to fire type attacks and Lunala (the moon legendary) will be weak to dark type attacks.  It’s great to finally get some new information about the game and we’ll be anxiously waiting for its November release.

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Xbox One Drops in Price

On May 26th, Microsoft lowered the price of the Xbox One by $50. I’m not sure if this is just a limited time offer, but I think it’s about time they lowered the price on the new generation consoles.

Meanwhile, the price of the Playstation console remains the same.

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Good Smile Company Begins Pre-Orders for New Link Figure

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Video games and merchandise go together like bread and butter, and this article provides a living example.  The Good Smile Company, a Japanese based company well known for their high quality figures, announced that they are accepting pre-orders for their new Link figure starting today.  Its design is based on Link’s appearance in “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” and features sculpt work from Yuuki Ishiyama and paint work by Hiroyuki Hirose.  The figure pays stunning attention to detail and gives the Hero of Time a breathtakingly accurate representation.  The current price for pre-orders is 14,630 JPY (about $132 USD) and the figure will see a final release this November.  If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can find the product page here.  Pictures of the figure can be viewed below.

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Popular Puzzle Game “Tetris” to be Turned Into a Trilogy Movie

 

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Yeah, you read that title right.

It appears that the popular puzzle game “Tetris” is going to be turned into a movie.  And not only that, but the people making the movie expect it to have two follow-ups.  The film is currently being worked on by Larry Kasanoff and Bruno Wu.  If Kasanoff’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably due to the fact that he was the producer for the live-action Mortal Kombat movies made years ago.  The movie is supposed to be a science-fiction thriller and currently has a budget of $80 million.  Recording for the film is set to start in 2017 in China, so you guys can look forward to (or dread) the date that this film finally comes to theaters.  At any rate, the film is sure to be a blockbuster once it releases…don’t worry, that pun hurt me more than it hurt you.

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E3 Hosting a Free Event for Fans Called “E3 Live”

E3 announced that they have decided to create an event specifically for fans to enjoy this year.  The event will take place in downtown Los Angeles, CA and span across June 14-16.  Entry tickets were completely free, but they are now sold out.  This sadly means that no new patrons can attend, but for those who managed to get a ticket we hope you enjoy your time.  It may still be possible to buy a ticket for the event off of somebody else too, so try looking around!  The official site can be found here.

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Mario Bros. Themed UNO Coming Soon

It was recently announced that the game company Mattel has made a special arrangement with Nintendo to create cards for the game UNO.  The cards will feature characters from the Super Mario Bros. universe,  Luigi, Mario, and the Koopalings among those making appearances.  While this is definitely some cool news, it sounds like Mattel isn’t interested in bringing the cards to the US.  In an official statement to Nintendo News a supervisor stated as follows:

I’m looking in the system and do not see that product scheduled for release any time within the next two months.  We often outsource products to areas with a specific interest, so we cannot guarantee they will be released elsewhere.

It’s a little sad that this game may not be brought to the United States, but until we know for sure you can check out some images of the game below:

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Sonic Social Media Teases New Game in Development

Earlier this week, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Social Media page began teasing that a new game was in development.  They displayed an image that was rather funny but also cause for interest:

Later on, the blue blur’s official twitter began conversation with the musical artist Madeon and started asking how much it would potentially cost to hire him for game trailer music:

Another interesting thing to note is that the Sonic twitter already made a tease involving Madeon earlier this year, where they took the cover art for his album “Adventure” and gave it a Sonic flare:

Of course this is very interesting and exciting news for fans of Sonic, but for now the most we can really do is speculate as we haven’t been given any more details.  It could be Adventure 3, Generations 2, or maybe a whole new game entirely.  Maybe we’ll get some more information at Sonic’s Birthday event or even E3, but for now that’s all we’ve got.  Thanks for reading!

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Overwatch Releases A New Animated Short

Yesterday the folks over at Blizzard gave us a look at another animated Overwatch short.  This time the story details a young girl being threatened by the infamous “Los Muertos” gang in Dorado.  Naturally, Soldier 76 jumps into battle just in time to take action and fight back.  You can view this awesome animation below or on the official Overwatch YouTube channel.

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Zelda Wii U to be Focus of E3 for Nintendo

Nintendo showcased some new information regarding their upcoming Zelda title a while ago.  As many fans speculated, the game will be seeing a dual release on both Nintendo’s upcoming system, codenamed “NX”, and its current system, the Nintendo Wii U.  What’s also interesting to note is that Nintendo has confirmed that they will be putting heavy emphasis on this upcoming game during this year’s E3.  They also confirmed that the game is set to launch next year.

Whether or not this is a sound business decision on Nintendo’s part is yet to be seen, but it’s great to finally be getting some news regarding the game.

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New Persona 5 Trailer Released

Whoops this happened like 2 weeks ago sorry

ATLUS released the 4th trailer for Persona 5, giving it a release date for Japan, September 15th, 2016.

This is the original trailer, it’s in Japanese.

This is a subbed version of said trailer:

It looks pretty good in my opinion.

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Overwatch Releases A New Animated Short Today

This past morning, the Overwatch team released another animated short on their YouTube channel and website for fans to enjoy.  This short starred the characters Genji and Hanzo as they duke it out with each other in a sacred dragon temple.  During the fight, the two exchange words and learn more about each other in the process.  The video, titled “Dragons”, is beautifully animated and extremely well done, so be sure to check it out below.

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Nintendo Planning to Start Producing Movies

As of late, there’s been a movement of video game companies wanting to turn their intellectual properties into movies.  Recent examples include the Ratchet and Clank movie as well as the Angry Birds movie, and we’re also supposed to be seeing a film based on the Assassin’s Creed series by the end of the year.  It looks like Nintendo has caught wind of this trend and now wants their share of the glory.  The Japanese based video game company recently announced that they are going to be attempting to move into the film industry.  What surprised many fans on top of this is the fact that Nintendo announced that one of these films could be completed and in theaters within as little as 2-3 years.

Aside from these facts Nintendo didn’t really elaborate on details, so we’re still in the dark as to what franchise the film will be based upon.  Hopefully the movie will be good though, and help break the trend of video games making poor source material for films.  Since Nintendo wouldn’t disclose which of their franchises would be given an adaptation, many fans have begun speculating and voicing their hopes for which franchise will be used.  Personally, I think a Kid Icarus or Legend of Zelda movie would do great, especially if it was animated (video game movies have tried doing live action before, it usually doesn’t end well).

It seems that Nintendo has been making many bold moves as of late and this is definitely cause for stir among gamers.  First, they announced last year that they were partnering up with the theme park division of the company “Universal Studios“.  Next, they announced their desire to become a part of the mobile market, following this up with the release of Miitomo and announcement that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing apps are coming later this year.  Then, they gave their new system, code-named NX, a release date of next year; and finally, they are now announcing that they wish to join the cinematic world.

While we can only wonder what Nintendo has planned for the long run, this recent announcement is certainly exciting and we can only hope the best for the company.

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Nintendo’s Upcoming Mobile Apps are Free to Play

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Nintendo recently stated that their upcoming Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem apps will be free to play.  This will be good news for many, as you’ll be able to try the apps without having to pay any money; however, it is still unclear whether the games will be fully free to play or if they’ll be “free to start” and require you to pay later.  Whatever the case, it’ll be very interesting to see how these apps turn out in the very end.  Thanks for reading!

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Starters Confirmed For Pokémon Sun and Moon

Earlier this morning, the Pokémon Company released a video giving us a first look at their upcoming title.  During this video we finally got a chance to see the game’s brand new starters.  These came in the form of Rowlet, the grass type Pokémon; Litten, the fire type Pokémon; and Popplio, the water type Pokémon.

What’s interesting to note is that the starters weren’t the only thing shown.  We were also given a look at some game play and even told the new region’s name, the Alola region.

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It’s very likely that this is a play on the Hawaiian word “Aloha” considering the game takes place in a tropical island setting.  What’s also interesting is that the Pokémon company has ditched the chibi 3d models used in the overworld of Pokémon X and Y, as well as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, in exchange for more realistic and proportionate looking models.  A top down view of the region as well as some footage of the main character running through it was also shown.

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To end things off with a bang, the video gave us our first looks at the legendary Pokémon as well as official box art and a set release date.

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This news was certainly exciting and we can’t wait to finally get our hands on a copy of the game this November.  More images from the video can be seen in the slideshow below.

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Nintendo Themed Vans Coming This Summer

The popular shoe company Vans has announced that they are teaming up with Nintendo to create shoes themed around their hit characters.  Starting this summer, you can get your hands on shoes based on The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Duck Hunt, and more.  These shoes will not only be an expression of style, but also a great way to show your dedication as a fan.  You can see images of the shoes below:

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Callie and Marie amiibo Confirmed for Splatoon

If you’re a fan of Splatoon then it’s time to get excited.  Nintendo recently released a video on YouTube that confirmed they are currently in production of a Callie and Marie amiibo.  The amiibo will feature Splatoon’s freshest girls at their finest as they strike their signature “Stay Fresh!” pose:

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When scanned into the game, you can request Callie and Marie to sing you brand new, never before heard songs in your own private concerts.

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Not only that, but the girls also have brand new dance moves to shake things up in Inkopolis and really give you a show!

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What’s interesting to note is that Callie and Marie amiibos were rumored months ago due to data found in-game.  These data-mining rumors also included the possible presence of octolings as playable characters, so will we be seeing them anytime soon?   Well, rumors aside both these amiibo look great and will be available for purchase on July 8th.  Nintendo also confirmed that they are doing re-releases of the inkling boy, girl, and squid amiibo with alternate colors.  These will also be available July 8th.

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Thank’s for reading guys, and remember, Stay Fresh!

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Release Date for the Nintendo NX Confirmed!

In a surprise tweet earlier today, Nintendo announced their plans for the NX’s release date and confirmed that they want to release the console in March of next year.

Sadly, no pictures or other information were disclosed or showed along with this tweet.  On top of that, Nintendo also didn’t say whether they wanted to show information on their new console at E3, so we still haven’t learned much at all about the NX.  Despite all of this, it’s nice to finally have an official release date and know that Nintendo is still putting care and consideration into their next console.

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Halo 6 Split Screen?

In the latest game in the halo franchise, Halo 5, the developers removed the split screen mechanic from the game entirely. This move received harsh criticism and angered many fans of the series. Although the game did well in stores, I for one was quite disappointed. It was as though the series was begging to focus on graphics primarily, while sacrificing some crucial gameplay elements in the process.

For me, it was always the campaign of the games that intrigued me the most. On weekend nights, me and my father would bond together while simultaneously immersing  ourselves into a creative, mysterious world within a game. I was very anxious to play this game the same way I had with the other games in the series, but I ended up playing through the campaign alone with no one else to discuss the alluring story with.

As I mentioned earlier, it would seem as though our beloved series is slowly losing its touch. What i mean is that the newest halo games are becoming more and more like your everyday first person shooter. The mechanics have changed, along with the overall style of the series. for example: you can now aim down the sights with your weapon and be revived by one of your 3 teammates.

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So, here is the real question: will these changes be kept for the next game in the series? In my opinion… yes… maybe. It depends on whether 343 studios care more about revenues or fan service. However, our most recent games seem to be revolving around one thing: money. And since this game made over 400 million dollars in sales after its initial release, I don’t think that the developers will try anything too risky. But I guess we’ll see.

 

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Xenoblade Chronicles Coming to Nintendo eShop Tomorrow

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If you’ve been enjoying Xenoblade Chronicles X and wanted to try out its predecessor, or if you wanted to know the origins of Shulk from Super Smash Bros., you’ll be getting your chance tomorrow.  Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii is coming to the North American Nintendo eShop tomorrow and will be available for purchase on the Nintendo Wii U.  Whether you’re looking to relive the adventure or try it out for the first time, this will certainly be a stellar addition to your gaming collection.

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Nintendo Confirms Plans For New Apps

It would appear that Nintendo is currently enjoying its success from their recent app “Miitomo” and is eager to get more apps onto the market.  In a tweet made earlier today, Nintendo announced that they are interested in creating apps based on the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem series of games.

It’ll be interesting to see how Nintendo handles making mobile apps for these franchises and we hope they do something interesting and fun when bringing them to mobile.

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47 DAYS TO E3 2016

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As of today, April 27th, there are 47 days until E3 2016 starts on June 14.

What is E3?

If you don’t know what E3 is, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual gaming conference where many major gaming companies show off what their plans are for the next year or so.

Who Will Be There?

The cool kids, as usual. ATLUS, BANDAI NAMCO, Bethesda, Capcom, Electronic Arts,  Konami, Microsoft,  Nintendo,  Oculus, Playstation, SEGA, Square Enix, and Ubisoft are all listed as “participating”.

Where is It? Can I Attend?

E3 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Anyone of age 17 or older can attend as long as they have registered as an attendee on their website. I would also highly recommend reading their Attendee FAQ.

What Happened at E3 2015?

Here’s a summary of E3 2015:

  • Bethesda revealed Dishonored 2 and showed footage of Fallout 4 the day before it actually started
  • Microsoft announced Xbox One backwards compatability and Dark Souls III, and showed footage of Halo 5 and The Division
  • Ubisoft showed footage of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Sony announced Hitman and a remake of Final Fantasy VII
  • Nintendo held the Nintendo World Championship before E3 started (the last place Cosmo Wright was seen) and the Nintendo Digital Event which revealed some games.
  • The PC Gaming Show was hosted by Sean Plott and literally nothing worth note happened

What Will Be Shown at E3 2016?

We don’t know. All we can do is guess. This is what some think will be presented:

  • Nintendo: Info on “NX” console, info on Zelda Wii U
    • UPDATE: They confirmed they won’t do anything regarding the
  • ATLUS: Info on Persona 5 never ever
  • Bethesda: Info on Dishonored 2, possibly more Elder Scrolls games
  • Microsoft: Games
  • Playstation: Info on the new PS4 system
  • Square Enix: Info on FFVII Remake

 

Some information in this article was retrieved from www.e3expo.com.

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New Game Demo “Argyle Shift” Utilizes Virtual Reality To Let You Pilot a Mecha

In Japan, Bandai Namco has recently shared details about a virtual reality demo for the HTC Vive known as “Argyle Shift”.  The demo will be a part of the company’s “Project I Can” campaign, which attempts to showcase virtual reality in new and interesting ways.  Argyle Shift makes interesting use of virtual reality by combining the ideas of anime and mechas to put the player in the seat of a cockpit and the heat of the action.  Think Knights of Sidonia but with you as the pilot.

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A Person Sitting in Argyle Shift’s Control Setup

Among the people who worked on the demo are Katsuhiro Harada, known for working on Tekken; Shinji Aramaki from Sola Digital Arts; and Takayuki Yanese, a great designer of mechas among other things.  The demo utilizes the infamous Unreal Engine 4 to give you a neat perspective of being inside the robot, known as “Lucifer”, as you take it for a test run.  If you’re scared of having to pilot the mecha all by yourself don’t worry, you’ll have a partner to help you on the way.

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The Players AI Companion “Aine”

Meet Aine, your companion as you pilot Lucifer throughout the demo.  While she may look human, she’s actually an intricate form of AI that will help you throughout your experience.  What is interesting about Aine is that she can interpret and respond to the players inputs and actions and give help and responses when she sees fit.  It’s really like having a copilot to brave the journey with you.

Many people have been debating whether or not virtual reality is the “next step” in gaming and if this is what we have to look forward to in the future.  While I can’t say for sure what will come of virtual reality, this is definitely one of the coolest applications I’ve seen for it since its recent popularity.  People will have a chance to try the demo on April 15th in Tokyo and give feedback based on their experience.  More images from the demo can be seen below.

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New Information on Pokémon Sun and Moon Coming in Next Issue of CoroCoro

The latest edition of the Japanese video game magazine, CoroCoro, has stated that information concerning the upcoming Pokémon titles will be shown in its next issue.  A page of the magazine featured the box art for both games covered in a white light so as to obscure them from view:

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It’s possible that the next issue of CoroCoro will show us the legendary Pokémon that will likely be featured in the game’s box art, however it can’t be said for sure just yet.  We’ll be eager to see this “big news” come to fruition in CoroCoro’s next issue.

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New Japanese Trailer for Kirby: Planet Robobot

To start off:
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SURELY YOU JESTIN’

This is the new Japanese trailer for Kirby: Planet Robobot:

The trailer shows a whole slew of new things about the game:

  • The ESP ability DOES seem to be an Earthbound reference as many have speculated
  • The Poison ability is not a direct clone of the Water ability from RtDL
  • Mirror is back and better than ever
  • You can customize your Robobot with stickers such as SURELY YOU JESTIN’
  • The Robobot’s mode changing animation resembles the “Copy” Copy ability from Super Star

 

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Fangame “Sonic Time Twisted” Sees Official Release

After 12 years of development, Overbound Game Studio has officially released their fangame, Sonic Time Twisted.  The game takes place in an alternate timeline where the player must use either Sonic, Knuckles, or Tails to stop Metal Sonic from resurrecting the now dead Dr. Robotnik.

Taking notes from Sonic CD, the game also allows players to travel between past, present, and future versions of its levels.  Time Stones can be found in the Special Stages of the past while Chaos Emeralds are present in the Special Stages of the future, and players must collect all of them to see the game’s True Ending.

If you’re interested in playing Sonic Time Twisted, the game is available to be downloaded from here.  We’ve also included the official trailer below.

Pokebank update: Everything you should know

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Do you remember when you had to transfer Pokemon 1 or 6 at a time? Going on and on through the Pal Park orslinging balls through that weird cross-bow thingy? Well Game Freak has the answer! With the new Pokebank update, you can transfer Pokemon from XY, OrAs, B/W and B/W2. Also, for all you Genwunners out there, you can transfer Pokemon from your Red, Blue, and Yellow virtual console too! Unfortunately, GameFreak accounted for your Fissure Machamp, so for better or worse, all transferred gen 1 Pokemon have their hidden abilities.

If you still haven’t got your Gen 1 fix, you will be given with a Mewinite Z, giving Mew access to it’s new Z move, Genesis Supernova (Spirit Bomb much?) The Mew, however, is not included, and don’t try your hacked level 7 Mew from Yellow, that doesn’t fly with Professor Bridgette.  And now, for the Mamoswine in the room, you have to PAY for the National Dex. Currently, GameFreak has not announced anything suggesting an in game National Dex, so you will need to pay the $5 annual fee for access to the Bank dex. The Bank’s dex in incredibly lack-luster, with minimal graphics and no original dex entries. However, it does read the save games that you put in bank, so you don’t have to deposit every Pokemon in the Bank. If you did however, you would have more than enough room, with 100 boxes of 30, meaning you have space for 3,000 Pokemon. The update is live right now, so take your old Pokepals on a trip to Alola. xDDDDDDDDDDE.

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