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Advance Wars Retro ReviewFinally, at long last, the Virtual Console has received a long overdue burst of life thanks to the introduction of GBA games on the Wii U VC. Sure, the lack of crossbuy between Wii U and 3DS is still pretty annoying, as is the lack of GBA games on 3DS VC in general, but it's a step in the right direction. In honor of this landmark improvement, for this month's retro review, I'll be reviewing one of the first titles for the GBA VC. But which one? I've already reviewed Metroid Fusion. Superstar Saga was a firm contender, but I went with Advance Wars instead.
This is the first Advance Wars game I've played. Beforehand, I'd heard a lot of people compare it to Fire Emblem, which isn't at all surprising considering the two series are developed by the same studio. Since I'm quite a fan of Intelligent Systems, I was eager to give their take on modern military action a try, but before we talk about that, let me address some of the new VC features brough
Video Game Fun FactsHave you ever been in a situation where you're with your gaming buddies and, right in the middle of a heated Mario Kart race, you suddenly have nothing to say in conservation. You try and you try to come up with something to say to break the silence filled only with controller clacking, but nothing comes to mind. Never fear, for Bladefinger is here to ease your dilemma. Today, I can give you some ice-breaking video game fun facts that are guaranteed to keep the discursion going. Of course, as any good journalist, I take great pains in citing my sources. If any of you doubt my information, simply check the links I post along with them to verify them for yourself.
If, for instance, you find yourself playing Super Smash Bros. (any entry will do), why not strike up an intercourse by dropping the factoid that the series originally did not star Nintendo characters. Surprising, I know, but true. And while your playmates are reeling by this mindblowing
Pokemon Battle Trozei ReviewFirst impressions can often be totally wrong. For instance, when I first saw Pokemon Battle Trozei, I thought it was just going to be a simple, leisurely puzzle game. I was looking forward to it too. My love for Pokemon is well-documented and I like puzzle games as well. Little did I realize that my assumptions about the game were completely wrong.
This is no leisurely puzzle game, as I soon found out. Pokemon Battle Trozei is actually surprisingly fast-paced. Unlike most of the puzzle games I've played, like Tetris, Trozei doesn't really give you much time to plan out your moves. Since this is a Pokemon game, the goal is to capture wild Pokemon by matching three or more Pokemon heads in your Trozei box. You have to keep a combo going to do any significant damage to the wild Pokemon, and the game doesn't allow for any dawdling as you try to make your groups to continue the combo. You have to be quick in finding the right places to m
Conception II Demo ImpressionsI know it's not my usual practice to give my impressions on a demo, but I think that's something I'd like to get started on. Well, that and Atlus is having a contest where you can win a free game if you cover this game's demo in some fashion. Hey, you get points for honesty, right, guys? Hold on, I'm gonna check the contest rules to see if you get points for honesty. Nope. Well, on with the impressions.
When first booting up the demo, you're greeted by two NPCs who offer to expositionize you before throwing you into the actual game. Thankfully, you can skip their banter if you want to, but I'm going to suggest that you stick with it as you're going to need some context for what this game is about. So, there are these monsters somehow plaguing the world in spite of the fact they seem to be minding their own business in dark labyrinths. Fortunately, the Star God, uh...? Who's the Star God? Well, the demo never really outright ex
The Virtual Console is a JokeYesterday, I went back and played some of my old Wii games. And do you know what I realized? The Virtual Console was one of the coolest features of the Wii. Having a large portion of Nintendo's past library easily available over the internet was an ingenious idea. It's the concept of backwards compatibility taken to its logical extreme. It introduces new players to entire generations of games they might not have played and allows older players to relieve their past experiences on newer hardware. In fact, if I had designed the Wii, I would have made the Virtual Console the central gimmick of the system as opposed to motion controls. It may not have led the system to such great success as Wii Sports did, but who can really say at this point?
Fast forward a generation, and the Virtual Console is a complete joke. What started out as a promising concept has devolved into a mire of half-baked promises, missed opportunities, and consumer unfrien
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Retro ReviewWow, can you believe it? This is my 100th review. It doesn't seem like so long ago that I first posted that review of The Glory of Heracles on my Deviant Art page. But that was over three years ago! And here I am, still critiquing games. A lot has changed since then; I've dropped my scoring system, I worked on Operation Rainfall for a time, I've started posting on IGN, and I started doing these "Retro Reviews" once a month. I have to do something really special to commemorate this milestone, and what better way is there to celebrate the 100 Review Mark than by reviewing my favorite game: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker?
When talking about The Wind Waker, it's hard not to start off on its controversial beginnings. When it was formally announced at SpaceWorld and it was revealed the game would use a cel-shaded art style, many people were outraged that it wasn't the "realstic, mature" Zelda that was promised with the GameCube tech demos a year
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