I have had this game for a couple of weeks now and I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying every nook and cranny of this wonderful masterpiece created by Retros Studios! Check out my walkthrough of the game on my YouTube Channel @ TheSonicBoom248
If you are a fan of Nintendo, then you know the awesomeness that is F-Zero and the beloved, Captain Falcon. Starting out on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, F-Zero was loved and played by many. Its great gameplay and reception allowed Nintendo to spawn two more sequels, F-Zero X on the Nintendo 64 and F-Zero GX for the Nintendo GameCube (This game was also had an Arcade version). Both sequels showcased the vast potential that this futuristic racing game has in the 3rd dimension. But the real question that remains is, when will see the F-Zero return? Many had hoped it would make a comeback on the Wii but all our hopes were lost. Now we have the Wii U, Nintendo’s latest console, and our lust for another F-Zero game has reached an all time high. With the Wii U’s power, the GamePad acting as a second screen, and the overall improved online functionality, the amount of possibilities that another F-Zero game can have is almost limitless. With the New Year approaching and the 8th Generation of console just starting, Nintendo better be ready to bring out all of their IPs or they will be sunk.
We haven’t heard any news on this game in a while and it seems like all the Wii U attention was dead set on the fantastic, Super Mario 3D World, but it seems a little progress is being made on Donkey Kong Country as well. On the Italian Amazon website, this boxart was spotted. And it just so happens that Crank Kong is in this one. Could he be the mysterious “Fourth Playable Character” that Nintendo has been keeping secret all this time? It sure does seem logical at leased. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released in February 2014!
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best-selling GameCube game and also one of my favorites of the series. During Thanksgiving, I have many members of my family over for dinner and so for me and my cousins, its a tradition in to spend hours on end enjoying this 4-player, fighting masterpiece. How many years has it been since I actually played multiplayer mode with people that were right next to me and enjoyed it. When compared to others in the series, Melee was definitely the best out of all of them. The gameplay was faster and more combo-driven than the first one, but it wasn’t item heavy like Brawl was (E.G. The Smash Ball). What I liked about this game was that in order to be good at the game, you actually had to have skill at the game. Not only that, but the character roster wasn’t the largest but it was best described as the most obscure and interesting. This game will forever hold a place in my heart and my joy for the next entry of the series is as big as ever!
Over the weekend I decided to re-visit an old game that had clung to me like no other. Back when I was little when the N64 and PlayStation were the central hubs of gaming, there was a small under dog of a console that was also growing an install base. This console was Sega’s, Dreamcast. The Dreamcast was Sega’s answer to Sony’s PlayStation and Nintendo’s N64. With this console Sega introduced it mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog to 3D Platforming and boy was it a transition. Sonic Adventure was Sonic’s first true outing in the 3rd Dimension and no Sonic game since has been able to capture its sense of imaginative level design along with some more realistic settings. With 6 (7 if you count Super Sonic and 8 if you played the DX port on the GameCube) playable characters, this game gave us an expansive perspective that allowed us to see and feel the story in many different viewpoints. It was nice to see that this game still, many years later hold a place in my heart. I can definitely say that Sonic Adventure is still way past cool!
Today Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS was released. This latest entry into the Mario Party series shows Mario and his friends partying on various islands and locales. With 80 new minigames, new game boards, and the ability to play this game with friends without the need of everyone having the game, this game is sure to get the party started!
Today was the release of the highly-anticipated entry in the Legend of Zelda series known as, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS and the newly-released Nintendo 2DS. This game will serve as a follow-up to widely-acclaimed Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Incorporating new game mechanics such as the ability to become paintings and entering dungeons in any order you want, this seems to be one of the more innovative entries in the Zelda franchise. With its lush visuals, tight controls, amazing gameplay, and beautiful soundtrack, Nintendo has created yet another masterpiece and clearly shows their innovative minds. Its time to go on a quest to save Hyrule once again!
For many gamers, the first games that pioneered 3D gaming were Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 and Crash Bandicoot for the original PlayStation back in the 90s. Never before had anyone, on both games, every seen gaming like this before. For me though, Crash Bandicoot was not only my first 3D game but it was my first game period. I had loved it and Naughty Dog to death when I was a child, spending countless hours trying to get past the third Warp Room. But after the Crash Team Racing, the series original creators and developers, Naughty Dog, sold the title to other gaming companies and my love for the orange hero started to slowly fade away. After going from developers like Traveller’s Tales and Activision, the Crash Bandicoot series had gone from expert level design and fun to a quick way to make some cash. His latest game, Crash: Mind over Mutants, was a complete and total embarrassment of what Crash was and who he came from. After a game like this, it felt like my old childhood friend was gone forever, never to reach his former glory again. But recent speculation and Easter Eggs found in the latest PS4 advertisement campaign points to a revival of the series. Today an article was posted on the popular gaming and entertainment website, IGN, that shows that Sony Universal Studios (They were the people that funded Naughty Dog and the original Crash Bandicoot games) may have bought the rights to Crash Bandicoot and may intend to bring his games back to their former expertise. We can only hope but if what many believe is true, we may see the orange legend back home on the PlayStation 4!
So after tomorrow the 8th Generation or “Next-Gen” of gaming will have officially begun. Its hard to see what the future holds for these two systems and the companies they represent. With the ever growing popularity of mobile gaming and still being outclassed by PCs, these consoles will have to be able to produce some groundbreaking games and changes to gaming itself. Both systems have some standout games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun for PS4, then for the Xbox One we have Forza Motorsport 5 and Killer Instinct. But are they enough to create enough install-base for the consoles? Only time will tell. Even in the midst of everything these consoles have to go up against, it is pleasing to see how much gaming has evolved and will evolve. I can’t wait to see what Sony and Microsoft will be able to create and present with these new consoles. Long live gaming!