GAME OF THE MONTH – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Game of the Month | 0 comments | 0 Likes
The clock has progressed beyond the point of midnight where I live, and as far as I’m concerned that means it’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D release day! We have a special way of celebrating game releases on NintendoEverything, and this month is no different. That’s right, February’s Game of the Month is going to be Majora’s Mask itself in all its oddities and wisdom and enjoyability and all of that other stuff. It’s an excellent game, and I hope you want to learn a lot about it that you didn’t know before; that’s what Game of the Month is for.
This month’s article schedule:
“More than you ever wanted to know about Tingle,” from Patrick on February 14th.
“Termina’s Landmarks,” from Scott on February 21st
“Untitled,” from Vincent on February 22nd
“Do we want more Zelda remakes? Will we get more?,” from Kira on February 28th
As usual, if you have an article you’d like to write about Majora’s Mask this month, please use the contact form to send us an email with your idea and if we like we’ll get back to you. How can you not love this game? It’s the best. Best Zelda game. Best game. Best thing. I love it.
[Review] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Reviews | 12 Comments | 0 Likes
“Of course, I thanked my friend. Manners are the finest dessert, as we in Yukuko say.”
System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Monster Hunter, from outside the cult of its supporters, looks awfully intimidating doesn’t it? Just the phrases that come to mind when people bring it up– “gear grind”, “brutally difficult”, “extremely inaccessible”, “clunky”, “time sink”– don’t exactly do the series any favors in the eyes of newcomers, so it hardly comes as a revelation that the appeal of its extremely nuanced and strategic real-time combat system has remained limited outside of Japan. Something about that country seems to give them a higher tolerance for this sort of thing.
Nevertheless, Capcom seems to be enchanted with the idea of Monster Hunter’s ubiquity in the west, and so we’ve arrived on the doorstep of Monster Hunter 4’s release on 3DS.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about Monster Hunter 4 up front is that it exists unapologetically; it’s easy to feel some sort of fundamental inspiration driving all of this game’s decisions. From the clunky (though, the word “nuanced” truly does fit it more appropriately) controls in combat to the feline-laced aesthetic, this game knows what it wants to be and it does not sully itself with watered-down mechanics or simplify itself for the sake of more instant appeal. It’s not for everyone, and it doesn’t try to be.
That being said: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is easily as approachable as this idea has ever been.
Here’s a Podcast – Episode 108! (NES Play Action Football)
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Podcast | 6 Comments | 0 Likes
Welcome to episode 106 I mean episode 108. How are you? I’m okay. I hope you’re okay too. Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about on this episode:
Segment 1, Intro: Our game of the week is the Tose-developed NES Play Action Football. We learn about Tose’s development philosophy, why this game came with a little slip of cardboard, and how it’s connected to Shrek: Hassle at the Castle for GBA.
Segment 2, What We Played: Two big games in what we played this week. Firstly, Austin has his review copy of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and he has some really interesting observations about how the game actually teaches you this time around, in addition to general impressions. Laura this week has been playing something of an oddity: Mario Golf: World Tour, the 3DS golf game from last year that nobody would’ve predicted Laura would love. But she does!
Segment 3, Book Club: This week’s A Link to the Past exposé has us getting into discussing the start contrast between the second and third temples of the game, how we all learned to pick up large boulders, and why getting the master sword in this one is actually somewhat different from more recent Zeldas.
Segment 4, Listener Mail: Just a bit of mail this week (we didn’t have much time after the book club), but we tackle a couple of key topics: Where is Nintendo going after Miyamoto and company pass on from the company (or life, I guess)? What are some of your favorite local multiplayer games? Find out.
Here’s a Podcast – Episode 107! (Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting)
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Podcast | 2 Comments | 0 Likes
Welcome to episode 106 I mean episode 107. How are you? I’m okay. I hope you’re okay too. Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about on this episode:
Segment 1, What We Played: Austin fell asleep one nigh and woke up the next day with a demo of The Amazing Spiderman downloaded onto his 3DS. Hear from him why that game is probably not worth your time or money, but it’s still kind of hilarious regardless. Secondly, Laura has played the demo for Codename S.T.E.A.M. and she talks about how it plays, what’s weird about it, and what might need a bit of fixing.
Segment 2, Listener Mail: Before listener mail, Jack regals us with tales from his job, as he has been known to do. Then we get into questions about Mario Kart 8 (in response to last week’s show), aspect ratios and Wii VC games, and what games we would like to be able to forget so that we can replay them.
[Podcast] The Best Soundtracks of 2014
Posted on 2 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in 3DS, 3DS eShop, Features, News, Podcast, Reader Poll, Reader Poll, Wii U, Wii U eShop | 2 Comments | 0 Likes
Hello everyone, here’s another podcast! All of your votes have been tallied on to put together the definitive list of the top ten game soundtracks (on Nintendo platforms) from 2014. In this almost two-hour podcast you can expect to hear excerpts from all of the soundtracks that made the list with commentary from myself and those who sent in their thoughts. Thank you to everyone who helped make this feature possible and sorry about the delay.
Unlike last year’s show, it’s now available in video podcast form on Youtube (note: podcast may not contain moving images):
If you want the audio version to stick on your MP3 player or whatever, you can download it here. And if you really want to spoil yourself, the results and and a full track list (with timestamps!) can be found over the break:
[Interview] The Return of IronFall Invasion! VD-Dev on New 3DS, campaign, multiplayer, and more
Posted on 2 years ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS eShop, Interviews, New Nintendo 3DS | 37 Comments | 0 Likes
We’ve been keeping close track of IronFall Invasion since its reveal last year. The game finally resurfaced during this month’s Nintendo Direct, and VD-Dev confirmed that its debut 3DS eShop project will be launching soon.
Since IronFall Invasion is just on the horizon, we thought we’d catch up with the studio’s Fernando Velez one final time. Velez shed more light on the game’s campaign, multiplayer, and much more.
Check out our full interview below!
NintendoEverything Book Club – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, PART 2
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Book Club, Features | 0 comments | 0 Likes
Most of you don’t listen to our podcast, but if you did, you would know that we’ll be restarting the podcast-tied “Book Club” again all about the video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. If you’ve never heard of or participated in a book club, it’s pretty much what it sounds like: We all play a game at sort of the same pace, and every week we discuss in detail that week’s goings on in the game on “Here’s a Podcast”.
You can share your thoughts on the second part of the game using the Google Form below, or feel free to post a comment. Remember, we aren’t looking for general thoughts on the game– we want thoughts about this particular section of the game! Play along with us, or go based on memory, but we like depth because we love games. Hooray!
We’ll select a few of your guys’ thoughts to read on the podcast and help spur further discussion, so leave a name and location if you like.
For this week: From the game’s second temple (the sandy place) up through the acquisition of the Master Sword.
Tell us your thoughts with this easy and handy form!
[Feature] WarioWare: Origins
Posted on 2 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in DS, Features, Game of the Month, GBA | 1 Comment | 0 Likes
When it was released back in 2003, the first WarioWare title was praised by critics for its innovative manner of transforming a series of minigames into an addictive gauntlet of five-second challenges. The surprise Game Boy Advance hit introduced the world to its unique bite-sized forms of gameplay, a variety of visual styles, a new cast of characters and enka music, but some of its more “innovative” aspects actually originated from earlier Nintendo experiments. It makes sense that a weird game would have a weird history behind it, and in WarioWare’s case it comes from one of the weirdest consoles – the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive.
Here’s a Podcast – Episode 106! (Dr. Mario)
Posted on 2 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Podcast | 3 Comments | 0 Likes
Welcome to episode 106. How are you? I’m okay. I hope you’re okay too. Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about on this episode:
Segment 1, What We Played: The only game we bring up during WWP is Mario Kart 8, and we talk about it for half an hour! Austin thinks he figured out specifically– down to the point by point game design elements– why he finds Mario Kart 8 less intense or engaging than other games in the franchise, and he tries to explain it to the rest of the crew as best as he can.
Segment 2, Book Club: After a lovely commissioned, professional-grade audio clip about our book club, we delve (perhaps TOO deeply) into the first chunk of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Does this game feel less unique than other Zeldas? How does it feel having such a speedy intro without a lot of setup? What’s special about this game? We answer these questions and more!
Segment 3, Listener Mail: Plenty of listener mail to go through this week including a grill session about Monster Hunter 4, a grill session about Jack saying he wishes Wii VC would stretch the old games to fit his TV, lots of nice words, and much more.
[Feature] The Microgames of WarioWare’s Cast – A look at the style that creates Orbulon, Mona, and more
Posted on 2 years ago by Scott(@UnlikelyYuusha) in Features, Game of the Month | 2 Comments | 0 Likes
This week, Scott dives into our Game of the Month with a video about each character in the original WarioWare. Fascinatingly, he tries to pin down the style of each one and their microgames, which lead me to learn that Dr. Crygor’s are definitely my favorite. Nothing can beat that photorealism…
Here’s a question though: Which style of minigame suits you best, and which character’s games do you like the most? Did you ever really notice a difference in style between all the characters?