[Review] Resident Evil: Revelations HD (Wii U)
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U eShop | 0 comments
I think, at this point, it’s very difficult to judge a Resident Evil title without comparing it to past entries in the series. It’s almost like Sonic in that respect, constantly trying to reinvent itself with a blend of what people used to like about the franchise and a more modern, trendy aesthetic. With Resident Evil: Revelations on 3DS (2011), Capcom appeared to be making strides towards meshing their two play-styles (survival horror and action-horror) together, and after the critical and commercial success of the game they decided to re-release it in high-definition for Wii U, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.
And honestly, I’m very happy about that.
[Review] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in 3DS, Features, Reviews | 0 comments
We’ve had games that show off Luigi’s great personality before– like Mario is Missing and, of course, what started it all: Luigi’s Mansion— but none so far have shown how much personality Luigi really has. Nintendo has stated that 2013 is “The Year of Luigi”, and nothing could have launched that better than Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
[Group Review] Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Book Club, Reviews | 0 comments
Authors: Austin, Jack, Laura
As many of you know, the podcast crew here at NintendoEverything has just wrapped up their first ever Book Club (for Video Games!), completing Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars in five weeks. This week, we unveil the final piece of this puzzle: The “Group Review”, where the three of us will write a brief summary of what we thought of the game, tied with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down.
Just a note: These aren’t necessarily meant to be totally objective, but rather a simple subjective summary of what we thought during our playthrough. Don’t hastily make a purchase based on them.
Hit the break for the reviews.
[NintendoEverything Review] LEGO City Undercover
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Podcast Stories, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U eShop | 0 comments
People have been waiting for the bigger Wii U titles to come out, but there hasn’t been much to hold us over. Mario and Pikmin are big names but are they unique and deep enough to fill the hole in our hearts? Well, okay, of course! But I believe LEGO City also does just that; it has hours and hours of game playtime and will keep you distracted with a vast open world while we continue to wait to more releases.
[NintendoEverything Review] Kersploosh!
Posted on 8 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in 3DS, 3DS eShop, Podcast Stories, Reviews | 1 Comment
Of all the things to design a game around, the act of throwing a stone down a well be has to be pretty low on the list of good ideas, yet here we are with Poisoft’s Kersploosh, a game that takes this rather simple act and turns it into a fast-paced arcade game. Wells in Kersploosh (it’s called Splash and Crash in Europe, but Kersploosh is more fun to write) are more of an abstract representation of what the inside of a well, might look like, so there are plenty weird obstacles like cannons, pizzas and flying biscuits to avoid as you control a stone in a rush to the bottom. Kersploosh was actually a 3DS eShop launch title in Japan so over a year after its initial release and following the proliferation of plenty of other accessible, arcade-style games on the eShop, is it still worth sending your love down this well?
[REVIEW] Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Podcast Stories, Reviews, Wii U eShop | 0 comments
Originally released in late 2011 on the 3DS by Valencia, California-based WayForward Technologies, Mighty Switch Force! came out to largely universal acclaim, but seemingly got lost in the shuffle alongside the release of other great retro-styled downloadables for the system, such as Mutant Mudds and VVVVVV. Wanting to further test the waters, WayForward announced this past July an HD port of the game to coincide with the launching of the Wii U, featuring more levels and updated visual stylings. Despite the glut of self-referential style direct-download platformers abound in this day and age, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition manages to stand out from the rest with its natural, effortless, tacit streamlinity in gameplay, additional content exclusive to Wii U, and grade-A soundtrack.
[NintendoEverything Review] ATV Wild Ride 3D
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in 3DS eShop, Features, Reviews | 0 comments
The last time the gaming industry saw a truly decent entry in the “X-treme” sports genre was probably well before the launch of the last generation of consoles. Every once in a while a snowboarding game or a skating game will crop up, re-enthuse folks for a few months, and then disappear as quietly as it came (2007’s Skate, anyone?). There seems to be a perpetual cycle with such games that cannot be broken, and more often than not it’s due to the fact that they rely more on appealing to the “skater” aesthetic than having good platforming (such is what brought the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series so much acclaim) or solid racing mechanics (such as Wave Race 64).
So here comes Mutant Mudds and Dementium developer Renegade Kid, trodding up to our virtual eShop doorsteps with their own attempt to succeed within the confines of a genre that had its heyday in the early to mid-2000s. When you first see a screenshot or watch a trailer for ATV Wild Ride 3D, it looks and sounds– certainly to its detriment– like everything you’ve ever seen before. Fast paced alternative rock, lots of overly-enthused voice effects, plenty of dirt, and “massive air” are all staples of a game presenting itself in this somewhat-dated genre, but in the case of this Renegade Kid racer, bland first impressions have proven to be all but incorrect after spending some time with the game:
Wild Ride is, thankfully, neither bland nor dated.
[NintendoEverything Review] BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Posted on 8 years ago by Austin(@NE_Austin) in Features, Reviews, Wii U eShop | 0 comments
Upon commencement of the critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series, Santa Cruz-based developer ‘Gaijin Games’– formerly a simple and passionate three-man group freely designing titles emulating the Atari games they loved– was rife with change. In addition to lead programmer and co-founding member Chris Osborn’s departure to form TRACER, in an extremely swift, savvy, and hostile move, Gaijin CEO Alex Neuse went on a “company acquisition rampage” and absorbed small-time developer ‘Robotube’ in an effort to branch out and emulate large-scale publishers such as Activision and Electronic Arts, more than doubling the amount of staff.
Gaijin’s first post-acquisition move was the announcement of a sequel to perhaps the most accessible game in the slightly niche-audience BIT.TRIP canon in BIT.TRIP RUNNER, a fluid, seamless, and addicting rhythm game ingeniously masquerading as an on-rails platformer (you can read my review of the original here). Early game screenshots indicated the sequel, officially named Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, would be comprised of a completely different aesthetic than what we’d come to expect from BIT.TRIP, capturing more of a mainstream indie vibe as opposed to a modern take on Atari games. Would Runner2 expand upon the seedlings the first Runner game planted and blossom into a successful sequel, or would the ruthless, downright blasphemous moves Alex Neuse made as a businessperson osmose into the game and make it cave-in from sheer shallowness?
It’s the first one.
[NintendoEverything Book Review] The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Posted on 8 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in Features, General Nintendo, Podcast Stories, Reviews | 0 comments
Full disclosure: I’m probably the only writer for Nintendo Everything who doesn’t really consider myself a fan of the Zelda series. My opinion of every Zelda game tends to dramatically vary, but I think the series’ art is the one area that the games consistently excel at. And so when it was announced that Dark Horse would be publishing a combination of art and history book to celebrate the Zelda series, of course I jumped at the chance to review it. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia sure makes a great first impression. Even the regular edition Hyrule Historia has a hardcover and with over 250 pages it’s quite a heavy book. It promises plenty of fully translated information about the series from the specifics of the Zelda timeline to the shape and density of Tingle’s chest hair, but we won’t really know until we take a look inside…
[Review] Liberation Maiden
Posted on 8 years ago by Patrick(@Patricklous) in 3DS, 3DS eShop, Podcast Stories, Reviews | 0 comments
Suda51 delivers a well-produced mecha anime that’s as hyperactive as it is hyper-nationalistic. But how’s the actual game?
Level 5 really haven’t been having a whole lot of luck when it comes to the 3DS. Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven might still bring in the cash, but the company’s attempts at starting new IPs like Time Travelers and Girls RPG: Cinderella Life sold poorly. But perhaps their biggest bomb of all was Guild 01, a compilation of quirky games that sold fewer than 15,000 copies upon its first week of release despite having some well-known game designers collaborating on the project. Oddly enough, Level 5 are now giving Guild 01 a second chance by rereleasing most of the games in the compilation through the 3DS eShop. The first of these titles to be available outside of Japan is Liberation Maiden, a 3D shooter heavily inspired by Japanese cartoons – specifically the kind where plot is second to cool robots flying around and blowing stuff up.