Super Mario Run — Review

Nintendo’s latest push has been into the world of mobile gaming.  Players from all over have been searching their surroundings for Pokemon since the summer while a smaller, more ravenous fan base has spent the last two months trying to craft the perfect Fire Emblem units.  The most well known character in gaming, Mario, had his first mobile game come out in December with Super Mario Run and the recent Android release has allowed me to play it.  It’s a high quality game with the polish that an official Mario game deserves but not enough content to warrant its $10 price tag.

Highly polished levels weighed down by a questionable pricing strategy.

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Nintendo Switch Unboxing

The Nintendo Switch is finally here!  After months of hype and teases, the newest home console has hit the market.  I wasn’t able to get my hands on a pre-order but my friend Ryan from Blueshirts Breakaway was.  He was kind enough to record an unboxing video of the console, pro controller, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Without any further delay, let’s dig into Nintendo’s newest console and see what your purchase gets you.

Fire Emblem Heroes — Review

Tactical RPGs are my jam.  There’s just something about playing chess with swords, fireballs, and monsters that really clicks for me.  One of the better recent spins on the genre is The Banner Saga.  If you want a more established franchise, look no further than Fire Emblem.  I’ve only played a few entries in the series, namely the two excellent Game Boy Advance titles and Awakening on 3DS, but the grand stories and permadeath are always intriguing.  Fire Emblem Heroes, a mobile title released a few weeks ago, does away with a few series staples and has an endgame problem, but it’s still a fun game well worth the $0 price of admission.


Tiny battles between tiny heroes on tiny screens.  Fire Emblem Heroes is flawed but cute.

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Pokemon Go (Android) — Review

I’ve been a Pokemon fan ever since Nintendo sent a copy of the pilot episode to my house because I had an NES, SNES, and GameBoy.  I’ve played every generation from red/blue through X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire as well as collected the cards, but there’s never been something that tried to actually make you a Pokemon trainer.  There hasn’t been a way to put an actual Pokedex in your hand and send you out into the world, catching and training Pokemon and battling gyms for glory.  I mean, how could something like that even exist?

Enter Pokemon Go, the latest Pokemon game that is absolutely sweeping the globe.  Since it’s release last week, it’s been nearly impossible to avoid news of it and people playing it.  The immediate smash-hit popularity of Pokemon Go has rarely been seen before.  After playing it for the better portion of a week, it’s clear why almost anyone you talk to is trying to catch ’em all.

It's not quite this HD, but it's so much fun!

It’s not quite this HD, but it’s so much fun!

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Wii U Unboxing

I’ve put a fair share of mileage into Nintendo gaming over the years.  NES, SNES, GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, GameCube… you get the picture.  I actually went to an overnight line outside of a Target for the original Wii launch.  Now that the Wii U has plenty of great games out and with the recent announcement that Nintendo’s next console, the NX, will be both a home console and a portable, I figured now was as good a time as any to buy a Wii U.

So, how does it compare to the Wii?  How does the tablet controller work?  Let’s find out.

A sale on the Mario Kart 8 bundle finally got me to bite.

A sale on the Mario Kart 8 bundle finally got me to bite.

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