Buildings Have Feelings Too!

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A sassy build it game.





Buildings Have Feelings Too, an interesting title for this cute little game. In this world, all your buildings have feelings! This ranges from happy to sad, to emotionally devastated.



Start the game out as a small local building striving to help the neighborhood, turn it around into something beautiful and full of people. Walk through the tutorial led by your local grocer warehouse and apartment rentals unit to upkeep their health and happiness.




You’ll make mistakes, as any growing city does, you’ll build factories where they shouldn’t be and add in apartments where they will fit. Learning how to improve not only the amount of buildings you have, but the quality of those buildings.



Once you’ve gained your ‘street smarts’ (haha see what I did there), you’ll be able to buy new plots of land and expand your street into a new functional city! Create dock-works for your fishy warehouse workers, use the main street to pump groceries and local fine dining. Or crank up the jam and make it party city with pubs on every corner!



This game is simplistic and a great casual game for people who enjoy farming, upgrading and random coy remarks about the city they are creating and the weird misshaped buildings between them. You will go through a vast array of building styles and types, as we start from the Victorian Era and move all the way through to Modern Day. Expand your neighborhood and find your niche in the new economy.



Will you upgrade your city and have it rustling and bustling with business? Or will you crumble like the old uncared for bricks? Take your time in this game, as one wrong building could affect the entirety of the neighborhood. You know what they say, good neighbors make for great neighborhoods.



This game was a fun casual game to play
HarleChan Review Score: 6/10

Among Us

Road Map Updates and Cool Stuff

Among Us premiered at the Summer Games Fest with a slew of new updates coming over time, in no particular order.

Recently we had the update where we can use our accounts (Steam, Xbox, PS) in the game which saves on finding friends and picking a name. The airship was also one of the new maps to hit the scene.

With all the fun and excitement that Among Us brings to it’s player, the coming soon updates will allow for more… Friends… We have 15 player support coming out, so bigger lobbies means bigger liars. New colors coming in, new shades of blue, purple and green. As well as an overhaul on the graphics, just to shine it up a little bit and make it pretty.

Beyond that we have their future plans, like account linking. So with Among Us, if your like me and have it on every platform, you’ll be able to link your accounts! We’ve got achievements finally making their way into the game, as well as more console support. Console support will be coming soon, however they did not announce a day. We also have visor cosmetic updates happening, so there will be a ton of new visor cosmetics to choose from! (Including Geoff’s mask from the Game Fest Show). We have a new map coming out, with no hints as to what it could be like or where it could be.

And last but not least, HIDE N’ SEEK mode is being introduced to Among Us! A setting where you cannot see sh*t and you’ll get spooked once the killer finds you hiding beside the toilet. This could make for a lot of fun among the streamer communities that already love and abuse this game.

I know console players are still upset they have no date on when it’ll be coming, but good things come to those who wait! The game on Nintendo Switch is a wonderful addition and works on how it could be functional on the other consoles. Man, this would be a lot easier if we all had chat pads…. Too bad this didn’t happen on the 360/PS3 era.

Over all, Among Us has some amazing stuff in store and seems to be unending in their updates. So take a chance on the little game, maybe you’ll like secret murder.

Mario and Rabbids sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022

Ubisoft’s E3 press conference takes place in just a matter of hours today. However it looks like one of the company’s biggest secrets is already out of the bag.

An update on a Nintendo page (which has since been taken down) has revealed a sequel to Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, with the two companies teaming up once again for a role-playing adventure. In Mario and Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Mario, Luigi and Peach will once again team up with their Rabbid counterparts for a whole new journey.

“Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions,” the game’s description reads. “Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”

A cast of nine characters will be available at the start, but the roster could easily expand with DLC, just as the first game did. They’ll be able to use unique powers and skills to defeat enemies, while continuing on their way.

Maybe it’s just us, but Sparks of Hope looks way more detailed than the first game, with bigger environments to explore and an emphasis on third-party exploration this time around.

The first trailer for Sparks of Hope has arrived, and you can see it below! The game is slated for release sometime in 2022.

Vaporum: Lockdown

A grid-based dungeon-crawler, filled with puzzles and dark lore.

Ellie

Vaporum: Lockdown by Fatbot Games is a grid-based single-player dungeon crawler in an original steampunk setting, inspired by classics such as Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder, or the new Legend of Grimrock series. The game was already successfully released on PC, Mac, and Linux, and is now released for the Switch on March 22, 2021. Vaporum: Lockdown, a prequel to critically acclaimed Vaporum, expands on everything that made the original game great and one of a kind in dungeon crawling.

Vaporum starts us with a beautiful story of a girl and her father. How science was almost magic, everything he touched had some amazing purpose or trick. Ellie was always enthralled by the science and work that her father was doing, always reaching out to become a part of his world. In this prequel to Vaporum, we follow the undying curiosity of Ellie.

”Sacrifice in order to progress”

Time goes on as she became the woman she was born to be, always coming home to find her father hunched over his work. Until one day, a letter came. This letter propelled her father to do the one thing that is required of all progress. He sacrificed, he sacrificed his family and everything he loved. Leaving his life behind, he left to the Bureau to continue to research keywords like ”fomium” and ”Katkennuk”. That piece of paper would change Ellie’s life forever, her father leaving her behind, who she was more alike than he would know. He had left Ellie as a young girl, to continue his research into the Ark Vaporum.

Ellie continues on with her life and goes to school and graduates from her university studies. After years of working on the strangest projects, she gets seen by an older teacher who can see the potential rising in the student. This is where her mentor comes to Ellie with a proposal, to join the research her father was once a part of. To join the Vaporum Ark, quickly she snatched this opportunity up and made her way into the Ark Tower.

Cut to a shift in the Tower- a regular occurrence for Ellie this time, testing out a new RIG suit. She is helped by her office engineer in navigating through the elevators, moving deeper into the Ark Vaporum tower. Ellie has to venture into the tower and work her way through the puzzles. Connecting teleporters and fighting mechanical spiders along the way can become very stressful within the grid-lock dungeon crawl.

One of the first enemies to encounter

This gameplay leans on our brain being teased over and over again with the puzzles it can conduct. With the grid-style gameplay for movement, the puzzles can become very difficult. As for the actual difficulty of the game itself, it can be changed into five different levels of difficulty. (I played this game on the casual difficulty, to enjoy the story and learn about grid-style Dungeon Crawler games.) Even though the difficulty of the game can be changed, the puzzles will remain the same throughout each level.

Overall this game offered a fun little story that expanded and continues on from its predecessor ‘Vaporum‘. The dark environment of the game works well with where the random enemies sprout from. The only thing that really bothered me with this game, is that there were random holes in the wall or pitfalls with spikes at the bottom that really didn’t have anything to do with the rest of the game. An easy fix for this would have been instead of spikes, putting unused electricity or overused batteries that spark and electrocute.

Thank for reading! Buh-Bye!

HarleChan Review: 6.5/10

DARQ: Complete Edition

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Welcome to the DARQ

Begin your journey into the darkness with Lloyd, a young boy with a special talent. Lloyd has realized that he is dreaming, astral projecting himself into the deepest and darkest parts of his subconscious. To Lloyd’s misfortune, his dreams turn to nightmares… The more Lloyd tries to make sense of where he is the less everything makes sense. Try as he might Lloyd cannot wake himself from this nightmare.

Crawl through the chapters one at a time, slowly getting deeper into Lloyd’s consciousness. Things start out slow for Lloyd as he ventures forth through the tunnels of his mind. This game prominently leads with physical puzzles that you must sort out before you can move forward in the game. The dashes of horror make the puzzles more deadly and time-consuming, which could be the defining line of restarting the level.

Not only does this game contain a multitude of different puzzles, but it also reveals enemies that become a reoccurring theme within Lloyd’s mind. Turn your back for too long, and the ‘Mother’ type creature could sneak up behind you and consume you. Walk too quickly and step into the light, you’ll be shot at viciously from the dark. This game is what I would categorize as a psychological horror puzzle game. Personally, it’s one of my more favorite genres of Indie games, which are more often on PC than consoles. It truly helps DARQ stick out from the crowd, Nintendo Switch seems to be a secondary favorite outlet to Indie Developers.

This game is pretty short, maybe 4 or 5 hours of main story game play. The time has nothing on the story itself, which is both compelling and addicting. A lot of it doesn’t make sense until you’re about midway into the game, but it is very grasping.
I felt almost empty after finishing this lovely little story, as it made me want more. Surprisingly there is DLC for this game, two chapters to add on to the over all game. Joy!

DLC

In this chapter of DLC, you start off in a slender tall tower standing on an elevator platform. Unlike the main game where you had a bed to start your adventure, this chapter throws you in as soon as you hit start. Venture through the tower, unscrambling locks with heads. That’s right, heads that rock and roll. Separate from yourself, to truly find yourself. Body and mind must work together to figure these tricks out, or in DARQness you will stay. Come to terms with yourself, only then can you reach the light.
This chapter was quite short, but it was the first DLC to be added to DARQ. Hopefully, the next chapter adds a bit more content to the game as it’s still an under 5-hour game.

DLC

The Crypt. Wow. What a chapter. The second part of DLC for DARQ, this chapter adds so many more puzzles and questions. In The Crypt, the puzzles are harder than what we’ve seen so far from this game. It’s like this game went from easy mode to EXPERT in a fade to black screen. Separated from your head, you must find your way through the crypt. This chapter is heavily reliant on the ant-gravity skills you’ve acquired over your travels, as well as a keen eye. This chapter delves deep into what we’ve seen from some of Lloyd’s mysterious followers. Hide in the light from the Mannequins once again as you find your way through the DARQness.

This was an amazing Indie Dev Puzzle Horror Game. One of the best I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch.
7.5/10

New Pokémon Snap

Pokémon Snap back from the 90s! (Spoilers Ahead!)

Welcome avid photographers and Pokémon fans, we have something fun and refreshing!
New Pokémon Snap!
Come take an adventure across the Lental Region and explore the surprises of Pokémon big and small!

As a child from the 90s, when the N64 was the big new game console with it’s weird and wacky controller, I was full tilt hyped for New Pokémon Snap. This game was boasting some of the best graphics to come to the Pokémon franchise yet, as well as new stories. With the original Pokémon Snap, in it’s time, was not only one of the best graphic games out at that time, it was also exciting for the generation growing up beside Pokémon. We all thought the graphics were absolutely amazing as well as the Pokémon in it!

The New Pokémon Snap game did not disappoint as the game started up with the soft tease of music. The lull’s of Pokémon chatter mixing in with the environment. With the Nintendo Switch docked, receiving visuals in 1080p, the game was bright and colorful. The beautiful aspects of Pokémon are the colors and the vibrancy of those colors, so if your in docked mode or in handheld mode, the colors are fantastic.

Nostalgia comes into play with New Pokémon Snap, very heavily. As the music chimes up and the story progresses, you are reminded of the days when Pokémon Snap was new and fresh to everyone. Discovering where Pokémon ran and hid, or would play surprises on your character (Todd at the time). Reporting back to Professor Oak and showing him the discoveries in 64 bit that you had made, impressing or not.
As the game proceeded and you are introduced to the Pokémon Professor Mirror, the memories of Professor Oak washing in. Experience all the excitement that Todd Snap had when he first met the new world of Pokémon.

It’s Todd!

When your done learning the ‘ropes’ of Snap, you’ll be able to go out for your ”first” Safari! Grab your camera and your wits and get ready to SNAP SNAP SNAP!


Make your way through the green hills of the fields and lakes, be quick or you’ll miss your legendary!
Low lands where Pokémon come to make a home for their babies, or tuck away for a peaceful sleep. Find your common normal and grass types playing in the fields!

Venture through the jungle, fighting off Aipoms and Airados.


Experience different seasons of the year as your make your way through the enchanted forest. Find a Pokémon as enchanted as the Forest hidden within!


Catch a ride on a Lapras along the reef and catch a sneak peek of someone surfing!

Try to stay cool while the Charmanders get HOT HOT HOT!

What’s that feather?


Fight your way through Swinubs to stay warm! Or steal the presents from the DeliBird!

Be quiet and observant as you make your way through the Cave Ruins and try to pet the puppy!

Put together the mystery of the meteor attack, and try to find the last Illumina Pokémon! After you’ve tracked your way through these amazing zones and found new routes to new faces, face your own truth in what and who you are.
Pokémon. They can just tell when your a good person with good intentions.

All in all, New Pokémon Snap is an amazing game, as always from the creators of Pokémon. This was a nostalgic game to play, and had some of the most beautiful legendary surprises. Besides that, New Pokémon Snap teaches us that all Pokémon are special, and not just the Legendaries and Mythical types.
I had such an amazing time playing this game on and off stream, I highly recommend to anyone who loves to look at cute things! This game is full of all the cuteness!

Buh-Bye for now!





HarleChan Review for New Pokémon Snap 10/10

Choosing Your Platform: DVS Edition

When it comes to new gamers, or even veteran gamers choosing a platform to play on can be intimidating. You can be faced with a variety of choices, even as a parent choosing one for their child. This guide can come in handy by helping you narrow down your choice without feeling overwhelmed or pressured by irrelevant parties that tend to be a bit biased with their opinions. I mean let’s be honest, gamers can be the worst fanboys and their views might not be aligned with your best interests. In light of this I am going to break it down by covering each current generation system along with their advantages and disadvantages. These systems will be the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, PC, and I will also touch upon the Classic editions of retro consoles.

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The Nintendo Switch was released on March 3rd of 2017, and made a huge comeback for the company since the Wii U console that was largely unsuccessful due to it’s limitations. Part of what made the console so successful is the fact that it was immediately open to 3rd party titles and support, and also has a unique design for home console and as well as portable, and the exclusive titles that were strong candidates for 2017 Game of the Year.

However, why should anyone choose this console over the others? Firstly this console is well suited to those whom are mostly on the go. Any full time employee that has limited time for gaming can easily take this console with them to work. The Nintendo Switch is a handheld console that has the a docking station that enables it to be play on a TV making it also viable as a home console, and has a platform that allows coordinating game play with other remote players. This capability is very well suited for those who often travel as well as the homebody. This console is an excellent choice for families, as Nintendo is mostly known for popular family oriented games like Super Mario Brothers, Pokemon, and even goofy games like Arms. Gamers with a budget can also benefit from picking the Switch since it only costs 299.99 instead of spending 499.99 like the other console choices.

For gamers that do not care for playing on the big screen, the Switch Lite version is available at 199.99. Though additional accessories can be expensive, you still get everything you need just buying the console by itself. The other big plus is you’ll have access to Nintendo exclusive games that will not be available on any other platform, such as Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Switch also now features live services to play online games with others such as Splatoon 2 and Overwatch, and the subscription is much cheaper than other services starting at 3.99 a month.

That being said there are some downsides to going down this route. A lot of accessories are sold separately, such as a protective case and screen protector. The screen for the Switch is plastic and easily scratched up. Some of the accessories, like additional joy cons for family events are expensive, as a pair of joy cons costs 69.99 USD and you will need to get a separate docking station. Another factor to consider is that the joy cons are extremely small, so for those with bigger hands will probably end up dropping another 59.99 on the Pro Controller. Additionally, you will also probably end up buying an SD card since the console only offers 32 GB of storage. Going along with the storage dilemma, it must be said that not all games will auto save to Cloud storage. Lastly, if you want to play in full 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, this is not your console. Nintendo has never been about being the latest and greatest, they hold value in their games and are more invested in their consumers instead of performance.

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The Playstation 5 is Sony’s newest console which released on November 12th of 2020, and made remarkable improvements from their Playstation 4. It is the best selling new generation console so far with 4.5 million units sold and 47.4 million subscribers. This system is sold at your local stores for 499.99 for the disc edition, and 399.99 for the digital edition making it a pretty hefty purchase. Which is why I am narrowing down the pros and cons to help you decide if this is the best choice for you.

First and foremost, I always say base your console choice on what your friends play on if you play online often. It can be pretty lonely for those who base their choice off of internet or local peer pressure, and we all have ran into elitists at your local Best Buy or GameStop that have their own opinions that may differ from yours. However if you genuinely don’t care about playing with your friends, there are still a number of great reasons that the PS5 can be well suited for you. First and foremost we all love Sony exclusives such as Bloodborne, Spiderman, Ghost of Tsushima, and God of War. While these exclusives are making their way to PC, not everyone has that budget, and you may have to wait years until new releases launch on that platform, IF they ever do.

This console is also more geared toward single player gamers with Japanese Style and Action Adventure RPGs respectively. You also get powerful performance from the PS5, with the ability to play new titles in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, add their 3D audio support and controller that uses haptic feedback.

Nevertheless there are some downsides to this platform. Chiefly the storage size for their SSD, which is only 825GB, and the system is just not as powerful as the Xbox Series X. So for those who want the most powerful console, you might want to look at other options. Another downside is that while their backwards compatible list is impressive, it does pale in comparison to the available Xbox selection that goes as far back as the original Xbox’s titles. The overall design for the console is also extremely huge compared to other consoles, which might prove inconvenient for those with limited space. That being said, the console is a great pick for the gamer more geared towards single player RPGs, or those who absolutely love Sony’s exclusive titles that are almost always Game of Year candidates.

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On November 10th, 2020 Microsoft released it’s Xbox Series X, the most powerful console of this generation. While the console was remarkably improved from the last entry, the launch did not do well, like previous console launch. That being said, the Series X is still an excellent option for gamers that love multiplayer games, Microsoft exclusives, and the most powerful performance that doesn’t bust the budget, and a great choice for those who love PC gaming, but need a break from traditional PC play. This console is a beast, running up to 8K resolution, the 12 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU and runs at 120 fps with 16 GB of RAM. The Series X is also usable as a home theater system to watch movies or stream in general. You can gain access to exclusives (also on PC) such as Halo, Gears of War, and Sea of Thieves, making this console perfect for players that want to make the most of a multiplayer experience.

If higher performance isn’t as important, you can also step down to the Series S. This is just a less powerful and cheaper option for those who care more for the multiplayer aspect and don’t want to fork out 499.99 USD. At 299.99 USD the Series S console still suits online gamers that need to budget but still care about pure performance. There aren’t as many of the more popular its counterparts, but it is cross compatible and cross save with PC, and allows for the use of the Xbox Game Pass, which carries over to PC as an app. With this option you can start playing on an Xbox machine, save, and literally pick up where you left off on your computer. You can also play with PC key and mouse friends who don’t have an Xbox.

Xbox is also know for its backward compatibility, so most of the original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles can be played on various Xbox consoles in upscaled resolution and frames. While the Xbox Series X has amazing perks, there are things to consider. There are a lack of many new titles available because of a poor launch and horrible performance shown for Halo Infinite. Also since Xbox Game Pass is compatible with PC, it might be more expeditious to do PC gaming if you have the budget and are not concerned with having a console, especially one you might find inconvenient or visually unappealing.

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Last but not least, classic PC gaming has limitless options, and can prove to be the ultimate and most powerful experience with varying costs. You can buy a prebuilt computer, laptop or make your own build. However, to get the best performance despite what biased opinions might say, you will be spending at least a grand if not more especially with current surge in demand due to the huge influx of online education and employment brought on by Covid.

PC gaming is the best avenue for those who want the most customization for their gaming and performance experience. You can get apps and download games from almost any major gaming company like Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and EA. You also get great platforms like Steam that have excellent bundles and a massive collection of various games dating back to the Stone Age. You’ll also find apps for customizing your accessories and parts, i.e. Razer offers headset, mouse, keyboard, and even mousepad customization; AMD will offer you a performance customization app for your motherboard, GPU, CPU, and more.

A personal computer can be updated as needed and can last a lot longer instead of having to upgrade often with new gaming consoles. These serve as great examples for players looking to maximize their performance and have total control over how they choose to play. However there are downsides for going down the computer route, such as price. You can spend less to play, but those players will find you won’t be playing in 2K nor 4K with limited frames depending on your settings. Even with a smaller budget you will be looking $800 at the bare minimum.

Those looking to build will also find that the market is totally off the charts with GPU and CPU prices. Tt might be far better to buy preowned at this point in time. Portable gaming laptops are great if you are on the go a lot, however they have a tendency to run hot because of the graphics which tends to give them a shorter life span. PC’s also have a learning curve, because unlike consoles you generally have to adjust your game settings to reach the quality you want. Not all games available have an automatic optimization setting for your build. You’ll also end up needing to learn how to use different apps to monitor your performance or adjust your peripherals. Lastly, operating systems can be quite expensive and literally a pain to deal with. Windows 10 nearly always releases bad updates in need of patches which can lead to minor issues such as audio problems all the way to random crashes.

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Lastly and briefly I want to touch on the Classic Editions of retro consoles. Gaming companies have been releasing new classic mini versions of retro consoles like the NES Classic, Sega Genesis Mini, and the Playstation Classic. These mini consoles come loaded with old bangers like Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Metal Gear Solid. These are great options for collectors, retro players or for those who just want to buy a quick console for the family for a few hundred dollars. A downside to these consoles is how fragile they are and that you are limited to the preloaded games, but they still are great buys for the price and love of nostalgia.

Best Retro Gaming Console 2020: Play Retro Games on These Mini Consoles -  IGN
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It can be a struggle for gamers to find the right gaming console or computer that best fits their needs or play style. As a gaming fan that has owned nearly every platform, I hope this article serves as a guide that helps players veteran and new find the platform that best suits them.

Neversong Nintendo Switch review: far from the same ol’ song

Metroidvania games seem to be popping up like crazy as of late. There is a possibility you could miss out on a good one as a result, but these are always fun to come back and discover. In fact, I’ve never even heard of Neversong until I was introduced to it by a colleague.

Like most Metroidvania games, it’s all about the quaint beauty of what you find within the world as you explore through it. And while Neversong’s overall game length isn’t quite as extensive as other titles on the market, it packs quite a bit into its short but sweet adventure.

In the game, you play Peet, a kid who goes investigating the disappearance of his girlfriend in the midst of an imaginative, but dangerous, town of Neverwood. Along the way, you’ll visit six different areas, each with their own bosses and other terrors, as you attempt to fend them off with a spiked baseball bat, and work alongside buddies and a helpful bird to find out what’s going on.

Where Neversong truly excels is within its story. It’s fascinating to see how this all unfolds, thanks to fun dialogue that doesn’t really stay too down in the dumps, even though the tone is definitely about on the same level as, say, Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro. There’s also some interesting twists, and even time for a song or two, playing out rather beautifully when the situation calls for it.
As far as gameplay goes, Neversong has a bit in common with the indie darling Hollow Knight, although there are some differences when it comes to getting around. You can use a pair of gauntlets to grab ropes and find better maneuverability; and your pals can lend a hand in certain situations too, even with something as simple as a few words. It can be a little loose at times, especially with character control, but it still works. And the boss fights are a lot of fun, albeit a little challenging.

When it comes to presentation, Neversong also scores an impressive win. It looks gorgeous with its well-designed world, and the animations are pretty well done. There’s also a bizarre approach to character design that must be seen to be believed. The music is also terrific, thanks to some awesome piano tunes that play consistently in the background. Get the headset for this one if you can.

Alas, the journey does come to an end all too soon. But a game like this is really more about that the destination anyway. Neversong has more than enough within its few hours of play to warrant a look, and the exquisite soundtrack and engaging storyline will keep you intrigued as you continue on your way. There are better Metroidvania games out there, and yet this one gets a hearty recommendation as well. There’s always room for one more, right?

RATING: 8/10

Nintendo Direct 2021

They got us in the first half. 

Nintendo had players eagerly awaiting the Nintendo Direct announcement today on February 17, all to hear what Nintendo has in stock for us in the first half of 2021. With recent announcements like Sephiroth added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, the upcoming 35th anniversary for Legend of Zelda, and a few choice older games being mentioned for a reboot, we can look forward to an interesting Direct.  

Nintendo Direct starts out with the new adventure where Pyra had gone missing… Rex searched all over for her only to find her on a lone floating rock. Pyra brings the power of the Aegis to Smash! We can look forward to some of her best and beautiful moves used in-game, but don’t let Pyra get caught in a pinch, as Mythra will awaken and take over the battle for Pyra! Not one, but two! We can look forward to seeing moves like Chroma Sight on unsuspecting Smash players. Not only is this a two-for-one character, but you can change freely between them both! As well as the two characters, you get the whole team for support as well as a new map on the back of the dragon.  

Super Smash Bros. brings Xenoblade Chronicles 2 into the game, with a SMASH! 

Fall Guys appears next in the Nintendo Direct, now coming to Nintendo Switch! Get all that glorious fun silliness on a whole new system this Summer 2021! 

You have 22 minutes before the solar system is destroyed. In this new game, it will reset every time your 22 minutes is up. You can try to stop the sun from exploding, or cruise and enjoy the solar system of Outer Wilds this summer! 

Famicom Detective Club is next to make an appearance on the Nintendo Switch. A Classic JRPG game is brought to North Americas and the rest of the world. Both games will be brought to the Nintendo Switch. In the first game, you’ll look for your memories and try to figure out who did this to you before it’s too late. In the next game, you’ll be looking for a girl whose story is tragic, but can you save her from it?  

A new age of battles begins on our next slide in Nintendo Direct. In this beautifully drawn game, Samurai Warriors 5, you’ll continue the history of your Samurai character, all new designs, and visuals this summer.  

Legend of Mana is coming to the Nintendo Switch! For those of you who remember this piece of work from back in the day, you’ll see the upgraded visuals and sounds. You can join forces with additional characters, where each has their own adventures. You can choose between new music or the original soundtrack. They also brought a new mini-game to the game to help keep you busy when you’re deciding what to do! 

Monster Hunter makes its debut today in the Nintendo Direct. Monster Hunter: Rise brings us back to the original storyline of Monster Hunter, where 50 years later they start to take their home back.  Enjoy updated graphics and familiar faces from Monster Hunter

Mario Golf makes its way back to the Nintendo Switch with new features to enable your golf game. Beautifully redone courses and new music lends to a whole new way of playing Mario Golf. You can now play Mario Golf with buttons or using the motion controls to get a real feel for the club. Plenty of new ways to play Mario Golf, including SPEED GOLF where you and your friends will tee-off at the same time and race to the end of the course. Nintendo Miis are available to customize for your Mario Golf adventure where you will have the main campaign to go from Rookie to Pro in no time! 

Nintendo went on to announce some old games that will be coming to Nintendo Switch in a download called Nintendo Arcade available later today for download.  

Play as Travis Touchdown as you fight all kinds of different enemies, but that’s not the weirdest part. You’ll have to go around town and do some chores and odd jobs, in order to unlock to next boss. The fate of the world is at stake, so get ready to kick some alien booty. No More Heroes 3, available August.  

Exterminate demons in heaven. Play as an assassin in heaven, because someone’s gotta do the dirty world. Use cards to attack and move your character through the world, if you can’t keep moving, you’ll start from the beginning. Neon White, be the last sinner, winter 2021. 

DC Super Girls, play as the girls of DC. Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman are joined by Harley Quinn. Teen Power is available June 4, and perfect for that little superhero in your life.  

Remember Plants Vs Zombies? Well, now they have the complete edition available on the Switch in March! You can tackle all the missions, bosses and just enjoy the original puzzle game! With new graphics and updated controls for the Switch, this is a must-have for that Zombie Killer in your life.  

Save faces!!! Miitopia!  Miitopia is making its way to the Nintendo Switch! Join ANYONE on adventures and save or defeat your friends. You can customize your miis even more now as they added new hairstyles, clothing, and sound options.  

Animal Crossing announces that Mario’s 35th Anniversary items will be available to order in March! As usual, you’ll order these through the Nook Shopping, so enjoy them as you can use them as they were intended! Wanna use a pipe to travel? Make sure you put two down!  These items will become available on March 1st! 

Your morals and your strength will be tested in this next game from Nintendo. Fight with Fredrica, Benedict, and others as you follow your chosen path. Project Triangle Strategy, the Saltiron War broke out against the land of Azerala. In a tactical RPG, you’ll need to be aware of how close you are to your enemies. Link attacks together to make stronger spells, team up with your allies to survey the battlefield and prepare for war. Coming 2022, the demo will be available after the Nintendo Direct.  

Star Wars makes its appearance on the Nintendo Switch, with STAR WARS Hunters, coming 2021. Set between Episode 6 and 7, it’s an all-out PVP game. Play as your favorite heroes, and save, or defeat the universe.  

Kung Fu City, play with a team as you run around town playing a ‘dodgeball’ type of game. Run, hide, and hunt down your enemies. Customize your characters with anything you can think of, want to be the dude from Call of Duty? Want to look like Samus? You can do it. Coming Summer 2021.  

The next game based in Japan. Side-scrolling fun for the whole family, making your way home to Tokyo you’ll come across many enemies and new friends. World’s End Club, coming May 28th

Hades is getting a Physical Release that comes with the original soundtrack and a thirty-two-page graphic artwork for you to admire for days on end. Coming March 19th.  

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3 are all coming out on the Nintendo Switch. Play the original storylines that brought us knuckle-deep in super ninjas fulfilling their destinies. Ninja Gaiden Master Collection, coming June 10th

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is getting an expansion pass that will cover the next six months with updates directly to the game.  

February 26th Bravely Default 2 will be available! 

Side-scrolling medieval fun, now supporting local co-op. Ghost and Goblins resurrections is available for pre-order! 

Apex Legends comes to Nintendo Switch! Double XP for two weeks after launch on Nintendo Switch, on March 9th.  

Fall Nintendo Direct for more Legend of Zelda news, including updates about Breath of The Wild 2. For now, they are releasing Skyward Sword HD on the Switch coming out July 16th. Specialized Legend of Zelda Joy-Con controllers are also coming out to add to your Legend of Zelda collection! 

Splatoon makes its appearance next, with a full-on customizable character and pet a new world… Splatoon 3 makes its way onto the scene! Enjoy updated graphics, moves, and smooth handling. New character looks will add to your total custom look! Coming to the Switch 2022. 

So much in the first half from Nintendo, we can look forward to a busy year for all kinds of fans!

Check in, in the fall for the second half!

Pokémon Snap: AHH SNAP!

Let’s go back to the year 1999 when I was just a youngling learning the ways of the Nintendo 64 and all of its glory. There came out a wonderful game of such impact that I didn’t even know that to this day, I still would be gushing in awe that I still remember and love it soo much!

Time for a trip to the beach

Here you are looking at this game and not knowing what is about to do down. Insert the cartridge to get that satisfying feel, see the beautiful N64 logo floating and cutting to “POKEMON ISLAND” without foreknowledge your about to go down to witness Pokémon like we have never before. Skipping ahead past the start screen, just to get to the best part of getting ported down a track and your ZERO-ONE pod that goes to the “GOAL-GATE” to exit the current level, here we will sit back and whip out the “Poke-Cam” out and begin our great journey of capturing great almost amazing picture’s. The first Pokémon we encounter on the beach is a “Pidgey” and not just one but almost a whole flock. Equipped only with just a roll of 60 pictures before our “FILM” ( I have put the word “FILM” in quotations for the reason that whoever reads this knows that we used to have a physical form of photography and not just digital media and yes even in a video game where they could’ve just given us all the space.) would run out so making sure to take only the best and identifying pics to add to our new and growing collection.

All of the Easter Eggs!

For all those that think that this is just a snap and go….. let me tell you that you will be pleasantly surprised for this ALL MIGHT of a game! Get ready for a Detroit slam to just blindside you. The amount of work you must put in to figure out that every level that you will play has so many different Pokémon interactions. Apples, pester balls, and ZEE Poke-Flute, these items become your best friend to get to all the awesome and special interactions on every level that we travel to. My favorite one has to be the Magikarp to Gyarados evolve. We first start off by trying to knock a Magikarp at a Mankey with a pester ball that will then hit it over to the dancing Gravelers, proceed to throw another pester ball to knock it over to the waterfall, where it jumps in and out pops out a Gyarados!! OOOOO buddy my first time doing this is still one of my top moments in this beautiful game. Take your time to enjoy the fact that you are taking pictures of Pokémon in an almost pure state free and wild!

New Pokémon snap!

OMG!!! 22 long years and here in April. We will be receiving something so grand yet so majestic to tantalize our imagination’s as new and veterans return to take a plethora of such great pictures. The game will take place on three different islands! We shall be also be figuring out a mysterious glow that is on the Pokémon “The Illumina Phenomenon”. Lental region is looking to be the best place for us to pick back up where our “PHOTO POKE- JOURNMILISM” began. My only reservation for this is that I hope they make so many different interactions that every playthrough is fresh not just a copy and paste of the last one. My excitement is through the roof so hold on to your butts for this new endeavor!