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Why I'm not happy with Nintendo
Posted by Billy
Posted on 16 April, 2017 at 7:03PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Why I'm not happy with Nintendo

I'm getting really tired of Nintendo, for one big reason: I can't buy any of their products.

I'm sure you remember the buzz around the launch of the Wii. The Wii was huge, everyone was talking about it, and it was a giant success for Nintendo. At the the time, I really wanted one, but I wasn't able to get one until a couple years after launch. "Not a big deal", I thought, "it was a huge seller, so it makes sense that stores couldn't keep it in stock." Now, I'm not sure if this was actually the case, or it was intentional under stocking by Nintendo, but Nintendo seems to have taken this idea and run with it in later years.

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Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Posted by Billy
Posted on 21 August, 2016 at 12:27AM ↑ 2 ↓ 0
Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

I've been a fan of Naughty Dog for a long time. As a kid, I played the hell out of the Crash Bandicoot games, until I 100%'d each one. (I never got the full 105% in Crash Warped though, shame!) However, when the sixth generation of consoles came around, I decided on a Dreamcast... and then when that died, a Gamecube, since I was 9 and all the games I cared about were coming out for it. This meant that post-PS1 I missed out on the games Naughty Dog went on to make. See, after the PS1 Naughty Dog was bought by Sony, which meant that they had to leave behind their intellectual properties they created under Universal Interactive. This meant no more Crash Bandicoot from Naughty Dog, and Universal would get other companies to make games like Crash: The Wrath of Cortex. No, Naughty Dog moved onto greener pastures with Jak and Daxter, which I didn't play until years later.

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Halo: Combat Evolved
Posted by Billy
Posted on 28 February, 2016 at 3:43PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Halo: Combat Evolved

There isn't exactly a clear line of separation between "classic" and "modern" shooters, but if I had to choose one, it would be 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved. (Other people would probably choose Half Life). In any case, Halo clearly marks the beginning of the popularity of the so-callled "military shooter." Before this point, it was mostly about being a lone fighter, fending off countless enemies. But now suddenly, you're a part of a larger fighting force, a military. Again as I said, there is no clear line of separation, so this game definitely still holds onto some shooter staples of the past. However, the things it brought to the table have stayed with the genre (especially on consoles) into today. If you are into console FPS, this game should mean a lot to you. Basically, Halo picked up the torch where Perfect Dark, another influential console shooter, left off.

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Posted by Billy
Posted on 21 February, 2016 at 08:58AM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Last week I briefly discussed how I used to love to explore in Super Mario 64. Well, some games are built around this idea of exploration. This has become quite a ubiquitous thing in gaming these days, what with all the "open world sandbox" games that come out. However, in a much simpler (and more memory-limited) time, we had the so-called "Metroidvania" genre. My most recent trek in this genre came by way of Metroid Prime 2, which incidentally would be a terrible game to be introduced to the genre through. Not because it's a bad metroidvania game or anything but more on that later. I have played Metroid Prime, the first one, but since I played this one much more recently I feel it'd be a better review if I talk about the second game instead.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order
Posted by Billy
Posted on 3 August, 2015 at 4:56PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Everyone who knows me knows I like my first person shooters old-school. Newer shooters are fine and dandy, but they lack flair. Old-school shooters have interesting weapons that can shoot everything from bullets to lightning. There's interesting weapons to use, and usually interesting enemies to use those weapons on. Newer shooters have... assault rifles that you use to shoot brown people. Okay okay, that's a generalization. But that's certainly what it feels like, especially when you're used to a game like Quake, which features the aforementioned lightning gun, and has an enemy that shoots grenades and has a chainsaw. I must not be the only one who thinks so, since classic FPS style games have seen a resurgence lately, what with the reboots of Rise of the Triad and Shadow Warrior. However, classic FPS' didn't do everything right, certainly not, so perhaps a combination of new and old shooters would be a good idea. To that end, we have Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Passed Away
Posted by GamersTavern
Posted on 12 July, 2015 at 7:05PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Passed Away

President and CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, passed away on July 11.

I've known about the guy since before he became Nintendo's president, back when he was a programmer at HAL Laboratory, through reading issues of Nintendo Power. I still remember being surprised when he was crowned president, because it seemed like such an unexpected thing at the time, for someone at his position to ascend to the top so quickly. Being that I've been playing HAL's games ever since I was a kid, Iwata's

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A New F-Zero for Wii U Was Planned
Posted by GamersTavern
Posted on 23 June, 2015 at 10:29PM ↑ 2 ↓ 0
A New F-Zero for Wii U Was Planned

Apparently, Nintendo was seriously considering releasing a new F-Zero for the Wii U at some point. According to this, Nintendo asked the Burnout and Need for Speed developer, Criterion Games, to create a demo for a new possible F-Zero title for the Wii U. Former Criterion Games creative director, Alex War

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Top 10: Post-2000 PC Games Part 2
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Posted on 12 October, 2014 at 00:31AM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Fistful Of Frowns
Posted by Metal_Kitty666
Posted on 2 October, 2014 at 5:51PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0
Super Smash Bros. at Best Buy!
Posted by GamersTavern
Posted on 27 May, 2014 at 00:38AM ↑ 0 ↓ 0
Super Smash Bros. at Best Buy!

Are you hyped for the impending release of the new Super Smash Bros. games? Would you like a chance to play the game before its official release? Well, then look no further than Nintendo's Smash Fest event at Best Buy! Certain select Best Buy stores around the country will allow the general public to play the game early. This will only occur for a limited time, though. The dates and times for when this will happen are as follows:

Wednesday, June 11 from 4pm to 9pm

Saturday, Ju

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