Super Mario 3D World Review

Super Mario 3D World isn’t just a great game it is an amazing game. Super Mario 3D World is a 3D Platformer for the Nintendo Wii U. The game has nine worlds and each world has levels that the player needs to complete. Each world also has unique puzzles that the player needs to solve using Toad. The game goes a step beyond the New Super Mario Bros Series.

My favorite part of each level is collecting the green stars and stamps. There are three green stars hidden throughout each level and one stamp hidden in each level. It is no easy task collecting the green stars. I also like the power ups in this game. The best power up in this game is the Cat Suit. The Cat Suit allows players to scale walls and pounce on enemies. The Giant Mushroom also returns! Super Mario 3D World has great visuals and the it looks awesome in HD. I also enjoy the music that plays in each level.

The game has five playable characters and one of those characters is unlockable. I wish that the game had more playable characters from the mushroom kingdom. It would be cool to play as Wario or Waluigi. Super Mario 3D World is a really positive gaming experience.

It is the type of game that players can enjoy by themselves or with others. The multiplayer is fantastic in Super Mario 3D World and it is really competitive. The player with the highest score gets to wear a crown. I really like searching for the collectibles in this game. However I wish that this game had a larger cast of characters to choose from. I give Super Mario 3D World a 9 out of 10.

-MT

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3 New Character Revealed for Super Smash

Today Nintendo Revealed three new characters for Super Smash. They revealed Robin and Lucina from Fire Emblem. They also revealed that Captain Falcon would be returning with his Falcon Punch attack. I didn’t expect them to reveal new characters from the Fire Emblem series. I thought that they were going to reveal Rayman from the Raving Rabbids game, because of a recent post on the Super Smash site. I really like the new reveals but I am still waiting for them to reveal Ness and the Ice Climbers. Which new character reveal do you like the most? I think that Robin looks pretty cool because of his unique attacks.

-MT

Wii Party U Review

Nintendo specializes in party games and they continue this trend with their latest entry Wii Party U. The game borrows many elements from the Mario Party series. The mini games in Wii Party U are fast paced just like the mini games in Mario Party.

Wii Party U has a mode called Highway Rollers and it reminds me of the main mode in Pac-man Fever. The goal of Highway Rollers is to reach the end first. Each player gets to roll a number of dice based on their mini game performance. For example if a gamer is in first place they get to roll ten dice; if their in second place they get to roll seven dice. There are also random spaces that can send players forwards or backwards. I think that Highway Rollers is more luck based than skill based and this really hurts my overall perception of the game. It is unfair because someone can lose every single mini game and still win the overall game.

I really like the diversity of mini games in Wii Party U. I have played Highway Rollers four times and each time I play I discover new games. One of my favorite mini games is called River Rollin. In this mini game each player gets to race on top of a barrel while avoiding giant logs. The touch based games are unfair and the person controlling the tablet usually wins these games.

Wii Party U is a nice update to the original Wii Party. However I wish that the game was more skill based. It is a great game to play with family or friends, but it is not a great single player experience. Wii Party U has memorization mini games, action mini games and decision making mini games. I enjoyed playing this game with other people and I give this game a 7 out of 10.

-MT

Mario Kart 8 Review

Mario Kart 8 is the latest entry in the Mario Kart series. It is a fantastic game and it pushes the series in a new direction. It pushes the series in a new direction because it introduces Anti-Gravity. Anti-Gravity tracks have players driving upside down and on the sides of walls. Anti-Gravity also allows players to get a speed boost by bumping into other racers. It gets really intense.

The game also introduces new courses, new characters and new karts. Some of the new courses are really imaginative and creative. For example one course takes place at a Water Park and another course takes place on a Sweet Canyon. Mario Kart 8 also brings back some classic courses like Moo Moo Meadows and Rainbow Road from N64. Moo Moo Meadows is one of my favorite courses in the Mario Kart series.

I don’t like the character selection in Mario Kart 8; I hope that they add more characters via DLC. Nintendo didn’t include classic characters like Diddy Kong, King Boo and Dry Bones. However I do like the Kart customization in Mario Kart 8. This feature lets the player customize a Kart’s wheels, body and glider.

Mario Kart 8 is the first Mario Kart game in High Definition and it delivers. The game also introduces new items that play a factor in the game. The super horn allows racers to destroy the blue shell. It is finally possible to avoid the deadly blue shell. The game isn’t perfect but it is more balanced then previous Mario Kart games and overall it is a exhilarating experience.

9/10

-MT

Nintendo at E3 2014

Nintendo had a solid press conference this year. They showed us more footage from the upcoming Super Smash Bros game and announced three new playable characters. The new characters that they announced include Pac-Man, Palutena, and Mii Fighters. I think it’s amazing that the new Super Smash Bros game will include four of the most iconic video game characters; they are Sonic, Mario, Mega Man and Pac-Man.

Nintendo also showed off a batch of  their upcoming exclusives. These exclusives include Splatoon, Mario Maker, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. The new Mario Maker game looks like a really creative title. I can’t wait to make my own Super Mario Bros levels. To see all of Nintendo’s E3 announcements click here.

-MT

Unboxing Mario Kart 8

I recently purchased Mario Kart 8 from my local Target Store. It was 64.99 and it comes with a free downloadable game. So far Mario Kart 8 has lived up to the hype. I think the game is a lot more balanced than previous Mario Kart titles. My favorite aspect of the new game is the HD graphics, it looks really amazing in HD. I highly recommend Mario Kart 8. It is the best game on the Wii U so far.

-MT

Gamecube Controller Adapter Revealed for Super Smash

Nintendo recently announced that they are making a Gamecube Controller Adapter for the Wii U. It will plug into two USB ports on the front of the Wii U. Right now the only game that will work with it is Super Smash for Wii U. It supports up to four Gamecube Controllers. There is also no word on whether or not it will support the Wavebird Controller.

The Gamecube Controller has always been the best way to play Super Smash and I am ecstatic that it will be coming back. I will definitely pick up one of these adapters when they are released. It would be awesome if this adapter worked with other games such as Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda Windwaker.

Source: Nintendo

-MT

Nintendo WiFi connection is closed for Nintendo DS and Wii

Nintendo-WiFi

On May 20th, 2014 Nintendo WiFi ended for Nintendo DS and Wii titles. It is sad to see this service go away. I enjoyed playing many games on this service including Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Pokemon Black/White, Mario Kart DS and Tetris DS. My favorite game to play on the Nintendo WiFi connection was Super Smash Bros Brawl. The 3DS and Wii U are unaffected by this. For a full list of games please click this list. What games will you miss playing on the Nintendo WiFi?

-MT

Super Smash Bros 64 Review

Super Smash bros for N64 is one of the greatest games of all time. The game pits famous Nintendo characters against each other. The game was released on April 26, 1999. Super Smash Bros for N64 paved the way for Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros Brawl.

The game has 12 playable characters and 9 stages. The characters include Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Captain Falcon and Ness. Four of the characters must be unlocked in Single Player Mode. The Single Player mode is a series of battles that pits you against different Nintendo characters. The final boss is the Master Hand. I really enjoy single player mode but the multiplayer is what really makes this game special.

This game introduced me to several of Nintendo’s core franchises including Metroid and Starfox. I grew up playing and loving Super Smash Bros.  I really like the game because it pits famous Nintendo characters against each other. I also like the challenge of defeating my friends and family.  Super Smash Bros is a game that is easy for anyone to pick up and play. I enjoy the randomness and chaos that the game has to offer.  The game also has a variety of items such as the beam sword and hammer. These items add to the chaos.

Super Smash Bros for N64 is not perfect. The graphics have not aged well and the amount of playable characters is small. However, it is still a really fun and exciting game because of the core concept. I give Super Smash Bros for N64 a 8 out of 10.

-MT

New Mario Kart 8 Trailer

Nintendo recently revealed a new trailer for Mario Kart 8. The trailer shows off new courses and new items for the upcoming game. Some of the new items include the coin item, the piranha plant item, and the boomerang item. The trailer also shows off the new Rainbow Road stage in Mario Kart 8. The game looks fantastic and I can’t wait to play it when it comes out on May 30th, 2014. Will Mario Kart 8 be the best Mario Kart to date?

-MT

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

The Nintendo 3DS XL is the best handheld system currently on the market. The handheld isn’t the most powerful but it has the best library. It has a better library then the Playstation Vita and any other handheld system currently on the market. It is the games that make or break a system and the 3DS has a vast library of games.

What I like about the 3DS XL?

I already stated that I love the library of the 3DS XL; it has a nice selection of games. I also like how big the screens are on the 3DS XL. The top screen is 4.88 inches and the bottom screen is 4.18 inches. I recently had no problem playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS. It is a Wii title that was ported to the Nintendo 3DS. I also like the placement of the stylus on the XL. It is placed on the side of XL and it is easy to access when playing a game that requires the stylus. I am also a fan of the home, start and select buttons on the 3DS XL. They are clickable and work considerably better then the ones on the original 3DS. I am excited because the selection of games is getting even better this spring. Some of the games that are coming out include Yoshi’s New Island, Mario Golf World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

What I don’t like about the 3DS XL?

I don’t care for the sound quality on the 3DS XL. It isn’t very loud when playing a game or watching a video on Netflix. However, this isn’t that big of a problem considering that I can just plug in a set of headphones. I also don’t like the the power button; it is hard to start up the system. The power button should stick out a little bit more. I also wish that the Nintendo E-shop on the 3DS included GBA games. The GBA has a huge selection of excellent games that would make the 3DS library that much better.

My Rating of the 3DS XL

Overall the 3DS XL is a solid and very capable system. I got my 3DS XL this December and so far I have been playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Pokemon Y and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I have enjoyed playing all of these games and I can’t wait to play more games on my 3DS XL. I give this system a 9 out of 10.

-MT

 

 

Nintendo Direct Introduces Little Mac

Nintendo recently held a Nintendo Direct. During the direct they announced some key release dates for Wii U and 3DS games. They also announced that Little Mac would be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash game. Little Mac is from the Punch Out games. The Punch Out games are fighting games so I am not surprised to see Little Mac in Super Smash. Super Smash will be coming out in 2014.

Nintendo revealed that Mario Kart 8 is coming out on May 30th, 2014. They also announced that Gameboy Advanced games would be coming to the Wii U virtual console in April. Some of the games that are coming include Metroid Fusion, Mario and Lugi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advanced 3. I find it interesting that Nintendo is releasing these games on the Wii U. They should be coming to the Nintendo 3DS because they are handheld titles. Nintendo also told us that NES Remix 2 will be released on April 25th. NES Remix 2 is a collection of NES mini games.

Nintendo is also releasing Yoshi’s New Island on March 14th, Kirby Triple Deluxe on May 2nd and Mario Golf: World Tour on May 2nd of 2014. I am excited to see how the first true sequel of Yoshi’s Island turns out. I hope it lives up to the original Yoshi’s Island because that was one of my favorite games on GBA. Overall I think Nintendo had a successful Nintendo Direct; I can’t wait to see what they have planned for E3 this year.

Source: Nintendo

-MT