September 29, 2011

Review – Kirby Mass Attack

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mister Raroo @ 4:05 pm

Review Kirby Mass Attack
HAL Laboratory was the first developer to truly show just how cool games could be on the Nintendo DS. Those of us who survived the dark, dreary days that were the DS’s first few months of existence know how slim the pickings were. But, like the sun breaking after a long night, along came Kirby Canvas Curse, and gone was any buyer’s remorse we had been feeling.

Canvas Curse skillfully demonstrated that the DS’s touch screen could be used for more than gimmicky mini-games, while also taking the Kirby series in an interesting new direction. I still play it on a regular basis all these years later – it is fabulous, and if you haven’t played it, do yourself a favor and track it down immediately.

Now we find ourselves in the twilight of the Nintendo DS’s reign, and HAL returns once again with an absolute knockout release. Kirby Mass Attack, like its cousin Canvas Curse, does away with a traditional control scheme and opts instead for stylus-driven control. Thankfully, the wizards at HAL superbly integrated this type of control scheme into engaging and intelligent level design and aesthetics, and the end result is one of the most interesting, innovative, and fun games to hit the Nintendo DS in quite some time.


November 29, 2010

Your Recommended Dose of Cave Story

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:01 am

Cave Story
For those gamers eager to hang with the Mimiga on their DSi, Cave Story hits DSiWare today and will set you back 1,000 Pts for the mobility.

For those that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, Cave Story is also available in WiiWare demo form today, so if you’ve been living in mystery, there’s absolutely no reason not to get learned on the subject.

June 8, 2010

Trailer Park – Dragon Quest IX

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 3:29 pm

Dragon Quest IX
In addition to adding Midnight Blue to the North American DSi XL color wheel, Nintendo may also be making gaming recommendations for the system via a new trailer for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies – set to release on July 11, 2010.

Admittedly I haven’t been paying very much attention to the title – it’s clear that the multiplayer questing business merits more immediate investigation on my part.

As always, catch a glimpse after the break.


March 23, 2010

The Post in Which We Speculate About the 3DS

Filed under: Editorial Rants — Tags: , , , , , — Sam Scott Given @ 12:53 pm

On today of all days (obviously to commemorate Ben and Jerry’s free ice cream day), Nintendo decides to slip out a nifty press release about their upcoming successor to the DS, the 3DS. The press release is lacking on a lot of key details, which means we get to speculate as much as we want until they tell us more.

The largest gap of information has to be about the screens. “…on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.” 3D? without glasses? Well, there are a handful of routes this could take us. The main method everyone’s mind is jumping to is one recently popularized by the DSiWare game “Rittai Kakushi e AttaKoreda” – which roughly translates into “Hidden 3D image: There it is!”

What this game does is use the forward facing camera in the DSi to look at the face of the person playing (more specifically the light on the face) and tilts the environment in the game to make it appear as if you are looking into a diorama of sorts.


March 18, 2010

My New Addiction – The PokéWalker

Filed under: Editorial Rants — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 8:11 am

The PokeWalker
My hesitance to call Nintendo’s PokéWalker the greatest invention since sliced bread has less to do with a desire to spare you the hyperbole, and more about the fact that as much as I enjoy a well made sandwich, the PokéWalker is better. I’ve been carrying it with me constantly this week, encouraging people to ask me what I mean when I say that there’s a Mareep in my pocket, and gushing on about the device when someone is brave enough to do so.

For those in the gaming-know, the pack-in device with the recent release of Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver helps both titles overcome the hurdle of being considered simply DS rehashes. For those not familiar with the originals or the add-ons of the past, the PokéWalker functions on just enough magic to feed the curiosity of even the most devotedly disinterested.


March 15, 2010

Breakfast With Pikachu

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , , , , — Christina Wilson @ 8:17 am

On Sunday morning Jamie and I made the trek to Wizard World at Exhibition Place in Toronto to catch our very own Pikachu. We arrived early enough to be blasted by children’s music and a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man, which was admittedly overwhelming given our still half sleeping state.

As the bright colors and screaming children within Wizard World roused us from sleep, we saw an area filled with kids wearing Pikachu hats and spotted a giant shuffling Pikachu being led through the crowd for photo ops and suspected we’d found the right place.


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