Author Archives: Ryan Baxter

Ryan’s Gaming Focus Thesis: How Do Games Affect Us? (Original Content!!!)

Review: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (N3DS)

Pokemon-X-Pokemon-Y-Get-Cover-Art-Screenshots-ArtworkWe know, we know…  The Pokémon 3DS games came out SIX months ago.

Why then, did we wait so long to publish our thoughts?  With a game of this caliber, we thought it would be interesting to see how different we would rate it after there were less people freaking about it.  Now that the fire has died down a bit, this is the perfect time to put out an unbiased, informative analysis.  Are Pokémon X and Y must-have adventures for 3DS owners, or did they fall short of their lofty expectations?  Ryan and Greg will share their opinions in this review.

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There is No Plan for a Watch Dogs Demo at This Time

watch_dogs_dedsecWatch Dogs seems like it has been in the works for absolutely ages! In fact, we’ve been hearing about the game since last July! At this point in development, the gamers of the world are getting very hungry for new content, and while some are content with the gameplay videos that are released now and again, it seems that many require something more, something interactive. Something, perhaps, in the form of a demo. Sadly, the creative director for the game, Jonathan Morin, has informed the Twitter-sphere that no such demo would be coming, sad news to us all. He’s also informed us that more of these videos will be coming in lieu of the demo experience! Stay tuned for more Watch Dogs news!

Source: Twitter

Wii U Update Released

wii-u-system-updateAttention, Chargers! If you haven’t turned on your Wii U in a few days, you will be prompted with an update to your console! Don’t worry, this one shouldn’t take too long to download, no more than a few minutes before you can get back to your gaming experience. What is the reasoning behind this update? What do we gain? Why, it’s that all important stability update! That’s right, the overall Wii U experience is becoming even smoother! Be sure to get this download as soon as you can!

Source: Nintendo America

Nintendo is Making the VC Experience Even More Nostalgic

GBAMegaglareNow, I’m not sure about all the other Chargers out there, but when I was a kid, there was always one part of a game that I enjoyed as a great point of the gaming experience. An interesting point: not a bit of programming was involved in its development. Have you guessed what it is yet? That’s right, the companion booklet that seemed to come along with every game in the early days! Man, I loved those things. If I got a new game, you would see me every day at school with that booklet, memorizing every detail and throwing it in the face of all of my friends. Ah, memories. Anyways, now that is sort of coming back, in a virtual, less transportable format. Many of the Game Boy Advanced games that have hit the Wii U virtual console are starting to feature the original manuals that came with the old games. Man, it’s going to be a trip down memory lane! Be sure to pick up a few GBA games on the Wii U VC!

Source: Twitter

Nintendo Minute 3/27/14

Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst Coming to 3DS eShop Next Week

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For those of you that don’t know, Mystery Case Files is a little puzzle-y, point-and-click, find the item, jump scare series that taxes the brain and the heart all the same. There have been a few installments of this series, stretching across a great many plot-lines and mediums, including such gaming treasures as live-action videos amidst low-res backgrounds (such a beautiful age). The title to be examined today is Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst, originally an ’06 PC title. It came to Nintendo portable consoles in Europe about 9 months ago. Now, we’re getting it state side! That’s right, next week on Thursday, this title becomes available for download for you North American Chargers! Be sure to pick up a copy if you like a good object search!

Source: Nintendo

A Very Special 3DS XL Rises for a Very Special Purpose

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We’ve seen loads of 3DS systems come out with little special features, slight alterations, and even some amazing graphics with pre-loaded games. Well, now one comes around with a rarity rating higher than any other console before it, save custom designed handhelds. What’s coming around is a special Pokémon X sporting a beautiful Mega Charizard graphic. How does one obtain such a treasure? Well, there will only be two made in the world, like, ever. They will be prizes for the Japanese Pokémon Dragon Tournament, which occurs yearly and is open to grade-schoolers. The 3DS XL will be given to the winners of both the tournament for Pokémon X & Y, as well as the original Poket Monsters card game! The winner’s name will be inscribed on the bottom of the console.

Source: Geek

Nintendo Recesses into the Shadows? Shocking Decision

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Gaming Conventions are huge publicity stunts for all major gaming companies, as well as many small-time and indie devs that want to get their titles out into the open market. It would be a ridiculous decision to pass up such an opportunity, right? Well, Nintendo appears to be making this silly decision with an upcoming con. PAX East has been a yearly occurrence in Boston since 2010 and Nintendo hasn’t missed any of the three beautiful displays of gaming deliciousness so far, but apparently, a Nintendo spokesperson has released a statement that they won’t be present at this year’s 2014 PAX East. What could possibly be the reason? Could it be that Nintendo has something HUGE they’re working on but aren’t quite ready to share with the world?

Source: Polygon

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Card Game Makes it Way to Wii U eShop! (Kiki’s Koi Koi)

Kiki’s Koi-Koi Coming to Wii U-n2gNow, this isn’t a new title, but it’s new for us. We all know that the Japanese know how to do card games right, including such wonders as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Even Nintendo had a brief escapade in  They also are well known for their gaming prowess. It makes sense that the island country would be on the cutting edge of the card-gaming community. In fact, three years ago, they created a game based on a  popular card game called Koi Koi, but this was only available on iOS platforms. It hits Nintendo soon, as it was just announced for our wonderful Wii U. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this eShop gem!

Source: Nintendo Life