You may or may not have heard of the Smash Ballot, a site that’s letting people vote for which character they would like added to the current Super Smash Bros. (As DLC, I believe.) I was pretty excited when I heard about this, as I definitely have some characters in mind that I would love to see added. And while I’m at it, I wanted to ask, who else has voted and which character did you choose? Continue reading The Smash Ballot
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Hey look, it’s August! Where does the time go?
As we slowly exit the dry, barren wasteland that is July, the release schedule starts to slowly accelerate. This is certainly good news for the Round Up as we near game launches, trailers become more readily available. So, lets have a look at some of the best videos and trailers from the past week. Here’s a small taste of everything that’s waiting for you below the jump.
Super. Mario. Maker. I don’t know about you, but there’s something extremely appealing about crafting your own Mario levels being able to break some rules such as putting two Boswers on top of each other, or gating off the flag pole at the end of the level. If that’s for you, then the “nostalgia” trailer is something you’ll definitely have to watch.
Want even more insight into the mind of Rico Rodriguez, protagonist in the upcoming and totally bonkers sandbox game, Just Cause 3? Avalanche Studios has you covered this week along with some new footage that would even make Michael Bay jealous.
I’ve also got new videos for Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, LEGO Dimensions, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!
The full list of videos await you after the jump…
Well, I did it. It’s been a crazy time for me lately. I just got a new cat. And, even more exciting (I kid, or do I?), I finally relented and bought my first console of the current generation. My choice was the Wii U, despite a waning love of Nintendo, for it was the only console that already had games I wanted, while my next choice, the PS4, has yet to receive the immense joy that I hope Kingdom Hearts 3 will bring. I also can never resist a new Super Smash Bros., so the Wii U was, well, not the obvious choice, but the one that made the most sense. Kind of.
Despite being told that the Wii U I wanted was the last one in stock a few months ago, this turned out to not be true, as when I went to the game store to pick up my console, along with the new Super Smash Bros and the Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts 2 for the PS3 (oh, my gosh…), the console was still there, and I happily bought the one that came with New Super Mario Bros U, as Super Mario 3D World didn’t look as appealing to me. And the box for the one I chose was prettier. In addition to those games, I also bought a month prior (I had money for the games, just not the console yet) the new Donkey Kong Country and Pikmin 3. Now all that was left was to set it up and go for it. Continue reading My First Days with the Wii U
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It seems a long time ago now when video game rental stores were still commonplace. I remember as a child there used to be a small rental store, which went by the name “World of Video”, situated on the opposite side of the area of town in which I lived. Every couple of weeks or so my parents would take me and my brothers there and treat us to a new game.
As N64 games were quite expensive to buy in the UK, I would often pick out an N64 game to take home from the rental store. One day when looking through the store, I noticed a game that I had never heard of before, “Super Smash Bros.” The UK game box art featured Link, Mario, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Kirby duking it out. I had to have this game. I took Smash Bros. home, immediately popped it into the N64 and spent the entire week fighting against my younger brother. From that day onward, every time I revisited the game rental store, I would search for Super Smash Bros. Unfortunately, the store only had one copy, so I had to hope that my luck was in and pray that someone else wasn’t renting it when I visited. Why the store never purchased another copy is beyond me, if the game wasn’t at my house it was always at someone else’s.
Smash Bros. became a worldwide success, and the hope that Nintendo would produce a sequel became one of the main reasons why I ended up getting a Gamecube during the next console generation. Nintendo did eventually release a sequel, and what a sequel it turned out to be. Super Smash Bros. Melee released in 2002 in Europe (6 months after North America) and become an even bigger hit than the series début. Melee improved on nearly all aspects of its predecessor and today the game remains a staple feature of fighting game expos. After skipping the Wii and missing Brawl, Super Smash Bros. Wii U is the first time I’ve played a Smash Bros. game in over a decade. So, does this new entry into the franchise live up to my childhood memories?
Video games are home to much more than just delightful characters to control and interesting locations to explore. No, most games just wouldn’t be complete if it weren’t for creative and useful items and weapons that make the game that much more fun. So now, a list of some of my favorite items. Those I can think of, that is. And I will admit that this list is a bit biased. By a lot.
- Double Hookshots, The Legend of Zelda, for grabbing items and getting to new locations, now with twice the awesome as one
- Hoverboots, Ratchet and Clank, for getting around in style
- Mr. Zurkon, Ratchet and Clank, because who doesn’t love a little robot that shoots your enemies and taunts them at the same time
- Groovitron, Ratchet and Clank, an item that makes enemies boogie (perhaps that’s what Captain Falcon meant when he said, “Show me your moves.”)
- Tanooki Suit, Super Mario Bros, because apparently raccoons can fly, and so can plumbers
- Phoenix Down, Final Fantasy, ‘nough said
- Extra lives, too. And those invincibility stars, while we’re at it. And anything that increases your health, of course.
- The hammer in Super Smash Bros.
- Lens of Truth, The Legend of Zelda, even if it sometimes shows you scary things you didn’t want to see
- Din’s Fire, The Legend of Zelda, for keeping ReDeads at bay
- Mirror Shield, The Legend of Zelda, for also keeping ReDeads at bay
An Itemized Duck
It is now time for the Duck’s second Listmas list. This one is kind of like my gaming Christmas list, listing all the gaming-related things I would like to see someday, whether they be things that can actually happen someday or are merely silly and impractical. Continue reading Merry Listmas: My Gaming Wish List
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the duck’s first Listmas list. I enjoy lists, whether it’s keeping track of all my games (in order from best to worst, of course) and realizing that my collection might be getting a wee bit enormous or marking things off a list and knowing that I’m getting one step closer to a goal. And so when I found out there was an actual little holiday where I got to list stuff, I then got to thinking about what I wanted to list (as was the logical next step in that sequence of events). And I eventually came up with the idea to list the things I don’t like about games I like. Here I go. Continue reading Merry Listmas: Things I Dislike About Games I Like