3 Reasons You Should Still Love Your 3DS

The 3DS Isn’t Finished Yet

It remains to be seen what the Nintendo NX will mean for the 3DS system. Rumors continue to swirl about the new hardware, but until the official New Nintendo 3DS XLdetails are revealed, we are left to speculate. One thing that doesn’t require speculation, however, is that the 3DS is alive and better than ever.

I’m going to share 3 reasons that you should still be excited about your handy dandy portable platform.

 

1. The 3DS 2016 Games Line Up Is Stellar

The games that have already released this year have been superb. Highlighting this fact is the recent release of Fire Emblem Fates – one of the highest-rated and best-selling games the system has had to offer. On a personal note, I’ve been putting several hours into this game, and I can confirm: it has met and exceeded my expectations! (We talk about this in Episode 8 of our podcast, so go check it out!)

fire emblem fates

I’ve also had the chance to play Final Fantasy Explorers, and it is a great mash-up of Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter. It’s a much more accessible game than most MH entries, with a friendlier learning-curve and simpler systems. On the other hand, Continue reading “3 Reasons You Should Still Love Your 3DS”

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Metacritic’s Best Games of January 2016

The Best Games of January 2016

Game reviews and scores aren’t the only way to determine if a game is right for you. You could find a trusted site or reviewer and get their insights, but most of us prefer our family and friends’ recommendations. That being said, I’m always interested in reading what the “critics” have to say about media. I regularly visit Rotten Tomatoes for summaries of movie & TV reviews. In some cases, it might influence my viewing decisions, but usually I’m just curious what people are saying about a movie or show I’ve already seen or am planning to see.

The same thing applies to games. While review scores shouldn’t be the only factor in a purchase decision, there are some positive things to garner from reading reviews. What are the major gaming outlets saying? What games have I ignored that might be worth looking into?

MetacriticMetacritic takes a collection of scores from a wide variety of outlets and assigns each game a score average. Does that mean that a game with a Metacritic rating of 80 is a better game than one with a 70 rating? Maybe – but not necessarily. In my experience, however, I tend to agree (within 10-15 points or so) with most Metacritic scores.

When they released their list of top movies, music, and games for January 2016, there were a few surprises. Let’s take a look at what the top 5 games were for each platform in the month of January! Continue reading “Metacritic’s Best Games of January 2016”

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Saying Goodbye To Old Game Consoles

All good things must come to an end.

My Xbox 360 is still sitting in its usual spot in my entertainment unit, and it’s getting awkward. I have SO many games downloaded on that system, but I have no idea if I’ll go back to them. It’s like the old veteran on the team who doesn’t get much playing time anymore, but nobody wants to tell him he should retire. “I’m still important! I’m the soul of this team! Right, guys? …Guys?”

I'm kind of a big deal

So as I begin to contemplate “life after the 360,” it reminded me of the times I’ve said goodbye to old consoles over the years. You see, I’ve never seen myself as a collector, and while there are certainly some consoles & games I wish I would have held on to, there is something to be said about letting go of old stuff that holds no sentimental (or actual) value. Here are the consoles I’ve said “Game Over” in my lifetime.

Atari 2600 – Probably in a landfill

Christmas of 1987, my older brother got an Atari 2600 with a box full of game cartridges. While most kids had already moved on to the NES, we rocked that Atari until we got our SNES in 1993. I really wish I still had that console, but alas, the Atari was sold for a few measly bucks at a yard sale.

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10 Nintendo Games That Should Go Mobile

Nintendo Spreads the Love

After news broke this week that Nintendo is partnering with DeNa to develop mobile games, I immediately said: “NO. I don’t want a crappy Mario port on my phone!!!” (Then the other people in the board meeting were like “…What?”)

It wasn’t until later that day that it dawned on me: This could take Nintendo games to a new level of awesome. I realize this sounds a tad schizophrenic to change lanes so quickly, but hear me out…

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Why I Bought A Playstation 4

It’s time for a new gaming console

For a family as big as ours, tax season means a return is coming our way.

And for a gamer like me: that means it’s time to pull the trigger on a new gaming console. Here were the options before me:

Nintendo Wii U. Xbox One. Playstation 4. Gaming PC. Playstation Vita.

Before looking to the future, I had to evaluate my current console collection. Let’s set the stage with the systems I currently own:

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