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Pokémon Sword and Shield – An Expected Step Backwards

By now, you’ve probably heard all about Pokémon Sword and Shield. When the games were first announced back in 2019, fans were excited! We were going to receive our first high-definition main series Pokémon game. And then the folks over at Nintendo Treehouse streamed Sword and Shield for a while, and after that… Let’s just say things were never the same. When the game’s developers revealed that over 400 Pokémon would be excluded from Sword and Shield, the world was set ablaze with fury. After this revelation, the Twitter mob set out to raid every official Pokémon-related tweet with the aptly-named #BringBackNationalDex “movement”. Though, at the time of writing, the movement hasn’t been as impactful as fans had hoped, because the decision to eliminate Pokémon has not been reversed — and may never be[1].

And the controversy doesn’t end there. Have you heard of the random tree that looks like it’s from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Well, those trees were famous for a while — and for good reason. Like such trees, much of Sword and Shield’s contents are… kind of sad. But as if that weren’t enough, it wasn’t just Pokémon that were cut. The developers, generally speaking, cut almost every corner they could. Alas, everything that can be said about Pokémon Sword and Shield has probably already been said somewhere, somehow. In other words, we’re just going to say it all again. Let’s get started, then.

Thanks to Andro for writing out this elaborate Pokémon Sword and Shield review! We’re releasing this in celebration of the recent Crown Tundra DLC. With that in mind, do note that this review only covers the base game. We’ll have more Sword and Shield reviews and content coming up in the future, so stay tuned!

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Super Mario Galaxy – A Gimmicky Masterpiece

Super Mario 3D All-Stars was recently announced and released for Nintendo Switch. It contains Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, but that’s pretty much common knowledge by now. Super Mario Galaxy was first released on the Wii in November 2007, and it made central use of the Wii Remote. You’d aim the Wii Remote to collect and shoot the newly-introduced Star Bits, and you’d have to shake the controller to perform a spin attack.

Just to clarify — I’m going to be specifically reviewing the version of Super Mario Galaxy included in Super Mario 3D All-Stars. I’m going to assume that not many of you are going to purchase a Wii and Super Mario Galaxy after reading this post, so we’ve got to keep it relevant. Even so, there are a number of differences between the two versions. Do these changes improve the overall experience or do they just make everything more difficult?

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Kirby Fighters 2 – A Promising Step Forward

Kirby Fighters 2 had a strange release schedule… in that it didn’t have a release schedule at all. It popped up on Nintendo’s website all of a sudden, and Kirby fans around the world took notice of its appearance almost instantaneously. And then the game was released quietly just a few short days later. Nintendo didn’t give us much notice on this one, to say the least. But they knew what they were doing: Kirby fans will buy anything with Kirby’s face on the cover, and they took full advantage of this fact.

As someone who’s played and enjoyed many Kirby games, I picked up Kirby Fighters 2 on frame one. But for those who aren’t die-hard Kirby fans, is this game even worth getting? Especially given the fact that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been available for several years now.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – As Good As New?

If there’s one thing we can all agree on regarding the New Super Mario Bros. series, it’s that they aren’t all that new anymore. In fact, the New branding is kind of ironic, given that each title in the series is very much the same as the last. New Super Mario Bros. U was initially released as the Wii U’s flagship launch title way back in 2012. Seven years later – in 2019 – the game was re-released for Nintendo Switch as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The release of Super Mario Maker 2 – specifically its inclusion of the New Super Mario Bros. U theme – makes paying $60 for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe a steep task. All these years later, does this game still have legs to stand on (figuratively speaking)?

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Paper Mario: Color Splash – A Fresh Coat of Pain

Paper Mario: The Origami King was recently released for Nintendo Switch. If you’ve read my somewhat-recent review,really liked The Origami King and felt that it made many improvements on the formula established way back when Paper Mario: Sticker Star came out.

So, Paper Mario on Nintendo 64. That happened. The Thousand Year Door and Super Paper Mario happened too. But out of all the Paper Mario games that happened, the one that “happened the least” is Paper Mario: Color Splash. In other words, I don’t see anybody talking about this game anymore. It was released in 2016 and was almost immediately swept under the rug. In fact, it’s one of the worst selling Super Mario games to date; if the statistic I viewed was correct, it’s only sold about 800,000 units total. That’s rough by Mario series standards.

Is Color Splash better than Origami King? Well, no. it’s certainly better than Sticker Star, but that’s not exactly a benchmark to strive for. Especially considering the fact that I’ve (accidentally) eaten stale food that wound up being better than Sticker Star. My point is, though, Color Splash never really got the attention that deserved! And I hope my occasionally-coherent writings on this game will give it just a bit of extra attention. Do note that we’ll be discussing a bit of spoilers here.

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