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A Pokémon X & Y Retrospective

This time last week, we talked all about Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum — my favorite Pokémon games! It’s only fitting, then, that today’s post discusses my second favorite entries: X and Y! I’m aware that this might be an unpopular opinion, but I’ve got … decent reasons.

On that note, it’s hard to tell where exactly the Pokémon community stands regarding and Y. Near the time of its release, fans were enamored with its new features and changes… but it didn’t take long for that hype to fizzle out. At the time of writing, it seems they’re held in poor regard. The games definitely have weak points, as we’ll soon discuss, but it’s no secret that they’re kind of polarizing. Nowhere near as polarizing as Sword and Shield, though.

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A Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Retrospective

The recent announcement of Pokémon Unite… didn’t go so well. The Pokémon Company announced a broadcast for June 24, 2020 a week in advance. As you might expect, fans went crazy speculating the broadcast’s contents. A Let’s Go-styled game set in the Johto region was a common guess… but what everybody really wanted was the announcement of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes! Of course, we didn’t get them (yet), and in hindsight, it would’ve been too soon. Especially considering that, at the time of writing, Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC pack remains unavailable.

The desire for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes is real, though,  and now’s as good a time as ever to talk about what made the originals so special. Pokémon Pearl was the first video game I ever owned, and it holds a special place in my heart to this very day. Today, we’re going to look at everything. Its presentation, soundtrack, Pokémon inclusions… everything. This game is special to me for a reason, and I’m going to do my best to outline what makes these entries so unique.

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Ranking sub-games in Brain Age for Nintendo Switch

Brain Age was released on the Nintendo Switch in January of this year. Wait, you haven’t heard of it? That’s because it hasn’t been released in North America yet, and at the time of writing, we have no word on a potential release. I’m a huge Brain Age fan – I played Concentration Training to death and back – so naturally, I created a European Nintendo account specifically to download and play Brain Age.

After about thirty hours and extensive experience with everything it has to offer, I’ve formed a rather solid opinion on it: it’s good. Just good. It certainly has problems, but it’s an enjoyable experience, so today, I’m going to rank all of its sub-games and discuss its features. Think of this as a review but without the strict format. Please note that I’m not going to cover the multiplayer games, as they are the one part of Brain Age I wasn’t able to try out. Continue reading Ranking sub-games in Brain Age for Nintendo Switch

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

The original Link’s Awakening was released for the Game Boy in 1993. It was the first portable Zelda adventure and, to this day, is one of the most unique experiences the series has to offer. It’s recently been remastered from the ground up on Nintendo Switch, boasting a fresh new visual style and the addition of Chamber Dungeons. There’s one question that’s been on everybody’s mind: is the game really worth $60? The short answer is: it depends.

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Review: Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo Switch)

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a main series Kirby game on home consoles. In fact, it’s been eight years — Kirby’s Return to Dream Land was released on the Wii in 2011. By all accounts, Kirby: Planet Robobot is a difficult game to follow up on. The question is, then, does Kirby Star Allies hold its own compared to previous entries in the series?

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