Category Archives: Switch

Cave Story – Full Review

“Classic.” That’s a word that’s thrown around a lot these days. Even here on our own site! But as far as indie games go, Cave Story is most certainly a classic. It was released to the public for free in December 2004, and was developed in its entirety by just one person. That’s about as “indie” as indie gets. You could say Cave Story set the standard for indie games, and you’d be absolutely correct. This game’s got a big history, and we’re going to take a look at all of it today. Though I’ve played four or five different versions of Cave Story, we’ll be specifically reviewing the Nintendo Switch version, Cave Story+.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate LIED?!

Clickbait titles aside, we’re here today for a rather short post — that is, at least by our standards. When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first announced in March 2018, we weren’t sure if it was going to include amiibo support. By that point, most of us trainers had raised quite a few characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. Eventually – and fortunately for us – Ultimate was revealed to include amiibo training support after all! And you could “transfer” your Smash 4 amiibo to Ultimate, supposedly retaining its training data in the process.

Well, as it turns out, this isn’t true at all! When you transfer a Smash 4 amiibo to Ultimate, all of its prior training data is completely removed. What you wind up with is a blank Level 12 amiibo (assuming the FP you transferred was Level 50 in Smash 4). Transferring between games isn’t a reversible process, so in other words, you’re pretty much erasing your Smash 4 training for nothing in return. If you’ve got well-trained Smash 4 amiibo, leave them as-is! Transferring them to Ultimate is almost exactly the same as resetting them. It doesn’t even attempt to keep their stats and bonuses!

In short, try your best to leave your Smash 4 amiibo in Smash 4. You’re better off just resetting the FP if anything, because that’ll give you a few more levels to train it (even though they still learn after Level 50). I figured this was an interesting note, because Ultimate clearly states that it will “transfer the FP’s memories”. If there’s something I’m not quite seeing regarding the transfer process, I’ll be sure to update this post!

The problem with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Young Link amiibo

My two best amiibo are Link and Lucas. But despite that, the character I’ve put the most time and effort into was my Young Link amiibo. You’d think that would mean I’d get good results with him, right? Well, the only thing I’ve gained from training Young Link is an extensive understanding of the many flaws that fill up his artificial intelligence.

Young Link’s amiibo figure was printed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it’s likely that many of you either have this one or the Majora’s Mask version. Both had a pretty short shelf lifespan, though, so not everybody was able to get their hands on a Young Link amiibo. If you’ve trained one before, you might have been disappointed with how the Figure Player turned out. At one point, Young Link was even a contender for the worst FP in the game! But wait — Young Link is a solid character in the competitive metagame (humans versus humans). How can a fighter that good be so bad they contend for bottom one? In this post, we’re going to talk about why his kit translates so poorly and why this character struggles in the amiibo metagame.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Full Review

It’s finally time. In September of this year, Nintendo released a highly-rumored anniversary collection, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which consists of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. We’ve taken a look at all three of these games, how they’ve held up over the years, and what playing them might be like in 2020. Now it’s time for our most negative article yet: a review of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Not the games contained — the collection of those games.

On the whole, I think the collection is fine, but even then, I’m being a bit generous. We’re all well aware of the whole “limited-time release” controversy, and we’ll be talking about that later on. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is currently retailing for $60 – the norm for most Switch games – and we’re also going to talk about why I don’t think the price is entirely fair. We’ve got quite a bit of ground to cover, so let’s get started!

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Super Mario 64 – Full Review

A few months back, we reviewed Super Mario Galaxy. A few weeks back, we reviewed Super Mario Sunshine. And now it’s finally time to review the final piece of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection: Super Mario 64! This game’s got a lot of history. It first was released in 1996 for the Nintendo 64, and set many an important milestone for 3D platformers. It’s been showing its age for a long time, though, and I personally believe the 3D All-Stars version shows said age most prominently.

Before we begin, I’d like to acknowledge Super Mario 64’s place in history. It was a huge step forward, and the developers’ innovations set the standard for decades to come. But it isn’t 1996 anymore; it’s 2020, so I have to take a look at Super Mario 64 from a 2020 perspective. And if there’s one thing we know about 2020 perspectives, it’s that they’re usually negative. No worries, though — we’re going to balance positive and negative and take a complete look at the game that started it all! (And by all, I mean “the 3D Super Mario games.)

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