This is going to sound surprising to some, but the first time I played The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was when I was twelve years old — over ten years ago. And as you might expect, children don’t exactly have a long attention span at that age. Given that I was no exception to this rule, I may have chosen the worst possible Zelda game to play. Seriously, the original version was riddled with excessive cutscenes and dialogue, and I lost interest after just a few hours of playing. The recent release of Skyward Sword HD quite literally changed the game, then — and after ten years of leaving this title incomplete, I was finally able to finish what I started over a decade ago. Although this is not my favorite entry in the Zelda series, it’s certainly one worth taking a second look at, even all these years later. Continue reading The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD – Full Review
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?
Nintendo has finally lifted the lid on their plans for Super Mario’s 35 anniversary. Among other things, we’re getting two brand-new games (and by that, I mean they’re not brand-new): Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. The former releases later this month (September 18) and the latter releases in February 2021 alongside new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo. We have no idea what they do, but hey — they’re still making new amiibo!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars includes high-resolution versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury includes the main game, a new expansion, and online multiplayer. Preorders are available for both, but you’ll have to act fast: for whatever reason, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is only available for purchase until March 2021. That means you won’t be able to buy it afterward, but you will be able to keep playing it. And you’ll be able to redownload it from Nintendo eShop. Gotta love placing false scarcity on games.
Super Mario All-Stars (the one that already existed) is now available on Nintendo Switch Online’s SNES app. It’s free for anybody who already has a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. They also announced that Super Mario furniture is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons soon. Fun! And a new Splatoon 2 Splatfest. Either way, there’s just a few weeks until 3D All-Stars is released! Feel free to watch the full presentation by following this link.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released for the Nintendo Wii on January 31st, 2008: over ten years ago. It’s hard to believe a game I grew up with is over a decade old. Regardless, there are loads of unlockables in Super Smash Bros. Brawl — perhaps even too many to count. But we’re going to try!