Advance Wars

Advance WarsAs a big fan of the Advance Wars series on Nintendo’s portables, when I saw that the original was available for download on the Wii U I was sure I’d have to download it. I’m pretty sure that the original is the only one that I hadn’t played up to that point.

Since it was originally launched on the Game Boy Advance, the graphics were pretty lousy. Especially when on a HDTV, but the game was still as addictive as the others in the series.

Frankly, I spent a bit too much time playing this one. I found myself doing the whole, well I’ve got time for one more level when I had more important things to be done. I’m just a sucker for turn based war games.

Leave it to Nintendo to make war happy and smiley. While moving tanks across a map to take out the enemy, all my characters are smiling and giving peace signs. It’s pretty amazing, and I think the silliness of it all is what I enjoyed a great deal. It’s not that morbid, but there’s still a ton of strategy going on.

Even though graphically it’s a bit poor from age, it’s still one of the more addictive games I’ve ever played.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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Child of Light

Child of LightFinally finished playing one of the more unique games I’ve played in quite some time. I downloaded this game on the Wii U (also on other consoles too) a while ago after reading some very positive reviews for it.

It was a really cool, little adventure rpg. The artwork was really impressive. It looked very similar to the cartoony style available on other Ubisoft games, notably the newer Rayman games.

What I also found to be quite clever was the nursery style narration where most everything rhymed. While there were a couple of instances where it felt a bit forced, overall it had a really cool mood to it.

I liked that it was super long and really drawn out like many rpg games tend to be. Granted, that’s great when you can get all of those hours our of a game, but I’m old and have a job and just don’t have all the time to play games for that long much these days. So this one worked out really well.

I once believed that downloadable games were lesser than their boxed counterparts, but this and several other recent releases are really starting to change that perception for me. This was a really great little game.

 

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Oracle of AgesI’d purchased the Oracle of Ages several months ago as part of some promotion Nintendo was having for the 3DS. So I figured recently would be a good time to finally give it a shot and kill some free time with.

I’ve been a huge fan of Zelda games since probably 1986, and have really played through almost all of them by now. Oracle of Ages despite being originally released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color was still a lot of fun to play. The graphics are very dated by todays standards, but the puzzles and exploration is still a lot of fun. The whole Zelda formula has yet to get old for me.

I do recall when this came out way back in 2001 and a lot of the kids who would come into MegaPlay where I worked at the time tell me how great of a game it was. I can’t recall most of their names now, but if I randomly run into them all grown up now will surely have to agree with them.

Just as solid as the Oracle of Seasons which I played a few months back, and really holds it’s own today despite it’s age and the platform it was originally made for.

Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds

I do think A Link Between Worlds might be my new favorite video game. Not only was it a sequel to the Link of the Past that c

ame out so many years ago on the SNES, but it was just really good. It brought back all the old awesomeness but also new and great too.

It also was pretty challenging as well, which is refreshing. Too many new games are simply easy to beat. I do kinda miss those impossible spots when I was a kid, and this had a few tough ones. There was a lot of thought put into some of the puzzles.

I knew I was really enjoying this when I went out of my way to collect all of the littleĀ Maiamai creature things. I was kinda doing my best at the end to extend the fun instead of defeating that last dungeon.

Excellent game, and yet another fine reason to own a trusty 3DS. Perhaps one of my all time favorites.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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Pokemon Y

Pokemon YI know I’m a grown man, but I still had to play Pokemon Y on the 3DS. There’s just something a bit addictive about the formula to those games.

I started my quest with Chespin. I wanted to start off with someone a lot different for me than in previous games. Plus he looked kinda cool to me.

I was very much impressed with the increased visuals used on the 3DS. Everything was finally made more modern and in 3D. It was really cool to see the little critters rendered in 3D. They just seemed better.

While this wasn’t a very challenging quest (I think I lost once), it was still a fine quest that was taken. It’s a great little way to pass a little free time here and there.

The formula still works, and the upgraded visuals and overall quality were very solid.

Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

wind wakerI played and thoroughly enjoyed the Wind Waker when it came out for the Gamecube years ago. I recalled it being like playing a cartoon at the time. It was pretty great. So when I saw it was being re-release for the Wii U I was certain to pick up a copy.

The re-release was even finer than I recalled my previous experience when I played it before. It was really awesome and one of the finest games I’ve ever played. As a grown man, I really shouldn’t get that into a video game, but I was thoroughly hooked. I’d constantly find ways to squeeze in a few minutes here and there, searching for just one more treasure, etc. Addictive at times, but much fun.

The cel-shaded graphics really held up well over time and in HD they were amazing. Everything was so bright and the artistic style was truly impressive. I know some fools thought it was too kiddish with the art style, but I’m still impressed by it. It’s incredibly well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game a great deal and at times was almost consumed by it. It was that good. A fine reason to own a Wii U.

Currently 5/5 Stars.

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