A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer

A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer

Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS was one of the biggest surprises of 2014, at least for me. I didn't know anything about it when I received it as a gift, so I expected a generic forgettable RPG. How wrong I was! Bravely Default draws you in immediately...

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20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All 20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All

20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All

The global phenomenon known as Pokémon is turning 20 this year and Nintendo is going all out. Multiple game releases, a foray into mobile gaming, free mythical Pokémon and even a Super Bowl commercial are being used to mark the cultural significance the franchise has brought to...

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Go TURBO! The Cult Following of the TurboGrafx-16 Go TURBO! The Cult Following of the TurboGrafx-16

Go TURBO! The Cult Following of the TurboGrafx-16

Something unusual I’ve discovered is that people either love the TurboGrafx-16…or they’ve never heard of it. Serious collectors have told me the TurboGrafx-16 is their absolute favorite gaming system, and casual gamers give me a puzzled stare if I mention it. There...

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Kickle Cubicle review (NES) Kickle Cubicle review (NES)

Kickle Cubicle review (NES)

What do earmuffs, plums, evil wizards, and kicking things have in common? The addictive puzzle game Kickle Cubicle, that’s what. Circa 1990, Tetris and Dr. Mario were causing headaches for the gaming public, and it’s unfortunate that Kickle Cubicle remains nearly forgotten. This unique...

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Katamari Damacy Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy

"Why do the watering cans have twins?" "It's Katamari." "Did we just roll over a bunch of school children?" "It's Katamari." "Why did the King just puke a rainbow?" "It's Ka- Ok, I really don't know." This introduction of Katamari Damacy to a mutual acquaintance in...

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Virtual Boy: Virtual Reality Before it was Virtual Reality Virtual Boy: Virtual Reality Before it was Virtual Reality

Virtual Boy: Virtual Reality Before it was Virtual Reality

Imagine playing video games while being totally immersed in a virtual reality experience.  Sounds enticing, right?  This is what Nintendo promised back in 1995 with the Virtual Boy, but the console didn't quite live up to the hype.  It did bring on a new...

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Retro Gaming Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

After collecting a few retro systems, you may find yourself running out of spots to plug them all in to your television. Swapping the wires each time you want to play a new system might work, but let's be honest, it's a pain. We'll be focusing on...

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Fire Emblem Awakening Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening was released in North America in 2013 on the 3DS.  I had never played a Fire Emblem game before and I thought it was about time I give one a try.  My favorite types of games are RPGs and turned based especially.  Because Awakening is...

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I Just Beat: Project X Zone I Just Beat: Project X Zone

I Just Beat: Project X Zone

If you judge Project X Zone by its cover, you'll probably draw the same conclusion that I did: it looks like another cookie cutter crossover fighting game, something along the lines of Marvel vs. Capcom. I wrote it off for a long time after it was released, and I...

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Golden Power Golden Power

Golden Power

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Collector’s Edition I don’t need to tell you that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 is probably the greatest video game of all time—there are a million other blogs that have already made...

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