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Pokemon Let’s Go: First Hands-On Impressions

Over the past week, Tony and Sheldon had the chance to try out the new Pokemon game; Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee.

Sheldon’s Take

I got to try out Let’s Go Pikachu and it was an amazing experience. First off getting to talk to the Nintendo reps was awesome, and checking out the Nintendo kiosk was really cool. On to the game.

I got to play the game with the new Pokeball controller. The controller fits well in your hand and is comfortable to use. The controller has two buttons and the control stick. One of the buttons is the control stick, the other is on the top of the Pokeball. They have simplified the gameplay in a smart way as to bring in more players especially those who have been playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. The encounters are no longer random as you can see all the pokemon in the environment around you, which I appreciate, especially when searching for a certain pokemon. Also, encounters are set up in the same way as they work in Pokemon Go, you don’t battle the Pokemon down, but instead, use berries to increase your chance of catching them. 

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Pokeball Plus Controller

The motion control works very well, and it’s much easier to aim then on smartphones. Out of all my throws, I managed two excellent throws and three great throws. The battles are very familiar and work the way they have in past games. You still encounter people to battle with and receive items and money when you defeat your opponent. One feature that has changed is the exp share. Instead of receiving it along the story, you now start with it. You can still turn it off and on as you please though. Overall I’m excited to dig into this game and can’t wait to see what else Nintendo has in store for us in the new Pokemon game.

Tony’s Take

My experience with the demo of Pokemon Lets Go probably differed from Sheldon’s quite a bit. See I don’t have as much knowledge going in as to what a Pokemon game should feel like. I don’t know the ins and outs like some other gamers do. The only core game in the series I have ever played was Pokemon Yellow when it was released a few years ago on the 3DS and of course, I have dabbled in Pokemon GO (along with everyone else in the world) on mobile.

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The first thing that jumped out at me was the visuals. The game environments and characters were very bright and vibrant. Much more so than the trailers let on. It really looks like a cartoon. This is the first time seeing the full world of Pokemon in HD and it looks good.

The demo was very limited as to where we could go, basically allowing us to walk through the first grassy area of Kanto. You’ll now see Pokemon before entering encounters with them, it won’t be random anymore. Which I do appreciate. it was still difficult at times to avoid some encounters with pokemon in congested areas despite being able to see them ahead of time. Some of those little pocket monsters are quick I tell ya’.

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Shake It!

During the demo, we had the opportunity to try out the Pokeball Plus and I have to say this is where I was really impressed. First of all the device is much smaller than it looks in videos. But it does feel comfortable in the hands. The motion control for catching Pokemon seems much more refined than in Pokemon Go. It seemed to register the motion properly 95% of the time. I will have to test it thoroughly in a controlled environment. There is a technique to it but it shouldn’t be difficult to master.

Overall I was very delighted with the quality of the game. It will be the perfect entry point for many people including this veteran gamer and his 5-year-old daughter. My one concern is because of the simplicity of the game with it keep my attention for more than a short time. We won’t have to wait long to find out though because Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu release Nov 16, 2018, on the Nintendo Switch.

**Thanks to everyone at the Nintendo kiosk in West Edmonton Mall!**

More NES online games

More NES online games on there way

On November 14 2018 you will see three new NES online games added to the online library. The three new titles will be Metriod, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee.

Metrio

Metriod is a classic Nintendo franchise, you play as a space bounty hunter by the name of Samus Aran. You are on a mission to eradicate the Metriods. This game is a lot of fun and is a great addition to the NES online service.

Mightybombjack

Mighty Bomb Jack is a NES title I know nothing about besides that it is a type of platforming game. your goal is to collect all of the bombs on a stage and find secret treasures.

twinbee

Twinbee is another NES title I have never heard of before but, this is the game that I am most excited for. Twinbee is a topdown shoot’em up that will allow online multiplayer. Twinbee is the type of game I was drawn to in the arcade and would sink countless quarters in to.

These NES titles are included in you Nintendo Switch online service so go ahead and give them a try.

Animal Crossing Finally Coming To Switch!

Animal Crossing was announced to release on Nintendo Switch in 2019. There’s still a lot of time to speculate what it will be, but for now, enjoy some awesome Animal Crossing Music!!

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This was hands down one of the most exciting announcements from the Nintendo Direct. Nintendo trolled us by leading us to believe Animal Crossing was getting announced then revealing Isabel in Smash. Then pulling back out to Mr. Nook and revealing that Animal crossing was, in fact, coming in 2019!

Video Kid: 80s Edition Nintendo Switch Review

Throwback Thursday, Every day!

Do you remember the days of VHS ?? How about pop culture references from the 80s? Pixel Trip Studios do too and they’re bringing all that sweet sweet nostalgia straight to the Nintendo Switch with their game Video Kid: 80s edition. Ever wonder what a world populated by Big Bird, Pee Wee Herman, the Terminator, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be like? Well, Video Kid has you covered plus you’re going to see tons more of your favorite characters. You can even buy new characters in the in-game store with the currency you collect in each run. It’s a throwback Thursday in every run.

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Radical Special Delivery

The gameplay loop is a simple but addictive one. You ride down the street on your bicycle and throw videotapes into people’s mailboxes. (Perhaps this would have been how Netflix worked if it was around in the 80s. 🤔) All while collecting coins, hoverboards and avoiding obstacles like vehicles and 80s pop culture characters. Oh, and you look like Marty Mcfly. Heavy! Sound a bit like PaperBoy for the NES? Well, it should because Video kid is clearly heavily inspired by it but still has its own charm.

Simple and Addicting, Heavy!

Like I mentioned above the gameplay is surprisingly addictive. Each run goes fairly quickly and it keeps you wanting to best your high score. Whenever you throw a tape you can hit a window, mailbox or characters to earn points. Each part of the environment acts differently depending on what is hit. The pop culture characters even throw in the famous catchphrases or familiar noises when passed by or hit. Jumping and grinding on vehicles can be incredibly satisfying and pop cultural items like the power glove, high top kicks, and cola act as power-ups for a limited time.

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A Few Missed Deliveries

A couple of things that I have issue with is some vehicles you can jump and some just end your run with a death that feels like you’ve been a bit cheated. I’m not sure if that because some are just obstacles to end your run or if this is something going on with the hitbox detection in the game. Also, I really wish Video Kid: 80s Edition had online leaderboards,  it’s the type of game you could really get competitive with a friend with seeing who can best whom.

The Bottom Line

Video Kid: 80s Edition on the Nintendo Switch satisfies that arcady itch for high scores. It’s pick up and play game style works so well on the Switch. It really surprised me with its nostalgic charm and 80s pop culture references make this so much more than just a PaperBoy clone and at $ 4.99 USD it makes it a perfect impulse buy.

 

PLAY OR PASS??

PLAY

 

 

-Tony

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** This game was provided to us by Pixel Trip Studios for review. Images provided from press kit **

Guns, Gore & Cannoli 2

Author: Joel Brooks

The story continues

Let’s take a trip back to 1944 where Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 picks up. You reprise your role as Vinnie Cannoli, trying to figure out who the Dark Don is and why he has it out for you.

Better the second time around

In the second installment of Guns, Gore and Cannoli you are sporting some great quality of life improvements. Vinnie now has a full 360 degrees range of aiming. You are now able to double jump, you have a kick, and now are able to dodge roll out of danger. My favorite improvement had to be the weapon wheel.

Beautiful environments to destroy

If your looking for a game to appeal to your more destructive and violent side, Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 can fill that nitch perfectly. There is no shortage of items to blow a part rooms or even dismember your foes.

Alot of content to keep you coming back

Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 has alot of ways to enjoy this game. There are different difficulty levels to choose from. One thing I enjoyed is I played through on easy, but I still managed to die and have to repeat check points. You will be able to enjoy this game with your friends via local multiplayer. Another great feature of this game is online multiplayer.

The verdict: Q4P pass or play?

After completing Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 I can with out a doubt recommend this game. It’s a fantastic game with great cut scene and voice acting, there is no shortage of one liners and beautiful destruction happening all around you.

Pass

Check out another great game review by Joey Splatts

Nintendo Indie Highlights

Today we were surprised with a Nintendo Uk Indie highlight video. there were many great games, a few that stood out to me were, Everspace, Morphie’s law and it will be available today at 1pm est, windjammers and windjammers 2.

Check out the indie Highlights video here and let us know what games your looking forward to.

Smash ultimate direct

What a direct.

We started off with two new fighters and a amazing looking stage welcome to the fight Castlevania.

Then we were treated the dark Sami’s and Chrom as two new fighter variant skins.

Then the direct showed off the new New Donk City stage and revealed how many stages there would be 103 to be exact.

Some new assist fighters were shown off like Knuckles from sonic and everyone’s Indy darling shovel knight.

The menu was showed off and I love how sleek it looks and can’t wait to explore it.

Another amazing feature was all of the music in this game approximately 900 songs that would play for 28 hours straight. A feature I’m looking forward to is that there are playlist of the music broken up in to game series and you can also make your own playlist. You will also be able to listen to your playlist in handheld mode like a MP3 player.

At the end of the direct when it was all over the biggest surprise of all happened. King K. Rool will join the fight and he looks amazing and powerful looks like I found my new main fighter.