TrouserHeart; A Pantsless Adventure

Where’d My Pants Go?

What is TrouserHeart? Well, it’s an action/beat-em-up games with a slight rpg element mixed in. TrouserHeart starts out with a fiendish mouse stealing the heroes pants. Your task, get your pants back! 

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“Trouserheart is meant to be accessible for all, anyone can pick it up and have fun. We tried to make the game play humorous with a playful art style” – Anthony Vanoostendorp TrouserHeart Dev

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The game is simple to play. You start at your house. While here you can upgrade your health and gear. Once you’re ready, head to the left and leave your home. Once outside you will be presented with an overworld map. Here you choose a level, and you’re off. You can choose to play in either hard or normal mode. I suggest trying normal first. The levels start easy enough, but trust me the difficulty will ramp up! Each level consists of several segments that you fight your way through collecting coins and health. At the end of each level you will face off against a boss.

The Boss fights were my favorite part of the game. Each boss you face off against has a unique ability, making each brawl challenging in its own way. Once you defeat the boss you head back to your home and level up your gear and continue on.

To Sum It Up

TouserHeart is available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $7.99. Is it worth it? For what the game is, I feel like it does a good job. The graphics are on point, the gameplay is easy enough for anyone to pick it up and play. TrouserHeart provides a challenge if you want it. One issue I have with the game is the lack of collectibles. I wish that they would have added collectibles and more puzzles to the game. I feel like this would have added more gameplay value to TrouserHeart. Overall TrouserHeart is a good game that accomplishes what the developers wanted, its a fun game that anyone can sit down and enjoy. In the end, that’s what matters most! 

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2DS Holiday Buyer Guide

Christmas is coming

With Christmas just over one month away, a lot of people have started working on completing their shopping list. Christmas is a time of year where a lot of people receive their first console. With so many options to choose from, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I am going to offer my opinion, on what I feel is your best bang for your buck. I give you the Nintendo 2DS family of handheld consoles. The Nintendo 2DS family is the least expensive gaming option, with a large library of diverse games.

Nintendo 2DS Wedge

Nintendo offers two different versions of the 2DS, the wedge model for $79.99. This option comes packed with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. In my opinion, this model of the 2DS would be perfect for a younger audience, from about five to ten years old. The wedged style handheld can really take a beating, without worrying about the damaging the system.

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Nintendo 2DS XL

The second option for the Nintendo 2DS is the 2DS XL. This version is a clamshell design and is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. The Nintendo 2DS XL comes in at a price point of $149.99 and comes in one of two bundles with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. I would suggest that this model would be better for a preteen aged gamer.

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3DS games that are a great starting point

Now that you have picked out what version of the 2DS you will be buying, allow me to make a few suggestions on some great games for you to enjoy on your new system.

The Nintendo 2DS has a huge gaming library to choose from. Not only will you be able to play 3DS game on your 2DS, but you will also be able to play DS games on your 2DS as well.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon $38.99 each

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One of the staple franchises for the Nintendo handheld family of consoles is the Pokemon franchise. This game is fun for all ages and that’s why this game is a must-have.

A Link Between Worlds $19.79

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A game that almost everyone can enjoy is the great story of a Link Between Worlds. This game is the sequel to the Super Nintendo classic A Link to the Past. This Zelda game would be a great entry point to a newcomer of the series.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf $19.99

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Animal Crossing is a village builder type of game where you are the mayor of the new city. You interact with the different animals who live in your town, and complete a variety of tasks to help them enjoy living in your town. This game is very simple to pick up and play, but very hard to put down.

Luigi’s Mansion $39.99 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon $19.89

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The greatest sidekick of all time has a problem with ghosts. The Luigi’s Mansion series of games are fantastic games of exploration and funny boss fights and fun puzzles.

Metroid: Samus Returns $38.99

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Everyone’s favorite space bounty hunter Samus makes her way to the 2DS, in a remake of the classic Gameboy version of Metroid 2. Lots of exploration and medium to hard platforming fun for everyone.

Minecraft $29.99

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Lastly, everyone’s guilty pleasure Minecraft. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already about Minecraft, but it looks right at home on the 2DS XL. Minecraft is only available on the 2DS XL.

I really hope this helps you this holiday season when shopping the gamer on your Christmas list.

 

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Ep.8 (Xbox One Via Mexico)

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New Smash Bros Ultimate Trailer gets Meme-ified

Over the long weekend, Nintendo dropped a new Smash Bros Ultimate trailer. An advertisement that is truly the banner artwork come to life. What makes this commercial different than past Nintendo advertising is that this commercial has zero music, but it does have sound effects. Enter the internet and in a matter of hours, there were tons of edits from users adding their own background tunes and here’s the awesome part, like the slogan “Everybody’s here” EVERY SONG WORKS. Take a look at some examples below.

Classic!
Would have been perfect if Smash released at the time of  Nintendo Switch Online 
Rick Rolled !
NX theme song right here!!



Was this some genius marketing ploy by Nintendo, or just a happy coincidence? Either way, this is just the beginning folks and if you want to see more edits head to Twitter and search #smashbrosultimate to see for yourself.  I’m sure this trend will continue at least until Smash Bros Ultimate on Nintendo Switch releases…. or maybe longer. Heck, I’m probably going to make one later myself. 

**Thanks to all those creative folks out on Twitter, give their accounts some love.**

Want more Nintendo? Check out our Pokemon Let’s Go Impressions

Retro Review: ActRaiser

Released: December 16, 1990 DeveloperQuintet  Publisher: Enix

What is ActRaiser?

ActRaiser is strange gem among the vast Super Nintendo library. ActRaiser takes two different styles of games and smashes them together. Side scrolling platformer and top down strategy like Sim City. At first it seems like a strange combination, though it works very well. You drop into the platformer to fend off boss monsters, then return to the top down to help the people grow there society. 

Want To Play God?

The top-down segments play very much like Sim City. You direct the people on where to build their settlement while fending off creatures trying to destroy the settlement. You play as a fallen angle there to help ward off the evil monsters that have had control over the land. You have a set of abilities and commands that help you along, like creating lightning to burn down trees, bushes, and destroy rocks. The main objective in the top-down segment is to expand the village, level up, and seal off all the monster spawn points. It is very rewarding gameplay, as well as entertaining. While the people are building you are fighting off the monsters that spawn in the overworld with your heavenly bow. This keeps the game entertaining by eliminating the “sit and wait” you have in Sim City.

Platforming

The side-scrolling segments of ActRaiser consist of platforming and fighting monsters. The levels flow well, and the controls are tight. I feel like an entire platforming game would have been among one of the best on the SNES. At the end of the level you will encounter a boss monster that is keeping the village of the over world from growing. You must defeat the boss for the story to continue. But worry not, the boss fights are not overly intense but deliver the right amount of challenge.  After beating the boss, you can move back to the overworld to see what awaits you next.

In Conclusion

ActRaiser is simply one of the better games in the Super Nintendo lineup. It is an interesting combination of game genres, with great gameplay that keeps you engaged. If you have never played ActRaiser I strongly suggest trying it out. You can find the game at a decent cost on Amazon, or, find another way to play it, if you know what I mean. Overall this game gets an A out of 13.5. 

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!**

Quest 4 Pixels Conversations S2 Ep 7 : Hey, you like Metroid??

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Sheldon is visiting ol’ Tony up north for the weekend and the Falcon (Joel) is here in spirit! And audio/video form I guess.

This week the lads chatted about:

– the Final Smash Direct 

– Tony and Sheldon got to play Pokemon Lets GO at a kiosk in West Edmonton Mall

– Sheldon spends all his money on Nintendo merch, but hey, what else is new right?!

 

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