Nintendo marks the newest entry for the tunic-wearing, sword-wielding Link in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS. The replay value hits a high point for players as the developers intended the game to have mostly free reign over exploration.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the direct sequel to the SNES classic A Link to the Past.
A direct sequel to the Super Nintendo 1991 release of A Link to the Past (ALttP), A Link Between Worlds (ALBW) revisits Hyrule with familiar terrain that has transformed slightly between the games.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team is the fourth entry in the Mario & Luigi RPGs for Nintendo’s handheld systems. With a release in North America for 3DS Aug. 11, 2013, I had more than a month to complete and try the “Hard” mode of the game before making an analysis.
For veterans of the series, many characters found in previous entries make cameos throughout the journey across Pi’illo Island. Mario and Luigi are on vacation where Princess Peach accidentally carried into the depths of the castle. Mario and Luigi venture through a series of rooms where the basics of the game are learned before gathering a petrified pillow. Luigi decides to plop on a bed with the newly found pillow found where a dream portal opens and Peach enters. Mario leaps into the dream portal where he learns about the Pi’illos and the game truly begins.
The Mario & Luigi series is releasing its fourth entry in August, which is a great time to take a look back at the previous entries leading to the duo to once again being the only playable characters (as of the last released trailer). The timed button pressing action/adventure RPG (Role Playing Game) series gives players a sense of increased urgency response to attacks and counterattacks, which have grown more complex while fine tuning the formula with each title.
Mario & Luigi Super Star Saga hit the handheld market for Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance in North America Nov. 17, 2003, beating the rest of the world’s release by a mere three days. The game begins with Peach’s voice becoming *literally* explosive. The duo head off to the Bean Bean Kingdom to find the cure where several twists come throughout the plot. Mario and Luigi attack with timed hits and defense in a similar style of Super Mario RPG. The timed button presses and strategic attack options extended from the familiar jump to hammers, fire and lightning powers as well as the staple of the series Bros. Attacks. The game has a lot of backtracking, which allows players to gain a sense of replay value to older areas that would otherwise be useless once traveled.
The 2013 Winter Friendly Pokémon Tournament is currently happening. Since I have never entered a tournament, I entered in a variety of different Pokémon that I knew either maxed out the Effort Values or close to doing so. My team has not been specifically trained or bred in a competitive nature, so any success seems to be purely luck.
I recently won a battle last night and wanted to showcase this video, which also was the closest I’ve had since playing.
Six 3D Classics were released on the eShop on the 3DS between June 2011 and March (or April for those not getting the code with Kid Icarus: Uprising) 2012 of various NES and arcade ports. The 3D effect brought a new dimension to the games that varied in age ranging from shooters to side scrollers. The six games in this collection are Excitebike, Xevious, Urban Champion, TwinBee, Kirby’s Adventure and Kid Icarus.
Excitebike is shown expanded with the 3D slider at 100%.
Excitebike was released as a launch title for the NES in 1985 and made its 3D debut on the eShop June 6, 2011. Shifting in and out of hyper drive while keeping the temperature gauge from overheating is one of the key elements that need attention immediately in order to reach the qualifying time. Along with these factors, the constant obstructions throughout the course along with other drivers, available in Selection B, can make the qualifying time and winning even more difficult. The 3D effect is possibly the most impressive in this title of the collection; it features the background expanding in depth rather than the foreground, reducing the amount of “ghosting” experienced while playing games in 3D.
Although the Nintendo Direct in October revealed the third installment of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2 would be released at the end of November, the release instead came Dec. 5, 2012, with the fourth and final release following on Dec. 20. The two packs released in the third installment includes Coin Challenge Pack C and Platform Panic Pack, which happen to rank quite a bit higher on the difficulty scale compared to the recent free DLC the week before. The final installment of the DLC includes Mystery Adventures Pack and Impossible Pack, the latter which is so difficult, does not include a star to indicate difficulty.
Level 2 of the Coin Challenge Pack C has a mini pipe at the top of the first section.
Coin Challenge Pack C ranks with a difficulty of three stars. The first stage in this pack allows the player to grab many coins by using each type of power-up in the game. The first section makes use of the Super Star, followed by the Super Leaf, Mega Mushroom and the Mini Mushroom. The second stage involves a trek through a pyramid, but the top path through the mini pipe should yield a better coin outcome compared to the lower path, if still Mini Mario. Once through the pipe though, use the Gold Flower in reserve to maximize the profits from the bricks and Gold Mushrooms. The third stage is best suited for use with the Gold Flower, which can be accessed near the first Star Coin. Many of the walls of the volcano interior are lined with bricks that would otherwise be difficult to generate the coins and Gold Mushrooms.
Mighty Bomb Jack is a 1987 release for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Tecmo, which received ports on the Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga in 1990. Later, the game was released as a download on the Wii Virtual Console in 2007, though most recently, the the 3DS release as a VC game on the eShop came Dec. 6 marking the first release to a handheld. Mighty Bomb Jack is the sequel to the arcade game Bomb Jack.
Mighty Bomb Jack was released by Tecmo in North America in 1987. The game hit the 3DS eShop Dec. 6, 2012, in North America.
The game made its release on the Japanese eShop in September, making a gap between the North American release three months. The game has been featured on the Japanese show called GameCenter CX featuring the show’s star Shinya Arino playing the game before a live audience, which has a fan-translation available at www.gamingcx.com. The game also was featured on episode 6 of the official translation of Retro Game Master, which used to be on Kotaku’s website.
Nintendo announced Nov. 22 that New Super Mario Bros. 2 players had reached 300 billion coins in its global coin counter, which is tallied through the 3DS’s spotpass feature. In recognition of the achievement, classic levels based on the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 were released and available to players free through the shop that can be accessed in the game through Feb. 1, when the pack can be bought for $2.50.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 recently received the Gold Classics Pack for download. Featured is the bonus area from Super Mario Bros. 1-1.
The newly released pack Gold Classics Pack is the sixth DLC (downloadable content) pack released for NSMB2 for the 3DS. The pack has a difficulty rating of 1 out of 5 stars with a goal of 30,000 coins (maxing out the course coin counter). The levels, despite being in the Coin Rush mode offers plenty of opportunities to delay the player from reaching a time over. Between the levels, players can increase time with two midway-point flags offering an additional 100 seconds apiece, 65 10-second clock and 4 50-second clocks. The total time for the courses could reach 1350 seconds on the timer, which means every course could be thoroughly explored.
The newest entry of the Paper Mario series has gone portable with Sticker Star its recent release on the 3DS. This game marks the fourth in the series, which in this case the game is a throwback to adventure games of the 1980s where solving puzzles is the main focus and strategy in battles is limited to the inventory of stickers.
Paper Mario Sticker Star was released with a pre-order bonus of a giant-size sticker.
Sticker Star puts Paper Mario into a 3D environment, essentially making the 3DS appear as a diorama. Clouds hang from strings and most landscapes are made from cardboard. A few loose scraps and stickers applied correctly lead to the next location in this adventure game with RPG elements. Everything about the game seems well balanced and will actually require some thought instead of blazing through to the end. Unlike most other games released from Nintendo in the past few years, no tutorials will hold the player’s hand with each new item. Once the basic techniques are learned (timed attacks, defend, paperize), the only hints come from Kersti, which may be very vague at times.
“It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” These words offered insight into the world just entered; it’s an open world for exploring, but a sword is necessary to keep the danger at bay. Released in 1985 and making the first appearance of a battery-backed cartridge released in North America, The Legend of Zelda ventured into new territory of the adventure game genre.
The original release of The Legend of Zelda was Aug. 22, 1987. The game was re-released for the Nintendo Entertainment System as part of the Classic Series in 1990.
The Legend of Zelda allowed players to complete the underground levels in almost any order. From early in the game, every level in the game is accessible, beside 4, 7 and 9. Without a driving storyline besides the manual and screen after staying on the title screen, the game lets the world open on its own. The simple plot keeps the focus on the exploration, with nothing bottlenecking the journey besides necessary items… not non-playable characters (NPCs) blocking the paths to continue to the next level. It truly is an adventure where exploring is not only the focus, but the cryptic clues from the old men in labyrinths is all the help available in-game.