This past weekend, it happened- the Nintendo 3DS became my favorite portable game system of all time. Everything had been building to this point for a while, but the combination of the phenomenal New 3DS XL hardware, Majora’s Mask 3D, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate pushed it over the edge. The hardware has reached its final form, its true potential, and it has a robust library of 1st and 3rd party games totally in my wheelhouse. But for a system to be a “favorite” it needs more than tech, and yes, even great games. It needs memories- personal connections. And I have had quite a few fantastic experiences revolving around the system. Continue reading →
Most North American Nintendo fans have come to terms with the reality that we’re not getting the regular New 3DS this week, and thus no super kawaii Kyary Pamyu Pamyu faceplates. But Kyary is far from the first musician to feature on the exterior of a Nintendo handheld. At some point, probably around 2008, a company called MusicSkins LLC (maybe aka Zing Revolution) created A TON of DS Lite skins that may or may not have been licensed. Continue reading →
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure: Hatsworth combines a solid action platformer and match-3 game into a really polished package. It’s extremely well-designed and legitimately funny (omg TEA TIME); turns out the hype was justified! Continue reading →
Ever since Splatoon was revealed, something felt familiar about it. Not about the game itself, which looks incredibly unique, but the feel of the game in Nintendo’s lineup. Then, while playing Collectible Badge Center on my Japanese 3DS I spotted a familiar cartridge in the crane game: Joy Mech Fight.