Nintendo E3 Presentation Live Thoughts

This is it everyone! Embrace the hype! The stream is starting in minutes, and boy am I ready to geek out about Nintendo!

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The Nintendo Switch, One Year Later

Last March I was overwhelmed with hype, just like any other Nintendo fan. The Switch had just dropped, and it showed a lot of promise. Not only did it release with one of the best Zelda games ever, but there was the promise of one of the meatiest launch years Nintendo has ever had. So now, a year later, did Nintendo deliver on the hype?

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Review – Arms

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Arms is a game that has taken me for a roller coaster ride this year. I was a little skeptical upon its initial reveal, but as subsequent information about the game came out, I got a little more excited. However, that excitement was quickly deflated after getting to play the game over the summer, and it got quickly demoted from a must-buy to a rental for me.

Now that I got to spend some time with the final product, I can’t say I regret my decision. Arms has its fair share of problems, which causes the game to float somewhere between really fun and very frustrating. Through all of this, though, Arms still manages to be a breath of fresh air coming from Nintendo. At its best, it’s a superbly designed online experience that requires complex, on the spot thinking. It takes some risks, some of which don’t pay off, but it has many good ideas that I hope are not abandoned here.

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Review – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

I have really fond memories of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the first game in the Mario RPG side-series of games. It was a spiritual successor to the previous Mario RPG titles, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario. What set this game apart from the previous titles was the wacky dialogue and gag-filled humor,  elements which made it quite the refreshing take on the turn-based JRPG genre.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions on the 3DS is a remaster that feels a little strange to me. While it looks beautiful–easily on par with its contemporary iterations Dream Team and Paper Jam–the gameplay feels exactly like it did back in 2003. As a JRPG, Superstar Saga on the 3DS can be refreshing in its simplicity, while simultaneously feeling quite a bit dated in some respects.

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Ranked: Super Mario Games

Previously on Ranked: The Legend of Zelda

With the release of Super Mario Odyssey right around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the Super Mario Bros. series in this mushroomy edition of Ranked. Now, I have to set some ground rules before I begin. Since there are so many Mario games, I have included a couple of limits on what games make it to this list:

  • Only mainline Mario games are included here. No sports, racing, party, RPG or other spin-off titles.
  • No Yoshi or Wario games. Sadly, that includes Yoshi’s Island on the SNES.
  • Super Mario Maker is kind of its own beast as well, so that won’t be on here, even though I LOVE that game.

Finally, remember that this is just my opinion as a long-time Nintendo fan. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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