Five times. Five times, I have tried to get invested in the world of Monster Hunter – and five times, I have failed. It wasn’t that the game was bad. The franchise has an explosive community of fans that will line up around the block for days just to get the newest iteration. It was more like…the game just wasn’t my cup of tea. Enter Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS, where I was given my sixth chance of redemption with the series.
Fighter jets are cool. This is pretty much the thesis statement of Access Games’ Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+, a Nintendo 3DS game that conspires to get you into cool looking jets and doing bad-ass stuff as quickly as possible. This is a portable distillation of the stalwart aerial dogfighting franchise, but how much of the arcade thrills can one have on a five inch screen?
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask already has a firmly established place in gaming canon. It’s the twisted spin-off to the seminal Ocarina of Time, it’s drenched in dread and foreboding, and it’s got a killer Groundhog Day-style hook where you have have 3 days to save the world from the moon crashing to earth, but get to reset the clock as often as you like. I knew all of this without having ever played the game, so I was excited to give the 3DS re-release a shot and see for myself what this was all about.
Anytime a new Nintendo hand-held hits the market, it’s like a mini-Christmas. With the announcement of the New Nintendo 3DS XL that hits the North American market next week (on February 12 – only the XL version will be available at this time), folks are wondering whether or not to make the jump to the new system from whatever version that they currently have now. The answer to that question depends on what your priorities are – and it is also based on what you currently own. Advice aside, as a standalone piece of hand-held gaming technology, this latest edition is pretty amazing and definitely worth at least a look.
When Skylanders arrived on the scene a few years ago the NFC-enabled toy craze well and truly began. Shortly after, Disney Infinity hit the market, bringing some competition to this emerging genre. Now, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with amiibo. Each of these three lines are slightly different from one another, but they all compete for your hard-earned money in the form of collectible figures. What does amiibo bring to the table?
Oh, Pokémon – Gamefreak’s little franchise that just keeps chugging along. For a while, there were some issues. They didn’t really use the full power of the handheld systems; it was too much of a grind; and the games all felt way too similar. Fortunately, those working on the series have slowly changed the latter. The addition of a few things here and there makes it feel like Pokémon is finally moving forward; that’s Omega Ruby. While it’s a remake of the 2002 title, it holds within the summation of every small addition from the past, and it is accompanied by some good old-fashioned nostalgia.
Playing Level-5’s Fantasy Life for the Nintendo 3DS (co-developed by Brownie Brown and h.a.n.d.) is like participating in a living, breathing version of a storybook tale – with a role-playing twist. Sure, in many tales the focus of the plot is on a valiant knight or a courageous sorceress – but what about those who provide the food by fishing? What about those who mine the ore, or collect the wood from the forests? Fantasy Life let’s you find the heroic in the everyday – by allowing you to take on one of twelve different ways of life. If you have a lot of patience and flexibility, you will enjoy this game. However, if you are looking for a cohesive experience, this might not be the title you’re looking for.