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For the gamers out there, the last few weeks have seen some fun releases hit digital and physical store shelves. One was a pretty big deal, the other has gone a little under the radar – depending on your system, they’re both well worth your time. Read the rest of this entry
My daughter and my mother recently teamed up to get me a pretty sweet birthday present – a Nintendo Switch. I’ve never really been a Nintendo guy, mind you. Back in the late 1980s, when your choice was either the SEGA Master System or the Nintendo Entertainment System, I went SEGA. At the time, I regretted the decision. A lot.
SEGA had few, if any, licensed games, so I thought I was missing out on familiar titles. Over the years, as consoles came and went, I did get a Nintendo 64, which featured the two greatest WWE games in history – Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy. I bought a Wii when I was in my 30s with the idea that it would replace the gym… but it didn’t. Meanwhile, I kept up with my Sony Playstation, which began with the first console in 1997 and that has been updated every iteration since.
However, the truth is The Princess wanted me to have a Nintendo Switch. She’s sweet that way. And I wanted her to be able to use one, as well. I’d rather she play games than get sucked into the YouTube void of Minecraft videos and Blind Bag Unboxings. So on my birthday, it was Nintendo Switch day.
It’s strange to think that the first fighting game I ever played, Street Fighter II, is still going strong to this day. It helped spawn the fighting game craze of the 1990s yet stayed relevant throughout the arcade fighter boom thanks to updated versions and home console releases. The game’s most recent incarnation, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, is both an updated take and a home version but also a portable version. This alone makes it worth your attention, even if you’ve only ever had a fleeting interest in the series.
The recent handheld console market hasn’t been the most successful. Sony’s PSVita was a failure because it lacked the power to deliver on the “home console in your hand” promise. Nintendo’s own WiiU failed because, well, it just wasn’t that great either, offering slightly better graphics than the original Wii, but with the clunky WiiU controller. The outstanding 3DS is an outlier, but mainly because it plays Pokemon and Mario really well, and offers graphics akin to the Super Nintendo, which isn’t exactly stressing the hardware – we don’t expect it to look like a next-gen console.
So when Nintendo finally announced its new home console – the Nintendo Switch – on Thursday, we finally got to see what it was all about. Read the rest of this entry
Nintendo took the stage at 12pm EST (9am PST) with one of the most anticipated shows of E3. They not only had the Wii U system to announce, but also a surging 3DS platform and games.
Yet, somehow, they gave us the most disappointing show so far.
I’ve always been a big handheld console fan since the early days. I remember getting my original Game Boy under the Christmas tree, unwrapping it and practically losing my mind with happiness. It was so advanced, I mean, it was basically a black and white hand held Nintendo! Throughout the years, I’ve owned practically every new hand-held and with the dawn of the PSVita, I began reminiscing over my past experiences (good and bad) with the portable gaming consoles.
Ahh, Super Nintendo. The great joy of my childhood. 16-bit graphics, “3D” games. Well, it just turned 20 years old, and aside from making me feel a slight bit geriatric, it has brought out some of my best gaming memories.
Despite all of these downfalls, and the constant modernization of games, I still get out my Nintendo now and then, which, I think, speaks to the longevity of the system. Even after countless upgrades and redesigns, the original NES is still one of the most highly regarded systems in gaming. So if you’re looking for a real challenge, go grab your old Nintendo, dust it off and get playing.