Category Archives: nintendo

In The Game: ‘Shadow Of the Colossus,’ ‘The Darkside Detective’ Reviewed

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


A Beginner’s Experience with the Nintendo Switch

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.

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Shaun Hatton on ‘Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers’


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.

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Can the Switch revitalize Nintendo?

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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

Mat Langford’s Gaming World: Nintendo’s E3 Presentation Rundown

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.

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Gaming on the go: A look at my favourite hand-helds.

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.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Now you’re playing with power…SUPER power

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.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – Why New Gamers Should Dust Off An Old Nintendo

I received my first Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988 when I was 5 years old. It was one of the most glorious days of my life. There it was, its rectangular physique, its grey and black colors… it was 8-bit heaven! I can still remember opening my brand new copy of Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt and putting it into the machine, and playing for hours. This was cutting-edge stuff!

I recently took my Nintendo out of retirement and played through a few of my old games. Nostalgia aside, I quickly realized that there are a whole lot of experiences that old-school gamers had to deal with that the current generation of gamers will never have to worry about.

Remember when you would put a Nintendo game into the system, push the power button and be greeted by a flashing screen? Today it would warrant a call to Xbox or PS customer service, or a quick hop onto Google to search for the solution. When I had that problem, I had to figure out what to do by myself, or by asking a friend who hopefully had experienced the same problem.  The solution? Placing your shirt over the opening on the cartridge and blowing into it. It was a simple, magical fix and once it worked you felt like a genius! I had the same problem recently when attempting to play Back to the Future II & III, and used that tried and tested method. Even now, 23 years later, it still works, and I still felt a tiny sense of accomplishment.

So now that the game was working, it was time to get down to business. I don’t know how many of you have ever played BTTF2&3, but it is one of the hardest NES games I’ve ever played. Getting past the fact that it makes absolutely no sense – Marty McFly wears a grey t-shirt and dodges snails and boulder hurling denim-clad men – it’s also confusing game that has you travel back and forth through the present and future, with only subtle differences in the levels. When you eventually make your way to the right place and advance through the game, the feeling of achievement is unparalleled! Most current games pose only a moderate challenge even though they’re full of enemies with artificial intelligence, who can gauge what you’re doing and react accordingly. They hit you with a barrage of bullets, anticipating your next move. NES games would have you stuck for hours trying to dodge menial obstacles or enemies that travel on simple, linear paths, but – and ask any NES fan – these were some of the toughest things to do. Often, things like dodging Bowser’s fireballs, running through the bullet storms of Contra or navigating through the little jumping aliens in Bart vs. The Space Mutants would have us pulling our hair out in frustration. One wrong move and you’re dead.

This leads me to my next point, NO SAVE GAMES! Ask any player who has played Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out: they’ll most likely tell you that it was one of the most tedious, frustrating experiences they’ve ever come across. You would play for hours, working through the ranks of boxers, and if you were extremely skilled – or extremely lucky – eventually you’d make it to the final against big Mike. What followed was generally you on the receiving end of a one-punch knockout from the champ, and you’d have to start from the beginning. Yup, right back to good ol’ Glass Joe.

Because I couldn’t save my progress, I would often leave my Nintendo on, paused, for a week so that I could come back and continue the game that I was playing. Shutting it off meant losing everything I had worked for, and unfortunately, I had to go to school, so playing all day wasn’t an option. And let’s not forget, the tiniest power surge would wipe out your game in a millisecond, leaving you staring in frustration at the start menu.

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.

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