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(Performance Review) First Batch of Nintendo 3DS Games – Baby, They Ain’t Done Yet!

January 23, 2011

During Nintendo’s Nintendo 3DS showcase last week, I had opportunity to get playtime with many of the handheld’s upcoming titles. Here are a few early impressions.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
I rushed to play this one first. It’s the same game you played in 1998, with far better graphics and an improved control set-up. Using the 3DS’ thumb pad to move Link around the playfield feels really good, way better than the N64’s dust-making plastic stick (and no one’s going to miss the blurry, ugly graphics of the N64 original, either). Ocarina 3D‘s visuals impress with smoother, sharper and more detailed textures. In 3D, Kokiri Village and the Deku Tree look fantastic, with particle effects flitting about in the air, but I did switch off the 3D effects so I could concentrate on winning the Gohma boss battle. Aiming the slingshot and looking around using the gyro scope is cool, and it works, though I preferred just using the thumb pad in the end. Thank god for options. Too bad there’s no release date for it yet.

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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom – Crossover Crazy

February 9, 2010

fred flintstone and george jetson would be FLIPPIN' OOOOUUUT

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, the latest in Capcom’s wacky-yet-honored Vs. series, arrives as the perfect palette cleanser between installments of the chess-like, rage-inducing Street Fighter IV. Like Nintendo’s fanservice-friendly Smash Bros. Brawl, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom relies on easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master gameplay and a heaping helping of nostalgia. Already familiar with Capcom’s stable of characters — Ryu, Chun-Li, Morrigan, Soki from Onimusha, Mega Man (in helmet-less Legends attire) and Viewtiful Joe (most likely in his last game appearance), etc. — it’s tough to get wistful over the Tatsunoko side, represented by a bizarre cast from the anime production company most famous over here for Macross, Speed Racer, and Samurai Pizza Cats. Sadly, characters from those properties aren’t in the game. Hopefully they’ll appear in a sequel?

Regardless, the anime characters — Ken the Eagle and Jun the Swan from Gatchaman, Doronjo and Yatterman-1 from Yatterman, Karas, a giant robot named Gold Lightan (?!) to name a few — blend in with the Capcom crew seamlessly. Heck, they’re all cut from the same melodramatic manga cloth anyway! And they all manage to endear themselves rather quickly despite knowing nothing about them beyond a few Wikipedia skims, and any cultural disconnect doesn’t matter once you see the crazy, funny, cool shit these characters can do. And hey … some of them are so … attractive …

Ooooohohohoho~~

AHEM UHHH WHERE WAS I

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Street Fighter 4 – Return of the Street Fighter

July 16, 2009

Nostalgia, like much of Capcom’s recent output – Mega Man 9, Street Fighter II HD Remix, the Bionic Commando remake and reboot – drives this latest release as part of a plan to win back the audience who walked out on Street Fighter 3. With an unfriendly parrying system and unfamiliar cast that game proved too difficult for most players to pick up. The marketing, and most of the reviews, of Street Fighter 4 suggests it’s here to fix that, with Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Zangief and all the characters you remember from Street Fighter 2, along with classic fighting gameplay even “casual players” can enjoy.

Cammy, Vega, Zangief and all your favorites return – including some all-new fighters and stand-outs from the Street Fighter Alpha series – and the whole package is as polished. However, the whole “casual-friendly” idea is a gross misconception. This game is as hardcore as it gets. Street Fighter 4 is just as, if not more difficult to master than the third game. Kick, punch, jump, block, duck, quarter circle forward to throw a fireball … a glorious throwback, right? In reality, a complicated, bloodthirsty beast lurks underneath, waiting to shatter your patience and if you’re easily susceptible to rage, your controller too.

Gomen ne? Gomen ne? Gomen ne? Gomen ne?

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