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Upcoming: HORIPAD + For Nintendo Switch Looks Slick (Wired Controller)

HORIPAD + Photos As a long time fan of Hori products, I tend to keep eye on any upcoming controllers they have coming out. This time,  the HORIPAD + for Nintendo Switch is available for pre-order on Amazon for $49.99 and ships out later in December. I'm tempted to pick one up to use for PC gaming in addition to Switch gaming.  "HORI HORIPAD + Wired Motion Aim Controller for FPS and more - Officially Licensed By Nintendo - Nintendo Switch" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GTWBNNL/

N64 Expansion Pack Woes: MK64

So far I'm not enjoying the N64 Expansion. Posted a quick clip of Mario Kart 64 to Twitter. Some tracks play pretty good but others there are slight input delays and glitchy/bouncy visuals. It can be very hard on the eyes with the slight but eye catching issues too.  It seems to me Nintendo didn't optimize the emulation well at all for the Switch. Maybe they should bring in some community emulation developers for help. I bet they could fine tune things. The way it stands most games I've tried are very below average when it comes to emulation quality.  https://twitter.com/RKezins/status/1456007347378159618

What Video Games I'm Playing This Week

Video Game Backlog Infinity At this point I have a backlog of games that I'll never finish but might as well still try.  This week I plan to punch away at the following 2 games and hopefully post up a review or two by the weekend: Diablo II: Resurrected on the Nintendo Switch Diablo II: Resurrected  This isn't my first time playing Diablo II but it is the first time playing this updated version. I've been too sidetracked most of October to get far into the game but hopefully I can get some big hours in this week. Currently I'm about 11 hours of gameplay in.  Koudelka (PlayStation aka PSOne) Koudelka - PSOne For whatever reason I somehow missed this game back in the day but glad I went back to play it. It's an interesting mix of RPG, Survival Horror and Exploring with grid based combat and great cut scenes. 

Diablo II: Resurrected (Nintendo Switch) Quick Early Impressions (Review Coming...)

I bought Diablo II (2): Resurrected for the Nintendo Switch a few days ago and can say I'm mostly satisfied with the buy at $39.99 so far.  The game became available on September 23.  Despite being a 21 year old game, Diablo 2 is still fun but definitely feels dated and hasn't aged great especially if you've recently played Diablo III.  The updated graphics definitely make the game playable even with the dated mechanics. I plan to take a deep dive into the game over the next month to come up with a definitive review.  The Good  👍Updated Graphics  👍Updated Sound/Music 👍Includes 'Lord of Destruction' Expansion 👍Plays well as a Portable Game The Bad   👎Co-op isn't ideal on Switch platform 👎Widespread Connectivity Issues 👎Dated mechanics Note on Connectivity Issues A glaring issue for me so far seems to be connectivity issues that come up often when trying to play online. Hopefully these issues get worked out in the near future as it appears to be

Retro Games I'm Playing This Week

The nice thing about retro gaming is that there's always something to play... This week I plan to spread my time across a few handhelds and hopefully complete a few games.  Nintendo Switch   The Nintendo Switch is far from my favorite system but I've been playing a lot on it lately. I'm about halfway through Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster so might as well finish it up this week. I picked up the regular digital version last week on sale. The last time I played through the game was roughly 16 years ago on the PS2. The game has aged pretty well for sure and is still a must play for any old school turn-based JRPG fan. I'll likely post a review of the HD Remaster soon.  Anbernic RG351V   I tend to play a lot of Game Boy Advance titles on Anbernic handhelds and am currently punching away at The Legend of Zelda: The Minnish Cap . This is also my second playthrough of the game. Of all the Zelda games over the years,  this one is firmly in

Disgaea 6 (Nintendo Switch) First Day Impressions

My first day of playing Disgaea 6 is in the books and I have a lot of opinions on the game so far... *****Possibly some very light SPOILERS ahead!***** This a very light dive into my early impressions. Deeper dives coming soon!  Nintendo Switch Version  While it plays mostly well the underpowered Switch really struggles with the 3D rendering and its very noticeable. You can choose between 3 graphics settings which helps a little but you'll still notice the Switch struggling slightly even in performance mode. It's not game breaking or anything but is noticeable. The game looks fantastic in 3D at times and other times looks awful. I think they should have stuck with 2D honestly.  Perhaps the upcoming Switch Pro will be able to handle games like this more.  Stats Galore Anyone who is a veteran of the Disgaea franchise understands that stats are everything (lol) and Disgaea takes stats and combos over the top. This time the level cap is 99,999,999 and character stats ca

Retro Games I'm Playing This Week

Not a lot going on right now with SBC handheld releases so I've been spending most of my time playing Nintendo Switch games. I don't anticipate reviewing any handhelds for a little while other than the Gameboy-ESP32 I purchased from Myretrogamecase.com . I should have a review up for this purchase next week.  Just finished playthroughs for BioShock and BioShock 2 on the Switch. Both games are still as great as they were the first few times I beat each on other platforms.  The summer sale is pretty good as usual so I bought Borderlands GOTYE, Borderlands 2 GOTYE, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel UE, BioShock Infinite, Castlevania Collection, Contra Collection, Dex, Paratopic, Sun Wukong VS Robot, and Super Bomberman R Online all for the Switch over the past couple of weeks. It's not true gaming without buying the same games multiple times.  I also decided to go back and replay a lot of SEGA Genesis Games to fully develop my Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games of all-time list.

PAC-MAN 99 Is Better & Worse Than Reviewers Are Saying

So far I like PAC-MAN 99 but it's not the 8/10 or 9/10 game a lot of reviewers are raving about. In a lot of ways its a step backwards for the "99" Series. I think if I were to do a full review on it, I'd think about scoring it somewhere around a 7/10 tops.  Oddly a lot of reviewers who are wildly praising the game complain that it doesn't have a tutorial explaining mechanics. Personally I find that to be a positive. Do reviewers even remember when games didn't have tutorials and you had to figure out the mechanics by playing and figuring it out? Probably not I'm guessing.  I also find it a bit bizarre for people to review a game they don't understand the mechanics of.. As a 40th anniversary to a game that didn't have a tutorial built in, I find it to be appropriate to not have one here. It seems a lot of reviewers struggled to figure out the strategy mechanics etc but it's really need not that hard to figure out after an hour or tw

Is Nintendo Killing Mario?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/31/tech/super-mario-bros-death-rumors/index.html Even CNN is jumping in on the panicked idea that there is impending death for Mario but I think it's pretty silly.  What Nintendo is doing is a classic marketing gimmick making certain products seem more exclusive and rare.  After March 31, 2021, Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 will no longer be available on the shop for the Nintendo Switch as previously stated.   The belief that this could be the end of Mario for Nintendo is borderline ludicrous.  Nintendo doesn't seem to have any plans to kill off Mario.  I could be wrong but as a Marketing guy I'm pretty sure this is just a very old strategy of marketing exclusivity to drive sales.  It worked for Disney back in the day with home movie releases so it will likely work here.   Knowing Nintendo, there's almost certainly some plan for both games already in place for the future.  Nintendo has a reputation of keeping secrets reall

Games I'm Playing This Week

What I'm Playing This Week  I'm often bouncing around from device to device playing a wide array of games (retro and modern) each week.  It's been a bit of a busy week so far so haven't got a ton of games in.  I had planned on reviewing the RG351V that I ordered on the 7th but here we are 18 days later and I still don't have it.  It's apparently sitting at some distribution center in Kentucky now.  I think I'm done with anything that ends up in DHL's hands that's important.  They are the absolute worst.  For the most part, I'm playing Persona 5 Strikers on the Nintendo Switch each day.  That's a game I bought just because it was Persona but thought I wouldn't like it despite being a big fan of both Persona and Dynasty Warriors.  Surprisingly I actually love the game. I'm only 12 hours of gameplay in so have quite a ways to go.   The retro game I'm playing this week is Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire on the Nintendo 64 (N64).  The

Persona 5 Strikers: Easy is WAY too Easy.

Been playing most of my Persona 5 Strikers playthrough on Normal difficulty so far but decided to do a few battles on Easy but honestly Easy is way too Easy. Battles can easily be won on Easy just mindlessly pressing random buttons. Unless you are very bad at video games Easy make the game almost pointless. Normal isn't too tough either but you do have to use strategy and good gameplay on Normal. They probably should have labeled Easy as WAY Easy.  I've put about 10 hours into the game so far and am ready to switch things over to Hard to see how that goes.  Posted a quick gameplay clip video on my Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RKezins/status/1374841531505405954?s=19 I always follow back legit accounts on Twitter so feel free to follow me on there. 

King of Fighters R-2 (NGPC) Today in Gaming History

King of Fighters R-2 Neo Geo Pocket Color SNK of America Definitely one of the top ten NEO Geo Pocket Color games was King of Fighters R-2 which was released 22 years ago today in the US. With console modding and retro/vintage gaming gaining in popularity the NGPC has increased in demand recently. You can still pick one up in varying degrees of used condition between $80 and $120. Modded versions with backlit displays tend to go for over $300.  The original price between 1999 and 2001 (short lifespan) was $69.95.  If you sadly don't have a NGPC console the game did become available on the Nintendo Switch last year as a digital download for $7.99 (perhaps a bit steep for an old game). It currently sits on a 71/100 Metascore but don't let the average reviews fool you.  For a 22 year old portable fighting game it has a pretty solid fighting system and has aged well.  Despite being a 2-button game from 1999, it was well designed with full combo attacks, evas

Persona 5 Strikers Early Impression (Nintendo Switch)

As a long time SMT / Persona fan,  there was no way i wasn't going to buy Persona 5 Strikers.  Strictly as a  musou genre game is definitely pretty good. I'm about 10 hours in and the game should have about 50+ hours of fun.   I can't help but think that I still would have preferred the sequel to P5 to still be the classic turn-based strategy RPG style with life sim elements though.  This could revolutionize how musou games are made as its done really well and with style.  Hopefully I've have enough free time over the next week or two to knock the game out and have a definitive opinion. It surprisingly plays well on the small screen but definitely better on a television with how busy the battles get. 

Capcom Arcade Stadium on Nintendo Switch Uses MAME

Pretty interesting that Capcom uses MAME for the emulation in Capcom Arcade Stadium on the Nintendo Switch instead of in house programming.  Had it been a Nintendo developed game, they probably would have denied using the code. Nice to see Capcom giving credit where credit is due.  https://mobile.twitter.com/mamedev_org/status/1362536712115732481

Mario Kart Memes For Free

Mario Kart 8 (Switch + Wii U) finally surpassed Mario Kart Wii as the top selling entry in the MK series. To celebrate, here's some free memes:  https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/02/mario_kart_8_overtakes_mario_kart_wii_as_best-selling_series_entry

Flashback: Kirby's Dream Course (SNES) January 1, 1995 & Kirby's Avalanche

26 years ago today on January 1, 1995, Kirby's Dream Course and Kirby's Avalanche were released on the SNES in the USA and Canada.  While not my favorite Kirby game by a long stretch, Kirby's Dream Course was an interesting take on miniature golf. As a 2D scrolling arcade style golf game, it still holds up pretty good even more than two and a half decades later.  Kirby's Avalanche is far less memorable to me and not really worth playing today. It was in essence a knockoff of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Puyo Puyo. The result was just a generic colored blob puzzler with a Kirby paint job.  If you don't have a SNES laying around to play on,  Kirby's Dream Course was also released on the Wii, 3DS, Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Kirby's Avalanche ended up on the Nintendo Wii as well.  https://kirby.fandom.com/wiki/Kirby%27s_Dream_Course

My Top Buy of the Week: Switch Style Thumb Grips on BangGood

Thumb grips are often the most overpriced item you will find in game stores like GameStop where they are often $10 and up just for one pair. I rolled the dice on BangGood picking up 4 pairs for a little less than $8 including shipping and want disappointed. Shipping time was the only negative. It took a little over 6 weeks to receive. The large grip is a bit overkill visually but I actually like it for arcade games.  I'm currently using them on my Nintendo Switch, Anbernic RG351P and two sets on my pair of Retroid Pocket 2 consoles. The big grips reduce the portability a little bit bit still fit inside the cases just fine.  [US$4.59 33% OFF]DATA FROG 8 PCS Silicone Analog Extender Thumb Stick Grips Cover for Nintendo Switch Joy Con Switch Lite Console Joystick Cap Accessories Video Games Equipment & Accessories from Consumer Electronics on banggood https://banggood.app.link/5YqUqFmq6cb *This post is my opinion and does