Getting my Party on with Mario and Friends in Vancouver

by Blogger on ‎03-20-2015 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-24-2015 12:47 PM by Editor in Chief

OpeningSplash.jpgThe latest Mario Party for the Nintendo Wii U has just hit shelves, and to celebrate, Nintendo has had a few nationwide demo events for Mario Party 10!  I had the chance to attend one of the West Coast events, and check out my initial thoughts of the game, along with a look at the new amiibo!


Review: Embrace the unusual with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

by Blogger on ‎03-12-2015 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-12-2015 10:39 AM by Editor in Chief

kirby.jpgOnce in a while, Nintendo does some weird and experimental things with the Kirby Franchise.  Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a kickback of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse for the Nintendo DS.  With no controlling mechanics outside of momentum, drawing lines and a few taps, you're definitely in for a challenge with this game.  Let's take a look!


Editor's Choice: Matt's Top 10 Video Games of 2014

by Blogger on ‎12-23-2014 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2014 10:01 AM by Editor in Chief

slide_character_one.jpgAs a gaming reviewer, I get to play a lot of different types of games. Sports, Puzzle, Adventure, you name it.  This year was viewed as a fairly weak one amongst a lot of my peers, but I didn't see it that way.  Despite the fact that, yes, there was a lot of disappointment, there were still a few diamonds in the rough, and some absolute gems too.  Here's my personal top 10 for the year 2014, starting with Bravely Default (Pictured) and going from there.


Review: Nintendo takes a trip down memory lane with the NES Remix games

by Blogger ‎12-12-2014 10:00 AM - edited ‎12-18-2014 11:11 AM

RemixLogos.jpgWith every passing Nintendo gaming generation, it's not unusual to see original NES titles up for sale in the respective console's eShop. Usually, however, all you get is the old game itself with no bells and whistles.  The recently released NES Remix disc version (the WiiU games were originally available in the eShop) change things up a bit. You get bits and pieces of these NES games put into objective/challenge form, and a few new twists and turns too. 


Why are the "Toys to Life" video games so popular?

by Blogger ‎12-07-2014 04:23 PM - edited ‎12-07-2014 10:32 PM

FrozenInfinity.jpegYou might never have heard the term "Toys to Life" but it's the sub-category of the games your kids are asking you for: The Skylanders, the amiibo and the Disney Infinitys of the world. These games have taken flight over the last 3 years and have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the Skylanders franchise has moved so many games and figures over that period that it's now one of the most profitable video gaming franchises in history.  What's behind the appeal of these for not just kids, but adults too? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.


Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker pays respect to a forgotten genre

by Blogger ‎12-03-2014 11:01 PM - edited ‎02-02-2015 02:53 PM

CaptainToad.jpgI'm a puzzle game nerd from a young age. I used to rent all the puzzle games I could get my hands on as a kid, and would spend hours in the summer borrowing my neighbour's Game Boy puzzle carts. In the last decade or so, there haven't been a lot of games out there that have interested in me, but Braid gave me hope that there was still good left in the puzzle-adventure genre. Nintendo's Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is another title hoping to do that too.  Let's take a look.


Lego_Batman_3_-_Beyond_Gotham_cover.jpgLEGO Batman 2 was an interesting game to me.  It wasn't the most polished title, but featured some of my favorite things in the series yet.  The first LEGO Batman was the first of the line of games I 100%'d, and I definitely remember the summer I spent (having recently been laid off from my job) disposing of baddies in between my job search.  The third game is here now, and I was hoping for a lot of the same.  Does it deliver?  Let's take a look.


Review: Why Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U is the best one yet

by Blogger ‎11-23-2014 09:00 PM - edited ‎02-02-2015 03:03 PM

SmashBroWiiUopen.jpgEvery Nintendo generation since the Nintendo 64 has had a Smash Bros game, and they've all been fan favourites so far. I didn't play the Wii version, but really enjoyed the N64 and Gamecube games, and of course, the Nintendo 3DS one when it came out last month.  But, through all those, the Nintendo Wii U is the best one yet, and has to be right there for Wii U Game of the Year consideration.  Check it out.


Bringing Nintendo gaming alive like never before with amiibo

by Blogger on ‎11-22-2014 06:26 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 10:12 AM by Editor in Chief

amiibo-figures.jpgIt was one of Nintendo's most well received ideas of E3 2014 - The amiibo, a series of bite sized figurines for use with your Nintendo systems, and specifically for Super Smash Bros. They're finally here, and they're pretty neat to get into, so let's take a look!


NintendoDay.jpgNovember 21st signals the arrival of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU as well as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reboots of the popular Game Boy Advance games. On November 20th, Toronto residents have the chance to get in on a day (and night) of fun downtown, and the next day, the rest of the nation will get to help celebrate Nintendo Day.  Come check out, and look back on Nintendo's 2014 offerings.


A Guide to Gaming Console Backwards compatibility

by Blogger on ‎11-09-2014 04:13 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 09:49 AM by Editor in Chief

AllCOnsoles.pngI'll never forget that time in Grade 4 when my friend asked his grandparents for a specific game for his Super Nintendo, and his grandma bought him the Nintendo version of the game instead. He was then told that he had to keep it so not to hurt his grandma's feelings. The story sticks with me because I'll often get asked questions from parents or grandparents about whether they can buy, say, NHL (current year) for PlayStation when the gamer has an Xbox. Or even whether that year's NHL for the Xbox 360 would just play on the Xbox One since it's cheaper to buy that one.  This is a pretty quick and easy guide to understanding backwards (and even cross-platform) compatibility between gaming consoles to hopefully help you decide which versions are the right ones, and which ones should be avoided when you're out buying for your gamer.


Nintendo's Super Smash Club unites gamers for a battle of the best!

by Blogger ‎11-01-2014 11:39 PM - edited ‎11-01-2014 11:39 PM

SmashClubRules.JPGIt's been one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles this year, and we're halfway to having the Super Smash Bros games in our hands!  The incredibly massive Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS launched last month, and we're just a few weeks away from seeing it for the WiiU as well.  In celebration. Nintendo has been holding Super Smash Club events nationwide, and I had the opportunity to attend one of the stops.  Come check out all of the happenings, and what Super Smash Club is all about.


Use enemy superpowers against themselves in Skylanders: Trap Team!

by Blogger ‎10-14-2014 09:26 PM - edited ‎10-15-2014 10:05 PM

TrapTeamBanner.jpgThe Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.


Starter Pack - Agnostic-M.jpgDisney Infinity was a runaway success last year, so how do you capitalize while trying to make things even bigger and better for the next gens? How about inviting the Marvel Superheroes along for the party?  This year, Disney Interactive brings characters like Spider-Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk into the fray, while introducing more of their own characters and playsets. Disney Infinity 2.0 might be one of the first games you consider grabbing the kids for the Holidays, and lucky for you, it's available on pretty well every console.  Come take a look.


Review: Hyrule Warriors steps on new ground but respects tradition

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2014 09:03 PM - last edited on ‎09-29-2014 02:11 PM by Editor in Chief

HyruleLogo.pngHyrule Warriors is a joint collaboration between the folks at Nintendo and KOEI Tecmo.  Meant to envision the Legend of Zelda's characters mashed into the Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay, Hyrule Warriors takes your favourite characters into uncharactered territory, but does a good job doing it.  Come check out the latest in the Legend of Zelda universe.


Introducing 'amiibo' - Nintendo's answer to Infinity and Skylanders

by Blogger on ‎09-16-2014 09:31 PM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 10:21 AM by Editor in Chief

amiibo.jpgI think I smell this holiday season's 'big deal'.  New in a market that hasn't even had a chance to grow old, Nintendo is stepping into the 'toys as video games' realm, alongside current residents Infinity and Skylanders. Did you're mind just ponder the possibilities?  Perhaps you've got the perfect place just asking to be filled with delightful Nintendo characters that will also enter video games and do your bidding? Me too. It's amiibo, it's Nintendo, it's figurines that play in the game, and it's probably going to have your children pestering you incessantly as we march steadily on toward December.


Gamescom 2014: "The Rest" - Some of Matt's favourites

by Blogger on ‎08-17-2014 09:41 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 11:25 PM by Editor in Chief

gamescom.jpgEarlier in the week, we took a look at Sony and Microsoft's press conferences at Gamescom.  It's time to do a quick sweep up of the rest of Gamescom. I'll speak about 5 of my favourite and most anticipated titles, from the very close (NHL 15) to the very distant (Mortal Kombat X.)  Tell me your favourites too, and why!  Check it out.


Pre-Order Hyrule Warriors to send Link and Zelda Skyward!

by Blogger on ‎08-15-2014 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 04:47 PM by Editor in Chief

hyrule-warriors-e3Screenshot.jpgIt's only about 5 weeks before Hyrule Warriors makes its long awaited release in North America, and what a better day than Japanese launch day to discuss what you'll get when the game releases here with your Pre-Order.  Read on to find out about the Pre-Order bonus you get if you act now while supplies last.


Disney_Infinity_2.0_Pack_Coverart.jpgDisney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is just weeks away. Featuring many of your favourite Marvel Universe characters (with more to come) and the arrival of Tinker Bell and Stitch, this promises to be a big step forward for the already successful Infinity franchise.  What else can you expect, and what can you get for free with your Pre-Order?  Click on to find out.


Review: Watch Dogs - Fear the Smartphone

by Blogger on ‎06-18-2014 09:43 PM - last edited on ‎06-20-2014 05:12 PM by Editor in Chief

WatchDOgs Logo.jpgIt was probably the most anticipated game of E3 2012, and then the most anticipated game of E3 2013. Finally, Watch Dogs is out for pretty well every major console (WiiU coming soon) and promises to be one of the most tense, nail biting thrill ride games in years, stepping you in the shoes of an anti-hero hacker. But was it worth the wait? Click below and find out for yourself.


E3 2014: 10 Reasons Why the Nintendo WiiU is your next Console after E3

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2014 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:50 AM by Editor in Chief

WiiUDeluxeConsole.jpgEverybody came out guns blazing at E3 last week, and now that the dust has settled, I'm going to discuss why the Nintendo WiiU is your next gaming console.


This is the last of a three part series spanning all three consoles.  Reasons why the PS4 and Xbox One should be your next console are in the articles below this one.


E3 2014: Nintendo Dazzles and Charms during their digital event

by Blogger on ‎06-11-2014 01:23 PM - last edited on ‎06-16-2014 12:26 PM by Editor in Chief

Nintendo_Digital_Event.jpgDuring their huge digital event away from some of the glitz and glamour of E3, Nintendo came out swinging against its competitors, confirming some major new editions of titles like Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox and even Mario vs. Donkey Kong!  They also shed some more light on previously announced titles like the new Smash Bros, and Hyrule Warriors!  Read on to find out more.


Buy Mario Kart 8 and register with Nintendo before July 31st for a free game!

by Blogger on ‎05-07-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-08-2014 01:37 PM by Editor in Chief

mario_kart_8_box_art1.jpgEvery so often, a promotion comes along that blows your socks off. Considering the ridiculous numbers the Mario Kart series does every time a new game comes out, it doesn't really need more sales bonuses. Yet, Nintendo's stacking the deck in your favour if you buy early. Buy Mario Kart 8 and register it with Nintendo by July 31st for your choice of one of 4 different free games!


Read on for more details.


Review: Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket can record your gameplay anywhere!

by Blogger on ‎04-18-2014 09:39 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 11:44 AM by Editor in Chief

HDPVRRocket.jpgHauppauge has time and again created some of the most versatile personal recording devices, and the HD PVR Rocket aims to do that yet again.  This lightweight yet powerful device allows you to do things some of its competition can't, such as record with push buttons off the device, record to devices without the use of a PC and even plug in a microphone for realtime commentary recording!  Come check out a review of this helpful device after the jump.


Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo WiiU) [VIDEO]

by Blogger on ‎02-21-2014 10:59 PM - last edited on ‎02-24-2014 09:17 AM by Editor in Chief

DKC_BoxArt.jpgOne of Nintendo's oldest bad guy turned good stories is back for its first spin on the Nintendo WiiU!  Donkey Kong, the one time maniacal girlfriend stealing gorilla retired to his Island Paradise in 1994, and with his new found heroism has launches one of Nintendo's best-selling gaming franchises.  20 years after the first one came out, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has landed, bringing with it some old faces, new tricks and a world where pirate penguins and owls pick on our jungle friends.  Come check out my review of the latest edition of the franchise and see if it's a worthy pickup for your Nintendo WiiU collection.


Super Mario 3D World: Review

by Blogger on ‎11-28-2013 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎11-28-2013 09:59 AM by Blogger

Box.jpgFrom the beginning of time… ok well… maybe just the early 80s, Mario and his brother Luigi have been synonymous with 3 things…  Nintendo, success and a lot of coins!  All the way back to the original Mario Bros., the italian plumbers have been plunging their way into the hearts of more than three decades of gamers and after arguably the two best titles on the Nintendo Wii with the Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 the dynamic duo, along with a few of their friends, make their debut on the Nintendo Wii U with Super Mario 3D World.  Brought to you by the development team behind the latter of the Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World has a fantastic pedigree and with it some high expectations. Not only do they deliver as promised, but they outdo themselves with one of the best games of the year!


Lots of Disney Infinity Add-Ons now available for the holidays!

by Blogger ‎11-27-2013 02:11 PM - edited ‎11-27-2013 02:13 PM

Disney_Infinity_Logo.jpgBack in August, Disney Infinity brought fans of the Magic Kingdom a new dynamic in video gaming, with the ability to play as characters in scenarios that you previously couldn't.  A few months later, the magic continues with a lot of different characters and themed playsets.  From Toy Story, to the newest addition to the Disney Family (Frozen) and a few old favourites in between, there's something for everybody right now, and with possibly much more to come in 2014, it won't be long before you have the whole Disney Universe at your fingertips!  Check out the new add-ons available now at Best Buy.


Unboxing the Skylanders: Swap Force WiiU console [VIDEO]

by Blogger on ‎11-19-2013 07:23 PM - last edited on ‎11-29-2013 01:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Skylanders_Console.jpgIt's quickly become one of the best selling video game franchises out there, and now, part 3 of the Skylanders series: Swap Force is available for all major consoles, and in a special WiiU Bundle.  Featuring Swap Force, three different Skylanders heroes (including one specially colored for this console,) Nintendo Land and a bounty of extras, the Skylanders: Swap Force WiiU packs a huge punch for a low price.  Come take a look!


AirHockeyTable.jpgWith the holidays fast approaching, gift giving can be really easy, or really hard depending on whom you're buying for.  Then there are the gifts with dual purpose - Maybe you want to give it to your teen, or maybe you want something you can all enjoy as a family.  Maybe it's even something that might flash you back to when you were their age?  Here's a list of some of those fun products that might do just that.


This weekend: Trade 1 and Get Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4 or Call of Duty: Ghosts!

by Blogger on ‎11-08-2013 04:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-09-2013 02:53 PM by Best Buy Best Buy

Battlefield_4_Splash.jpgThis might be the best games trade-in deal in years!  This long weekend at Best Buy, Trade one current gen title, and get your choice of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV or Battlefield 4 for current gen consoles!  Click below to find out what this offer is, and how you can take advantage.


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