Saturday, January 30, 2016

Upcoming Games of 2016

All release dates listed are for the US

Pokemon Sun & Moon
3DS - Holiday 2016

Fire Emblem Fates
3DS - February 19th

Pokken Tournament
Wii U - March 18th

Dark Souls III
PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One - April 12th

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Playstation 4 - April 26th

Street Fighter V
Playstation 4, PC - February 16th

Star Fox Zero
Wii U - April 22nd

Ratchet & Clank
Playstation 4 - April 12th

Roller Coaster Tycoon World
PC, MAC - Early 2016

Quantum Break
Xbox One - April 5th

No Man's Sky
Playstation 4, PC - June 2016

Night in the Woods
PC, Mac, Playstation 4 - 2016

PC - March 17th

Mirror's Edge Catalyst
PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 - May 24th

PC, Mac, Playstation 4 - February 9th

Final Fantasy XV
Playstation 4, Xbox One - 2016

PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 - Quarter 1/2 2016

Attack on Titan
Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita - 2016

Shadow of the Beast
Playstation 4 - March 2nd

Horizon Zero Dawn
Playstation 4 - 2016

PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 - 2016

PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 - Quarter 1/2 2016

Honorable Mentions:

Pokemon Z
3DS - 2016???

Pokemon GO
Android, IOS - 2016

Mother 4
PC, Mac - 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Top 10 Import Games

Mother 3 - Game Boy Advance

This is probably the most requested for the Game Boy Advance, maybe for any system. There is a petition that is 31,000+ signatures and every year fans hope that Nintendo announces a release at E3. Check out my earlier review of this fantastic title.

Captain Rainbow - Wii

The game's story follows Nick, who is able to transform into "Captain Rainbow", a yo-yo-wielding, superhero that stars in his own TV show. Unfortunately, his TV show is no longer popular and to restore his popularity, Nick ventures to Mimin Island, an island where wishes are said to come true. This game is known for having an overweight Little Mac and a detective mission where you're asked to find evidence that Birdo is female after he/she is locked up by police for visiting the little girl's room. Entering Birdo's bedroom, you notice that a pillow is vibrating. You pick up the  item underneath, and you'll be told the item you're carrying is "proof the owner is a woman". Who knew Nintendo had a twisted side?

Blood of Bahamut - DS

Blood of Bahamut is an action role-playing game in which up to four players battle giant beasts that are featured on both screens of the DS. In order to defeat a giant, players must first destroy its protective armor, then attack its "core," and finally attack its other body parts. The giants can summon smaller beasts, which the players must battle simultaneously. The Gigants include BahamutIfrit, Shiva, Fenrir, and Gilgamesh, many of which are also summon monsters depicted in Square Enix's popular Final Fantasy series. I love how you are confined to an area but it still feels pretty wide open. This isn't your typical RPG and some of the are extremely tough, requiring a lot of strategy to defeat.

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures - Super Nintendo

Rainbow Bell Adventures is a side-scrolling platformer that is full of bright colors. All characters use their punch to attack, which can be charged to unleash a punch wave. They have two sets of weapons, one of them is either a short or long-ranged weapon, and a gun. The visuals of this game make me want to eat a ton of candy.

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company - Game Boy

Take Harry on a journey through the city streets with his hammer. Smash your enemies in whatever form they appear in, no matter if it's bullets, ghosts or monsters. Get ready to play this game because "It's Hammer Time", and what better way to defeat your enemies than smashing them with a giant hammer.

Terranigma - Super Nintendo

Terranigma tells the story of the Earth's resurrection by the hands of a boy named Ark, and its progress from the evolution of life to the present day. Terranigma has been referred to as one of Square Enix's greatest RPGs to never make it to the USA.

Rent A Hero - Sega Genesis

Rent-A-Hero takes place in the town of Corja, Japan. Taro Yamada received his armor by accident during their house-warming party, when he ordered a pizza. After realizing the suit gave him incredible strength and that he is required to pay for the armor, Taro decides to become a hero for hire. This game was remade for the Dreamcast but the US version was cancelled. This game is every comic nerd's dream. How awesome would it be if this actually happened.

Final Fantasy III - NES

This is the real Final Fantasy III, not the one we originally got for the Super Nintendo that was actually Final Fantasy VI. We didn't get to play a version of this until 2006 when Nintendo did a 3D remake for the Nintendo DS. The story revolves around four orphaned youths drawn to a crystal of light. The crystal grants them some of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Final Fantasy III is also the first game in the series to feature summoned creatures, which are called forth with the "Summon" skill.

Bahamut Lagoon - Super Nintendo

This Tactical RPG was released towards the end of the Super Nintendo. It combines RPG mechanics with squad-based combat. Characters have HP, SP/MP, EXP, equipment, stats and class-specific, SP-draining special elemental abilities very much like traditional console RPGs. The player can explore his surroundings, talk to people and visit shops when not in battle. This game also has Dragons! Dragons have their own stats and gain experience like normal characters do. Dragons will eat anything and raising them by feeding them items is an important part of the game. Feeding can improve their stats as well as affect their behavior on the field, and the dragons develop into new forms as they grow.

The Firemen - Super Nintendo

When a large fire breaks out in the middle of a Christmas party at the chemical company Microtech, firemen Pete and Daniel, along with second pair of firefighters in another part of the building, are tasked with saving civilians, putting out fires, and removing an explosive chemical called MDL from the basement of the facility. The characters in the game put out fires using hoses with the ability to shoot a direct stream or have a more proximate spray and fire-extinguishing bombs. Use of the fire extinguisher is unlimited although continues are limited in number. Pete takes damage from fire and extreme heat, and when the life gauge reaches zero, the game is over. Each level has a "boss fire" that has a specific way of being extinguished. There are also civilians who were not able to escape throughout the levels, and saving them partially restores the player's life gauge. This is the type of game that I'm surprised there isn't more of. I can only think of a few firefighter games across any system.

Honorable Mention:

Super Mario Bros 2 (aka The Lost Levels) - NES

This isn't the Super Mario Bros. 2 that you may know of, that game is actually a redo of a totally different game. This version of Mario was called "too difficult for the North American audience", so we were given the version that everyone knows. This title was eventually remade and released on the Super Nintendo game Super Mario All-Stars as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.