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Top 3 RPGs on the Nintendo Wii

Top 3 RPGs on the Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii was home to some excellent RPGs, and all of them are playable on your Wii U. Let’s take a look at three of the greatest RPGs the Wii has to offer. 3. Super Paper Mario When it came out, Super Paper Mario was somewhat controversial among Paper Mario fans, because it wasn’t a turn-based RPG like its predecessors. Instead, it was a platforming action RPG. Nevertheless, it’s still an RPG and quite an enjoyable one, with the ability to switch between 2D and 3D to overcome certain obstacles, multiple playable characters, and a surprisingly complex and in-depth story. Super Paper Mario might have been different, but it was a lot of fun and introduced some incredib... »

After 30 Years, Where Will Castlevania Go From Here?

After 30 Years, Where Will Castlevania Go From Here?

It’s hard to believe, but the Castlevania series has been around for 30 years now. On September 26, 1986, the first Castlevania game came out in Japan. In the 30 years since then, the series has grown considerably, with dozens of entries. One of the most iconic is Symphony of the Night, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October. Symphony of the Night changed the course of Castlevania gameplay and helped create the standard for what many people now call “Metroidvania” games. In 2010, the series was rebooted with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Lords of Shadow changed the gameplay considerably, and was followed by two sequels. But where will Castlevania go from her... »

Hidden RPG Gems for the Nintendo DS

Hidden RPG Gems for the Nintendo DS

Like the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo DS has its share of hidden gems. The DS was home to many excellent RPGs like the port of Chrono Trigger, numerous Pokémon games, and The World Ends With You. As such, they tend to overshadow some of the lesser-known games. Let’s take a look at two hidden RPG gems for the Nintendo DS: Glory of Heracles and Magical Starsign. Glory of Heracles Glory of Heracles has an impressive name behind it, which makes it all the more surprising it’s so overlooked. It was written by Kazushige Nojima, a writer more famous for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games. It is actually the sixth game in the Glory of Heracles series, but the only one s... »

Dragon Quest X Could Be Localized With Fan Support

Dragon Quest X Could Be Localized With Fan Support

The majority of the numbered Dragon Quest games are single-player turn-based JRPGs, but Dragon Quest X is a notable exception. It’s an MMORPG that so far has only been released in Japan, but that could still change. In Japan, Dragon Quest X was released for a wide variety of systems: the Wii, Wii U, PC, Android, and 3DS. While it’s unlikely any of those versions will be localized after all this time, new versions are in development. Dragon Quest X is coming to the PlayStation 4 and the mysterious Nintendo NX. If they release any version of Dragon Quest X in the West, it will probably be the newest ones. Since Square Enix showed no sign of localizing Dragon Quest X before, some fa... »

Xenoblade Chronicles vs. Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles vs. Xenoblade Chronicles X

A few questions often accompany two of Monolith Soft’s RPGs. “Should I play Xenoblade Chronicles or Xenoblade Chronicles X?” and “If I enjoyed Xenoblade, will I like Xenoblade Chronicles X?” are two examples. A different title might have helped avoid confusion about Xenoblade Chronicles X, since it isn’t a sequel to the original Xenoblade Chronicles, just a spiritual successor. They have similar combat systems, in an almost MMORPG-like style where your character auto-attacks while you choose Arts from a hotbar, but otherwise are quite different. Xenoblade Chronicles, which is available on the Wii and the New Nintendo 3DS, is a story-driven RPG. Although it... »

The 5 Best Power-Ups for Mario Kart 8

The 5 Best Power-Ups for Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is the latest release of the Mario Kart saga until Nintendo finally releases a new entry for Nintendo NX which is announced for 2017. In the meantime, here is some information to improve your game and get more fun out of Mario Kart 8. To boost your game the new items on the Mario Kart 8 release are the Piranha Plant, the Boomerang Flower, the Super Horn and the Crazy Eight. But are they useful? Let’s find out if they made it to the 5 best power-ups for Mario Kart 8 list. Bullet Bill to get you to first place For some people, Bullet Bill should be rated number 1. For me, I get it on the list, but not as number one. If you suck and are lucky enough to get a Bullet Bill, you will t... »

Pokémon vs. Yo-Kai Watch: What Sets Them Apart?

Pokémon vs. Yo-Kai Watch: What Sets Them Apart?

Even after the successful launch of Yo-Kai Watch in the West last November, many people still look at the series and dismiss it as a Pokémon rip-off, or at least compare it to Pokémon more than any other series.   The comparisons are difficult to avoid. After all, both series are about kids using capturing monsters and using them to battle. Both involve collecting those monsters and evolving them into stronger forms. And as of Yo-Kai Watch 2, both have multiple versions of each game with version-exclusive monsters. However, beyond that basic level, the two series aren’t really that similar. Combat The most dramatic difference is the combat system. Pokémon features random encounter... »

Top 3DS Virtual Console Games

Top 3DS Virtual Console Games

The Nintendo 3DS has a great library of its own, but the Virtual Console is a fantastic way to play some older games on a new system (whether you missed them the first time around or just want to experience them again). Here are some of the best 3DS Virtual Console games. Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow Pokémon is one of the most popular series around, and if you want to go back and play the original games, you can do so on your 3DS. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow are all available on the Virtual Console. Not only are these games intact in their original format, they also support the 3DS’s multiplayer capabilities so you can trade and battle with your friends like you would have with the Game B... »

Best 3DS/Wii U Games To Play For Halloween Thrills

Best 3DS/Wii U Games To Play For Halloween Thrills

Take a look at our top 5 selection of the best Nintendo games to play during Halloween on your Nintendo 3DS or Wii U. But before you continue reading, I must warn you. Halloween is the magical night when spirits arise and coexist with the living. You might get trapped by one of these games. The first ones are a realistic selection to prepare you so that the spirits from beyond can quickly take you. Beware, because if you lose the game, you will lose more than that. Your soul is at risk, and it can get trapped in one of the alternative worlds of these video games. Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for Wii U Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is the fifth game of this horror saga. I suggest c... »

Best Uses of the Wii U GamePad

Best Uses of the Wii U GamePad

The Wii U GamePad should set its games apart from others by allowing them to use a second screen, but it’s often relegated to simple uses like displaying the map or just allowing off-TV play. Off-TV play is a great feature, and it’s convenient to have a map or inventory close at hand, but it ends up feeling like the game could have been on any system and played the same. Not every game is like that, however. Let’s talk about a few games that really use the Wii U GamePad well. Xenoblade Chronicles X At first glance, this one doesn’t fit, since off-TV play is a viable option for Xenoblade Chronicles X. There’s never a point where you need both screens at the same ... »

Top 3 Hidden Gems on the Nintendo Wii U

Top 3 Hidden Gems on the Nintendo Wii U

Like the 3DS, the Nintendo Wii U has its share of games that don’t get the attention they deserve. While several of the non-Mario platformers on the 3DS are definitely Wii U hidden gems as well, let’s take a look at a few others. 3. FreezeME FreezeME is a 3D platformer from Rainy Night Creations, and it really wants to be Super Mario 64. The gameplay and overall presentation are reminiscent of that and other Nintendo 64 classics as you run and jump through several open levels, grabbing coins and other collectibles along the way. It also has a twist: the main character can use her camera to freeze enemies and platforms in place. Despite slightly clunky platforming and awkward swim... »

Best Non-Mario Platformers on the Nintendo 3DS

Best Non-Mario Platformers on the Nintendo 3DS

When people hear “platformer” and “Nintendo,” they usually think about Mario. It’s little wonder, since Mario is the most iconic Nintendo character and one of the most recognizable video games characters overall. Mario platformers have appeared on every Nintendo system. However, the 3DS also has some excellent non-Mario platformers, too. If you’re looking for 3D platformers, you’re pretty much limited to Rayman 3D. Even the resurgence of 3D platformers hasn’t hit the 3DS yet. On the other hand, you can find 2D platformers in abundance. First up, Gunman Clive and its sequel Gunman Clive 2 are two sidescrolling action platformers similar to Mega ... »

 

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