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... »

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