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Graham joined Technology Tell Gaming Channel in January 2015. He's been covering games since 2007, mostly at Snackbar Games, where he's Editor-in-Chief. His specialties include accessible imports, local multiplayer and turn-based strategy, and he revels in finding the little weird things that aren't like anything you've played before. When he's not writing, he's a graphic designer, visual journalist and game designer.

Magicka 2 Review: A franchise falls to Pieces

Magicka 2 Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4 (reviewed), PC Release Date: May 26, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Paradox Interactive (Pieces Interactive) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence and Blood and Gore You never know what will happen when a franchise shifts from one developer to another. Sometimes it’s a disaster, while other times it can be just the more »

Super Indie Karts Preview: Mash-up Mode 7 motor mania

There’s a saying: your first Mario Kart is your favorite Mario Kart. While this may not be a universal truth, there are certainly many people who hold their first game dear, and the SNES’ Super Mario Kart was the first one for all who played it. There’s an itch out there for Mode 7-style kart more »

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Nintendo of America’s Splatoon ads prove it still doesn’t get it

Many of Nintendo’s quirks — for good and for bad — come from its global subsidiaries’ deference to the whims of its Japanese parent company. StreetPass, for example, is an idea that only makes sense in Japan, though efforts like StreetPass Relay have made it easier for Westerners to experience. It’s weird, then, that in more »

Surprise! There’s a new Pushmo game, and it’s out now (in Japan)

Seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo simultaneously announced and released a new Pushmo game on the Japanese 3DS eShop. Titled Pushmo: Hippa Land, it offers four variations on the series’ formula, free levels to try and all the cute you can handle. The game is free to download, offering 28 free puzzles and four distinct flavors more »

Getting lost in Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

Jenni does her best to guide Graham into the world of one of her favorite games: Valkyrie Profile. This PSP remake of a PS1 game puts together Norse mythology and JRPG trappings in an adventure full of… well, bad jumping, if Graham’s at the controls. Valkyrie Profile, developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix in 2000, more »

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A-Train 3D: City Simulator Review: Conducting business

A-Train 3D: City Simulator Price: $29.99 System(s): 3DS Release Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Natsume (Artdink) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Suggestive Themes and Alcohol Reference Many may not be familiar with the A-Train series, but it’s grown up side-by-side with the popular SimCity, and actually predates that series by four years. While SimCity more »

Nintendo apologizes for Amiibo shortages, plans to bring back old figures

We know all about Nintendo’s Amiibo troubles, and now the company’s acknowledging these issues and attempting to make amends. In a Facebook post, it apologized for the shortages of the rarer NFC figures, saying it understands “how frustrating it can be at times.” According to the post, Nintendo is increasing the manufacturing runs of Amiibo figures, more »

We won’t get Nikki’s Travel Quiz, and that’s okay

We like to tell you all about great imports around here, but sometimes it makes sense for a game to stay in Japan. Nikki’s Travel Quiz is one of them: there’s no reason you should play it if you don’t know Japanese. We did anyway, of course, and there’s one thing about it that transcends language barriers: more »

The PSP lives: Gaijinworks bringing Summon Night 5, Class of Heroes 3 to the West

Gaijinworks announced today that two PSP role-playing games, Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3, will be localized and released in the West. Both will be released digitally for play on Vitas (or ), but once again the company’s planning on physical UMD releases for collectors if there’s enough demand. Summon Night 5, a 2013 more »

Affordable Space Adventures is a great touch screen reminder

When you start playing Affordable Space Adventures, your ship’s systems are largely down and you gradually put them back to use. You also do that with your Wii U’s GamePad. You’ll dust off the screen — when was the last time you touched that? — and start to get reacquainted with that interface you’ve owned for more »

Affordable Space Adventures Review: Deep space three

Affordable Space Adventures Price: $19.99 System(s): Wii U Release Date: April 9, 2015 Publisher (Developer): KnapNok Games (KnapNok Games/Nifflas’ Games) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence Remember the ideas you had when you first learned of the Wii U and its new GamePad controls? There were so many possible ways to use them, but more »

Do view that Mewtwo that we do on Wii U so well

The first batch of DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has arrived! The biggest addition, of course, is Mewtwo, and since both Jenni and Graham had registered both games through Club Nintendo and have the character now rather than when it goes on sale to the public later more »