Kirk Hiner has been covering Apple products on the web since 1998. In between writing reviews and covering Apple product news, he has written the novel "Mowin' the Heavenly Lawn" and co-authored the play "Spoon Millionaires." Kirk currently lives in the Mogadore with his wife and three children, where he's always never finishing his next book, playing a lot of video games, and going on and on about Japanese rock bands, the Seattle Seahawks, and Flash Gordon.
I’m a Nintendo fan, but I’m not a Nintendo fanboy. Or fanboi. Or apologist. Or homer. I like playing Zelda games and I like playing Fire Emblem games, and as long as those two franchises are Nintendo only, I’ll be a Nintendo owner. But that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it, and right now, I’m not happy because of a technical problem I haven’t experienced since 1983.
Beyblade: Evolution doesn’t need to exist, and it upsets me a little bit have to say that. This is because I quite like the actual Beyblade toy line. My son has them—two arenas and about a dozen actual Beyblades—but neither one of us ever had any interest in the cartoon or anything that tries to attach a story to what is essentially nothing more than a couple of fancy tops banging into one another. That the Beyblade: Evolution 3DS game is mostly just a virtual version of this is both good and bad.
If you have waited to play Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you have done the right thing. Originally released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2011, with a Mac version in 2012, the game has now been updated with a Director’s Cut for those systems, with a Wii U release replacing Mac availability. The bad news for Wii U owners is they’re paying $50 for the game to the other systems’ $30. The good news is that Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut for Wii U takes full advantage of the Wii U GamePad, creating an exclusive version that stands above the others.
When I turn on my Wii U, it’s almost never to play Star Wars Pinball. But sometimes when I see the icon as I’m about to shut down the system, I think, “Oh. Yeah. Let’s play a few rounds.” Then I’m reminded of just what a great pinball sim this is, and I call in my kids for some multiplayer gaming. Before long, my wife’s yelling at us because we’re not at the table or I’m not getting the kids off to bed…or because she’s not playing.
Until the day it was released, I had absolutely no interest in Project X Zone. My video game history has gaps in platforms and eras, so I have a working knowledge of maybe 25% of the characters in this mash-up of games from NAMCO Bandai, Sega and Capcom. Be it the fault of marketing, media, or my preconceived notions, I was under the impression Project X Zone would appeal only to nostalgia seekers and fans of brawlers. I was wrong. It appealed to me.
The Star Wars movies may have stopped being any good in 1980, but they’ve always made for a decent pinball machine. The latest group to find this out will be Wii U gamers when Zen Studios brings Stars Wars Pinball to the eShop on July 11th. Already available for Xbox Live Arcade, Mac, iOS, and Android, Star Wars Pinball for Wii U will feature three Star Wars themed tables, none of which feature Hayden Christensen.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis On the Move is an iOS game. That’s how I’m framing this review, because I think that’s the only fair way to evaluate it. Available only as a digital download through the Nintendo eShop, and priced accordingly at $9.99, this new puzzle game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series is one of the best values available for the Nintendo 3DS.
Within a couple months, I’ll have only vague recollections of having played Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 for the Wii U. Did I like it? Do I remember anything about it? Why was Ken so upset, anyway? No matter. Ken’s Rage 2 is not meant to take up permanent residence in that 1/10th of our brain scientists say we actually use. You barely even need to use that while playing it.
Part of being a sophisticated gamer is taking care of your gaming technology. There are, of course, myriad options availble for keeping your Nintendo 3DS XL scuff and scratch free, as well as safe from drops, but the one I recommend to other sophisticated gamers is Waterfield Designs’ CitySlicker.
Nintendo surprised and delighted Wii U owners in January with the announcement they’re teaming up with Atlus for the development of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem for Wii U. But with no actual gameplay footage to show, we’re left wondering how far along in development is it? Will it more closely resemble a Shin Megami Tensei or Fire Emblem game? What kind of game will it even be? Well, we at Gamertell don’t have answers, but we have some ideas…
I’m not sure from where these Monster High kids came. I don’t recall there being a movie or a cartoon series. Were they books? I just know there are dolls and video games. That means the games are product tie-ins, and those are generally pretty awful. I expected the same from Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze. It does miss many opportunities and it does feel incomplete, but it’s otherwise not a bad little race game.
Despite my love for the TV show, my expectations for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! weren’t that high. It’s a tie-in game, first of all, and that never goes well. Second, I’d read that it’s an homage to the old Legend of Zelda games. Okay, fun for nostalgic purposes, but nostalgia can’t carry an entire adventure game. After I finished Hey Ice King, I found myself pretty much where I expected to be: entertained, amused, but slightly disappointed.