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.
Got a Wii U for Christmas? Excellent! But what do you play? The stores are closed, so you can’t return that copy of Sing Party your aunt bought you, and you can’t yet use your gift cards. But you’re not out of luck; digital downloads are part of the Wii U lifestyle, and there are two excellent games ready for you to download and play tonight: Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Chasing Aurora.
I picked up Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper a bit late, but I’m glad I didn’t pass it up. This game is so over-the-top in story and action, and it makes such obvious use of the Wii U Gamepad, that it has become my favorite launch title. I haven’t played all of them, but I don’t see how anything available at the present moment could top it. If you think that’s insane, I’ll let you talk to my kids.
It’s likely the iPhone owner in me manifesting himself in the gaming world, but I’m not really comfortable leaving my gadgets unprotected. On my iPhone, a case is fine; it’s slim enough that the extra bulk is often welcome. The Nintendo 3DS XL, however, is already large enough, thanks. So, when it comes to protect it from general use, GelaSkins will do the trick.
I’m not a fan of these Rabbids things. If I wanted tiny creatures with crazy eyes and big mouths spouting gibberish, I’d spend the morning at my kids’ day care. But I like party games. And the more bizarre they become, the happier I am. In that regard, Rabbids Land certainly delivers. It’s frantic, it’s unpredictable, and it rarely makes any sense, but that’s all part of the charm.
UbiSoft’s ZombiU kind of become the flag-bearer for Nintendo’s new Wii U system, set up to be an example of what it could do graphically and with the innovative GamePad controller. Whereas the GamePad aspect rises above gimmick status to become integral to the overall experience, there’s not quite enough beyond that to make it something you really need to experience.