Should multiplayer-focused games like Magicka 2 even allow you to play alone?

I recently had a conversation with a few of my analog gaming friends about the problem of setting a minimum player count. One said something that stuck with me: “if there’s a solo option in a game, that’s always what I’m going to try first.” The logic was this: you can always play a game more »

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 »

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 »


Mario Party 10 Review: 3 Flavors of partying

Mario Party 10 Price: System(s): Wii U Release Date: March 20, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (Nd Cube) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” Nintendo’s Mario Party series has made it to its ‘tweens with Mario Party 10 launching on the Wii U. After so many iterations across several different platforms, it may be hard to believe that developer more »

Bowser Party is Mario Party 10’s true star

The Mario Party series has always performed well in its primary aim, providing a competitive multiplayer experience. Mario Party 10 for the Wii U is no exception, offering both the party-moves-as-one format of the prior game as well as the classic round-the-board-buy-stars version in the Amiibo Party mode. But the true star of the party more »


5 classic “Nintendo” characters who need to be Amiibo

This whole Amiibo thing is getting more and more out of control. Eventually, all the Smash Bros. waves are going to be released, and the question at that point will be: what next? Obviously, we know concurrent waves, such as the mostly double-dipping Super Mario set, are a thing. But, the way these things are more »


Apex 2015: Twitch Saves Smash Bros. Tourney

It all started with a fire alarm. Around 9:00 yesterday morning, the fire alarm at the Clarion Empire Hotel went off. The New Jersey hotel was hosting Apex 2015, an annual Super Smash Bros. tournament that’s organized by a crew of east coast gamers called “Team Apex.” No smoke was reported, and the first round of more »

Nintendo’s Amiibos can’t hold their data

As you’d expect from the first Nintendo Direct of the year, this morning’s talk with the big N yielded a slew of announcements. True to its E3 2014 promises, Wii U will receive multiple releases in the coming months. This includes Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Elliot Quest, Blek, and returning three returning, Wii classics. Super Mario Galaxy, Punchout, and more »


Amiibo will get people more excited about Mario Party 10

In my household, Mario Party is kind of a big deal. It’s the perfect way to get a bunch of people with weird work schedules involved in something exciting with minimal effort. Sure, half or more of the group gets incredibly salty the moment any Mario Party inevitably reveals its true colors, but we keep more »

Technology Tell Gaming’s worst game of 2014

We didn’t just play good games in 2014. No, we played some bad games too. And by bad, I mean so horrible that the people who played them had to be promised they wouldn’t get another game like it before they’d take another review. (There’s a reason why Michael Martin went from Fairy Fencer F more »


Fluster Cluck Review: Worst PS4 Game of 2014

Title: Fluster Cluck Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4 Release Date: October 21, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Loot Entertainment (Loot Entertainment) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence Imagine a nightmarish game of Mario Party where every turn, for 20 turns, the game forces the same banal mini-game upon you. Now, imagine that game thematically revolves around chickens and more »

Extra Life Confessions: 24 hours aren’t as long as you think

After all my preparations, Extra Life game day finally arrived October 25th, 2014. Being that it was my inaugural Extra Life marathon, I wanted to be fully prepared. So I bought snacks, and drinks ahead of time, charged my handhelds, and confirmed the start time with my cousin. I was incredibly worried that I wouldn’t more »