“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” changes the game while not really changing the game

By Z. Galaxy

The new entry in the “Mario Kart” series, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” was released on April 28 to critical acclaim. Garnering a score of 93 on Metacritic, it has the highest score listed for the series since the 2001 entry, “Mario Kart Super Circuit,” for the GameBoy Advance.mariokartinkling-e1493681744985.png

Though the new game did not make many changes to the main game it was ported from, it has taken on a life of its own through the little tweaks and one larger addition.

After the original release of “Mario Kart 8” for the WiiU in May 2014, which was equally loved by fans, there still lingered a sour taste from a missing element. The “Battle Mode” that had become known as a series staple was altered, essentially diminished to taking the normal looping tracks and adding a “battle” element to them.

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“Stardew Valley” patch lacks satisfaction for players

By Z. Galaxy

On April 24, 2017, the 1.2 update for the PC version of “Stardew Valley” was released, bringing with it translations for six new languages and bug fixes, as well as some unintended consequences.

The languages included were, according to a post on the official “Stardew Valley” website by Chucklefish community manager Molly Carroll, “German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.”

Despite being meant to fix bugs in the game, such as the bug where a certain recipe could be missed by skipping an event, and patch in features like the “Exit to Title” button and new languages, 1.2 has introduced some new problems.

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GameCube title “Mario Kart Double Dash” remains a system staple

By Z. Galaxy

Back when “Mario Kart Double Dash” released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003, it was applauded for its masterful gameplay, attractive graphics and overall pleasant experience. Garnering a score of 87 on Metacritic, it lived up to and perhaps exceeded its expectations as a first-party Nintendo title.

The years have gone by and, though the visuals have not aged quite as well, the gameplay seems untouched by the flow of time.

It had been years since I had played. In a moment of intense boredom, my boyfriend and I decided that we would give it a try. We hoped that our experiences with “Mario Kart 8” for the WiiU had not soured the older game.

Thankfully, we had no need to fear.

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“Pikmin” makes the jump to handheld

By Z. Galaxy

It has been four long years for “Pikmin” fans since the release of “Pikmin 3.” The series, though starting in 2001, has only three titles to its name, with no known future for another.

That is, until the most recent Nintendo Direct.pikmin

On July 28, 2017, a spin-off title called “Hey! Pikmin” for the Nintendo 3DS will hit store shelves worldwide.

However, we are not playing a real-time strategy game, trying to protect Captain Olimar from a horrible fate. We are not treasure-hunting with a partner to save Hocotate Freight. We are not worrying about running out of juice before we finish carrying fruit back to the ship.

We are playing a side-scroller.

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“Splatoon 2” paints a bright future for the series

splatoon-2-01-13-17-16By Z. Galaxy

Now that the “Splatoon 2 Global Testfire” has come to a close, much more about how the game will play and what new battle features will be implemented has come to light. The “Testfire,” which ran from March 24-26, 2017, was a downloadable online demo of the new “Splatoon” game.

With the recent news on the title, we won’t have to wait much longer for a chance to shoot some ink. The game will make a splash into the market on July 21, 2017.

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The two versions of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” display surprisingly few differences

By Z. Galaxy

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When “Breath of the Wild” was first announced, it was only as a WiiU title. As information came in about the Switch, it became apparent that it would be released on the new console as well. The outcome of dual-generation releases often proved to be subpar and it was expected that “Breath of the Wild” would be no exception.

Internet commenters the world over have been arguing about the possible low quality that the WiiU would inflict upon the game based on its technical specifications. According to a Kotaku article by Ethan Gach, comparisons of the game’s framerates side-by-side shows that they lack a significant performance difference.

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Nintendo Switch release sets a course for success

By Z. Galaxy

Since the release of the WiiU in Nov. 2012, fans have been awaiting a proper successor to the Wii. On this past Friday, March 3, 2017, their wishes were finally granted.switch-angle

The Nintendo Switch, which is a hybrid home and portable console, has reportedly outsold the Wii when comparing each of their launches. According to Nick Wingfield of the The New York Times, the “Nintendo Switch exceeded first two-day sales in (the) Americas for any system in Nintendo history.” His multiple posts on Twitter give short details on his unpublished interview with Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime.

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