“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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“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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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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