Metroid Prime – Space Jump

I forgot to do it last year, so I’m makin’ up for it this year – it’s March, and that means it’s time to bring on the March of Metroid! Two years ago, I did the main series of games, from the original NES classic to the unfortunate Wii garbage fire. And while it’s true that I do love me some classic 2D Metroid, if you asked me what my favourite out of the whole series actually was… well, even though that’s still a hard question to answer, it’s definitely one of the 3D ones we’re looking at this month.

But truly, everything I love about the series is perfectly encapsulated in the Nintendo GameCube release, Metroid Prime.

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Cripes, even the title screen is just awesome…

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Mechanical Rhythm

Xenoblade Chronicles was quite a surprise for me. Heck, I was a second-winger, a Johnny-come-lately, who only expressed interest in the series after Shulk showed up in Super Smash Bros. 4 and was not only a super-cool designed character with a wicked sword and awesome playstyle, but holy crap the soundtrack’s awesome and wait they all live on giant Titans who died after fighting a bajillion years ago!? That’s awesome! And then it was also a good game with intriguing combat, a great setting, and characters who actually learn and change over the course of the game. By the end of the game, it really felt like I had accomplished something and gone through an amazing adventure.

Unfortunately, its successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a huge step backwards. The setting was much more boring, a generic sci-fi “world got blowed up humans are adrift in space” story. The characters were much flatter, not as endearing, the soundtrack was – aside from a couple standouts – pretty awful, and the combat just not as engaging due to the lack of Chain Attacks, which made it feel like it was missing something. Oh, and your protagonist doesn’t really feel like they matter much over the course of the adventure! To this day I still haven’t finished the game.

So with a return to a more fantastical setting and yet more modifications to the combat, as well as actually having something that can be described as a “xenoblade” central to the plot, it’s time to see if Xenoblade Chronicles 2 can pull things back. (Huh, two games in a row with the Xeno- prefix. That’s… strange.)

(Full disclosure – I haven’t actually finished this game yet, unlike every other game I’ve reviewed. I am, however, over thirty hours in – which I know isn’t a lot in Xenoblade time. But I definitely feel super-strongly about the gameplay in this game at the very least and that’s the part of the game I love the most. If things change after I’ve finished, I might make an edit, but fair warning.)

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Let’s not lose our heads, though!

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch – Dinosaurs Balancing on Balls

Nintendo’s hybrid handheld is gettin’ some love lately, and I gotta admit, I’ve been playing it pretty regularly as of late – at least, much more than I am my Wii U. With so many games coming to the Switch you’d never have believed coming, from DOOM to L.A. Noire, it seems like the Switch has a power level beyond our reckoning… one that might well surpass nine-thousand. With that tired meme out of the way, here’s a look at Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch.

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Ai wo torimodose! …Wait, wrong franchise…

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Super Mario Odyssey – You Could Say My Hat is Off to You

It’s been a while, but I’m back with a new review of a brand new Nintendo Switch game that has captured the hearts of many with its haberdashery havoc. That’s right – today we’re takin’ a look at Super Mario Odyssey – one of the best damn Mario games I think I’ve ever played.

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That Bowser’s up to no good again, isn’t he?

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – You Live, You Die, You Live Again

With a brand-new console comes a brand-new wave of quick-and-dirty ports, ready to fill in the gap between the big titles. In need of a really definitive multiplayer game (Puyo Puyo Tetris doesn’t count), how will the Switch form an online userbase before Splatoon 2 comes out? With one of those quick-and-dirty ports, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Ruining friendships, one Blue Shell at a time.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Hyrule Hysteria

Welp. The latest in the highly-acclaimed Legend of Zelda series has finally come out on Nintendo Wii U and Switch, and when all is said and done, how good is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after all the waiting?

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I think Nintendo misspelled “breadth”…

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Batman: Return to Arkham – A Serious Case of Serious Contrasts

Yeah yeah, it’s been a while, between a move and finding a new job. Let’s get this show back on the road, aye?

Very recently, yet another “updated compendium” came out that brings some of the best games of the previous generation kicking and screaming into the current one. Some of these updated compendiums have been absolutely excellent – see Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection, for example – while others, ehhhhh, not so much. This one is one of the latter, as we take a look at Batman: Return to Arkham.

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