The Coin-Op Question: Switch or Not?

Nintendo Switch was revealed.  We have the current info you need.  I’m excited to play, but there are still unanswered questions.  Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 were shown in the montage video, but have yet to be confirmed as Switch titles.  So What games exactly will Switch have at launch? Continue reading “The Coin-Op Question: Switch or Not?”

1080 Snowboarding Retro Review

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

Racing games were all the rage during the age of Nintendo 64.  Many memorable ones come to mind right away, Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing, F Zero.  However, there were other obscure racing titles that not too many people remember, namely 1080 Snowboarding.  I spent endless hours beating my sibling and friends in a downhill snowboarding battle to the finish.  Playing 1080 again brought back all the great memories of the decade.  Let’s take a look and see how it has stood against the test of time. Continue reading “1080 Snowboarding Retro Review”

What We Need From Nintendo’s Eshop

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

It’s been four solid years since Nintendo launched the virtual console, or eShop for the original Nintendo Wii and we’ve seen some amazing title arise from the ashes for another play through.  Since then it has come over to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS but recently it seems like something is missing, or maybe more correctly, that it could use a little something more. Continue reading “What We Need From Nintendo’s Eshop”

Wii U: Balloon Fight Virtual Console Review

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Balloon Fight was available on the Virtual Console at Nintendo’s special promotional price of a whopping .32 cents.  How could you not at least try the Virtual Console titles at that price? Originally Available as a playable arcade title in 1984, Balloon Fight has gained large popularity as a classic in the gaming world.  To date it has had five re-releases on five different consoles from systems to handhelds and is still on of the most simple fun games to play.

Gameplay is incredibly simple.  The player smashes either the A or B button causing the character to flap his arms and rise or fall while being carried by the balloons on his back.  If one of the balloons pop the character is a little harder to control and if both balloons pop the player falls into nothingness and must start over.  While in flight the objective is to pop balloons of other players on the screen.  Addictive and entertaining the simplicity of Balloon Fight is one of the greatest points of the game.

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All of the game pads for the Wii U are supported with this title.  I choose to use the Wii U Pro Pad and while the visuals, music, and controls of the game are crisp and clear through the Wii U I seemed to have a slight issue with frame rate while playing the title in 1080p.  This problem is solved easily by turning the frame rate down to 480p although this might be a problem that your average person doesn’t even notice.

Balloon Fight is a steal at .32 cents, even for well over a few bucks this title would be worth the play through for those of us that haven’t played it in quite a while.  Nintendo will be launching other titles for the same promotional price and considering that some of these titles were breakthrough and cutting edge for their time. Get them while they last. It’s worth scrounging around your house to find the spare change to enjoy them again.

Wii U Balloon Fight Gets:

3-4mf

Out of Five

What’s Legit?

+Smooth Gameplay

+Use of all the controllers on the system

+Music and visuals crisp and clear

What’s Perpetrating?

-1080p seems to drag with the game a bit

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SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl Review

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

ToeJam & Earl has become a sleeper hit, originally sales of the game on the Sega Genesis were not impressive.  Only later in its life did ToeJam and Earl get the recognition it deserved as a true classic of the 90’s with the sequel ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron.  Continue reading “SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl Review”