The road to getting a Nintendo Switch

Pixel Art by Reddit user "ApostonReddit"I didn’t plan on getting a Nintendo Switch, but I’m not always right at predicting the future either. It all started when I brought out the old Gamecube and started playing Mario Kart Double Dash. While that game is fun, there’s nothing quite like the online races from Mario Kart 8 which I played on a borrowed Wii U from my nephew. And then I discovered Twitch…Read More »

Miitomo review: Nintendo’s 1st original app

miitomo review 1A while back Nintendo announced it was going to release an app called “Miitomo” for smartphones. It’s now been released in Japan, so I thought I would try it out and do a Miitomo review. This is Nintendo’s first original mobile app, not including whatever Pokemon apps they previously released. Let’s not waste any time and get right to it. On to the Miitomo review!Read More »

Legends of Localization Book 1 (Zelda) Review

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I recently came into possession of the first Legends of Localization book. What is it, you might ask? It’s a combination of all the things I’m passionate about rolled into ONE. The history of video games, retro games, The Legend of Zelda, game localization, and the Japanese language. I could never have imagined that one day a book that had all of these qualities would exist. Well, it’s finally here and I wanted to take some time to talk about it.

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Batman Arkham Knight Review

batman arkham knight reviewThis is late, but I just had to get my thoughts out and write a Batman Arkham Knight review.

I first played the Batman Arkham series starting with Asylum on PC. From there, I played the second game Batman Arkham City on the PS3. It was with great expectations that I bought Batman Arkham Knight for the PS4. My feeling about this game is with mixed emotions and I’ll explain why.Read More »

Game Dev Story review: Makin’ games

game dev story review logoIn this Game Dev Story review, I get to gush about one of my favorite mobile games I’ve ever played. My dream has always been to be a game developer. I’m never going to be a game developer, but with Game Dev Story, I can pretend I’m a gaming company on the road to glory. Game Dev Story is a mobile game for both iOS and Android devices. It’s from Kairosoft, a small game studio in Japan that started making games for PCs in the 90s.Read More »

Final Fantasy VII Remake: My Thoughts

final fantasy vii remake cloudTime for some Final Fantasy VII Remake discussion and my opinion on how things are shaping up. There has been news about how the game will be different from the original. This is not the same old Final Fantasy VII that we know and that could be a good thing for everyone. See why I think this new direction is the way to go for Square Enix moving forward.Read More »

The Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy

dead or alive xtreme 3 controversyThere’s a Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy happening these days. The game developer Team Ninja from the company Tecmo has said it has no plans to bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to North America because the industry is going through a change in how it includes female characters in games.

Some Japanese game developers have always used sex and girls to promote their games, but now they are finding that the environment in North America has changed and won’t be too accepting of what is considered okay in Japan.

I don’t think there really is a big need for this Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy. There is nothing outstanding about the series. It’s basically the girls from the fighting series in swimsuits doing random activities plus beach volleyball.

I’ve only played the first game on the original XBox, so I can’t comment on the second or third one. However, I have noticed the change in direction and focus for the game developer Team Ninja since I came to Japan. WARNING: Suggestive content! Not safe for work.Read More »

My Sega Dreamcast Retrospective

sega dreamcast retrospectiveThis is my Dreamcast Retrospective where I remember the system itself and the games released for it. I first heard about the Dreamcast when it was first announced for Japan by reading gaming news sites in 1998. At the time, Sega’s official site was bare, with only an online forum where people could post and meet other Sega fans. I signed up in 1998 and read threads of people saying how fantastic the Dreamcast would be and everyone couldn’t wait for the US release.Read More »