The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

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If there’s a better game out there than Breath of the Wild, I haven’t played it. Nintendo has created, for me, the greatest game of all time. It’s everything I want from a game and one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.

With the incredible variety of gameplay on offer, it’s understandable why Nintendo cleared the Switch launch schedule for Zelda. There’s a good chance you’ll be absorbed in everything it has to offer all the way up until the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe… More at TR.

Is Nintendo on the way back? Hope so.

Please Knock on My Door

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Please Knock on My Door is a simple game about a person living with depression. The protagonist, a blocky, inky-black character, lives a fairly standard life: Wake up, go to work, come home, repeat. The days are punctuated with mundane tasks like making a sandwich or showering, but each one carries extra weight as it drains — or bolsters — the main character’s mental fortitude… More at engadget.

Interesting idea. Nice to see a subject like this not being avoided for once. The more we talk about it, the better.

Super Mario Bros. Fridge Magnets

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Create new Super Mario levels with this brilliant fridge magnet set based on the legendary video game character. With an array of different character and icon magnets, build your own Mushroom Kingdom right in your kitchen, and give your fridge a colourful new power-up! Super Mario Bros. Magnets features 80 magnetic characters and icons from the original game, including characters Mario and Luigi, mushrooms, turtles, flowers, coins, and more, and even level details such as brick platforms and sewer tunnels, so you can create brand new levels in the exact style of the classic originals. First released in the 1980s, the Super Mario Bros. series of games revolutionized the video games industry, and are regarded as some of the greatest examples of platform gaming. Characters such as Mario and Luigi have become instantly recognizable icons of popular culture, and are fans favourites among generations of gamers. As well as appearing in numerous critically acclaimed video games, including Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart, and Super Mario Maker, the characters have even featured in various TV series and their own Hollywood movie. Super Mario Bros. Magnets are an officially licensed Nintendo product. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts… More at Amazon.

My fridge needs these.

In praise of Homerun King™

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I don’t play many games on any platform, but on occasion a ‘pick up and play’ title may grab me. Homerun King™ is that game of the moment and has been for a few months now, to the point that I am exceptionally good at it.

It requires a huge amount of concentration to continually hit homeruns and even more to hit decent homeruns that bring the points in. This concentration requires focussing your eyes to see exactly when the ball leaves the pitcher and the trajectory it is taking, and then timing your swing to perfection. It is a physical kind of movement that can be strangely tiring, but with practice you can be hitting 20 out of 20 homeruns and gradually increasing your best scores as you increase your player and bat powers.

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This is not an easy game to describe and it appears to be far too simple when you just look at the screenshots, but there is a lot to learn and a lot of adjusting to get better over time. And over a long period of time this game becomes extremely addictive to the point that at least a couple of plays a day are required.

When I said I was exceptionally good at it at the top, I wasn’t being an idiot about it. I am almost ashamed to say that I have hit 43,119 homeruns to date, but less so to admit that I am at the very top in some other areas. I need to get out more…

Available for iOS and Android.

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Trailers for 11 Nintendo Switch games

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We’ve collected the trailers for all of the games below. There are still many details to be filled in before the Nintendo Switch launches on March 3rd — notably, only a few launch games appear on this list. So expect to see more trailers and announcements in the coming weeks… More at The Verge.

I do hope Nintendo does well with the Switch, but it’s amazing how hard success in the gaming industry is to predict.

The Super Retro Boy

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Retro-bit has been re-making classic consoles for many years now, and their latest is the Super Retro Boy. It’s designed to look and feel a lot like the original Nintendo Game Boy — and pretty much nails it. The prototype I played felt satisfyingly chunky and the plastic had a familiar texture to it. Of course, it’s not a straight design copy. For one, that would probably get lawyers involved. For another, a straight copy wouldn’t have the buttons and color screen that make this “super.” If anything, it felt a little too light… More at The Verge.

That looks really nice and appears to fix the problems in the original.

Six 8-bit Mega Man games come to mobile, and…

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The original six NES Mega Man games have been released on iOS and Android devices, and you’re better off not buying them. We’re very sorry to be a bummer about this, but it’s best you hear it from a friend.

The idea that the games have had their speed “adjusted” is somewhat misleading, as the reality is that the framerate on these new releases is abysmal. The games themselves have also been edited a bit from the originals… More at Polygon.

That’s a real shame.

Predator 21 X Gaming Laptop: $8,999

You knew Acer’s wonderfully overdone Predator 21X gaming laptop was going to cost a pretty penny, but probably not this much. The PC maker has revealed launch details for its 21-inch desktop replacement, and the system will cost a mind-numbing $8,999 when it ships in February — you may have to choose between this and a nice used car… More at engadget.

And you thought the new MacBook Pro was expensive.

Space Marshals 2

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Just as I was saying that I don’t pick up many new apps and games anymore, I discovered Space Marshals for just 79p at the moment (80% reduction) and it is absolutely brilliant!

Well worth a punt at this price.

The sci-fi wild west adventure in outer space continues with Space Marshals 2. This tactical top-down shooter puts you in the shoes of specialist Burton in his struggle against the criminal elements of the galaxy.

This isn’t your ordinary dual-stick shooter. The emphasis is on tactical combat and stealth, rather than just spraying bullets, and there’s a story!