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June 11, 2018 / Jett

Mario Tennis Aces Demo Impressions

Back in the 90s, I had a torrid love affair with Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64. Finding a brilliant balance between realism and arcade action, I played this a boatload with family and friends. However, I jumped off the bandwagon not long after the criminally-overlooked Game Boy game, which featured a brilliant blend of sports with RPG mechanics. From the Gamecube version and beyond, Nintendo expanded the wacky factor by giving players special shots that undermine the balance of gameplay in favour of the player who has the power shot handy.

At first, I thought the new special shot system in Mario Tennis Aces would be the most egregious yet, as players gain access to a highly-targeted shot that’s controlled from a fist-person perspective. Having played the demo, this new shot, along with the other improvements made to the game, make it the most intriguing entry in the franchise yet.

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June 10, 2018 / Jett

Brothers Battle in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle!

My brother came over to the house to throw down in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle!

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June 9, 2018 / Jett

E3 and our Wedding Anniversary

E3 is the Super Bowl of video game news. Since that first event in 1995, I’ve been glued to my computer, hitting refresh like crazy and absorbing all of the news that came in. As a gaming enthusiast, it’s a thrill to get first dibs on this news and chat about it with others to the point where I would put everything aside so I could focus on this.

Then, in 2016, something more important happened.

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June 7, 2018 / Jett

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Day 1 Matches

As with all fighting games, I largely got destroyed in my BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle debut. However, I’ve got the time and motivation to get better! Let’s take these L’s now so that I can pile up the W’s later!

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June 5, 2018 / Jett

Out Now – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

This one came out of nowhere for me.

Giving this one little attention up until a few weeks ago, I was wowed by the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle beta for finding a seemingly warm balance between depth and accessibility. Granted, it doesn’t look nearly as good as Dragon Ball FighterZ or have the name brand roster like other heavy hitters in the genre, but that gameplay was so enjoyable that I poured many hours into the demo’s training mode alone just to squeeze out every last bit of fun I could from it.

Won’t be able to play any of it tonight, as I’ll be heading over to a concert right after work. However, for sure I’ll be playing it this week and you should be able to watch me play later this week on Twitch! Stay tuned!

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June 4, 2018 / Jett

Nintendo 64 Game Draft Highlights – Boss Rush Episode 2

With rumors of the Nintendo 64 Classic Mini swirling, we create our own N64 Classic through a draft! With only 15 picks across the 3 of us, which games got picked? And which heavy hitters got snubbed?!?

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June 2, 2018 / Jett

I (Still) Have a Retro Game Video/Streaming Problem

Part of my push towards video included retro games. I want to be able to broadcast and capture video from old classics. For quite some time, I struggled with the technical logistics of getting my computer to read analog signals. Eventually, I figured it out. Or so I thought.

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June 1, 2018 / Jett

Boss Rush: Episode 2

Jett, Jason, and JJ talk about Jason’s Overwatch cosplay, Dark Souls Remastered, Pokemon Quest, and many other titles. We also participate in the Nintendo 64 game draft? Which game got picked first? Which games got snubbed?! You’ll have to watch to find out!

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May 31, 2018 / Jett

Hard Corps: Uprising Live Stream

My brother came over and we played this spiritual success to Contra! Hard Corps: Uprising is crazy!

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May 30, 2018 / Jett

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Review

My fandom for Castlevania is a relatively recent phenomenon. Despite having played a few games in the series over the course of my lifetime, none of them really clicked with me until I spent an extended period of time with the original game on the NES Classic. While this epiphany occurred well after the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter ended, I jumped in just in time for Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon.

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