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#488 Heroes of the Storm First Impressions

Over the weekend, due to a combination of some free time, watching various PAX South Streams, and remembering that I actually had the game in my inventory, I booted up Blizzard’s second Free to Play game, the A.R.T.S/MOBA game Heroes of the Storm for the first time to play a few rounds.

I played between the two free ranged and support heroes of that week, Malfurion and Falstad, for a few matches in the Raven and Haunted mines map. I did have a fun time playing the game, winning my fair share of matches and even scoring a few killstreaks here or there, I contribute that to my months of Twitch training.

 Its weird starting fresh in new MOBA/ARTS game, relaying on the free champs that week instead of the handful of champs you know so well.

Its weird starting fresh in new MOBA/ARTS game, relaying on the free champs that week instead of the handful of champs you know so well.

My first impressions is that it is a fun game with more of a focus on map objectives than player kills, and the objectives are fun to partake in. from collecting skulls to power up your bulldozer of a Grave Golem as it marches from one side of the map to the other to claiming capture points to ensure that your team gets the highly prized buff or inflicting a powerful curse or attack on the enemy’s defenses.

I have only played for a handful of matches, so I do not know how I feel about Heroes of the Storm choosing a heavy focus on Talents and upgrading and side-grading the hero’s abilities over the item approach for character improvement. I definitely know that I am not a fan of Blizzard’s gameplay choice to let players pick their champions first and then enter the queue.

I lost quite a few solo-queue matches because our team was comprised of two supports and no damage and that was because there was no time to communicate to the other players and and change our team competition before rolling out.

I do not know how those two complaints will might work with the competitive scene of the game when it comes to the staple pick/ban phase and counting other champion’s play style we see in other games, that is if there is a community interest to move towards a competitive or metagame route.

of course it will, we have competitive Hearthstone tournaments

of course it will, we have competitive Hearthstone tournaments why wouldn’t we have a competitive HoTs scene

Those two complaints are not enough to deter me from the game all together, and I will still plan to play it but recreationally, I know that if I play Heroes of the Storm any more than casually I end up losing money, fast.

I know that if I lose money it will not be because of HoTs’s microtransactions or colorful unicorn mounts but by resubbing to World of Warcraft. It was the same problem I had with Hearthstone. While Heroes of the Storm uses assets from their Diablo and Starcraft games the game is heavily designed with the World of Warcraft Universe in mind, taking a bit of priority over the other Blizzard intellectual properties, with maps, building designs, heroes, mounts, sound effects, and the inclusion of Hearthstones as the item used for recalling back to base.

Even now, after playing a few games, I can feel the itch, the Warcraft itch to resubscribe to reenter the world of Azeroth to revisit those lands and important characters. The itch is especially bad with that new expansion that involves New Outland and time travel. I left World of Warcraft more than a year ago and I know that if I go back I will be lost forever giving $15 a month to Blizzard for the access to a game that I will hardly play.

I wish I could go back to World of Warcraft again, but I just do not have the time, thanks to my current schedule to to allow the time investment for the hours of preparing and committing to a guild that raids end game content continuously and progressively as I would have want.

The kicker is if Blizzard added a special champion costume exclusive to the World of Warcraft subscribers

The kicker is if Blizzard added a special champion costume exclusive to the World of Warcraft subscribers

Another reason that HoTs will not be played anymore than casually is because I already have a main A.R.T.S/MOBA game that I play,on a scheduled basis. A.R.T.S are like MMOs, you can only really choose one to sink enough time into to get the best benefits and I already have one and it’s not this one.


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#487 Diving into Bravely Default

As a follow up to last week’s story finally opening my copy of Bravery Default, I decided to spend a few hours this past weekend in to dig into a proper Square Enix game. The first thing that struck me was how much of a JRPG this game is.

I have not played a proper JRPG in years, if you do not include the Pokemon series, my last game in the genre that I played through was Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced way, way, WAY back on the Game Boy Advance.

Looking back I'm kinda glad that FFTA was the last game I played, because it was had the best plot of all and of course it had the greatest villain of all time, Marche.

Looking back I’m kinda glad that FFTA was the last game I played, because it was had the best plot of all and of course it had the greatest villain of all time, Marche.

First that I boot up the game a cut scene started with a little fairy flying around the the screen forcing me to promise that I once I start the game that I play through the entire plot, which is definitely one way to get the players attention.

Then a small farmer’s town, that the protagonist lived all his life gets blown up, we meet up with a woman with a past, and the game has a heavy focus on managing my character’s gears, weapons and move set to maximize the most damage and random encounters.

It is like FF without the name

It is like FF without the name

As I played through the first tutorial I also noticed that the difficulty curve with the monsters you fight against is a tad steep, although I am willing to admit that I might be playing the Jobs system wrong and a looking up a min-max strategy or a few hours of grinding might be in order.

To top it all off the first quest you complete rewards you with a straight up with a Phoenix Down. Bravely Default is so unapologetically Japanese that it caught me off guard. Never the less even with all the cliche plot and micro managing of equipment I feel like I am going to be enjoying this game simply for the touch of nostalgia of the staple of my High school gaming life.


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#486 The Bravely Default Story

Since I first received my 3DS at the start of last year I have been able to collect quite a collection of games in my library, from physical games, digital games, and virtual consoles. From Pokemon to the staple First Party Nintendo titles like Kirby, Zelda & Mario titles, to some of the few third parties games.

Following the universal unspoken rules of being a big brother I have always offer my old 3DS games, that I have played through, to my younger brothers. Out of all of my collection, only one game in my possession it was only one game caught my brother’s eye and shown an avid interest in playing through, Bravely Default.

Bravely Default is a Square Enix game, published on the 3DS back in late 2012 and it received critical acclaim by reviewers and online personalities praising it as a GOOD Final Fantasy game in all but name. Out of all of my game titles in my handheld library,it has been the only game that my brother has been eyeing since day one, for the very same reasons I bought it.

 I have not played through a JRPG in years, and while I am still working my way through the first part of the plot, I can say the game knows on to capture the audience's attention.

I have not played through a JRPG in years, so I was also a bit hesitant getting back into the genre

While I will gladly let my younger brothers borrow any of my 3DS games that I have already played through and the funny thing is that one game has been placed on my perpetual backlog for various reasons that are only slightly outside of my control.

Just before I started thinking of cracking open Bravery Default, other more noticeable Nintendo and PC games grabbed my attention, then the most recent to the Pokemon games came out, then Smash for the Wii U and then the 3DS. Since my free gaming time is a limited in my schedule all those games took precedent over the Square Enix game and pushed back my play sessions with that totally-not Final Fantasy game back a bit each time. The funny thing is months later my younger brother he still asking if I have played the game yet. It has almost become a running gag, every few weeks or so he will go out of his way to ask me if I have even touched it yet and I point to the factory sealed game, give him my answer and he tries again in later.

I was not in any rush though, just between you and me, consider it punishment for my brother for not have good enough taste to enjoy/ lift a finger to play through any of the Mario, Zelda or Kirby that I highly recommended him to play.

I was not in any rush though, just between you and me, consider it punishment for my brother for not have good enough taste to enjoy/ lift a finger to play through any of the Mario, Zelda or Kirby that I highly recommended him to play.

The kicker is it was only this week when I finally removed Bravery Default from it’s seal to get access to the Club Nintendo code, In an attempt to redeem all the codes, earn platinum raking and cash out on free 3DS games once the customer rewards program closes later this year.

It actually worked out perfect for me, because last month finished my fix of Pokemon with Omega Ruby, and I have just recently unlocked all of the characters and stages in Super Smash Brothers for the 3DS in preparation for all the random kerfuffles I will be having with people at PAX East.  Right now and the re-release of the North American Majora’s Mask 3D  I have a sliver of time where I finally, finally sit down and started playing Bravery Default.

Now my brother finally knows how to get me to play through the games he wants to inherit through the big brother code, by trying to shut down another consumer service that I hold near and dear to me.

Don't worry guys, Steam has the family sharing program.

Don’t worry guys, Steam has the family sharing program.


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#485 Goodbye Club Nintendo

Sad news for Nintendo fans, but Tuesday morning Nintendo made a press release announced that their six year old consumer rewards program, Club Nintendo, will be closing down by the end of this year.

The rewards program is based on the nostalgic codes included with physical copies of games which you could exchange for physical or digital goods. Nintendo has started to phase out the service, by preventing anyone for signing up for an account the day the press release went live, the last day of March (31st) will the last time Club Nintendo users to earn and redeem coins, with the closing of the entire service for North American users by June 30th.

The funny thing is, only two weekends ago I went through to my collection and redeemed my Wii U and 3DS codes to finally achieve platinum status.

The funny thing is, only two weekends ago I went through to my collection and redeemed my Wii U and 3DS codes to finally achieve platinum status.

It is a shame to see it close down, but not surprising factoring in the potential cost of production and shipping of some the nicer Nintendo products out there

I only started the the participate in the Nintendo rewards program at the start of 2014 and since that time I was able to redeem several very nice complimentary gifts including; the virtual copies of the first Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Metroid and Super Mario Bros. for the 3DS,  the remake of  Zelda Wind Waker for the Wii U, the physical copy of Super Smash Bros soundtrack and the code for Mewtwo DLC in Super Smash.

It is honestly a toss up between what Club Nintendo Reward I hold dear, a free HD remake of a childhood classic or the two disc soundtrack

It is honestly a toss up between what Club Nintendo Reward I hold dear, a free HD remake of a childhood classic or the two disc soundtrack

Nintendo has stressed that with the closing of the Club Nintendo program they will be rolling out a new, updated, consumer rewards program later in the year once everything from Club Nintendo has successfully be closed down.

Hopefully with the connectivity that Nintendo’s handheld and console devices has with the internet and Nintendo servers, I hope the new rewards system is something more automatic than entering codes online through a website, maybe Nintendo can make it work with a special 3DS/Wii U New rewards system app

I also hope that with the new Nintendo Rewards program is that they keep the free digital games as a reward (which I would not expect to be dropped because digital codes are the one reward that cost nothing to the company) but on top of that I hope they improve the quality of the games in the reward sections.

The free 3DS and Wii U games given away through the Club Nintendo program has always given me the impression that it was A novelty or consolation prize for the the people who could not earn enough for the good physical items. The original titles of the Mario, Zelda, and Metroid games are nice to have as artifacts of the old times but those were the cream of a some rather uninteresting crop of games.

Something beyond the NEW/Gameboy era of gaming

Something beyond the NEW/Gameboy era of gaming

Nintendo I know you have some of those really good Super Nintendo and GameBoy Advance 3DS ports placed under lock and key, its time to bust them out for this new program and maybe, for the high level rewards offer some cross buy titles to boot.


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#483 Thoughts on the New 3DS Handheld

In the middle of this week Nintendo hosted their monthly Nintendo Direct NA feed across the internet. Nintendo started the new year running with status updates on some confirmed games for this year, while revealing some new upcoming projects and most importantly Nintendo showcased their newest handheld, the New 3DS device.

As of right now classic 3DS is going to be pushing four years old next month, so it was not too surprising to hear that a newer, slightly upgraded model coming to the shelves. Because of this wonderful thing called ‘The Internet’ and ‘Globalization’ the western world knew about this for quite a while, and I have given it some thought over the past few weeks on whether I should abandon my old 3DS device, go out, and purchase this new edition to device line.

The funny thing is that while I just celebrated my 3DS's one year anniversary, my brother just got his 3DS XL last week just for Smash and Pokemon.

The funny thing is that while I just celebrated my 3DS’s one year anniversary, my brother just got his 3DS XL last week just for Smash and Pokemon.

Th New 3DS model comes has some new features and gimmicks added over the classic model. Besides the Super NES colored buttons, the major selling points Nintendo has stressed are; faster processing power than the regular 3DS, Amiibo/NFC support added to the bottom screen, face tracking technology so that no mater what angle you face the screen the device will adjust itself to prevent any 3D tearing.

All those selling points are interested and neat, but so far it is not worthy enough to do a day one buy for this newest Nintendo handheld, but possibly to replace if mine 3DS ever breaks down, considering it as a replacement rather than an upgrade. The big question is, “How much will the New 3DS be a must buy to enjoy future Nintendo handheld games?”

In order to have the New 3DS be considered a hard hitting, must buy, successor to the four year old 3DS, it needs to have some hard hitting system sellers that utilizes the Amiibo capabilities and the faster processor. Currently Nintendo has confirmed that 3DS smash will be patched in with Amiibo support  and they also have the New 3DS exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles port but I need something more to convince me that this is a good investment, worthy of upgrading.

As always Nintendo could force my hand by making their next big Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon game exclusive to the New 3DS handheld. We might see that in the upcoming year, I honestly do not know the future of Nintendo and their New 3DS.


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#482 My 2015 Gaming Watchlist

We are weeks into the new year and that was just the right amount of time to wrap up the last few things of 2014, so with that lets turn our eyes towards the new year with all the new game titles that are slated for a 2015 release date that I am  interesting in playing for the new year.

In 2015 we have such titles of

Zelda Majora’s Mask for the 3DS- if only to bind my time by replaying an old, fan favorite n64 game, until the Zelda Wii U game is finally released. It is one of the few childhood games that I or my siblings could not get through the first town, the three day time travel game play mechanic

but now that more thana  decade of gaming experience and multiple seasons of Doctor Who between me and my first play through I might finally be able to beat this game

but now that more than a decade of gaming experience and multiple seasons of Doctor Who between me and my first play through I might finally be able to beat this game

Mighty No. 9 – A spiritual successor to the 2D mega man games of old, managed by an all-star indie team fund-raised on Kickstarter. I have backed this game a little more than a year ago, enough to be rewarded with a code for the finished game, and this will be my first kickstarter project and depending on the quality of the final project.

And after the news stories from last year of other well funded and other popular gaming kickstarter failing to meet expectations it would not be too far off to assume that the success of this game will be a major factor of the public opinion's on the credibility of crowd funding games on this platform.

And after the news stories from last year of other well funded and other popular gaming kickstarter failing to meet expectations it would not be too far off to assume that the success of this game will be a major factor of the public opinion’s on the credibility of crowdfunding games in the future

Another Nintendo game that and I am interested in seeing is Nintendo’s first FPS game, Splatoon . While it does look colorful and more importantly, fun, I am lukewarm about this game, still on the fence if I am going to commit to a purchase, simply because this is a strange new genera for Nintendo to cover. This is not a Day One buy, I am going to have to wait a bit to see the reviews and thoughts of other gaming personalities on YouTube.

The last game on this list is Batman: Arkham Knights, and I am hesitant to put this game on here simply because of the lackluster reception of the Batman prequel game released in 2013, but that game was outsourced to another gaming company. This time everyone has made it abundantly clear that this final Batman Arkham game is made by Rocksteady Studios. Batman Arkham Knights is on the list because it is the only other game that I have been keeping my eye on, but in order for this Batman game to get into my good graces it needs to have a better map, gameplay, and plot than Arkham City, which is a tall order.

especially since Batman's better half wont be in the new game

especially since Batman’s better half wont be in the new game

Even though it is still the very beginning of the new year the line up was not quite like last year, with Pokemon ORAS, Shovel Knight, Mario Kart 8, Smash 4 the Wii U and 3DS, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and Bayonetta 2. It is still just the start of the new year and this is list only of gaming titles that are confirmed for 2015, so this list does not have the next major installment of the Pokemon games on the 3DS and the highly anticipated Half Life episode 3 by Valve. I am still holding out for the more AAA and Indie 2015 games to be announced between now, the various PAX conventions, and this year’s E3 that might catch my eye.

I had my list of games I am looking forward to this year but what about you? What games are you looking forward to this new year? Leave a comment down below


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#480 The History of Be MOP’s Escape Posts

This past Monday I concluded my last post in the Filler Post series, catching up to the most recent Star Trek motion picture title. Now after closing my third get-out-of-blogging-requirement post I think now would be a good time to take a look back and share all the clever tricks I used over the years to still hit my blogging requirements.

The idea of these non-content blog posts started as a simple idea way, way, back in the day when Be MOP was a Warcraft blog that was focused on the adventures I had through the Azeroth and the Beta of Mists of Pandaria. The post was called, Be MOP #130 Screenshots of Pandaria, and it was just a collection of five of my favorite screenshots from the expansion with clever captions beneath them.

I officially turned the Screenshots of Pandaria idea into a series a month later when college term papers were piling up and I had no time in the semester finals crunch to dedicate to writing and editing a blog post. By the fifteenth edition I moved the Be MOP Blog away from just exclusively talking about Blizzard and World of Warcraft and because of that my Screenshots in the series quickly became over run with screenshots from other PC games that I was playing through and some people were starting to call me out on it.

screen shots 15

It was a great series because for a year it gave me a wonderful fall back to have when I could not think of something to write about at the time. While I put my Screenshots series to rest I still had the problem of occasionally hitting a creative drought or a writer’s block and I wrote about those.

Be MOP #271 was simple enough, I had a very meta post that proclaimed and apologizes that I just could not write anything for that day and to make it unique I added a simple picture of a block of wood from Minecraft to still keep it videogame related about a month later I had to resort to using the Writer’s Block series with #286 Return of the Writer’s Block and it was only until the third when I turned it into a Star Wars named series with the third edition, #303 The Writer’s Block Strikes Back and then continued forward with naming all future Writer’s Blocks with the Star Wars Prequel movie titles. When I ran out of Star Wars titles I moved on to the next logical frontier to explore was the final frontier with the Filler Post series that went through all the major Star Wars Movies.

Besides those I also had a few 404 posts as emergency posts I used as well.

Besides those I also had a few 404 posts as emergency posts I used as well.

If this blog post is about anything it would be offering my most important blogging tip to everyone out there who has or is planning on starting a blog for the new year, the advice is; Always have an escape post up your sleeve. Even if you build your daily schedule for an allotted amount of time each day to write or even think about a blog post odds are eventually something will happen in the other parts of your life that will force you to cut into your blogging time, and during those time it is important to still keep your site updated with content. Even if it is the most pathetic blog post you ever publish, it still put a little bit of effort into it (hence the Star Wars and Star Trek themed non-posts) to prove to your readers and anyone out there that you are still putting effort into your site and that you care about the product that you are making.

Because it is incredibly easy to lose the motivation to go out and make a new post after you skipped one or two of your scheduled blog post deadlines, do not take my word for it just look at the hundreds of dead sites that have not seen a new blog posts in months or even years.

My second piece of blogging advice for everyone is to find a blogging community resource. there was a time I frequently visited Blog Azeroth‘s Shared topic page where Warcraft bloggers would offer shared topics for each week, for everyone to write about it with their own two cents on the issue. There was a time where I could rely on that site to provide me with a third creative requirements that I would have to write about each week.


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#479 The Post 2014 Winter Steam Sales report

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, the wonderful Steam Winter Sales has ended and with that Gabe Newell has packed up all of his Green Discount tags, Trading cards, and Decorations and placed them all into storage to be brought out next year.

But during that time, all the good little boys and girls of GabeN walked away with a bunch of games from their wishlist and I and no exception, I bought a few games but not as much as I hoped. As I wrote at the beginning of the Sales event, I felt like the magic of buying videogames was gone (Be MOP #472).

Looking back on that post, I might have jumped the gun a bit with publishing the piece only a few days into the event and soon after I made plans to to wait under after the steam sales ended too see if steam was able to rekindle my purchasing vigor or if that initial reaction was right.

What I did was I compared the games I wanted to compare the buying habits of myself from this year and last year.

During the 2013-2014 Winter sales I bought ten games for myself, during this past year’s Summer sales I bought fourteen games. With this most recent sales, the number of games I bought was pared down to seven, with a far fewer indie games and more of a focus on major AAA games that I am saving to play on a new, better, gaming computer.

Both Metal Gear Rising, and Hatoful Boyfriend are two games that playing them on anything less than 1080p60 would be an insult  to the developers.

Both Metal Gear Rising, and Hatoful Boyfriend are  games that playing them on anything less than 1080p60 would be an insult to the developers.

So there’s a bit of truth of my initial blog post, but I might have been too much because for the first time in ever I got another blogger called me out on with a blog post dedicated to offer a response to my post.

Thats when you know you've made it in the blogging world. when another blogger takes time out of their day and website to call you out.

Thats when you know you’ve made it in the blogging world. when another blogger takes time out of their day and website to call you out.

And Nawkcire is right, I was not getting the joy of buying the games I want because I already owned them, and there were no AAA or indie games released in the second half of 2014 that got me truly excited like previous season. I summary, my initial blog post was me wanting to re-experience the joy of Super Meat Boy or the Arkham Batman games, good games that I know are good, but I cant because I already have them in my library.


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#477 Games from my Backlog for the month of January 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all were able to ring in the New Year whereever you are around the world. We have a new year ahead of us and with that I need to ring in the New Year by diving into my Library of Alexandria- sized gaming backlog and designating a few games to play through over the course of the month.

But before we talk about the new, let’s do one more final thoughts on the past month’s games.

Bayonetta 2– It is Amazing game, as it has said by everyone online, but somehow Platinum games was able to outdo their previous over-the-top action scenes from their first Bayonetta game.

During my play through my younger brother would swing by and more than once brother asked if the current boss, or even mid-point mini-boss, fight that I was fighting through was the final boss encounter. I even had asked this question a few times as well towards the second half of the game.

I love the Bayonetta series that those two games that made me a complete Platinum fan, so much so that this Christmas season I was able to get Metal Gear: REVENGEANCE for the PC and The Wonderful 101 for the Wii U. The only bad thing is now I fear that I might never enjoy a non-Platinum action game again simply because the two games I choose to introduce myself to the genera set the bar way too high for anyone else.

But one last thing I want to say about this is the impossibility of Bayonetta 2 existing, having the divine intervention of the family friendly Nintendo coming in and funding the project as an exclusive title, having the game run so smoothly with all the hardware limitation of the console, and most importantly of all how Platinum games got Nintendo’s permission and blessings to use their highly guarded Nintendo creations incorporated into a game will full on unapologetic Sex Appeal.

it feels like Nintendo was throwing spaghetti at the wall with this project, finding any way to make Wii U viable, and it succeeded. 

it feels like Nintendo was throwing spaghetti at the wall with this project, finding any way to make Wii U viable, and it succeeded.

Pokemon OR/AS – I have already talked about this game before as well (Be MOP #467) but all I can say about the game is that it was a good game, a great game and one of the must have games in your inventory if you ever go to a Gaming Convention.

One last thing I want to say that I did not cover in that blog post is that I am not a fan of the non-backward compatibility of the new Mega Evolutions between Pokemon XY and Pokemon ORAS. The two games are on the same hardware and runs on the same Pokemon engine and there were no major addition to the Pokedex besides the handful of Megas, which could easily be patched it, compared to the 50-100 new Pokemon we get with each generations, I worry what that means for all future Pokemon installments.

But that is a post for another time

But that is a post for another time

Now with everything from last year all addressed it is time to pick two new games to play through for the first month of the new year, and because I have spent that past few months playing nothing but Nintendo console and handheld games so I feel like I need to balance out my gaming experience by going back to my roots and playing some games have been patiently waiting for me on my Steam Account.

For this months I have decided to play Transistor, the second game from the indie team,  Supergiant Games, creators of the amazing The Bastion game. This game has been sitting on my backlog since the Summer time and after hearing all the reviews and praise this game has received from other people online in their end of the year top ten lists, I feel like no time like the present to power through this game and see if it is as good as SuperGiant’s first game.

The second game I have chosen is, “Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People”, one of the early point and click adventure game from TellTale games. I bought this one simply to try to relive some the middle school and early High school memories I had sitting in front of my family’s computer, refreshing the Homestarrunner page, hoping to catch the latest episode of Strong Bad’s Emails.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing

Nostalgia is a powerful thing


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#476 Finally Buying Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS

Last Monday night, with some spare Christmas cash I caved in and bought Super Smash Bros for the 3DS, on the way to home from work.

This is the wonderful time, for me, where all the extra holiday cash from work and family comes in after Christmas where I go out and buy all the gives I wanted to buy for me.

This is the wonderful time, for me, where all the extra holiday cash from work and family comes in after Christmas where I go out and buy all the gives I wanted to buy for me.

Like before, I have talked about the idea of buying 3DS Smash before (Be MOP #450), knowing that for a fact that I was going to buy the Wii U edition on day one but even with the ability to use the 3DS device as a spare controller for the console game I was still hesitant on buying the same game twice, and at full price no less.

I was still on the fence on buying it this past weekend, until I was talking to my younger brother about my dilemma and he asked me two very simple questions.

Is the game good enough to buy the game again on another platform? The answer is yes. After playing through Smash on the Wii U I can say that it is one of the only two recently released games I would buy again if it meant getting another copy of the game, that and Binding of Isaac Rebirth are the only two games to hold that honor.

BoI:Re for the 3DS WHEN!?

BoI:Re for the 3DS WHEN!?

The other major question was, “Is this going to be one of the major games to bring to PAX and to an extend all future gaming conventions?” The answer was also another yes.

From my observations it has seem that the past few year it has seem that the Nintendo 3DS has secured it spot as THE gaming device to bring to any gaming event. With the StreetPass incentive to push you to bring your device out into the public, but their games like Pokemon and the built in Street Pass games were the perfect ways to pass the time in the long lines I predict Smash will be the same type of game where you can turn to anyone in a line for panel and play a few rounds just to kill time and make a friend or two along the way.

I would not be buying it now if it was not for a PHYSICAL copy of the game's soundtrack. it's like Nintendo knows just how to push the buttons of our wallets.

I would not be buying it now if it was not for a PHYSICAL copy of the game’s soundtrack. it’s like Nintendo knows just how to push the buttons of our wallets.

As I mentioned at the beginning that I did ending up buying the game for the handheld, within the few days of playing the game, and to a surprise to no one, I have surprisingly enjoying the game. Going in I knew the fact that the game would be a full port of the console game but I did not realize what that meant until I saw that it was the full Wii U game with the same controls, all the items, and the full character roster with locked 60 fps, all crammed into such a tiny game cartage

Now I can get good on the go!

Now I can get good on the go!

Funny enough it was the same two questions that forced the same brother I was talking to go out and buy a 3DS, Smash, and the latest Pokemon,  for the exact same reasons, because he loved the game and because he knows that this will be the game everyone will be playing in their spare time at PAX.


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