Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review

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After 4 years Super Smash Bros Ultimate makes it’s debut on Nintendo Switch and it lives up to the name ultimate. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a fighting game in which characters from several different Nintendo franchises duke it out in a fighting game battle royale. With this being the fifth entry in the franchise Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make this the best Smash Bros game ever.

This time around the roster is a massive 74 fighters and Nintendo definitely delivered the goods when comes to the characters in the game. The game also boasts a massive 108 stages making it once again the largest stage selection in the series. With the game having 74 fighters in it’s roster Nintendo brought back every character that’s ever been in a Smash game ever, including characters that haven’t been in a Smash game since Melee.

There are also 10 new fighters this time around as well. They include fighters like Simon Belmont, The Inklings, Ridley, King K Rool, Isabelle, and Inciniroar. There are also echo fighters this time around as well. These are variants of previously existing fighters which include Richter Belmont who is an echo fighter of Simon Belmont, Daisy who is an echo fighter of Princess Peach and many more echo fighters as well.

Another new edition to Super Smash Bros ultimate are spirits; these take the place of trophies from the previous smash games. These are spirits of various Nintendo characters that you can equip to the fighter of your choice, these can be various things like an attack boost or having a specific item equipped  There are 4 different kinds of spirits: Attack spirits, Shield spirits, Grab spirits, and Neutral spirits. Super Smash Bros Ultimate uses a rock, paper, scissors type system with its spirits such as attack spirits are good against grab spirits, shield spirits are good against attack spirits, and grab spirits are good against shield spirits. Equipping the right kind of spirits into battle adds a lot of depth and strategy into the game. There are primary spirits and support spirits you equip to the character of your choice. Primary spirits have an amount of power that when leveled up increase your fighters stats. Depending on the type of primary spirit you have equipped it gives 1-3 support spirits slots. Support spirits are spirits that can only be equipped if you have a primary spirit equipped. Depending on the type of primary spirit that you have equipped will give a certain number of support spirits slots. Each support spirit has a cost and each one uses up a support spirit slot. Support spirits not only power up your fighter but also can give a specific bonus when starting the fight, such as zap floor immunity or having a home run bat equipped.

Classic mode once again returns and in my opinion it is the best it’s been in the series. It’s short and sweet, there’s unique boss battles and each fighter’s path is different and unique for each fighter in all classic mode and it is great in this game. All star mode also returns in this game but it’s not as good as it was in previous smash games, it’s basically a mob smash from the previous smash games. The fighting once again is fast paced and a chaotic like it’s been in previous Smash games. This time around you can not only air dodge but there is a critical smash if you land a critical hit on your opponent there will be a flash to indicate it. Once again 8 player smash returns.

There are 103 stages in the game but sadly there are only 4 new stages in this game. Just about all the previous stages get a big graphical upgrade being presented in HD. The only exception being the stages form the Super Smash Bros 64, those stages retain their original looks. New to Smash Ultimate this time around are  stamina battles. These play like a traditional fighting game where you deplete your opponent’s health bar or in this case percentage meter to 0. Vs mode now has a lot more options than before when creating your own custom Vs match. You can now modify rules set in the game for Smash/Custom Smash, Squad Strike and Smash Tourney. Custom Balance allows you to modify a fighter’s power so that way they’re not too overpowered. You can choose whether or not to seperate echo fighters or mii fighters.

Graphics are in full HD and to the date the best this series has ever looked being bright and colorful and cartoony at the same time. Assist trophies once again return and they’re better than ever. Not only is there more than there has been in the past, but now you can Ko assist trophies as well. Final Smashes once again make a return and they’re once again better than ever. They’re not only more flashier than before, but they also get right to the point this time around. No more having the final smashes be some powerup, now they feel like a finishing move in a fighting game.

Online play also returns this time with more options than ever. Up to 4 players can battle it out against each other online, players can also set up a private room together where you can voice chat with your friends via Nintendo Voice Chat app. For ranking system this time around we have the global smash power. This online ranking system ranks all players scores on a numerical scale with the number based on how many players that person outranks. There’s also a special mode in the game just for the top players called Elite Smash mode. You now have a preferred rules option for how you want to play multiplayers whether it’s locally or online. You can set the rules for how you want to play and who you want to play with as well.

There’s also a spectator mode where you can watch other players battle it out online. It’s a great way to pick up gameplay tips. All in all Super Smash Bros Ultimate is great and it improves over everything the previous games did and adds a lot of new stuff as well. It also adds a lot of new stuff into the game to make it feel unique and brand new at the same time. While there are a few game modes that I feel are missing, all in all I feel Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game to date. My final score for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 5 out of 5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

 

Nathan B

 

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Kingdom Hearts III(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III for the PlayStation 4.

 

In this game, Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy prepare for their final showdown with Master Xehanort (The Seeker of Darkness), Maleficent (The Mistress of all Evil)(Sleeping Beauty) and Pete (Maleficent’s ally)(Disney).

 

The worlds Sora and his friends travel to in this game are the Kingdom of Corona (Tangled),

San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6),

Toy Box (Toy Story),

Monstropolis (Monsters, Inc.),

Arendelle (Frozen),

Olympus (Hercules),

The Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End),

100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh),

The Mysterious Tower (Fantasia), Destiny Islands,

Twilight Town, Radiant Garden (The City of Light),

the Realm of Darkness, the Keyblade Graveyard and Scala ad Caelum “Ladder to Heaven/Stairway to Heaven”.

 

The protagonists in this game are Sora (main hero)(Weapon: Light-Realms KeyBlade)(Destiny Islands),

Riku (best friend/rival)(Weapons: Soul-Eater Sword/Way to Dawn KeyBlade)(Destiny Islands),

Kairi (best friend/girlfriend/Princess of Heart)(Weapon: Destiny’s Embrace KeyBlade)(Destiny Island),

Axel (real name: Lea)(Organization XIII’s #8)(Weapons: Twin Chakrams/KeyBlade)(Radiant Garden),

Mickey Mouse (best friend/King)(Weapons: Star-Seeker KeyBlade/Dark-Realms KeyBlade)(Disney Town/Castle),

Donald Duck (best friend/Court Magician)(Weapon: Staffs)(Disney Town/Castle),

Goofy (best friend/Captain of the Royal Knights)(Weapon: Shields)(Disney Town/Castle),

The antagonists in this game are Master Xehanort (Main Villain)(Weapon: KeyBlade)(KeyBlade Graveyard),

Ansem (Xehanort‘s Heartless)(Seeker of Darkness)(Twilight Town),

Xemnas (Xehanort‘s NoBody)(Organization XIII’s #1)(Weapon: Ethereal Blades)(Twilight Town),

Xigbar (real name: Braig)(Organization XIII’s #2)(Weapons: Twin ArrowGuns)(Olympus),

Vexen (real name: Even)(Organization XIII’s #4)(Weapon: Shield)

Saix (real name: Isa)(Organization XIII’s #7)(Weapon: Claymore),

Demyx (Organization XIII’s #9)(Weapon: Sitar),

Luxord (Organization XIII’s #10)(Weapon: Playing Cards)(The Caribbean),

Marluxia (Organization XIII’s #11)(Weapon: Scythe)(Kingdom of Corona),

Larxene (Organization XIII’s #12)(Weapon: Knives)(Arendelle),

Vanitas (Xehanort‘s Apprentice/Creator of the Unversed)(Weapon: Voidless Gear KeyBlade)(Monstropolis),

Young Xehanort (Xehanort‘s younger self from the past)(Weapon: KeyBlade)(Toy Box)

Maleficent (The Mistress of all Evil)(Sleeping Beauty),

Pete (Maleficent‘s ally)(Disney),

Hades (God of the Underworld/Lord of the Dead/Maleficent‘s ally), the Rock Titan, the Ice Titan, the Lava Titan and the Tornado Titan (Hercules),

Randall (Sulley‘s rival)(Monsters, Inc.),

Davy Jones (Captain of the Flying Dutchman) and the Kraken (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End).

 

Sora‘s allies/friends in this game are Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Tangled),

Baymax, Hiro Hamada and GoGo Tomago (Big Hero 6),

James P. SullivanSulley” and Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.),

Hercules, Megara, Pegasus, Phil and Zeus (Hercules),

Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Joshamee Gibbs, Tia Dalma “Calypso” and Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End),

Anna, Elsa , Kristoff , Olaf and Sven (Frozen),

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Roo and Gopher (Winnie the Pooh),

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, the Little Green MenLGMs”, Sarge and the Toy Soldiers (Toy Story),

Hayner, Pence, Olette, Scrooge McDuck (Disney) and Ratatouille (Ratatouille)(Twilight Town),

Zexion (real name: Ienzo)(Organization XIII’s #6)(Weapon: Lexicon)(Radiant Garden),

Yen Sid (Sorcerer)(Fantasia), Merlin (Wizard)(The Sword in the Stone),

Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph),

StitchExperiment 626” (Lilo & Stitch),

Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Simba (The Lion King).

In conclusion, This game serves as the final chapter to the Xehanort saga as well as the ultimate climax to the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise. This game is scheduled to be released in US stores on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

(Ever After KeyBlade)(Tangled)

(Infinity Badge KeyBlade)(Toy Story)

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(Smile Gear KeyBlade)(Monsters Inc.)

(StarLight KeyBlade)

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(Announcement Trailer)

(TGS 2015 Trailer)

(E3 2018 Frozen Trailer)

(E3 ShowCase 2018 Trailer)

(E3 2018 Pirates of the Carribean Trailer)

(Lucca Comics & Games 2018 Tangled Trailer)

(Winnie the Pooh Trailer)

(Together Trailer)

(Final Battle Trailer)

(Opening Movie Trailer)

 

Captain N: The Game Master(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the TV series Captain N: The Game Master. This TV series is comprised of 34 episodes which takes place in an alternate universe called Videoland which consists of classic NES worlds and characters.

 

The NES worlds in Videoland are Bayouland (The Adventures of Bayou Billy), Castlevania, Dragon’s Den (Dragon Warrior), Excalibur (Wizards & Warriors), Final Fantasy, Kongoland (Donkey Kong), Hyrule (The Legend of Zelda), Megaland (Mega Man), Metroid, News World (Paperboy), Mount Icarus (Kid Icarus), Tetris, Puss ‘N Boots (Puss ‘N Boots: Pero’s Great Adventure), Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and Punch-Out!!

 

The protagonists of this series are Captain N (main hero), Duke (Captain N’s pet dog), Lana (princess of Videoland), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Mega Man,Roll, Rush & Dr. Light (Megaland), Link & Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda), Kid Icarus (Mount Icarus) and Bayou Billy (The Adventures of Bayou Billy).

 

The antagonists of this series are Mother Brain (Metroid), King Hippo (Punch-Out!!), Eggplant Wizard & Medusa (Mount Icarus), Ganon & Rebonack (The Legend of Zelda), Dr. Wily (Megaland), The Count (Castlevania) and Dragonlord (Dragon’s Den).

 

In conclusion, I found this TV series to be the greatest collaboration of Nintendo games to ever be televised as a fully animated cartoon of golden proportions.

A look at some of the Videoland worlds featured on the show. This is actually the menu from the DVD set.

 

Video Games Live(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Video Games Live. Video Games Live is a concert featuring video game music as well as a collaborated/synchronized mixture of lighting, Effects and interactive segments.

 

Video Games Live tours the entire world and was originally founded/created/hosted by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall in 2002. On July 6, 2005, Video Games Live made its big debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

 

In conclusion, Video Games Live has been around for 16 years and is scheduled to perform in Phoenix, AZ at Symphony Hall on March 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Plus, I found Video Games Live to be an event where one relives one’s youth as well as experiences Tommy’s dream of merging video games with the musical sounds of a symphony orchestra/rock concert.

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Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT for the PlayStation 4. This is the 3rd Dissidia game to be distributed as well as the 1st Dissidia game ever to be released on a PlayStation console that is not portable.

 

This game takes place long after the events of the previous two games thereby centering around two new deities, Materia: the Goddess of Protection & Spiritus: the God of Destruction.

 

The heroes of Final Fantasy featured in this game consisting of the Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy I), Firion (Final Fantasy II), Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III), Cecil Harvey & Kain Highwind (Final Fantasy IV), Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy V), Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI), Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII), Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII), Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX), Tidus (Final Fantasy X), Shantotto (Final Fantasy XI), Vaan (Final Fantasy XII), Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII).

 

The villains of Final Fantasy featured in this game consisting of Garland (Final Fantasy I), the Emperor (Final Fantasy II), the Cloud of Darkness (Final Fantasy III), Golbez (Final Fantasy IV), ExDeath (Final Fantasy V), Kefka Palazzo (Final Fantasy VI), Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII), Ultimecia (Final Fantasy VIII), Kuja (Final Fantasy IX) and Jecht (Final Fantasy X).

 

This game also features new Final Fantasy characters consisting of Y’shtola Rhul (Final Fantasy XIV), Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV), Ramza Beoulve (Final Fantasy TACTICS) and Ace (Final Fantasy TYPE-0).

 

In conclusion, this game is without a doubt the greatest collaboration/celebration of the Final Fantasy game franchise and is scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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