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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Top 10 facts about Ethan L. (Video Games Edition)

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10. My first gaming console is the Sony PlayStation 2 and later, my next consoles were the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.

9. I’ve never owned a Xbox Console.  But I used to have a Xbox 360 wired controller for playing Steam games.

8. The controller I use right now to play Steam games is the Steam Controller and I totally love it.

7. My favorite childhood video game is Pac-Man World 2 for the PS2 because it was my very first Platformer/3D Platformer game and Pac-Man was the first cartoon video game character I played as.

6. I’m a Completionist and a Achievement Hunter when I play games.

5. I used to be obsessed with Angry Birds.  But they released so many random games on iOS and Android, that it made me prefer the cartoons instead. (Angry Birds Toons)

4. My favorite video game character is GLaDOS from Portal and Portal 2 and my favorite iconic video game character is Pac-Man.

3. My favorite Indie games are Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, SteamWorld Dig, and SteamWorld Heist.

2. My favorite scarest video game character is Giygas from Earthbound.  (If you’re wondering what image that is, that’s what it is.)

1.  I have at least one favorite game on different systems.  

  • PS2: Ratchet and Clank
  • Wii: Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2
  • Wii U: Pikmin 3
  • Steam: Portal 2
  • Nintendo Switch: Super Mario Odyssey (So far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey MANIA(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mickey MANIA for the Super Nintendo. This game was released on October 1st, 1994 in collaboration with Mickey’s 65th birthday the year before.

 

In this game, you play as Mickey Mouse as you travel through various locations based on his past cartoon achievements. The order of cartoon areas you travel through are Steamboat Willie (November 18, 1928), The Mad Doctor (January 21, 1933), Moose Hunters (February 20, 1937), Lonesome Ghosts (December 24, 1937), Mickey & the Beanstalk (September 27, 1947) and The Prince & the Pauper (November 16, 1990).

 

The enemies and villains you face in this game are as followed: Birds and Pete-Steamboat Captain (Steamboat Willie), Bats, Skeletons and the Mad Doctor (The Mad Doctor), Angry Mooses (Moose Hunters), Bats and Ghosts (Lonesome Ghosts), Butterflies, Dragonflies, Beetles, Spiders and Willie the Giant (Mickey & the Beanstalk), Weasels (Daggers and Crossbows) and Pete-Military Captain (The Prince & the Pauper).

 

In conclusion, I confirm this game to showcase Mickey’s career from the very beginning to most recent events. Therefore, may his Disney magic live on forevermore.

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Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story for the Super Nintendo. This game was originally released in Japan as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story. This game’s  storyline takes place after the 3rd season of Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon S).

 

The Inner Senshi are Serena Tsukino/Princess Neo-Serenity of the Moon/Sailor Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Cosmic Power/Super Moon Crisis Power)(Techniques: Moon Tiara Action-Tiara based Boomerang, Moon Healing Escalation-Mystical healing spell, Moon Spiral Heart Attack and Rainbow Moon HeartAche-Techniques utilized via the Spiral Heart Moon Scepter),

Rini/Serena & Darien’s future daughter from 30th century Crystal Tokyo/Sailor Mini-Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Prism Power)(Techniques: Pink Sugar Heart Attack and Pink Sugar HeartAche),

Ami Mizuno/Academic/Princess of the planet Mercury/Sailor Mercury (Transformation Call: Mercury Star Power)(Techniques: Mercury Bubbles-Mist/Freeze, Shine Aqua Illusion and Mercury Aqua Mirage),

Rei Hino/Spiritual Priestess/Princess of the planet Mars/Sailor Mars (Transformation Call: Mars Star Power)(Techniques: Mars Fire Soul-Ignite/Bird, Mars Celestial Fire Surround and Mars Fire-Snake),

Lita Kino/Martial Artist/Gourmet Cook/Princess of the planet Jupiter/Sailor Jupiter (Transformation Call: Jupiter Star Power)(Techniques: Supreme Thunder-Crash/Dragon, Jupiter ThunderCloud Zap and Jupiter Coconut Cyclone),

Mina Aino/Athlete/Idol in Training/Princess of the planet Venus/Sailor Venus (Transformation Call: Venus Star Power)(Techniques: Crescent Beam-Smash/Meteor Shower, Venus Love Chain-&-Circle and Venus Wink Sword).

 

The Outer Senshi are Amara Tenou/Race-Car Driver/Martial Artist/Princess of the planet Uranus/Sailor Uranus (Transformation Call: Uranus Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Space Sword)(Techniques: Uranus World Shaking and Space Sword Blaster),

Michelle Kaiou/ Violinist/Olympic Swimmer/Princess of the planet Neptune/Sailor Neptune (Transformation Call: Neptune Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Aqua Mirror)(Techniques: Neptune Deep Submerge and Submarine Reflection),

Trista Meiou/Academic/Guardian of Time/Princess of the planet Pluto/Sailor Pluto (Transformation Call: Pluto Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Chronol Staff)(Techniques: Pluto Deadly Scream, Chrono’s Cyclone and Time Freeze),

Hotaru Tomoe/Rini’s Best Friend/Guardian of Death & ReBirth/Princess of the planet Saturn/Sailor Saturn (Transformation Call: Saturn Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Silence Glaive aka the Grim Reaper’s Scythe)(Technique: Deathly ReBirth Revolution).

 

A few of the locations featured this game are Tokyo, the North Pole, the ancient Moon Kingdom known as Silver Millenium (Past & Present) and Crystal Tokyo (Future circa 30th Century).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game truly symbolizes both the beliefs and ideals of Universal Trust & Friendship. Thus I quote in the words of Sailor Moon to evildoers everywhere “in the Name of the Moon, I shall Punish You!”.

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(Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive)

(Sailor Uranus’ Space Sword)

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(Sailor Neptune’s Aqua Mirror)

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(Sailor Pluto’s Chronol Staff)

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