Monthend Video Game Wrap-Up – March 2016

If February was defined by Pokémania, then March was defined by… also Pokémania (and to a lesser extent, Zelda mania). Eh, what can I say? I really love Pokémon, and there’s been a lot going on with the franchise these days.

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Pokémon Yellow Version (GB) – Playing through this one again was a very welcome blast of nostalgia, and also a little frustration at trying to remember how the mechanics used to work back in Gen 1. Running the game with a team of monsters I’d usually never use was a great way to make it feel fresh again. Hooray for Flareon!

Splatoon (WiiU) – Finally bothered to just hone my focus and complete the single-player mode. It was an absolute blast, and the final boss was something else entirely. I’m seriously hoping that they release another campaign some day, even if it’s just a little eShop title.

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (3DS) – Replayed the game in “mirror world” mode, which I guess is just the same levels you already played but reversed? While I may not be as hype for it as I was when it originally released, I still think it’s a solid little platformer.

Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters (GC) – I was testing out some Gamecube games to see which save files on my giant memory card had been corrupted, and popped in Mega Man Anniversary Collection. The save was still good, and somehow I ended up playing through this one. I mean, just one story path as Bass, but that’s still a cleared game, right?

New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS) – I’ve been wanting to replay this for months now, but always had some other major 3DS game on the go. With Paper Jam and Pokémon Yellow done and dusted, there was no longer any reason not to jump into it. The twist is that this time I played about half the game in co-op mode, which is super fun.

Shovel Knight (3DS) – Do I really need to justify another Shovel Knight run to you? I think I’ve made it pretty clear already that it’s my favourite game.

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Pokkén Tournament (WiiU) – I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a “serious” fighting game. Soul Calibur II? Street Fighter IV? I don’t know, but it sure has been a while. Thank goodness somebody finally had the bright idea to slap Pokémon into a fighter, because it’s a much more fitting spin-off than a puzzle game or mini-game collection.

Pokémon Colosseum (GC) – Still slowly working on this one. Purifying shadow pokémon is a slow, slow process. It seems a little harder than the average Pokémon game? Maybe it’s just because shadow pokémon are a little gimped, so I’m depending almost entirely on Umbreon and Espeon. Also, man, the catch rates seem lower than usual in this one 🙁

Super Mario Maker (WiiU) – Ran a few event stages to earn a handful of costumes that I hadn’t gotten yet. Then I remembered that there was an update that added even more costumes to the game. Haven’t been doing too much building, though.

Rock Band 2 (360) – I normally go over to my parents’ place to play cards on Saturday nights, and somehow Rock Band has recently entered the fold. It’s been pretty great, reliving the days when people were actually excited about jamming out on plastic guitars.

Fallout 4 (PC) – Started making a little story progress some 30 hours in. That’s actually a lot sooner than I usually do it in this kind of game. I think that I was probably at 100 hours or so in Skyrim before I decided to do start following the main plot.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (WiiU) – Though I’d never really think to put it in the list of my favourite Zeldas, Twilight Princess is definitely one of the ones that I’ve played the most. Seeing it all with prettier graphics and a few improvements is a great way to relive one of Link’s best adventures yet again. The amiibo support is kinda dumb though.

Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS) – I wasn’t really intending to buy this again, but then I found a $50 gift card squirreled away in my wallet, and did a little research on just how much new content they packed in there. It’s a lot. There is a lot of new content. So yeah, I’m back on this thing now.

Resident Evil: Revelations (PC) – I played the original 3DS version years ago, and from what I can tell, absolutely nothing was added for the HD remake except for a few triangles and better textures. Maybe there’s some extra stuff, but the campaign is exactly the same. Which means that it is a joy to play, but the story is sooooooo dumb.

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