Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition

poke-yellow-boxPokemon Yellow
Release Date: 27th February 2016 (UK Virtual Console)
Game Boy
Nintendo/ Game Freak

Back in 1999 it was a pretty fresh concept to see two versions of the same game available to buy. Pokemon Blue had certain monsters which couldn’t be captured in Red, and vice versa. It allowed kids to trade like they once traded Pogs and football stickers, but with more tangled wires and less chipped slammers. It was such a success a third version of Pokemon appeared only eight months later, shaking up the status quo further, only this time there was a certain gust of confusion in the air. What did this mean? Did us poor schoolkids really need to upgrade our games for more more more? No no no.  Continue reading

Decay of the 3DS

3ds-bork

Want to know what an 18 month old New 3DS XL looks like? Here you go!

Within a year and a half the plastic were hands go to rest has worn away. Is it my hands? Are they so sweaty, so poisonous? Why did this not happen with the Game Boy, the Game Boy Pocket, the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Advance SP, the Game Boy micro, the DS, the DS Lite, the DSi, the 3DS, the 3DS XL? They stood the test of time, they handled a measly eighteen months fine. I guess they forgot to send the time travelling tester forward when deciding on the plastic material. Such an oversight.

Or maybe it’s just me.

Sometimes things just fall apart no matter how much you care.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

majora-mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Release Date: 23rd June 2016 (Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console UK)
Nintendo 64
Nintendo

Time, how much do you have? How much do you waste? How much are you in control of it all? Probably not much, too much, and not enough, for time is what controls us all. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is all about the ticking clock, reminding us all that maybe tomorrow we’ll have to deal with a falling moon. Or tax returns.  Continue reading

Nothing Lasts Forever (It’s A Dead Xbox 360 Slim, Jim)

dead-xboxIt was one rainy September afternoon (or today even) that I woke to find my Xbox 360 Slim red and dead. Sure, I might be a bit behind the times when it comes to gaming. Xbox One? I played that back in 2001! PS4, PS I don’t care. My 360 is dead and nothing will bring it back! Well, the repair team at Xbox probably can, but only the desperate would go down that expensive path in 2016… Continue reading

Pokemon Go

poke-go Pokemon Go
Release Date: 14th July 2016 (UK)
Mobile 
Niantic

As per usual, I’m always a little late to the party. The day I bought a yo-yo, the yo-yo’s were banned at school. The day I bought a birthing alien, everybody else had moved onto something else. The day I brought my first set of Pokemon cards to school, they were also banned. And now I’ve finally got round to writing a little bit about the new mobile app Pokemon Go, and no one else is really talking about it anymore. Ho hum, you never do catch up on fads if you couldn’t catch up with them as a kid.  Continue reading

Pokemon Snap

pokemon-snapPokemon Snap
Release Date: 18th August 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Nintendo 64
HAL Labratory 

It’s pretty weird walking around town, or popping onto Facebook, and seeing just how popular Pokemon is in 2016. The virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow hit some nostalgia strings back in February, then the release of Pokemon Go on mobile phones in July caught everybody else. More people are watching the cartoon on Netflix, shops have Pokemon mugs and t-shirts on display for any passing mugs, and the games which released after the Pokemania died down are suddenly flying off the shelves. Classic Pokemon games have also been popping up Nintendo’s Wii U virtual console service, which is how we come to Pokemon Snap.  Continue reading

Mario Party 2

mario party 2 box Mario Party 2
Release Date: 21st April 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Nintendo 64
Hudson 

There’s no party like a Mario Party! Or so they say. Who wouldn’t want to attend Mario’s get together, which typically involves board games, mini games, and a lot of cheap luck? You have to bring your own cake, but that’s not so bad, it’s good enough to simply be invited. Though as the year’s have flown on by, there is one party which stands out as the wildest amongst them all. Mario Party 2, what a party that was. I remember it like it was yesterday, and thanks to the virtual console, it probably was.  Continue reading