ACA NeoGeo: Nam-1975

ACA NeoGeo: Nam-1975
Release Date: 9th March 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

When it comes to the NeoGeo, you generally have a choice between two types of games, fighters or shooters. The two were the bread and butter of the system, but one thing the shooter genre had an advantage in was how much variety was available in shooting down soldiers and ships. Side scrolling, top down, vertical were choices for all gun lovers, with an even more unusual faux-light gun target range set up being available with the likes of Nam-1975, a terrifyingly accurate rendition of the horrors of that one particular war…  Continue reading

ACA NeoGeo: Waku Waku 7

ACA NeoGeo: Waku Waku 7
Release Date: 3rd March 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation 

The Nintendo Switch didn’t launch with a Virtual Console, but that hasn’t stopped Hamster (the company not the furry critter) from releasing some NeoGeo Arcade oldies for fresh new Switch players to enjoy. You can go for the obvious classics such as Metal Slug 3 and King of Fighters 98, or look into the oddities from the golden era, perhaps Waku Waku 7 for example… Continue reading

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is the latest from Nintendo, coming only four years after the Wii U, and this time offering a concept everyone can get behind. Play it at home, play it on the go, it’s the Switch! Much better than play some games with a tablet controller you can’t take out of the room, or even your old Wiimotes, it’s the um… Wii… U, a new console, really! I love my U, but that’s how it goes, and so, it’s time to switch things up with clear goals and no more lows. Continue reading

Bomberman ’94

Bomberman ’94
Release Date: 2nd February 2017 (Wii U Virtual Console UK)
Turbografx 16
Hudson Soft

It’s Bomberman’s 33rd birthday this year, and he’s celebrating in style after everybody missed his 30th, with a collection of classic re-releases and a brand spanking new game on the brand spanking new Nintendo Switch. This is one of his older entries, but with the help of some hopping kangaroos, it’s also one of the best.  Continue reading

Super Mario Bros. Build-A-Level Mug

mario-mug

Play Super Mario Maker on a mug! With the power of washable stickers, you can customise your brew holder in any way you want. Have Peach be the star, let Mario fall to his doom, or see how easy it is to make level 1-1 on a sphere.

I didn’t even realise these types of mugs were a thing, but apparently there is a Zelda one out there too…

Whatever you do though, don’t stick it in the dishwasher! My mug is now in the underground world; the bin.

 

Swapdoodle

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Release Date: 17th November 2016
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo

Nikki’s back with a new free app called Swapdoodle. Many have been lamenting her ‘might as well be dead’ previous app, Nintendo Letter Box, as its online letter sharing feature was ripped from her hands due to too many penis photo attachments doing the rounds. But with her new app, Nikki is seeing 3DS owners share letters across the globe once more, and unsolicited dicks pics aren’t making her sad anymore. Just doodles of them.  Continue reading

F-Zero X

f-zero-xF-Zero X
Release Date: 3rd November 2016 (UK Wii U Virtual Console)
Nintendo 64
Nintendo

This one would have turned nasty quick if I wasn’t so slow at putting together thoughts and feelings. A clunky brain struggled with clunky controls in this Wii U Virtual Console re-release back in November, as stick movements were full of dead zones, only able to deal with the intensities of far right and far left. For a speedy futuristic racer, the inability to carefully manoeuvre through hoops and loops at high speeds was a game breaker, a fond memory killer.

Thankfully a recent update to the game has made the control stick movements as close to how they were back in 1998, as if it was all a vivid dream, leading to us going back to being all nostalgic and sweet to the high-speed racer that was.  Continue reading