Platforms: Game Boy (enhancements for Game Boy Color), 3DS/N3DS (via eShop)
With the impending release of Pokémon’s newest games (Sun and Moon), I figured now would be an ample time to explore the roots of the franchise. Pokémon Yellow was designed as a definitive tertiary game to the original pair of Red and Blue with some cute nods to the television series.
Ever wanted to study art with your crazy uncle who just happens to teach from his remote cabin and seems to only have young, beautiful girls as his students? Well, then "Catch Canvas" is the game for you! This new visual novel from Unwonted Studios and published by Sekai Project throws you into the shoes of a protagonist whose name and gender you pick, and gives you the task of motivating your uncle's three students into completing a portrait of the Roman god Mars. Along the way you learn more about the girls and what motivates them, and yourself, to become artists.
Note: The game, and by extension this review, contains adult scenes and might be more than a little NSFW. You have been warned.
I recently attended the sole Los Angeles screening/premiere of video game documentary, "The New 8-Bit Heroes", and was surprised to learn that it was more than just a simple documentary and that it had quite a few other things surrounding it.
Retro gaming is definitely on an upturn at the moment and the NES is at the forefront of the current retro game boom. The plot of the film is equal parts love letter to retro NES gaming and a look at how this classic gaming scene can survive, and potentially thrive, in the current age and market where a game can be retro, but not archaic. By this I mean people can plan and marvel over retro-inspired games like "Shovel Knight", but might not wish to play new games created on actual retro hardware, at least not in the mainstream. Well, how does one documentary fit all this in you ask? Well, that is where things start to get complicated.
Back in February of this year, we got a special set in the Pokémon TCG called Generations. This set revolves around the concept of chronicling the journey of a trainer and their Pokémon. The set is split into two subsections, with about 80 cards in the main set and about 30 in the secondary set (dubbed the Radiant Collection).
After much waiting and a lot of rumors and speculation, Nintendo finally released a three and a half video showcasing the core look and concept of the brand new console: the Nintendo Switch.
The console, confirmed to be powered by NVidia, seems to be a console that can be detached from its base in order to be fully portable. It has a slot on each side for the attachment of the controller pieces that make it playable in portable mode. These controller pieces, dubbed ‘Joy-Con’, can be used independently to allow for two players or can be combined together to function as a more complex and complete controller. There’s even a piece (which seems to come with the console) that you can attach the Joy-Cons to when it’s docked in order to function as a more full-sized controller. It even will offer a Pro controller similar to the Wii U and Wii that will be a straightforward traditional controller. All of these options seem to be functional with the system whether it’s docked or not, though we’ll have to wait and see if this holds true.
The system itself is shown to have a built-in stand to allow for easy placement when on the go if you want to use a controller separate from the device or if you want to play with more people. The trailer indicates that you’ll be able to play local wireless with other people as well, which really drives the whole Portable/Home Console Hybrid theme home. What is especially intriguing is the size of the dock, which looks far too large to simply be an interface to plug into the TV. This could be indicative of it being more powerful when docked, though this is pure speculation on my part. The console seems to be using a cartridge-based system for its games.
By now most us who were even remotely interested in Pokémon Go have given it a try. It had a somewhat rocky launch, with login issues and slight Pokémon tracking bugs. For all its issues though, Niantic has done a decent job of making it work. What is Pokémon Go though?
Pokémon Go is a free to play mobile game, available on iOS and Android, that allows you to walk around and capture Pokémon ‘in the real world’ via the use of AR. It’s a simple concept, but it has a few features that make it a bit unique as far as mobile games go. The most defining feature is the need to actually go out and walk around. Certain types of Pokémon are limited to certain types of areas, which encourages walking and exploring in real life. As you explore, landmarks will be marked as Pokestops where you can restock on a random assortment of items such as potions and Pokeballs. These Pokestops recharge after a certain amount of time so that you can continually harvest materials if you desire.