Michael Fletcher

Name's Michael Fletcher. I'm a college graduate, and I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English with a focus on professional writing. Programming never clicked for me, so the only realistic way for this lad to make a career out of playing games is to write about 'em. Luckily, this is something I enjoy doing anyway. Live to play, play to live.

Free DLC from WayForward is the Way it Should Be

Yesterday’s long-awaited, story-extending DLC for Batman Arkham City, which came with a $10 price tag, reminded me of a similar game-extending gem that hit Nintendo’s e-Shop last week for WayForward’s excellent platformer, Mighty Switch Force. Five new levels, a new “Retry” button, and an enhanced 3D effect on existing levels were brought to the table, and you know wh...

What Time is it?! Adventure Time Video Game…Time!

Shmowzow! It looks like it’s pretty official now – there’s an Adventure Time video game coming to the 3DS and DS this Fall, as confirmed by the press release posted on the Frederator Studios blog. Creator of the wildly popular cartoon series, Pendleton Ward, announced the game less-than-officially on his Twitter account a couple months ago, but it’s nevertheless reassuring to finally see a proper ...

Attempting to Explain the Trade from Black and White to Black 2 and White 2

As with every main-series Pokémon game, Black 2 and White 2 will undoubtedly feature the ability to trade Pokémon with their previous installments. However, this time around, it’ll be interesting to see exactly how the games justify the act of the trade. Seeing as the games belong to the same generation of games (the fifth), moving Pokémon from game to game will surely be done through simple...

Fabulous Folders Follow in Fresh Firmware’s Wake…in 3D!

Alliteration aside, for those who are unaware, the 3DS’s latest firmware update brought with it an exciting addition (at least for me) – folders! This is the first time in Nintendo’s history that the option to sort software into individual folders has been made available to the players, and I must say that it’s about bloody time the 3DS adopted this feature. With so many ne...

Kirby’s Just for Kids – A Common Misconception

Being Kirby’s 20th anniversary and all (an occasion Nintendo thankfully intends to recognize with a Wii disc comprising many of Kirby’s exploits), I think the little guy deserves some due credit beyond his upcoming anniversary collection for being a singularly amazing video game character who has starred in some of the darkest games the big N’s ever crafted. That’s right, K...

Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 – the Plot Thickens (Maybe)

Pokémon fans have a lot to think about lately. Black and White Versions are no doubt still getting good workouts (I know my White Version is), Pokémon Conquest is on the way next month, and Black 2/White 2 hit in Japan this June with an autumn release for the U.S. As if we don’t have enough on our plates to keep us satisfied, Junichi Masuda (GameFreak’s Game Director) recently advised ...

Sonic 4: Episode II Boasts New, Bonus Content…but Leaves Nintendo Out to Dry?

The newest trailer for Sonic’s latest episodic release revealed this potentially disappointing news to the general public. Sonic 4: Episode I was, in my opinion, one of Sonic’s finest titles to date. Sure the physics were a bit…wonky, to be honest, but the game did everything else right – including holding a spot on the Wii Shop Channel, giving everyone a chance to play the...

On June 18th, the U.S. Gets to Conquer ’em All, Too!

The official Pokémon site recently dropped the welcome news that on June 18th, the U.S. will see the release of Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition. Titled Pokémon Conquest here, it’ll mark a wild deviation from the way many people play Pokémon. Players assume the role of a young warlord and, over the course of his journey, build a team of Pokémon for him to command. However, you can also re...

Trainers, Go!

The Pokémon 2012 International Challenge is underway! Registration is over, and the competition officially began yesterday. Running until the 26th of March, it gives trainers a chance to utilize Pokémon from every generation in a double battle format. Time to break out those winning strategies (or be crushed by them). Granted, this kind of free-for-all tournament is a far cry from tiered, organize...

Club Nintendo Japan…is Why We Should All Move to Japan

Club Nintendo’s been around for a while now. We’ve all (or at least I hope we all) have been punching those first-party game registration codes into the site for years in hopes that someday, some amazing reward will catch our eyes. Don’t get me wrong – there are some great rewards on the U.S. site, but a quick Google search yielding Japan’s Club Nintendo site demonstr...

More Online Mario Kart (7) “Impossibilities”- We Can Laugh About ’em Now…

…and laugh is what I hope you all do at the following recollections of what surely should be impossibilities in the world of gaming. That’s what we’re thinking anyway as we cruise down the tracks of Mario Kart 7, forgetting that anything can and will go wrong by the time we power down. “It’ll never happen to me,” we think as we chuck all three of our useless, re...

Some Online Mario Kart (7) “WTF?!” Moments – For Your Pleasure (Part 1 of 2)

Don’t let the picture fool you. This isn’t about a simple Blue Shell, Lightning Bolt, or Bullet Bill crashing into you at the worst possible moment during an online race. That’s standard fare, after all. Everyone’s been down that road before. Oh, no – this is about those rare strings of events that take place both outside and within races which seem so…unfathoma...

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