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Post E3 London event impressions: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Another round of punishment awaits. I was very surprised to find a playable demo of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and this is the one title I wish I had more time with. I only had enough time to hunt one monster, so I thought, ‘let’s take on the cover star of Monster Hunter 4: Gore Magala.’ Now, the assistant at the demo station asked if I had played any of the previous games in the ...

Mario arrives! First impressions

Thanks to the eShop download going live across the U.S. at 12:00 AM Eastern Time, West Coast Mario fans could purchase and download New Super Mario Bros. 2 at 9:00 PM last night. It was odd and fun to finally see a full retail Nintendo release sitting there on the eShop virtual shelf! Price: $39.99 Download time for me: about 45 minutes First impressions: Instant fun. The short opening cinema is s...

Dream Eaters add great new gameplay twists to Kingdom Hearts

My first hours with Kingdom Hearts 3D has pulverized one of my biggest worries about the game; I didn’t think the Dream Eaters would make good replacements for the Heartless, or decent stand-ins for normal sidekicks Donald and Goofy. Turns out, the Dream Eaters couldn’t be more fun, both as enemies and allies. Creating, collecting and customizing your own team of Spirits (good Dream Ea...

Freakyforms first impressions: Wow. Buy this thing!

My wait for Mario’s upcoming game just got a little more bearable, because for the last two hours I’ve been unable to tear myself away from Freakyforms, a brand-spankin’ new Nintendo property that just hit eShop for $6.99. It’ll be a little while before I can write a review, because this is the kind of game that starts you off with limited options and keeps growing the more...

After first two dates, Zelda Skyward Sword overcomes most of its initial flaws

Zelda Skyward Sword starts slower than any other Zelda in recent memory. In fact, it took two dates with her before I decided I wanted to keep dating. 

3DS buyers: What are your impressions after your first play-through?

I’d never played or even seen 3DS in person until I picked it up this afternoon. I’m having a great time with it…or I was until the battery ran out after three hours. Sad battery reality aside, here are some quick initial thoughts: 1. Love the whole user environment, and the camera’s going to get a lot of use. 2. Face Raiders is a blast. It lessens the sting of the hardware...

Second Impressions: An update from Wasteland

Minor spoilers ahead. I originally jumped into Epic Mickey without reading any reviews or recent comments; I still don’t really know what the rest of the Infendo crew thinks of the game (according to post comments, I’m on one side of a rift. Really?) The first hours of of Epic Mickey were amazing: As a Disney geek, I got my money’s worth by the time I hit Mean Street. Many more hours int...

First Impressions: Epic Mickey is the best-looking game I’ve ever seen

I know beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, but…wow. This game is freaking gorgeous. Screen shots don’t do it justice; You have to see it in motion on your own tv. It’s like a finely detailed chalk pastel painting come to life. I kept stopping to simply stare at the living artwork on my television screen. And the visuals are really solid—not a glitch or tear to be seen yet. The frame rat...

Is Kirby the best 2D game since Yoshi’s Island?

Three worlds into Kirby’s Epic Yarn, I’m convinced this is the spiritual successor to Yoshi’s Island, which was and remains–arguably–the best 2D platformer of all time. If you’re old enough to remember the disappointment surrounding the release of the follow up, N64’s Yoshi’s Story, Kirby’s new title is the game you actually wanted to play back then–A game where eve...

Professor Layton and the Middle-aged Dimwit

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future may be one of my favorite games this year: Polished, spectacular, classy, funny and intriguing. But it’s sure not helping my self-esteem. Seriously, either this series has gotten more difficult since its first tale or I’m getting dumber. Maybe both. I don’t recall spending hint coins so early or so often seeing that look of disappointment on Layton’s...

FIFA Soccer 10 on Wii is heavy on goals and loaded with options

I haven’t been interested in a simulation soccer video game since the last World Cup. And since South Africa is hosting the event next year, I have a fever to play. Thankfully, FIFA Soccer 10 on Wii satisfies that need with fluid controls, rich graphics, and an exaggerated amount of goals.

Unboxing: Infendo unclothes Metroid Prime Trilogy

For $50, The Metroid Prime Trilogy arrives Aug 24  in a metal “collectors” tin, with all three Prime games (two GameCube, one Wii) pressed to a singled disc and presented in “refined 16:9 widescreen.” Here’s what you can expect to find inside the box.

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