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Yoshi’s Woolly World is adorable and challenging

Yoshi’s Woolly World is adorable and challenging

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Nintendo has recently gained the stereotype that its games are increasingly child-friendly, and “Yoshi’s Woolly World” is by far the most cute and cuddly game on the Wii U to date. Good-Feel, the studio behind 2010’s “Kirby’s Epic Yarn,” has, once again, employed a yarn-based aesthetic...

Digging deeper into “Shovel Knight”

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

During its Kickstarter campaign, “Shovel Knight” was able to hit several stretch goals, one of which was the inclusion of some playable boss characters as free DLC in future updates. Plague Knight is the first to receive the playable character treatment in “Plague of Shadows.” Set in parallel...

Nintendo releases new, customizable Mario game

Nintendo releases new, customizable Mario game

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

On Sept. 13, 1985, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka revolutionized the world of videogames with “Super Mario Bros.,” widely considered to be one of the best platforming games of all time and a classic among classics. It was even the best-selling video game of all time until “Wii Sports” too...

Ink it up with Nintendo’s freshest IP

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

August 28, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

A multiplayer online competitive shooter, “Splatoon” is the newest intellectual property from Nintendo. Despite having a stereotype for hanging onto the “Mario” and “Zelda” franchises for decades now, Nintendo has created their first new major IP since “Pikmin” and “Animal Crossing...

Video games are strange

Rachel Payne, Contributing Reporter

August 21, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

More and more videos games are beginning to focus on the storytelling aspect of a game as opposed to completely focusing on the gameplay. “Life is Strange,” with four episodes out and the fifth most likely coming out sometime in early September, has been a standout game in terms of creating a unique...

Remake offers great gameplay, but lackluster graphics

Remake offers great gameplay, but lackluster graphics

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

As the numerous reveal trailers for new fighters in “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U" were released over the past two years, one character that may have confused most American gamers was Shulk. He seemed interesting enough, wielding a cool sword and having the ability to see the future,...

Nintendo Direct defies April Fools, announces upcoming games and products

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Last Wednesday, April 1, Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct, a short presentation about upcoming products and games coming to Nintendo’s consoles, the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. Despite the peculiarly chosen date, none of the games presented were an April Fool’s joke. “Super Smash Bros. f...

“Code Name S.T.E.A.M.” shows Nintendo is not out of ideas

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Nintendo is well known for their long-standing franchises, with their last new series being the Wii Sports games in 2006. As such, to cynics, it may seem that Nintendo lacks innovation. It seems “Code Name S.T.E.A.M.” for Nintendo 3DS hopes to change that notion. The premise of “Code Name...

Nintendo’s latest console includes innovative features

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

For all the great games it produces, Nintendo’s creativity in console naming hasn’t been quite as strong these past few years. After the confusing title for the Wii U and the even more confusing Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo’s newest console is named the New Nintendo 3DS. No, not a new 3DS console,...

The end is near

Brian Sherman, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Following in the footsteps of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” and “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD,” “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”—originally released for the N64 back in 2000—has officially received a remake in the form of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s...

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