If you’ve been paying attention to the Sonic universe, you’d know that Sonic Boom is the cartoon that featured a redesigned Sonic and his team. The launch of the series coincided with a new game series, also titled Sonic Boom. The two last year, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Nintendo Wii U were not well received, but developers Sanzaru said that they had learned from last year’s mistakes. Have they? I put on my running shoes and race along to try and find out of Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice really has learned from its predecessors. Try to keep up, will you?
Remakes and remasters seem to be a theme for many video game titles this year, and our latest review title is no different. Well, okay, it’s a little different. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is a new old game for the Nintendo 3DS family, and the developers have completely rebuilt the game from the knees up (because the game’s original story, setting, and characters are still very much in place). The original, which debuted on the PlayStation 1, was incredibly well received, so how do you improve on a game that’s already a classic? Come along, I’ll tell you.
It’s that time again for the hunting of beasts huge and small, from those of fantastical size to those smaller than a fly. Monster Hunter Generations is the next game in the series, following on from Monster Hunter 4 (which we reviewed here). Since there’s no storyline that runs through the game, there’s no need to worry about missing anything from before, so let’s go hunt something ugly!
It’s Kirby time again! The pink puffball in back in a new adventure on the 3DS called Kirby: Planet Robobot, and this time he’s gone mecha. The world, as usual, is in trouble and it’s Kirby’s job to save planet Pop Star from the mad machinations of The Access Ark and its robotic minions. This is the first new Kirby game since last year’s Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush on Nintendo Wii U, so let’s find out what the denizens of Pop Star have for us.
If you’ve completely exhausted the two story paths in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (both games reviewed here), and you wished there was more story to tell, you’re in luck. A piece of DLC for the game, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, shows you the consequences of not choosing, and that making no choice is in itself a choice.
Yo-Kai Watch is a new IP from Level 5 that’s set to rival Pokémon in the “collect all the things” genre of video games. It even has its own anime show and, curiously, its own dance. It’s taken Japan enough by storm that next month already sees Yo-Kai Watch 3 over there. In the US, the TV show and the toys have been huge hits, and I think it’s only inevitable that they make their way to our shores. We’re just starting to get the first wave of this new craze, so I let the game inspirit my 3DS to see what it was all about. Come join my adventures around Springdale.
Hyrule Warriors was a Wii U game, released in 2014, that played like Dynasty Warriors set in the Legend of Zelda universe. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, by the way, you’re missing out on two extremely fun game series and you should be extremely ashamed of yourself. The 3DS now sees its own release called Hyrule Warriors Legends, and it was a huge surprise given the amazing amount of detail and action that went into Hyrule Warriors. Can the little console keep up with its big brother? I grab my Hero’s garb and Master Sword and charge at the hordes of moblins to find out.
Bravely Default made its appearance back in 2013 (reviewed by us here), showing the world a new way to play JRPGs with its “Brave” and “Default” mechanisms. The sequel to the game, titled Bravely Second: End Layer is now upon us, and the game continues the story of Agnés Oblige, the Vestal of Wind who was promoted to Pope at the end of the first game. What else is new in the land of Luxendarc? Come, let’s find out, but mind you don’t step on the goblin.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros is the fifth installment of the Mario & Luigi series of games, which started with Superstar Saga in back in 2003. The series, for those who have not experienced it yet, is essentially a JPRG starring the eponymous, infamous plumbing brothers (who, in retrospect, haven’t actually done any real plumbing in…years). I grab my markers, my glue, and my construction paper and head for the hills of the Mushroom Kingdom to see what this game is all about.
Chibi-Robo (which literally means “small robot”) is a 10cm small robot on a mission to save the Earth. His first appearance was ten years ago, in 2005 on the GameCube, helping a family with their various issues. Since then, he’s appeared in a few more games, but in this latest outing, he’s fighting off an alien menace. Let’s see what the diminutive droid is up to in his latest adventure!