Review: Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2002 | List Price: ~$15 | Buy from Amazon

smwsma2I’m currently going through a Mario phase wherein I’ve been going through and playing all the Mario 2D platformers (roughly in order of difficulty). I enjoyed Nintendo’s side series like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. but never played much in the way of Mario platformers as a kid, so it’s been really cool to actually try the mainline Mario games. Last weekend I finally beat the GBA port of the 1990 SNES game Super Mario World, a game that many consider to be the best Mario game and one of the best platformers of all time.
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Review: New Super Mario Bros.

Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2006 | List Price: ~$25 | Buy from Amazon

nsmbUp until very recently, I’d never beaten a Mario game. Shocking, right? It’s not that I never played them; in fact, I have lots of the NES games on Virtual Console, as well as all of the Super Mario Advance games. It’s just that the NES Mario games are really hard, and I just don’t have the platforming prowess to best them just yet. New Super Mario Bros. is actually the first Mario game I ever owned, though I hadn’t played it for a while. I read that it was a lot easier than other Mario games, so I decided to give it a revisit and beat it in only two days!
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Impressions: Lucina and Light Blue Yarn Yoshi amiibo

I did it. I bought an amiibo. And then five days later, I bought another one. I know amiibo are overpriced and unnecessary, but I just couldn’t resist seeing what all the fuss was about. I don’t actually have a Wii U (yet), nor do I have a New Nintendo 3DS (yet), nor do I have the NFC reader (does that even exist outside of Japan yet?), so I can’t give a full review of the amiibo and their functionality.

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You may notice that the site has been somewhat dormant recently. This is in part due to the fact that I have moved to Singapore. There are many downsides to being a gamer in Singapore: Games are really expensive and things come from all sorts of regions and release dates aren’t always clear. Finding amiibo isn’t one of those downsides. I have to clarify that amiibo are actually quite a lot more expensive here, but it certainly is easier to find “rare” amiibo here than in the States or Canada, due to the sheer amount of video game stores in any given area and the lack of retail exclusivity.
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Review: Fire Emblem Awakening

Developer: Intelligent Systems | Year: 2013 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon 

PS_3DS_FireEmblemAwakening_enGBI never intended to play Fire Emblem Awakening. However, after being pestered by Baobab to give this game a try, we made a deal that I would play Fire Emblem Awakening if he watched the anime series Toradora! (which, by the way, is one of my favourite anime series of all time). Unlike Baobab, who hated watching Toradora! with a passion, I do not regret fulfilling my part of the deal. Fire Emblem Awakening is undeniably one of the best games available on 3DS. Having never played another Fire Emblem game, I cannot say how it compares to it’s predecessors, but I can say that this is one special game. Continue reading

Giveaway: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Special Demo Codes

Monster-Hunter_creative_emailHello everyone,

As many of you probably know, Nintendo is releasing Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS on February 13. In late January, early access codes for the demo were distributed to select club Nintendo members. We at Kantaloupe were lucky enough to receive some, and we’ve decided to share them with you. Continue reading