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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Nintendo 3DS)
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £31.85

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Street Fighter and Tekken, step aside, Super Smash Bros. has arrived for the 3DS!, 3 Oct 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Let me just get this outta the way before all the rest: I as many other Smash players who got to play the Unlimited Demo from day one have had a problem with the 3DS edition, which is, the Slidepad it's not necessarily bad by any means but it feels slushy and somewhat unresponsive at times, and even if you use bruteforce it won't do you much good (other than literally breaking it) but once you get used to it, I think you'll be perfectly fine with it. But still, I would've preferred that Nintendo allowed us to switch to the D-PAD even though it'd mean losing own abilities that you can only do using the Slidepad.

Opening: There isn't a cinematic video, it's just a slidehow of all the fighters and then once you've pressed to enter the menus it'll sound exactly like you'd be playing Brawl as they've reused it for the 3DS edition.

Roster: In terms of quantity of character, there's over 40 to choose from, which includes newcomers such as Mega Man, Pac-Man, Little Mac, Rosalina and others!

Stages: It has a wide variety of 20 plus stages which includes newly made and classics (from N64 and Melee).

Story Mode: Doesn't really have one but instead it has the Classic Mode which is similar to Melee's, in the sense that you choose your own path to battle and then get rewarded for it, although there aren't the special bonus stages like Target Break but at the end you get to play against a really cool boss which makes worthwile. And no, there are no cutscenes because Mr. Sakurai said that the cutscenes would be upload to the internet and so it'd be a waste of time (sounds like they just didn't want to bother with it -- take it how you will).

Game Modes: Smash - Solo or Group, Online (it's the best part of the game without a doubt!), Challenges, Smash Run (you have five minutes to defeat all enemies and also to collect as many items as possible, then in the end you'll fight three rival boses! -- this is either solo or local co-op), Classic Solo, Classic Group and Street Pass.

Graphics: When I saw pictures of it on the computer I thought they were ugly, but turns out it's absolutely gorgeous on the 2DS/3DS and if you want you can customise the size (small, medium, large) of the characters to appear on the screen (for your optimised visualisation).

Gameplay: I've played the N64, Melee and Brawl and to be honest this feels Brawl although its pace does tend to be faster than what you'd get from Brawl (so kinda like Project M).

Music: In one word - Spectacular. The game has around 170 tracks (some are only available while playing the matches or menus) to listen to and as you'd expect from a Nintendo game they're composed by professionals but then the audio quality comes to ruin it, unfortunately. Read it below.

Audio Quality: I tried listening to the game's music on my headphones (Sennheiser) and the audio quality of the 2DS (outputs stereo through headphones) and it's very flat, unpleasant and saddening because this game has some of the best tunes that I love (there's going to be the Wii U edition and the Special Edition 2CD Soundtrack, though, so it's sorta OK).

Miiverse: You cannot use Miiverse because Super Smash Bros. uses too many resources from the 2DS/3DS (even opening the Home Menu takes a few seconds to open up), however, on the New 3DS (more powerful than the current 2DS/3DS systems) it will be possible since it's more powerful.

Options:

1) Button Configuration (Only allows to configure the buttons not the Slidepad to the D-PAD)

2) Sound

3) Character Outline (It allows to change the outline from non-bold to boldy it has three levels so you can optimise for your best visualisation)

4) Damage Location (Choose which part on the bottom screen for it to show either on the top or bottom, or you can fully turn off)

5) Internet

Bonuses:

1) Trophies

2) Album of Screenshots (that you take while playing Super Smash Bros. on your 2DS/3DS)

3) Replay (Matches that you've recorded or manage your own videos which were created)

4) Sound Test (Here you can listen to your favourite Super Smash Bros. tracks)

5) Records (Check out your stats and how much you've progressed so far)

6) Tips (It shows up tips and hints to help you out if necessary)

7) If you have a Wii U you can use your 2DS/3DS as an additional controller, but it's not recommended due to the risk of breaking the Slidepad and you would need to get it fixed (or buy a new one).

8) If you happen to be a 2DS/3DS and a Wii U owner who's going to purchase both versions of Super Smash Bros. then you will get the Special Edition Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack which features 2 CDs in all high quality (this is something that fans and collectors will love to own, and I'm excited to get my own too!).

9) In case you're a new 2DS/3DS owner and you register your new console with Super Smash Bros. you'll be able to get one of the games that Nintendo is giving away, which are: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Yoshi's New Island, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Mario Golf: World Tour, Mario Party: Island Tour or Pokémon Art Academy. You've got until January 2014 to register in order to acquire one of them.

10) If you were one of those who got the Special Demo of Super Smash Bros. for your 2DS/3DS then the coins that you've acquired can be used on the full version!

So all in all, Super Smash Bros. for the 2DS/3DS (and New 3DS) is definitely worthy of a 4/5 score (just not perfect due to some technical flaws as explained).

P.S:

I've posted screenshots of the game on the Comments section for anyone interested how they look like.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 3, 2014 1:38 PM BST


Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo Wii U)
Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo Wii U)
Price: £31.85

5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly repetitive gameplay, inconsistent framerate and below average graphics for a Wii U exclusive game., 19 Sep 2014
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
First of all, I'd like to say that I'm a Nintendo fan but that alone doesn't mean I'll eat up whatever Nintendo releases and praise it like others would, as I'd rather be my own self and see what the game has in its pros and cons.

Now, what The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors is, it's a Dynasty Warriors game developed by Omega Force whom have definitely included a lot of fanservice to try and keep the fans happy though here's the thing, due to the generic gameplay that is Hyrule Warriors it doesn't make the player want to stick around for too long as all you're doing during the entire game is slashing hundreds of enemies and then the process repeats afterwards. But hey, if you enjoy slashing tons of enemies then you may somehow like this.

Unfortunately the framerate is not 60fps nor 30fps but rather inconsistent which is horrible for a game like this that has hundreds of characters on-screen and it makes it distracting from being enjoyable, plus the graphics look like a game that'd run on PS3 so while they're good they aren't great.

Lastly for some positiveness, I'll give them this: The design from the Zeldaverse they used looks spectacular and it's my favourite aspect of the game, the second being the music which Nintendo always makes sure to produce a nice score to go along with their games and the third the cover. It's such a shame that Nintendo decided to hire Omega Force to make this quick cash-in game that isn't worthy of being a Nintendo time and it won't hold up its value for a long time, as it isn't a very good game.
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Need For Speed Most Wanted (Nintendo Wii U)
Need For Speed Most Wanted (Nintendo Wii U)
Offered by Level99Games
Price: £36.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it would have been 60 frames per second., 19 Sep 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Most Wanted (2012) on the Wii U looks graphically stunning, it handles really well, the music's great if there's one thing I disliked then it's down to the fact that the game was set to ran on 30fps rather than 60fps which at times it made it very noticeable and for a slight moment distracted me. It's a bit disappointing that it's not possible to control the speed properly due to the lack of analogue triggers but this is Wii U's fault not EA/Criterion.

I'll say that some people are OK with it and think they don't notice but it's rather that they're not aware of what it is exactly and so they aren't put off from it.

Aside that, the game's spectacular, there's a TON to do in the game, the cars are marvellous and online play is still very much active to this day so it's definitely worth picking up for the Wii U if you want a racer that isn't Mario Kart or Sonic Racing Transformed.


Power Rangers Megaforce Tokyo Vinyl Red Ranger Figure with Card Scanner App
Power Rangers Megaforce Tokyo Vinyl Red Ranger Figure with Card Scanner App
Offered by Limie
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Red Super Sentai to the rescue!, 7 Sep 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This figure was being sold for £4.99 (at Toys R' Us) so I couldn't miss out on this one because it's such a good looking character, as well, as that I'm a fan of mechs and Super Sentai (or Power Rangers in the west) too, plus it looks very nicely made (although I wish his feet would've looked better than something out of a Lego brick).

It also comes with a card to use on an app but I don't care about it, as I bought it for the figure (which will remain in its box for the entirety of its lifetime now).


Sonic The Hedgehog Commemorative Statue
Sonic The Hedgehog Commemorative Statue
Offered by Collectors Kingdom
Price: £39.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly made. Avoid it., 7 Sep 2014
The attention to detail on these two Sonic figures is very poor, the eyes/mouths/etc aren't painted properly and then there's the stomach of Modern Sonic which I checked on all 5-6 in stock they had at Toys R' Us and they were all faulty, i.e, the stomach was like sliced in two parts for some reason.

I have to say that on the computer they look great but then in reality you'll notice they're very poorly made and not worth very much, that is, for adult collectors' because if it's for kids then go for it, they're just going to mess around with it.

A plus that this product has is it comes with a game code to use on Sonic Generations and the ring also looks very nice, but aside that, you're not getting a high quality product here at all.


Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3) Limited Edition
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3) Limited Edition

3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad of a Limited Edition but inferior to RB1's LE, 5 Sep 2014
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This Limited Edition comes with the standard game (featuring a reversible cover -- exclusive to the LE edition), DLC code (with costumes for the characters), a 3D display of Super Saiyan 2 Gohan doing Kamehame-Ha with Cell and a Goku cel (only 35,000 copies were produces so they're kind of rare).

Surprisingly the best part of this Limited Edition is Goku's cel and that was the sole reason I decided to purchase (I got it for fairly cheap anyway) but seeing that the slipcover looks nice I kept everything and sold my other regular copy off.

Now, I say this is inferior to Raging Blast 1's Limited Edition because previously they offered a Steelbook, plastic slipcover, booklet, DLC code for costumes, music CD and the game disc whereas here there's not a whole lot that's pleasing (aside from the Goku cel).

So would I say this is worth it? No. If you can get the Goku cel only for a reasonable price then go for it!

P.S.: All 2010 copies of Raging Blast 2 came with the original Kenji Yamamoto soundtrack because later on in 2011 Bandai had a reprint of Raging Blast 2 which changed the score to Tenkaichi 2 (replacement) due to the plagiarism scandal that happened.


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Standard Edition (Nintendo Wii U)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Standard Edition (Nintendo Wii U)
Offered by Yellow Bulldog Ltd
Price: £19.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Long loading screens, new Fisher voice and not too stealthy., 4 Sep 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I'm a long time Splinter Cell fan so knowing that this new game was going to be supposedly like Chaos Theory made me excited but after playing it, it was quite a disappointment because in terms of stealth-ness you have to play by the game's system or go all-guns-out a la Call of Duty (which this game feels like they took the gameplay from and such).

In terms of graphics they look stunning in HD and the framerate runs smoothly, as well as the gameplay when you get used to for the stealth mode and gunning but don't be expecting "Chaos Theory 2" because this is not the game you're looking for then! Oh and, the loading times take a good chunk of 30 seconds or more so be sure to have patience because you'll need (unless you're playing a digital copy which runs faster due to being on the media storage of Wii U's).

Despite that I was already aware Fisher had a new voice, I just can't get used to because it doesn't resemble the original voice actor nor does it feel natural, I've read that Mr. Ironside didn't want to voice him any more or such so unfortunately for us fans we're getting a new unfitting voice. But all in all, he tried his best though without that maturity or deep vocal it's not the same.

It's a very good Splinter Cell game but not the best, and certainly doesn't top Chaos Theory.


Digimon Gold (OST)
Digimon Gold (OST)
Price: £5.72

3.0 out of 5 stars It's worth it, especially for the original Japanese songs and the 3D cover., 4 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Digimon Gold (OST) (Audio CD)
This German Digimon CD features 17 songs in German, 3 in English and 2 in Japanese. Below you'll find the tracklist of this album.

German

01. Leb Deinem Traum
02. Ich Werde da Sein
03. Dein Herz Zerbricht
04. Wir Werden Siegen
05. Devimon
06. Jetzt Ist es Soweit
07. Du Bist Mein Digimon
08. Matt's Song
09. Ween Ich Dich Wieder Seh
10. Zeig Mir Das Licht
11. Warte Nicht Auf Mich
12. Alles Wird Gut
13. Vertrau Mir
14. Wir Drehen Auf
15. Wenn Die Sonne Untergeht
16. Leb Deinen Traum
17. Unsere Digiwelt

English

18. Run Around
19. Here We Go
20. Hey Digimon

Japanese

21. Butterfly
22. Target

I really enjoyed hearing Butterfly and Target in high quality (in Japanese, though the German dub is quite good too), also, what this comes bundled with is a 3D cover, thin booklet and a Digimon card but considering it's all in German it might not be very readable unless you know the language.

Still, it's a cool collectible and for the price it cost me (£2) I couldn't go wrong!


Ong Bak
Ong Bak
Offered by entertainmentsupermarket
Price: £9.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film worth owning!, 18 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Ong Bak (DVD)
This is one of my all-time favourite Asian films about martial arts and this release features the original Thai as well as the French remastered cut in disc one, and in disc two it's filled with plenty of extras which last for many hours.

People who're buying this know what this film is about, there's no need to explain, but it's somewhat important to state that the picture quality of the original Thai version looks subpar to the R1 (I think) and to the same French remastered cut which definitely looks a lot better (though it lacks the authentic Thai score).

As for compatibility it's for all regardless of being an R4 release.


Power Stone Collection (PSP)
Power Stone Collection (PSP)
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £12.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular game collection but unfortunately released on the wrong console, 18 Aug 2014
I'm a long time player of Power Stone (1 and 2) on Dreamcast and recently I've been playing the remastered edition on PSP but sadly it's just not as good due to the limitation of the small screen which causes to show too much and you end up losing yourself looking around for your player which really isn't enjoyable at all. However, if you have a PSPgo you can play this on your TV which makes this totally worth playing to the fullest (but not on a PSP screen).

This collection should've been released on PS3 and Xbox 360 too since this would have been ideal as they're home consoles with online play.

As for the content, it's the original two Power Stone games plus some gems exclusive to this release.


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