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Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: 31.85

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 250+ Hours and still playing!, 3 April 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Okay, okay... I'm a a huge Mario Kart fan! Give me a break! But I'm here to discuss the features of this slick racing game with you.

SINGLE PLAYER MODE

Grand Prix - Race in various cups, consisting of four different courses. There are 8 cups in total which means (if you do the maths) there are 32 tracks in total to play. The good thing about Grand Prix is that it's basically a tournament, competing in an attempt to grasp that 1st place position with that grand total of 40 points (10 for each win) we all crave so much!

Time Trials - Choose your best Kart, Wheel and Glider combination to perform a record-breaking 3-lap wonder which you can share with your friends via Streetpass and Online rivals via Spotpass. This is also a brilliant way to master those courses that you always seem to crumble on in Online races against those dreaded Japanese racers!

Balloon Battle - This was first introduced on Mario Kart 64, I believe. The aim of balloon battle is to hit your opponents with as many items as possible. Each item which successfully hits your opponent will remove a balloon from their collection of three. Your only opponents available in single player are the CPU players.

Coin Battle - Collect as many coins as possible and protect yourself from enemy attacks but also sneakily fire items at your opponents to steal their coins. Once they're hit, coins will jump out of their kart (given that they have some)

LOCAL MULTIPLAYER

Local multiplayer is available for 2-8 players simultaneously. From this mode you select 'Create a Group' and wait for your friends to join your group. Once your friends have arrived, you're ready to go! You should then choose your kart combination, then be given the option to play Grand Prix, Single Race, Balloon Battle or Coin Battle. The same rules apply in single race to grand prix, except the choice of the courses are entirely based on a roulette of the tracks each player has selected. The winner is decided once four races are complete.

ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

This mode utilizes the Nintendo Network. Options within this category are:

Worldwide - Race against up to 7 others random racers online within your skill level. Your skill level is based on your 'VR' which I believe stands for 'Virtual Rating', which initially starts at 1,000. But, don't worry about decreasing in VR, when you win you gain approximately 10-20 VR and if you finish in 8th position you'll only lose a maximum of 5 VR. So fear not! Also, if you join a game which happens to be full, you will enter 'Spectator Mode' in which you can watch a participant of the race from various angles.

Friends/Opponents - This feature is new to the handheld Mario Kart series, and is Semi-New to the series as a whole. This feature allows you to join a friend's current game as long as you have their friend code added to your 3DS. Also, here comes the best part... Let's say you race in a Worldwide game against a really fast opponent, and you're really determined to beat him/her, but you no longer have the time, so you have to come offline... Well, you can race that opponent again because they get saved to the 'Opponent' list, and when they're online, you can feel free to race them.

Communities - This feature can be used for Online friend-only games, Clan matches or Friendly Community races, for example IGN, the popular game resource site, to access their community, just enter the follow code: '60-2240-3145-6926' you will probably find that there are always people playing in this group, so if you haven't joined a community already, this could be your first one! Exciting, huh?

MARIO KART CHANNEL

This feature mainly uses Streetpass and Spotpass to communicate with friends and people who you pass by. It allows you to create your own Mario Kart 7 profile, and share your favourite kart combination, your favourite courses in the form of a Grand Prix, your time trial records and you can even share a message with people you Streetpass! Also, using Spotpass, you will receive recommended communities and Ghosts for each course, used in time trial mode.

Time for the pros and cons:

PROS

- Hours of fun (I've already played over 250 hours).
- 8 Player Local Multiplayer and Online Multiplayer
- Music provides a nostalgic feel as well and a fresh one
- A stable online network
- Addictive online multiplayer and ranking system, I currently have over 25,000 VR
- Option to use your Mii as a playable character (has to be unlocked)
- Several unlockables, including characters and kart parts give you many reasons to continue playing for a while
- The addition of travelling through water and air
- Brand new items, Fire Flower, Super Leaf and Lucky Seven.
- The CPU players are intelligent enough to take shortcuts
- Endless fun with friends

CONS

- There are a few glitches that let the game down a bit. I'll warn you before you play. 'Wuhu Mountain Loop' and 'Wuhu Island Loop' both have shortcut glitches in which the characters jump into the water at a certain part of the race and end up 30 seconds in front of everybody else.
- No option to do single race on single player
- No Waluigi as a playable character.

I'd honestly recommend this game to anybody. Nintendo never fail to keep me entertained. They've done well!
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Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS - Metallic Red
Nintendo Handheld Console 3DS - Metallic Red
Offered by EUROGAMES
Price: 179.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Fantastic System!, 16 Oct 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I think this video game system is extremely underrated! I also want people to remember and realise that the 3D effect is only one out of many features the 3DS has in store for its buyers, it seems to me that some of the reviewers on here are giving the system a 3 Star rating or below purely because the 3D is hurting their eyes. HELLO?! There's a depth slider that goes from 2D to Full 3D. You can't rate the system just on the 3D effects! What about the fantastic releases like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 3D? Not to mention the future releases of Super Mario 3D Land, Sonic Generations and Mario Kart 7! I've had the 3DS from the very beginning, 25th March, and it's done nothing but please me! I wish other people would just open their eyes and realise that this is a new generation of video gaming, and not just for 3D visuals!

To finish, I'd like to say, this video game system's sales are going to rocket sky high, come Christmas! You just wait! ^_^
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Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3)
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (PS3)
Offered by GAMES CONSOLES BARGAIN
Price: 21.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tenkaichi 2 Music?!, 16 Oct 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Like any Dragon Ball game, you have to play it for quite some length before you can officially call yourself reasonably skillful at the game. Although, the fighting styles from RB1 to RB2 are incredibly different, and me being an A rank player on RB1 found it uncomfortable at the start when playing RB2, but I eventually got into the hang of things, and I'm making my way up to the top!

The only other thing I'd like to mention is... BE WARNED: A few copies of Raging Blast 2 have Tenkaichi 2 music instead of RB2 OST?! I was one of the unfortunate customers who got the Tenkaichi 2 music, I was really looking forward to the OST for RB2 aswell...

Overall I would have given this game a 5 Star if it wasn't for the disappointing music, but hey! It's still a great game, and I hope you all get the OST instead of Tenkaichi 2!
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Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow (Nintendo DS)
Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow (Nintendo DS)
Offered by GeeksWholesaler
Price: 16.40

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow > Dragon Quest IX, 10 Oct 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Title: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow
Genre: RPG
Players: 1-3
Rating: PEGI 12

This game is truly excellent. I'll admit, it does help to have a friend or two playing with you sometimes, but the single player value in this game is still great as it contains 25-30 hours of story gameplay, and unlockable challenges after you've completed the story.

For those of you who like to move freely when you've encountered monsters in battle, this is the game for you, not Dragon Quest IX, although i did enjoy that game to some extent.

You can create and customize your characters appearance, voice and fighting style to the way that you like it. During the game, you can even unlock new hairstyles, and colours, and new fighting styles too!

As i was saying before, having friends to play with can have it's advantages, because you can work together during battle, but when you're out of battle, you can sneakily attack each other when your friend is not expecting it, which can be fairly amusing! Also, you can obtain items in multiplayer mode that you cannot find in single player! Which is very exciting, and you can brag to yours friends when you obtain an item with an 'S' Rank.

I've been waiting for a game like this to come out on the DS, so i'm glad it has. It's similar to Final fantasy crystal chronicles, but i think it's better. The music is great aswell! It's produced by the same composer as the final fantasy games. Enough said.

Buy this game.
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Best of Crush 40/Super Sonic S
Best of Crush 40/Super Sonic S
Price: 48.64

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely THE best., 25 July 2010
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This is a truly magnificent CD, manufactured by wavemaster inc. Every song contained within this CD were produced by Johnny Gioeli (vocalist) and Jun Senoue (guitarist), together known as crush 40. My favourite band!

I purchased my CD for 22.22 which i thought was an absolute bargain! The CD arrived within 4 days of dispatch, which was pretty impressive considering it was sent from Japan and was supposedly meant to arrive within 7-21 days!

Here are a list of the songs on the CD and my rating of them individually out of 5:

1. I Am... All of Me* - 5 Stars
2. His World* - 4.5 Stars
3. Un-gravitify** - 4 Stars
4. All Hail Shadow - 5 Stars
5. Never Turn Back - 5 Stars
6. Revvin' Up - 5 Stars
7. Into The Wind - 4 Stars
8. Watch Me Fly... - 4.5 Stars
9. Fire Woman** - 3 Stars
10. Sonic Heroes - 5 Stars
11. What I'm Made Of... - 5 Stars
12. Live Life - 5 Stars
13. Knight Of The Wind* - 5 Stars and above!
14. Live and Learn - (personal favourite) 5 Stars and above!
15. Open Your Heart* - 5 Stars
16. Is It You** - 5 Stars

* = New Mix For This Release
** = Previously unreleased, new recording for this release

Almost all of these songs are from Sonic The Hedgehog games, which is where i presume they received their popularity from. I recommend this CD to Sonic fans. The CD case contains a booklet with photos and lyrics in also. Thanks for reading! Long live Crush 40!


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