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Nintendo Wii U 32GB New Super Mario Bros and New Super Luigi Bros Premium Pack - Black (Nintendo Wii U)
Nintendo Wii U 32GB New Super Mario Bros and New Super Luigi Bros Premium Pack - Black (Nintendo Wii U)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for money., 13 Dec. 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
There's probably never been a better time to embrace Nintendo's latest machine, it's the first time we've seen an HD console from the company and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

I bought mine for £300 with Nintendoland back at launch and I've never regretted paying that price for it, it's supplied hours of entertainment through games and LoveFilm.

3rd party support may very well be running a little thin currently but let's not forget that many people have bought a Wii U this Christmas so with more players means a bigger install base which leads to higher third party support, although this is a factor, the eShop has loads of gems coming in 2014 so I believe the machine is supported quite well digitally.

The Wii U warrants the price tag based on Nintendo's own games alone. Pikmin 3, Lego City Undercover, Nintendoland, Wii Party U and of course; Mario all need to be played to understand the pure magic that Nintendo radiates from it's own hardware.

With a fantastic range of 1st party software already available and more fantastic games coming in 2014, I strongly recommend a Wii U for something that little bit different from the norm.

Price: £13.88

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing E6 album, 12 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Mustang (Audio CD)
Okay, let me be the first to say that this is my own view of the latest E6 record and I'm not interested in people shooting me down for the rating.

Having a year break from the previous Electric Six record which I really enjoyed (Heartbeats and Brainwaves) I was really looking forward to listening what the band were going to release next, we had the live album in 2012 and they were busy touring the UK throughout 2013 whilst working on Mustang.

I have to say, this is my least favourite Electric Six album, I'm not 100% sure what's gone wrong for me with this one, but it really doesn't compare to the 2011 studio album or any other one before it for that matter, I feel this is the result of album fatigue possibly. It doesn't seem clear what direction the band took with this album but I just don't find it appealing to listen to and it's mostly made up of nonsense and almost takes itself even less seriously than previous efforts to the point where it is nowhere near as cleverly written as those catchy E6 albums that proceed this one.

Previously my least favourite album of Electric Six's was Zodiac but this one takes the new crown as the least catchy and least likable in my opinion. This is not to say there aren't decent tracks on this album, New Shampoo and Cheryl vs Daryl are probably the most likable out of the bunch but everything else just feels like an off cut, ideas picked up from the studio floor and thrown together to see if it'll stick.

I honestly feel the band excel at electric synth sounds and perhaps this has tried a more funk approach with very mixed results, I'm not saying the band should stick to one sound but the music on this album isn't their finest hour.
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Nintendo Wii Mini Red
Nintendo Wii Mini Red

33 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wii Mini, 2 April 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Nintendo Wii Mini Red (Console)
Don't listen to the nay-sayers about the Wii Mini, the console is designed for the younger audience and also keeps the Wii brand alive with new hardware which can only serve as a good thing considering new releases are hinged on this console selling.

The Wii Mini is an attractive retro design that keeps the general aesthetic of previous re-released Nintendo consoles, the red and black design is very striking and although it's a little too 'cheap plastic' it serves its purpose. Many have moaned about the lack of GameCube compatibility which, was taken out of Wii consoles in 2011 and considering a secondhand GC is around a tenner; it doesn't really factor into the equation. The console lacks WiFi compatibility also. This isn't too much of a problem considering many online services for the console will be shut off in the near future, also most of the best software released is on disc - something this console does play.

In short, the Wii Mini is designed to be a GAMES CONSOLE, not a media centre. If you're looking for something that does it all, I recommend a PC.
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GameGadget Handheld System
GameGadget Handheld System

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Game Gadget, 28 July 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I became familiar with the Game Gadget from Eurogamer's website where the device seems to have had a second soft launch at a lower price point, the idea of playing Megadrive, SNES, Master System, NES and other retro games with ease was more than enough to tempt me to purchase one, the device arrived very quickly directly from Blaze themselves.

I opened the rather sturdy and professional packaging to find my Game Gadget nestled in the middle so without further hesitation; I fired it up. The Game Gadget needs to be activated from Blaze's website dedicated to the GG upon doing this you receive some Megadrive games as a sweetner - which isn't too shabby this could be considered a god send since Blaze will charge you up to £2.99 for certain MD games! I first played Golden Axe when I noticed a dead pixel in the middle of the screen, considering the price point of £69.99 and Blaze's history of churning out budget Megadrive hardware, I expected this although - it did make me somewhat cautious of the build quality of the device, I moved on to Doom after this; I have to say - I was impressed with how it handled the game the screen was sharp with minimal lag all you can really ask for from a device at this price range.

SO - why have a rated this just above average? Well, the question of build quality came up again - my GG decided to pick a moment when trying to show a friend the Sandbox mode to actually stop booting in said mode altogether! The GG would boot into the main OS but where the magic happens is Sandbox and I wanted to show off some SNES games - this was rather annoying to say the least and, at time of writing, hasn't sorted itself out either! I have yet to hear back from Blaze's customer service department after raising a ticket, although this has only been 24 hours so far.

Surely the Sandbox mode now no longer being functional wouldn't be a deal breaker though, right? Well, yes and no.... Yes because I now have a device I have to either dump loads of Megadrive games on to the SD card or be at the mercy of paying up to three quid for a game I own on cartridge or worst still, have to download the frankly, shocking homebrew rubbish from the Game Gadget marketplace (SQRXZ 3 & Doom aside). The flip side of the coin being, that I did know when buying the GG that the build quality maybe suspect - it's just a shame I was proven right.

I could only recommend the Game Gadget for those looking for stress-free emulation with a relatively smart front end, if you set your standards low on this product and ask it only to emulate Blaze's area of expertise (Megadrive) then you'll be onto a nice little machine to waste some hours away - be aware that the battery although lasting for a long time, will just die without warning when it's done.

Some will look at the Game Gadget and wonder why it has a 400Mhz processor with 64Mb of ram when all it seems capable of is 2D games, I see this maybe intentional to keep the system reliability higher and the emulation simple.

Make no mistake, these things are going to be rare, they have a bad reputation and I'm sure have sold in very small numbers. Me, as a console collector will be keeping an eye on the market with these and hopefully will have mine fixed by Blaze, if not - they can easily lose another star off my score.

A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most clever albums of the past decade., 27 Nov. 2011
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out is the debut album by then-unknown band Panic! At The Disco, bursting onto the scene in 2005 around the time when Fall Out Boy became increasingly popular and blazed the charts in late 2005, these two bands sound very similar on first listen and no doubt helped Panic! reach a desired audience when their debut was released.

AFYCSO is a very different beast to anything you would have listened to before this, or indeed today in 2011, in my eyes this is one of the last albums that feels like it's been crafted rather than mass produced, every track has a left-field cultural reference as the title and within the rocky electro beats of each song an undercurrent of hidden meanings and lyrical heart-felt experience meets the listener.

This album doesn't have any misfires at all and stays consistent throughout it's all-too-short duration; something that can't be said for the follow-up, Pretty, Odd. You'll find yourself looking for the true meanings behind 'Camisado' & 'Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off' and raising a smile to the pantomime style of 'Build God, Then We'll Talk' just in time to toe tap and head shake to the albums known singles 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' & 'Time to Dance'.

The main flaw of the album was the inclusion of explicit language that may in some ways, held back it's success as a couple of the tracks naturally don't come out of the packaging 'family friendly'.

To conclude, this is an album that really should be experienced as it stands up as well in 2011 as it did the day it was box fresh in 2005.

Heartbeats & Brainwaves
Heartbeats & Brainwaves
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Price: £13.46

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return to form., 12 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Heartbeats & Brainwaves (Audio CD)
Last year left me somewhat disappointed by Electric Six's album 'Zodiac'. The album was clearly an identity crisis of throwback pop tunes and pure gibberish in some cases with the odd exception as mentioned in my review of that album. However, this album is far, far superior to Zodiac in every single way, the band's sound has matured somewhat now featuring other artists on the album which has helped E6 concentrate on creating instantly likable rifts.

The album loosely bases itself around Tarot this year and has more standout tracks than both Zodiac and Kill, songs that stick in the mind like 'French Bacon', 'Hello, I See You' & Free Samples are perfect examples of classic Electric Six electro rock with a more polished sound that is only found over time 'It Gets Hot' is the perfect example of the direction the band should maybe explore, I'd certainly like to see the band garner more fame by heading up Electric Six feat. ___________ . 'Interchangeable Knife' has a very unique 8 Bit sound that is very easy on the ear.

If you're tired of the norm and want something that little bit different, every track featured on Heartbeats and Brainwaves is uniquely different from the track previous.

I can't recommend this album enough.

Stir The Blood
Stir The Blood
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £6.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3rd album, 10 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Stir The Blood (Audio CD)
After an excellent, strong debut in the UK with Honest Mistake and the self titled first album you'd be forgiven for thinking that this band no longer active, however this couldn't be further from the truth, the second album Sun & The Moon came and went in 2007 with no presence in this country which is a big shame.

Fast forward to 2009 and the same thing has happened again, this band have released an album that outstrips both previous outings by adding freshly retro electronic beats with some fantastic venomous lyrics that really show where the band were at the the time of the albums conception.

This album has hardly a weak track on it and should have gone on to great things i.e at least going Gold in Europe instead of barely selling a copy - had this record been released around 2005 I believe it would have achieved great things and changed the fortunes for The Bravery in the square eyes of the X Factor/Britain's Got Talent generation.

Greatest Remixes [Australian Import]
Greatest Remixes [Australian Import]
Offered by dodax-eu-uk
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called 'Gash Remixes'., 8 Oct. 2011
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I took a chance on this album due to it's low price-point and my liking of Good Charlotte -however, this is by far one of THE worst purchases I have made, ever. Greatest Remixes is such a misfit of strange bedfellows it's almost laughable. It's so evident that Good Charlotte desired to slip down the slope to hip-hop so badly that they got some movers and shakers to remix otherwise excellent emo-punk tracks into misfiring rapper nonsense resulting in an album destined to please neither fans nor newcomers with it frankly, god-awful track lineup.

If you've recently got into Good Charlotte; avoid this like a foaming at the mouth dog - plump for Good Morning Revival for the genesis of this album done correctly or if you're more into the older style of Good Charlotte then Cardiology is an excellent return to what they do best.

Welcome Home Armagedon
Welcome Home Armagedon
Offered by FLASH
Price: £4.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Strange quantity., 8 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Welcome Home Armagedon (Audio CD)
Looking for a reference of what to expect from a FFaF album has always been very difficult without previewing the tracks first, on the one hand you have the storybook ye olde world format of Tales Don't Tell Themselves from 2007 or the not quite hard rock style of 2008's Memory and Humanity which are both very different to each other but equally as pleasing on the ear. This album sits for me, between their EP days and Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation - this isn't a bad thing it's just the album feels a little unfinished and lacking the studio polish of the later efforts from the band. At times it's very difficult to enjoy the little background details because of the early screamo vocals found on 60% of the output here, that said the album is still very enjoyable and there's a lot of talent to be found here.

In summary, this is an excellent album for fans, those looking for a way into Funeral For A Friend I would recommend starting with Casually Dressed first as this album feels like the successor to that record. If you're looking for musically talented FFaF rather than vocal-driven talent I'd suggest Tales Don't Tell Themselves or my personal favourite, Hours.

New Noise Designed by a Sadist
New Noise Designed by a Sadist
Price: £8.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comeback., 8 Oct. 2011
Having recently (within the past 3 years) gotten into PWEI I found a band that were very different to everything else out there, there was an element of 'fun' and attitude to their previous albums that seemed to have been all but lost in the music industry by the late 90's I found upon listening to the 2008 greatest hits album that it was a great shame that the band had been mostly dormant since 1995/6 having a brief comeback in 2005.

Fast forward to 2011 and a new album is with us and brings all the mid-nineties flare with it in the process, the first track 'Back to Business' does a good job of opening the act ready for more well-timed guitar and electric rifts that are rarely experimented with in this day and age, the album doesn't disappoint and for those looking for aomething just a little different then I strongly recommend giving Pop Will Eat Itself a chance.

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