My Fears About a Handheld Smash Bros. Have Come True

Initially, My Fears Over A Handheld Smash Bros. Have Come TrueWhen Nintendo had official forums on their website, I visited them on a daily basis. Back then, I owned Nintendo hardware exclusively, and it only seemed right to discuss gaming in an environment I was familiar with.

As Nintendo prepared to release the DS, many posters requested an all-new Super Smash Bros. title for the system. Everyone seemed to be on board, claiming “It would help sell systems like no other game could!”

(Because of course, what the Nintendo DS needed was help selling systems. I worked at GameStop when it was released; we needed help keeping the damn thing in stock.)

Flash forward to the present, where Super Smash Bros.. is available for the 3DS. But not the New 3DS, the old 3DS. Even though I’m not playing it on the old 3DS because I have a 3DS XL.

Wait, I’m going off topic here. Where was I?

Smash Bros 4 cuccosOh yes, Smash Bros., and how I’m not happy it’s on a handheld platform. Why am I not happy, you ask? Because the game is an imperfect representation of the wonder and chaos that is Smash.

I was playing local multiplayer with a friend the other night, and even though he was sitting to my immediate left, we kept having connection issues. Add in the small screen and framerate issues, and you’re left with an experience that’s more frustrating than enjoyable.

Could some of this because I’m not 100% familiar with the characters? Yes. And am I mad that my beloved Kirby is nowhere near a top-tier character? You bet.

Still, my initial reaction hasn’t been a positive one. I long to have a controller in my hands and my eyes glued to a big screen. For the time being, I’ll have to try to be patient and make do with what I have.

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I’ve Mostly Played Destiny Alone, and That’s Okay

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Its TV spot features three players having the time of their lives as the “beloved” Dinklebot tags along for the antics. I’ve seen streams of friends exploring high level content, and heard stories of the good times had by groups. Part of me is jealous of these people, since I’ve primarily been playing Destiny alone. [Read more...]

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Azeroth had managed to eliminate the threats of Kil’jaeden (well, temporarily anyway), Arthas, and Deathwing before discovering Pandaria.

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Hitting Level 90 in Mists of Pandaria gave World of Warcraft veterans an unfamiliar thought:

“What the hell do I do now?”

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