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GBA Games Coming to Wii U April 3rd!

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Well over a year after it was announced Gameboy Advance games were coming to the Wii U Virtual Console, it's FINALLY happening!

For the first time in forever (heh, Frozen), we finally got information on the lineup of GBA games joining the Wii U's Virtual Console. Starting on April 3rd we get the first batch of GBA games, which includes the much-beloved Advanced Wars, The Metroid classic, Metroid Fusion, and one of my all-time favorite handheld games, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga!

Following that, April will see a great lineup of other GBA games. April 10th will see the return of both Kirby & the Amazing Mirror and WarioWare, Inc. A week after that, April 17th, will see two additional games, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and Golden Sun. And then on April 24th, the Virtual Console will FINALLY see the long-overdue return of Yoshi's Island, which, for reasons I'm not sure, will be its GBA remake, as opposed to the SNES original. But hey, we're finally getting Yoshi's Island back!

So it looks like a strong lineup of GBA titles. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another year for those N64 and Nintendo DS games.

The Incredibles 2 is Real!!

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This past Tuesday, Disney announced that Pixar is finally developing a sequel to The Incredibles.

Now, I know many people have been complaining about Pixar's recent obsession with sequels, but the difference here is that this is the one Pixar movie that not only warranted a sequel, but also the one Pixar sequel people have been asking for for a decade.

Plus, its been announced that Brad Bird is back as writer (and let's pray as director as well), which eases any concerns. After all, The Incredibles was Brad Bird's creation, and he has stated that he would only do a sequel if he felt he could do it justice. And since it's confirmed he's behind it and Disney didn't wrestle it away from him is a very good sign.

I don't know about you, but I'm actually more excited for Incredibles 2 than all of Pixar's other in-production movies put together. The Incredibles is my favorite Pixar movie (with Toy Story 2 in second place), and is now probably tied with Frozen as my favorite American animated feature. I've wanted a sequel for years now, and the fact that it's actually happening, and with the right pieces in place (again, Brad Bird!)...I don't think I'm even half as excited for any other movie on the horizon.

Oh yeah, Cars 3 was also announced. But whatevs.

Dark Souls 2 Impressions

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So after beating Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and then beating it on hard mode for a complete 200%, I decided to jump right into Dark Souls 2. Because apparently I'm insane.

Simply put, if you liked Demon Souls or Dark Souls, you'll love Dark Souls 2. It retains the tight control, dark, lonely atmosphere, excellent soundwork and brutal difficulty of its predecessors. It admittedly doesn't feel too different from Dark Souls, but tat's not really a bad thing. IT tweaks its design just enough to give it its own identity. Its layout of enemies and traps will always keep you on your toes, prepared for the worst but hoping for the best.

I'm not too far into the game yet, but I have poured a good number of hours (and deaths) into it, and its another great entry in its series. Between Dark Souls 2 and DKCTF, 2014 looks to not only be on a good start in competing with 2013 in gaming quality, but also proves that difficult games still have a place in today's gaming world.

Big News Everyone!

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I'm sure some of you are wondering (but not really) about what happened to my long-promised video reviews. Well, as you know I was going to post them to a second YouTube channel. But plans change. In early February, I received a notice from Google claiming that I can no longer make money off of my videos (with zero explanation as to why, making Google my new archenemy), and this effects any YouTube channel connected to my account.

So again, plans change.

My brother, who helps manage my current website, has been planning on updating my website for some time now. But I thought of another idea instead... A BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

Yes, that's right, I soon plan on starting a brand new site, with a new name and everything. My current plan is for this new site to emphasize video games and animated films. I will continue to write reviews (hopefully of a more consistent quality and flow), and will try to post some game related videos here. This time around, I hope (hope!) to also have user accounts for the site, so that other people can join in as well.

In case you're wondering what will become of my current site. It will stick around. I'll still update it, but I have a feeling the new site will end up taking priority, as I hope it will also be a means to make some more money (my current site has only provided so much). But will still be here to stay.

Of course, maybe I can also start up a new bank account and make a whole new YouTube channel to compliment the site. But with how Google has been lately who knows if that will help.

So yeah, I hope you'll continue reading (and watching) my nonsense. Hopefully this new site will take off. I'll keep you all posted.

Congratulations Frozen!

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Over one-billion dollars at the worldwide box office! And with its release in Japan later this month, it's expected to out-gross Toy Story 3 as the most successful animated film of all time. Congratulations Disney, it couldn't have happened to a better movie.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Impressions

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Well, I'm not sure if "impressions" is quite the right word since I've actually beaten the game, but anyway, here are some of my thoughts on DKCTF, with a full review soon.

Donkey Kong Country Returns was the best 2D platformer of the last console generation, and Tropical Freeze is even better. Returns maybe suffered a little from "revival syndrome," that is to say, it felt like Retro Studios was so busy bringing the series back into the spotlight that it often felt more like a remake than a sequel (albeit a brilliant remake). But now that they've re-established the series, it feels like they've managed to give it their own personality.

The level design is some of the best I've ever seen in a platformer. Tropical Freeze may not be the most revolutionary platformer out there, but it certainly is a creative one.

It's also one of the hardest Nintendo games. Ever. As in, it goes toe-to-toe with the NES games that seemed to kick you while you were down. But unlike some of today's platformers that feel a little unfair (I'm looking your way, Super Meat Boy), almost all of my many (many) deaths felt more like player error, as opposed to unfair game design.

David Wise, the primary composer for the original DKC trilogy on the SNES, has also returned, which means the soundtrack is a substantial improvement over Returns (which didn't have a bad score, by any means). Tropical Freeze is less reliant on remixes than Returns was (again, revival syndrome), and has more original music. But the remixes are still there, of course. And this time, there are even a few remixes from the grand soundtrack of Donkey Kong Country 2.

Pretty much the only major drawbacks in the game are that it doesn't utilize the Wii U's capabilities in any meaningful way (if you play traditionally, the screen on the Gamepad is completely blank, it's only use is for off-TV play), and that the load times can get a little ridiculous. I suppose I wish there were more animal buddies again (once again, only Rambi the rhino returns, while Enguarde the swordfish remains absent despite the return of water levels). But I suppose that one's more of a preference than a complaint.

In short, DKCTF may be the best game on Wii U, if maybe not the best Wii U game (if that makes any sense).

The Lego Movie

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So I saw The Lego Movie last night. Expect a full review soon, but for now I have to say...what's the big deal? This movie has been getting ludicrous praise, but aside from the visuals, it doesn't really do anything unique or creative (which is particularly ironic given the film's message). Yeah, it was solid enough at what it did, but it didn't really have the imagination to justify all the acclaim it's getting. It's like How to Train Your Dragon all over again.

Did GS Seriously Give Tropical Freeze a 5/10?

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Okay, I try not to get too involved with review scores these days. But this one kind of needs mention from me (provided it's true).

So I was on game rankings checking to see if there were any reviews in for Tropical Freeze (I got my school done early...I was bored), and I checked the "news" section for the game, with the most recent news bit being from GameSpot titled "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review: 5/10."

Clicking on the link lead to a dead page, so maybe I'm misreading things, but the news link is also dated for 2/17/14, so I guess we'll find out on Monday.

But a 5/10? Really? Okay, I know I haven't played the game yet, so maybe this is the DKC fanboy in me talking, but after the GS editors praised the game in their previews, how does a score that's usually reserved for mediocre titles hold any weight? What, did they not have the editors who previewed the game review it? What's the deal?

Hopefully I'm just reading this wrong or something. Not necessarily because I care what score GS gives a game, but it does reek of unprofessionalism and attention-grabbing when they literally praise the game in previews and then all of a sudden decide it's mediocre. If they do give it a 5, I expect them to try to justify that it "isn't that bad of a score," even though their track record proves they think otherwise.

I swear, it seems like Mario is the only Nintendo property that's safe from this kind of stuff these days. I mean, when you have Game Informer of all people giving Nintendo games 9+ scores you know there's something iffy going on with GS.