Month: February 2017

Nintendo Memories: DS

Luke Halliday Bomberman DS The Nintendo DS is a console I hold near and dear to my heart. Not only do I have so many fond memories playing with my brother and sister with the system, the Nintendo DS was the final gift I received from my grandmother before her passing. She has terminal cancer and the last gift she got for us all before her time had come was a Nintendo DS for each of us. She knew how much we loved gaming and she was happy to support our passions and was always a big proponent that what’s fun is good. With the Nintendo DS I got a few games; Nintendogs, Super Mario 64 DS, and Bomberman DS. The latter of which became the go to game for me and my siblings. We spent hours and hours blowing each other up, it was us against the COMs but it felt like us against the world. We use to pretend that we were playing online against people around the world, even though the game …

Card Feelings – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 102

Okay, so this episode might start of a little on the heavy, real world side, but rest assured, the guys are back to their usual inane banter in no time. Yep, from the reinstatement of the Japanese military forces to the time that Yami Yugi almost killed Weevil with a card game, to a game that shows imagination is the perhaps the greatest super power out there, this episode has it all…depending on what you definition of “all” is. -30-

Celebrate The Launch Of “Berserk And The Band Of The Hawk” With New Trailer

Kentaro Miura’s Berserk is still a wonderfully popular Manga series, with its elongated support being spurred on by two different Anime series’, both new and old, as well as a series of films. Some time ago the Manga even inspired it’s fair share of video games, but it’s been quite some time since the general public have seen something new from the franchise’s gaming side. Omega Force revealed quite some time ago that they were currently developing a Dynasty Warriors-style video game based upon the gruesome Manga, and today finally marks its release for not only the PlayStation 4 but the PlayStation Vita and on the PC thanks to Steam. A series that lends itself well to the gameplay style Omega Force seems to have mastered over the years, Berserk And The Band Of The Hawk will follow the story told in both the series’ original Manga as well as the Anime and films that followed. With playable characters ranging from series protagonist Guts to key member of God Hand; Femto, formerly Griffith. To celebrate the game’s …

Dragon Ball Fusions – Review

Since the concept of fusions first entered the Dragon Ball Z canon, fans have pondered one simple question: What if? What if, instead of Vegeta, it was Gohan who combined with Goku? What if permanent fusions were actually so? What if the Z fighters decided to mix and match and create a plethora of new combo fighters? Unfortunately for fans however, these musings were relegated to the realm of fan fiction, fan art and general friendly discussions…”were” being the operative word. Yes friends, no more must these ideas lie in the minds of the populace, for now there is an outlet for insanity, a vessel for nonsense, a game cartridge that houses far more what ifs, how coulds and why nots than most though possible; Dragon Ball Fusions. Somewhere on the mystical planet of Earth, or at least the Dragon Ball equivalent of said planet, two impetuous youths decide to test their mettle against the greatest fighters in the world. Naturally this means Shenron is in order, and both Pinich and (insert customisable main character …

Nintendo Memories: GameCube

Luke Halliday The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker So finally we have made our way to the little purple box that could. The GameCube holds a very special place in my heart, in fact I still consider it my favourite video game console of all time. I spent countless hours diving into the wonderful worlds of the GameCube, I don’t really know quite where to begin even. My first interactions with the GameCube came with a display unit at my local Kmart, I watched on with keen fascination as kids lined up to play Smash Bros Melee on the system. Eventually me and my younger brother got our turn and were blown away by how much the game had improved upon the original. This would be a common theme for my other ventures on the GameCube. While the GameCube didn’t feature some revolutionary controller or gimmick, it revolutionized with its games, taking the familiar faces of Nintendo and doing something wildly different with them. Whether it be the water wonderland of Super Mario Sunshine, …

The Ridiculous Retcon – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 101

One hundred episodes go by and the world loses its mind. Honestly, an episode of this podcast following a time limit? Who’s ever heard of such insanity? What’s worse, the guys actually managed to keep it. They actually managed to keep it and still found the time to prattle on about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures and Marvel comics. It’s a whole new frontier above one hundred. There are no more rules… -30-

Look Alike: Sonic the Hedgehog OVA retrospective

Between 1994’s excellent Sonic 3 & Knuckles on the SEGA Mega Drive and 1998’s Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast (which marked the Blue Blur’s resurgence in glorious 128 bit 3D), the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was basically stuck in purgatory for nearly 5 years. The SEGA Saturn almost had a major Sonic title in the infamous Sonic Xtreme, which went through a literal development hell before it got cancelled. The lore on Sonic Xtreme would need its own article honestly. Originally planned for 1996, the cancellation of the title left SEGA and developer Sonic Team literally scrambling. So to fill the years between 1994 and 1998, SEGA gave Sonic fans a series of… consolation prizes if you will. There was Project Sonic on the Saturn comprising of three games: Sonic 3D Flickies’ Island, Sonic R, and finally Sonic Jam. The topic of Project Sonic would need its own article, but let me enlighten you with this in the meantime: you know the developer that makes all those LEGO video games year after year? That very same …

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pass, Original Story and Hard Mode Added

Nintendo often get criticised for their constant attempts to innovate, at the same time as being criticised for not being with the times as it is. You want a new console? Sure! You don’t want it to have new features? Who are you and why are you in my office?! At some point, the company cannot win. Fast forward to today where  Nintendo has announced that they will be releasing an DLC pass, expansion pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The pack has three  main sections and will begin to release coinciding with the games launch. The pack in total goes for $19.99 USD, which will most likely mean that Australia will be paying $25-$30. A reasonable price for what is on offer. Both the Switch and Wii U versions will be identical. The main downside to this is that the three packs will not be available for separate purchase. All or nothing, yo. The first pack, released with the launch, comes with three chests sprinkled around the large Great Plateau area, one of which …

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Review (3DS)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was a historic release when it landed on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006 for many reasons: it was the first Dragon Quest video game under the SquareEnix banner, it was the first time Dragon Quest did not have to use its Western placeholder of Dragon Warrior for legal reasons, it was the first Dragon Quest in full 3D, and it was the first Dragon Quest title to feature a full English dub and an excellent one at that too. Dragon Quest VIII did for its franchise what Final Fantasy X did for its own: upping the production values and realising the fantasy setting to its full potential. For many including myself, it was our first foray into the brilliant fantastical world of Dragon Quest, and it honestly felt like the first true encounter with the Japanese Role Playing genre. Over a decade later Dragon Quest VIII makes it way to the 3DS with a truckload of new features  and improvements to boot. Back in 2006 I’d think you were …

Splatoon 2 Global Test Fire Set for March

Splatoon took the gaming world by storm when it landed on the Wii U in 2015 and still remains as widely played 2 years later. Not that two years is a long time mind you, if anything Splatoon is a game that would have an active community for 5 years or even longer. Still, with a new Nintendo system and Splatoon being one of the company’s freshest and most successful new IPs in a long,long time, it makes sense for a sequel to kickstart the Switch and give it plenty of momentum. I’m kind of sensing that the existing Splatoon community isn’t exactly thrilled by the sequel or a new Nintendo console… because as I was playing Splatoon over the weekend (I finally hit level 13!) I noticed some not so flattering graffiti… most of them had a common theme of depicting the Nintendo Switch as an evil sorceress of sorts… a Witch if you will… OK they’re literally calling it the “Nintendo Witch” with artwork depicting the Switch console riding a broomstick. I honestly …

Nintendo Memories: Game Boy Advance

Kane Bugeja Zoids: Legacy The Game Boy Advance was a console that certainly lived up to its name. Compared to its predecessor, the GBA was a powerhouse console. At least from the perspective of a child. The graphical upgrade was amazing and games utilised colours to a far greater extent than the console named after such a visual mechanic. Combine this with the cavalcade of games, both old and new, and you’ve got yourself a handheld that saw the Game Boy era to a powerful end. In the mix of awesome games that made this console, such as Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire and Emerald, Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury, Sonic Advance 3 and (obviously) Bionicle: Maze of Shadows, there was one game that stood out to me more than any other: Zoids: Legacy. Terribly translated and damn near indecipherable for anyone who had not seen the series, Legacy was a hot mess of an adaptation. And boy did I love it. Still do. With Zoids games few and far between, I am so glad that I said …

New Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of Wild Screenshots Ahead Of Its March 3rd Release.

No matter how close it would come to Christmas, I was always trying to get a peek of the presents under the tree because why do parents think its a good idea to leave them so tantalisingly close?! The point is, until its in our Dorito encrusted hands, we are always going to want more. Thankfully the good folks over at Game Informer have released some new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild screenshots. Maybe these little gems will hold anticipation for the remaining days before the release of the Nintendo Switch. Will these do anything to satiate the roaring emptiness inside of us all in anticipation for the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being released in less than a month? No. Was I serious about wanting to own a store brandishing my face as the main logo? Yes. -30-

Street Fighter V Introduces Us To New Fighter: Kolin

I’m a simple man, and therefor don’t know much about the world around me. Something I know for certain though is that the world in question is run by an elite series of hyper human beings known as the Illuminati. They’ve got their God-like hands in everything; music, television, film, food products…I assume. Nothing will stop their reign! Apart from, like, Ken or something. A martial artists can probably thwart this secret governing society. Actually, I’m fairly certain that they have before. Street Fighter III saw the introduction of a brand-new villain; Gill, who was once actually the leader of the aforementioned shadow organisation; the Illuminati. Now while you may assume that I’m on the verge of revealing that he himself is to appear as a new playable character in the already released Street Fighter V…you’d assume wrong. It is, instead, his silent assistant Kolin who will be joining the roster for the latest instalment of playable characters. Yes, Kolin is her name, and fighting for the Illuminati is her game. Revealed by Capcom just …

Digimon World: Next Order – Review

Japan, 1997: The Birth Of Digimon – Bandai took the world by storm with its Tamagotchi variant directed at young males. With a focus on training and fighting, it quickly became not only a great alternative to pet ownership but a competitive craze that would dominate the year as well as the few that followed. Japan, 1999: A Whole New World – Bandai releases Digimon World for the PlayStation. A spiritual follow-up to the Sega Saturn title Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamer which would, one day, be lost in the shadow of what many consider to be the quintessential Digimon video game. Digimon World sucked Tamers into the world of the Virtual Pets they loved so much, introducing us all to a brand-new world. Japan, 2012: A Missed Opportunity – Another addition to the Digimon World line; Digimon World Re:Digitize was released across Japan, but never in any other regions. This game saw Tamers, once again, return to the Digital World in much the same way as its descendant. While many other Digimon games had come …

SnapTheatre – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 99.5

When the Luke is away, the Frank and Jake shall play. They, along with Kane, shall also refuse to label this as Episode 100, in a show of solidarity for their absent comrade. It also gives them a chance to act like total loons, although that isn’t nearly as nice as the “solidarity” angle and would probably have happened regardless of numbering conventions. -30-

Nintendo Memories: Game Boy Color

Frank Inglese Pokemon Crystal Pokemon is a franchise that I keep close to my heart even to this day because of its impact on my young life. As an only child with no Father and a Mother that had to work long hours to sustain our small family, it was Pokemon that gave me a strange, inorganic sense of companionship. I related to the young boy on the screen, travelling around the world with no-one but his trusty pets. It helped me deal with a lot of the trauma of my childhood and, in fact, still does so today. Pokemon Crystal, specifically, will remain my personal favourite Pokemon title to this day, it seems, not only because of its base excellence but because of the connection between myself and my now passed Father that it still represents. Prior to the release of the second generation, my Father took me on a trip into Sydney City to attend a small but impactful convention that revolved around Pokemon and the upcoming video game releases. For the life …

RADWIMPS release music video for their song ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ featuring Jump Heroes

Fans of Japanese rock band RADWIMPS would likely be familiar with their ode to Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, aptly titled ‘Weekly Shonen Jump’ which featured on their critically acclaimed 2016 album Human Bloom. The song sees RADWIMPS lead Yojiro Noda opining of his desire to be a man just like a hero out of Shonen Jump, to be there for the girl he has feelings for whenever she is in a bit of a pinch, looking out for his chance to be her hero. It is a beautiful song through and through. A music video has now been released for the song and it happens to feature countless Shonen Jump heroes throughout the video like Izuku Midoriya of My Hero Academia or Yuma from World Trigger to name a few. You can check out the video below to get a nice listen of RADWIMPS latest single paired up with some heroes of Jump. RADWIMPS’ Human Bloom album is currently available in full on their Spotify channel, for those who are inclined to be using Spotify. …

The New Nintendo Switch Trailer, Once Again, Shows Off Its Gameplay Versatility

All, if not most, people now know about Nintendo’s next big home console/handheld gaming device the “Switch”, so I wont bother with any kind of recap. I’m sure that those of you out there who are reading this already know everything there is to know about the console, so there’s also nothing I could tell you here that you wouldn’t already know. In fact, I feel as though some of you reading this are the types to sit and rewatch a trailer again and again until you’ve properly digested every iota of information in it, so I’d imagine that there’s more that you can explain to me than me to you. Something you may not know about, though, is that today Nintendo released another trailer for their upcoming console that, although oddly like the reveal trailer, runs for about five minutes long and features some of the games revealed through the conference held just a few weeks ago. The trailer, as you may have already guessed, doesn’t necessarily show the games themselves, but instead it shows the …

Expelled From Paradise – Review

If there is one thing that life (and many a movie) has taught me up until this point, it is the undeniable fact that humanity will eventually screw up this whole ‘living comfortably on earth thing’. Such is the case for Seiji Mizushima’s Expelled From Paradise where the denizens of our little blue marble in the sky have pulled an Elysium and gotten the hell out of dodge. In lieu of living on the surface the majority of the populace subside within the space station DEVA where all of their many wants and desires are fulfilled. This fulfilment is done through virtual spaces such beaches and malls. Unfortunately, an entity known as Frontier Setter is hacking into DEVA (possible via the ‘mainframe’, don’t ask me I am not a doctor) and sending odd messages through these virtual spaces. These messages vaguely make reference to another space station GENISIS. The message itself seems inherently innocuous but is a clear sign of a lack in cyber security aboard DEVA. Obviously, this leaves the upper echelon of DEVA command, Central …