Review Time! with Dragondude2525: Chibi-Robo Zip Lash ***Rating 4/5***

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I gotta say… good job Nintendo! I absolutely enjoyed this game! I only have two faults with this game, but that will be addressed later on. First things first, I absolutely love the character of Chibi-Robo and to get to adventure with him again is greatly appreciated. The platforming is easy to accomplish with Chibi-Robo’s skill set allowing for easy hovering and jumping. The controls for the game are prime as well. You use the X button for the standard short range attack, and if you use it while jumping you can combine the action to hover momentarily. The Y button is used for for the more powerful long range attack, which can also be used to ricochet off certain walls to attack multiple enemies or reach platforms in difficult to reach locations. to target an object to hit with your plug you can use the circle pad, but for more delicate targeting you can use the D pad for minor adjustments. The gameplay is not extremely varied, but the typical platforming is broken up by segments or nearly entire levels where you are on a vehicle or some means of transportation, these levels tend to be a little bit more difficult if you are a completionist and don’t have great hand eye coordination. But at least the game doesn’t make it too difficult for young players or people that are not as good with platformers as it makes it very difficult for you to die, as long as you have been collecting and depositing trash and buying backup batteries and jet packs. The included Amiibo in the bundle is also a great item to have included as the pose is adorable and gives your character an in-game super boost. Other Amiibo also unlock bonus coins of the in-game currency. Overall the game itself offers a lot of items to collect that will have you repeating levels over and over again if you weren’t lucky enough to get it all the first time around.

Now come the two things I viewed as faults, two reason that resulted in me scoring this game a 4/5 rather than anything higher. The worlds of the game are just dull and repetitive. They are not all that great to look at but at least they function as suitable locations for platforming. My biggest gripe with the game is the roulette mechanic of the level select screen! in each world you have six levels, followed by a boss level that unlocks after the other 6 are completed. But instead of progressing through each level in order, you have to spin a wheel that gives you either 1, 2 or 3 spaces to move, resulting on repeated levels if you happen to land on the wrong number. At the end of each level though you get a chance to target one of three space ships, Gold, Silver, Bronze and they give you 3, 2, or 1 extra spin on the wheel respectively. Along with this you have the option of buying numbered tiles to replace ones on the wheel so that you have a better chance of landing on the desired location. They included a method of level selecting that was indirect and almost random, but then gave players several different methods to which they could avoid this whole mechanic. This I did not like at all, but it does not ruin the entire game for me, in fact it only somewhat affected my opinion of the game, but did not stop me from playing it for hours on end. It’s a great game to pickup and play for a few minutes or to sit down and enjoy for an hour or two. Hopefully this was of some help in your decision making process in purchasing this game.

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Review- Tech- Nintendo 3DS XL Mario Kart 7 Bundle ***Rating 4/5***

I picked up this version of the Nintendo 3DS XL last month and have been putting it to lots of use. It included the game Mario Kart 7 as a digital version that was already installed on the device. I have yet to purchase an physical 3DS game cards, but i did get to test out the 3D features.

I enjoyed using the 3D on the Nintendo, but after a while it started to give me a headache so I would usually turn it off after about 10 minutes of gaming. Its a nice gimmick but I still don’t see the benefit of 3D in gaming, or even really in movies.

It played DS games just as good, except for not allowing 3D or even a full screen mode. you play with small black bars along the sides of the screen, but its all good. The screen resolution is not that great, but it is still much better than the older versions of the Nintendo DS. Movie viewing on Netflix was great, but it did feel a little awkward at some times, but at least you could set up the 3DS XL in a sort of laptop viewing configuration.

It comes with a browser that is a little awkward to use, but it still does the job if you are in a pinch, and the 3DS XL is all you have.

I like that the memory card expansion is just your basic SD card, and it does not require some proprietary memory card. just like how Nintendo included an HDMI cable with the Wii U, this was just a great move on the part of Nintendo!

The button configuration at moments was a little awkward, especially when the d-pad and joystick pad were used for the same function in the game being played. sometimes having these buttons too close became problematic, but that could just be with the games I’ve been playing.

I give it a rating of 4/5 because it really is a fun, easy and portable device to use. It came with a game already installed that was actually a game that you would be likely to purchase. I like that it folds shut so as to not damage the dual screens and all the other positive features were long existing features in the family of Nintendo DS handhelds as well. As for the setbacks that prevented me from rating the 3DS XL any higher are still factors such as its low resolution displays and its still burgeoning online store, but only with time will these issues be addressed.