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Nintendo Switch Online Isn't Being Ditched, Says Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Online is, and will continue to be the only way to get access to online functionality on Nintendo Switch games, says Nintendo – despite some brief fear around plans for the paid subscription service.

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TechRadar reported yesterday on some ambiguous wording on the official listing pages for the Pokémon Sword and Shield games, set to land on the Switch console in November.

The listings cited "an in-game purchase option for users who do not have a membership" to Nintendo Switch Online, suggesting that some online features like battling and trading could be accessed through a separate payment method that circumvented Nintendo's paid online service... Read More Here

Final Fantasy 3 Super Nintendo Review

Ages ago, evil beings created powerful creatures called Espers, and unleashed them against each other. The resulting battles left their world a smoldering rubble. Legend has it, the Espers destroyed themselves and most of humanity. Magic disappeared forever.

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Centuries have passed and a rational world now exists with Espers living only in myths, until one frozen solid since the ancient wars is unearthed. Suddenly, there are reports of magical attacks on civilians. Imperial Commandos launch raids using magic powered MagiTek weapons. Magic is obviously alive and the world is in danger again. Who or what is behind the rediscovery and redeployment of this legendary power? What chaotic plans exists that will wreak havoc on this orderly world?

Final Fantasy III is one of what many consider to be the classics for RPG genre games. Released as Final Fantasy III for the SNES in 1994, it is actually the 6th installment of the immensely popular Final Fantasy series produced by Squaresoft. The game takes place about 1000 years following the ending of a great war called "The War of the Magi" which removed magic from the face of the world.

It is a typical turn based RPG with the player having control of over 15 playable characters each one with his or her own strengths and weaknesses and different fighting styles and stories to tell. The main character is a young half-human, half-Esper girl whom is trying to find her place in a world torn asunder by war. The main villain in the story is one of the most colorful villains in the Final Fantasy series, a rather funny clown named Kefka.

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Joining forces with him are a few other military style villains with lesser roles and even a few NPCs who get involved. There are many plot twists that include cut scenes involving characters that allow the player to have a "real-time" feel with the story. The characters have "expressions" that while being very basic, convey the general theme of each scene to the player. In my opinion, this game is perfect for the player who wants to see some of the best the SNES had to offer in terms of RPGs.

Gameplay:

As far as games for the SNES go, there are only 1 or 2 other games as engrossing as Final Fantasy III. All of the elements that make the other games in the series enjoyable are here. The player can rename all of the characters in the game including the ever present summons (called Espers in FFIII).

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There are a multitude of side quests in the game that vary in difficulty from easy to difficult in terms of time and involvement to complete, and the level of commitment necessary to complete the game can vary between 25 hours. To just finish the core storyline of the game, can be up to 100 hours give or take. This is if you want to obtain what is called a "complete" gaming experience meaning gathering all of the most powerful weapons, armor, and magic, and also leveling characters up to maximum levels.

The only reason the game is not getting a 10 rating in this department is the fact that while leveling characters is not a problem in the beginning and middle of the game, once a character reaches the higher levels (above 60) it becomes a very time consuming, tedious process to level up the character sometimes taking hours upon hours to raise a character just one level. This I would say is the main common problem with RPGs of this era. But, if you do not mind that sort of monotony, this game is for you.

The characters in Final Fantasy 3 offer a host of clever individual attacks. Each character has his or her own special talents and the player can choose to utilize each character's talents or can just ignore them. An essential part of each Final Fantasy is magic, and this game is no exception. There are a multitude of magics available to the player to use, each one learned from equipping certain Espers.

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The longer an Esper is equipped, the more magic is obtained from the Esper and once the learning curve for the Esper reaches 100%, all of the magic available from that Esper is learned. Some magic is able to be learned from two to four Espers, while other magic may only be learned from one specific Esper. This makes Esper use a conscionable thought process. The player must plan their use of Espers in order to learn the needed spells.

Graphics:

Again, I am comparing this to other SNES games. This game is 2-D. Plain and simple. It features a 3/4 overhead view 90% of the time and also features an overworld which has since been all but removed from most RPGs. The graphics were considered state of the art in 1994 when this game was released. There are rich color textures and some very good use of the Mode-7 graphics capabilities of the SNES in both scaling and rotation which are show cased especially when the characters use the airship for transportation.

As far as actual graphic renderings are concerned, the game is 2-D, so if you are expecting to see walking, talking, fully rendered 3-D you are out of luck. In scenes where the graphics are made to be inflated or close up, they become pixilated the larger they become. These problems aside, the graphics for its day, when compared to other games out at the time, were considered to be very quite advanced.
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Sound Quality:

Here's where the game shines. The score is enormous! Created by the world-renowned Nobuo Uematsu, there are at least 100 different songs in the game (including renditions of the main theme) and also includes a scene with one of the earliest examples of voiced "singing" in video games. The songs feature 128 note polyphony and a beautifully detailed musical story. Because the game's dialogue is text based, the music allows the player to get involved on a more emotional level with this game and the characters than many other games out at the time.

There is a great combination of deep bass, singing strings, and synthesized keyboards to keep the listener enthralled and engaged throughout the game. There are very few songs that last less than five minutes without repeating so the player never really gets the boring monotonous feeling that usually accompanies games from the SNES.

Replay Value:

There are very few games that can be left to sit for years on a shelf and then picked up and played again with the same level of commitment and enjoyment as Final Fantasy III. The game is just as much fun the every other time through as it was the first time through. As a matter of fact, with all of the side quests and obtainable items, weapons, armor, and magic, the game could possibly be one of the hardest RPG's created for the SNES to obtain a "perfect" or 100 percent complete game. There are always ways to expand the difficulty of the game and make each play through a unique experience.

Concept:

Not exactly the most cutting edge in gaming, this game has the very familiar "fight the monsters and gain levels before fighting the final boss and saving the world" theme. While the Action RPG gamer will find this game very repetitive, the fan of the Turn Based style RPG gamer will love it.
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Having a female as the main character in the game is a concept that was not used very much prior to Final Fantasy III. This seemed to be a risky idea but Square pulled it off flawlessly. Also, with all of the other characters in the game, the stories unfold rather nicely for each character. This adds to the depth of the game as well as the entertainment concept.

Overall:

If you are a fan of the Final Fantasy series, a collector of vintage games, or a person who is interested in getting involved in the series but is worried about the complexity of the newer Final Fantasy titles, this game is for you. Final Fantasy III is great for the "old-school" player and the "newbie" alike. It has a great story, great sound, and WILL take over your life for a few days if you let it. The characters are original, have many different abilities to use, and have emotions that make playing this game really great.

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The NPCs seem to have more of an impact in this game as opposed to most and the main characters are some of the most imaginative I've ever come across. The towns are sprawling, the graphics are engaging, and the sound is rich and vibrant. The story unfolds well, and from the opening scene, most players are hooked. The enemies are varied and numerous and the bosses difficult while not being impossible. I highly recommend this game to anyone who owns a SNES.

Only a Pokemon Master Can Guess All the Pokemon

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1. Gengar
2. Kangaskhan
3. Ledyba
4. Cloyster
5. Cubone
6. Darmanitan
7. Yanma
8. Togedemaru
9. Snivy
10. Durant
11. Dunsparce
12. Misdreavus
13. Octillery
14. Pancham
15. Scatterbug
16. Rowlett
17. Quagsire
18. Ponyta




Nintendo Switch Lite to Arrive for $200, and Here's How It Plays

When reports emerged of a lower-cost Nintendo Switch that wouldn't have detachable Joy-Con controllers and couldn't plug into a TV, my son had one question. What's the point of a Switch that doesn't Switch?

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Good question. But that's exactly what Nintendo is releasing on Sept. 20. The Nintendo Switch Lite is handheld-only and costs $200. (UK and Australian pricing is yet to be announced, but that converts to £160 or AU$290.)...Read more here

The Best Nintendo Switch Bundles

If you still have not purchased a Nintendo Switch, bundles are a great way to get everything you need together for one cheap price. Here is a list of the best Nintendo Switch bundles.




Nintendo Switch AmazonBasics Bundle with Grip Kit, Stand, and Case - $340.61

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  • Carrying case for Nintendo Switch gaming console and accessories; Black color
  • Game-cartridge slots store up to 10 games for easy organizing and access
  • Playstand holds Nintendo Switch upright; offers adjustable angle for comfortable viewing
  • Allows for charging Switch while placed in the stand (charging cable not included)
  • Game storage case for Nintendo Switch games; stylish design in Black color
  • Easily store and organize up to 24 Nintendo Switch game cards; includes memory card holder
  • Red kit includes 2 controller grips and 2 thumb stick grips for Joy-Con controllers
  • Ergonomic design provides maximum comfort—great for long gaming sessions
  • Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories
  • One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter
Nintendo Switch Console Bundle- Pikachu & Eevee Edition with Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! + Poke Ball Plus - $449

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  • Take your Pokemon journey to the Kanto region with this special hardware bundle!
  • It packs in the Nintendo Switch system, a Pikachu and Eevee themed dock and matching Joy-Con controllers, the Poke Ball Plus accessory, and a download code the Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! game.
  • With your energetic partner, Pikachu, become a top Pokemon Trainer by battling other trainers!
  • Using as a Pokemon GO Plus requires installation of the Pokemon GO application on a compatible smartphone. See pokeballplus.nintendo.com for details.
  • Internet access and Nintendo Account required. Visit support.nintendo.com for details.
Nintendo Switch System Console , Neon Blue & Neon Red with Mario Tennis Aces & 1-2-Switch - $359.96

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  • This bundle includes the Nintendo Switch console, dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), Two Joy-Con straps, One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, AC adapter, and a download code for Mario Tennis Aces and 1-2-Switch.
  • In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
  • Ratings applicable to game software only; ESRB Rating: Everyone with Comic Mischief.
  • Hit the road with the definitive version of r Mario Tennis Aces and 1-2-Switch and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses.

Nintendo Switch Neon, Switch Pro Controller, Super Smash Bros, Legend of Zelda Game Bundle -$495.95

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  • Nintendo Switch Console System, 32GB
  • Switch Compatible Wireless Pro Controller
  • Super Smash Bros & Zelda Video Games
  • Console and controller are US models, Games are Import Region Free
Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con with 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card - $314.84

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  • Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), and Two Joy-Con strap accessories
  • One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter
  • Nintendo-licensed Memory card for the Nintendo Switch system
  • Instantly add up to 64GB* of additional space
Nintendo Switch Console with Bonus Portable Battery Charger 10000mAh -$299.99

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  • Your choice of Nintendo Switch Gaming Console
  • Nintendo Switch Portable Power Bank Battery Charger Docking Station 10000mAh


Vote for Your Favorite Zelda Game

The Legend of Zelda was released on August 27, 1987, for the Nintendo NES. It sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Nintendo has produced countless amazing Zelda games ever since.

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Which Zelda game is your favorite? Comment why you think it is the best!




What is your favorite

The Legend of Zelda
Ocarina of Time
Minish Cap
Breath of the Wild
Majoras Mask
Link to the Past
Wind Waker

Top 6 Worst Nintendo Wii Games

The Nintendo Wii had a plethora of terrible games. Every movie, tv show, and cartoon had a themed game on the Wii. Companies would release terrible games hoping they would sell off of the licensed characters alone. Here is a list of the worst Nintendo Wii games.



Anubis 2

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Anubis 2 came out for Wii back in 2007. It also came out on PS2… in 2005. Yeah, they ported a 2-year old game and tacked on some Wii controls. But the game itself was already unbearable! Bug-ridden and repetitive, many a gamer could, at almost every level, fall through the bottom of the map and get stuck, having to restart the level and repeat the same humdrum tasks of badly designed enemies to annoying, upbeat music. There are only two attacks in the game, and thanks to bad programming, most of the shots you manage to hit while struggling with the controls don’t even register anyway. Anubis, you rascal! You must have gotten the Gods angry! For extra points, the game was packaged without a plot. The only hint is the one paragraph in the manual, which tells you you’re good, one guy is evil and you’re stopping him. To be fair, that’s pretty much what Mario is. This is just, you know, the opposite.


Wii Play

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What Moron put Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn and New Super Mario Bros. Wii those were great Wii games, as for Wii play this game is incredibly boring and repetitive most people bought Wii Play only for the Extra Controller which was genius on the part of the creators take a crappy game that nobody wants and sell it along with an extra controller.



Action Girlz Racing

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The controls are awful! The art is distasteful! The track designs are messed up! The graphics are broken! There are way too many bug's! And the sexism levels are off the charts! Do not under any circumstances play this game!


Game Party

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Let me just quote Eurogamer’s review here: ““The Game Party experience is like going to a party where there’s nothing to drink but Tesco Value brandy and there are only four other guests and they’re all racist and then your ex turns up and gets off with a Danish supermodel.” Aside from bringing back some traumatic memories, Eurogamer is giving you a fair warning: while this game beats most on the list by simply having multiplayer, if you ask anyone to play it with you I’m pretty sure it’s legal for them to murder you. The controls are retched and leave most doing random movements, and even that has little success. The games themselves range from things like darts and table hockey, and they almost pulled of recreating them – they just forgot to include the part that’s fun! You’ll be happy to know since the game is so bad, it couldn’t live with just one sequel. Yeah, Game Party 3 is out.


Showtime Championship Boxing

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I love boxing. I love watching it, playing simulations of the art, and even playing arcade action titles based on the glorious sport. Showtime Championship Boxing had a lot going for it in terms of a boxing game. Showtime as a network, next to HBO (RIP HBO boxing), is a heavyweight in terms of boxing platforms.

So, them putting out a game based on boxing makes sense. They understand the art really well. Too bad the studio behind it had no idea what boxing is all about. This motion-controlled game tried to use the Wii's motion controls. The key word in that sentence is tried.


Balls of Fury

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A game based on a movie never bodes well, but a game based on a movie nobody watched or remembered means very little time or effort was probably expended on this garbage. Balls of Fury is the only game that I remember launching straight into bargain bins. And I've never seen the game on sale for over $1 myself.  Look, ping pong on the Wii makes perfect sense. The ability to take advantage of the motion controls seems like a no-brainer. The tennis game in Wii Sports was loads of fun and the table tennis mini-game in Wii Play was pretty okay. Needless to say, you should stick to those titles if you want an actual game.