Splatoon 2 takes place approximately nine months after the final Splatfest event of the first game, in which the pop idol Marie proved victorious over her cousin and fellow Squid Sister, Callie. While the two girls seem to carry on as normal afterwards, the usually inseparable cousins begin to spend more and more time apart due to their growing solo careers, with Marie beginning to worry about whether Callie was negatively affected by the Splatfest result. After going out of Inkopolis to see her parents, Marie returns home to discover both Callie and the Great Zapfish have gone missing. Fearing that the evil Octarians are once again involved, Marie once again takes on her role as Agent 2 of the Squidbeak Splatoon and recruits an Inkling from Inkopolis Square, the player character, to become Agent 4 and investigate.
With assistance from both Marie and weapons expert Sheldon, Agent 4 makes their way through Octo Canyon fighting off Octarians and recovering the stolen Zapfish. They eventually discover that Callie herself has sided with the Octarians after being brainwashed by their leader, DJ Octavio. With everyone’s effort, however, Marie manages to break Callie free from her mind control, and together they help Agent 4 defeat Octavio once again. With the Great Zapfish safely returned to Inkopolis, the Squid Sisters happily reunite and resume their musical career together.
Fan Review : 63% Excellent
Good: 38% | Average: 0% | Poor: 0%
Up to four players can control one of a variety of fighters, with the player able to perform basic fighting actions using extendable arms such as punching, throwing, blocking, and dodging. When the attack meter is fully charged, players are able to unleash a high-damage “rush attack” against their opponents. Players can also charge their attacks to temporarily increase damage. Each character has a different set of abilities and unique gloves for different strategies. Players are able to use the system’s Joy-Con motion-controllers or standard button input to operate each arm individually.
Conventional control methods, such as with the Pro controller, are also able to be used. Players are also able to customize their arm loadouts, with each arm being able to be selected independently. Every arm is different with elemental attributes and varying weights that affect gameplay. Up to four players are able to play in a single match, either in a three- or four-way free-for-all, or in a 2v2 mode in which teammates are tethered together.
Fan Review : 57% Good
Excellent: 14% | Average: 29% | Poor: 0%
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a racing game for the Nintendo Switch. It is the first enhanced port of the Mario Kart series, being a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U. It has additional features such as several new characters and features more options for Battle Mode. First hinted in the Switch’s announcement video in October 20, 2016, the game was formally announced as part of the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 13, 2017. The game was released worldwide on April 28, 2017.
Differences from the original
Characters can now carry up to two items at once, even if they don’t drag the first item, and the game features the return of the Double Item Box from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The game also introduces “Smart Steering” and “Auto-accelerate” for beginners; the former makes driving and staying on the track easier, the latter makes the vehicle automatically accelerate. The statistics of the vehicle parts and drivers have also been changed, 200cc engine class for Time Trials has been added, and there is an additional level of Mini-Turbo, called Ultra Mini-Turbo, denoted by pink sparks that appear after the orange sparks. This new level of Mini-Turbo can only be obtained if Smart Steering is off. The game also features a different in-game guide, directly accessible from the game’s menu. There is also an option to change character and vehicle combinations during an online lobby without having to leave; this is done by pressing the “Y” button during the course selection screen of an online lobby. The game also has reduced loading times when compared to the Wii U game. The controversial exploit of “Fire Hopping”, in which a player could hop repeatedly from left to right to get extra speed from a boost, has been removed from the game.
Some of the vehicle parts that are exclusive to downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 (i.e. parts included within the Mercedes-Benz x Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8, and the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 add-on packs) are now randomly unlocked by collecting coins during gameplay.
There are more character weight classes when compared to the Wii U game, with several returning characters having different statistics. Also, the statistics of some vehicle parts have been altered, and Mii characters are less expressive.
The game features all of the base and DLC content of Mario Kart 8 (excluding the battle mode in the Wii U game, Miiverse compatibility, stamps, and the ability to share highlights on YouTube), with the same 48 courses. Red Shells and Spiny Shells are now slower when they lock onto their target, meaning players are able to outrun them in 200cc when they have any kind of speed boost.
Fan Review : 88% Excellent
Good: 13% | Average: 0% | Poor: 0%
In case you have been living under a rock the past week, Pokemon Go is out and taking the nation by storm. Considered one of the most popular apps in the app stores, this game is taking to “catch em’ all” to a whole new level. The game essentially turns your mobile device into a pokedex, which you will use to catch pokemon in the real world. The game tracks your GPS signal and allows the user to travel around to catch different pokemon throughout the day or night. There are random gyms and pokestop spread around all different towns, to help ensure you have plenty of pokeballs and potions to catch pokemon. You do not battle pokemon to catch them, but instead battle only at the gyms against other teams and gym leaders that change periodically based on who is traveling and fighting there. Pokemon Go is free to download and is now available on the ios app store, and Android store.