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EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Earbuds Review: Wireless Audio for the Nintendo Switch

March 9, 2021

With the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid earbuds, EPOS is showing serious interest in trying something new. Many have tried to create gaming earbuds but none have ever had the punch of a decent set of cans. EPOS is a partner brand of audio maker Sennheiser. They are tinkerers and inventors, they like to throw ideas […]

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Bravely Default 2

Bravely Default 2 Review: Default by name and by nature

March 4, 2021

Bravely Default 2 is a long, bland parade of JRPG cliches, presenting one after another for 50 consecutive hours. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before From the moment its protagonist awakens on an unfamiliar beach, suffering amnesia, the groans and eye rolls began in earnest. Things do not improve from there. You are […]

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New Nintendo Switch

Report suggests turbo-charged new Nintendo Switch to launch this year

March 4, 2021

Nintendo is allegedly preparing to reveal a new model of its Nintendo Switch hardware. The new Nintendo Switch will feature a larger Samsung OLED display capable of outputting 4K ultra-high definition visuals when docked. The news comes from a new Bloomberg report which claims Nintendo is looking to reveal the new model, banking on the […]

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Mario Golf Super Rush

Mario Golf Super Rush will kiss that egg in July

February 18, 2021

Mario Golf Super Rush will be the next title in the long-running Mario Golf series. Announced during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, the game updates the series with all-new courses, powers, and characters. Like the best of Nintendo’s party-based games, Super Rush will be the perfect game to play with friends once the threat of Covid […]

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Smash Bros Pyra

Super Smash Bros Ultimate adds Xenoblade‘s Pyra and Mythra to roster

February 18, 2021

Today’s Nintendo Direct opened with a new Smash Bros fighter, Pyra, from the Xenoblade Chronicles series of JRPGs. Also Mythra from the same series, who will be her shadow fighter. Smash Bros fans have long lamented the game’s growing reliance on sword-based characters, and Pyra and Mythra won’t help that situation. That said, their move […]

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Nintendo Direct in Australian times

Here’s when you can watch tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct in Australian times

February 17, 2021

A massive hour-long Nintendo Direct broadcast drops tomorrow, but when can you see it in Australian times? Don’t worry — no matter which state you’re in, we’ve got you covered.   Where can I see the new Direct? You can watch it live on the official Nintendo YouTube channel, or on Nintendo’s official Twitch channel. […]

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Nintendo Direct

Hour-long Nintendo Direct to drop tomorrow morning, this is not a drill

February 17, 2021

Nintendo has announced a Nintendo Direct broadcast for tomorrow, February 18, at 9am AEDT. The broadcast will feature “roughly 50 minutes of information focused on available games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and games coming to Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021.” The broadcast will be the first “full size” Nintendo Direct since […]

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D All Stars Review: Nostalgia bob-omb

September 16, 2020

I reckon Super Mario 3D All-Stars will give video game preservationists a lot to think about. I find myself thinking about video game preservation a lot lately. I imagine this is because I’ve reviewed a lot of remasters and remakes in the last few years. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is neither a remake nor a […]

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Carrion

Carrion Review: This hideous beast will devour us all

July 26, 2020

Carrion is a new Metroidvania game from indie developer Phobia Game Studio. You are fast-moving, utterly vicious monster on the loose in a remote science facility. Carrion delights in taking the tropes of the genre — power creep, exploration and backtracking — and turning them on their ear in ways that are surprisingly effective. One […]

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A new Pokemon Snap is coming. This is not a drill

June 18, 2020

It finally happened — after decades of waiting, a brand new Pokemon Snap game is on the way. The announcement came during last night’s Pokemon Presents broadcast, which highlighted a number of brand new Pokemon games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Though it only ran for 10 minutes, the broadcast had a lot to cover. […]

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Crysis Remastered

Crysis Remastered confirmed, coming to Switch

April 16, 2020

Crysis Remastered is coming. Confirmation came via a leak from its official site. At this time, the site has not gone live with the announcement. Here’s the blurb straight from the site: “Crysis Remastered brings new graphic features, high-quality textures, and the CRYENGINE’s native hardware – and API-agnostic ray tracing solution for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, […]

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXReview: Absolute Blastoise

March 30, 2020

Let me preface this review with an admission: despite my love for Pok√©mon, I’ve never played any of the Pok√©mon Mystery Dungeon games before. Rescue Team DX¬†is a remake that combines the DS titles Rescue Team Red and¬†Rescue Team Blue into a single package. Since I’ve not played them, it allowed me to go into […]

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Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold Review: No flavour

February 18, 2020

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl is another RPG developed by Level-5 (developers of the Layton series). Originally released in Japan in April of last year, Snack World is now available for the rest of the world to enjoy. Why “Gold”? Well, because this worldwide release features all the DLCs available from the Japanese version. You […]

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Oddworld Stranger's Wrath

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Review: Weird, old west

February 6, 2020

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath first released back in 2005 on the original Xbox. Released in what was then the late-January dead zone, Stranger’s Wrath was critically adored but sank commercially when Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords launched around a fortnight later. I was one of the few that bought Stranger’s […]

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Review: Can’t find the beat

February 1, 2020

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is yet another Wii U game making its way to the Nintendo Switch. When the original Tokyo Mirage Sessions made its debut on the Wii U, it didn’t exactly make much of a splash. Like so many titles to launch on the Wii U, it languished in relative obscurity. Now, […]

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Look at this beautiful Animal Crossing: New Horizons inspired Switch

January 31, 2020

Nintendo has unveiled a special edition of its popular Switch console, inspired by the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Look at it. So simple. So beautiful. As charming and soothing as any Animal Crossing game. The redress starts with pastel blue and green coloured Joy-Cons with white wrist straps. The Switch unit itself features a […]

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Review: Kid spooky

October 28, 2019

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is exactly the kind of game to get your kids if they love Halloween. Uncomplicated in design and low on overall difficulty, it smoothes over any potential wrinkles with trademark Nintendo charm. It’s spooky in the ways that kids love and is always careful to undercut its low-grade scares with good humour. […]

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: The world goes with you

October 20, 2019

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the greatest role-playing games ever made. I knew that the first time I played it at a preview in January 2015 and it remains true now over four years after its release. CD Projekt Red’s masterpiece/labour of love operates at a scale that would make other genre […]

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review: Learning from the greats

October 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair gets a lot of things right, and chief among them: it proves that the character platformer genre, the long-dead moneymaker of the 16-bit era, can still engage and excite in 2019. The original¬†Yooka-Laylee was considered by most to be a good if unremarkable 3D platformer. Created by many of the […]

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Blasphemous review: Blood for the blood god

October 3, 2019

I’ve heard it suggested that the Dark Souls series is a modern take on the Metroidvania genre, and I generally think that’s correct. There are many parallels, from exploration and frequent backtracking, specific save locations, the memorisation of enemy patterns, slow power creep and subtle environmental storytelling. Developers The Game Kitchen have taken this comparison […]

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Daemon X Machina Review: Failure to energise

September 26, 2019

It’s been a little over two years since Daemon X Machina was announced at Nintendo‚Äôs 2017 E3 Direct and, after suffering through a troubled beta earlier in the year, has finally launched on the Switch. The trailers paint a picture of an amazing mech brawler with a lot of potential. Coming off of Astral Chain, […]

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Review: A beautiful recurring dream

September 20, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy title of the same name. In many ways,¬†Link’s Awakening is an ideal¬†game to¬†remake — because it appeared on a system that many players today would never have owned, and has never been considered a must-play entry in the series, it will […]

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Here’s everything Nintendo announced during this morning’s massive Nintendo Direct

September 4, 2019

Nintendo were not messing around this morning. After announcing yesterday that a 40-minute Nintendo Direct broadcast was scheduled for 8am AEST this morning, the Big N followed through with an E3 level slew of announcements. There’s so much to get through that we’re just going to bulletpoint this and sprinkle some trailers. Ready? Here we […]

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Untitled Goose Game honks its way into your house September 20

August 30, 2019

Untitled Goose Game, the goose-based civilian torment simulator by Melbourne developer House House, will finally launch on September 20. In development for nearly three years, the game caught the internet’s attention for its exceedingly irreverent pitch — you are a goose and you mess with the life of a put-upon farmer just trying to go […]

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Damsel Review: Into the Fray

August 19, 2019

Damsel is the debut title from Brisbane-based developer Screwtape Studios, and a that weilds is distaste for corporate culture like a cudjel. It’s a balletic, side-scrolling arcade shooter about a special agent on a mission to investigate Red Mist, a drink created by a corporation owned and run by literal, actual vampires. Damsel’s pulpy, comic […]

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Review: They did the mash

August 13, 2019

For the first few hours, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order feels very much of a time and place — specifically 2006, which was when the previous installment was released. My first impression was of a game that felt rather samey, and a touch clunky at times. Critically, and despite its 13 year hiatus, […]

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Review: Defense against the dark arts

July 25, 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is made up of so many narrative and mechanical moving parts that it feels like it should be collapsing under its own weight. Instead, like one of its steely tactical field commanders, it never wavers in its vision or its confidence in itself. A far cry from the Fire Emblem games […]

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Super Mario Maker 2 Review: An incredible toybox

June 26, 2019

You don’t appreciate how many different kinds of Mario levels there are until you try to make one of your own. Super Mario Maker 2 had only been running on my Switch for about fifteen minutes, unfettered latitude to design the greatest Super Mario Bros title ever made at my fingertips, and I could already […]

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Cadence of Hyrule Review: Face the music

June 20, 2019

Listen, if you haven’t played Crypt of the NecroDancer then I think you should remedy this right away. One of the most enjoyable and inventive roguelike titles released in the last five years, NecroDancer married rhythm games with dungeon delving in a way that hooks the player and won’t let them go. It borrowed the […]

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Final Fantasy VII Review: At home on the Switch

April 11, 2019

Arguably the best title in the series long history, and inarguably its most popular entry, Final Fantasy VII has never been far from the gaming popular consciousness since its release in 1997. It was the first time Squaresoft (now Square Enix) had been able to truly convey every part of the world they’d created. Previous […]

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