Pokémon

Nintendo Labo resurrects old-fashioned play

Nintendo Labo resurrects old-fashioned play

By Zach Landau | Editor-in-Chief 01/25/2018 Nintendo has proposed some weird stuff before. Once upon a time, for example, the company announced a sensor that would measure gamers’ heartbeats and their level of relaxation (this was never released). More recently, the Nintendo 3DS was shipped with cards that the system would read and produce 3D, […]

New ‘Pokémon’ games fail to entice second visit to Alola

New ‘Pokémon’ games fail to entice second visit to Alola

Zachary Landau | A&E Editor 12/07/17 To be frank, I honestly don’t know what this is even going to be about. Never have I felt so apathetic about reviewing a game in my life, such is the depths of mediocrity and disappointment that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon instills in the player throughout its miserable […]

Retro Review: ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ stand-out entries in JRPG genre

Retro Review: ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ stand-out entries in JRPG genre

Grant Stoner | Staff Writer 10/26/17 I have always been a fan of the Japanese role-playing game genre. Having the capability to customize my party’s move-sets and items, while tactically planning my next action in a turn-based battle, is like an exhilarating game of chess. Yet, my journeys tend to become monotonous, as most titles […]

‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ still top 20-year-old franchise

‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ still top 20-year-old franchise

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer 09/28/17 On Friday, Nintendo rereleased the original Pokémon: Gold Version and Pokémon: Silver Version on the 3DS’ Virtual Console. Upon being asked to review the second generation of my favorite franchise, I immediately said yes. After all, it’s not like I needed an excuse to beat these titles for […]

‘Pokémon GO’s’ anniversary invites retrospective

‘Pokémon GO’s’ anniversary invites retrospective

By Zach Landau | A&E Editor Happy One-Year Anniversary to Pokémon GO. I guess. Truth be told, I am just impressed that The Pokémon Company didn’t completely abandon GO at this point. Despite being immensely popular (believe it or not, it is — its team announced over 750 million copies were downloaded as of last […]

Despite setbacks, Nintendo is effortlessly breaking the gender mold

Despite setbacks, Nintendo is effortlessly breaking the gender mold

Zach Landau | A&E Editor The gender revolution is underway in the world of video games, and an unexpected leader is quietly forging the path for trans inclusivity. And who is this vanguard of radical feminist ideology in an industry infamous to anyone not conforming to a strict gender binary? Why, it’s the House of […]

The plight of a disabled gamer against time

The plight of a disabled gamer against time

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer I hate being sick. Unfortunately, my disability has the capability to turn minor colds into full-blown pandemics, only curable through a proverbial cocktail of antibiotics and steroids. Very rarely does this method fail, but if and when it does, I am forced to leave the comforts of my home, […]

New ‘Pokémon GO’ update adds a lot but changes little

New ‘Pokémon GO’ update adds a lot but changes little

Zachary Landau | Asst. A&E Editor Seven months down the line, I still do not know what to make of “Pokémon GO.” I don’t think anyone really knows what “Pokémon GO” is. What are you supposed to say about a game that is barely a game, is not widely regarded as particularly good and yet […]

‘Heroes’ brings classic ‘Fire Emblem’ experience with a dash of tedium

‘Heroes’ brings classic ‘Fire Emblem’ experience with a dash of tedium

By Zachary Landau | Asst. A&E Editor If nothing else, “Fire Emblem: Heroes” is an interesting barometer for Nintendo’s mobile efforts. It is the first in the company’s line-up of mobile games to most accurately replicate the source game’s, well, gameplay. “Super Mario Run” is an auto-runner as opposed to a platformer, and “Pokémon GO” […]

‘Sun and Moon’ revitalize the Pokémon formula

‘Sun and Moon’ revitalize the Pokémon formula

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer For over 17 years, across six regions, I have begun each adventure by carefully choosing my first companion. Squirtle in “Kanto,” Cyndaquil in “Johto” and many more Pokémon have accompanied me on my numerous quests to become the very best. Now, with the moonlight to my back, and Rowlet […]