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Nintendo Switch: What We Learned This Week

As the Nintendo Switch release date approaches, Here are three things we discovered exciting and not so much. 

 

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Web Browsing?? A no go at launch for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch, slated to be the revolutionary of mobile gaming will be missing a key component of mobile devices, web browsing. Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told Time Magazine, “Since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch”. Nintendo also previously stated that the switch would not support video steaming apps such as Netflix and Amazon Video at launch. Worth noting there was the WiiU web browser, a lot of effort that was put into something went fairly unused.

 

1-2 Switch, The party Game on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo recently debuted its party game 1-2 switch, where 2 human players face each other using the Joy-Con controllers. These games are meant to be played without looking at the screen. 28 games that are quite weird and funny. In the game “Shaver”, users use the Joy-Con to “shave” a virtual beard off themselves. The first to get squeaky clean wins, while the other is shown how much hair was left on the avatar, presumably in a silly pattern.

 

 

Another mini-game where your Nintendo Switch console is turned into a crying baby. Nintendo has always had a reputation of creating weird, seemingly crazy yet fun games. Anyone remember Warioware?

 

 

Take-Two will support the Nintendo Switch 

The NBA 2K series is one of the most selling games every year. Take-Two pulled the series with the WiiU starting with 2k14 because it simply was not selling. Now Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick has confirmed that they are committed to the Nintendo Switch.

“So we’re excited about it, but the only thing we can announce is the basketball title”, Zelnick stated in a recent investor call.

It’s still unlikely we’ll see titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the hybrid console.

 

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Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas – Part 3: Console Exclusivity

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Welcome back to Part 3 of our game finding guide. Today’s guide will be a little shorter, but vitally important for figuring out what games to buy for the holiday season. If you missed Part 1 on game ratings, click here and if you missed Part 2 on game genres, click here.

Everyone has heard the debate between Playstation and Xbox. Which is better? Which should I buy my kids? Which should I buy for myself? Which has better games? The thing is, with all of these questions, you decide. Both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 have such similar internal specs that trying to compare their performance would just be splitting hairs. Instead, there are a few questions you should ask yourself, listed in order of importance:

  1. What do my friends play?
  2. What kind of games do I like?
  3. Will I be playing online?

What your friends play will probably be your most important factor because – let’s be honest here – no one likes to feel left out. On top of that, even if you have no plans to play online with friends, you can still borrow games back and forth between friends to maximize your gaming experience for little money! So if most of your close friends play Xbox One, then that may be the choice for you.

However, the kind of games you prefer might affect that just a little. For instance, Sony’s Playstation consoles often have access to many many more RPG and adventure titles that will never come out on the Xbox One, and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles often have access to their own shooters and racing games which will never see the light of day on Sony’s consoles. These console exclusive games might just seal the deal for you. A full list of exclusives can be seen here. Note that Playstation 4 has about twice as many exclusives as Xbox One.

The Uncharted series is an example of a Playstation exclusive title.

The Uncharted series is an example of a Playstation exclusive game.

The Halo series is a prime example of an Xbox exclusive game.

Finally, online play might have an impact. Currently both Playstation Plus and Xbox Live subscriptions will run you $59.99 for a full year. A decently steep price tag, however you get perks for it. You can check out this TechTimes article for a full run-down of the comparison between the two, but I can give a little summary here:

The subscription price for both per year is the same, so they both tie on that front (Note that at the time of the TechTimes article being published, Playstation Plus subscriptions only costed $49.99/year. They have gone up to $59.99 as of now). However, with both options you do get a selection of free games: 2 free games a month on Xbox One’s Xbox Live Gold, but a total of 6 free games under Playstation Plus. Additionally, for streaming services, Playstation Plus has the upper hand. So if you are deciding based on online subscriptions, Playstation 4 would be the console to go with.

That’s about all that you need to know for console exclusivity. Those three questions should be able to narrow down which console you should buy, which will in turn have an effect on the games you can buy. Sleep easy though, exclusive sounds scary and makes it sound like you’re losing out on a lot, but the truth is most of the major gaming experiences will come out on both consoles. But be sure to read over all the options and use that to decide, here at Matt’s Game Exchange, we want to help customers become informed on their purchases, and are willing to help in any way we can.

Tune in next time for the final chapter where we will discuss multiplayer capabilities within games!

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NES Classic Mini Alternatives

The NES Classic Mini has been released today, 11/11/16 at major retailers across the country. This seems to have been a very limited release, and most locations are already out of stock. We will not be stocking the NES Classic Mini unless someone trades it in. Before you take to eBay and pay an outrageous price for this hot holiday gift, let us talk you down and show you the alternative options that we have in stock every day.

Things to know about the NES Classic Mini

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The NES Classic Mini is small and the MSRP is $59.99. The console itself is around the same width of a classic controller. The NES Classic Mini can hook up to your flat screen televisions via HDMI. In addition to the enhanced graphics, you can now save games at any point – negating the need for those annoying passwords we all hated. The console has 30 of your favorite classic games built in, including titles like Super Mario 3, Kirby’s Adventure, and Pac-Man. While it does have 30 great games, those are the only games you will ever be able to play on this console. There is no online store to download additional titles and it does not have the ability to play classic cartridges. Here is a list of the only thirty games you can play on the NES Classic Mini:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN®
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

Know your options

Here are Matt’s Game Exchange we offer several alternative options to get your retro fix. Feel free to stop by one of our stores and speak with our expert staff to find the best available option for you. Continue reading for the breakdown.

 

The Original Nintendo Entertainment System

Way back in 1985, Nintendo released the original NES. The original NES sold cartridge based games and turned out over 700 games in total. That means only 4% of the total NES library is available on the Classic Mini. Another benefit to the original NES is just that – it is the original. We carry all of the original NES accessories (like the light gun, which only works with old school TVs) that are not available for the NES Classic Mini. The original NES can be used on many of today’s flatscreen TVs with the AV cable, or you can purchase a converter to make it compatible with HDMI ports. The original NES is available for $59.99, and we can make a custom bundle for you with any of the games we have in stock.

 

Retron and Retron 2

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Pictured above (left) is the Retron. The Retron is third-party system that can play all of the original NES cartridges. It is also compatible with all of the original NES accessories. This is available in our stores for $24.99, or we can add a copy of Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt for $29.99. Pictured above (right) is the Retron 2. This is also a third-party console that will play the original NES games. In addition, it will play all of your favorite Super Nintendo games as well. The Retron 2 is available in store for $59.99, and as always, we can make a custom bundle for you with your favorite video games.

Nintendo Wii and Wii U

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The Nintendo Wii (available in store for $49.99) and Wii U (available in store for $200) are very versatile systems, both of which have a “Virtual Console” store, where you can purchase and play nearly 400 of your favorite classics available from a wide variety of systems (NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, and more!). Games in the virtual console run anywhere from $4.99-$9.99, and are stored on your console.

 

In conclusion

Now that you know all about the NES Classic Mini alternatives available at Matt’s Game Exchange, be sure to stop by and speak with our expert staff to find out which option is best for you.

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Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas – Part 2: Genres 1

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Welcome back to our 4 Part Blog Series on Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas! If you missed Part 1, click here to read!

Today we will be discussing genres, and what genres might be perfect for your gift recipient. There are about 10 major genres, each different from the last. Keep in mind that sometimes defining a genre of a video game can be tough – it’s just like movies or books. Sometimes genres can mix – creating a brand new genre. It can also be difficult to pin down a specific genre to a game. It happens, and it can get confusing. Always know that if there are any questions you have that this blog does not answer, you can always call our stores and ask an in-store associate what might be best for you.

This is a chart generated by statista.com breaking down the most sold genres in 2015. These are the 10 most popular and will be the ones we will explore today.

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Let’s get down to it!

Shooters

The best-selling video game genre of 2015, and for good reason! Shooters have a wide variety of content in them and often end up blending many different genres into them. They can be first person – where you see your hands and guns, or the game be third person, where the camera zooms out to show your entire character.

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This is an example of a first-person shooter.

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This is an example of a third-person shooter.

Shooters usually involve, well, shooting! So on that note, please consider that most shooting will involve shooting other virtual people, and as a result of that violence, will be considered an M rated game. Shooters often have a strong emphasis on a multiplayer experience with minimal single player options, so note that you may need to invest in Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscriptions with these games to get the full experience! Some notable titles in this genre would be Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, and Battlefield.

Action

Here is another broad genre. Games in this genre usually involve lots and lots of action and usually little story or slow moments in the game, though that isn’t always true. These games often include lots of challenges including but not limited to shooting, platforming, and puzzle solving. Games of this genre can include gun or swordplay, but can also be fun, silly games for a younger audience. Ratings on action games can be all over the board. Notable action titles are Batman, Grand Theft Auto, and Dark Souls.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an example of an action game.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an example of an action game.

Sports Games

These games are virtual recreations of popular sports. A vast majority of these games will be rated E for Everyone. The gameplay is usually simple, dynamic, and most importantly – fun! Easy to pick up for most people, and they come our annually! Notable sports games are FIFA, WWE, NBA, MLB, and Madden NFL. Note that these games will be followed by year titles for the sports year their rosters will represent.

Fifa 15 is an example of a sports game.

Fifa 15 is an example of a sports game.

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NBA 2K16 is an example of a sports game.

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WWE 2K16 is an example 0f a sports game.

 

Role Playing

Also known as RPGs (role playing games). Sometimes, nothing can be more fun than getting home from work or school after a long day and pretending to be something you aren’t – an epic, well-known hero who travels distant lands, or a nameless adventurer dodging arrows and taking down dragons. Role playing games are often long, time consuming games that can spread a little bit of money out a LONG way. I’m not kidding. You can spend $7 on a copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and be playing until the cows come home. Spoiler: That’s a LONG time. Role playing games often have a strong single player emphasis and often little-to-no multiplayer aspects. These games are also often set in a fantasy or sci-fi universe. Ratings in this genre tend to be spread all across the board. Notable games of this genre are Pokemon, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Tales of Xilia and other Tales games, and Dragon Quest.

Final Fantasy is a great example of an RPG.

Final Fantasy is a great example of an RPG.

 

Adventure

Adventure games often include a stronger emphasis on story than action games do, but often include a lot of the same conventions. Adventure games will often move slower than action games, but still include the same elements such as platforming, puzzle solving, and shooting. Adventure games will be more about an experience – like RPGs – but not inherently quite as long. Adventure games can have multiplayer aspects, but also focus mainly on a single player experience. Notable adventure games are The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Heavy Rain, and The Walking Dead Game.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great example of an Adventure game.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great example of an Adventure game.

 

Fighting

Yes! We all need to let out some steam every once in a while, and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t remember playing some sort of fighting game as a kid? Fighting games often require a lot of technical skills and memory, being able to react quickly and pull of counters and combos. They aren’t for everyone, but if you are willing to put in a little bit of focus you can get REALLY good at them. Most popular fighting games also have a strong community following, so getting into some of the bigger fighting games can make you some very great friends. However, sometimes not knowing what you’re doing and just button mashing your way to victory is the best way to win. Fighting games often have a VERY strong multiplayer focus, and are some of the only game still around that have two-player local gameplay, as well as online. That being said, most games also have a decent story mode used to get the player invested in the world of the game. Ratings range all across the board on this one. Notable fighting games include Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, and Injustice.

Mortal Kombat X is an example of a fighting game.

Racing

Racing games are all pretty simple in idea, and pretty broad in design. If you like high speed and always being #1, try one of these on for size. Racing games also typically have a fair balance of multiplayer and single player functionality, however some recent games are giving up on local multiplayer and only allow online play. Most racing games will range from E to T, with the kicker often being mild lyrics in the songs used or suggestive themes – no one wants to endorse reckless driving after all. Notable racing games include Forza Motorsports, Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, and Mario Kart.

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Mario Kart 8 is a great example of a fun racing game.

Strategy

These games require time, patience, and a capacity and love for learning. Strategy games can be huge times sinks, in fact there is someone out there who has been playing the same game of Civilization II for the last 10 years! (Note: NSFW material such as inappropriate language may be present in the comments of the thread) The catch is that strategy games are NOT for everyone. And that’s not bad, but if you can learn to love one and curl up with it, it can very quickly be the most played game in your library. Most strategy games are solely single player experience with limited multiplayer aspects. Most strategy games will range from E to M. Notable strategy games include Civilization, SimCity, and Red Alert.

Battallion Wars 2 is a classic example of a strategy game.

Family Entertainment

These games are built for families, and as such will mostly be rated E or E10+. These kinds of games will be meant for family games nights and will include virtual board games, card games, trivia, or unique challenges. There is almost solely a local multiplayer aspect to these games, often between 2-4 players. These games will include the Family Game Night series, You Don’t Know Jack, Monopoly, and Just Dance.

Family Game Night is a perfect example of a family game.

Just Dance is another example of a family game.

Casual

. These are games – mostly mobile games but many still do make appearances on console – that you boot up because you’ve got some time to kill or want to keep the kids busy. These games often have a minor story and are meant simply to relax. These include puzzle games, mobile games, or creative games. These are games that you will put some times into, but you probably won’t notice it because you’ll be playing them for half an hour or so at a time rather than for whole hours. Ratings on these games are usually on the lower end of the spectrum, ranging from cE to T for the most part. Popular casual games include Peggle, Plants vs Zombies, LittleBigPlanet, and Chocolatier.

Plants VS. Zombies is a fun, favorite casual game.

And there we have it! Using these descriptions, you should be able to decide what games will be best to make the perfect gift! Do you like long drawn out single player experiences? Or do you prefer shorter bursts of fun multiplayer battles with friends? You can find everything you need up there and remember – sometimes genres are hard to track down. If you need help, call or stop by one of our stores and ask for an associate. Until next time, when we talk about Console Exclusivity!

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First Official MGX Pokeblog!

pokeblogThe world of Pokémon is constantly changing, growing, and evolving. With such an expansive virtual world to explore, and so many Pokémon to obtain, keeping up to date on events, news, and giveaways can seem somewhat overwhelming. Enter the MGX Pokéblog, our brief weekly breakdown of Pokémon related news, compiled by our leading Pokémon professors. These posts hope to offer an in depth look anything you might have missed through the week, in a bite size and easy to process all-in-one post.

General News:

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This week in Pokemon we got to see a lot of our favorites from our childhood revisited. With the 20th anniversary of Pokemon celebration still going strong, The Pokemon Co. has dug up a few nostalgia bombs. Long time fans of the series can look forward to taking a trip down memory lane while seeing “Pokemon: The First Movie” re-released in theaters for the first time in over 10 years. Selected theaters will have matinee showings on October 29th, and evening showings on November 1st. Whether you want to relive your childhood, or introduce new trainers to the film, it is certain that there is something to enjoy for anyone attending.

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In similar fashion to the re-screening of the first film, The Pokémon Co. has decided to celebrate the Pokemon Trading Card game as well by reprinting one of its most iconic characters first card. In solid gold. Yep, you read that right, 11 grams of 24-karat gold. The card features original art work as well as the same move set taken from the initial print. The reprint is available on the online Pokémon Center web-store and retails for roughly $2,100 making it easily the most expensive trading card released in the series to date.

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Pokken Tournament players might have something to look forward to with an upcoming update to the game for the Nintendo Wii U. In the past playable characters have been released in the arcade format of the game overseas, before making their way into the home console release of the game stateside. While not all Pokemon released in the arcade are eventually brought over, more often than not they are available via update or dlc later on. Japan recently saw the addition of Scizor, and Darkrai to the arcade variation of Pokken Tournament, and Bandai, recently confirmed Scizor to be released on consoles. There is still no official word on Darkrai or the rumored Empoleon but we have our fingers crossed!

Pokemon Go:

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For all the Pokémon Go fans out there, you might have found that your favorite place to hunt has become empty or that you are able to track down new Pokémon in places you couldn’t before. That is because with the newest update to Pokemon Go the nest locations have began to migrate. Players have been reporting this change from all sides of the globe, and even began updating the “Pokenest Atlas” maintained by the Silph Road fan community on Reddit. Updates like these provide the opportunity to discover new Pokemon in the game and encourage players to get out and keep hunting.

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The holidays always provide an opportunity for developers and moderators to get into spirit through their craft. In the past we have seen these changes made in games like Destiny, Nights Into Dreams, and many more. With Halloween fast approaching players have been asking themselves and the community if we will see a Halloween themed event within the game. The games developer Niantic has yet to make an official statement, and instead has only touched on this subject with a brief post on their Facebook. Be sure to take your Pokemon with you while trick or treating just to be safe.

Upcoming events and releases:

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We are all counting down the days until the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon but Nintendo and The Pokemon Co. have much more on the horizon for us. In the spectrum of physical releases there is a good amount to talk about. Nintendo and The Pokemon Co. have teamed up to bring us what are quite possibly the cutest Pikachu collaboration we’ve seen. The items, which can be purchased from Pokemon Center stores in Japan, are Mario and Luigi themed and range from plushies and keychains, to 3ds covers and t-shirts.

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If you find yourself in the market for an imported handheld, Nintendo has announced a new limited edition 2ds system to go alongside the release of its upcoming games. The 2ds features pictures of characters from the games as well as fan favorite Pikachu on the face. The console will not include a copy of either game, and is also region locked so be sure to do your research before ordering!

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Nintendo is always releasing legendary and mythical Pokemon via official event, and this upcoming winter is no different. For those of you already owning a Nintendo 3ds and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire be sure to log into the network to snag a few of these elusive creatures! For a limited time users are able to receive the legendary Pokemon Keldeo via mystery gift when connected to the Nintendo network. Players may also obtain legendary Pokemon Darkrai and Volcanion via serial code released via supporting retailers. These codes and events are all time sensitive and wont be around for long so make sure to get yours today!

Pokemon of the week:

With over 700 Pokemon released to date it is easy to look over a few and not give them much thought. This segment is designed to give you a closer look on an individual Pokemon, while explaining some of its history, backstory, techniques, and strengths, to give you an all around better understanding of the Pokemon. While keeping it festive, this week we take a closer look at the Ghost-Grass type Pokemon Phantump!

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Description, Origin, and Backstory:

Phantump is a dual type, ghost-grass, base Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. It has quite the unsettling backstory and has been the cause of many Pokemon lore rumors. The Pokedex entry for Phantump describes it as a “rotting tree stumps that have been possessed by spirits” and states that its preferred habitat are lonely forests. Some players in the Pokemon community have taken the creep factor a step further and implied that the spirits possessing Phantump are those of children led into the woods by another ghost Pokemon named Duskull. Regardless of the creep factor, this cute little spook actually brings a unique typing to the table and can be useful in many situations.

Useful tips for training and battling:

Phantump’s dual typing is one of its biggest advantages. Phantump’s ghost-grass typing offers resistance to four common attack types, as well as makes it completely immune to normal and fighting type attacks. Another thing this little guy has going for him is the ability “harvest” which has a 50% chance to reuse a berry held by the Pokemon. This Pokemon is best used as a support for your team but can be efficiently used as an attacking Pokemon if desired. When setting up Phantump for competitive use there are a few moves highly recommended to use it at its full potential. The two “must have” moves for Phantump would be Substitute, and Horn Leech. Substitute provides optimal cover while setting up crucial attacks and buffs, while Horn Leech will attack defending Pokemon and offer a small HP recovery in the process. All in all Phantump can bring an unsuspecting set up to your Pokemon battles leading your opponent to misjudge your team which is often a crippling mistake.

What kind of build do you use on your Phantump? What Pokémon would you like to see next week? Which Pokémon is the “ace in the hole” of your team? We want to know!! Leave a comment below and tell us who you would like to see next week! Until then, happy hunting trainers! 

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Introducing the Nintendo Switch!

 

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Earlier this week, after much anticipation, Nintendo finally gave us a first look at their upcoming video game console. The once rumored “Nintendo NX” has officially been announced as the Nintendo Switch and the gaming community has had a lot to say about it. The reactions range from disappointed to optimism. For months leading up to Nintendo’s press conference the internet was ablaze with supposed Nintendo “NX” leaks and rumors. These rumors ranged from the unlikely to factual as we have found out after this weeks bombshell of information. Without getting to far into the politics and personal preferences of gamers we wanted to take a look at the new console and what we know about it as of the Nintendo press conference.

What we know:

One of the more prominent rumors was that Nintendo’s next system would be a true handheld and home console hybrid, which appears to be the case. Nintendo revealed that the console would include what appears to be a 7″ tablet style display, with controller attachments, and touch screen capabilities. The unique design of the console allows for the player to seamlessly transition from the comfort of their home to gaming on the go.

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The conference also showed us that the console will indeed use a cartridge based format for games. Many people had speculated that with the release of Nintendo’s newest console they would be returning to cartridge based games. With today’s advances in technology, cartridges are now capable of holding dozens of gigabytes of data on a cartridge the size of your average postage stamp. This will allow Nintendo to have larger worlds, faster characters, and all around a more magical experience we have come to know and love from the gaming giant.

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The video reveal is and was a lot to process, but one of the things we noticed in the video was a new “pro” style controller for the system. The last two home consoles released by Nintendo, players had the option of purchasing a pro controller. These controllers offer better control and all around a more universal controller styling. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller looks to be similar to its predecessors with a few changes made. The analog sticks for the controller seem to be inverted, similar to the Xbox 360 controllers. The controller also appears to have a matte finish on the paddles, leading one to believe a more textured grip as opposed to the gloss finish on Nintendo’s previous pro controllers.

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There was much speculation as to whether or not the Nintendo Switch would play Nintendo 3ds games or not due to the fact it uses cartridge based games. Nintendo has since put that speculation to rest and announced that the Nintendo Switch will not support 3ds game cartridges.

What we can Expect:

First impressions on the Nintendo Switch have left a lot up to the imagination. It is often difficult to compile information on a new system once it is announced, and most cases we are left desperately waiting for more news from Nintendo. While this is still the case for the Nintendo Switch, the information given has led us to a few expectations.

Firstly, Nintendo has stated multiple times, and stands by the original release window of March 2017. As of writing this article there is no pre-order available through retailers. While there is some concern on Nintendo’s ability to meet their own deadline, as well as demand, this would not be the first time Nintendo has had a console reveal so close to scheduled release. In the past Nintendo has had a habit of revealing new hardware with some times as little as months before its release date, like the Wii U having its release date of December 2012 announced in September of the same year. There is no surefire way of telling whether or not there will be any delays seen in the release of the Nintendo Switch, but with Nintendo’s track record, its unlikely we will see a delay.

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What is arguably the most important piece of information released thus far is the list of developers working on titles for the Nintendo Switch. One of the most common faults attributed to the Nintendo Wii U was the lack of third party support. When there are no developers willing to work on games for your system, it becomes hard to market and sell you console. The list of confirmed developers for the Nintendo Switch is borderline staggering. The list includes video game giants like Bethesda, Atlus, Capcom, Square-Enix, Bandai Namco, Fromsoftware, Konami, NIS, and many many more. These developers are collectively responsible for some of the most ground breaking and critically acclaimed games of the last few decades. With third party support from this super group of developers the Nintendo Switch will have no foreseen shortage of titles.

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Nintendo has always seemed to have an infatuation with peripheral device’s for their consoles. From the Pokewalker on the DS, Amiibos on the Wii U, even down to the AR cards for the Gameboy Advance, Nintendo is always trying something new. Although there are none confirmed as of writing this article, one can only assume we will see any number of peripheral devices to bring more depth to the experience.

What we still want to know:

Now that the veil has been removed and we finally got our look at the next Nintendo console, we are still left with a few questions. The video released by Nintendo showed a number of features and game play samples without going into a whole lot of detail, leaving the internet and consumers to speculate and formulate possibilities of their own. While most of these are still entirely speculation, its still nice to see what the community gets right and wrong after release.

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We touched on this point previously, but lack of third party support was one of the faults people found in Nintendo’s Wii U. With the video release we saw gameplay clips from developers, but the biggest one seen was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Skyrim is notorious for being a larger game that requires not only a significant amount of processing power, but adequate storage space. The fact that Nintendo’s new console is capable of running Skyrim is enough to celebrate, but the fact that it is able to accomplish such a feat on a portable display is almost to good to be true. There is currently no word on whether or not the game shown was Skyrim or its HD remaster, slated for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this year. The idea of the Nintendo Switch being able to run the latter of the two is almost hard to imagine, but we would still like to know what other games we have yet to see or hear anything about from other developers.

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When marketing a tablet or portable electronic device, a key point to accentuate or mention is battery life of the device. With one of the core features on this new system being portability the community is curious as to how long they will be able to game on the go. A few other specs were not mentioned during the conference as well such as mobile network options, controller compatibility, online play, backwards compatibility, and other key specs most users look at when deciding on a new console. At this point in time all we can do is wait for more information as it comes.

Closing thoughts:

Whether you are a fan of Nintendo or not, you can not deny the impact they have made on not just the video game community but pop culture as a whole. From the golden cartridge era, to the underappreciated newer consoles, Nintendo has always found a way into our homes and hearts. But with their last two home consoles widely regarded as failures or unsatisfactory I think it is nice to see Nintendo taking such a huge step in the hardware department. We don’t know a whole lot of information at this point but what we have been told is definitely a step in the right direction. The design and creativity behind the console leaves the door wide open for the future of how gaming hardware will be designed, as well as approached. The amount of third party developers already working with or suggested to be working on Nintendo Switch software makes its potential library at least on par with the other major home consoles, and opening the possibility for even more.

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While the firestorm of speculation and rumors rages on, one thing is for sure though, come March of 2017 we will all get to make our own decisions about the Nintendo Switch!

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Disc Repair

Do your games freeze, do you get disc read errors, or they simply won’t load? Sometimes it is the lens going out on your machine but more commonly it is smudges or scratches. Smudges can be wiped off with a soft cloth like a t-shirt. Don’t use a paper towel, it’s too rough!

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At Matt’s Game Exchange we have hi-tech buffing machines that will repair discs by taking out scratches making them look and function like brand new. Our machines have several settings from light buff to deep buff.  We have a 95% success rate. (However, if there are deep gouges like it was scrapped across pavement or the silk screening on top is damaged we won’t attempt to fix these).

We only charge $3.00 per disc. If you have a lot we can certainly work out a quantity discount. Often we can run them through our machine quickly while you browse the store.

Currently we fix XBOX, XBOX 360, PS1, PS2, Dream cast, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Wii, Music CD’s and Game Cube games.

We use these machines on all scratched discs traded into our stores. We want you to play games and this gives us confidence in giving you a 30-day guarantee on all games that we sell.

We encourage you to look at discs before purchasing whether it is from us or someone else so that you can play with confidence.

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Turbo Review Tuesday! Journey to save the princess in Dragon Spirit!

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It’s a plot device as old as storytelling itself; The princess has been kidnapped by a dragon, you must venture to save her, vanquishing ghouls, monsters, and dragons along the way. In 1987 Namco decided to take that story and tweak it just a bit, the ending result, a vertical fantasy shooter known as Dragon Spirit! While this game was ported from arcade cabinet, to multiple home consoles, this review is going to focus heavily the TurboGrafx port of this incredible game.

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In Dragon Spirit you play a warrior named Amul as he journeys to save princess Alicia after she has been kidnapped by Zawell, a serpent demon that has escaped after a thousand years. He points his sword to the sky and vows to save the princess, in doing so his sword is struck by lightening and he is transformed into a blue dragon. After defeating eight of Zawell’s strongest beasts you are given the opportunity to fight Zawell himself and rescue Alicia for the kingdom.

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Dragon Spirit approaches the vertical shooter genre in a way that not many had thought of at the time, and many still forget to take advantage of. With the “shoot-em-up” genre being over saturated with lone pilots battling in the dark void of space against an alien horde, you are piloting your dragon through rich forests, caverns, and dungeons. You are able to move Amul in 8 different directions, breath fire at oncoming enemies, drop bombs as predators below, upgrade your firepower with over 13 different power ups, and have your dragon grow multiple heads! All of these features combine to make for a breath of fresh air to the genre.

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While this game was ported to other home consoles around the same era, the TurboGrafx port is arguably the best. The 16-bit GPU of the TurboGrafx made it possible for the game to remain relatively unchanged from the arcade version. While the arcade version as one more level and boss to fight before getting to the end, the home console version held its integrity with the stunning graphics, speedy gameplay, and a unique aesthetic that made it stand out among the competition. All in all this game is enjoyable for first time players or gamers wanting to try something new!

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Score:

9/10

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Turbo Review Tuesday! Take a journey down Tiger Road!

Welcome to Turbo Tuesday! We’ll be reviewing different TurboGrafx games, the first being Tiger Road.

tiger-road-title-pictureOriginally released for the arcade in 1987 by Capcom and later ported to the PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16, this action platformer focuses on the story of Oh-Lin after being attacked by the “warriors of the Dragon God.” With his own warriors defeated, pupils kidnaped, and secret scrolls stolen, Oh-Lin journeys to piece his life back together. At the time the game was hailed for its improvements over the arcade version and fast paced gameplay for the time. The original game was so well received that it was ported to the Playstation 2 as part of the Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 in 2006, along side other Capcom household names like Street Fighter II, Strider, and more.

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Tiger Road consists of five stages that the player must not only navigate but fight their way through. With enemies ranging from enemy ninjas, monsters, and more, the character sprites are lively and rather refreshing for the era. Each level differs from the environment, enemies, and even gameplay, with some sections of levels turning into a 2d scrolling shooter of sorts. As you traverse through the stages and defeat the onslaught of enemies you begin to acquire power ups, new equipment, and clues leading you closer to the Dragon God. After defeating the Boss in each stage the player retrieves one of his lost belongings and continues his journey, much like Mega Man or other notorious action platformers of the 16-bit decade.

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One feature that sets Tiger Road apart from its TurboGrafx competition is the ability to save your progress throughout the game. With the hardware restrictions of the TurboGrafx-16 most games were unable to save natively, rather you need the assistance of a TurboBooster, or TurboGrafx-CD attachment. Tiger Road has a back up save state feature built into the game placing it among the minority of games that natively support save states. Other features that separate Tiger Road from its original arcade release are the updated graphics, faster gameplay, and all in all smoother gameplay.

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All in all Tiger Road is a memorable and affordable title for anyone looking to expand their TurboGrafx experience. The gameplay is responsive and reminiscent of all the other great action platformers of its generation. The graphics of the TurboGrafx-16 make it stand out against its arcade predecessor, and the save state feature is a life saver when it comes to taking a break. If you are looking for a challenging yet enjoyable title, I would recommend this game to gamers new and old alike!

Rating: 8/10

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Super Nintendo Saturday – Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Today is Super Nintendo Saturday and each week we will be featuring a different SNES game. Feel free to email us with any requests and we will put them in our queue.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors, 1993

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (ZAMN) is a “run and gun” game released for SNES (and Genesis). The game centers around Zeke and Julia, who must explore 99 levels and rescue their neighbors from zombies and other horror-esque characters. Every level has a different setting, the neighborhood, the mall, etc. You are armed with a few not-quite-weapon weapons: soda cans, squirt guns, weed-whackers, silverware, and other random items.

Throughout the levels, your neighbors have spawned in sometimes hard-to-reach places. You must use keys you find to unlock doors, jump on trampolines over hedges, rely on chainsaw-wielding maniacs, or use the weed-whackers to get through blocked off areas before the zombies/monsters do. Unfortunately, it only takes one touch from a zombie/monster to kill one of your neighbors, so plan your rescues accordingly.

This definitely isn’t a shoot-em-up, gory zombie game. It’s really just a lot of fun and has quite the cult following. A sequel was released for SNES called Ghoul Patrol. If you can’t find this game in the wild, you can download the digital release in the Wii Virtual Console.

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