The unexpectedly expected announcement that Nintendo would be entering the mobile market blew the socks of the industry. A holdout to the increasing dominance of mobile, a disruptive shift to its dominant position in the handheld market, had analyst, critics and gamers debating whether the Big N was being left behind. Shortly before his untimely death Nintendo President Satoru Iwata capitulated. On his and his company’s terms. The man that brought the originally maligned Nintendo DS – dropping the universal Gameboy brand that still holds water – and Wii with its mass-market adoption of motion controls believed his company had found the correct formula. It’s yet to come to fruition, but Nintendo’s partner in the endeavor, DeNA, published the midcore puzzle-based RPG Blood Gate – Age of Alchemy from outsmart a few weeks ago.
Blood Gate follows the now-typical formula of puzzle-based RPG games. outsmart blends the staples of the decades old genre with match 3 gameplay. To attack players must match three or more runes of the same type. The minimum match does minimum damage. Adding extra runes to the mix performs bonus damage in the same attack. A huge advantage when your computer-controlled opponent is based on a timer and you aren’t. Those crafty enough to expand the coupling earn special orbs that don’t simply disappear on use. Instead they morph into runes with power ups. Link different runes, blow up surrounding runes or clone the area to continue your dominance. The craftiest can even merge them all for a board-clearing solution that’s sure to end your opponent. Continue Reading
Returning from a winter hiatus, the Live Cast is back with another episode to cover the past few months of gaming news. Tune in here to watch it live on Saturday, April 30th at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST).
Below is the agenda we have planned, but always keep in mind that what we discuss may ebb and flow according to what you, the viewers, dictate. See you then!
This week we’ve got a new (or is it old?) format for the podcast. From now on, we’re combining the WoWcast and the MMOcast in to the Lorecast for your listening pleasure. For this inaugural podcast, iTZKooPA, Amatera, and Juggynaut discuss all the latest happenings in MMOs.
Forgive me. I know that LoreHound.com is, for all intents and purposes, an MMOG site, but this is Jumpman Mario we’re talking about. Not only is Mario and Shigeru Miyamoto responsible for hooking me on video games once and for all, but the duo basically saved the home video game industry as we know it. If it wasn’t for Nintendo, the NES, Mario and Shigeru Miyamoto (with help from other friends) the industry would have likely been set back 10 years by the video game crash of 1983.
Hats off to Mario and all his contributions to gamedom.
Sure, he’s packed one a few pounds (too many mushrooms), can’t jump as high (dining on flowers will do that) and has only made more enemies as time has progressed (Donkey Kong, Bowser, Wario), but damn if he doesn’t look good. Not only does he dress better, but he has managed to dramatically increase his pixel count!
Nintendo has announced a “reproduction” of Super Mario All-Stars to commemorate the plumber’s anniversary. Unfortunately, there’s no word on a release outside of Japan of the Super Mario Anniversary Collection Pack. In the meantime, head over to Nintendo’s commemorative website to brush up on your Mario knowledge and nostalgia.
Watching the video makes me realize that I need to get my faceship to Bowser’s castle in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Also, I’m freaking old.