A lot of recent fan-projects for Nintendo games have been seeing increased publicity through major gaming sites. This is good. These passionate fans work long and hard to produce something that they ultimately would like to play. If it weren’t for these sites I would’ve never known that a project I heard about years back was finally finished: Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R). That a fan’s pet project garnered so much attention shows how the world wanted what he was offering. Metroid 2 on the 3DS’s GameBoy VC has not aged well; it’s uncomfortable to play in relation to the more recent Metroid side-scrollers, and AM2R let me play and enjoy it a hell of a lot more than my attempt on 3DS.

But all improved things must come to an end.

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*REVIEWER PURCHASED GAME HIMSELF. TWICE. AND NOT BECAUSE OF EMOTIONAL PURPOSES. FOR REVIEW PURPOSES*

Ratchet and Clank have long graced Sony consoles, first appearing back in 2002 on the PS2, with regular instalments ever since. This is a good thing, because Ratchet and Clank provide a ‘mascot platformer’ appeal that drove the console wars way back. In a time when every second game features a cis white male shooting guns despite that being so 2000-and-late, it’s good to have a cis male alien shooting guns and jumping up edges and stuff.

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So there’s a lot of stuff happening in gaming right now. Some confirmed, most related to things no one knows anything about because of course it is. So I’ve taken… no forced it upon myself to have 2 cents on these matters. While I could’ve probably tweeted this stuff, I’d Nick up your feeds so this just seems smarter. I’m not the hero that gaming deserves, and not particularly the one it needs right now. I’m not a hero at all. But I wanted to force that reference in so badly.

“PS4K/.5/Neo is like ___”
Do you work at Sony? Are you an engineer there working on the project? No? Of course not, you’re reading this and if you were working on an important project like the PS4’s upgrade you wouldn’t waste your time reading blog posts by random people. You’d be on NeoGAF jacking off to the petty arguments.
As far as I’m concerned we know nothing about the project. That the rumours exist says that it is more than likely in the works, but until there is an official announcement or statement on what it is we should assume nothing. We don’t know if it’ll have exclusive titles that segment the 36 million strong userbase. We don’t know if older games will be boosted to higher FPS and resolutions that PC will beat out in a month. We don’t know if it’ll have a disc drive, if it won’t allow preowned games or if it’s bundled with a Skynet monitoring system.

30 months on the market, +36M users and the only exclusive worth getting so far came out last week

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With the recent trademark update from Ubisoft on the Beyond Good and Evil series name, I couldn’t help but remember the recent rumour that Ubisoft and Nintendo were working towards a deal where the long awaited Beyond Good and Evil 2 (BGE2) would release as an NX exclusive, backed with Nintendo’s funding. BGE2 was revealed back in 2008 and was expected to release on PS3 and Xbox 360. Other than a teaser trailer there hasn’t been anything officially announced since then other than the series director Michel Ancel discussions suggesting it’s still in the works.  This would be a good sign for Nintendo fans who have struggled with Nintendo’s recent consoles serious lack of 3rd party support. With Ubisoft, EA and other major publishers pulling the rug out of major projects heading to Nintendo consoles, fans have all but lost faith that ‘unprecedented partnerships’ will deliver. So with a major Ubisoft-Nintendo partnership rumoured, I couldn’t help but think of the two companys’ most recent joint kerfuffle.

Classic

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We are reaching a turning point for the games community. I love the gaming industry, though the games released of this current console generation have arguably been played very safe. Remasters seem to be common place amongst the ‘new releases’ pages, and annualised franchises find themselves extremely profitable year in. Even when discussing new IPs, they fall very close to the developers’ previous projects (see Bungie on Halo/Destiny and Ubisoft on Assassin’s Creed/Watch_Dogs).

Only the developers know for sure

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A recent leak from a reliable source of an ho-hum source has been leaked. The source of the source is Mr. Nintendo, believed to be from the Games Department of Nintendo. In this reporter’s opinion he works Mondays-Thursdays and takes Fridays off the spend time with his cats. I can tell you what department he is from because a lot of Nintendo employees are in the Games Department.

In this leak he confirms that Digimon: Digital Card Battle 2 will be arriving on 3DS as well as being an exclusive to the console. While he does not have much more information to share, we can surely speculate that this has to do with Bandai Namco’s assistance on Super Smash Bros. We believe that the exclusivity may be a trade off for the Agumon DLC that is long overdue for Smash Bros. and will likely be in the NX version of the game.

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Welcome to Get Mad Monday with Aaron. I’m going to attempt to write up something bugs me every Monday. I’ll attempt to make it gaming related but general things may be written about, depending on what’s on my mind.

The term ‘vote with your wallet’ has been thrown around a lot in regards to video games. Around the time that yearly releases such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed hit store shelves, people complaining are often hit with the phrase. The vast majority of sales for these games are not from those that will hear the message anyway. From my experiences, Season Passes are niche. Non-gamers are happy with the content they’ve purchased, with the niche market of the hardcore being more interested in playing additional content.

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I’m a bit of a negative Nancy. I think that’s a given by this point. But let’s get some positivity out here! Yay, feel good discussions on video game topics! This is the first in a series of kind of positive opinion piece I’ll try to do regularly throughout 2016, just to balance my seemingly negative mood. It will likely become a column of regret and hypocrisy though, with me, dizzily wallowing in the mud pools of hype only to reach that point and realise that it’s not mud I have between my toes and a little in my mouth.

So to kick off this tour of positivity, let’s talk about 2016’s release schedule! While we would almost always take a delay as a negative, let’s turn that frown upside! Face-off! We have a great first half of 2016 to look forward to. And if you agree with gaming genius and all-round ace bloke, Miyamoto-san, then these games that have had more time for polish are likely going to be much better products than they would’ve been if they released late 2015.

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*This guide is an Australian point of view and may not be applicable in your region*

As this year’s holiday game releases comes to a close I bet you’re all gamed up and playing like there’s no tomorrow. Except you’re reading this. And then you’re probably thinking “boy, this article seems a little late.” But with the announced stream of games being so consistant throughout the first half of 2016, as well as being so jammed packed with games you should consider yourself lucky that I’m blessing you with this guide to give you time to prepare in advance. Ingrate.
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Paris Games Week starts next Tuesday (27/10/2015)! You can tune in to Sony’s conference at Wednesday 4am AEDT. Click here for a list of ways to access the stream.

Sony took Gamescom off this year due to the timing of the event. Being earlier than previous years, their other grand spectacle of a press conference at E3 had only a month before it. They didn’t want to give out too much information at once. While EA went and shovelled the same shit you saw at E3, Microsoft treated gamers to gameplay footage from Scalebound and Quantum Break, games that hadn’t been heard about in over a year. This was a nice touch, but normally the Playstation is king of Gamescom. So what big news do they have to blow us away? Here is my Paris Game’s Week Sony Conference wishlist.

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