Headlined by the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and Switch, the 8th generation of consoles has been a weird one for me. Coming off the previous generation where I spent more money and invested more time into gaming than ever, this one did not come close to capturing my imagination in the same way. That said, there were a few bright spots that should continue to shine going into the new wave.
With the sun setting on the 8th generation of consoles, here are the events that shaped my experience with it.
Long before war got its “groove” back, Nintendo paved the way for turn-based strategy games with mainstream appeal with Advance Wars! You won’t need a time machine to relive the fight. Just watch the VOD as we play through the first few levels and have a great chat about the Nintendo Direct that hadn’t happened just yet at the time of recording, games that expanded our horizons, our favourite tactics games and more!
We got our Extra Life 2018 Medal!
Why I trade in and sell old games
How I fell in love with Advance Wars
My wife’s bougie Chess origin story
My Gameboy Advance SP NES Classic Edition
Playing Gameboy Advance during class
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Tune in to watch a rusty Pikmin 3 player inadvertently sabotage his crew to the point where they have no food left and almost all of their Pikmin are dead. I will be better next time.
Stick around for the great conversation between everyone that joined the stream though!
And yes, I totally talked about Taylor Swift again and nobody can stop me!
Two Super Mario games for the price of one! We start the stream by closing out New Super Mario Bros. U once and for all. Then we play a little bit of Super Mario 3D World! During the stream, we also discuss our picks for best and worst Super Mario power-ups!
Caught by surprise by how much I enjoyed New Super Mario Bros U. the other day, we continue our quest through the game! My favourite level, Painted Swampland, also makes an appearance!
With so little content in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash to cover, I take a detour and play NES Remix!
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As it stands, the Wii U will go down in history as Nintendo’s biggest home console flop. Confusing hardware, poor messaging and continued lack of third party support sunk this one from the start. That being said, there were still a number of games worth playing on the Wii U. In no particular order, here’s a list of my favourites.
In anticipation of the Splatoon 2 global testfire, let’s play the original!
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Yoshi’s Island on the Super Nintendo is a gem of a game. Annoying Baby Mario crying aside, it’s innovative art style and approach to gameplay make it one of my all-time favourites. Since then, Yoshi’s platforming adventures have been mediocre-to-terrible affairs.
I long for the day when Nintendo makes a true successor to that under-the-radar classic, but for now, I have Yoshi’s Woolly World. While it does star Mario’s dinosaur sidekick, this is more of a spiritual successor to Kirby’s Epic Yarn thanks to its fabric-to-life art style and general approach to difficulty. This may not be the Yoshi game I asked for, but is it one worth playing anyway?
A few years ago, the Canadian dollar began taking a tumble in terms of value. I’m not going to try and explain why, as the economics behind the values of each currency mystify me. However, it’s impact on video games has been abundantly clear. For a good stretch of time, the standard price of a disc-based game was $60. Last year, that crept up to $70. Now, $80 is the new norm. This might not even be the end of the increases, as the Canadian dollar shows no signs of improving in the immediate future.