Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defense Against the Dark Arts Review

With the threat of the Dark Arts looming, Dumbledore has authorized for students to being training in the Defense Against the Dark Arts. In the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defense Against the Dark Arts deck-building game, students from each of the four houses train against each other in one-on-one battles. Do you have what it takes to Wingardium Leviosa your way to victory?

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GameCube Week | Exploring The Mario Kart: Double Dash Bonus Disc

GameCube Week continues on In Third Person! Did you know that launch versions of Mario Kart: Double Dash came with a demo disc? Let’s explore its contents!

If you were fortunate enough to put in a pre-order for Mario Kart: Double Dash prior to its release, you got a special edition of the game that came with a Bonus Disc. Despite being a key selling point for me to pre-order in the first place, I would ignore the demo disc for over a decade before finally deciding to give the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles demo a try on stream. The ensuing fallout of that stream and the wonderful friendship that grew out of it is a well-documented tale that we don’t have to go over again (despite how much I’d love to).

At this point, nothing in my heart will be cooler than that Ninja Turtles demo for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the demo itself. But there’s more content on the disc than that. Let’s see what else it has to offer!

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Quidditch: The Board Game Review

As a set-piece for action sequences in the Harry Potter stories, Quidditch as a fictional sport serves its purpose admirably. Taken out of that universe, its one of the most ill-conceived sports of all-time due to the mash-up of two completely unrelated activities and a scoring imbalance so insane that it renders 95% of the action useless in regards to determining the final outcome. Many years after the fact, I still scoff at how the characters in that world would accept Quidditch as is without any sort of scrutiny.

Released in 2000, Quidditch: The Board Game lets you experience this fundamentally-broken sport without the appeal of actually flying on a magical broomstick. If this were a perfect translation, it would still be a bad game based on its flaky foundation. However, this shoddy adaptation actually makes things considerably worse.

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