Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review

Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review

Back in August last year, I was super excited about the prospect of the first Pokémon game to ever hit the Switch. There was a lot I was looking forward to; from the Pokéball Plus to playing multiplayer, and especially finally being able to walk around with my Pokémon again.

I kind of resigned myself to not being able to play it right away, because we didn’t have a Switch and because we didn’t have the money to buy ourselves one.

But then, for Christmas, I got one. And what was the first game I bought for it?

That’s right: Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. Continue reading “Pokémon Let’s Go: A Girly Geek Review”

New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch

New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch

I still remember the day the first Nintendo Switch ad came out. I was at work, at an engineering news site with a big focus on new and upcoming tech. Two of my friends came rushing over, phones in hand, eager to show me.

I remember being distinctly unimpressed. I don’t know what was going on in my brain at the time (it’s very possible I was having a rough day, because that happened a LOT at that job), but it just didn’t inspire me. Continue reading “New Year, New Console: What I Love About the Switch”

Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch

Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch

A few months ago, we got one of the fastest Pokémon remakes ever in the form of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

These two followed just a year after their original releases, which was a bit of a surprise when, you know, it took us 11 years to get a Hoenn remake, and we’ve pretty much given up on ever seeing Sinnoh again.

At the time, I was very happy to dig through everything the Internet would tell me about the new games. I spent several hours busily investigating new features, reading up on fan theories, and just generally learning new things. Continue reading “Why I’m Excited for Pokémon on the Switch”

The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG

The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG

About two months ago, my sister asked to borrow my DS Lite. She was on a nostalgia spree, and wanted to replay Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, but well, since her GBA went the way of every console whose buttons ceded to the hands of less-than-gentle kids, that was the only way she could.

About three weeks ago, I got a very enigmatic message from my sister the night before she was to come for a visit, saying she had something new to show me.

The next day, she showed up with my DS Lite, her copy of Superstar Saga—and a 3DS cartridge with art that looked suspiciously similar to the GBA cartridge. Continue reading “The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG”

On Thin Ice: My Misadventures with Mario Games

On Thin Ice: My Misadventures with Mario Games

Did you know?

Tomorrow is Mario Day (because Mar. 10 looks like Mario), which got me thinking about the Mario games I’ve played.

For the most part, the Mario games I’ve played have been some kind of spin-off of the original. You know, things like Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Island. They’ve made me fall in love with the characters, the world, and the stories of the jump-happy plumber, but I’m not terribly skilled at more traditional games. There’s one reason:

Skating physics. Continue reading “On Thin Ice: My Misadventures with Mario Games”