First Impressions

Shield Post tech demo (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

Shield Post tech demo (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

Another Wii U tech demo available at E3 2011 was “Shield Pose.” In this rhythm based game, you must block shots from enemy pirate ships in front of you, to your left, and to your right. You must time it correctly and also be in the right spot. As soon as I got my hands on it, I realized that […]

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Battle Mii tech demo (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

Battle Mii tech demo (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

One of the Wii U tech demos at E3 2011 was called, “Battle Mii.” In it, two Mii players dressed in Samus costumes use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to shoot down the third player. That player uses the new controller and screen to fly around the level in an attempt to shoot the opposing players. The two-player team runs, […]

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Doctor Lautrec & the Forgotten Knights (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Doctor Lautrec & the Forgotten Knights (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

At first glance, it seems that Konami is simply copying Professor Layton with their upcoming game, “Doctor Lautrec & the Forgotten Knights.” The Nintendo 3DS title feels much like Layton, but it expands on it in many ways. After some hands-on time, I can say that it looks beautiful both in the cinematic cutscenes and gameplay. Instead of the point-and-click […]

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Shinobi (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Shinobi (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Sega is bringing back Shinobi on the Nintendo 3DS. I was able to play this brand new adventure at E3 2011, and it feels and looks very good. While, it is not the best looking game that I have seen for the 3DS, but it looks nice. As opposed to many side-scrolling beat-em-ups, you must use defense in Shinobi. You […]

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Heroes of Ruin (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Heroes of Ruin (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Square Enix is bringing a cooperative action-adventure RPG to Nintendo 3DS in early 2012 with “Heroes of Ruin.” The demo I played at E3 2011 was only single-player, but the final version will have at least two-player local and online co-op, with a possibility of four players. They are still working on that. In a view similar to most RPGs, […]

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Frogger 3D (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Frogger 3D (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Konami is bringing Frogger back for his 30th anniversary in “Frogger 3D” for Nintendo 3DS. While there was a Frogger game with the same name before, this is not it. This 3DS title has a much different feel than the original Frogger, but it is still the core game you have come to know and love. After some hands-on at […]

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FIFA 12 (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

FIFA 12 (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

If you have read my game reviews before, you will notice that I enjoy a good sports video game. FIFA 12 is coming out on the Nintendo 3DS, and I got some hands-on time with it at E3 2011. While the game looks just all right in 2D mode, it really comes alive when you push up the 3D slider. […]

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The Adventures of TinTin (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

The Adventures of TinTin (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

While searching the E3 2011 show floor, I ran across a Nintendo 3DS game from Ubisoft called “Adventures of TinTin.” Quite honestly, I had no idea what this was about (sorry, fans; hold back the flames) or what I was doing, and that never changed during my ten minutes of play. Apparently, it follows the movie, which is made my […]

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Power Rangers Samurai (Wii) – Hands-On First Impressions

Power Rangers Samurai (Wii) – Hands-On First Impressions

On day two of E3 2011, I got some hands on with Power Rangers Samurai for Wii. In the demo version, I was only able to play with the red ranger. Control used both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. No waggle was included in the controls, which was a major benefit. Usually these types of games are littered with that. […]

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Wii U – Hands-On First Impressions

Wii U – Hands-On First Impressions

The Wii has had a good run. It is one of the best selling home video game consoles of all time. So, how you do you follow it? In Nintendo’s words, with the Wii U. Rumors had speculated for the last several months about what this “Project Cafe” would look like. Specifically, many wondered about the controller. Would Nintendo go […]

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Centipede Infestation (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Centipede Infestation (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

As a fan of the original Centipede for arcade and Atari consoles, I was excited to hear they were bringing Centipede Infestation to both Nintendo 3DS and Wii. I got some hands-on time with the 3DS version, and I have to admit I was not impressed. To start with, it is not like the original Centipede at all. Instead, you […]

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Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (3DS) – Hands-On First Impressions

Natsume is bringing Reel Fishing Paradise 3D to the Nintendo 3DS, and I got some hands-on with it. All in all, it looked nice, but the concept is very simple. Just cast and reel in, hopefully catching a fish. You can use the A button to cast, snag with a quick jerk on the system, and reel with the A […]

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Chase Mii (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

Chase Mii (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

In the Wii U demo called Catch Mii, one player utilizes the new controller to go hide as Mario. Meanwhile, the other players, as Miis, stand by with Wii Remotes turned sideways (NES-style). When the timer is up, the group must work together to find Mario. Meanwhile, that player is using their personal screen to run away. It was great […]

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New Super Mario Bros. Mii (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

New Super Mario Bros. Mii (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

The New Super Mario Bros. games for Nintendo DS and Wii have been received very well. However, one thing you may have wanted to do is bring your Mii into the action. The New Super Mario Bros. Mii demo for Wii U did just that. It looked and played just like the other two games, but with three large changes. […]

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Japanese Garden (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

Japanese Garden (Wii U) – Hands-On First Impressions

The next Nintendo home console, called Wii U, will feature full high definition graphics. One tech demo that I got some hands-on with really showed off that graphical power. What they are calling the Japanese Garden looked amazing. The television screen displayed a beautiful fly-through of the garden. All the while, you can look around the garden with the Wii […]

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