(Because Pokemon Sun/Moon does not let players take screenshots, all screenshots for this article have been replaced with Children’s Drawings)
I went into Pokemon Sun having not played a Pokemon game since Soulsilver, and having not played a new one since Emerald. I’d found myself uninteresting in the franchise’s most recent offerings, and was left wondering if Nintendo had it in them to breathe new life into the series. Keeping that in mind, Pokemon Sun managed to not only work its way into being my #2 GOTY, but also ended up being my all-time favorite Pokemon game.
When the Wii U was first announced, it was met not with reactions of joy and anticipation, but questions and concerns.
The reasons for this were numerous, but they largely focused around the Gamepad. What was it? What functionalities did it have? How did it feel to hold? Was it more for gimmicks, or for playing games on? These and more spread throughout the internet like wildfire, and satisfactory answers were not forthcoming. This made it a hard sell for many, and a hard console to make games for. Eventually, it seems, most devs just chose to abandon the gamepad, and later the console itself. At the end of its life, the Wii U had sold a measly 13 million consoles, coming in as the worst-selling Nintendo console of all time.
Enter the Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: As of 3/21/16 I have returned to using Steam.
Longtime readers of my blog will no doubt be aware that I am not particularly fond of Steam.
Indeed, I stated in that article that I was sick of Steam and would jump ship to another distributor were another one worth jumping to. Because I owned a large number of Steam games, however, and other distributors didn’t have the same catalog, my hands were tied. Valve had a monopoly on PC gaming, and as someone who primarily played games on PC I was bound to continue using their service.
A lot has happened since April, however.
I recently found myself in possession of a New Nintendo 3DS.
This is my first 3DS, and my first handheld console since the DS lite. The 3DS took some getting used to, especially compared to the DS lite, and I felt like it suffered from some minor feature bloat. Despite this, I managed to wrap my head around it and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. Just like with the DS and GBA before it, I’ve fallen in love with this latest Nintendo handheld.
With some minor reservations.
Samus Aran, as a character, means a lot of things to a lot of people. To the feminist gaming community, she is a symbol of strength. To the children of the 80s, she was a shocking surprise. And major portions of the gaming community view her as one of the few female protagonists to stand on equal ground with the many men of video games.
But she is none of these things to Nintendo.
Prior to the release of Metroid Fusion, Samus Aran had no voice, no dialogue. She would have intermittent bits of plot exposition in games, but most of the plot was told through other characters or non-voiced cutscenes. Even in the Prime games, where she was voiced by Jennifer Hale, she didn’t say a word. Samus was always the voiceless heroine, and this made it easy to imprint a character onto her.