Sunday, October 1, 2023

Top 5 Cheap Switch Accessories You Definitely Need

October 01, 2023 0 Comments

When you first get your Nintendo Switch, you might need to get some accessories such as screen protectors and cases to protect your precious new toy. Here is a list of the top 5 you should get at affordable prices too. 

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1) Tempered Glass Screen Protector for less than S$10

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Before you even use your Switch, this should be your number 1 item, especially if scratches are not really your thing. The Switch is a handheld machine, so at some point in time you are going to get a scratch or 2 on it whenporting it around (and docking / undocking). Having a screen protector will also protect your screen from the Switch TV Dock, which might scratch your Switch display.

Get yours for just $2.99 - $5.99!


2) External Memory Card for less than S$20 / $80


The Switch comes with only 32GB worth of space, and by the time you start it up, at least another 4GB or so are taken up by the system. So getting extra storage is key. While you can still buy games on cartridges for the Switch, some titles might need extra storage, and if you intend on going digital then all the more you need a Memory Card.
 
You can get a 64GB card for less than S$20 and a 256GB card is less than S$80

Also with the double date and festive sales, it can even get cheaper with promotions and vouchers.


3) Case & Screen Protector for less than S$10

If you are the kind of person who likes pretty things and cheap things, then you can also consider this pretty case.
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The only downside of the pretty case is that the Switch cannot be docked when you put on the case. But that’s a small thing, as the case can be easily snapped on and off anytime (same for the joy con covers). The screen protector is also very easy to apply, so a bonus of sorts along with the cute cat paw print thumb grip caps!

For just less then S$10, you not only get the casing, but a tempered glass cover and two joy con grip covers as well. How’s that for a steal?

Of course, if you want something more cuter you can always get the decorated TPU covers for under S$10 (without the screen protector).
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It you want a more ergonomic cover for your joy-con with themes like Mario or Pokemon, along with 2 matching thumb grip caps, then you should get this anti-slip silicone cover. For just under $3, you get a joy-con cover with a pair of matching thumb grips. 
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Speaking of thumb grips, check out this selection of adorable joy-con thumb grip covers for just under S$3 for 2 pairs!
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4) Extra Joy-Cons for less than S$60

If you want to play with your family or friends, then you definitely would need to get an extra pair of joy-cons. But what to do if the original joy-cons are too pricey? Well, that would be where the Dobe joy-cons come in pretty handy (and for almost half the price of the original Nintendo joy-cons too).

Connection is easy and fast. It is thicker than the original joy-cons, so it has a better grip then the original joy-cons. The only thing is that there are no cases that will fit this joy-con, and charging is via its Type C port. But at this pricing it is perfect to get as a spare or for your 2nd / 3rd / n players.
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Want something a little more cheaper (and cuter)? Then you should consider the Panda Joy-con for just S$48.

5) Pro-controller for less than $50

Get a Pro Controller, which is more comfortable to hold for extended periods as its ergonomic contoured grips make it a comfortable upgrade from the joy-cons. This pair from IINE are pretty affordable for less than $50!
 
If you think the wake up the switch function and using amiibo is not too critical for you, then you can get it for less than S$40!
 
There's even that cute puppy Joy-Con at an even budget friendlier price of S$28!


Which are your favorite Switch accessories? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sunday, August 20, 2023

A Monster’s Expedition + Earlier Adventures Switch Physical Release

August 20, 2023 0 Comments

iam8bit announced in 2022 the release of A Monster’s Expedition + Earlier Adventures, a physical release containing four games. A Monster’s Expedition, Sokobond, Cosmic Express and A Good Snowman is Hard to Build will all be offered on a single physical cartridge. On top of that, each copy will include a number of physical extras.

Each copy comes with the following:
  • iam8bit Exclusive Edition
  • Four Award-Winning Unique Puzzle Games in One – A Monster’s Expedition, Cosmic Express, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build and Sokobond
  • Over 100 hours of unique, no-filler puzzles!
  • Includes an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the full world map from A Monster’s Expedition!
  • Exclusive cover sheet by Andre Rodrigues

If that wasn’t enough, fans can pick up the A Monster’s Expedition + Earlier Adventures Vinyl Soundtrack as well. This features music from Monster’s Expedition, Sokobond, Cosmic Express, and A Good Snowman Is Hard to Build. Music was done by Eli Rainsberry, Allison Walker, Nick Dymond, and Priscilla Snow, and there’s album art from Andre Rodrigues. 

You can order A Monster’s Expedition + Earlier Adventures as well as the new soundtrack from the here.

I wanted to get it from iam8bit but it was too pricey for close to SGD$95, just the shipping along was USD$14. Since I was not too interested in the poster (a pity about the cover sheet but it is what it is), I managed to get a deal at Amazon (with vouchers) for SGD$35! Though the cover is different and it does not come with any freebies, it's still cheaper than if I were to get it from iam8bit  and also cheaper than getting all the games digitally from the e-shop. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

First Impressions: Hello Kitty Island Adventure (Apple Arcade)

August 16, 2023 0 Comments

Embark on a cozy adventure with Hello Kitty and Friends and restore an abandoned island to its former glory!


If you haven't already heard, Hello Kitty Island Adventure launched exclusively on 28 July 2023 on the Apple Arcade platform. 



The aim of the game is simple: you start off by creating an avatar to join Hello Kitty and Friends on a flight to an island. Things take a turn for excitement when Hello Kitty's attempt to treat everyone to some baked cupcakes causes the plane to hit turbulence and everyone has to parachute out of there asap! 


You land on the mysterious island, which was supposed to be your original destination, except now you had to crash land and your first goal is to reunite with everyone, as they’ve been scattered about the place. 

Doesn't my avatar have Animal Crossing vibes?

Your second goal is to unlock the mysteries of the island and return the place to its thriving glory days.  As you progress and explore the island, you will be able to slowly reveal recipes as you test out different combinations of ingredients. The more elaborate recipes can even be unlocked through friendship levels.


[Hello Kitty Island Adventure: All Recipes (& How To Make Them)]


There are tasks to complete, lots of them. Tasks to track down things for friends, build things using materials found on the island and a crafting table, to solve Zelda Breath of the Wild-inspired dungeons (albeit far simpler ones), and puzzles to unlock more parts of the island.


In addition to tasks, there are minigames to play, fishing and bug catching to indulge in; even photography tasks to complete! There's a whole lot activities to be done, and while similar to Animal Crossing, it is not exactly the same: you get to be involved in setting up the economy and society of the island to make it a success.



First Impressions

What I have been up to so far

Since I happened to have an activation for Apple Arcade for 3 months, I decided to download and try this adorable game. 


I initially installed it on my iPad Pro with the intention of playing with my pro-controller. But for some reason I was not able to connect them, so I switched over to play on my iPhone instead using just the touch screen controls.



The touch screen controls are a bit frustrating as they are either too sensitive or not at all. When I want to run, I end up jumping or  slow walking in the wrong directing, when I want to jump I never end up when I want to land. In total, I played less than 10 minutes as the navigation experience was subpar.


After updating my iPad Pro to iOS16.6, I was finally able to connect my pro-controller! And the difference is as clear as night and day! I am now more invested in playing Hello Kitty Island Adventure for the next 3 months to see if it's worth getting in the long run (or perhaps it might come out on the Nintendo Switch?). 


So much better playing on a bigger screen. This weekend, I'll try playing it on my Mac and pro-controller. ūüėć



Verdict: 4/5

The game aesthetics are both simple, but effective and adorable! 


Hello Kitty Island Adventure is a  massive place to explore, with regions being broken up into various themes – volcano area, swamp area etc). Each of those regions are each a colorful feast for the eyes, and makes exploring and playing around in each of them bright and fun. I cannot wait to each one of them and unlock more outfits options too!


Have you downloaded and played Hello Kitty Island Adventure? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments below! 


Sunday, August 13, 2023

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC Trailer Snippets: Release date, Past-Gen Starters & Much Much More

August 13, 2023 0 Comments
Who's excited for the DLC Updates for Pok√©mon Scarlet & Violet
The first half of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero is set to debut on 13 September 2023!

Here are some of the highlights:

1) Return of Past-Gen Starters and New Moves

In addition to the return of past-generation starters, here's a bit else about what's featured (via Serebii.net):
  • Psycic Noise is a new move which prevents the target healing.
  • The move Upper Hand strikes before a target's priority move
  • Raging Bolt is Electric/Dragon-type. It has the move Thunderclap that is a priority move
  • Iron Crown is Steel/Psychic-type. It has the move Tachyon Cutter which hits twice in a row
  • A new element of Terastallisation featuring all 18 types has also been teased


2) More Fashion Options 

The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk’s latest trailer provides a little more detail about Kitakami, the new locale Pok√©mon Scarlet and Violet players will get to travel to as they participate in the town’s traditional Festival of Masks

3) New Pokémon and Characters

Besides the addition of a variety of new hairstyles and outfits that were not available in the games previously, the DLC features a storyline revolving around some new Pok√©mon - OkidogiMunkidori, and Fezandipiti - known as a the legendary trio “The Loyal Three” . And with all good there is Ogerpon, the “evil ogre” they protect Kitakami from.  

Kitakami is home to a variety of wild Pok√©mon from older generations that can’t be found in Paldea, aong with entirely new creatures like Dipplin, a new Applin evolution that resembles a candy apple while (presumably) still being a dragon type.

There's also introduction to new new characters like photographer Perrin. Perrin's photo-focused side quests will send players out into Kitakami’s wilderness to snap shots of wild Pok√©mon. With a new feature, Roto-stick, players will be able to take selfies from wider angles with the game’s built-in cameraphones.

Monday, August 7, 2023

Toki Tori Review (Nintendo Switch)

August 07, 2023 0 Comments

Toki Tori was originally about two decades ago in 2001 on the Game Boy Color, before seeing re-masters of sorts appear on the Wii and Wii U etc... I actually had my first encounter with this game on device called the Palm in the mid 2000s.


So imagine my delight when I got the Nintendo Switch and saw it on the e-shop... on sale! Of course I had to get it and relive my childhood.


It's a very rewarding yet challenging and fun puzzle game. You are tasked with guiding Toki Tori around 5 worlds and their multiple levels. To complete each level and progress to the next, you need to collect all of the eggs. All of this is to be accomplished with a set number of moves and abilities such as building bridges, freezing the enemies, and using blocks, bubble or teleportation etc... 

The first world is relatively simple and with each world and level you get introduced to new abilities. Of course the more you progress, the more challenging it becomes and solving the puzzle really takes some brain power. Thankfully there are videos online to help you out if you do get stuck on  certain levels and it gets somewhat frustrating as you find yourself sort on one bridge or teleport move to complete the level.


One of the features I love is the rewind button by simply pressing the 'Y' Button! This saves time having to restart the level all over again and you can just continue from where you think you made a mistake. It does bring the frustration level down a little but then having to start again from the beginning: you get to trial run some of the moves and redo them to get the right path to collect all the eggs.

There are 5 worlds which offer a set of regular levels. Once you have cleared the regular levels, the 'hard' and 'bonus' levels are unlocked. Both of these advanced levels are even more challenging and makes you really think out of the box, giving the most well-practiced puzzle experts a brain workout for sure. 


From World 2 onwards, there's a Wildcard option which enables you to pass on to the next level. You can only use this once and once you've spent it  you will need to complete the particular level it was used on in the future to have it returned to you. Of course there is the other alternative to search Google and find the solution online to see what you missed out. 


Toki Tori's difficulty is hard but rewarding when you manage to solve the puzzles: it forces you to plan out and execute each move to exact precision and timing, the wrong move could jeopardize the whole flow which results in a failed level. Unlike other puzzle games which are tricky due to infuriating mechanics which are out of your control, in Toki Tori you have more control per se. 


Some levels are relatively easy but others, especially as you progress, makes you wonder if it actually can be solved or not. The satisfaction comes from having solved or realizing what was the critical step to solve the level. Yes, even if you play cheat and find the solution from the countless of videos available on the internet it is still satisfying. 

Not only are the graphics and animation easy on the eyes, the soundtrack is adorable and catchy! So even if you are stuck on a certain level, it helps to soothe the frustration somewhat. 


Verdict: 4.5/5

Toki Tori is an adorably charming game which is fun and tricky at the same time. It really gives your brain a workout and the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when is complete each level is indescribable: it's like you feel you gain more intelligence with each level you complete as you are forced  come up with perfect solutions throughout the game. 

It's totally worth the money, more so when it is one sale on the Nintendo e-shop.


So if you love yourself a good puzzle game, or simply want to have it on the Nintendo Switch, you should get it! 

Saturday, August 5, 2023

First Impressions: Pokémon Sleep & Pokémon Go Plus+

August 05, 2023 0 Comments
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If you haven't heard already, there's a new Pok√©mon game in town and it is supposed to help you sleep better.  You don't catch Pok√©mon , but get to befriend them to help you raise a Snorlax each week - the bigger the Snorlax gets, the more rewards you get in game. The more you sleep, the better it is.


Gameplay

Playing is really easy,  all you need to do is sleep using your mobile device with the app or get the Pok√©mon Go Plus+ to record your sleep. If you don't want to over work (and overheat) your phone's battery, the Pokemon Go Plus+ is a must get! 


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Now on to the gameplay which consists of a bunch of tutorials, guiding you from your first sleep session on getting started and orientated: introducing the Snorlax which you have to feed each week at different locations and get rewards, at the the same time befriending Pok√©mon to help you gather ingredients for cooking and feeding your Snorlax of the week. 

Unlike the usual Pok√©mon games where you catch them, in Pok√©mon Sleep you befriend them instead. So I doubt they are transferrable to the other Pok√©mon games, and the Snorlex you meet at just for show (or feeding so to say).

Other than that change in catching to befriending, it looks like the levelling system is here to stay: not only do Snorlax and each Pok√©mon have a levelling system, but so do the Recipes for cooking. The higher the level, the more things you can cook and more skills/capabilities your befriended Pok√©mon unlock to feed your Snorlax of the week. 


Then you have Incenses, and rare Pok√©mon with feed requirements, and evolution items to buy etc… For evolving the Pok√©mon you have befriended you'd need items and candy. So the more you sleep, the more rewards... It's not called Pok√©mon  SLEEP for nothing. ūüėĀ


As with the games series, you will work with a professor to studying the sleep patterns and gain rewards.

Meet Professor Neroli
Did you know, neroli is an essential oil that comes from bitter orange trees?

According to the app, the ideal amount of sleep is 8.5 hours. You can do 2 sleep sessions each day but they must be 90 minutes minimum. You set an alarm within Pokémon Sleep to remind you to go to bed and then set one to wake you up. There's also the function to play relaxing sounds to help you doze off.

If you use your mobile phone, not only is your battery life at risk so is your privacy -  the game will record your sounds (which are supposed to be only saved locally and wiped every 24 hours) to determine what mode of sleep you are in. Hence the reason why I prefer using the  Pok√©mon Go Plus+ as the app does not need to be running to use and it can easily sync the sleep data in the morning via bluetooth.


Types of Sleep

There are 3 types of sleep: Dozing, Slumbering and Snoozing. 

Based on the duration of your sleep at the different stages, various Pok√©mon will spawn the morning after. They have multiple ‘Sleep Styles’, so in terms of collecting there's the Pok√©mon, their sleeping styles and did I mention you can even befriend Shiny Pok√©mon?

You use biscuits to befriend the Pokémon and add them to your team. They will then collect the berries and ingredients to feed the Snorlax and for cooking recipes.


Certain types show up based on the quality of your sleep. You are initially gifted a Pikachu and if you use Pok√©mon Go Plus+ you get an extra Pikachu helper wearing a nightcap. 

And that's how Pokémon Sleep works. It also includes tips about healthy eating and other aspects of your life, especially about sleep. If you are looking for something to motivate you to improve the quality of your sleep by gamifying it, then this is the perfect app.


There's the monetization part of the game but I find it pointless, as I see it more as a motivation for better sleep rather than grinding and playing to get the highest level per se. If you want to grind and play something more play worthy then Pok√©mon Go would be a better choice. Pok√©mon Sleep is more a lifestyle enhancement app which gamifies sleeping - perfect if you want to reward your sleep but not really worth paying anything in-game for. 


Have you played  Pok√©mon Sleep? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Friday, May 19, 2023

Mini Review: Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion Nintendo Switch Game

May 19, 2023 0 Comments

 

About The Game

Take control of an adorable turnip who happens to be an absolute menace to society. After failing to pay taxes and getting evicted from your home, you must go on an epic quest to pay back your massive debt to Mayor Onion. Garden tools to solve plantastic puzzles, meet eccentric vegetables and fruits, and take on treacherous fights. Along the journey uncover what’s spoiling this garden community and rise to tear down the corrupt vegetable government!


So... I came across this game on sale the other day for just under USD$3 and the premise seemed interesting and adorable at the same time. Needless to say I downloaded the game and have started play, hence this is a mini review on the experience so far. 


Playing as a turnip trying to evade taxes and defeat a seeming corrupted onion as mayor seems fun a vegan world. As Turnip Boy, you can can evade as much tax as you like without any real world repercussions; it is a game after all. 


It's one of the cutest games I've played and the gameplay is easy to grasp for the most part. Once you manage to get the hang of the controls, you'd be defeating baddies and evading taxes like a pro. 

Some captures from my game progress so far

At start of the game Turnip Boy obtains a ‘soil sword’ along with a watering can.  The sword is used to attack against fearsome snails, piglets, and other dangerous but adorable (mostly vegetable eating) animals. The water can can also help water bombs, put too much water and you'd lose a few hearts. Alternating between the sword and watering can can be a bit cumbersome, but once you get used to it, it's a breeze. There are 2 options to alternate between items 


  1. Use the ‘L’ and ‘R’ is easy, OR
  2. Holding down ‘Y’ to access to inventory


There's also a move to throw the bombs in the direction you want to attack animals or blast doorways to open pathways. Time it right after you use the water can and kick it in the direction you want or risk being bombed yourself. 


The whole tax evasion thing is the theme, and the aim is to repay back the onion mayor by doing various tasks. While exploring the world, the other characters encountered will also give you mini-tasks with mini awards / achievements. It's relatively simple: task is given, go to location, complete task and return for the reward. The reward could be new items or abilities. 


There's a wide range of characters you’ll come across during your travels, all of which comprise different fruits or vegetables (it is a vegan world after all). There's dialogue and you can follow the storyline as well. It would have been better if there was indication of which characters would give you tasks and others just there for comic relieve. Having to approach each character to see if a bit cumbersome and can be a bit frustrating since you cannot skip past some pointless conversations. If you take your time to read each one, it is still a nice adorable little game. 


For those looking for something adorable and relatively easy, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is definitely worth a try. That said, although Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is not too difficult, some of the boss battles and puzzles where you have to make use of multiple items may well pose a good challenge.


Verdict: 4/5

Overall, Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion is a delightful vegan adventure and I cannot wait to complete the game! 


If you’re after a chill and adorable game with a bit of RPG action, then look no further; this is a great way to get started and also get more digital veggies into your gaming diet.


Have you played Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion? If yes, let us know in the comments below how much you liked it (or not)! 


You can get the physical copy to keep or re-sale after you are done, or get it from the Nintendo e-shop when there're sales.



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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

IINE Splatoon Nintendo Switch Joypad Review

May 03, 2023 0 Comments

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Nintendo has made it difficult for official third-party Switch controllers to really shine (think Hori). In fact the other 3rd party OEM controllers do a much better job at a lower or equivalent price. I recently got myself some pretty looking Hori Split Pad Compact, the Mint Green x White version.


In essence, the Hori Split Pad Compact acts just like the Nintendo joycons - they slot right into the sides of a Nintendo Switch where the joycons would usually do. But unlike their Nintendo counterpart, the Hori series of controllers do not have an internal battery and cannot be used wirelessly. In addition to that, they also do not have Motion Controls, HD Rumble, NFC, or IR camera.

So while the buttons were tactile enough and the experience not too bad, having to remove my Switch casing each time I want to use it and the fact that it saps the battery out of the Switch.


[HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Compact Review]


Then I came across the IINE Nintendo Switch Joypad, and it even had the Splatoon design. Needless to say I was sold and got myself one to try. 


The packaging was nice and the lighting is pretty. The best part is that I do not need to remove my Switch casing each time I want to use these. They slide on nicely and have a good ergonomic grip which are comfortable on the hands. Buttons are also quite response and the lights add on an additional user experience.




For about the same price or even lesser when there are sales, I would choose IINE Joypads over Hori, simply for it's price competitiveness and similar experience.


Have you tried either products, if so which is your preference?  Let us know in the comments below!


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Compact Review

April 18, 2023 0 Comments

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There are countless of options for joycons for the Nintendo Switch, and besides 3rd party (non-Nintendo licensed) options, the HORI stood out to me especially when the HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Compact came out. 

I was mesmerized by it's sleek look and the color options. So it was without hesitation that I got it when it was on sale (it's always better to get it on sale then paying for full price).


Out of the many options that they had, the color option I got was the Mint Green x White version.


Hori’s new Split Pad Compact controllers are apparently the improved version of the Hori Split Pad Pro with a more colorful design and reduced size. They come in a range of colors such as Apricot Red, Yellow, and Mint. They also have Pokemon designs, which are pretty cool. 


In essence, the Hori Split Pad Compact acts just like the Nintendo joycons - they slot right into the sides of a Nintendo Switch where the joycons would usually do. But unlike their Nintendo counterpart, the Hori series of controllers do not have an internal battery and cannot be used wirelessly. In addition to that, they also do not have Motion Controls, HD Rumble, NFC, or IR camera, and they can only be played in handheld mode.


These controllers offer substantially more room for bigger hands than the actual joycons, and they are ergonomically comfortable to use as well. So if you are mostly playing in handheld mode over docked, this might be your jam.


As the name suggests, compact means it fits nicely into the hands and is really comfortable to hold and use as well:  the shoulder buttons and triggers are larger, and the joysticks are taller, bigger around, and textured, making  the buttons are tactile and the joystick experience seamless to execute precise movements far. Additionally, there is Turbo button on each grip that can automatically, rapidly repeat an input while a button is held down. 


At the back of each grip, there are two buttons which can be mapped to any of the face buttons on the corresponding grip. It can be useful but unfortunately it means that you cannot map any of the ABXY buttons onto the left grip’s back button, or D-pad buttons onto the right grip’s.


Overall, the Hori Split Pad Compact has a competent set of controls which offers a performance upgrade over the standard Nintendo joycons. But I was underwhelmed even though it was cheaper than the standard Nintendo joycons and slightly more ergonomic and comfortable to use. 


It was not the lack of Motion Controls, HD Rumble, NFC, IR camera, or the fact that is can only be played in handheld mode and does not have it's own battery, but the odd design if including a small piece of plastic that extends to overlap with the back of the Switch itself and bumps out from the back. It's probably there to reduce the likelihood of damaging the Switch’s controller rails with the extra leverage the larger controllers provide, but it does not factor for those who are using a Switch case. 


It's so troublesome to remove the case each time to attach the Hori Split Pad Compact, that I've just left it. Not to mention which them attached to your Switch, it cannot even fits the standard carry case (you'd have to spend more money to get a bigger carry case).


Have you gotten the Hori Split Pad Compact? If yes what are your thoughts about it? Let us know in the comments below!


For around the same price I would recommended getting an OEM (non-Nintendo) joypad or joycon instead. I saw this from IINE and could not pass it up as it was a Splatoon Design.


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[IINE Splatoon Nintendo Switch Joypad Review]


Monday, February 27, 2023

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet New DLC with 5 new Pokémon, including 2 legendaries

February 27, 2023 0 Comments
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As part of a Pok√©mon Presents stream on MondayPok√©mon Scarlet and Violet are getting paid DLC and the first wave of the upcoming expansion is coming in fall 2023! 


It's called "The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero", and it is separated into 2parts and will take players beyond the existing Paldea Region as well as let them encounter new Pokémon.


There are 2 parts to this new adventure: 

Part 1 is called The Teal Mask, and will arrive first in the fall of 2023. It will take players on a school field trip to the land of Kitakami, a mountainous region with a village at the base. 


Part 2 is called The Indigo Disc and is slated to arrive sometime before the end of winter 2023”. It will take players to visit their sister school, Blueberry Academy


Although it is split into two parts, both stories will link up into one continuous narrative.


Check out the trailer below:


Which new Pokémon are coming to The Teal Mask and Indigo Disk?

In addition to experiencing new locations, The Hidden Treasure DLC will also feature new Legendaries and returning favorites. 


The Teal Mask’s Legendary, will feature Ogerpon with new Pok√©mon Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti also appearing alongside the likes of Chingling, Shiftry, Milotic, Ninetales, Vikavolt


The Indigo Disc will feature the Legendary Terapagos, alongside returning Pokémon Dewgong, Metagross, Alcremie, Espurr, Zebstrika, and Whimsiscott.


The Pok√©mon Company also revealed that Pok√©mon Home will finally link Let's Go and Scarlet/Violet together. This, together with the DLC, will now introduce over 230 Pok√©mon to the games that weren’t previously available in them to catch or battle with!


Are you excited? I certainly am and will have this on my shopping cart ready to check out!


Have you gotten your copy of Pokemon Scarlet or Violet yet? If not, do check out the link below to get your copy to start your adventure! 

Kirbys Return to Dream Land Deluxe

February 27, 2023 0 Comments


Have you heard? Kirby's third Switch game in the last 12 months dropped on 24 Feburary 2023. It's actually a remake of the Wii game Kirby's Return to Dream Land (or Kirby's Adventure Wii if you're in Europe). 


If you want to give the game a go befire you decide to get it, you can download a free demo on the eShop right now.


Here's a bit about the story, and what else you can expect courtesy of the PR:

"A new story will unfold in Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe when Magolor, the interdimensional traveller from the main adventure, loses his powers and must escape the realm between dimensions. You can access this new epilogue after clearing Story Mode. Up to four players on the same console can venture through this mysterious realm together, where there are over 20 stages to explore. Can Magolor restore his powers and safely return to his world?"



What's New?

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe adds a co-op epilogue where players play as Magolor, a mega-easy setting. Magolor acts as the bumpers to Kirby’s bowling alley. You toss him health items and make sure he that does not fall over and die.


There are 8 worlds in total to float and fight your way through here. And as it's somewhat of a remake of a successful game which has stood the test of time with lots in the way of fun and creativity, you  can happily blast your way through the game. 


There's even an amusement park with 10 mini-games called Merry Magoland


There are some games, like Ninja Dojo, where you and up to three friends, throw shurikens at moving targets to try to get a bullseye. This game can also be unlocked from Magolor’s spacecraft, Lor Starcutter, like in the original. 


Other games, like Egg Catcher, are from older titles like the 1993 NES game Kirby’s Adventure.


Are you excited for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Feb 2023 and Patch notes released

February 18, 2023 0 Comments
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A support page on Nintendo's website details plenty of bug fixes. A lot of the fixes have to do with the new Terastallizing mechanic, character expressions being stuck, issues with traded Pokémon, and reducing the chances of the game crashing by potentially reducing the amount of Pokémon and people displayed in certain areas.

Passers-by will also not be displayed during battle in towns anymore, meaning they won't walk through your Pokémon and their attacks. In addition, further functionality will be added to the Pokémon Box system to allow for better organization.

Released in November to widespread criticism for its many bugs, glitches and performance issues, the games received a day-one patch and a small one in December last year, but fans are waiting with baited breath for a major update to get the game in shape.

The patch notes mentioned that further updates and fixes will be coming with this update, but it doesn't state what they are yet. This patch may or may not be "IT". We'll have to wait and see if the issues with poor framerate, and texture etc... will be dealt with in this release. 

If a specific fix for a bug which has been bothering you but is not included in this update, don't be disappointed. Nintendo mentions that they plan "further features and bug fixes not listed in these patch notes." Full information will be shared when the update launches before the end of the month.  ūü§ě

Have you gotten your copy of Pokemon Scarlet or Violet yet? If not, do check out the link below to get your copy to start your adventure! 


Or are you thinking of getting other Pokemon Games as Sword and ShieldBrilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and The Legend of Arceus.? If the answer is yes, check the link below out! 


Monday, October 10, 2022

Pre-ordering Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope on Nintendo Switch

October 10, 2022 0 Comments

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With just about 10 days to it's release,  Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will make it's way on the Nintendo Switch on 20 October 2022!

In the strategy adventure Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Mario and his friends team up with the Rabbids once again to restore order to the galaxy! Explore planets filled with quirky residents, and even quirkier secrets, while you stop a mysterious evil from plunging the universe into chaos.


I went into it not really knowing what to expect but Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a hidden gem with full of surprises. It’s a turn-based tactics gameplay where you figure out the tactical puzzles of chaining together as many stringed attacks in the least amount of moves possible. It’s oddly satisfying seeing the enemies getting beaten up Mario and Rabbid style. 


[Mario Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Gold Edition + Donkey Kong Adventure DLC Review]


So now with it's sequel out, I can't wait to get my hands on another fantastic helping of strategy-focused goodness, Mario + Rabbid style of course. Besides the Standard Edition, there are are some special Gold and Cosmic Editions available!


I found the Cosmic Edition on Qoo10 for SGD$59.90, and the Gold Edition was SGS$110.90. What a steal!


It's sad that we don't have the steel case, but if you order from the Nintendo Store UK it comes with with a free SteelBook case.


The Gold Edition includes the base game, a Season Pass (which contains upcoming DLC packs, including additional story content featuring a new character, quests, and battles), and the Galactic Prestige Collection (three exclusive weapon skins, unlockable right away). 


The Cosmic Edition just does not have the Season Pass for the DLCs, which is pretty reasonable for that price. It comes with  the base game, and the Galactic Prestige Collection mentioned above.  I've been buying a tad too much games, so this was the only one which was more 'friendly' on my wallet, so this is the version which I got. I could always get the DLCs at a later stage if I am interested in it.


Now all I have to do is wait for the game, and find time time to play! 


Have you pre-ordered your copy of the game or will you wait before getting it? Share it with us below in the comments below!


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