In one of those really rare occurrences where I actually have a couple of days off available to me, last week I decided to spend my days off attending a gaming event that was local enough for me to attend it.
The event in question, was Gamepolis. By no means is it on the same level of Gamescom and E3, but the Malaga based event, is the biggest gaming event in all of Andalucia and having seen some huge attendee numbers last year, Nintendo was actually an official sponsor of the event, which opened its doors to the public for the 6th time, last week.
Going into the event, with memories of attending it last year and disappointed by the fact that Miketendo64 was only permitted to have one press pass issued to us, all I could think about was how Mike was going to have the opportunity to get play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee! and a bunch of other Switch confirmed titles, as part of a closed-door presentation for press.
But then, as I stood in the queue on the Friday morning, waiting for my turn to go in (only took 92 minutes, but who’s counting?) I remembered something important, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was previously revealed as a playable game for the public and there was no way in hell I would leave Gamepolis without playing it once.
In fact, just as soon as got passed the front door, with Ashleigh in tow, we casually sprinted our way directly to the Nintendo booth and joined the Smash line. Luck was on our side and the line was short, as we actually got to play the game 5 minutes after joining the queue. Admittedly, the GameCube controllers we were allowed to play with, instantly threw me off my game and let’s just say I got beaten by a girl, as my Ridley was not enough to beat the superior skill Ashleigh has with Ike.
By no means would that be the only game she beat me at, as she also floored me when we played DRAGON BALL FighterZ on Switch, despite the fact she’s never played a Dragon Ball game in her life, but she is one of those people who naturally takes to everything easily, whereas you need to practise for a year at least, just to be on her level.
Now, I could tell you about all the things we did during our time at Gamepolis, but there is a lot I don’t want to bore you with, so what I will actually do is summarise the majority of it all, in as least amount of paragraphs as possible before I break into paragraph sections relating to the very specific games I played.
So, on that note, to “long story short” it all, we played a number of different games at the Nintendo booth, including Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, as it had a non-existent queue on the first day. Mike and Ash played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Mike opting to be Champion’s Tunic Link, as the new update literally dropped on that very day, but we also hit the stalls, made a couple of connections with the indie developer crowd and done so much walking that even the thought of putting shoes on was unbearable.
From Switch, to PC, to Xbox One, to PlayStation 4, there were games for almost every platform, both new and old, but one platform which was not represented at all, was the Nintendo 3DS. Not even Nintendo had one 3DS game playable as WarioWare Gold and the 3DS releases of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, was completely absent. It was a lot like the Nintendo Direct at E3 all over again.
Still, we had a good time and that’s all that matters, even if Mike did have a much better time than we did because he got to play a range of games that were denied to the public, which you can read about by clicking here, here, and here. As for the games I actually played, well, now is the time to talk about them:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: (Nintendo Switch)
As incredible as it is to be the owner of a gaming console that is to get both a big Pokémon and Smash game before this year is over, sometimes it is still old to believe a new Smash game is coming at all, despite all the rumours.
The only issue I have with it though, is the fact I’m actually hoping its expansive roster of righters, is the only thing it shares with the Wii U and 3DS release. There is a reason why I haven’t played Smash Wii U once in the last two years and that reason is I did not like it. I actually felt it had too many characters before the DLC ones were added and when I did play it, I’d only ever play as Charizard and even then, I’d just spam the same move over and over again.
No matter how hard I tried, I just could not get on with the game. It was too different from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but having played Ultimate three times, I can say there is an air of difference to the Wii U version, which means this could very well be the Smash games that reunites my love for the series.
In the event that it doesn’t though, at least I can play as Breath of the Wild Link and Solid Snake as much as I want. So, even as a non-Smash fan, my three play sessions were more than enough to make me want to crack open my wallet in December and give the full game the chance it deserves! I will have to play it a lot though, since during all three tries at playing Ultimate, I still have no idea what I am doing when it comes to the controls.
The Lost Rupees VR: (Google Play & Oculus)
When I stepped foot in the indie zone of Gamepolis, I was next expecting to come face to face with a poster that had a gigantic Chibi Breath of the Wild-like Link character on it. But when I did see it, I knew that this was an indie game I simply needed to play and find out more about. So, as I got in line to play it on the Friday, I stuck up a conversation with one of the game’s developers, in a bid to learn all that I could about it.
The more I spied the game in action, taking note of the things like rupees, chickens and fairies, the more it looked like a Zelda game and it even played a bit like one as well. It’s a shame this work in progress won’t be coming to consoles as it’s solely planned for a mobile and VR release, but there is a downloadable demo of it available now and you can read even more about it, by clicking here, as part of an article we wrote on it.
As a game I had prior knowledge of, before the Switch version was announced, of course, I had to sit down and play the game where players must communicate with a guy named Quinn, who has been kidnapped and needs your help to escape and discover who took him in the first place.
There might not be an awful lot of gameplay to it as the player’s role does seem minimal when compared to other video games, but the soundtrack is fantastic and has a strong emotional aspect to it, to make sure players feel Quinn’s terrible plight as its own.
By no means is it the greatest indie in the world, but those who play it, are in for something that is different, in a rather fantastic way, just be sure to lower your expectations before you start playing it, later this year.
DRAGON BALL FighterZ: (Nintendo Switch)
Long before it was ever confirmed for a Switch release, there was both rumours and hopes that a Switch release would one day happen. Yet, it wouldn’t be until last month that it was officially confirmed to be Switch bound.
As someone who counts himself among those who wished a port would happen, naturally I couldn’t wait to play this game as it is a thing of beauty and one of the best Dragon Ball games to date. It’s just a shame my skills at other Dragon Ball games, which includes Xenoverse 2, did not prepare me for the total butt-whooping that was dealt to me by Ashleigh.
No matter what I tried to do, she was always 2 steps ahead and actually floored 2 of my characters before I could even defeat one of hers. But, it is still a fantastic fighting game that performed exactly how I hoped it would, and is certainly a must-buy fighting game, even though the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming this December.
GO VACATION: (Nintendo Switch)
Having missed out the first time round of playing GO VACATION, on the Nintendo Wii, when news of a Switch release of GO VACATION came along, I was a bit ecstatic. We might never get an Endless Ocean game on Switch, but with GO VACATION having a scuba diving game, among its many activities, of course, I was interested in picking it up.
So, when I did see a playable version of it available, Ashleigh and I made a beeline for it and tried that bad boy out. It may not appeal to absolutely everyone as it is a game more for a younger audience and adults who are kids at heart, and you know what? We did enjoy it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that I actually have it on Switch and Ashleigh has developed a huge addiction to it that is so big, she has no plans to play Mass Effect 3 this weekend. (This will be the second weekend in 2 years that she misses a Mass Effect 3 session, with the first being last week, as we were attending Gamepolis and crashing at Mike’s instead of returning home.)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: (Nintendo Switch)
I’ll be honest, I had no real reason to play this game, except for the fact there was no queue for it and I wanted to pass time. I may have personally passed on it myself, but Mike has it and I had already played a couple of hours on his Switch. It is an absolutely fantastic game, but with so much going on and games on my backlog trying to entice me back, sadly I just don’t have time for it this year, when there are a number of huge must-play titles, in their way in the coming months.
As nice as it would be to live in a world where every game comes to our favourite gaming platform, that particular paradise doesn’t exist. So, even though Disembodied, a game about a betrayed and beheaded ruler, is not coming to Switch, I thought I’d give the PS4 and PC confirmed game a try and it did not disappoint.
Developed by Berlin By Ten, the game has previously won the “Best Use of PlayStation Platform” award and having played 15 minutes of it, I can understand why. The dialogue is funny and well-written, the action is smooth and it’s visually pleasing as well. So, I’d certainly recommend those interested in it, to keep an eye or two, out for it.
Unfortunately, that concludes all the games I played, as all the other titles that were present at Gamepolis, had incredibly long lines, but hey, I got to try some new things, had a decent weekend and the two games I needed to impress me, certainly did. So, I did have a pretty great weekend and now that I’ve wrapped this up, I’m going to go back to playing WarioWare Gold and GO VACATION. I have some hours to spare and both games are just so tempting!
As always, thank you for reading and until next time, keep on gaming!
This post was written by Solid Jack