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[Video] Nine Parchments Review


Hello! Mr. Panda here, with a video review of Nine Parchments for the Nintendo Switch! Come join in me Wizarding school and discover how this magical top-down action RPG plays out!

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[Review] Nine Parchments (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Frozenbyte

Publisher: Frozenbyte

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action, Role-Playing, Multiplayer & First Person

Release Date: 5th of November, 2017 (EU & NA)

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[Review] UNO (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Board Games & Puzzles

Release Date: 7th of November, 2017 (Worldwide)

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[Video] Sparkle 2 Review


Hello! Mr. Panda here, with a video review of Sparkle 2 for Nintendo Switch! Does this puzzle game’s gems dazzle or are they dull? Watch on to find out! Sparkle Sparkle!

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[Review] Sky Ride (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Mutan

Publisher: Mutan

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action & First Person

Release Date: 24th of August, 2017 (JP) & 28th of August, 2017 (PAL & NA)

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[Review] Sparkle 2 (Nintendo Switch)


Sparkle 2

Developer: 10tons

Publisher: 10tons

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action & Puzzles

Release Date: 28th of September, 2017 (PAL & NA)

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[Review] Tower of Babel (Nintendo Switch)


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Developer: EnjoyUp Games

Publisher: EnjoyUp Games

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Panic, Action, Arcade & Adventure

Release Date: 28th of September, 2017 (PAL & NA)

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[Video] SNES Classic Announcement Reactions & Breakdown of All 21 Games


Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a special video of our reactions to the SNES Classic Edition announcement, as well as a breakdown of ALL 21 games included with the system! Share your thoughts on the upcoming system with us!

[Video] Nintendo E3 Spotlight Impressions & Reactions


Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a video of our fresh impressions and reactions from directly after Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight earlier today! What an exciting day of trailers and reveals for Nintendo! Join in the excitement and see what we thought

Booty Diver Review Revisit


Written by Mr. Panda

Xavier Orion Games’ recently updated its Wii U title Booty Diver, a scuba diving arcade-like experience, so I dove in once more into the briny deep. In my last review, one of the big issues was a game-breaking glitch that crashed the system, forcing me to start the entire 25-level campaign over. Level 21 was the biggest offender, crashing multiple times for me. Some prior levels also suffered from massive slowdown.

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Following the update, I played through Level 21 and the subsequent levels multiple times, and there were no longer major crashes in any of them. Additionally, the game overall ran more smoothly. While there was still a tiny bit of slowdown in the later enemy-heavy levels, the experience was more manageable than before. Although my opinion hasn’t changed from my initial review, at least Booty Diver’s endgame is now functional, allowing skilled treasure hunters to reliably finish the game.

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Booty Diver (Wii U) Review


Written by Mr. Panda

Chances are, you’re looking at the name “Booty Diver” and wondering what it could possibly be about. Well, Booty Diver is a game where you play as a scuba diver, searching underwater for the elusive treasure, also known as booty. I’m sure that’s exactly what you were thinking, right?

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Enter Booty Diver.

Let me preface this review by telling you that the game crashed on me twice on separate occasions on the last few levels. Since there is no save or even a password system, I had to start from scratch, only to have the game crash again on the same level. Needless to say, that marred the rest of my experience. Nevertheless, let me regale you with the tale of the “Booty Diver.”

In each of the 25 underwater levels, you must navigate the titular booty diver to find the hidden treasure chest and carry it back to the surface. Upon reaching the top, the phrase, “Nice Booty Got!” fills the screen, which should really tell you a lot. It’s a retro-styled arcade experience that has clear inspirations from old Atari games. Unlike those early single-screen games, Booty Diver has more depth with vertically scrolling mazelike areas. Though you are completely submerged in every level, the controls are pretty decent; you can move in any direction at all times. You can dash a little to make the trip go faster, but it comes at the expense of your constantly decreasing air supply. Additionally, you can shoot miniature harpoons, which you’ll need against your nautical enemies.

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The Little Mermaid never had to go through this.

There are a wide variety of foes from ink-shooting octopi to spiked urchins. Your health bar decreases every time you get hit, but matters get worse when you are carrying treasure. It turns out every creature under the sea wants a piece of your booty. When an enemy touches you, your treasure will drop all the way to the briny depths, and you’ll have to fish it back up. Though I got used to this as I got better at shooting enemies, it was still annoying during segments with invincible enemies. Your movement slows down while you hold treasure, making it harder to get around enemies, especially in narrow corridors.

Interestingly enough, the treasure chest is hidden in one of several predetermined spots. Sometimes, the chest is all the way in the bottom of the level; then there are times where the chest is considerably higher up. Sometimes they’re out in the open, and other times, they’re placed near one-hit kill spikes. Speaking of which, the spikes are as dreadful as they sound, especially in levels that are almost entirely pitch-black with only a tiny spotlight guiding the way. It doesn’t help that I occasionally died simply by standing near the spikes. In later levels with switches and currents, a lucky treasure placement completely changes how approachable the level is. Thankfully, regardless where the chest is, you can activate a compass which will always guide you towards it.

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We have to go deeper.

After every five levels, you face a boss version of one of the regular water enemies. They’re actually pretty interesting and each have a gimmick that you must exploit. After defeating the boss, you officially move on to the next “world” or set of five levels. If you lose all your lives you get sent back to the beginning of the world, which is certainly more forgiving than forcing you to start from the beginning of your 25-level trek.

There are three difficulty levels, which affect aspects like how many hearts you start out with. Otherwise, the playtime is paltry, though it depends on factors like how often you die and if your game crashes on you. Though you can certainly replay this and collect more coins for high scores, the core gameplay is meager and gets tedious quickly. More variety in additional levels might help, but a stage select would have been appreciated.

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Under the sea

While the game obviously went for a modern take on a retro Atari level design, the basic visuals look like something you might find in a Flash game from years ago. While not horrible, compared to many other 2D experiences on the Wii U eShop alone, the graphics look cheap. Despite this, the game somehow still has a lot of slowdown, particularly in the later levels. I’m not sure what exactly makes the game glitch out like that, but it’s surprising. The chiptunes are repetitive but not catchy. They’re mostly filled with the same bleeps and bloops that you might hear whenever a television show tries to replicate what video games sound like.

Conclusion

You have to be in a certain old-school mindset to take the plunge for Booty Diver. There are pockets of fun found within the game’s retro mazelike design and boss encounters. However, it’s a feeling that can easily flow away during the infuriating portions. By far, the biggest issues are the heavy lag and consistent crashing that not only gate you from completing the game, but also erase your progress, making the game near unplayable. Though I wish I could go easier on a game with the name like this, it’s simply an experience that I can’t recommend diving into.

Score: 4/10

Note: A review copy was used for this article.

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Video: Snake Pass – 2 Players with Separate Joy-Cons


Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a special video of me playing Snake Pass for the Nintendo Switch! It’s no ordinary playthrough, as you’ll see. It’s a 2-player co-op playthrough, with each of us holding separate Joy-Cons for a unique co-op experience! an we coordinate our controls and guide Noodle the snake to collectibles? How long until we slither to their doom? Find out in our video! Enjoy!

Spoilercast – Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Hey everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a special spoilercast about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! We discuss the game’s story, characters, dungeons, and ending. Needless to say, this is a SPOILER WARNING, so listen to this after you’ve beaten the game. Without further ado, enjoy the spoilercast!

Video Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Hey everyone! Mr. Panda here, with a special treat! Here is my premiere review video of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch! Don’t worry. It’s spoiler-free. Enjoy!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch Review


Hi everyone! Mr. Panda here with a review of one of the biggest launch games in Nintendo history, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! A dawn of a new day in Zelda history is upon us, and I’ve explored the open world to see what I can uncover. The experience really is something else, and I’m excited to share what has been quite a review to write. Here’s my spoiler-free review of Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch!

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The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma introduced in 2013 a new project that would “rethink the conventions of Zelda.” Skyward Sword was a step in that direction, blurring the lines between dungeon and overworld. A Link Between Worlds further paved the way, allowing players to explore dungeons in any order by offering every item upfront. But that wasn’t enough. Aonuma desired to see a world that was open to you from the start – one with no single correct track. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the team at Nintendo has achieved creating a fully open world that is truly breathtaking.

The theme of Breath of the Wild (BotW) is discovery. As such, I will avoid delving into any specifics, keeping this spoiler-free. Rather, I will offer the gist of what brings this game and all of its moving parts to life.

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