Shantae Review

Product provided for review. Thanks, WayForward!

The end of a system’s lifespan is often an interesting time. By then, developers are intimately familiar with the platform’s capabilities and know exactly what it takes to push it to its limits. Unfortunately, these efforts are often overlooked by the general public, who are too anxious to get their hands on the next generation of hardware and games. As a result, the twilight years of a game system are a perfect breeding ground for cult classics. Such is the story of WayForward’s Shantae for the GameBoy Color. Shantae was originally released for the GameBoy Color on June 2, 2002, almost an entire year after the GameBoy Advance’s North American debut. Now the half-genie’s original outing makes its way to Nintendo Switch, thanks to Limited Run Games. Read more Shantae Review

Tadpole Treble Encore Review

Product provided for review. Thanks, Bitfinity!

Developed and published by Bitfinity, Tadpole Treble was originally released in 2016 for Steam and Wii U. The title is notable for being designed by Matthew Taranto ofBrawl in the Family fame, who also composed the soundtrack and drew much of the game’s art. The game now comes to Nintendo Switch as Tadpole Treble Encore, featuring new bonus content and even an entire new stage!

Oh, and as a matter of transparency, I do feel it necessary to mention that I did throw money at the game’s initial Kickstarter campaign. Not only did I get this cute little plush of the protagonist, my name’s in the credits! Yeah, I can’t promise this review will be 100% unbiased.

The game stars Baton, a recently hatched tadpole who is carried away from her home by a hungry pelican. She just barely manages to escape and lands upstream, far from home. And so begins Baton’s perilous journey to reunite with her family. Read more Tadpole Treble Encore Review

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Review

While it may be hard to believe now, there was a time when Shantae was relatively obscure. Released in the Gameboy Color’s twilight years, Shantae’s first game failed to get a foothold in a market that had already advanced on to Nintendo’s next iteration of the Gameboy line. That said, WayForward was confident in the I.P.—partly thanks to the cult following that had formed around the half-genie’s debut title—and were eager to develop a sequel. Eight arduous years and a few false starts later, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was released as a download title for the Nintendo DSi. In the years that followed, the game would see updated ports on several systems, including: iOS, Steam, Wii U, and now—of course—the Nintendo Switch. Read more Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Review

Super Mario Odyssey Spit Shine

Back in August, I finally managed to complete Super Mario Odyssey. While I found much to love about it—the gorgeous and eclectic visuals, the fast-paced story, the fact that Mario is weird again, the myriad of accessibility features, etc., etc.—there was a reason it took me nearly two years to complete. While I definitely intend to replay the game’s story someday, I can say with confidence that completing it is a task I will never undertake again.

As the number of remaining moons dwindled, so too did my enthusiasm. In fact, by the end of my run, I was having more fun grinding for coins in Luigi’s Balloon World so that I could afford the last few moons needed to max out the counter than I did hunting for the ones populating the game’s various worlds. Why was that, and what could Nintendo have done differently to avoid the slog? That’s exactly what I intend to answer in this edition of Spit Shine. Read more Super Mario Odyssey Spit Shine

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Shantae: ½ Genie Hero Spit Shine

With my recent completion of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, I am proud to say I’ve finally gotten all caught up on WayForward’s Shantae series. From the first game via the 3DS Virtual Console, to ½ Genie Hero on the Switch, I’ve played every game in the series all the way through (not counting bonus modes for the half genie’s latest title that is). Those of you who’ve seen my review of ½ Genie Hero know I greatly enjoyed that game, as I do the rest of the series, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take issue with some elements of the games’ design. Read more Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Shantae: ½ Genie Hero Spit Shine

Fun Ways to Pass the Time Until Launch!

Or you know – you could just be content and enjoy your life.


One week. Only 7 days to go! You know EXACTLY what we’re talking about here – the launch of the Nintendo Switch! There’s one agonizing week separating us from being brand new console owners. Well, what are YOU going to do with that week? We all have the same amount of time – how will you choose to spend it? This video is here to help you maximize the fun in your next 168 hours of your life… after that point, you won’t need our help anymore. ;) Enjoy!

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“Escape the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Top 10 Switch Bombshell Announcements

If we can live through ten bombshells like these ones, we can face just about anything.


For a full hour last week, Nintendo streamed live from the stage in Kyoto and presented us with announcement after announcement regarding their new home console, Nintendo Switch. We learned the console’s price, release date, online capabilities, Joy-Con technology, and much, much more. But which of these huge pieces of news do we regard as the most important? And which announcements are we remembering fondly, rather than with a sour taste? Watch this video for a complete rundown on the ten most important moments of the January Switch Presentation!

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“Escape the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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The Secret of the Switch

We did it. We finally know what the Switch is. We had a minor reveal late last year that provided a few answers, but it also brought up a lot more questions. There’s one thing in the long road of the Nintendo NX that completely astounds me: how on Earth did Nintendo keep a secret this long?

How did Nintendo keep a secret this long?

In this day and age, and with all the technology and leaks that happen constantly, it’s absolutely amazing that while a general idea of what Nintendo was cooking up was touched upon, up until the presentation we were still left guessing. So many times come E3 big reveals are ruined, but not this time. It was rumored that the Switch had a touch screen and motion controls, but we only now just confirmed it. We still had a few surprises that weren’t even guessed upon such as HD rumble, colored Joy-cons and the games for the Switch (excluding officially announced titles).

A lot of this was a mystery until less then two months from launch.

I don’t know how they did it, but I hope it’s a trend that continues. I loved being left in the dark. Not while it was happening, mind you, but it only strengthened the hype after the fact. Here’s hoping E3 can bring as much excitement and anticipation as the console reveal. Now excuse my insomnia while I wait (impatiently) until March 3rd…

TBC Direct: Switch Presentation!

Too bad Simeon had to go deal with that stranger from another dimension… in other news, Glen’s sharp face and soothing voice make their internet debut!


We’re here to discuss every aspect of Nintendo’s full Switch unveiling from the January Presentation! Launch details? Games? Hidden features? We’ll discuss every bit. Jump in the chat and let us know what you think of Nintendo’s new console coming in March!

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“Escape the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Switch Presentation – Knee Jerk Reactions!

The hype train was real… it barrelled through here and plowed us over. Man oh man!


Catch the TBC Direct LIVE STREAM tomorrow

Scott is hot off the Switch hype from Nintendo’s full presentation! What a whirlwind of announcements. This is his knee-jerk reactions, recorded literally minutes after Nintendo’s live stream ended. He’s pretty happy about the console’s features, hardware, release date, and games… but some of those prices? OUCH! What did you think of Nintendo’s announcements made from the stage in Kyoto?
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“Escape the Premises” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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