When Nintendo launched the Wii U launched back in 2012, it launched with several titles, most of them ports of games from the PS3 and 360. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Assassin’s Creed 3, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, and others. Along with all the ports, there were a few original titles in the mix, one of them was New Super Mario Bros. U, a title that sold very well at launch and is considered to be one of the best in the series. An expansion, New Super Luigi U, was added later that threw a few new twists in the formula. Eventually the two games were bundled onto one disc.
Fast-forward to today, the Wii U has long since been abandoned in favor of the extremely successful Nintendo Switch, and about 85% of the Wii U’s library has ended up being ported to the Switch in some way, shape or form, usually with enhancements that balance out the games and make them that much better. New Super Mario Bros. U is one of those aforementioned titles, now known as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the Switch version like the Wii U NSMBU bundle, includes both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U out the gate. The enhancements to the game are small but noticeable.
When Tales of Vesperia released back in the summer of 2008 exclusively for the Xbox 360, many of us didn’t realize what a journey the game was going to take is on, or that we’d end up growing attached to the cast of characters that ended up joining our party. Sometime later, a PS3 version was announced for Japan that included a new character, all skits fully voiced, fleshed out the story and a slew of extras that were absent from the version of the game Xbox 360 got. Fans clamored for the release of the PS3 version overseas for years, but the cries were ignored. It seemed as though Bandai Namco had given up on the Tales series getting localized altogether. That changed when Tales of Graces f came overseas and began a slew of localization efforts to renew the series, as well as introduce it to new fans. But in spite of that, sadly the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia never did see release overseas. Fast forward to a decade after the original release of Tales of Vesperia, rumors started that a remastering of the game was going to be coming and that it was coming overseas.
At E3 2018 in June, those rumors were confirmed. Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition was announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference and show, and this time, the game was coming to multiple platforms. Not only that, it was going to be based on the PS3 version that never left Japan. Meaning we were going to get all the things that were left out of the initial Xbox 360 release. Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition hit the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on January 11th, 2019 to quite a bit of fanfare from both die-hard Tales series fans and newcomers alike. So, how does the game hold up a decade after its original release?
The early 90’s were a very special time in gaming history, Nintendo and Sega’s console wars were at a peak, everyone wanted either the SNES or the Genesis and great games were being churned out like crazy on both systems. The Sega Genesis Classics collection on the PS4 / XB1 and Switch are a reminder of those days. Remember those Christmases as a kid when you were waiting with baited breath to see if your folks got you the latest Sega Genesis or SNES games that everyone was talking about at school? This collection allows you to relive those days with over 50 classic titles. For the low price of $29.99, you’re getting an incredible deal.
Octopath Traveler is a game designed by Acquire and headed by the producers of the much heralded Bravely Default and Bravely Second, two amazing RPGs on the 3DS. Fittingly so, this game has received some serious hype as a Switch exclusive for months before its release. Not only that, its unique style of art and old school JRPG feel were giving it serious buzz within the community. Basically from the get-go it was designed to scratch an itch that many have been craving for a long time. Suffice it to say, from what I have played of the game thus far, Octopath Traveler bsolutely does not disappoint.