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2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

Welcome to day 2 of our continuing recap of 2014. The Shogun Gamer staff is hard at work putting together their list of favorites from this past year, but in the meantime Casey and I will continue to run down some of the best (and more likely, the worst) games, features, and trends of 2014 in gaming. 

Hyrule Warriors Adds Amiibo Support, New DLC, And I Keep Playing It

I could tell you all about how Nintendo has rolled out the second part of its planned DLC for Hyrule Warriors and added the ability to scan amiibos for extra loot. I could tell you that the amiibo functionality is unobtrusive and a nice way to gain more mileage out of your existing amiibo collection, but not particularly worth shelling out too much extra cash for.

Nintendo's Ready for Commitment, Amiibo

R.O.B., the Power Pad, the Super Scope, the N64 Transfer Pak, the GBA-GCN Link Cable, the Gamecube Broadband Adapter, Wii Speak, AR Cards, the Circle Pad Pro, the 3DS Stand.

Loot Crate and Smash Bros.

I won't make any bones about it; I think Loot Crate and the services like it are stupid. If I'm going to blow my tiny earnings on "geek-themed" garbage I at least want to be able to select exactly what garbage I buy. That's why I have a wall of Metal Gear merchandise that I meticulously curate and not a semi-random assortment of POP Vinyls and fan-made t-shirts of [any pop culture icon] interacting with a TARDIS, but to each their own.

PSA: Your Wii U Has Resurrected Castlevania: Part II

Welcome back, weary traveler! You look emboldened and full of vigor. Could it be? Have you taken my advice? Did you in fact partake of the three succulent fruits that I placed before you in Part I? But of course you did!

PSA: Your Wii U Has Resurrected Castlevania: Part I

Like the Great Pumpkin rising from the pumpkin patch giving presents to all of the good girls and boys, Nintendo and Konami have given us all a special treat this past Halloween. It’s a gift that will last longer than any pillowcase full of candy or Fireball-induced hangover – it’s the Gameboy Advance Castlevania trilogy.

Speciation 101: Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley and Story of Seasons

I’m just like any other human being – I love cultivating root vegetables and wooing local bachelorettes. But what you might not know is that there are TWO Harvest Moon games that are nearly ripe for plucking from the loamy soil of your local video game purveyor.

Dear Nintendo: It's Not Me, It's You

Nintendo and I had a great relationship.

We had been together for over 20 years. As in any relationship, compromises were made on both sides, and we were happy; I invested my time and money, and Nintendo would pay it back with high-quality, fun, timeless games.

Mighty No. 9 [First Impressions]

A couple of years back I had the opportunity to attend GDC (Game Developers Conference) thanks to my time here at Shogun. To this day I hold it to be the epitome of gaming conventions. If you have the opportunity to attend, you simply must.

Nintendo Post-E3 Preview Event 2013

Once a year the fine people at Nintendo Canada are nice enough to invite us into their “home” and preview some of the titles that were showcased at the year’s E3 in a more private setting, with a lot more access (which is fantastic, because the show floor of E3 is generally not the most ideal environment to get a proper feel for a new title).

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