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    • Sony announced its Playstation Classic today and somewhat surprisingly I have been reading some threads of people who are not at all excited by this. Now, I am a Playstation man, through and through, so my opinion may be somewhat biased, but overall I really like the idea of the retro mini console and having it stocked with games. Older consoles, controllers, and especially game carts and discs become worn and useless as time goes on. Experiencing older games on a crisp new screen with responsive brand new controllers sounds great to most of us, but to many it will never live up to the original experience of untangling the controller cords, blowing the dust from your cartridge and switching the TV input over to RGB. I totally see both sides of the argument and I think that these retro consoles are not for everyone. I had serious plans to purchase the SNES Classic but never got around to it and now it seems as though many of those games I would've bought it for will end up on the Switch at some point anyways. Even the PS Classic is kind of lost on me now considering Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, and 12 will all be out on the Switch soon. So what do you all think?
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    • Hello fellow Radarians! It has been a while since I have posted anything new so I figured.... I would do exactly that! This post concerns my newest obsession: Hollow Knight. Man, oh man. What a game this is! I am a major metroidvania fan, so games like Axiom Verge and Owlboy already appeal to me, and Hollow Knight is no different. There isn't a ton to mention as far as what makes this game special to me or stand out in a major way, but it is special and it does stand out. I like everything about this game. The art style is simple and unique. The gameplay is very simple and easy to handle, however, the enemies and bosses are anything but. This game challenges me in the same way I am challenged by a Dark Souls title. You fight, you die. You fight again, you die again. You try and level up, return to fight, die again. It's really a smashing good time. Something about the lore of the story has me drawn in as well. This underground kingdom of bugs, that has this tragic and mysterious past, is tons of fun to explore and master, searching every nook and cranny for new things. The other bugs you meet all have distinct and engaging personalities and voice acting, although they are speaking "bugish" and we cannot understand them without reading the text on screen, that somehow just fits perfectly and sounds right 100% of the time. My favorite bug voice is of the cartographers wife, Iselda, and her bored sounding sigh of "bafanada..." This game is hard as hell and super engaging. I highly recommend it for its playability and the way it translates from big screen to handheld. Some metroidvania games are best viewed on a smaller screen(Axiom Verge is a great example of this; on my 66" screen the game looks silly), but that does not apply to Hollow Knight. I love the way it looks on my TV and it is perfect and cozy in handheld mode. I bought this game while it was on sale for around $8 and I had a few hundred points, too. It cost me maybe $5 in the end and I have enjoyed it far more than Octopath Traveler(which I was SUPER excited for) that I paid $59.99 for. 
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    • So now that Smash Ultimate has been announced and EVERY SINGLE Smash fighter ever (and some extras) are a part of the roster, I'm curious to find out who everyone's main might be.

      Personally, I'm excited to try out Little Mac now that air dodges improve recovery. I hope that might help to balance out his attacks without occasionally falling off the map with no control whatsoever. I also want to try out the Ice Climbers and how their two-in-one combo fares against some of the newer fighters. 

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    • Proud to announce that as of today NintendoRadar is now available in app-form on all your favorite mobile devices! We had a feeling you might like one *cough, ahem, a'choo* 
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    • I finally got around to finishing Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn and I have to say I had a lot of fun with it. I don't mind the crude, verging on racist, humor and the play style is reminiscent of early 90s beat 'em ups. There's even a move where you hit A to land a size 22 kick that launches the enemy straight into the screen just like TMNT IV: Turtles in Time. Shaq Fu never takes itself seriously, poking fun at crowd funding and the game itself. All of the old beat 'em up tropes are present and accounted for; endless enemies, random things in the background and foreground to smash, the odd object you can use as a weapon until it breaks, etc. At $20 USD in the eshop I think that the price is a bit steep for the amount of game time you'll get from it, if you play it on easy you can walk through this game in one sitting and I don't see much replay value in it. Harder difficulties does make it a longer process though. There is a DLC pack called "Barack Fu"  that opens up a new story line where you play as President Obama, the humor continues as one of "Dirty Barry's" moves lets you call in a "Peace Prize" drone strike. Nintendo's eShop says it released on June 5, but I can't seem to find it. The game's website says that physical copies come with a code to download a "bonus game" later this month. I haven't seen what that game is yet but I would suspect that it is the DLC so if you really want to fight as Barack Obama the physical version might save you a bit of money. Overall I give Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn a solid 5 out of 7 Size 22 Reebok Pumps. Pick it up if you find it on sale, and you enjoy old school beat 'em ups (think TMNT IV style with some off color humor and a stupid plot).
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Where Do You See the Switch in Ten Years?

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The Nintendo DS, the Wii and the PlayStation 2 have all had extremely long lifespans. This is because they had insane install bases, owing to a casual market.

Nintendo has continually had a monopoly on the handheld gaming market, and the DS in particular was extremely attractive as an all-encompassing and cheap, yet not overwhelming gaming device, even in comparison to the more recent 3DS.

The Wii was owned by pretty much everyone, coasting on the motion control craze. It was extremely popular with the casual crowd, which is actually part of the reason why the Wii U did mediocrely. On top of the other marketing problems it possessed, casual gamers just didn’t feel the need to buy a new device. The Wii is actually still popular... at my old High School, there was a Just Dance competition at a pep rally just last year. It’s just that as new gaming devices hog the attention with the mainstream media, not as many people seem to notice.

The PlayStation 2 owes a lot of it’s success to the fact that it could play DVDs. It was cheaper than most DVD players, so a lot of people bought it to fulfill that purpose. Some more casual users ended up getting a few games while they were at it, with sports games being notably popular.

So we have three systems that, to this day, have large and, most importantly, active install bases. As a result, while support for these systems was largely dropped years ago, some companies have chosen to make cheap ports of titles that would appeal to this install base when they can.

The final DS game was only released 4 years ago. It was Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay, a low quality port of the 3DS game.

The Wii (and even the Wii U) is still getting Just Dance ports, even after all this time, with the most recent one coming out just a few months ago.

The PS2 was only discontinued in 2013, with the final game being Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.

There are other systems that had similar shelf lives, such as the Game Boy Advance, which managed to coexist with the DS got a while, the Xbox 360 and PS3, which got some support after the PS4 and Xbox One, and even the 3DS with the support it’s getting now, concurrently with the Switch. But these are the ones that stood out he most to me.

The Switch is currently on track to do about as well as the Wii, which makes me wonder: years from now, after the Switch is a faded memory, will the Switch be in a similar state as these other consoles?

While the Switch isn’t as casual minded at the Wii was, I do think it will have a similar install base. So I think it’s at least possible, especially with the already heavy emphasis on ports.

What do you think? Let me know below.

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