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JNASTY last won the day on April 24

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  1. Is anyone out there shunning travel and enjoying their holiday weekend with a bit of gaming? In which systems/games will you be indulging? I will be continuing my progress through Hyrule Warriors. In addition, I’m going to give Doom a second chance. Finally, I’m going to try Skyrim for the first time.
  2. Labo Review

    Thanks @Potatogun @FamiTom and @NintendoFanJosh7000 I may have gotten in a bit over my head on this one. Any subsequent reviews will not be as ambitious. As a bonus, here is my Hyrule Warriors review: It is quite good; I’m having a lot of fun. Score: 4/5
  3. I am confused. Can you not play the game at all? When I downloaded it, it came with free tables. I know there were some licensing issues and it was relaunched, however. What do you get for free?
  4. What I really need is something that can hold the system vertically. I suppose it would be easy to construct a simple stand, but I’m far too lazy for that.
  5. How do you like Stern’s? I downloaded it as well, but I only played it once. The controls just felt off for me, and I much prefer Pinball FX3. It’s also a free download.
  6. That is a good idea; however, if I am going to repurchase it, I would prefer the HD version with fast sailing. Plus, my GameCube controllers aren’t what they used to be, and I’d probably have to purchase a new one.
  7. I really want my daughter to have the chance to play Wind Waker. I don’t want it enough to buy a Wii U, but I really want it.
  8. Labo Review

    As much as I have enjoyed Labo thus far, I am not sure I would pick it up for myself. For me, the joy comes from watching my daughter play and learn at the same time. If you are on the fence, I am sure used copies, sans-cardboard, will be available very cheaply in the near future. If you don't mind some cutting, it could be worth it. My fishing pole review is up.
  9. Labo Review

    It feels quite good. It’s not corrugated, so it feels more like two sheets of extra heavy cardstock pressed together than your typical cardboard. When you fold it, the pieces sometimes pull apart a tiny bit, but this hasn’t been an issue yet. In my opinion, it’s quite durable. However, I should note that I have a rather calm daughter. If you have a couple of rambunctious boys, I could see the Toycons not lasting very long. My fishing pole review is coming soon, and it’s not as positive. Edit: Upon closer inspection, there is indeed mini corrugation, but I stand by my comment; it feels like cardstock.
  10. Labo Review

    Opening note I’m not going to go into too much detail on what Labo is, as I feel that most users have some prior knowledge of the toy/game. The materials The cardboard is quite thin, durable, and has a quality feel to it. It folds easily on the creases. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will fold it improperly and cause structural damage to your Toy-Con. The connecting tabs also work very well. If you have ever done paper crafts before, you have probably experienced situations where pieces “kind of fit,” and you have to force them in. This situation is not the case with Labo; it just works. In fact, while constructing you get the impression that you could put the pieces together without even looking at the instructions. I would not recommend this course of action as it would lead to lead to confusion and frustration, but a simple glance at the instructions is usually more than enough. The aforementioned instructions can be found within the game software. They are easy to follow and navigate. Videos can be rotated, enlarged, and sped up. At no time was I confused about what I was expected to do. The remote-control car There is not too much more I can say about the RC car that hasn’t already been said. If you have seen any videos about it, that’s it; what you see is what you get. It's easy to make and can be snapped together in just a few minutes. It moves better than I had expected. Yes, it’s slow, but for an electric toothbrush on cardboard legs, it’s quite impressive. The way it utilizes the IR camera is also very impressive. I chased my dog around the room without even looking up from the screen. The house Expect a huge jump in complexity after the RC car; my eight-year-old took about two hours to complete the house. The house itself, which houses the console and right Joy-Con, is straightforward. What is impressive about this set is the plugs. Gameplay revolves around using said plugs to interact with a Tamagotchi-like pet. Different plug combinations yield different results. Moreover, the plugs themselves are tactility rewarding; it feels really good to press the button, turn the lock, and rotate the crank. I am a little disappointed in the reward system which consists of collecting multiple skins for the pet. These skins can be collected rather quickly, and this fact limits replayability. I feel that it could hold children’s attention much longer with just some minor tweaks. The fishing rod My biggest disappointment was the fishing rod. First, however, allow me to address the positives. The rod itself was fun to build. The three stages of the telescoping pole made it easy to segment the project. Consequently, even children with shorter attention spans could enjoy this construction. The telescoping action feels really professional; the rod never bends, and the sections cannot be pulled out accidentally. The fishing line is a nice touch and the rubber band powered spool is very innovative. The fishing line, however, is also where things started going downhill. I am not sure if it was a construction error on my part, but the tension never really feels natural. In addition, after only a few minutes of play, the line had come off the spool and spun around the rubber band, necessitating a minor reconstruct. There is a cardboard clicking mechanism that also simulates the feeling of winding a reel. While this is a cool idea, and you are given a spare, mine has already gotten stuck and is now worn out after only a few minutes of gameplay. The fishing game is very simple. Simplicity is not necessarily an issue, but it naturally limits replayability. My biggest issue with the software is that almost every fish I catch breaks the line, and it becomes very frustrating. Yes, I could research ways to play online, but instructions/gameplay tips really should have been incorporated. The motorcycle My positive attitude returned with the motorcycle. At this point, I was feeling like a cardboard folding expert (even though I wasn’t the one doing the majority of the folding), and the time spent building these Toy-Con handlebars just flew by. In spite of our newfound expertise, the process never felt tedious; instead, it was quite impressive how the ignition and throttle were put together. Even more impressive is how they felt. The rubber band resistance made for quite an immersive experience. The matching game is a simple racing game/Mario Kart clone. I do not mean to criticize this game with my use of the word simple. In fact, I would suggest that it could even be a $10 standalone game (remember this game is a small part of what you are getting for $70). You can even use the IR camera to scan in custom tracks. While I haven’t ‘built’ any of my own tracks yet, this is something I am looking forward to. The piano The added complexity of the final Toy-Con in the Variety Pack was no match for professional folders like my daughter and me. Frankly, Domino’s would be lucky to have us. Jokes aside, I will admit that this one felt a little more tedious; making some of the keys felt repetitive and there weren’t any construction surprises. The way the IR camera reads the reflective tape on the keys to input the correct sounds should be impressive enough, but (and perhaps this is my fault) I was aware of this mechanism long before I bought the Labo sets. There are plugs that can be put into the top of the piano that change the sounds produced, but they are simple and can only be manually rotated to affect pitch. The final product was also a little disappointing. On TV, the piano looks so polished. However, (and this might be because it’s the product of eight-year-old hands) mine came out quite crooked and somewhat sloppy. I am not sure what I expected, but the keys just balance on another piece of cardboard and are easily skewed when pressed. The buttons also felt cheap with only folded cardboard providing resistance. My biggest complaint was that the tiny reflective stickers didn’t stick to the plugs. I had to use white glue and now they look even sloppier. At the risk of confusing anyone who has read this far, I will say that the piano is great. Yes, great! In spite of its shortcomings, it is a working piano made of cardboard. How cool is that? You can even play songs using only the Joy-Cons’ HD rumble! The robot The Robot Kit is a standalone pack that sells for $80. It is the more expensive option, but it was also the most fun to build. In fact, I would suggest that it is the better kit. The fact that it is one project to the Variety Kit’s five should not dissuade anyone from picking up this kit. If you have a young child who is interested in robotics (like mine), I would even say this set is a must-buy. What is so good about it? The quality of the construction was unmatched. For a cardboard backpack and headpiece, this Toy-Con is solid! While some of the Variety Kit’s moving parts had a squishy feel (best way I can describe it) every moving part on the robot feels fluid and well-built. The pistons that move with your arms and legs feel like realistic machinery and give children insight into how simple machines work. Its complexity is itself a positive; it kept my daughter engaged for several hours over two days. Finally, in spite of the fact that you are looking at the TV, it really gives you that immersive VR feeling. The negatives are that the software wasn’t that engaging for my daughter, after crushing buildings for a few minutes, she had had enough. Also, where am I to keep this thing now that it is finished? The backpack is huge! Time to have a tag sale to make room for both of our Labo kits. Final thoughts It is very hard for me to give Labo a numerical rating. Would I recommend it? Absolutely – especially to parents of children between the ages of seven and twelve. However, you must remember, these sets are far more toys/construction sets than video games.
  11. It was CoD 3. What I didn’t like was the way they tried to shoehorn in motion controls. If memory serves me, there was a lot of waggle. What I do remember vividly is having to point the controller at the screen the whole time. If my arm got sore, and I put it down for a second, the screen would wildly spin around until I lifted it back up.
  12. Personally, I’m not a fan of the series. The Wii launch CoD left such a bad taste in my mouth that I’ve never forgiven the series. Nevertheless, I see nothing but positives for extending Switch exposure and appeal.
  13. Have you ordered a Switch carrying case?

    My review of the AmazonBasics Travel and Storage case for the Nintendo Switch https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719XBLRD?tag=hp-slotter-20&ascsubtag=f52d5730-16e6-4e5f-8f69-369e34c0e6d7&th=1 Pros: It's cheap, really cheap. The yellow one is now below six US dollars. It holds everything that comes with the Switch (console, dock, cables, Joy Cons, grip). The Pro Controller fits in the grip space. The pieces don't seem to move around (I haven't traveled with it yet). Cons: Some of the spaces are not very ergonomic; you have to shove the pieces in a bit, and some of them never seem to fit quite right (the cables especially). There isn't any space for games. You could certainly fit them in there, but without an additional case, they would most likely get damaged during travel. It's large - larger than I had expected. Perhaps this is not a fair criticism. However, when I take my Switch out in the console-only case I have, it feels like a portable system. In this case, it feels like you are traveling with a home console. If you brought your NES to your friend's house as a kid, you get the idea. Again, this should not be unexpected, but I was able to easily take my full system overseas in a small backpack - albeit not as securely. Expect this case to be your carryon or take up a significant portion of your suitcase. It was shipped cheaply and came slightly scratched. It's not worth it to send it back, but it was somewhat annoying. This type of material is susceptible to scratches. I plan to be careful with the stitching and zipper, but I cannot speculate on their durability at this time. In the end, you get what you pay for, and for the time being, I am happy with this purchase.
  14. With the original being remade for the 3DS, I doubt we will see a sequel on Switch anytime soon. My guess is the rerelease is to test the market. If my assumption is correct, it isn’t even in development yet, and it would be at least a couple of years before part three sees the light of day. To answer your question, it would be a certain purchase for me.
  15. Have you ordered a Switch carrying case?

    You have the one I mentioned, or just a travel case in general? I just ordered a red one from Amazon. It was a dollar more, but I thought it was a small price to pay to avoid looking like I was carrying my Switch in a Big Bird lunch box (sorry yellow fans). I’ll write a mini review some time next week.

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