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Destiny Beta Week Part 8 – Welcome to the Moon & Goobye Beta

This is it, the final episode in our Destiny Beta Week special feature.  Jarrod and Steven hit up the moon, and say goodbye to the Destiny Beta.

Pokémon Y Wonderlocke!! – Ep 3 “The Garden Maze”

In this episode, we manage to evolve our Scatterbug twice for it to reach the magnificient Vivillion form. We also finally get our exp share and battle a bunch of trainers and advance the story.

Pokémon Y Wonderlocke!! – Ep 1 “New Beginnings”

Steven begins a brand new series, almost like a Let’s Play where he attempts to play through Pokemon Y using the Wonderlocke Rules.  I’ve included a list of the rules below the video.

Wonderlocke Rules:

1- When a Pokémon faints, it is considered “dead” and cannot be used anymore. It has to be either released or stored in a specified PC Box titled “Cemetery”.

2- You can only capture the first Pokémon you find in every new area and nothing else. If it faints of flees, there are no second chances.

3- The captured Pokémon must be Wondertraded and cannot be used in battle. You can however use the Pokémon obtained from Wonder Trade.

4- If a Pokémon obtained from Wonder Trade is too overpowered or over-leveled, you have 1 of 2 choices. Store it and keep it for later or Wonder Trade it again until a more suitable Pokémon is obtained. This is a one time decision and cannot be reversed.

5- If you receive the same species of Pokémon twice, you may Wonder Trade it again until you get a Pokémon not previously obtained.

6- You must give a nickname to all of the Pokémon you catch, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.

Mario Party: Island Tour Review

Mario Party Island TourMario Party: Island Tour (Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1 to 4
Genre: Party
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nd Cube
Release Date: November 22nd, 2013

Mario Party has been around since the early Nintendo 64 days. It’s a series known for its wackiness and great multiplayer, however this 3DS installment fails to recognize what makes the franchise so much fun. As such, this one should be left for only the most hardcore Mario Party addicts.

The Great:

Visually, the game looks beautiful with tons of bright, vibrant, and flashy colors, and all your favorite characters well illustrated. The mini-games are also a blast to play and use all of the 3DS’ functions perfectly.

The Good:

+ Bowser’s Tower is a unique twist to the series, challenging you to tackle mini-game after mini-game in order to reach the top of the dungeon. This is probably the mode you’ll spend the bulk of your time with.

+ Plenty of different maps for you to try on as well as unlockable characters and goodies to keep you playing.

+ Most sessions are set up so they can be completed in five, ten, or fifteen minutes, making them perfect for portable play.

Mario Party Island Tour3The Bad:

– Removing online play is a gutless and lazy move. Knowing that the name itself would easily sell the game and make Nintendo a reasonable profit, no investment whatsoever was made to keep this game true to its roots. Nobody plays Mario Party alone, it’s just boring to duke it out with computer controlled bots. You can play locally, but that requires multiple systems and that’s only going to be a practical option to a few. Adding an online mode would have cost more, but would have warranted this game’s existence because the core gameplay still works. I can see the problem that some players would eventually quit instead of finishing a game, but they could easily be replaced by an AI character when and if this scenario occurs. The rest of the game could then be completed. It’s baffling to see Nintendo pull this crap off left and right. I know some will say it’s beating a dead horse, but I don’t think we should stop pointing it out.

– I’m not a big fan of the new race mechanic. Instead of playing for a set number of turns and trying to earn as many stars as possible, every map is now a race to the finish. This makes the experience feel like you’re not getting the full Mario Party experience.

Mario Party Island Tour4The Lowdown:

No online play means no recommendation from me. This is only for the hardcore fans and even then, it won’t stay long in your 3DS.

Final Score: 5.0/10