Author: Erroll Maas

Dark Clouds Ahead?: A Level-5 Retrospective Part 3

This is the third and final part of my retrospective on Japanese game developer Level-5, which I hope is now the most detailed history of the developer available in English. Make sure to read part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t yet. Level-5 Helps Publish A Collection of Smaller Titles on Nintendo 3DS In […]

Dark Clouds Ahead?: A Level-5 Retrospective Part 2

This is the second part of my three-part retrospective series on Japanese game developer Level-5. You can go back and read the first part where I cover the founding of the studio and the first games they worked on here. Professor Layton, Level-5’s First Independent Project In the mid-2000s, after the release of the Nintendo […]

Dark Clouds Ahead? A Level-5 Retrospective Part 1

Level-5, the developer behind a ton of games since the turn of the millennium, has seemingly been in a weird spot in the past few years. Having reached its 20th anniversary in 2018, with characters appearing in other games, and still releasing new games in popular series like Ni no Kuni and Professor Layton, and […]

We Should Be Excited for the Return of Apricorns in Pokémon Sword & Shield

Recently, GameFreak announced that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be receiving two DLC expansions in 2020 including two new areas of the Galar region. These will include new Pokémon, new Gigantamax and Galarian forms, and over 200 Pokémon from past generations previously not included in the eighth generation games. One feature for these expansions […]

The Campaign in the New Yu-Gi-Oh! Game is Missing Some Things

As a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! Ever since the anime and card game first came to North America in 2002, I was overjoyed when I found out that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution would be getting a western release as well as the first physical release in eight years. I was even lucky […]

My Journey for Portable Dragon Quest

Now that it’s time for both old and new fans alike to get their hands on Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition, I thought I’d share more about how the original game increased my enjoyment of the main series. I’ve managed to become quite a big fan of the series […]

2019 is a Great Year for Pokemon’s Competition

Pokémon Sword & Shield have been a hot button issue for some time now. Between the National Dex controversy, the lack of graphical fidelity, new mechanics that will just seemingly be left out in future entries and more, it seems like this may be the first new-generation main entry a larger number of fans would […]

Tired of Waiting for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Try Dragon Quest Builders 2

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the long awaited Nintendo Switch installment of the popular anthropomorphic-animal-filled life sim game, was first announced in the September 2018 Nintendo Direct and later shown at E3 2019. During E3, it was revealed that Animal Crossing wouldn’t see its Switch debut until March 20, 2020. Fans were understandably disappointed, but this […]

Kaijumon: The Largest Pokémon in the Franchise Before Dynamax

Nintendo’s June 5th Pokémon Direct highlighted a handful of new features for the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Among these new features, a brand new battle mechanic called Dynamax was introduced. Dynamax temporarily increases the strength and size of a Pokémon for three turns, and like the previously introduced Mega Evolutions and Z-move mechanics, […]

A Handful of E3 2019 Predictions

With E3 2019 just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to discuss some of our predictions for the upcoming press conferences. We haven’t gone as in depth as some of our colleagues, but we went with what we felt was possible. For the most part, we all have different predictions that don’t […]
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