Games & Gear (of 2016): Mario & Luigi Paper Jam


It’s 2016! Time to get ready for the newest games and gear coming our way. As always the Armada has got you covered.

Armada’s E3 picks: Fire Emblem Fates (2016)


I love RPGs, I do, but I didn’t always, and because of that some great titles have sliped through the cracks for me. The Fire Emblem series is one of them; I mean I’ve to play them – heck I’ve got the original game on my 3DS right now and do I play it? No. However Fire Emblem will not be ignored and has showcased their latest offering this year: Fire Emblem Fates. Players take on the role as a young royal who’s caught in the middle of two warring kingdoms and must decide which side to side with. Now the catch, like Pokémon, is that the game has two versions of this title: Fire Emblem Fates – Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates – Conquest. The version you get will dictate your character’s allegiance throughout the rest of the story. An odd way to go about a simple choice (good or evil) but Fates also chock full of characters, story, modes, weapons, castle customization options, PVP arenas, street pass goodies & amiibo support. So it would make sense to separate that plot choice into two games to make sure Fire Emblem Fates is a complete game(s) (or they like money – and who doesn’t). Anyway this game is already out in Japan but anywhere else has to wait next year.




Retro Review: Ultimate Angler

Welcome to yet another new segment I like to call ‘Retro Review’ where the Video Game Armada reviews a game/movie/product/thing at a time where it’s long past in the public eye. Why? Well for one thing it may have fallen through the cracks not getting the attention it deserves (for good or ill), but the honest answer is that some things don’t have the same priority as a ‘Destiny’ or a ‘Dragon Age Inquisition’ so they get left on the back burner. However every dog has its day and Retro Review is where it lives so let’s get started with Ultimate Angler on the Nintendo 3DS.




Now fishing is not actually the most simulation sport, it involves a lot of waiting actually – Zen like. Forget inner peace through because Ultimate Angler involve strategy, quick game play, and of course catching the big one. The game starts with your Mii just arriving on the islands ready to fish, one tutorial later you set off on an island hopping adventure to catch the legendary fishes in the area. Being a street pass game other Miis are a must, here they provide bait for your game – the same color as their shirts. Different fishes like different bait and if you get the right Miis you can get major hauls every fishing spot you come across. Guest Miis also can help you land bigger catches you hook, so always try for max Miis before you cast off. What can you do on your own you say? Plenty! On the water players can combine your bait into larger, more effective stuff that ups your odds of bigger fish. Back at the clubhouse you can keep your catches in plain or specialized fish tanks, customize your rods to be more effective, and even view other Miis catches and see what’s waiting for you in the future.




Ultimate Angler is another great title from PROPE that’s a simplified fishing experience in the palm of your hand. It’s not a sim either so you’ll have a lot of light hearted fun with every cast. The only downside honestly is that it’s all depended on street pass Miis (or play coins) so if you don’t have many 3DS friends or play coins you’ll be stuck. However with the launch of the new 3DS, and how awesome it is, the lack of Miis won’t be a problem for long. So for catching this whooper of a title on the 3DS Ultimate Angler gets a Pass from me. It won’t break any records but it more than good enough to stuff and mount on the wall.









Games & Gear of 2015: Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (05/22/2015)



What’s better than one puzzle game? Two of them of course! Thus Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition will be very popular this year. Basically the first game is a cross between Pokémon, a JRPG, and Bejeweled. Using the power of elemental orbs the hero will challenge legions of monsters and the five great dragons to bring peace to the world. In Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition it’s the same thing; except replace hero with Mario (who is also a hero) and legions of monsters with koopa troop and five great dragons with Bowser and the world with Peach. Ok so it’s not quite the same but there are orbs to use in here too (although they’re power up orbs in the Bros. edition). It’s good to twitch shoot with CoD or Destiny, but as gamers puzzles are part and parcel with our play past time. So pick up Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition as soon as possible.





Games & Gear of 2014 – Kirby: Triple Deluxe


Kirby Kirby Kirby, is the name you should know,

Kirby Kirby Kirby, he’s the star of the show,

He’s more than you think he’s got maximum pink, Kirby Kirby’s the one!

Yes indeed Kirby is the one and he’s back in another awesome game titled – Kirby: Triple Deluxe. This time Kirby is going to save the self-proclaimed King of Dreamland, King Dedede, from an unknown threat that took off in a giant Dreamstalk (a beanstalk, but dreamier). Which is no problem for the pink wonder as now the powers that be (aka Nintendo) finally saw reason and gave the boy back his toughness from Super Star meaning a better health bar and ability to block. Seriously Kirby is tougher than 95% of the video game characters out there and doesn’t need to lose his powers on a single blow. Speaking of which, his copy powers returns in a big way. Classics like sword and fire are more effective than ever, and brand new abilities like archer and leaf will keep players happy and enemies on their toes. Players can even take a break from saving the King and play multiplayer against rival Kirbys for complete Kirby dominance! They even brought back mini-games to play to challenge your skills and broaden your smile. What else do I have to say, get Kirby: Triple Deluxe and get your May on right.

Gift guide for great gamers: All the new Mii Plaza games



It’s Christmas Eve people, all the stores have sold out of games (even the crappy ones) and your pocket book could just float away because of how little you have in there. Yet you still haven’t brought the gamer in your life anything thing yet – looks like you’re going to be in the dog house this year. Nope. There’s still hope. Months ago Nintendo release four awesome street pass games for Mii Plaza: Mii Force, Flower Town, Monster Manor, and Warrior’s Way. Each one a barrel of fun and great way to use the Street Pass functionally (more Street Pass players = better results in the games). Sure they’re not very serious, and won’t win any awards for best game of the year but they have three things going for them: they’re cheap, they have a lot of replay, and they’re just plain fun. I mean I like how video games these days are written with a higher caliber than ever, showcasing society good and bad qualities just as well as any other form of media. But sometimes it’s just awesome to have nice, clean, fun with a game without the need to headshot someone in the face. Games that will never end up on Fox News for threating the valves of today’s youth. Bright primary color everywhere and no moral pondering about how my actions will ruin a virtual character’s whole day.  Don’t get it twisted however, these games are simple to learn but tough to master – especially since people with the same games will be your opponents as well as your allies in one way or another.  The new Mii Plaza games are a complete package of good times and simple innovation, whose only downside is that it’s only available for the 3DS. However if they don’t have a 3DS I’m sure they won’t mind having that under the tree tomorrow, I know I wouldn’t – then they could get the new Mii Plaza games for themselves. It’s a win-win.




The Fall of Games: Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Demo



Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies will be released on the 26th of this month and never mind it’s only going to be available for direct to download only, just be glad we’re getting this one (and make sure you have a big enough SD card). But hey, I understand that not a lot of people may even know who Phoenix Wright, or what Ace Attorney series is. So instead of explaining the whole history of the Ace Attorney series and its characters; why don’t you download the free demo of Dual Destinies from the Nintendo eShop and see what the hub-bub is all about. My guess is that not only will you love the game and want to buy the full version on the 26th, but you’ll fall in love with the series as a whole and want to play the game from the beginning plus the sequels that led to Dual Destinies. It maybe the year of the next gen home console but the portable games aren’t leaving us hanging either.





The Fall of Games: Review Week – Warrior’s Way



You know its funny, it was seeing the preview of Warrior’s Way that ultimately convinced me to buy these new street pass games. It’s even more apropo that it’s the last one I’m reviewing because it might be the weakest of the four games – that doesn’t means it’s a bad game though. The game starts with you inheriting your own kingdom, and then your butler says: “Hey let’s take over the world.” & you say: “Okay!”  (I’m paraphrasing) & that’s basically the story of Warrior’s Way – you roam around countries and try to defeat them. So how does the street pass work in this game? Well being a leader of your own country with global domination on the to-do list, you need an army.  As such anyone you meet via street pass AND all they met via street pass will become soldiers for your armies. Neat, huh?  Well… There’s a caveat. If you meet someone via street pass who also has the Warrior’s Way game, they won’t be soldiers for your cause, they’ll be rival monarchs who could very well challenge you if their armies big enough. Fortunately you don’t have to fight ‘em, but if you do and you win then a part of their army will be yours, and opposite will be true if you lose however. So how do you do battle, simple as paper, scissors, rock – really. Infantry (paper), Archers (scissors), & Cavalry (Rock) are your three units; each units with their own strengths & weaknesses.  You beat your opponent by strategy or sheer numbers two out of three battles and you win the war. And that pretty much it for Warrior’s Way, you see my problem? All the other new street pass games have a simple but clever system about them; Warror’s Way is pretty cut and dry with no imagination. Still it’s fun, offers pvp play and does give you some customizing options for your kingdom, so yeah, its not what I expected but its still better than a lot of app games on the market today.













The Fall of Games: Review Week – Monster Manor



In this game players take on the role of an investigator who was hired to discover the mystery of monster manor along with your plucky young sidekick who I’ll just call ‘plucky’ because I forgot what her name it. Anyway the mystery wasn’t so hard to figure because it was ghosts, and thanks to their otherworldly ghostly powers you can’t escape the manor (well let’s pretend you can’t).  However there’s hope, the manor also mii jacks all the street pass mii you come across with. They have map pieces of the manor’s interior (why do they have them? you’re asking too many questions) and are  more than willing to give them up if you figure out how to get out this crazy place and defeat the ghosts along the way. So basically Monster Manor is a thinking mii’s game: there are an unknown number of floors in the scary estate and each floor is shrouded in mystery. That’s when the map pieces from the street pass mii’s come in. Each piece contains various shapes for hallways on the floors, it’s up to you to figure out which piece will fit just right in a floor, but it doesn’t stop there. Players also have to think ahead when they place pieces because each piece will be in the favorite color (from their shirt)  of the Mii you received it from; if you match pieces of the same color with one another then they’ll change from a hallway to a room. A room will have all sorts of goodies like weapons, gems, items, a place to store all your stuff, even other miis to help you once again and more. Speaking of weapons, you’ll be using blasters to fight the undead. You’ll start will a rusty blaster but if you’re a good detective you’ll better blasters that have elemental effects and special abilities. Players can even upgrade them if they got the right materials. Monster Manor, like all the new 3DS street pass games, is a lot of fun and certainly worth the $5 I paid to the sales bunny for the title. There’s nothing left to say but bustin makes me feel good baby.












The Fall of Games: Review Week – Flower Town



You know, after saving the Hyperverse for I don’t know how many times. It’s just good to sit back, relax, and garden. I’m serious. At first glance Flower Town would seem to be the weakest of the new 3DS street pass games, so wimpy looking, but not wanting to be ‘that guy’ I bought it and gave it a try – glad I did, this game is Zen garden in virtual form. See in this game your mii moves into Flower Town to become a master gardener, which by fortunate providence everyone in town is more than willing to help you with especially Mr. Mendel (the town busybody I’m sure – but he means well). And while Mendel offers advice, and rest of the town (in the form of stores in a mall) gives you assistance in other ways (for a modest fee) it’s once again up to street pass players that make this game work. Once you plant a seed in the pot you’ll need other players to water it until the flower blooms. After that you can get seeds from it and from there you can repeat the process with new plants (provided you keep getting street pass player) until you reach your goal. And that’s the beauty of the game; they give to goal of growing 20 different flowers, but really after becoming master you still want to grow more to see the different types of flowers you can produce. Or buy new items for your garden and arrange them just so to fit your style, you can buy new plots of land for more gardens, and even sell plants for more scratch on the side. Even more options open up over time giving you quite a bit to do in Flower Town; all without a ticking clock, an impending doom, or convoluted storyline – meaning that the game is very relaxing and fun at the same time. Now you action junkies and CoD fans might think this game is definitely not for you, but I challenge you to try the game. It’s not the best headshot of a match that unlocks the AC-130 killstreak (and what is really?), but you might be surprised about how much fun you’re having growing a Vibrant Coronet.