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April 14
2014

PAX East Party Beat: Made in MA

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PAX East is a magical time in Boston. Spring melts the snowy Winter drifts. Evergreen joggers put away their lycra leggings and run with flushed faces along the Charles River. Cuddly bearded gamer bears don snug hoodies and awaken from a hibernation of playing all the Holiday season releases. It’s this time when gaming enthusiasts, students and industry professionals descend upon the still chilly New England. For the fifth year, they convene in a kickoff party at the Microsoft NERD (New England Research and Development) Center tucked away beside MIT, and they celebrate games and initiatives that are all “Made in MA.”

Two floors of the office building are dedicated to the event. The eleventh floor features an Xbox One with Kinect playing Just Dance 2014. GSN Games reps gleefully entertain us with their moves and skills. Looking beyond the refreshments of cupcakes and nachos slathered with queso fondue, a huge banner is posted behind a table is NDA’s. A special Microsoft intern project is on display, but you have to sign several agreements to be nice and not tell a soul. No fun! Boston, however, has a bustling indie scene with several small devs and startups. These are the true stars of the evening.

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April 11
2014

Review: Disney Magical World

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If you enjoy living virtual lives where you get to run a business, do favors for people and go on adventures all while playing dress-up, then Disney Magical World is the game for you. Especially if you would like to live in a virtual world populated by your favorite Disney characters! Make the jump for my full review of this entertaining new Nintendo 3DS game!

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2014

Tomodachi Life Comes Stateside! (Still No Same-Sex Relationships)

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Nintendo surprised everyone yesterday by announcing the release of Tomodachi Life (Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan) in both Europe and the US this summer. With a hilariously self-referential new Nintendo Direct, Jack Trenin announced the game’s June 6th release date alongside an overview of the game’s features. This would appear to be a part of Nintendo’s previously announced plans to release popular titles that have yet to be localized (like Inazuma Eleven) outside of Japan.

Any game where my love interest can be stolen by a musclebound Reggie Fils-Aime or a scuba diving Satoru Iwata is a must-buy, let’s be honest.

But before we get too excited, let’s not forget Tomodachi Life‘s infamous ‘Gay Marriage Glitch‘.

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2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a good week with a party, some new additions and the general weirdness, topped off with some beautiful seasonal scenery. But then things took a decidedly ugly turn at the end… Read on and you’ll see what I mean!

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April 10
2014

Natasha Allegri Puts Her Heels Down

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Tuesday’s Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct marked the return of Zero Suit Samus, the de-amored gun-toting second form of the iconic Metroid star. No longer a Final Smash-triggered alternate form, Zero Suit Samus or ‘Zamus’ as fans affectionately call her is getting her own official character slot. Being a standalone character means she gets some new moves, an upgrade in power, and….high heels.

Technically they’re jet-boots that make her kicks extra powerful but they sure do look like high heels. I think Bayonetta called and wants her shoes back. Zamus’ new footwear of course prompted all kinds of different responses from the internet. Some called foul asking why a capable fighter/bounty hunter would be running around in something so impractical. Others (like us) let out a resounding ‘Yasssssssszzzzzz’ as she started kicking those legs around. Can you blame us? She’s one death-drop away from entering RuPaul’s Drag Race. Still others were probably too busy crying that Mewtwo/Ridley/Palutena/whoever else didn’t get a playable reveal to care very much at all.

Natashi Allegri however, known for her work on Adventure Time as well her original creation Bee and Puppycat, wins the award for best response to video game high heels ever.

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April 9
2014

Shake Your Bon Bon To This SingStore Update!

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Well, Singstar is calling this the “April SingStore Update,” which leads me to believe that they have officially made the switch from fortnightly updates to monthly ones. Oh well, as long as they keep coming, it’s hard to complain too much. And this update is actually pretty good (with one major caveat I’ll get to later):

“Pure Shores” by All Saints
“Cruel Summer’ by Bananarama
“Picking Up The Pieces” by Paloma Faith
“Shake Your Bon Bon” by Ricky Martin
“You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
“Wild Thing” by The Troggs
“Hook Me Up” by The Veronicas

Now, The Veronicas are awesome, but I’ve already got that song in Lips. Same with “You Keep Me Hanging On.” “Pure Shores” is good, but nothing I want to sing, but I may eventually cave and pick up “Wild Thing” just for the ridiculous fun of it. However, I am all over Bananarama, but God help me if I’m tempted to download “Shake Your Bon Bon!” The out and proud Ricky Martin is super hot, but that song is almost too cheesy  — even for me!

The caveat is that the European update contains two songs from Dire Straits — “Sultans Of Swing” and “Money For Nothing” — that for licensing reasons aren’t available in the US. Hopefully they’re not lying when they say they’re working on it and hope to include them in a future update, because that would be sweet!

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April 8
2014

Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct Makes a Splash

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Today Nintendo aired a special Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct. Developer Masahiro Sakurai mostly went over new modes and mechanics for the Wii U and 3DS fighting game, but also teased some release windows (yes, plural) and even unveiled a brand new character.

You can watch the entire segment above, and read on for a full recap!

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