Archive for the ‘DS’ Category


Play With Your Kids: Yoshi’s New Island Edition

The Yoshis are back and their fixing a mix up from the stork. Having never played a Yoshi game before, the new 3DS version seemed like a good opportunity to jump into the franchise. The 3DS has done wonders for catching me up with the old school Nintendo platformers so I was pretty confident that […]


Power Hour Review: Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Let me start by saying the it has long been my secret shame that I have never finished a Legend of Zelda game. There, I said it, I feel better now. It’s out in the open. I feel that I can now move on with my recovery. It’s not that some of the Zelda games […]


Gotta Catch Them All: Pokemon X, The Play With Your Kids Edition

It’s been a while since I did a play with your kids post and I really miss it. Pea and I have been playing a number of different games together, but none have really stuck (or replaced) the way that Ni No Kuni or Animal Crossing have. When I started playing Pokemon X a couple […]


Does the “E” justify the problematic themes?: Examining microaggressions in Animal Crossing

After about five months straight of playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf I believe I can soundly say that I have thoroughly experienced most of what the game has to offer. And by “most” I mean everything that this taunting game has let me experience, as it continuously holds upcoming holidays and the changing seasons above […]


Power Hour Review: Pokemon X & Y

Power Hour Reviews are a new NYMG feature in which we spend one intense hour playing newly released games in order to get a sense not only of the game’s mechanics and characterization, but its narrative as well. Let us spend our time first, so that you don’t have to waste yours. Let me confess something […]


Cultural Costumes and Racism: From Animal Crossing to Halloween

After having the relentless fashionista Gracie visit my town in Animal Crossing for the first time last week, it dawned on me how little clothing I owned to pass her rigorous checks. I was able to pull together enough flashy clothing to make it through and pass but in the process I was sent into […]


Play With Your Kids: Animal Crossing as Research?

It’s been a while since I’ve done a play with your kids post because not much has changed in these parts. We are still doing a second play through of Ni No Kuni and spending far too much precious gaming time on Animal Crossing: New Leaf…both Pea and I. And with only a couple of […]


The Companion Games Manifesto

What does it mean to call a game a companion? Referring to a story, or a favorite fictional character, as a companion seems easy enough to understand. I imagine that most of us had our own fantasy worlds growing up, where we were Peter Pan or Dorothy, or Falcor. We had friends and enemies and […]


Why Did the Animal Cross the Road?: Gaming With Your Kids

So I have now done the unthinkable (ok, not really if you know me) and given Pea my basically new 3DS and bought a 3DS XL for myself so that I could play Animal Crossing–for purely research purposes of course. So, it started with Luigi’s Mansion. Pea is a fan of Mario and Luigi and […]

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Fake Gamers: The Quest for Authenticity in Faked Pictures of Faked Gaming?

Coming off the conversations we have been having lately on the podcast about booth babes, I thought another pertinent topic is the “fake gamer of the week” segment found at Kotaku. In this weekly blog, writers find ads and stock photos and write pithy responses mocking all of the things wrong with the photos. Often […]