Archive for the ‘DS’ Category


Power Hour Review: Super Smash Bros (3DS)

It may be a little odd to think of Super Smash Bros. as a stand-alone, legitimate handheld title. Although I had bought into the hype long ago and had already mentally committed myself to buying it, I had my doubts about the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Super Smash Bros., after all, was a […]


Not All Female Player Character Options Are Created Equal

I have a love-hate relationship with Harvest Moon DS Cute. For those who are (perhaps blissfully) unaware, Harvest Moon is a series of farming simulation games that incorporate elements and tasks of real, and even ordinary, life. In addition to planting and tending crops, collecting wild plants, fishing, digging, and animal husbandry, the games all […]


It’s Just a Game: Nintendo’s “Social Commentary” Justification

In a shockingly poor, not to mention homophobic and just generally nonsensical, moment of PR, Nintendo admitted today that they will not include same sex relationships in their upcoming social game Tomodatchi Life. Tomodatchi Life seems to be00 a mixture of the Sims, Animal Crossing, and their Mii avatar creation systems and games where players […]


Power Hour Review: Disney’s Magical World

So my love of/addiction to the Animal Crossing games that have appeared on the Nintendo DS is no secret, so when I learned about Disney’s Magical World I quickly hit pre-order because how much fun would it be to world build with Disney characters? Magical World is another in a series of life simulation games […]


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 […]