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Power Up Review: Mario’s Mushrooms

The Super Mushroom*, one of gaming’s greatest icons. Unfortunately, this classic middleman to the good power-ups has been cast down into the pits of disgrace.

The Super Mushroom came onto the scene back in the original Super Mario Bros back in ‘85. Back when that game was kicking my ass, the Super Mushroom was a dear friend, helping me stave off death for just a few moments more. 

For all you kids who can regain health just by standing behind a crate, you have no idea how valuable being able to take one extra hit can be. 

Unfortunately, the humble mushroom is no longer the powerhouse it once was. Once SMB3 came onto the scene, there became frequent ways to bypass the mushroom. Just blow by that thing and get to the real shit like the frog suit!

In today’s power-up mad world, I give the Super Mushroom, D. It should fail, but dammit, it tried hard enough to pass.

*Yes, I know it was originally called the Magic Mushroom in the NES guide. Think I don’t read?

Crossing the X’s and Dotting the Y’s: Let’s Talk Sylveon

Crossing the X’s and Dotting the Y’s is the place for all my Pokemon related thoughts as we build up to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y this October.


Sylveon yo, the first update to the Eevee branch since Gen IV. 

Could you imagine Nintendo revealing every Pokemon a day at a time until launch? Man that shit would be cray. 

Let us focus on this dude, chick, thing right now though. It’s only obvious that we consider this first reveal to be deliberate. Some sort of clue as to the future direction of the Pokemon series.

Let’s break down the clues. This is an Eevee evolution, which means  that it will not be the same type as the other evolved forms. Rumor has spread that this will be a brand new Pokemon type, but I don’t think Nintendo would drop that sort of news in this way. 

I am placing my chips on this Sylveon to be a normal type based on its color palette (although judging Pokemon based on their color seems to have stopped being useful long ago.) Because of that, I got a few other notes up my sleeve to help me prop up this bet. 

Consider that new ‘eeveelutions’ come in pairs. In the first pairing we had dark Umbreon wailing on the psychic Espeon. Two generations later we get a Glaceon ice beaming Leafeon into the Pokemon Center emergency room.

So here we are, another two generations later and have one of what is very likely a pair of evolved eevees (eeveses, eevi? Writing about Pokemon is bullshit sometimes, oh man). So the other evolution has to be weak, or strong against this normal Sylveon. That means it is between fighting or ghost type.

I think we can all agree that Sylveon’s counterpart should be a ghost type. The dark styling of ghost types would also give it the sharpest contrast with the brightly colored, bow riddled Sylveon. 

We could also consider how it would evolve. Unfortunately eevee evolve in various ways, from friendship to stones to mossy rocks. I will put a 50/50 bet that however it may evolve, it will have something to do with whether the eevee is male or female. The reason I am iffy on this bet is because I don’t know how deep the X and Y in Pokemon X and Y is actually related to x and y chromosomes (as many fans have suggested). 

I’m willing to put some money down on the following. Sylveon is normal type. Other eevee evolution will be a ghost type. It will be called, I don’t know, fuckin’ Spookeon or something.

Take that to the bank son!

Dear Retro Studios: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D needs online everything!


One of the greatest parts about the return of Donkey Kong Country with Donkey Kong Country Returns was far and away the simultaneous co-op. I played through the entire game with my, normally Gears of War 3 playing, cousin. We became a maelstrom of monkey fury as we crashed through level after level, always on the hunt for those elusive puzzle pieces.

Getting to go through DKC Returns with a friend, experiencing each wild event contained in all the various levels doesn’t just leave a memory in your mind. It sears an experience into your psyche. 

Basically, Co-op is important. Retro has the technical know how and game delaying swagger to make 100% sure that there is some form of multiplayer in this game. Do they have the savvy to get online co-op in 3D with the great framerate you need to appreciate the incredible graphics stuffed into DKC.

Now some multiplayer battle modes or what have you would be nice too, and maybe I will cover that later when I have some concrete ideas of how that would work.

What is important though is that there also be online high score and best time leaderboards! Though the original DKC Returns has more than enough replay value with all the extra challenges to take on within every stage, it’s clear that online leaderboards would make this game far more competitive. Dare I ask for uploadable videos of those best runs? Okay sorry, I am asking a bit much now, but you are Retro Studios and that means something.

Theatrhythm, Final Fantasy Simplified


This game is like a radiant gem glistening in a hill made of dusty coal. A sparkling ray of light that brings memories of beautiful shores rather than this dirt covered wasteland set before me.

I’m being melodramatic, but we are talking about Final Fantasy here, I think it’s justified. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy is the best FF title I have played in a very long time.

If you can’t imagine why the guy who writes about video game music all day loves FF, the main reason for my love of Square and Final Fantasy is the music. If a game was rated on the criteria of sound, story, gameplay and controls, then Square at least hit one of four in every one of their games. 

Square must have known that a subsection of fans was tired of the other 3/4’s of Final Fantasy bullshit.They stripped things down to a game consisting of leveling up, addictive gameplay, and amazing music. Squee delivered the goods. My only complaint is that the story could have been a little more camped up to fit in with the chibi-FF atmosphere of the game.

Let me suggest this, that storyline issue can truly be resolved by the creation of an original game with original music using these simple but effective Theatrhythm mechanics.

An original musical RPG. I am all in Square-Enix. 

Uploading games to the 3DS

Why doesn’t Nintendo let me do this? I think the biggest reason to download full retail games directly from the 3DS eShop is simply to be able to play the games whenever I want without the need to switch cartridges. 

Some games that could definitely sit forever on my 3DS are Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Code of Princess, not to mention Animal Crossing New Leaf and Rune Factory once those games arrive. It would be great to be able to just open my 3DS and quickly play any of those games on the slightest whim. 

If Nintendo is able to let you download the game online, how come they have not said anything about uploading your physical game cartridges into the 3DS? This ability is at the top of my list for features the 3DS definitely needs to stay on top of its game.

Oh man, and don’t get me started on where my downloadable classic DS games are…

3DS friend codes

I have no 3DS friends!

Who am I supposed to defeat in Mario Kart/Kid Icarus/Code of Princess etc etc etc!?

Add me and shoot me your Friend code yo!


Oh geez, I hope I don’t sound desperate…

Crossing the X’s and Dotting the Y’s part three: Shiny Pokemon


Recently I have been on the hunt for some shiny Pokemon.

It’s bullshit.

There is no other way to put it.

This hunt has continued since I returned to the land of Pokemon back in the DPP (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum for the uninitiated) days. Never ran across any shinies in the hundreds of hours on that game. Same goes for White 1. Hundreds of hours, never saw a shiny anything anywhere. Now I have gone so far as to hit 999:59 hours on White Version 2 and still nothing!

So I am working the “Masuda Method” and even got the shiny charm, but my odds are still piddlingly low and after a few days of egg hatching, still nothing. The repetitive but worthwhile nature of Pokemon has become bleak and never ending, and still repetitive.

I get the idea, shiny Pokemon are rare, but this is really a bit much. I put my hours in dammit, and I want my shiny Magnemite!

On a slightly related note, I wish Pokemon names allowed for much more characters, so that shiny magnemite could one day be known as “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass”