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Astro Duel Deluxe Review

*This review originally appeared at Miketendo64.com*

 

Astro Duel Deluxe is one of the many indie titles available on the Nintendo Switch’s Eshop, and looks to bring some old-fashioned, arcade-style multiplayer to Nintendo’s newest platform. Though it can definitely provide some fun, Astro Duel Deluxe lacks the replay value to make it one of the Switch’s must-have multiplayer titles.

Astro Duel Deluxe is a deathmatch-style game, and falls into the “new retro” category of indie games, with old-school, pixelated visuals that still look new and shiny thanks to modern hardware.

Players take control of different ships, each one looking like a simple colored triangle. The ships are thrown into a battlefield in space, where they must eliminate the other players by firing their guns, using power-ups, or taking advantage of the environment (like shooting an asteroid into the other players). The caveat here being that it only takes one hit for a ship to be destroyed, making rounds incredibly chaotic.

The gameplay itself is simple enough, but there are various modes included to change things up, with the game even allowing players to customize their own rules.

Astro Duel Deluxe can provide some good fun (especially with multiple players), and I really like the look of the game (it’s reminiscent of Geometry Wars or Pac-Man Championship Edition, though not quite as flashy). The problem is that there’s just not a whole lot here to hold your interest. After a few short rounds, you’ll see pretty much everything the game has to offer. It’s fun while it lasts, but it’s just not enough.

If you’re looking for some decent, arcade-style multiplayer fun, Astro Duel Deluxe may satisfy your pallette temporarily, but it probably won’t end up being your go-to experience for old-school couch multiplayer.

 

5.0

I’m Going to E3!

Don’t worry, I have some more reviews coming soon (though I really should hop to them… my backlog is growing by the day). But I’ve been busy preparing for my trip to E3 2017!

This actually won’t be the first time I’ve attended the event, as I ventured to E3 on six past occasions from 2009 to 2014. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with the increasing ticket prices as the years went on. Thankfully for me, this was the year that E3 opened their doors to a more public audience. Though the tickets still came with a bit of a price tag, it was nothing compared to the past.

Of course, the public pass means that I’ll just be attending the show floor, so I’ll just have to watch the presentations form my computer. But I honestly don’t mind. The show floor is where you get to play the games. That’s the good stuff!

But I’m not writing this post to brag, but just to inform people that the majority of my upcoming blogs for the upcoming week+ will probably be focused on E3 happenings, though I’ll still squeeze in some reviews and such, of course.

Obviously, if you want the big news from E3, there are plenty of major gaming sites to go for that. I’m mostly going to write on my perspective of the event, what games I’m most excited for, which ones I have the most fun playing at the show, things of that nature. Think of it like a personal journal of my E3 adventures, as opposed to news reports (again, why would you go to me for news?). I’ll be posting some of my thoughts and opinions on the games at the event both here and at Miketendo64.

I hope you enjoy whatever I end up writing on the event, and hopefully I’ll get to play a lot of cool games while I’m at the show. And yes, Super Mario Odyssey will be the first game I go to.

What’s the Word on My Favorite Video Games List?

You may recall that I recently brought up my forthcoming list of my favorite video games of all time. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve done it, but hopefully it will be one of the last times. Because I do have something of a window of time that I’d like to make such a list.

As of now, I’m gunning to make my list of favorite video games of all time some time in mid-January, 2018. Yes, that’s a long ways off from now, but that gives me some good time to play through the big games coming out this year, catch up on some great games I may have missed out on through the years, and replay some old favorites to see if they still hold up.

Another reason for this wait is that I’m aiming to hit the 250 video game reviews milestone by the end of this year (I’m currently at 213), and I think having 250+ video game reviews would be a good time to finally make my list.

Of course, I feel like I’ve already set myself up to disappoint anyone who’s at all interested in this. I fear my constant delays in making an “official” list of favorite games might be misconstrued as trying to build hype, at which case anyone would end up disappointed. After all, at the end of the day, this list of my favorite video games will be just that, a list of my favorite video games. Obviously I’m not trying to get people’s’ hopes up that this will be something special. I’m just an opinionated, scatterbrained individual who loves video games.

I must repeat that the reason I’ve continued to procrastinate this list is because I want to make a good, solid list that can be somewhat definitive of my opinions for a good few years, so that I wouldn’t have to revise said list for, well, a good few years. After all, if you make a list of favorite anythings, and then revise that list just a year later, it kind of takes away the whole reason for the list in the first place. Or maybe I’m just way overthinking things…

Once again, the following bloggers are invited to join in on this, and make their own lists of favorite games.

Mike and Jack of Miketendo64.

Matt from NintendoBound.

Alex from After Story Gaming.

Alex from Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews.

Red Metal (who is this masked man?) from Extra Life Reviews.

Of course, no one has to join (I do not possess the ability of mind control…yet), but if you choose to do so, I would like it if we can all do our lists around the same time, and link to everyone else’s lists within our own. And you can list however many games you want, with a minimum of 10 (because no one wants to see a top 9 list).

Okay, now I seriously am repeating myself. Point is, I think I’m finally going to make my first-ever edition of my favorite video games of all time list around mid-January 2018. Hopefully, I won’t write any more of these repetitious filler posts between now and then…

The Return of Bringing Up my Eventual List of Favorite Video Games of All Time

Oh no… Am I doing this again?! Seriously?! Well, okay…

Well, if you’re a long-time follower of the Dojo, you may remember that I often teased that I was planning on writing my list of favorite video games of all time. I always intended to do it, but for one reason or another, it always ended up getting postponed, to the point that it seemingly became a bad recurring joke.

Well, I thought I’d let my dear, sweet readers that I am planning, once again, to make my list of all-time favorite video games, after several months of not bringing the subject up here at the Dojo.

Now, I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up (because your life totally revolves around me and my lists), because I don’t have a set timeframe for when I will be doing this, but I thought it’d be nice to inform everyone that I am indeed planning this once again.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, to echo some of my past writings, I have never “officially” compiled my list of all-time favorite video games anywhere. And of course, once you do it once, it seems like you should wait a good while before you think about doing it again, otherwise the list may feel like it doesn’t mean anything. I love video games, and like to think I know a thing or two about them.

So basically, I want my first go at making an all-time favorites list one that wouldn’t need to be revised for a good while, and that can accurately reflect my love and (supposed) knowledge of games themselves.

Of course, this brings me to why I have not yet set a deadline for myself: I may want to wait until the end of 2017/beginning of 2018. Why? Because 2017 is proving to be a really great year for video games, with Breath of the Wild already making a big difference in how my list would have otherwise looked.

I will let my readers and fellow bloggers give their two cents on if I should wait that long or not. But again, I want to make sure I get this right the first time so that, when I inevitably do revise it, it’s because I’ve played more fantastic games that deserve placement, and not because I regret anything the first time around (of course, considering this list is entirely based on personal opinion, perhaps I’m just overthinking all of this).

Speaking of my fellow bloggers, I of course invite some of them to join in the festivities and compile their own lists of favorite video games. Preferably around the same time I end up making mine so we can all link to each other’s lists and make it one big, special event. But they can make them whenever, should they choose to partake.

The following bloggers are officially invited to make their own lists along with me.

Mike and Jack from Miketendo64

Matt from NintendoBound

Alex from After Story Gaming

And the other Alex from Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews

Also, the door is always open for Red Metal of Extra Life Reviews to join in should he choose, but that’s up to him.

The only real rule I have for your lists – should you choose to accept them – is that they consist of at least ten games. You can list more than ten, but no less. Because a top nine just sounds goofy. Otherwise, list whatever games are your favorites. Staunch exceptionalist that I am, I’m perfectly okay with things like multiple entries from a single franchise (it’s a list of favorites/bests, there’s no place for the “everybody gets a trophy” mentality here). So yeah, a minimum of ten is the only rule.

Again, whether or not I make my list within the next few months or at the dawn of 2018, I’m not sure yet. I’d love for you guys to give a little say-so on that. And should any of my fellow bloggers want to join in on this endeavor (Spoiler alert: some of them do because I talked to them on Twitter), then that’s just swell!

On an unrelated note, I hope to have some news in regards to my personal studies on video game design soon. Because I don’t just want to write about games. I’d like to make them one day, too.

What’s that? This post is entirely arbitrary? And I mostly just recycled aforementioned information and thought I could pass it off as new because I haven’t talked about it in a while? I’m making a complete what of myself? and now I’m making it worse by repeating everything you say over the microphone?

Oh, c’mon, don’t tell me you don’t get the reference! Okay, I’m done writing now. See you later.

The 500th Blog Spectacularsaurus Indominus 2: Turbo Hyper Fighting: Championship Edition

 

 

500 FREAKIN’ BLOGS!

That’s right, dear childrens. The Wizard Dojo has gone from one milestone and dived immediately into another. After writing 200 video game reviews, I have now etched my way to 500 total blogs here at the Dojo. Saints be praised! Credenza’s alive!

Of course, reaching such a milestone means it’s now time to throw dignity out the window and bombard you all with stupid gifs and stuff.

“Still better animation than Mass Effect: Andromeda.”

Yeah, I know it’s considered tacky to brag, but oh well. It took a lot of hard work and spelling errors to get here. So I’m going to brag a little bit. Besides, it beats all the faux self-deprecation all those celebrities do to feign humility. So I shall brag away!

Even Princess Peach has arrived for the occasion!

Surely this most five-hundrediest of blogs is a special occasion! Time to watch Godzilla do a happy dance!

 

In all seriousness, I thank all of you, my dear readers, for keeping me going. But more importantly, I’d like to thank ME for being able to write all these posts.

In a more serious note of seriousness, let’s take a moment to celebrate this in some ways other than gifs and dancing Godzillas. First, let’s start with my second batch of answers for my Ask Me Anythings. Continue reading

200 Video Game Reviews!

“Sadly, this isn’t one of the game’s I’ve reviewed…”

Now I’ve done it. I’ve really done it! My review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is my 200th video game review here at Wizard Dojo!

That’s right, childrens. Wizard Dojo now houses 200 different video game reviews, all written by yours truly. From all-time greats like Super Mario Bros. 3 to atrocious disasters like Dark Castle, I have become a bicentennial man of video game reviewing-blogging things.

I launched Wizard Dojo on Christmas day 2014, with the very first post published on the site being my review of the stellar Mario Kart 8. Within my first year, I managed to crank out my first 100 game reviews, and although the next hundred took me a wee bit longer, they’ve all been well worth the effort.

From Mario Kart 8 to Breath of the Wild, you can find all of my video game reviews in one snug place over on the game reviews page, or you can just skip to the cream of the crop and check out the page that directs to my exclusive list of games I’ve awarded a perfect 10 or a near-perfect 9.5.

There are still plenty of other games I own that I have yet to review, as well as a number of games on the horizon you can be sure I’ll check out. I’m not sure if I can keep up this same pace of video game reviewing – what with life and all that, not to mention my continuing efforts in learning game design, and my hopes to soon begin creating some YouTube stuff or something -but I’ll try to break them out whenever I can.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of what I’ve had to say, even in my most contrarian of times. I love writing (even if my errors are apparent and plentiful), so I hope you’ve had some fun, or maybe gained some interest, with what I’ve had to say about these first 200 games.

My next gaming milestones are 250 and 300, so I guess I’ll be seeing you then… Or, y’know, I’ll be writing another filler post with a gif or two then.

Thank you, my loyal readers, for giving me incentive to keep writing my opinions on the medium we all love. I couldn’t have done it without you. Well… I guess I could have, since I’m writing my own opinions on games, but without you I’d just be writing this for myself to read. And that’d make me look like a weirdo.

Thanks again, good peoples!

“Luigi is so happy about my 200 video game reviews, he’s crying!”

WrestleMania 33 Review

Let’s do something a little different and talk about wrestling! Granted, I’m predominantly a video games and movies man, and this is a predominantly video games and movies site, so who knows how many of my readers will actually give a care. But oh well, I like wrestling, WrestleMania is the biggest wrestling event of the year, so I’m going to write about it.

I haven’t talked about wrestling much here at the Dojo (save for my WWE awards as part of my Christmas blogs, and of course when reviewing wrestling-based video games), but due to the ending of WrestleMania 33, I just had to write a little something. So let’s give this a shot.

As a whole, I thought it was one of the better WrestleManias of recent years. Admittedly, the build-up could have used some extra work (as was the case for the past few years), but in terms of execution, it was probably one of the most consistent WrestleManias I can recall. I don’t think there were any matches that will go down as classics (which is, quite worryingly, a trend of the past few Manias), but there was also nothing really bad about it. There were no duds, and that’s always a bonus. Continue reading