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Gargoyle’s Quest

YOU ARE INDEED THE RED BLAZE

-Rushifell (Gargoyle’s Quest)

I know what you’re thinkin’, Gamerillas; who could possibly care about an original Gameboy spin off based around an annoying enemy in an arcade game? Well, while the Ghosts ‘n Goblins Franchise hasn’t always been a front-runner, it’s always held a special place in my heart. From the obsession with getting the main character down to his undies (see below: Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Maximo from his namesake series) to the stupidly difficult bosses that would worm their way into your heart and plant seeds of hate that drove some of us to the darkened halls of Gameshark (ok, maybe it wasn’t that hard, but I always had trouble with the game).

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What you get when you feed a regular stick after midnight.

Gargoyle’s Quest, available now in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, is a side-scrolling platformer RPG, what a mouthful. GQ takes some of the mechanics from G’nG for its side-scrolling bits (huge giant bits that make up most of the game) while adding an explorable overworld (an overworld in the underworld???) where you can enjoy being assaulted by ghosts that look like guys wearing bed sheets (and sometimes pterodactyls or fat guys that throw their heads at you). These tiny encounters help to break up the slightly boring treks from town to dungeon to town. There’s not really an EXP system or a gear system, but our gargoyle friend receives several upgrades to his fire breath projectile while on his journey. At first each breath seems to be a direct upgrade, but each upgrade ends up having a special use in overcoming a puzzle. The full use of all these powers isn’t totally realized until the final dungeon.

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Firebrand got some plastic surgery to remove his cartoon gland in later years.

The story follows a gargoyle fella named Firebrand, maybe you recognize his name from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3? You may also be confused about his nickname, “Red Blaze”, because he’s GREEN on the cover! Yeah, turns out the cover just isn’t cannon, like the original Megaman cover where Rock looks like he’s the cybernetic love child of those creepy Precious Moments figures and a Keebler elf. Suppose that’s a bit off subject. Anyway, Firebrand is the descendant of the original Red Blaze, whose holy (unholy?) flame sealed away the King of Destruction and saved the Ghoul and Human worlds from TOTAL destruction. I know that doesn’t make sense at first; but if you think it out, it makes perfect sense. The big Bowsers from the other G’nG games seem to want to take over the human world, probably for food or the oil rights, but this King of Destruction and his Destroyers are more like a cult that just wants everything everywhere to end forever. All in all, not guys you want at a BBQ.

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Not the King of Destruction, just a horrible giant fish demon. He's got a name, but it's not really important.
THE END OF THE ARTICLE ROUND UP (YE-HA!):
WOULD I RECOMEND THIS GAME:

Yes, totally! It’s fun and cute, but certain parts can be really annoying (enemies coming out of Nowhere, Egypt, etc.). Thankfully, the 3DS Virtual Console save state feature makes those bits totally playable.

HOW MANY DOLLARS IS IT:

$3.99

Thanks, Gamerillas!
Chazen Smith

Dope Since the 90’s – We Will be at E3 2014!

We are 60 days away from the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and Dope Since the 90’s will be there to provide you with the insider coverage you need! This E3 will focus on games, games and more games! Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will all make their returning appearances, and we will see sneak peeks for another fiscal year across all platforms. Major publishers, such as Ubisoft and EA, will return with their usual press conferences, and so much more! From Jun 6-12th, we will be hosting Twitch streams, giveaways and insider coverage! Hit that follow button to learn more and stay up to date on everything E3 2014. Makes sure to also check us out on Twitter and Twitch, by following the links at the top of the page!

– Caleb Stiles

Reader Discussion: Mario Kart vs Smash Bros (WiiU/3DS)

 

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Welcome to this week’s poll, and get ready for battle! This week, I’m putting two upcoming Nintendo titles against one another, comparing their news leaks, character additions, stage and course additions, and overall hype to see which one will come out on top! Will Mario Kart 8 for WiiU race ahead for the win, or will Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS brawl down its competition with a final smash? Let’s break it down!

Mario Kart 8 (WiiU)

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Characters: Mario Kart has always had an impressive assortment of Mario characters in the past games, and Mario Kart 8 looks to set that bar even higher. So far, Nintendo has revealed 27 playable characters, and has even stated that more are to come! Nintendo has included the entire 7-member clan, the Koopalings, in Mario Kart 8, and this marks the first time the Koopalings will be playable characters in any Mario game to date! Returning Characters from MK7 for Nintendo 3DS also join the roster, such as Lakitu and Metal Mario. Here is the full character list known to date, as seen on IGN.

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Rosalina Shy Guy Metal Mario Lakitu
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Roy Lemmy Ludwig

 

Courses: Mario Kart 8 boasts a total of 32 courses, the highest of any Mario Kart 8 title to date. Following tradition, these 32 tracks will be split between 16 brand new courses and 16 retro stages, remastered. Check out the currently known track list at IGN. Here are the cups below.

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Mushroom Cup Flower Cup
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Shell Cup Banana Cup
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Mechanics: MK8 introduces the new Anti-Gravity mechanic, allowing characters to magnetize to specific course sections, providing new routes, winding and looping through the courses. Additionally, MK8 brings over gliding, the underwater propellor, and kart customization from MK7.

Summary: Mario Kart 8 adds plenty of new features to the long-racing franchise, but pays proper homage to the series by remastering courses, and bringing back fan-favorite characters and mechanics from past entries. Nintendo is set to raise the bar for its first HD Mario Kart, bringing in more courses and characters than ever before.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U/3DS)

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Characters: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS has a whopping total of 29 characters so far, including the six recently announced characters via Nintendo Direct. There is a healthy mix of returning characters, new characters, and “re-purposed” characters such as Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, and Charizard. While all three of these fighters have been in past installments, they are now standalone fighters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. On a personal note, I’m a little bummed to see a continued lack of Mii characters in the Smash Bros franchise. Check out the roster below, as seen on IGN.

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Stages: So far, Super Smash Bros. has 30 stages between the WiiU and 3DS versions, though more may be announced. It is important to note that there will be different stages on the 3DS version than the WiiU version, though the character roster will be the same. It seems that, in order to get the full experience, fans will need to get both versions of the game. Check out IGN‘s full course list.

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Battlefield (Wii U) Arena Ferox
Boxing Ring (Wii U) Balloon Fight
Final Destination Battlefield (3DS)
Garden of Hope Boxing Ring (3DS)
Halberd Find Mii
Mario Galaxy Gerudo Valley
Paluntena’s Temple Jungle Japes
Pilot Wings Living Room
Pyrosphere Prism Tower
Skyloft Rainbow Road
Town and City Reset Bomb Forest
Wii Fit Studio Spirit Train
Wily Castle Tortimer Island
Windy Hill 3D Land
(UN) Pokemon X/Y Champion Room (UN) Tomodachi Collection: New Life Stage

 

Mechanics: Super Smash Bros. stays strong and true to its beloved mechanics system, but introduces some hefty tweaks such as ledge-hanging and custom move-sets. The online mode now features an in-depth ranking system, though a leveling system still seems to be absent.

Summary: Super Smash Bros. brings new characters to battle,  as well as changes up existing characters and some mechanics. Though Mii selection is missing, and content is divided amongst the versions, Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS will again bring the heat!

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Now that you have gotten your feet wet with each title, it’s time to see the votes? If you lived in a desperate universe where both titles could not exist, what would be your go-to and why? Vote in the poll at the beginning of the article and leave your opinions in the comments below!

– Caleb Stiles