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Video Game Reviews

Video Game Review: Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (3DS)

As of this writing (November 18, 2014), I have yet to see any reviews for Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing, so I thought I’d write one. From my understanding, this 3DS game is very similar to the Wii U game Hello Kitty Kruisers, except it has less features and is $10 more expensive than the Wii U game!

Retailing for $29.99, this game is rather expensive for such little content. There are three modes in this game: Quick Play, Tournament, and Adventure. Quick Play allows you to quickly jump into playing one of the sixteen race levels, Tournament mode consists of playing four consecutive race tracks (divided into four sections), and Adventure mode has twenty quick (some you can finish in thirty seconds!) objectives to complete, ranging from collecting apples (rather frustrating) to going through gate checkpoints.



Mini Video Game Review: 100 Classic Books

100 Classic Books for Nintendo DS was released in the summer of 2010 for $19.99, and it is quickly becoming a rare collector’s item, fetching for more than $40 on Amazon.com. Select Gamestop stores still carry this game, and I finally got a copy this week. Featuring books from the last few centuries, (17th, 18th,  and 19th century mainly) – there’s a book in here for everyone.

And if you don’t know what book to read, you can take a quiz which will ask you what type of book you prefer. Or feel free to visit this link here on Wikipedia that lists all the books and details of almost all of them. From authors such as Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne,  and Oscar Wilde to name a few, there’s certainly no shortage and an additional 10 books you can download online at no extra cost.

There’s background music too if you like, easy controls for turning pages, ability to bookmark as well, and a nice ranking system that shows which books are the readers favorites. Definitely a good purchase, you really can’t go wrong. The only criticism I have is that later authors such as Hemingway and particularly Steinbeck are absent from this video game, so perhaps a sequel will come out later on focusing on more modern classics.

Review Score: 9.5/10

Video Game Review: Hello Kitty Seasons

Have you ever heard or played the game Animal Crossing? Hello Kitty Seasons is a bit like this, but a more simplified version.

In Adventure Mode, the single player experience, you begin by creating an avatar and make your way to Sanrio Town. After a brief introduction on learning the basics of the game, your tutorial begins which actually lasts about an hour. There are four seasons in the game, and the first year they are three days each. The days go by fast, and they are not in real-time, but rather through the progression of the quests you complete.

Video Game Review: The Amazing Race

Being a fan of the tv series “The Amazing Race” I was looking forward to this video game but was let down by its gameplay.

First of all, the game is only a 2 or 4 player excursion. You can technically play this game by yourself using two Wiimotes though.

You begin the game designing a profile (up to 4 profiles can be saved), customizing your avatar characters and then you have access to the main menu, either playing Adventure Mode (2 Players) or Party Mode (4 Players).


Video Game Review: Fragile Dreams

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is a Nintendo Wii game that I’ve been keeping tabs on for quite some time. I never thought a release in North America would be a possibility, but thanks to XSEED, Fragile Dreams landed on store shelves a few weeks ago (and even with a special pre-order CD soundtrack bonus at GameStop.) So was the wait worth it? Read on to find out!


Mini Video Game Review: Coraline

Out for various platforms, I rented the version for the Nintendo Wii and was immediately intrigued by the artwork and voice overs. However, as I began to realize what this game was about (agonizing mini games upon mini games) it’s appeal dwindled after a few hours and I ejected it from the Wii, never to be played again.


Video Game Review: Animal Crossing City Folk

The third Animal Crossing game was released recently, this time on the Wii. Is the game worth $50? What about the WiiSpeak accessory? Read on to find out.