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Welcome to Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews

Hello, and thank you for visiting my page.  I am a lifelong gamer and have been playing video games since I was a child.  I own every major Nintendo system from the NES to the Switch.  The purpose of this page is to share my opinions on video games, and I write my reviews with the hope of helping you make informed decisions on video games.  I focus on newer games, but I also delve into older games every now and then.  Please feel free to read, share what you think in the comments, and enjoy! And check out my YouTube channel for video reviews, let’s plays, discussions, and more!

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (Mobile) Review

Lady Layton Takes the Case!

The puzzle-loving Professor Layton first appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2007, where he unraveled the mystery of a curious village. Since then, Level-5 released new installments on an almost yearly basis before coming to a halt after the sixth game. At last, the time has come to pass the mantle to Katrielle Layton, the peppy daughter of the esteemed professor who has since been missing in action. Although Katrielle’s tenure launched as a budget price mobile game (with the Nintendo 3DS version coming later), Layton’s Mystery Journey is every bit a full Layton game, with a few caveats.

Check out the video version for more puzzles and accents!

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (PC) Review

Super Fighting Robot!

Capcom surprised the gaming community when it revived its trademark Blue Bomber in 2015’s Mega Man Legacy Collection, a compilation of all six NES titles. But fans were left wondering where the seventh and eighth entries were; both had appeared in the anniversary collection back in 2004. And what about Mega Man 9 and 10, developed after the original collection? Turns out Capcom had the answers all along: make a second legacy collection compiling the four post-NES games. Although there are two less games here, there is more aesthetic variety between Mega Man 7-10, and the quality of this action platformer remains as solid as ever.

Here is the Video Version for your viewing pleasure! I imitate Dr. Light’s infamous English dub voice in it! “Dr. Wiwy!”

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Minecraft: Switch Edition Review

Climbing Out of My Cubic Rock

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably played some incarnation of Minecraft, the phenomenon that’s one part resourceful survival game and another part creative block building simulator. Well, I have a confession: I’ve been living under that rock and haven’t ever touched Minecraft…until now.

Be sure to check out the Video Version here!

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Splatoon 2 (Switch) Review

Don’t Get Cooked!

Splatoon is truly the little engine that could. One of Nintendo’s newer franchises, debuting in 2015 on the Wii U, this third-person ink shooter took the world by storm. Though I wasn’t keen on the original game at first glance, it’s easy to see why it became a hit, especially in Japan: hip and colorful characters, regular free updates, and a focus on splatting turf instead of merely shooting others. Only two years later, Splatoon 2 brings the squid kids back to shore. As with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it plays very closely to the original but brands itself as a sequel. There are a few enjoyable new bells and whistles, but some baffling decisions keep this sequel from being more than a modest upgrade.

Check out the fresh Video Version here!

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Weekly Panda Roundup – Snipperclips Finale & Why I Love Anime Conventions

Welcome to another Weekly Panda Roundup! How was your weekend? Ours was busy, but fun! Crystal Dragon and I spent another weekend out of town for an anime convention! After many weeks of teasing a post about why we go to cons, I’m happy to finally share the reason below. We also have some videos to share, including the Grand Finale of our Snipperclips playthrough! We have a special thank you message for everyone who’s supported us in this series, and some news for the future of our channel.

So without further ado, let’s round ‘em up!

What’s Next for Pandas at Play – Special Announcements & Thanks

Our YouTube Channel, Pandas at Play, will be going through some changes, but we’re still going to strive to bring you quality Nintendo focused videos with our fun, quirky selves! With our Snipperclips playthrough reaching its finale this week, we wanted to share some words of gratitude and announcements for what’s to come.

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