Music has always been an integral part of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zeldaseries. Sometimes it ties directly into the plot, like in Ocarina of Time or The Wind Waker. Often, catchy songs like Koji Kondo’s iconic original theme and Breath of the Wild’s majestic melody become instilled into gamers’ hearts. Cadence of Hyrule presents an experience that not only celebrates generations of the franchise’s music, but also offers an adventure comparable to classic 2D Zelda games.
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Some games focus on either style or substance. Devolver Digital and Deadtoast Entertainment’s My Friend Pedro exudes both in a riveting display of blood, bullets, and bananas. Despite being a 2D platformer, the game is packed with cinematic action, thanks to slow-motion effects and an agile, masked gunman. It’s basically The Matrix meets Deadpool, except the protagonist remains silent while his friend Pedro, a sentient banana, makes all the wisecracks. The potassium-rich accomplice also orders our hero to take out everyone in his path, which, aside from some twists, comprises the strange story.
Against all odds, Kirbyseries developer HAL Laboratory and Nintendo’s hero has finally returned – yes, good old BoxBoy. It’s hard to blame anyone for not being familiar with BoxBoy!, which spawned a trilogy of 3DS games and even an amiibo figurine. Although the last game’s title was Bye-Bye BoxBoy!, the creators saw fit to continue the series with BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! on the Nintendo Switch, which also marks the franchise’s debut on consoles.
I’ve had my fair share of wonderful memories handing a Joy-Con controller to my wife and enjoying a game together. Co-opgames are well-suited to the Nintendo Switch, and Swedish developer Coldwood and EA’s Unravel Two is no exception. The puzzle platformer costars sentient yarn creatures called Yarny, who can, fittingly, be customized and color-coded to match the Switch’s Joy-Con colors.
There are two common trends with the round, pink puffball Kirby: he tends to appear in spin-off titles and usually stars in a game near the end of a Nintendo system’s life. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn marks both check boxes as a spin-off swan song to the 3DS. It’s a port of a 2010 Wii title, but it includes a few new bells and whistles to lend that “extra epic” feel. Unlike other offshoots, this game is a platformer much like the mainline series. However, Kirby is now made of yarn and lacks his trademark ability to copy enemy powers. That doesn’t stop the newly knitted star warrior from adapting to this crafted reality.