A game for both classic and modern Sonic fans
Fan games are the result of hard work fueled by the sheer dedication a person or a team of people have toward a specific franchise. Of all the fan games I’ve seen, most never fail to impress. They embody exactly what the fans themselves would like to see, and sometimes with a twist from the creator.
The Sonic franchise has had many, many fan games in the past few years. But this new Sonic fan-game, made by Youtuber The Great Lange, does what few have attempted before. It mixes elements from modern and classic games, making a sort of classic-modern hybrid. Essentially, it’s Classic Sonic in 3-D. The Great Lange recently released the game, called Sonic Utopia, as well as a reveal trailer:
Sonic Utopia includes many different abilities present in past games such as the spin dash, the homing attack, and the fan-favorite super peel-out. From what it looks like, it’s very focused on momentum, being able to scale high walls by picking up speed. Plus, it seems to run as smooth as butter.
Who knows if SEGA will have it taken down or allow it to keep getting support, but one thing is clear – it’s a very high quality project that obviously had a lot of time and effort put into it.
On the subject of official Sonic titles, there are two on the way for next year, with trailers for those games as well. The classic continuation titled Sonic Mania is set to release Spring 2017 and the mysterious modern installment, dubbed Project Sonic 2017, is set for Holiday 2017.
New color for the New 3DS XL
The Lime-Green New 3DS XL is the newest color of Nintendo’s upgraded handheld. It’s an Amazon Exclusive and is currently available in the United States only.
The deal itself includes the lime-colored system and has the SNES classic Super Mario World pre-installed. It is currently selling for $199.99 on Amazon. You can find the deal here, if you’re interested. To me, it seems like an interesting bundle. The color is certainly a fresh look at the system, and one that I have personally been waiting to see. The game included is a favorite among many, so there really is no downside to this deal.
The 3DS family of systems will be getting a hefty amount of support from Nintendo in the coming months, with Super Mario Maker for 3DS comin on December 2 and Mario Party: Star Rush releasing on November 8. Not to mention that Pokemon Sun And Moon are right around the corner, releasing on November 18.
Nintendo has certainly announced a lot in terms of hardware. Are you interested in this version of the New 3DS XL? What are your thoughts on the recently announced Nintendo Switch, which releases sometime in March 2017? Let us know in the comments!
It’s finally here!
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Nintendo has finally revealed to the public the identity of their new gaming console (previously code named NX) – the Nintendo Switch! The reveal came in the form of a neat little trailer, which you can watch here. At the time that I am writing this article, the video has already amassed over two and a half million views in less than 12 hours!
The Switch is named as such because of its unique feature. It’s a hybrid of a home console and a handheld, so it can be played essentially anywhere. The system itself is very thin, and takes on the form of a tablet. It has two bars on each side housing the buttons and joysticks, just like the Wii U Gamepad. What makes this system different, though, is that you can slide out the bars and put them on a traditional controller that looks similar to the Wii U Pro Controller.
On the other hand, you could choose not to connect them at all – just use them as-is, Wiimote style. Personally, I see this as a genius way to accommodate for fans of every controller Nintendo has produced over the years. Other details shown were the inclusion of a stand on the Switch, in case you want to use the sliders separate from the controller, but want to use the tablet as a mini-TV. The Switch appears to have a matte-finish, which will no doubt be much more visually-appealing than the glossy finish of the Wii U. (No thumb prints!)
Just as the rumors suspected, its essentially a portable console that can fit into a dock, so it can be played in the comfort of one’s home as well. The trailer features players simply taking the tablet-like system out on a trip, and then able to smoothly slide it back into place in front of the TV.
Additionally, the trailer also includes short background clips of gameplay from the Switch. People are shown playing Splatoon, Skyrim, and a new 3D Mario title, among others. Confirmation of whether or not these games are actually playable on Nintendo’s new system remains to be seen, but from what it looks like, Nintendo is aware the Switch requires a strong launch-line up of games to be successful.
Without a doubt – if you like the idea or not – the design for the Nintendo Switch certainly seems like it was worth the wait. What do you think? Are you satisfied, or did you expect something different? Let us know in the comments! Check back to Cube Command for future updates!
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. Nintendo has finally announced when we will get our first look at their new system, Codename NX.
Apparently, a “preview trailer” will drop tomorrow, October 20, at 7am PT/10am ET. Set your clocks! At a press release, they mentioned the trailer will “serve as Nintendo’s preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform”. A tweet was sent out to further advertise this announcement.
According to Nintendo, the NX is set to launch sometime during March 2017. It is rumored to be something the industry hasn’t seen before, such as a mix of a handheld and home console, where the former would dock to create the latter. Aside from other developers praising it, that’s all we know so far. One can only wonder what lies ahead.
Are you excited? What are your hopes for the Big N’s next console? Let us know in the comments!
The demo for the highly anticipated 3DS titles Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are out now, and free to download from the 3DS eShop! All you have to do is open the eShop and select the demo, which has its own icon.
In the demo, you play as a boy named Sun who has just arrived in the Alola Region, straight from Kanto. The player then receives a Greninja from an unknown sender. The game allows a bit of exploration and a taste of the new battle configuration. I won’t spoil it all, but I will say that the presentation is top-notch.
Eventually, you are able to obtain the fan favorite transformation of Greninja – Ash Greninja, which makes its debut in the games after appearing in the Pokemon Anime, hence the name. The moves it knows are Water Shuriken, Aerial Ace, Double Team,and Night Slash.
It possesses the ability Battle Bond, which will allow it to transform into Ash-Greninja when it defeats one Pokemon in a battle with two or more Pokemon. This Pokemon can be transferred to the full game after release.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon release for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on November 18, 2016, and they’re still up for pre-order. If you’re curious as to whether this version of Pokemon is worth getting, go ahead and try out the demo. It’ll help scratch that Pokemon itch you may have in anticipation for the full game. In fact, tell us in the comments what version you’re getting and the feature you are most looking forward to!
For Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary, Nintendo is distributing various legendary Pokemon to players via Nintendo Network. This month, that Pokemon is the mythical Victini, the Victory Pokemon.
This offer is available to those who have a Nintendo Network account and also have either Pokemon OmegaRuby, Pokemon AlphaSapphire, or Pokemon X, or Y. Yes, you DO need internet access to get this offer. To receive it, all you have to do is select Mystery Gift after starting up the game, and choose “Get via Internet”. Then just enter your save file and talk to the postman at the nearest Pokemon Center and enjoy your new Victini!
When you receive Victini, the dual psychic/fire type Pokemon will already be level 100, as well as know the moves Incinerate, Quick Attack, Endure, and Confusion. It will also have the ability Victory Star. Sounds like a good deal.
Remember, Victini is only available between Sept. 1, 2016 through Sept. 24, 2016 (with more monsters in the way), so be sure to get him while you can! And keep checking Cube Command to stay updated on the new Event Pokemon as the months roll on!
Here is one of my old posts on Nintendo Teens back in 2013. I was covering the stop-motion feature on the 3DS camera (also on the New 3DS) and the steps needed to use it. I remember using this to make many Lego videos a few years ago, and it still is a nice little feature today.
The original article:
The 3DS comes with a load of features. It has a gyro sensor, microphone, connection to the internet, a camera, and many more. They are all great and bring a sense of fun to using the 3DS in their own way, but right now I’m going to focus on the camera. The 3DS camera, though a bit fuzzy, can take 3D pictures as well as videos. That’s pretty impressive for a small device when you think about it. Included in the camera is a stop motion feature. With this, you can make inanimate objects seem like they are moving by taking multiple shots and slowly moving the object after each picture. You can do this easily by touching the red lever in the 3DS camera app. Then, out of the tabs that come up, hit the one to the far right with the gear on it. By selecting the button that says “Stop Motion”, the 3DS will allow you to take quick pictures and when you are done, it “Done” and the 3DS will string together the picture you took to a make a stop motion video.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it didn’t used to be. Before, people had to take pictures with an actual camera, which takes a lot of time. With the 3DS, you can take a picture with the tap on a touch screen. Like I said before, the 3DS’s camera isn’t the best of the best, but with good lighting and the right distance you can make a better-than-average stop motion video.
Now, I don’t know about you, but the first thing that came to my mind when I think of stop motion is Lego videos. You can create basically any kind of object with them and therefore basically any kind of stop motion video. Move them a bit after each picture, remove your hand from the scene and snap the pic. Then do that once more. Yes, moving the object the smallest distance possible results in movements that flow smoother. Yes, it’s a bit tedious. Yes, you might knock something over, but this won’t ruin the video. All this can become easier and avoidable with practice and skill.
End of article
What do you think? Do you use the stop-motion feature?
Back in 2013, I posted a review of Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS on Nintendo Teens. With Nintendo Teens ending, I thought it would be appropriate to post this old review here, so it will not be lost. If you would like to know my thoughts on this game, or are thinking of buying it, go ahead and take a look!
The original review:
Alongside the release of the 2DS is the release of Pokemon X and Y, two of the most anticipated games this year as it is GameFreak’s first installment of the sixth-generation Pokemon games as well as the first 3DS main-series Pokemon game.
Everything from the exciting battle scenes to the lush overworld in X and Y is rendered in 3D. Not upgraded sprites like in Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 – real 3D rendered shapes. X and Y takes advantage of the 3DS’ upgraded hardware to bring us fans upgraded software in a Pokemon game like never before.
Every aspect of X and Y from the waving grass to the obvious references to the shorts kid (only long time Pokemon Fans will understand this) screams charm. The camera zooms in close to your shoulder on Route 1 and in Lumiose City giving an interesting perspective other than a bird’s eye view. Fancy Signs will swing down when you enter an area, showing you the name.
One of the newest enhancements in the main Pokemon games is the ability to customize your trainer for the very first time! Boutiques and Hair Salons are scattered around the Kalos region which allow you to buy clothes and style your hair, respectively. It definitely lets you get into personalizing your Pokemon experience and creates more uniqueness among trainers around the world, even if it is not as diverse as Animal Crossing.
These stores aren’t in all towns, however. Boutiques show up in only a few select cities, such as Santalune City, Cyllage City, and Lumiose City, among others. Very few outfit choices are available at the start of the game, but the selections increase as you go along, and apparently change in each store every day.
In X and Y, you can now run on an 8-directonal grid. Roller Skates and Bikes allow you to break the grid completely and roam at high speeds. Grinding and tricks can be done on the Skates as well as tapping the circle pad in a direction to speed up. The Skates are activated by the circle pad and running can be used with the D-pad. The bike can use either.
Wild encounters in caves have a lower chance of happening now. In fact, I didn’t even know you could even be attacked by them in the snowy cave until the third or fourth section of it.
What I also noticed is that as the games go on, the HP/EXP bar get smaller and harder to see, but my eyes soon adjusted to it.
The battle sequences are also sped up a bit, and look remarkable. Pokemon not only are in 3D and move as if they are alive, but they have certain actions depending on the move being used. No more little sprites merely shaking or growing when a move is used – in Generation 6, they really move. Instead of falling through the floor when a Pokemon faints, it has its own unique fainting pose (I’ll just call it that) and shrinks.
A new type of battle is Horde battles. They are battles that appear at random and pit one of your Pokemon against 5 wild ones. Make sure your Pokemon can sustain multiple hits in one turn and has a move that can attack more than one enemy at once. You won’t have to worry about your Pokemon fainting if it’s leveled up enough, though, because Pokemon in Horde battles have significantly low levels.
One of the setbacks is that the 3D option is only open for select scenes in the overworld, and can only be fully used in battles. 3D is not usable in Double, Triple, and Horde battles – only Single battles. When it is turned on, the game lags a bit and movements are a bit jerky. The game can be fully enjoyed without the 3D, anyway, especially to fans who got the 2DS alongside X and Y.
A new addition forces some veteran players to alter their tactics with the new Pokemon type, Fairy. Fairy types center around elegance but can pack quite a punch, especially on Dragon types, which are weak to Fairy. Apparently Fairy types were introduced to even out the unfair advantage Dragon types had over the battlefield, as Dragon moves have no effect whatsoever on Fairy. Fairy’s other weaknesses are Poison and Steel while it is resistant to Fighting, Bug and Dark. It is super-effective against Fighting, Dragon, and Dark and only does half damage to Fire, Poison, and Steel types. As of known, there are only 5 Fairy moves. There are numerous Fairy type Pokemon that are old (Jigglypuff, Mr. Mime, and Ralts) and some that are new (Flabebe, Sylveon, and Xerneas).
Pokemon X and Y’s story is near to the same old Pokemon story. You are set off from a small, humble neighborhood on a journey around the region by a Pokemon Professor, all while beating the 8 gyms and foiling the plans of whatever evil team of bandits that roam the area. But you do not receive your starter (Chespin, Froakie, or Fennekin) from the professor, because it is given to you from one of your self-proclaimed friends. You eventually DO get a starter from the professor, but he gives you the choice between the original Kanto starters from Generation 1 (Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle). The nostalgia adds a touch to the game for trainers who have played the previous installments. The story is mainly light, which is probably a good thing.
Some may consider this nostalgia, and some may not, but old Pokemon from previous generations can be caught during the game’s story, like Black 2 and White 2. Generation 6 does not add as much Pokemon to the roster as opposed to the previous Generation 5, but it still adds enough. Since the Pokemon count is over 700 by now, it certainly adds more variety to the game and adds suspense about which Pokemon will show up on a route.
Pokemon X and Y’s version of the C-Gear is less confusing for new players compared to Black and White. It has 3 options – Player Search System (PSS), Pokemon-Amie, and Super Training.
Player Search System eliminates the need for Global Trading/Battling sections of the Pokemon Center as everything is on the touch screen. By connecting your game to the internet, you can interact with players across the world instantly by tapping the icon of their customized trainer and selecting what you wish to do with them. There are friends (people you traded 3DS friend codes with), Acquaintances (people you interacted with at least once), and Passerby (other people you do not know who are nearby). You can set your own quote or shout out a message whenever you like.
Pokemon-Amie is a new way to interact with your Pokemon and raise their stats as well as their friendliness towards you. This can be done by feeding them Poke-Puffs, petting them, and by aligning your face with the 3DS camera and copying their actions, though since I haven’t had much luck with aligning my face right, it is hard to do so. Minigames can also be played in Pokemon-Amie. By playing them, you can earn Poke-Puffs and up your Pokemon’s friendliness. Other trainer’s Pokemon from the PSS may walk by yours on the customizable terrain on the touch screen when Pokemon-Amie is selected. You may randomly receive Poke-Puffs from time to time.
Ever had trouble raising your Pokemon’s Effort Values (EVs) in previous installments and spending hours on end doing so? Well, the new Super Training option in X and Y will make it much easier (and a bit fun) to do this. Effort Values give bonuses to a Pokemon’s stats, depending on the Pokemon they defeat in battle. In Super Training, you apparently shoot a ball at target on a giant Balloon Pokemon in the fastest time possible and getting hit the least times. Shooting the targets faster prevents the Balloon Pokemon from shooting a giant soccer ball at you and lowering your score. Once you select which stat you want to raise, you will be put against a Balloon Pokemon, it’s species varying on the stat chosen. Each Pokemon can only have its stats raised a certain number of times though, then the game will say that the Pokemon’s stats cannot be raised any higher. When you succeed in a minigame, you will win a punchbag that raises a stat. You can use these punchbags in the touchscreen when in the overworld by having one of your Pokemon selected on Super Training and tapping the screen to make it hit it. Once the punchbag is hit a certain number of times, it will be knocked off and will raise the Pokemon’s stat depending on what it is labeled. (Note: The Pokemon selected will hit the punchbag once in a while, so tapping is only necessary if you want to break it fast.)
If you get X and Y early, you can select Mystery Gift and receive a special Torchic over the internet, courtesy of GameFreak and Nintendo. This particular Torchic comes with the hidden ability Speed Boost, which ups the Pokemon’s speed after each turn, making it into a fine sweeper. It also comes holding a Blazikenite, the Mega Stone for Blaziken. Since the Torchic is traded, it will eventually out-level the rest of your team, making the Pokemon Gyms, as well as the story, a breeze.
A Lucario holding its respective Mega Stone will also be rewarded to you after beating the third gym (a fighting type one, by the way) from the Gym Leader herself, Korrina. So assuming you got the event Torchic and fully evolved it and your Kanto starter, you will already have 3 Pokemon that can get their Mega Evolutions by the first few Gyms.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y provide many ways to trade Pokemon, have exciting battles, customize your trainer, and interact with other players and may still have numerous secrets that GameFreak is waiting to reveal. It presents a challenge that is old but at the same time somewhat new for veteran players and something entirely new for players unfamiliar with the franchise. Over the Generations of games the Pokemon Formula is reused but made better each time. I feel that X and Y is an amazing addition to the Pokemon series and that GameFreak continues to spin out great titles like this one.
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