Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nintendo 3DS Review

For more than thirty years now, Nintendo has been the primary ruler in the home and handheld console market, selling hundreds of millions of products that have helped Americans and the rest of the world truly enjoy the art of gaming.

Perhaps one of Nintendo’s most significant advantages in the gaming industry however, has been their Apple-like approach to innovation in both hardware and software, with the company constantly coming up with new ways to play games and more affordable technologies that allow for gaming entertainment to touch just about everyone.

The Nintendo 3DS was released in a market where mobile devices had reigned in handheld gaming, and had minimized the previous need for handheld consoles from specific gaming companies, instead favoring those made by phone manufacturers.

Because of this disinterest and total lack of desire for mobile gaming, the original two hundred and fifty dollar asking price of the 3DS was considered to be too expensive for what the package included, and consumers pretty much ignored it all together. However, the price drop that made the product one hundred and seventy dollars has attracted consumers, as well as a great selection of titles that were previously unavailable at product launch.

Still, the question remains, is this a product worth the price? How much will the user get out of it? Why is it better than Apple’s iPhone/iPod touch or the plethora of gaming-capable Android phones also available on the market? Read on to find out more.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rumor: Microsoft Wants to Rid of XBL Point System, Favoring Real Money Instead

Online currencies, such as Microsoft Points, Nintendo Points and all other senseless point systems pulled out of the unconventional asses of game retailers and software providers have simply become nothing more than an annoyance in the purchasing of gaming entertainment. Thankfully, Microsoft is rumored to be considering a move from this annoying internet currency in favor of real money. This change will not only affect Xbox Live, but also the Zune Marketplace and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as well. However, it's great to see the company coming back to the world of logic, and vouching for a monetary system that doesn't suck.

Source Kotaku 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sonic CD was December's Top Playstation Network Title

Sonic CD has been, and will forever be one of the best Sonic titles ever. So when our pals over at Sony Entertainment revealed (via their blog) the title's placement under the top twenty downloaded/purchased PSN games, we certainly weren't surprised. The title itself (which is soon to be re-reviewed here next week) may be old, but still managed to top such great, new titles as Trine 2, which is one of the most incredible accomplishments for the beautiful effects of nostalgia to date. Check the link below for the full list, and stay tuned for the review of the timeless classic, Sonic CD.

Source Playstation Blog

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mario Kart 7 Review (3DS)

Mario Kart is a classic. Ever since the days of the SNES, every major Nintendo console has been graced with a version of the spinoff racing title. It was no surprise, therefore, that the new Nintendo 3DS would be receiving its own copy of Mario Kart, and fanboys and nostalgic gamers alike were enthralled. Nintendo hasn’t disappointed with its latest title, Mario Kart 7, managing to keep an old title fresh despite years of wear. Read on after the break to find out more!

Canabalt Review (iOS)

Typically, in order for a mobile game to be considered truly worth it, is for the game to be addictive, have decent graphics and a good soundtrack. Most gamers ask even less (especially since most gamers in this category fall in line with "casual players"), willing to sacrifice a good soundtrack or decent graphics for dead simple, addictive gameplay. However, every once in a while, there is a game that manages to nail simple and addictive gameplay with still-stunning graphics and a killer soundtrack. The best example of this available to Apple's iOS platform as of now is most certainly Canabalt- a game about survival. You run. Dodge. Jump. Pray that you make it. It's fast. Simple. Addictive. It's every casual gamer's wet dream come to life. But is it worth the five dollar asking price? Read on past the break to find out.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mother 3, English Translation Review (For GBA)

Every once in a while, there's a video game title that is overlooked by the vast majority of gamers, yet embraced by a small set of dedicated fans, to the point where the game rules their lives. Although Mother 3, a game considered to be a sequel to the acclaimed Earthbound, probably won't instil the same addiction in everyone, one thing is certainly assured; you will love this game. Of all the RPG titles available today to a mass market, there is none so beautifully written, so endearing, and so memorable as this. If you've never played this game before, chances are you don't live in Japan or speak Japanese. If you've never played this game before, you are most certainly missing out on an incredible gaming experience. If you've never played this game before, although we cannot condone the download of ROMs, as they are illegal, we would like to say that the experience is well worth it inside of an emulated environment. If you've played this game before, you know just how amazing it is, and how there are truly no words that can accurately describe it. And just for shits and giggles, you're going to read this review, and feel all of the emotion and nostalgia flow into your body. Because seriously. This game is incredible.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review (For Wii)

Skyward Sword, the most recent addition to the Zelda franchise, has taken ordinary gamers and Zelda fans alike all over the world by storm. The amazing  peak of the original  3D Zelda, the legendary Ocarina of Time, has finally been topped by another- Skyward Sword is very arguably the best Zelda game out there.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Osmos" Review (For iOS and OS X)

Finding a good, original and meaningful game for mobile devices these days is frustratingly difficult. The market is virtually dry of any flavorful or desirable gaming content. At least, for mobile platforms. Sure, there's Angry Birds, Tiny Wings, even first person shooters such as N.O.V.A and it's most recent successor. However, the mobile gaming market remains relatively void of the new and more creative titles we've come to known on Nintendo's mobile gaming platform, the DS and 3DS series of handhelds. Osmos, a title available on both iOS and Mac OS X, is just what game users who have this difficulty (and those who haven't) have been looking for. It's fun, fast, intense and often times striking in it's molecular appearance. Is it worth the sub-five dollar asking price? Is it the game you've been looking for? Read on past the break for the full review.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes!: The Future of TheTechTile

When we began, we never knew we'd last this long. Ever. More specifically, we didn't know we'd be on such a broad category, such a tech, for so long. As a result, we've been working these past months on a new edition to the site. Well. Sort of. To be specific, we're changing the way we report on things. Usage statistics have proven to us that gaming news, reviews and the like are what generated the most "hits" on our website. Thus, we've decided that our beat will be gaming. However, large events in the tech industry, such as SOPA and Apple (come on, they ARE the largest gaming platform!) will still be reported.

The website, in terms of appearance and features, will continue to "update" throughout the year as we continue to add newer and cooler features. Also, we will finally begin to interact more with our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Get ready, because 2012 for sure will be a blast.