I'm really liking the review type entries, so I decided to write another set of reviews. This entry will focus on the much anticipated Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Since I know I will have a lot more to say about Splatoon 2, I will start with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. So...I have an admission. I really didn't need this game. It is as Squid Maker said. It is the same game as Mario Kart 8. HOWEVER! The original version did not have INKLINGS in it. Yep. I got it specifically for that reason. Call me crazy, but anything Splatoon is going to get my attention and quickly.
Plus, I can not play the Wii U version in all it's glory on the go. Here I now have all my favorite tracks complete with their gorgeous graphics and insane mechanics and gravity defying effects in the palms of my hands.
So as I said, this game is rehash of the WIi U version, minus the addition of the inklings and other characters I can't think of right now. The same mechanics required for Wii U apply here which made this title playable right out of the box. There was no new controls to learn. That's a plus. I sometimes get annoyed having to learn new things for old games. But I would've made the exception for this one.
To sum this title up: It is awesome to play this away from the TV in handheld mode, or on the big screen. But if you don't care about the new characters enough and you have the Wii U edition, stick with that. Otherwise, be like me and be superficial. I'm sure your favorite characters would appreciate the loyalty. Hehe.
Now! On to the game the Switch was bought for in the first place. I am sensing a pattern here, to be quite honest. When I got my Wii U almost two years ago, it was for the first Splatoon game. Now I've got the Switch because they were smart enough to release it the sequel exclusively instead of giving Wii U users a chance to play it there.
It took Splatoon 2 almost a week to get to me after my Switch arrived, and that was okay. It gave me some time to get to know some new games, and to find my way around the console in general. (Not a lot of time, since we had hurricane Irma hit us the Sunday after my Switch arrived).
Anyway, Splatoon 2 has been worth every penny and all the time I spent waiting for it to arrive. This is another game that used simmilar controls for specific actions, so there wasn't a lot of "learning" that needed to be done to begin playing. One thing I can say is that I wish they allowed you to pick your starting weapon instead of just giving you the standard Splatershot gun. (Its the same in Splatoon, so it wasn't a new element or anything, but I just thought I'd gripe here anyway.)
A couple of new things, though! The first is starting up. You're able to customize your Inkling more. You can choose the hair/tentacle style and color, bottoms (shorts, pants or skirt) type, and eye color. This is a vast improvement since all the girls in the original game looked the same, and I often really longed to put a skirt on my inkling girl. So now Ricki (that's what I call my Splatoon character) looks like Ricki.
The one complaint I might have with this game would be that at launch we didn't get a vast number of familiar stages. Instead we have all new stages. There are maybe a couple of familiar stages, and one of them is NOT my favorite by any stretch of the imagination. Moray Towers. Shudder.. I will say that I played on that stage a lot yesterday and they seemed to have made it harder to snipe on that level. That helps. snipers are the bane of my existence in the Splatoon games, and it's nice that now even they have to try harder.
The other old stage is Port Mackrel. They changed this stage up too, and actually improved it for the better. I've been very impressed with it. Stages that I do like so far are Sturgeon Shipyard and Starfish Main Stage. But these are just the ones I've been fortunate enough to play on. Really haven't explored all of them yet, so I might update later with a more comprehensive stages-only review. We had a Nintendo Direct last night, and it was revealed that Kelp Dome will be back! That will make two stages from the old game that I really liked coming into Splatoon 2. Still holding out hope for Piranha Pit. But Kelp Dome is definitely a good start. We get it on Friday. Can't wait to see what the new version looks like!
Marina and Pearl:
These are the new hosts of the stage reveal team. They replace Callie and Marie. To be perfectly honest, they are taking some getting used to. I really like Pearl, though, so it won't be long, I'm sure, before Marina grows on me.
That's all I've got for now. Next time, I'm reviewing new fighting game, ARMS, and Puyo Puyo Tetris which I have mentioned before. I hope you guys really are liking these because I enjoy writing them!