Thursday, 28 June 2012

Pokémon Conquest European Release Date

Yes, the European release date for Pokémon Conquest has finally been announced. July 27th we can find it in our stores. 

A little too late for me though, as it appears it will cheaper (and probably faster) to import an American copy.

 Are you playing this game yet? Are you enjoying it?

<Source: NintendoLife>

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sonic Fan Film Has a New Trailer

For those not in the know, Sonic Fan Film is exactly that; a live-action fan film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Brought to life by film maker Eddie Lebron and his Blue Core Studio, the film hopes to replicate the success of their very well received MegaMan fan film

My main concern regarding such a project is the volatile Sonic fan community. Being a Sonic fan myself I know how we can be very defensive about the Sonic series, at least when we're not poking fun at it, and I wouldn't be surprised if this film is ripped to shreds once released. Personally I want to be impressed by what I see, but it's hard to do so. Sonic 2006 tried to bring Sonic to a realistic setting and failed miserably, so to make a live-action film featuring a CGI Sonic makes no sense to me.

This being said, it's an ambitious project and those involved should be commended for what they have already achieved in the trailers alone as well as managing to get Jaleel White involved, the original voice actor for Sonic's American, televised adventures.

We'll see how this goes for now. But have any of you out there been following this film? Have you seen the MegaMan film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

<Source: The Sonic Stadium>

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Square Enix's New Graphics Engine Previewed

I enjoyed playing Final Fantasy XIII, I thought the story was solid, though the gameplay was extremely linear. I also enjoyed playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, for the most part, though the last couple of hours of the game made me really dislike it, and it will take me a while before I can play it again.

However, seeing the demo above of Square Enix's new graphics engine I am looking forward again to FF XV, even if the story's crap, the graphics are going to blow my mind.

<Source: Game Overthinker>

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Amsterdam Day Trip

Just one very small section of Amsterdam
Yesterday Michael and I decided to use a couple of day tickets we had saved for the train and make our way to Amsterdam.

Michael had never been before, and though I'd been there a few times in the past, I didn't really remember it very well. Us being us, of course, we looked up computer game shops before we left. We found one very interesting shop called Game Over?, and we stopped by here first, as it was just outside the central station.

Click through to see our discoveries!

Monday, 28 May 2012

MillenniYUM Falcon

The Millennium Falcon never looked so delectable.

This chocolate, and many more, were made by chocolatier André Murrai.

Forget a box of Belgian seashells for Valentine's Day, I want a box of these next year!

.<Source: Geekologie>

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Rumour: Retro Studios to Develop Star Fox/ Metroid Wii U Cross-Over

A rumour has been spreading over the internet that Retro Studios, developer of the fantastic Metroid Prime trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns, will be working on a Star Fox/ Metroid cross over game for the upcoming Wii U titled Star Fox - Metroid: Fusion Saga. This is a rumour, however, that Nintendo of America has denied.

This rumour originated from the Paul Gate Network, whom claimed that Retro Studios were looking to make a new Star Fox game as well as a third-person sci-fi action game potentially utilising a new IP, however Nintendo suggested to combine the two concepts for the Wii U, throwing intergalactic bounty-hunter Samus Aran into the mix. This game will, apparently, feature a mix of first-person action with Samus, third-person gameplay with Fox and then some sort of flight mode involving both characters.

I for one can't see this happening. The two game series have always been of two very different styles which I cannot see merging. Metroid has dark and atmospheric environments with a challenging helping of exploration and brutally difficult boss battles. Star Fox has always had a faced-paced, somewhat light-hearted and almost arcadey gameplay, aside from Star Fox Adventures, which was hardly an intensive gaming experience.

The only way I can see this working is if the story elements of both series were watered down and the gameplay was simplified so that even a child could play. If the game is indeed going to be an early Wii U game then it could be expected to contain a wealth of gimmicks to play off the Wii U's crazy controller. Star Fox's reputation has not been worth worrying about for some time now, but after Metroid: Other M a hypothetical game like the one described above would run the Metroid series into the ground, and I personally do not want to see that. No one ever does, just look at Link's Crossbow Training.

<Source: Digital Spy>

Monday, 21 May 2012

Sonic 4 Episode II: First Impressions

The game has come out and the dust has now settled. Many, many Sonic fans held their breath as they turned on their consoles, downloaded the game and continued the Mega Drive-esque adventure Sega had promised. We at Kung Pow Pixel have now finished the game cooperatively and separately and our opinions of the game are starting to form and solidify. This site's clearly not about formal reviews, but we thought it might be nice to share our personal opinions on the new game for those who might want a second opinion before opening their wallets.

So, for those who are interested, hit the jump to hear what we think of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Birthday Gaming Goodies

Image Source: Vooks

After the queen's birthday came my birthday, with more gaming goodies.

Unfortunately it wasn't the awesome GameCube cake pictured above, but I did receive some games I've been looking to get for some time.

 Click through to see which fantastic games my boyfriend picked out for me.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Queen's Day Bargain Hunt

April 30th is the official birthday of the Dutch queen, it is called 'Koninginnedag' (Queen's Day), and on this day it is tradtional for flea markets to be held all over the country. There was one near us in Donderberg,  Roermond, so I made my way down there in the hope of snagging some gaming goodies.

It appears that in the Netherlands gaming did not really take off until the GameCube/PS2/Xbox generation. Occassionally we see the odd PSX/PSOne at fleamarkets, but it is rare to see anything older. At this year's Koninginnedag it was not much different, GameCube games being the stand out items at the market, where I picked up five quality titles for the bargain price of 10 Euros.

I'm pretty chuffed with the titles I picked up as there were some future classics there, which I never would have expected to find.

Click through to check them out!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Sonic: What the Fans Think

Sonic the Hedgehog as a character and a series has an infamous legion of devout followers which are always the first to buy up any Sonic related the game, and always the first to criticise it. I myself am an avid Sonic fan and have accepted that Sonic's glory days are over, although that's not to say that a second era of Sonic greatness may well be on its way. Even so, it amazes me just ho much time and energy Sonic fans will go to to highlight this fact with, admittedly, very humorous results.

Hit the jump to see two peculiar Sonic videos I have stumbled across recently that I would like to share with you all.