Ever wanted an old school style Game Boy that could play games from various old Nintendo consoles? Somehow manage to either own or have access to a 3D printer? Well if so, check out this neat tutorial video, where the instructors have managed to make their own Game Boy consoles with just a few Raspberry Pis and some other homebrew style equipment:
Either way, it’s pretty impressive. Possibly worrying for Nintendo too, since they now have to worry about people ‘pirating’ the console hardware as well as the games you run on it.
It’s a pretty amusing video too, so click the read more link and watch it for yourself. Especially if you like seeing the ever more traumatic childhood of Mario and Luigi, who have officially gone from ‘fairly unlucky’ to ‘probably need lots of counselling by this point’.
As it is now, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze has shown a lot of the things people want in the series. You’ve got Dixie Kong as a playable character, Cranky Kong as playable for the first time, David Wise returning to compose music, an interesting new set of villains more menacing than the tikis… it’s pretty much everything everyone has wanted from a new game in the series. But now with today’s Nintendo Direct, the game is looking even better!
Just like the other major Nintendo games of recent years, pre-ordering Link Between Worlds with GAME (a large UK video game retailer which acts like Gamestop in the US) will get you a free gift. This time though, it’s a musical treasure chest! Yeah, a neat little chest that you can open that plays the ‘found item’ theme from the Zelda series!
Is this finally the time for 3DS hacking? Maybe, since this individual on Youtube has apparently figured out how to run unsigned code on the system and open it up to various other things. Here’s the video:
So that’s some video ‘proof’ of the whole concept for you all. But with that said, you’re probably wondering what I think of it, right?
Well, it’s been a while coming now, but I’ve finally reached the level cap in the game, getting to the point where no more experience is counted and where no more levels can be gained. Here are some screenshots showing Mario and Luigi’s stats at this point:
As you can see, I’ve not exactly maxed out the stats yet (assuming 999 is the point that happens), but I think the stats are decent enough so far. They can still kill the final boss in one hit…
Here are some other screens showing said stats/levels…
As you can tell, I did all this on Hard Mode.
And here’s the stats from the ending. Not great (the Excellent rate could be so much better), but decent enough I guess. Not sure how many more players are ever going to see ‘Mario/Luigi’s Final Level: 100′ once they beat the game…
Finally, if you want to see the moment Mario and Luigi reached level 100 (for some reason), here’s a video:
Well, there you have it. I’ve finally got to level 100 in Mario & Luigi Dream Team, even if it did take me over 90 hours of game playing time (of which about 70 hours of such was bloody grinding).
Will anyone else be doing this when they get the game?
Again, thanks to Youtube user NiNTENDOMiNATi0N for uploading and posting these, since they look pretty damn good. First up, here’s a mine cart style sequence that has you collecting coins.
It’s a bit bland at this moment in time, but I assume that’s just because it’s an early part of the game and is prior to the point this gameplay mechanic actually gets used to its fullest potential.
Next up, a battle:
It’s not a particularly fancy looking battle (because you’re fighting just one weak Goomba variant), but it does seem to work much the same way as the rest of the Mario & Luigi series. And hey, the music in both the outside world and battle itself is very nice.
Finally, here’s what happens when your characters level up!
This is pretty nifty. Got to love the rotating ‘level up!’ sign at the back, the stage and theatre setting around everything and just how much of a big deal is made out of it. Definitely a nice improvement on the old Mario & Luigi level up sequence.
So there you have it, some more interesting clips of Mario & Luigi Dream Team. You can view more on this NiNTENDOMiNATi0N guy’s Youtube channel at the following address, so check it out and watch some more short tidbits of the game whenever they’re made available!
Thanks to Game Explain, here’s footage of the eight new levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the ones accessible in the new ‘Cloud Gateway’ world prior to the Golden Temple:
As you can see, they look pretty challenging with some clever new level design ideas, but perhaps not on their own worth spending the money on this version of the game for. I did especially like all the clever ideas from the Forest level with the walls you can cling to and what not though.
So there you have it, footage of all the new levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Is this enough to buy the game again for? What do you think?