Last Week in Gaming – January 14, 2020

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Ever wonder what you missed in the world of gaming last week? No worries – we’ve got you covered!

We read a ton of video game articles each week and wanted to share some of our favorites with the Average Gamer community. We’ll feature everything from previews to reviews and everything in between.

The articles we share will be from a combination of well-known sources (like IGN) and more niche blogs that you may not have heard of. In the previous TAG Roundup post, we talked about the Ultra 64 prototype controller, an upcoming Nintendo Switch, an SNES/Genesis combo and more!

Here we go!

Play Game Boy on TV – Nintendo Life

There are plenty of ways to play your old school games on a big screen via some simple emulation. For anyone who’s still holding on to those Game Boy cartridges from the 20th century, you’re in luck!

Hyperkin announced a small box which will play a bunch of cartridges, outputting to your TV at 720p. It’ll come with a SNES-like controller, USB-C cable, headphone socket and a link port for multiplayer games.

I could see this being a neat addition to your gaming collection for collector enthusiast but we’ll need to wait to see if this can actually become mainstream.

8K VR – Digital Trends

I’ve got an Oculus Rift in my household and it’s pretty dope. The resolution isn’t always super clear but it still makes for an immersive VR experience. The Kickstarter-backed Pimax 8K X will deliver 8K resolution to make things much more interesting.

This headset looks more comfortable/less bulky than some of the other devices on the market, but it’s about as blocky as the new Tesla cybertruck. It’ll set you back over a thousand dollars, but at least you’d be the king of all VR!

CES reactions have been positive and we may see more developers producing VR content now that we have a super high-res headset for consumer use.

FFXV MMORPG – Kotaku

Final Fantasy is one of those series that has a cult following, and for good reason. The storylines, battle mechanics and mini-games are some of the best in the RPG world.

This year, we’re all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the FF7 Remake. Unbeknownst to most, there’s also a mobile MMORPG in development!

We’re promised new regions to explore with touchscreen controls to explore with your online buddies. The game will launch in China before seeing a global release. 

Sniping Pokemon – Kotaku

The Pokemon franchise has stayed relevant through the years by introducing new monsters, attacks, tv shows, movies, etc. Some pokemon have been strange, but we usually just gave the makers a pass.

Not this time.

There’s a pokemon out there called Gigantamaxing, and it’s breaking the internet. This “lizard” sits on its own tail while holding a fairly large rifle. 

Here’s the original image and my favorite response from the Twitterverse but check out the full article for more funnies.

Inteleon Gigantimax

Inteleon Gigantimax form #PokemonDirect pic.twitter.com/72N4OnIane

— ??‍♀️? Fairy Type Gym Leader Salmon ✨? (@SalmonPynk) January 9, 2020

Legends of Runeterra Open Beta – VG 24/7

I got my hands on the alpha version of Legends of Runeterra late last year. Starting January 24, the game will shift into open beta status, welcoming more folks to Riot Games’ newest card game.

If you like League of Legends, Hearthstone or any other competitive card game, you should check out LoR. Its format is very inviting and the deck building is really fun.

Riot has said the full release will be later this year on PC and mobile.

Moar Game Streaming – iPhone in Canada

I think that most people like the idea of video game streaming services. The biggest challenges have always been around minimizing input lag and delivering the game at a high resolution. This is especially important for any competitive shooting game where precision is key.

Rainway has entered the cloud gaming space with their new iOS app. I downloaded the app, signed up easily and connected my steam library in a snap.

Unfortunately, my ipad (2017 version) suffered some painful lag, even while sitting right next to my router + desktop. Apex Legends was unplayable due to the stuttering and Forza Horizon didn’t even load on the tablet. 

I’m really hoping my experience was an outlier so please let me know if you have a better outcome with the app. Microsoft and Google have been making good progress with their respective services and I want to believe that they’ll have some competition from the smaller companies.

BotW Combat Master – Kotaku

One of the greatest parts about Breath of the Wild is that the game allows the player to defeat enemies in a number of creative ways. YouTube Peco is apparently a master of this.

He defeated a Golden Lynel, one of the tougher enemies in the game, as though the game’s difficulty had been turned down to ‘potato’. He uses a series of dashes, slashes, arrows and dodges to make short work of this beast.

This is the type of inspiration I need to finally finish the game! As soon as I build up the courage to fight Calamity Ganon

今までよりも手元はっきりくっきりで楽しい #BotW #BreathoftheWild pic.twitter.com/bxTrDtVbj0

— Peco (@Switch_movie_SS) January 10, 2020

Gamecube Joycons – Technabob

As an 80s baby, I was lucky to live through the glory years of the Nintendo Gamecube. Its quirky controller worked so well with games like Super Smash Bros and Mario Double Dash. To this day, people still use it for SSB tournaments!

Shank Mods decided to take this iconic controller and plop it on the sides of the Nintendo Switch. The project took months but looks beautiful in its final form. As expected, the creator is seen playing Breath of the Wild in the reveal video. 

Let’s hope that these become available on Amazon soon for public use!

Switch Accessories you Should Buy – CNET

Keeping with the Switch trend, the final article for this week highlights some of the top extras available for Nintendo’s latest console. Here are the ones from the list that looked most interesting to me:

That’s All For Now

There were plenty of other highlights from last week but these ones really stood out. Be sure to check in next time to read about video game current events. 

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