Is the Sun Finally Setting on the 3DS?

After nearly a decade-long run, the Nintendo 3DS might finally be seeing itself relocated to the retro shelf. With no new projects announced for 2019, all but the most faithful supporters are seeing this as the beginning of the end for the famed handheld platform. But is this an end or merely the start of something new? Nintendo has long had a history of shipping and supporting portable consoles – more so than any other hardware and software developer on the market. While others have made attempts to enter the handheld arena, they have only dreamt of achieving the sort […]

Unforgiving Environments: The Most Hostile Worlds

As players we are continually told we are “The One”. A prophesied hero, the world our oyster — with sword in hand we’re set free in search of pearly fortunes. However, not all games are so emboldening. There are occasionally hostile worlds where even survival is a struggle, where you feel more like an unwelcome stranger than a powerful champion. The World Is Your Oyster Alongside the rise of open world games a tendency towards maximising player choice and freedom developed. Virtual worlds became bigger and players were able to decide where to go and who to kill. In short, […]

The Power of Video Gaming’s Greatest Mountains

Mountains have long gripped our imagination. Their peaks call to us with a primal urgency, creating a sense of awe and wonder when we finally reach their top. What are video gaming’s greatest mountains, and how do they have such a similar allure to real ones? A climb can be symbolic, a rising or powering up that leads to the highest point and to victory — think of Mario’s defining climb in the original Donkey Kong. As well as this, mountains are often used as a staging ground for the final battle or a hide for the darkest and most […]