Mini Review: Angry Golf – Novelty Arcade Golfing That Lives Up To Its Name


Angry Golf is perhaps the most apt title for a video game ever. This isn’t because the main character has a permanently furrowed brow, but rather for how the game makes you feel while you’re playing it. It’s one of the most poorly designed, unfinished games we’ve played on the Switch, and the golf gameplay feels like it’s almost entirely reliant on random luck rather than skill. In short, it’s a game that will make you seethe with rage.

Starting off with an incredibly basic main menu, you’re given the option to either play through each level in order, or choose one at will (provided you’ve completed the level at least once). Once you load into the game’s first stage, you’ll immediately notice problems. As you move the camera around, the space around your ball disappears and reappears completely, flashing in and out of existence for several seconds at a time. It’s ludicrous, and makes lining up each shot a huge chore.

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Memory Pak: The First Time I Saw The Rocket In Tetris

Hello, T-spin, my old friend.

This is Memory Pak, where we’re going to be doing a deep-dive into some of the most memorable moments in gaming – good and bad. Kate takes a trip around the memory block, exploring a formative memory for many of us: our first time playing Tetris, and our first time actually being good at Tetris.

I don’t remember owning a Game Boy, but apparently I did, at some point. I remember the weight in my hands, though. I remember the black-and-white screen. I remember having to play games by the intermittent light of a street lamp as my parents drove down the M1 on our way to my grandparents’ house. And I remember Tetris.

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Poll: Box Art Brawl #83 – Brain Age / Brain Training

Hype brain.

Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular box art-based poll to find the best regional variants from two or more territories.

Last time we took a 20th anniversary look at HAL Laboratory’s GBC game, Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble. With Europe out of the running thanks to the game never launching in that region, it was left to North America and Japan to duke it out. It was a close run bout, but in the end North America emerged victorious with just over 60% of the vote.

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Mario Kart 8 Becomes The “Best-Selling” Racing Game In US History

Combined sales overtake the Wii entry.

The eighth entry in the Mario Kart series has finally surpassed the sales of Mario Kart Wii in the US to be crowned the “best-selling” racing game in this country.

This information comes from NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. According to IGN, this includes the “combined” sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the original Mario Kart 8 game on Wii U.

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Nintendo Is Suing A Reported “Leader” Of The Notorious Piracy Group Team Xecuter

So long, Gary Bowser.

Nintendo appears to be fed up with Bowser and has decided to take some action. No, this isn’t about Mario’s archenemy or the current Nintendo of America president, Doug – we’re talking about Gary Bowser, one of the supposed leaders of the “notorious” piracy group, Team Xecuter.

As you might recall, Bowser – a 51-year-old Canadian international – was arrested and charged with 11 felony counts last year and now Nintendo is suing him.

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Feature: Final Fantasy Veterans Discuss Their Upcoming JRPG, Astria Ascending

“Maybe remote collaboration is the best way after all!”.

Announced initially in Famitsu in March and unveiled for worldwide release shortly after, Astria Ascending is a JRPG in the classic mould that has a bevy of veterans from the genre — and the Final Fantasy series in particular — involved, including narrative by Kazushige Nojima (whose credits include Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake), art from CyDesignation (Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba), as well a soundtrack from composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story, Radiant Silvergun, Gradius V, Final Fantasy Tactics, Valkyria Chronicles).

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Feature: Bringing SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match Of The Millennium To Switch After Two Decades

“We hope that re-releasing this SvC title will serve as an opportunity for more”.

For anyone old enough to remember the initial 1999 release of SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, its recent surprise arrival on Switch was a real event. This crossover fighter is part of a celebrated series that pits the finest combatants from the stables of both companies’ fighting series against each other, and this entry in particular hasn’t appeared on any console platform in an official capacity since launching on Neo Geo Pocket Color over two decades ago.

For Neo Geo Pocket Color series producer Adam Laatz and assistant director Lionel Ackah, the collaboration with Capcom which led to seeing this series return gives hope for further releases going forward.

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Book Review: Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Legendary CEO

A wonderful insight into Iwata-san, and Nintendo itself.

It’s been said often that Satoru Iwata wasn’t just a CEO of a hugely successful company, he was far more. That sentiment is frequently connected to his various iconic public appearances, but more depth could be found in translations of his excellent Iwata Asks interviews and, for Japanese readers, on the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun website. This book — Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Legendary CEO — is largely a skilfully translated compilation of those sources, along with touching words from Iwata’s colleagues and friends, Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigesato Itoi.

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Limited Run Announces Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1 Physical Release, 10 Classics On One Switch Cartridge

Pre-orders open next week.

Back in March, SNK surprised fans with the digital release of the Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol.1 for Switch.

It contains the following 10 games – SNK Gals’ Fighters, Samurai Shodown! 2, King of Fighters R-2, The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny, Fatal Fury First Contact, SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, Metal Slug 1st Mission, Metal Slug 2nd Mission, Dark Arms and Big Tournament Golf / Neo Turf Masters.

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