Tag: Nintendo 3DS

My girlfriend and I live together, and over the two and a half years we have dated her interest in gaming has grown. When we first started dating, she had never really played video games. She knew that it was my favorite hobby, and she thought it was something we could do together. I was happy to expose her to a variety of my favorite games.

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Our legions of loyal listeners already know that I have a love/hate relationship with Fire Emblem on the Nintendo 3DS. I love the story, graphics and the tactical combat, but I hate how fragile most of the characters are, and how one mistake can cause permadeath (see also: restart).

One of the more interesting mechanics in Fire Emblem is the ability for two combatants to share the same tile, teaming up to increase each warriors attributes. Teaming up, or even standing on the tile next to another warrior, can lead to characters helping each other in the fights, and building relationships that grant larger bonuses in combat.

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I’ve never been much for handheld gaming. Maybe it’s because my parents wouldn’t buy me a Gameboy, but I’ve never really seen the point. If I’m at home, I have a console with superior graphics to play. If I’m on the road, there are things to do or see and books to read. I rarely take mass transit to work, and when I do I usually read. I’ve never really understood the fuss about handheld gaming. I went nearly 30 years without a handheld system. Why do I need one now?

Because they rock.

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