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Everything You Need to Know about Charging Apple Devices July 12, 2021

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If you plan to get a new iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch and don’t know what you need to charge it, I’m here to help you. If you don’t l know what MagSafe is or if Thunderbolt and Lightning is very very frightening, relax. I’ve produced a new how-to video for you.

While it would be better if Apple provided a unified document about what kind of charging their devices can handle, I have done my own experimenting and would like to share my research with all of you. Enjoy.

Gaming History You Should Know – Donkey Kong Country Dissection July 11, 2021

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It’s Sunday, and this is the long-awaited return of Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced gaming documentaries across the internet. As a person who grew up playing games almost exclusively on the PC, I never owned an SNES or Nintendo 64. Quite a shame, as in the mid-90s, Nintendo was in the middle of a renaissance reinventing what they could do with their classic properties for the 90s. Games like Super Metroid and Link to the Past not just revolutionized the games that came before them, but set a new standard for gaming later games would have to meet. But what do you do when you have a character like Donkey Kong?

Donkey Kong, created by Shigeru Miyamoto, was an arcade game which put you into the shoes of the iconic Jumpman (later named Mario) where you had to tangle with the titular Donkey Kong in a quest to save your girlfriend, Pauline. It was a great game for its time, but by the 90s it would be the character of Mario that Nintendo was known for, not Donkey Kong. To bring DK back into his rightful place of Nintendo’s pantheon, Nintendo needed to create a new Donkey Kong game for the 90s. They tasked the studio Rare, who brought in SGI 3D-graphics workstations that could create a game to win back players’ to the great ape. The game would be called Donkey Kong Country and it would be a tremendous success.

YouTube star MistareFusion, who I’ve been inspired by ever since I saw his comparison of the original Power Rangers shows with the Sentai it was based on, produced this great video about the classic game. He covers it’s history, the technical aspects about the game and what made it so ground breaking for the time. It’s a great look back into the era and I totally recommend giving it a watch.

Donkey Kong Country is out now for the SNES. It can be played on the Nintendo Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service.

A Hero Rises – The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Trailer July 9, 2021

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Nintendo produced this deep dive video about The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD, a game which will be released in just about a week. Let’s take a closer look at the game and see if it is worth picking up again.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Try Guys Preview Pokemon Go Fest 2021 July 7, 2021

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We’re a little over a week away from this year’s Pokémon Go Fest and Niantic has teamed up with Google Play and the Try Guys to give you a preview of this year’s event! It takes the form of an interactive video which we’ve linked below. Give it a watch, and then choose what you want to do and how you want to play. They will offer a few tidbits about upcoming challenges, and you may want to replay it a few times to make sure you get every piece of information.

Just wanted to make a note here. You’re going to want to watch this on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Watching it on a smart tv (my preferred method) was kind of hit or miss. I wasn’t able to get the interactive portion to function when streaming from a smart device to a Google Chromecast Ultra, but it worked fine on my Samsung Smart TV’s native YouTube app.

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 is coming July 17th-18th. Tickets are purchasable in-game for $4.99 US.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

Nintendo Switch OLED Announced July 6, 2021

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Low and behold, the newest revision of the Nintendo Switch…with a 7” OLED screen, a wider kicksstand, and a wired LAN port in its dock. I present, the Nintendo Switch OLED.

The price is $350US and the release date is October 8th, 2021. I have to admit I’m on the fence about this one. While I like the improved screen and wider built-in stand, the handheld, unfortunately, will not output to home televisions in 4K. That said it is a fine option for people who want to buy a new Switch either for the first time or as an upgrade from the Switch Lite.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD TV Commercials July 1, 2021

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Nintendo is just weeks away from re-releasing one of the most revered 3D Legend of Zelda games of the past decade, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Now, it looks like they’re spending some of the big money they’ve earned from Switch sales into some snappy new TV commercials for the game. Take a look and see where Nintendo put us in the clouds.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is coming July 16th, 2021 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut Announced July 1, 2021

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PS5 owners will be happy to learn that Sucker Punch has announced last year’s fan favorite game Ghost of Tsushima is getting an updated release for the PS5 with all news graphics, haptic feedback and a new island to explore in glorious 4K. Take a look!

Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut is coming to the PS4 and PS5 August 20th, 2021.

First Three Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Games Get a Release Date July 1, 2021

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At E3 2021 Square Enix announced they would be remastering the original six Final Fantasy games in a way that would finally present their pixelated 2D designs in a way that would hold up on HD displays. Now, we have a release date for the first three titles in this Pixel Remaster series.

The games are currently available to preorder separately, but you’ll be able to buy all six games as a bundle after Final Fantasy VI is released.

Final Fantasy I, II and III Pixel Remaster is coming July 28th, 2021 to PC (through Steam) and July 29th, 2021 to iOS and Android devices.

Dragon Quest Day – Dragon Quest Island June 29, 2021

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Hope you’ve been enjoying Dragon Quest Day here on the site. Up until this point we’ve been looking at this franchise from a historical perspective, a fan’s perspective, and a technical perspective. Now, we’re going to be bringing Dragon Quest into the real world.

Right now, as I type this, Japan has opened its own Dragon Quest Island. In it, guests can enter the world of Dragon Quest and participate in a whole bunch of fun activities in the real world. The environment, the characters, and the enemies have been meticulously replicated from their 3D counterparts, and now we can explore it on our own.

YouTuber Kelsea Dyer was able to check out Dragon Quest Island and recorded some of her experience in glorious 4K for all of us to see. If you aren’t familiar with her work, she visits limited time pop-up cafes and other uniquely Japanese experiences. Her channel is a great reference for all the cool stuff Japan has done over the years. She isn’t able to show the entire experience, just some of what the environment looks like and some of the quest she went on. Still, this video could bring some long-time fans to tears.

A few years ago, my fiancée and I got to play the game Magiquest at Great Wolf Lodge, and this looks like what you would get if you took the technology from that game and cranked it up a million times.

Dragon Quest Island is located at Nijigen no Mori on Awaji Island. You can visit their official website here. Sadly I couldn’t find an English language option for the site. Fortunately, Kelsey revealed there is an English language option for the experience.

Hope you’ve enjoyed Dragon Quest Day here at GameXcess.net! I’m going to be honest with you all, I intended to feature this in a future Japan Travel Tips article, but when I discovered just how awesome the Dragon Quest franchise is, I felt this one exhibition merited a whole day to this video. Stay tuned as we could do this again some other time, and I’m sure more Dragon Quest news could be on the horizon.

Remedy Announces Multiplayer Control Spin-Off Game June 29, 2021

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Just wanted to break into our Dragon Quest Day coverage to report on a major announcement. Studio developer Remedy, known for classics like Control, Alan Wake and the first two Max Payne games, has just announced they will be co-developing a multiplayer game set in the world of Control!

The game’s title is currently being referred to as Project Condor and will be co-developed with 505 Games as the publisher. Just a heads up that this game is NOT a title that was previously talked about when the Epic Games Publisher deal was announced, Project Condor is a totally new game.

Right now all we know about it is that it will take place in the world of Control and feature 4-player cooperative play. Beyond that, we can only speculate. Here’s the official announcement.

Project Condor has no release date at this time but it will be coming to the PS5, PC and Xbox Series X/S.