Retro Wrap-Up: Yoshi Edition

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Retro Wrap-Up - Yoshi Edition | oprainfall

Another week is behind us, ladies and gentlemen. And by the time the next Retro Wrap-Up rolls around, many of us will have played Yoshi’s New Island. I’ve been conflicted since playing it at E3 last year. I’ve always been a fan of Yoshi and Yoshi’s Island, but the gameplay didn’t really impress me. It kind of felt like more of the same. The reason I’m giving it a chance, though, is because I felt similarly about Super Mario 3D World. And goodness, was I ever wrong about that game being mediocre. So, in the spirit of keeping an open mind, the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team returns  to take a look at Yoshi’s greatest and grossest TV moments here in the United States.

(…Seriously? Yoshi’s Story had “attitude”? Haha.)
Here are the highlights from this past week:

Guy Rainey reviewed BeatBlasters III. Randy from The Downpour Podcast shared his thoughts on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Crystal Baltimore offered up a preview of Fading Hearts, soon to be available on Steam. Assistant Review Editor Tyler Lubben took a look at S2E2 of The Walking Dead. I guess he dabbles in games of all kinds, because he also reviewed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Last but not least, this week’s Retro Review of Shaman King: Master of Spirits comes to us courtesy of Phil Schipper.

Speaking of things that embrace the past, have you seen our latest Reader’s Pick feature asking you to vote on what Game Boy Advance games you’d like to see most on Wii U’s Virtual Console? Take a look.

Raymond Dwyer kicks off a brand new series of articles dubbed Soundtrack Study that discusses the Main Theme of Xenoblade Chronicles. Be sure to share your thoughts and let us know what games and themes you’d like us to explore in future Soundtrack Studies. 

This week in “things coming to the West”: A demo for Conception II shall arrive on March 25th. Europe is getting a Collector’s Edition of Mario Kart 8The Denpa Men 3 has been confirmed for Western markets. Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will release on the North American eShop on March 20th. And Destiny of Spirits is headed to North American Vitas on March 25th.

Other relevant news-bits: (For now) you can grab a refurbished Wii U directly from Nintendo for $200. More information here. Also… and stay with me on this…a new Shaq Fu is being crowd-funded.

Did you catch the Special Episode of The Downpour Podcast before March began? Be sure to check out Episode 45 heading to the site (and to the iTunes Store) tomorrow. 

We have another take on this past week’s news. Have you been watching Operation Recap via our YouTube channel? Be sure to tune in!