Smash Bros U New Features Announced

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As you may already know from my earlier article (http://setinstonegaming.com/2013/08/31/super-smash-bros-by-daniel-estephane/) I’m a massive Smash Bros fan so this is BIG news for me, and hopefully some of you out there too. 

This video shows us some of the core components of the new Smash Bros game for both Wii U and 3DS, and I have to say, they have gone all out on this one. New levels, new items, new Pokemon and character trophies. They announced changes in certain characters move sets and they also showed off some new characters too. 

Im also really excited about the new online features. Instead of limiting you to a 2 minute free for all, they’ve added matches with customs rules, online just for fun or in it for glory modes and a clever yet simple ranking system. Even the 3DS will support online features. 

All in all, I like the look of everything so far, maybe a bit fearful of what moves they may have changed but also kinda excited for it. What do you guys think? Dislike some of the changes? Wanna see more new characters? Watch the video and give us a comment below, or join the discussion on our forum.

Oh and don’t miss the bonus clip at the end of the video

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New Retro Gaming Shop Open In Exeter

IMAG0433So there is a new retro games shop open in Exeter.

The place is called Critical Mass and is based in the Real McCoy Arcade on Fore Street. Here he sells all kinds of retro goodies such as NES, N64 and other such nostalgia, cartridge and all. We at Set in Stone Gaming have befriended the fine gentleman who owns the shop and from now on we will be throwing all of our hard earned money at his cash register for some retro goodness.

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As you can see, he has many old school games for many of the classic consoles and, to be honest, not badly priced at all. We found some right classics there today such as Global Gladiators (Sega Megadrive), Super Mario Land (Gameboy), Mortal Kombat (Master System 2) and, of course, X-Men Vs Street Fighter (PS1).

So, if you’re bored of Grand Theft Auto V and want to play some REAL games, pop down and check this place out and pick yourself up a decent game!

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Super Smash Bros By Daniel Estephane

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Basically I’m a Nintendo fan… I mean I love all computer games, but Nintendo has a special place in my heart just because they have been the creators of some of my favourite games, characters and stories that I’ve played. They’ve also come out with icons like Mario and Samus, dominated the handheld market and even helped keep Sega’s most popular character alive; Sonic. But even after all this, these past couple of years I’ve started to feel let down by them, and at the same time conflicted.

   Nintendo changed. The Wii arose, claiming to be not only a games console, but a fitness device as well. pfft! They said it was branching out, engaging families, into the gaming ‘fun’, something for everyone to enjoy, again pfft! to me this was just tricking people who didn’t play computer games to buy a console, whilst at the same time letting down their original, true gamer fans. This all became obvious when the gimmick wore off and the parents stopped playing. All the games became really childish and people stopped jumping around their living rooms and started playing the Wii with one hand, sat on their sofa whilst having a sandwich in the other hand. Nintendo tried to redeem this by stating that the Wii U was reaching back out to the gamers and getting some better, more action packed titles, but even that is yet to be seen.

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Right, now this is the part where I’m feeling conflicted. There is a game series that has been released on the last three consoles before the Wii U, it’s a game that I love dearly. This is, in my opinion, the greatest fighting game series of all time, Super Smash Bros! No other Nintendo game have I ever enjoyed more than this. For me and my friends this is not a game, it’s a sport.

For all those who don’t know, Smash Bros is a bright and colourful, hyperactive, four player beat ‘em up. where the roster consists of loads of different Nintendo characters, past and present, beating the hell out of each other, plus and the levels are based on places from the Nintendo world; Pokemon Stadium, Mushroom Kingdom etc.

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  Now as I said, I love this game, I play it religiously. I could talk for hours about this game. (If this were a review of that game it would be endless, but it’s not). It’s a look at Nintendo and the predicament they have put me in. I played Smash Bros on the N64 and loved it, I owned Smash Bros Melee on the GameCube and that truly got me hooked, THEN the Wii came out, saw this and was ashamed. I didn’t want anything to do with it. but then they announced a new Smash Bros and I couldn’t resist. I bought a Wii for the sole purpose of playing Smash Bros. and now the same thing has happened all over again. I saw the Wii U and I was, once more, ashamed, Nintendo had just created another gimmick machine, another novelty ready to get put on the shelf next to the Wii to gather dust. I swore off buying one again, until a couple of months ago…. when Nintendo revealed that they were making Smash Bros for the Wii U and 3DS. GODDAMMIT!!!!!

Written By Daniel Estephane

Dead Or Alive 3 review

So recently I decided to review a few older games and thought I’d start off with Dead Or Alive 3 for the Xbox.
If I wrote this when it first came out would be a completely different review because now I am looking at it with more knowledge of the gaming industry I probably would of used words like “EPIC” or “AMAZING” but not today. Set In Stone Gaming would love to hear your own views on this game as well. So lets dive in shall we. Continue reading

The Last of Us By Terry Costello

This is a quick review from one of my good friends which I quite enjoyed. So to say ‘thank you’, I agreed to pop it up on our page… Enjoy

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The Last Of Us

So after losing a good week of time to Naughty Dogs newest IP I can safely say i’m very, very impressed – no scratch that… I cried, like a little girl at random intervals during the story, it hit me right in the “feels” so to speak.

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Music and Video Games – destined to be married, or forever apart?

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There’s always been a love affair between music and gaming, a sort of love/hate relationship that waxes and wanes with different generations, and consoles. For instance, even if you’ve never played Mario, I’m sure you’ll recognise the distinctive and famous music; even so far back as Tetris, music has had a massive impact on our gaming experience. Continue reading

Sonic the Hedgehog: the memories of a blue blur.

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 I’ve always had a tendency to attach myself to series of things. I’ve never felt like one instalment was ever enough, if you’re going to enjoy something you may as well make it enough to run a religion off of. Of all the series I love; Dragon Ball, Metal Gear Solid, Gundam, Pokemon, Prince of Persia Sand Quadtrilogy, Crash Bandicoot, Tekken… there’s one that topples all others. He’s blue. I think you already know who it is. Of course I’m talking about the one and only Sonic the Hedgehog.

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