Short Thoughts: Red iPhone 7.

Long rumoured, and now official.
This looks to be continuing a trend from last March, where the iPhone SE was announced.

Something new that appears halfway through a new iPhone’s lifecycle.

Instead of an event, it was a pre-announcement from the Apple Store, promising ‘something new’. Once the Store came back up, we were shown the red model, alongside a side-grade of the iPad Air 2, alongside bigger storage options for the SE.
The iPhone 7 is in a matte red design where it continues its ‘ProductRED’ campaign.
I’m disappointed the front is white, alongside a silver home button instead of a red, but the back finish looks great.

It releases on Friday. I’ll be surprised if it’s available anywhere else than Apple’s own channels, due to it being for ProductRED.

We’ve now reached the halfway point for iPhone 7. We’ve reached the small event, and now it’s the next build up of anticipation for September.

Ten days with the Nintendo Switch.

Justification is one of the most important things to me when looking at a big purchase.

When I think about buying something, I need it to justify itself being in the bag I carry around almost every day with me.

  • Why do I want it.
  • Will I be using it as much as I did when I bought it, in a month’s time.

When I stayed up for the event in January, followed by the Birmingham visit, that all went. I wanted it.

After ten days using the Switch almost non-stop, these are my impressions so far.

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Final Zone – Aladdin.

In the mid-ninteties, there wasn’t just a Disney Renaissance of their animated movies, but the games too.

But one that stood out to me was Aladdin. Great music, great levels, great fun.

But out of Toy Story, Lion King and Aladdin, the final boss here was a challenge more difficult than the others.

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Final Zone – Super Mario 64.

The first in Final Zone to feature a Nintendo 64 game, and what better start than Mario’s 3D debut.

Mario began with me on the Game Boy with the ‘Mario Land’ series, but it wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that I started to play this, and only complete it this year.

Many regard it as one of the greatest games ever made, but I beg to differ.

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Expansion Packs.

Before paid downloadable content (DLC) and Season Passes were considered normal, there were expansion packs for the PC versions of some games in the nineties.

These would give the player extra levels to the existing game and usually retail for around £20.

Star Wars Dark Forces II had one in the vein of ‘Mysteries of the Sith’ where you played as someone else called Mara Jade which gave a different viewpoint of the story.

Half Life also had spin offs such as ‘Opposing Force’ and ‘Blue Shift’.

During this time, the first three Tomb Raider games also had these:

  • Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business
  • Tomb Raider II: Golden Mask
  • Tomb Raider III: The Lost Artefact

The ‘Gold‘ series are a different feel, mainly because they were made by a different team. I always wanted to give them a try, just to see how they were, and if the fans who only had a Playstation or Sega Saturn at the time missed out.

Which brings me to the feature.

From February, I will be playing through each ‘Gold‘ entry and they will be a monthly occurrence.

  • February – Unfinished Business
  • March – Golden Mask
  • April – Lost Artefact

They will be around 1000 words on what levels are featured, and how they are compared to the game they relate to.

Expect the first around the 15th.

The best Dragonball game you’ve never played.

If there was one game that should be re-released, it’s Dragonball Z: Hyper Dimension. It’s a game released only in Japan back in 1996 towards the end of the Super Nintendo’s lifetime, so this was overlooked by many while the Nintendo 64 was around.

Imagine Street Fighter II, mixed with the super combo finishes of X-Men vs. Street Fighter, mixed with Dragonball Z, and you have something close to this game.

I’m going to explain why you should find it immediately, and dedicate a weekend to it.

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