GeekendHey there, readers! This week, The Geekend crew is big on Smash Bros. and Final Fantasy, but it’s not all big name titles, as Dan continues to enjoy Fairy Fencer F.

Check out our thoughts below and let us know what’s gotten you excited this week in the worlds of anime, gaming, and manga down in the comments.

Jimmy Stephenson — Associate Editor

Thanks to some generous friends of friends, I’m happy to say that this week, I got to spend a lot of time with the Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo! While the change in controls from a GameCube controller were a bit jarring at first, it didn’t take long for me to acclimate to handheld Smash. I will say, though, that I’ve yet to really find a sweet spot with Mega Man, as his moveset is quite varied and takes some getting used to. Also, I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to square off against a live opponent yet, but that will hopefully change with the general launch of the demo yesterday. In the meantime, the AI has been fairly formidable on higher difficulties. One-on-one, I only win about 2/3 of the time against a level 9 opponent. Overall, the demo is fulfilling it’s purpose beautifully, as I can’t wait to get my hands on the full game come October.

Michael Riel — Staff Writer

With the new patch in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, version 2.38, you can now color your Chocobo mounts, which seems like the best thing in the world, if it wasn’t so hard to predict what color you would get. See you have seven types of food you can feed your Chocobo: three darken the hue of red, blue and green, three others lighten the same hues, and the last food turns it back to the signature yellow. Unfortunately this makes it a guessing game as to which color you are going to get, and you have to wait at least six hours for the colors to take effect so you might not even get the color you want. Also, the food themselves are expensive, so I’ll stick to riding my yellow Chocobo while waiting for the 2.4 patch, which introduces a new class and job–Rogue and Ninja–as well as new dungeons, a new Primal battle (I think it’s Shiva) and a marriage system, like that of Mabinogi. On the anime side, I finished Noragami, which had a satisfying conclusion for a 12-episode anime, and I’m still keeping up with Aldnoah Zero, Baby Steps, SAO II and Sailor Moon Crystal.

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief

I’m continuing my playthrough of Fairy Fencer F, and gameplay-wise, it’s like a better-designed Hyperdimension game. Also, I love the song that plays when you transform (Fairize) in battle, enough so that I will transform even against minor enemies just to hear it once in a while. I’m working my way through the story, and hopefully I’ll get a review out soon. In the meantime, I did manage to rack up plenty of rhythmia in the new Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. I love the expanded soundtrack, the addition of quest medleys and the new character options, but I’m just not a huge fan of the battle mode. The EX bursts just annoy me to no end, taking away from the skill-based aspect of the game. The randomness involved has screwed me more than once with a poorly-timed HP swap. Outside of that minor quibble, I really love the game, as you can see in my review.

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