Kirby Star Allies Review: 5 Things I LOVE & Dislike (Nintendo Switch)

Kirby Star Allies is a super fun and adorable game that any fan of Kirby will easily enjoy! If you have friends to play with, this game really shines!

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Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Thanks to Nintendo, today I am super hyped to finally share with you guys my review for Kirby Star Allies! Get hyped! I LOVE KIRBY!!!

So actually going to be doing this review a little differently then the others - I’m going to be trying something new today with 5 things I LOVE (and dislike) about Kirby Star Allies! Each love and hate point is worth 20 points with a total score of 100 possible. So without further ado, let’s get right into this!

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Coach Co-Op Multiplayer (+20 Love Points)

Alright so we’re starting things off with BIG love points going to Star Allies bringing back coach co-op multiplayer! This is an area where Nintendo always does best, bringing that local multiplayer for players to play together and it really shines here in Star Allies! This game is easily playable with a Joy-Con and if you have four of them - you can play with four players at once. It’s incredibly chaotic, it’s incredibly fun and wacky - it’s typical Nintendo at it’s best and if you enjoy playing with friends, you’re going to love this!

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The Friend System (+20 Love Points)

In the next category, we have another set of love points going out to the friend system! When I first saw Star Allies, I am not going to lie, I was a little hesitant as to why Nintendo would add so much chaos at once into a Kirby game…it almost reminds of the Subspace World’s in Super Smash Bros Brawl for some reason, but after playing through the game, it really starts to make sense. Your friends aren’t just there to knock out enemies, they are there to help you through the levels as well. You can mix and match power ups, swap out friends for new friends and even form Friend Bridges and Friend Circles! I’m just waiting on getting caught in the friend zone! These guys are ride or die for you because they literally follow you EVERYWHERE! Even if you fall off the edge, they’ll follow you down…it’s great! Can we also appreciate King Dedede’s reactions to things!? They are HILARIOUS!

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Those Classic Vibes (+20 Love Points)

You guys know by now that I absolutely love Kirby games, right? There’s just something unique about that has always had me hooked - especially Kirby 64 and the Crystal Shards. I could go on and on about that one. But the reason why I say “Classic Vibes” about Star Allies is that it genuinely gives off classic vibes from previous games. I mean some levels have music from Kirby on the NES, remixed themes from Kirby 64 and so on. Not to mention, there's a whole lot of familiar faces in the enemies - many of whom you can now call your friend. Star Allies takes an "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" take with lots of classic Kirby references - I love it!

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The Beautiful Graphics (+20 Love Points)

In the second to last category, I’m sending out yet another set of love points to the graphics in this game! Seriously guys, the visuals in Star Allies are absolutely beautiful! Whether you’re playing in handheld or on the big screen, Kirby looks absolutely stunning either way. I’m always shocked by the output of the image from the Switch - this little handheld continues to impress. I mean just look at these cut scenes though! Absolutely amazing.

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Needs More Content/Mini Games (+0 Love Points)

And finally, fifth and final category…sadly has to be a dislike..we're breaking the streak here! While Star Allies is an incredibly fun game with friends, it is a little lonesome when you’re playing by yourself. Granted it is still fun and does work well with the CPU - it just doesn’t quite feel the same. You know the saying how “everything is better with friends”, well that’s the case outside of the game. I also wish that there was more content in the game like mini games or something extra. After my addiction with Battle Royale on the 3DS, I really think we could have seen some few things along those lines added here. It would have been perfect!

Overall, Kirby Star Allies is a super fun and adorable game that any fan of Kirby will easily enjoy! If you have friends you play with, this game really shines. Tallying up the score, I easily give it an 80 out of 100 or 8 out of 10. Kirby’s debut on Switch looks as great as it plays.

Luckily, If you’re not sure you want to buy the game, there is a demo available on the Nintendo eShop for you to check out.

Kirby Star Allies

80 out of 100

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World's SMALLEST Portable Gaming Projector | Anker Nebula Capsule Review

Anker's Nebula Capsule is a fantastic pocket projector with a ton of tech packed inside. This soda can-sized capsule is the world's smallest, portable projector and it is GREAT for gaming! It runs Android, has a built-in battery, blasts 360 sound and can cast a 100 inch image! Let's get this Nebula Capsule review going!

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Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Today, I am finally going to be sharing with you guys my review for the Nebula Capsule by Anker…which just so happens to be the world’s smallest projector! It’s literally no bigger then the size of a soda can! How crazy is that!? Now in case you forgot my unboxing video that I did for this little guy a few weeks ago, where I also showed it in action, the Nebula is an absolutely perfect way to view content on the big screen anytime, anywhere. Not only in the case of video games but also movies, TV shows, etc and the best thing is…it has all of those things built right in to it. The Capsule runs on Android 7.1 so with this little guy, you have access to the Google Play store, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and pretty much whatever you could possibly need right out of the box…and it only gets better!

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As small as the Capsule is, you would think there would have to be some kind of corners cut to make it work but surprisingly, that is no where near the case here. It is absolutely incredible how much tech Anker packed into this like thing…and that includes the one thing that makes the Capsule special and it’s my personal favorite feature. It has a built-in battery! That’s right, not only is this one of the smallest projectors out there but it’s greatest feature is it’s portability. In my tests of using it, I was able to get around three and half hours out it, which again for it’s size, it’s pretty great!

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As if I didn’t talk about a lot of stuff already in here, beneath the lens, there is also built-in 360 degree sound and it actually sounds very, very good, with deep bass and good clarity overall. Obviously, it’s no 5.1 surround system or anything like that but for what it is, it’s really great. Not to mention, the Capsule doubles as a bluetooth speaker so you can just flip it into speaker mode and play your tunes away! This little guy is essentially a two in one!

So I know you guys what to know the answer to this burning question. Is this things good for gaming on the Switch? And I can easily answer that question. Yes, it is great! If you want an easy way to game on the big screen, without hassle…this really is a great option! For a projector with a resolution of only 854x480, the picture is incredibly sharp so games actually look very good! Obviously it’s not the best res out there for a projector but this is one of those things you have to see in person to believe how good it is. For the size of this thing, the picture looks incredible! If you haven’t noticed by now, there’s an HDMI port on the back so you hook up basically anything you want to it! How cool is that?

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Surprisingly, there really isn’t anything bad to say about the Capsule. Anker did a phenomenal job with this projector and the attention to detail is very impressive. The build quality is fantastic, the image is very sharp and the sound this thing pumps out is really great for it’s size. However, I do have two very minor complaints about it. The first being the included remote. The remote uses IR and there’s a receiver on the back of the Capsule, which means you’re going to have to point at the Capsule every time you want to do something. Kind of a bummer. Luckily though! You can fully control the Capsule with your phone via a dedicated app called Capsule Control. This is by FAR so much better then the included remote. It’s very responsive to input, you don’t need to point it at the Capsule AND it even has a built-in keyboard meaning you don’t have type in stuff via a remote…making this app true lifesaver! Trust me, it’ll breath new life into navigating the menus!

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My final minor complaint is that with 100 lumens of brightness, you do need a pretty dark area to cast that full 100 inch picture. For comparison, my BenQ gaming projector that I have set up in my home theatre has 3,000 lumens of brightness…meaning the room doesn’t have to be as dark to see the image. It’s not bad by any means but it’s worth nothing that if you’re hoping for a portable home theatre experience with the Capsule…don’t get your hopes up. However, this is absolutely fantastic for a bedroom setting where you can easily replace a small TV with this instead.

Overall though, this is a fantastic portable projector that is absolutely perfect whether your gaming on the go or going to hang out at friends house to binge Netflix. I highly recommend it!

BEST Nintendo Switch Travel Bag? | CommuterPak by Funk St. EDC Review

You can wear it as a sling bag, wear it as a satchel or wear it around the waist…it’s the handy, dandy CommuterPak from Funk St. Outfitters! It weighs less than one pound and is the perfect companion for the Nintendo Switch!

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Now I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Ray, why are you sharing a bag with us!?”. Well guys, this bag is a little different then others that are out there on the market.

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The CommuterPak here is a fantastic multipurpose tech bag, that is not only perfect for carrying around the Switch but also other gadgets like iPads and tablets. Believe it or not, you can fit a whole lot of stuff in this little bag. Like since my camera (Sony a6500) is pretty thin, I can easily fit that along with my Switch and controller grip in the bag with no issue. There's a lot of different scenarios where you can take advantage of this bag whether it's for tech stuff or hiking or traveling. It's really a great all rounder!

What I really like about this bag the most though is how minimalistic it is. Rather then paying for a name brand label, the crew at Funk St. decided to put all of their time and effort into making this a premium product at a low price point compared to the competition and it definitely shows in the CommuterPak.

The outside of the bag features a sleek black design made of a very smooth nylon honeycomb ripstop, a magnetic buckle to close it up and just overall has that aesthetic, stealthy vibe to it. From using this bag over the past few days in my daily routine, I can easily say that you’re going to have to do something drastic to do some damage to it. This little guy is tough. 

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On the inside of the pack, there’s a bunch of compartments to store essentials including a padded microfiber sleeve. Here you can safely store your Switch, iPad or tablet. I have a 10.5 inch iPad Pro and it fits like a glove in here - anything bigger like the 12.9 inch iPad Pro will definitely be too big. But there’s also some other pockets in there as well where you can fit other daily essentials. 

My top favorite feature hands down about this bag is the automatic magnetic lock on the front. It’s incredibly easy to just pull it off, open the bag and snap it back together. It’s certainly no slouch either because you can really feel how strong this thing is when it clicks together…goodness.

Although the CommuterPak isn’t exactly branded specifically as a Switch bag…it is heavily featured in it’s promos. The bag is absolutely perfect for storing the system and bunch of its accessories like the controller grip, extra Joy-Con and accessories like that. As mentioned before, this pack is very minimalistic and simple, which is something I am really drawn to in products. The design of this thing is really good, it’s really well made and not to mention you get a lifetime warranty with it…you can’t go wrong with that!

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The CommuterPak is going to retail for $90 when it releases but right now, you’re able to get it for just about $60 by backing it on Kickstarter with free shipping! Compared to other bags in this category, this one is super affordable! The bag already reached it’s funding goal three times over in less than a week…and it’s only going to go up from here. How crazy is that!! If you back the project through the link in my description, not only will you guarantee yourself a bag when it starts shipping but you’ll also be supporting my channel in the process. It's a total win!

Overall, not a lot of people have money for just a Switch bag or just a tablet bag. The CommuterPak simplifies having to buy separate things for each gadget. If you’re looking for a great multi-purpose bag that will let you carry your Switch and a bunch of other things inside of it - you’ve found the perfect one. It's small, lightweight and comfortable to wear, plus you get a lifetime warranty in the event anything goes wrong. You definitely cannot go wrong with that.

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Buy the CommuterPak - Next-Gen Everyday Carry Bag from Funk St. Outfitters:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/836346161/next-gen-everyday-carry-bag-commuterpak?ref=5eb9w9