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merritt k

merritt k is Managing Editor at Fanbyte, covering retro games, Destiny 2, and new releases. She is also the host of the Channel F podcast and streams regularly.


It’s Release Season But All I Want to Play is This Switch Mobile Port

Destiny 2’s Shadowkeep expansion comes out in less than a week. After that, October’s bringing The Outer Worlds, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Modern Warfare. And yet, all I can think about right now is a port of a mobile game called Minesweeper Genius that I got for a dollar on the Switch eShop. I came across Minesweeper Genius on…

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Mutazione is All About Hot Goss and Chill Beats

When I first played Mutazione at PAX West earlier this year, I was struck by its unusual visual design. The game’s papercraft aesthetic, which also references Rotoscoped titles like Out of This World, immediately makes it stand out. And now that I’ve had some more time with it, I can say that…

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How to Get the Bow in Link’s Awakening

Link’s Awakening is an atypical Zelda game in many respects. One of these is that the Bow — a staple of Link’s arsenal — is not found in a dungeon. In fact, the bow is available at almost any time during your quest, but there are only two ways to get it. Buying…

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Tips – 9 Things the Game Doesn’t Tell You

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening isn’t among the more difficult Zelda games. But between the intentionally cryptic vibe of the original and new additions to this Switch remake, there are a number of things you might not know that can be helpful in your adventure on Koholint Island. So here are nine…

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How amiibo Work in Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is more or less a straight-up remake of the original title on the Game Boy. There are a host of quality of life remakes, like letting Link keep his sword and shield out at all times. And of course, the game’s received a graphical…

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Playing at the End of the World: Video Games and Climate Crisis

I’m reading this book by Philip K. Dick right now called The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. It’s set on a near-future Earth which has heated to the point that exposure to the sun is fatal and the UN has begun “drafting” people to be sent to colonies around the solar…

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Nintendo Switch Games on Sale Roundup — September 20, 2019

Most of the Fanbyte crew is playing Link’s Awakening this weekend, but if you aren’t for whatever reason then there are plenty of Switch games on sale to check out. No real theme this week — these bad boys run the gamut from fast-paced puzzles to contemplative nature-themed experiences. Hopefully you’ll find…

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Sale: A Review

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Link’s Awakening Trading Sequence Guide — How to Get the Magnifying Glass

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening features a colorful cast of characters, all with their own quirks and concerns. In particular, many of them are looking for a certain item. And wouldn’t you know it, if you can find what they’re looking for, you might get something back. Unlike in other Zelda games…

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Bad Mario: A Review

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Nintendo Switch Games on Sale Roundup — September 13, 2019

It’s Friday the 13th, and this week’s batch of Nintendo Switch games on sale is especially eerie. How so? Well, first off, there just wasn’t a whole lot to choose from this week — thankfully, what is on offer is pretty great. Secondly, the games I picked all ended up…

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Which Character Should You Play in Borderlands 3?

Borderlands 3 continues the series tradition of giving players named characters to choose from, rather than blank ciphers. And while your choice of character may not affect your interactions with the world, it will definitely affect how you play. Do you want to rush in, guns blazing? Do you prefer…

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Borderlands 3 Moze Guide – Skill Tree, Action Skills, Perks & Abilities

Borderlands 3 has a lot that separates it from the previous games — if you know where to look. One such new feature is the the ability to equip any Action Skill right from the start of the game. If you choose to play as the Gunner Moze, that means you’ll…

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Borderlands 3 FL4K Guide – Skill Tree, Action Skills, Perks & Abilities

Borderlands 3 has a lot that separates it from the previous games — if you know where to look. One such new feature is the the ability to equip any Action Skill right from the start of the game. With robot Beastmaster FL4K, that means you’ll have access to all of…

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PAX West 2019: Journey to the Savage Planet Doesn’t Want to Own Your Life

There are a lot of problems with contemporary video games. One is that so many of them are dark and dreary. Another is that so many of them want all of your available free time for months or even years. Journey to the Savage Planet addresses both of these issues — it’s…

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Destiny 2 Weekend Update – September 6, 2019

Did you miss me? Now that PAX is over and done with and I’m back from vacation, I’m getting back to grips with Destiny 2. We’re still a few weeks off from Shadowkeep, thank god — I’m elated that I won’t be trying to play it and Borderlands 3 simultaneously. In the meantime, though, Bungie…

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Nintendo Switch Games on Sale Roundup — September 6, 2019

There are too many games. To address this state of affairs, I propose a system whereby we all agree to release only one game each month. This proposal would not only make my life much easier, it would foster solidarity and group feeling as we each played through Assassin’s Creed 12 or Mario’s…

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Daemon X Machina is About Melancholic, Ice Cream-Loving Mercenaries

I played through the original demo for Daemon X Machina a few months ago and had mixed feelings. On the one hand, it seemed like a deeply customizable mech game set in a unique world. On the other, it was visually rough and the gameplay felt kind of loose. With…

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PAX West 2019: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is For Henson and TRPG Fans Alike

The announcement of a Netflix Dark Crystal series and an accompanying tactics RPG at E3 earlier this year came out of total left field for me. I like the original film but I’m not a huge fan, and I actually find the heroic Gelflings far more frightening than the villainous Skeksis. But…

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