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May 032017

Big Hero 6 was a great superhero movie with the potential for a sequel, or a TV series. Unfortunately, neither is happening any time soon, at least that I know of. However, there is the next best thing, a video game that continues the story. Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay for Nintendo 3DS takes place shortly after the events of the movie.

It turns out that Yama has returned and reprogrammed an army of robots all throughout San Fransokyo in order to take revenge on Hiro. I’ll admit that Yama is not as memorable of a character. So to recap, he was the bot fighter champion at the beginning of the movie that Hiro defeated. Yama has gone to extreme lengths just for being a sore loser.

Of course, it’s up to the Big Hero 6 to stop him. The members split up to clear each area of robots. Each character has different special skills to go with his or her basic attacks and double jumping abilities. However, you cannot pick your character before entering a level. The game provides a particular hero for each area.

Hiro has electromagnetic gauntlets and can cling on to walls, where there happens to be a glowing magnet to cling on to. When there are too many enemies in one place, Baymax comes down to assist, which is automatic.

Wasabi fights with his plasma blades that are very affective in more ways than one. His smooth moves make him a big favorite.

Fred has his special suit that allows him to spit fire and jump really high. However, the control is pretty stiff when it comes to just slashing away at enemies. Luckily, Fred’s jumping attacks can take the robots down more efficiently.

Then we have Go-Go, who has great speed on her Mag-Lev discs. Though her basic attacks can be tough to keep under control. Just by pressing the attack button, Go-Go jumps all over the place and doesn’t always hit her mark. But I like her more efficient jumping attacks, especially against the shorter enemies.

Although Honey Lemon is part of the team, she is not a playable character, which I find disappointing. On the bright side, she does provide chem-capsules that are scattered throughout the stages to increase special effects on enemies when they get too tough.

There are boss battles too, but they are actually more difficult than the rest of the game. A strategy is required and there’s no mention of what to do? How are you expected to know without checking YouTube?

My only other concern is that you got to search for stuff that’s hidden in every level. They include a missing cat, all the letters in the word “HERO”, and five red health capsules. However, you can revisit levels any time and it’s all worth it when you get the upgrades.

Overall, I really like this game for being a simple platformer. I’ve also got to admit that the timer icon of Baymax trying to grab a soccer ball is cute and funny.

Dec 022015

In Big Hero 6, 14-year-old Hiro Hamada is a robotics genius who enjoys participating in robot fights. But since robot fighting is illegal in the city of San Fransokyo, Hiro’s older brother Tadashi was able to guide his brother on a better path.

They go to a university called San Fransokyo Tech, where Hiro meets Tadashi’s friends that are all scientific geniuses. The inventions they create are nothing like what you’d see at an ordinary science fair.

Wasabi is a neat freak that invented plasma lasers that can slice through anything with ease. Apparently he got his nickname for spilling wasabi on his shirt once. It’s strange but it works.

Go Go Tamago uses electromagnets to invent speed wheels for a faster bike. Even though she has a rebellious attitude, Go Go is actually really friendly.

I just love Honey Lemon for her kind and sweet persona. She’s also excitable and has invented chemical balls that can stick things together. They can also build protective walls and come in many colors. They’re mostly pink, probably because Honey likes pink.

Then we have Fred the school mascot, who is a slacker and a comic book geek. He is also a science enthusiast and dreams that the knowledge will help him gain superpowers. Of course, the others don’t necessarily approve.

Last but not least there’s Tadashi’s invention, a super robot called Baymax. This robot was made to help people with the knowledge of many medical procedures. He has a soft inflatable body and a gentle voice, which would help his patients feel comfortable.

After seeing all this, Hiro is inspired to enroll at San Fransokyo Tech and invent microbots, which work together to create anything by just thinking of it. Suddenly, tragedy strikes and Hiro is motivated to upgrade Baymax into a crime fighting robot. I couldn’t help but notice that Baymax’s new suit seems to have a strong resemblance to Iron Man.

Apparently, a masked villain stole the microbots. So the other students help Hiro by turning their inventions into crime fighting gadgets, which also includes Fred’s monster costume. I’m sure Fred was real excited to make his dream a reality. Of course it was also made possible by the fact that Fred has a rich family.

I certainly enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would since the trailer did not feature Big Hero 6 as a superhero movie. I wonder if there will be a sequel or a TV series from it.