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August 6, 2020

The Timelessness of Metroid: Zero Mission GBA

by Jordan Rudek - 2:00 pm EDT
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From Zero to Hero in the ultimate Nintendo remake.

The idea of a remake or remaster became incredibly common with the advent of HD TVs and consoles. It made financial sense for companies to take titles they had already invested in and bring them to a new audience with a fresh coat of paint. Not every re-release aimed to take advantage of high-definition... Read more...

August 3, 2020

Letting Go With Animal Crossing: New Horizons

by Joel A. DeWitte - 10:08 am EDT
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Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the moment.

2020 has been a hard year for all of us. Whether it’s losing loved ones, your livelihood, or a friendship, or fear of losing your way of life, even simply grieving for others, COVID-19 has stripped us all bare like a tree with its bark ripped off. Society has reached a tipping point in its struggle... Read more...

June 24, 2020

Five Pokémon That Need To Become Playable In Pokémon Unite

by Willem Hilhorst - 8:30 am EDT
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Move over Charizard.

Look, I get it. The original 151 Pokémon from Red, Blue and Green are classic. These are the Pokémon designs that set the standard for all other Pokémon to follow. Recognizable as animals, but with twists that show off their typing. Ponyta for example, a horse with flames that can run fast. Easy... Read more...

June 16, 2020

Ranking the LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets Mobi

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:33 pm EDT
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It might cost upwards of $600 to collect'em all, so let's needlessly try to figure out what might be the coolest of the add-ons.

I won’t include the Adventures with Mario Starter Course ($59.99) in the ranking since that’s basically your entry point. It’s needed to do the fun LEGO Mario stuff. This kit has 231 pieces and includes the fancy Mario figure as well as a Goomba and Bowser Jr. You get a hero, a minion, and a boss all in one set. There’s also a coin block, a pipe, some obstacles, and a flag. It’s got the basics.

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June 15, 2020

Expectations And Wishes For The New Game Plus Expo

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am EDT
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Warning: Port begging is approaching fast.

We’ve gotten a few announcements out of the way already with this E3 replacement week, but for my money the main event of this month (barring an out-of-nowhere Direct that likely won’t happen) is on June 23. Because that’s the day of the New Game Plus Expo.

In terms of release quantity,... Read more...

June 1, 2020

The Timelessness of Final Fantasy VI

by Jordan Rudek - 11:56 am EDT
Total comments: 5

16-bit graphics, a memorable cast, and an incredible story make this RPG one for the ages.

Any re-release of Final Fantasy VI marks a worthwhile occasion to play through this seminal role-playing game. From its 14 playable characters to its fiendishly-perfect antagonist, this SquareSoft masterpiece demonstrated how important it is to fill a game world with individuals you wanted to know... Read more...

May 30, 2020

Putting a Stop to Dr. Mario World's Degree Mills: This Article Is a Cry for Help Mobi

by James Jones - 4:19 pm EDT
Total comments: 7

This is no longer a joke, lives are on the line. Mine.

Dr. Mario World is the worst kind of mobile game. No, I don't mean a mobile game with spinners, gauges, and loot boxes. These are moral inadequacies that have their own inquisitors and shall not peddle my expertise where it is not needed. It is also true that Dr. Mario World is now dealing in medical... Read more...

May 18, 2020

The Timelessness of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past WiiClassic3DSSwitchWiiU

by Jordan Rudek - 10:00 am EDT
Total comments: 3

What makes the third Zelda game a perfect bridge between old and new?

In terms of titles, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an all-timer. It alludes to time travel in a delicious pun on its plucky protagonist, but what’s even better than its supremely effective title is the game behind it. The Super Nintendo would be home to many quintessential entries, from... Read more...

May 17, 2020

Paper Mario: Color Splash Is Great, Actually GCWii3DSWiiUSwitch

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:04 am EDT
Total comments: 3

Following up a disappointing game in the final days of the Wii U was a tough job but somebody had to do it.

Paper Mario: The Origami King is on its way to Nintendo Switch soon, and with all the news swirling around about Mario and his pop-up adventures, I’ve reflected on my own experiences with the 20-year-old franchise. I actually started collecting these thoughts before Origami King was announced, as... Read more...

May 15, 2020

The Metroid Gag in Paper Mario: The Origami King's Trailer Is Likely Just a Gag DSSwitchWiiU3DSWii

by Neal Ronaghan - 3:54 pm EDT
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Nintendo did not tease the release of Metroid Prime 4 in 2020 or reveal plans about a new 2D Metroid.

At the end of the Paper Mario: The Origami King reveal trailer - after the release date was revealed and the excitement seemed over - there is a video stinger showing Paper Mario wearing a papier-mâché Samus Aran helmet, running around miming firing a gun. "Huh. There's something you don't see every day," says Olivia, Mario's new origami companion. "He certainly looks intimidating! Is he...battling something?"

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April 29, 2020

The Timelessness of Mega Man 2

by Jordan Rudek - 12:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

What makes the Blue Bomber’s second outing an instant classic?

Minutes before the end of my 35th year of existence, I start to grow nostalgic and contemplative, as one does in their thirties. Of all topics to land on during these moments of reflection, I settle on one of my most cherished childhood games, Mega Man 2, an unforgettable masterclass in action platforming.... Read more...

March 26, 2020

How an Existential and Global Crisis Finally Got Me to Play Animal Crossing. Switch

by Willem Hilhorst - 11:00 am EDT
Total comments: 1

Sometimes you just need an escape.

It’s March 1st 2020. As I’m sitting behind my computer, it finally hits me. I have finished my time as a student. What started back in 2014 with my aspirations to become a filmmaker has resulted in the completion of my bachelor’s degree in film and media and a master’s degree in journalism and research. I am at this very point academically and practically certified to create media. There is one slight problem. I am unemployed.

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March 3, 2020

Why Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Failure to the Zelda Franchise SwitchWiiU

by Justin Berube - 8:01 am EST
Total comments: 27

The truth hurts, but someone has to come out and say it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most critically acclaimed games of this generation. However, the title exudes flaws and leaves so much to be desired from a game in the Zelda series. If you’ve been a fan of the site for some time, you probably know my feelings on Breath of the Wild, but for its third anniversary I thought it was time to finally sit down and explain my full list of problems.

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