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January 11, 2021

The Timelessness of Shovel Knight Switch

by Jordan Rudek - 11:54 am EST
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An indie darling whose robust tale made a massive shovel-shaped imprint.

One of the most successful video game Kickstarters of all time, Shovel Knight pulled a shovel from a stone to become gaming royalty. Eventually spinning out into four total campaigns, the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove package contains dozens of hours of quality action platforming. But I want to focus... Read more...

January 8, 2021

I Will Always Love You, DSiWare DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:31 am EST
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Alternately: here’s some of the best games we’re losing on DSiWare.

Excitement rushed over me as I swung by the GameStop near my college to pick up my Nintendo DSi preorder on April 5, 2009. I was happy to finally try out that Rhythm Heaven game everyone imported on Game Boy Advance, which had no DSi features; Nintendo just thought why not drop a niche game on the... Read more...

January 7, 2021

The Top Next Level Games...Games GCSwitch3DSWii

by Neal Ronaghan - 3:14 pm EST
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With Nintendo buying the Luigi's Mansion developer, Neal ranks all of their previous releases.

Nintendo is in the process of acquiring Vancouver-based developer Next Level Games, whom they have been working with since the GameCube era. Astute fans will recognize them from their work on Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon and 3. Some others might remember their Punch-Out and Mario Strikers work. The... Read more...

January 1, 2021

The Timelessness of Dragon Quest V DS

by Jordan Rudek - 12:00 pm EST
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The combination of traditional RPG and generational family story lead to an experience for the ages (spoilers ahead).

Anyone who has ever played a Dragon Quest game will be familiar with their strict adherence to tropes and mechanics of the role-playing genre. A hero destined to save the world, inns and shops to purchase items and equipment, turn-based combat rewarding experience points and gold: these have become... Read more...

December 11, 2020

The Evolution of Energy from The Blind Forest to The Will of the Wisps Switch

by Joshua Robin - 10:01 am EST
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How one change from the original improved almost everything about the sequel

Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are two titles that, naturally for a game and its sequel, have a lot in common. From the outside looking in, what it looks like to play these games is very similar. However, how each one feels to play and their overall design is totally different.... Read more...

November 30, 2020

The Timelessness of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SwitchWiiU

by Jordan Rudek - 4:00 pm EST
Total comments: 3

Monkeyin’ around never goes out of style.

The original Donkey Kong Country was unique for its pre-rendered 3D graphics converted into a 2D platformer, and although its gameplay was pretty good at the time, it wasn’t until the sequel, DKC2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, that the series really hit it out of the park. Opinions may differ on favorite... Read more...

November 14, 2020

Oh The Places You'll Go With a Mario Fanny Pack

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:46 pm EST
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Let's celebrate the Mario Game & Watch with the sad, cold reality of the world right now. Happy 35th!

While pre-orders seemed to have been confusing, the Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch has arrived. Best of luck trying to find out when your retailer of choice tosses them up for pre-order online. Please be safe in your travels to do in-store or curbside pick-up. Wear a mask. Do your thing.

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October 29, 2020

The Timelessness of Kirby's Adventure ClassicSwitchWiiU

by Jordan Rudek - 1:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 2

One tough cream puff that I could never stop taking home from the video store.

While Kirby has never received top billing from Nintendo like the Mario and Zelda franchises, its own mainline games and spin offs now number over 30, which means no one is surprised when a new Kirby game is released. Its brand of lighter platforming and charming presentation continue to find an audience... Read more...

October 15, 2020

The Timelessness of Resident Evil 4 GCSwitch

by Jordan Rudek - 2:06 pm EDT
Total comments: 3

The perfect blend of action and survival horror led to an unforgettable GameCube experience.

One of the most critically acclaimed video games of all time, Resident Evil 4 marked a major departure from all of the mainline and spinoff titles in the series that came before it. In 2005, Capcom may have been making a gamble by adding significant action elements to its survival horror franchise, but anyone who has played RE4 can tell you that this experiment paid off in spades, unlike Umbrella Corporation’s infamous projects.

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September 23, 2020

What's The Deal With March 26? Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:49 pm EDT
Total comments: 1

The stars may be aligning for something bigger than a new Monster Hunter.

When you have to keep track of release dates, certain dates stand out more than others. Sometimes it turns out to be a nothingburger, like July 13, 2018 which only had two Nintendo releases and a few Amiibo (Octopath Traveler and Captain Todd Toad on Switch). Small sample size is always an issue,... Read more...

September 8, 2020

The Timelessness of Super Mario 64

by Jordan Rudek - 12:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 4

Mario’s first foray into 3D showed us what was possible in a new dimension.

When the Nintendo 64 launched in North America in June of 1996, there were only two titles available for it: Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. One of those is an underrated flying sim that I wish were available to purchase anywhere, and the other is a seminal 3D platformer that paved the way for... Read more...

August 6, 2020

The Timelessness of Metroid: Zero Mission GBA

by Jordan Rudek - 2:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 2

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...

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