I already wrote about Castlevania a few years ago, but frankly I did a poor job. Half of my write up discusses not having played it growing up which would have been more fitting of an article discussing bad luck and stupid decisions than the game itself. At the time, I was of the opinion … More Castlevania Revisited (Plus A Surprise Announcement)!
Recently the release of the Nintendo Switch and it’s flagship title “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” has put the gaming community into a tizzy. Whenever a new Zelda game is released fans seem to reflect on the series as a whole and a general wave of Zelda nostalgia grips the internet. I’ve been … More Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES, 1988)
Continuing the celebration of the N64’s 20th anniversary I decided it would make sense to look back on the entire launch lineup of the console. Fortunately for me, the game system only debuted with two games: Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Already a trend was developing. Not only was the console itself adorned with the number … More Pilotwings 64 (N64, 1996)
Since I wrote about the 20th Anniversary of the Nintendo 64 and we are still celebrating two decades of the seminal 3D system, I decided it was only fitting to take a look back at some of the great games that were available in 1996 with the console. When the Nintendo 64 launched in North America on … More Super Mario 64 (N64, 1996)
As I sit here and type this it’s difficult for me to believe that the Nintendo 64 is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. I began buying retro video games when the N64 was still being actively sold on store shelves and was considered contemporary. Now the Nintendo 64 itself is considered retro which makes me feel … More Nintendo 64: 20th Anniversary!
The late 1990’s was a special time in video game history. The gaming industry was maturing, two dimensional graphics gave way to 3D worlds, technology was giving gamers experiences they never would have thought was possible previously, and there was intense competition between established game companies and a powerful newcomer. For me personally the late … More Summer of ’98 Part V: Video Games
We’ve all been there. You’re playing a game and the tune from the stage you’re on is catchy enough that you begin to hum along with it. Before you know it you were sitting in class or languishing away in your cubicle and that tune is on repeat in your head. Game tunes may not … More Five Awesome Video Game Tracks Part 6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a franchise that just seemingly won’t die. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is slated to be released this June and is the sequel to the 2014 film simply titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Of course, to us old fogies in our 30’s we understand the ramifications of … More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES, 1990)
There have always been product placement in movies. It’s just a matter of how those products are shown in the movie. Some products are just an element from everyday life, and are presented as such in the movies, like cereal or soda. Other examples are more blatant, with the audience being assaulted by various products … More The Wizard (Universal Pictures, 1989)
In the early 90s, Super Mario Bros were king. I don’t know anyone that didn’t love Super Mario Bros. or any of the sequels. A movie was made called “The Wizard” that was really an infomercial for Nintendo and their products, and the centerpiece of the movie was a video game competition that showed the … More Super Mario Bros. (Hollywood Pictures, 1993)