Everyone knows Nintendo for being the game company that creates games that usually target children. They make light-hearted game series such as Mario and Kirby that are just fun games where players commonly run around, jump on things, copy enemy powers, and save the princess. No one would ever expect a Nintendo game with familial and animal abuse, characters with questionable gender, a once-peaceful village corrupted by modernization, or a twin brother who kills himself shortly after finding his own twin who he has not seen for over three years. No would ever expect it but that’s precisely what everyone got in Mother 3, the darkest game to ever be developed and produced by Nintendo.… Read the rest
I am not a fan of most RPGs. I could never get into Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft bored me, and I never saw the enjoyment of Phantasy Star. However I have grown fond of one RPG that I was able to get to play last year and it overwhelmed me in how different it was from other RPGs. That game is Earthbound. Before last year Earthbound was a game I only knew through reputation. Back then all I knew about the game was that it was an RPG, you play as a psychic child named Ness who teams up with three other people in order to rid the world of Giygas (an alien hell-bent on destroying the world), and that it had a large cult following.… Read the rest
19 years ago, the famous fictional Italian plumber appeared in a game that launched with the gaming system known as the Nintendo 64. Super Mario 64 was the plumber’s first 3D platformer and it was also the same game that revolutionized the genre of 3D platforming. As many of you know, the Super Mario series was filled with 2D platformers before the release of the Nintendo 64 game, so the transition was something completely different and unexplored.
Games before Super Mario 64 always had a camera that was fixed, so that player could not interact with it and change the angle while playing the game.… Read the rest
You’re deep in the trenches of a fierce battle in a war with no end in sight. Several of your party members are low on health and beginning to become cornered by looming enemies. Between a swing of an ax and several fierce magic spells, your FAVORITE character finally succumbs to the enemy’s onslaught. By your own miscalculations you just killed your most cherished character. Now they are not only no longer a member of your party, they are also virtually dead for the remainder of your game. Gone. Adios. Buh-bye.
This may be a familiar scene if you’ve ever played the tactical role-play and turn-based strategy game series, Fire Emblem- famous for it’s permanent character death rule.… Read the rest
Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon are my two favorite video game franchises of all time. However, whenever bringing up these two amazing games with anybody (save for a select few), people will usually react in one of two ways. People will either tell me the games are stupidly simple for only kids to enjoy or they will say that the competitive communities for these games overcomplicate what is supposed to be simple in concept. As someone who has been a huge fan of these games since their humble beginnings, I do not believe these people in the slightest. While yes, these are games marketed towards children and yes, there is a huge competitive aspect to Super Smash Bros.… Read the rest
I hope you’ve all braced yourself for the weird, because it’s time for us to once again discuss the stranger side of the Pokemon universe!
Previously I wrote about how many of the Pokemon you know and love are based off the terrifyingly, bizarre creatures of Japan known as Yokai. As a quick refresher Yokai are Japanese monsters, spirits, and other sorts of strange phenomena. These beings can be all-powerful gods, super-powered animals, deformed men and women, goblins and ogres, various kinds of undead and literally anything in between. For a more detailed explanation on Yokai check out my original post here.… Read the rest
This past weekend I attended an anime convention at the National Harbor in Maryland known as Katsucon. As with every anime convention I got to experience many weird and wonderful panels, merchandise and cosplay.
One panel I thoroughly enjoyed during my stay was Kowai: Ghosts, Yokai and Japanese Monster Culture, a lecture done by Charles Dunbar on the cryptic creatures of Japan known as Yokai (check out his blog here: http://www.studyofanime.com). What are Yokai you may be asking? Well the short definition is monster but as Dunbar has said the term Yokai is a broad one and therefore has no precise meaning; other definitions include (but are not limited to): spirit, goblin, ghost, fantastic being, a strange unexplainable experience and even just changing thing.… Read the rest
Last week, Nintendo held “Nintendo Direct,” an online presentation where they announced a bunch of big games coming soon to the Wii U and 3DS. As is always the case, one of the biggest announcements was that a brand new HD Zelda game for the Wii U was coming. While that’s great and everything, the announcement that got me excited came after: an HD remake of my favorite Zelda game, and game in general, “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.” Even though I don’t own a Wii U, and probably never will, this got me incredibly excited that Nintendo was revisiting one of my fondest childhood memories and reworking it for a new generation of gamers. … Read the rest