Gender Gazette: Examining Zelda’s Role in the Legend of Zelda Series

One of video gaming’s most prominent female characters is Princess Zelda, whose titular series has been on the forefront of the medium since its inception in 1986. Unfortunately, Zelda herself has not been a very progressive character in her various incarnations throughout the years. With Breath of the Wild getting a sequel in the near…

Femicom – Pauline (Donkey Kong), Bubbles (Clu Clu Land), Nana (Ice Climbers)

Pauline (Donkey Kong) Release Date: July 15, 1983 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: NPC (Damsel) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Donkey Kong may have originally been an arcade game, but I feel that Pauline deserves special recognition as the very first female character to appear on the Famicom. Unfortunately, Pauline is not remotely…

Femicom – Minor Characters August 1987

The Famicom’s history is rapidly expanding in 1987. The release of the NES in late 1986 brought the West into the development fold, and with these additional regions contributing games to Nintendo’s original console, more and more games began to be produced. Also, the Famicom Disc System launched in Japan in 1986, expanding the capabilities…

Femicom – Cleopatra (Cleopatra no Mahō)

Cleopatra (Cleopatra no Mahō) Release Date: July 24, 1987 Developer: Square Publisher: DOG Format: Disc Role: NPC Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Cleopatra no Mahō features the historical Queen of Egypt as its titular hook — Cleopatra appears at the very end of the game in spirit form, who frees the protagonist Daisuke Kusano’s father…

Opinion: F Nicalis

CW: Language, including racist, homophobic, ableist and antisemitic hate speech, will be discussed in this article as well as in linked reports and tweets. I have personally censored one quote as I do not wish to have the actual word on my site; the rest is uncensored. As much as I love video games, I…

Femicom – Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2)

Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Boss Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Catherine is a dinosaur who first appeared in Doki Doki Panic! as a recurring sub-boss in most of the game’s levels. She defends a crystal or key needed to progress to…

Culture Clash! – Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom)

Study 31: Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom, Konami) As I recently documented, the origins behind Konami’s Akumajō Dracula, localized as Castlevania in North America and Europe, is very murky. Since I detailed as much background that I am aware of in that post, we’ll go ahead and just right in to the comparisons here. The original game has…

Femicom – Lina (Doki Doki Panic!)

Lina (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…

Femicom – Mama (Doki Doki Panic!)

Mama (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…