Opinion: Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct Reaction!

The Direct yesterday was pretty hype! It mostly had a steady stream of info on games I am interested in or super excited by, and I actually hit a few of my predictions! So before I dig into the five most exciting announcements, here’s a recap of how I performed with my speculation cap: Persona…

Opinion: Nintendo Direct Tomorrow! SPECULATE

Hey all, it’s finally happening! Nintendo Direct tomorrow! Fire Emblem: Three Houses is guaranteed to be there, but what else do I think we’ll see? Here’s 10 things I think MAY happen: Persona 5 will be coming to Switch by the summer. I also think Persona 3 or 4 are also conceivable. Speaking of P5,…

Opinions: Celeste Impressions

Celeste was arguably the indie breakout of last year, catapulting to many top 10 lists from the press. After spending some time working through the first three levels and a good chunk of the fourth, I can see why. It’s a beautiful, brutal platformer with a great visual design, an amazing soundtrack and a narrative…

Artistic Discussion: Guardic Gaiden (Famicom)

Guardic Gaiden (Famicom) Let’s get my absolute favorite box art added into this feature today. Compile’s spinoff from its earlier shmup Guardic took its gameplay into an entirely new genre; half vertical shooter, half Zelda-like action/adventure. Miria is one of several cyborg women attempting to save the universe, and her quest takes her through several…

Opinion: I’m Terribly Bored with NES Switch Online

It’s been an awkward experience watching Nintendo evolve how they handle digital distribution of their older games. While some ideas have been solid — the NES and SNES Minis and the Wii Virtual Console — others have not, and I’m afraid the Switch NES Online app is showing severe signs of being one of Nintendo’s…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC) High Points – Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter II Turbo Low Points – Street Fighter, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Quirky Surprise – Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact Capcom recently revisited their Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, bringing it…

Opinion: Let’s Talk about Metroid Prime 4

So we got a pretty severe update on the development of Metroid Prime 4 this morning. It was not immediately good — the secret team (probably Bandai Namco, possibly chunks of the Star Wars 1331 prototype team) have been pulled from the project, and it’s shifting over to Retro Studios, the developers of the original…

Artistic Discussion: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

It’s been FAR too long since I’ve done one of these, so I want to return to discussing good and bad box art, and what better way to revive the idea than with a great Castlevania box? Aria is a stunner of a cover, with Ayumi Kojima’s powerful, ethereal style selling the gothic vibe of…