Music – Top VGM STKs #14 – 16 – Castlevania (NES), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Castlevania‘s musical legend began right at the start, with Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima putting together a demonically delight of a soundtrack that might stand as the first perfect OST in gaming to me. From “Wicked Child” to “Vampire Killer”, from “Out of Time” to “Voyager”, from “Stalker” to “Walking on the Edge”, every song…

Opinion: E3 2018 – Actualizing Nintendo’s E3 this year

E3 has come and gone. How did I do on my guesswork? Let’s break it down! Smash is already pegged to be a major player in Nintendo’s E3. There will be a hefty chunk of Nintendo’s E3 direct to the game, plus the first Treehouse presentation is Smash, and there’s also a tournament! So with…

Opinion – Dragon Quest VIII: 3DS vs. PS2

I have been replaying Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS lately, and you know, I think it’s definitive. It’s been a delight just engaging with the story once more and reconnecting with the fantastic cast, but ultimately the 3DS port irons over most of the wrinkles the PS2 original featured so elegantly that the downgrade…

Opinion: The Virtual Console Rides into the Night

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch will not see a Virtual Console as seen on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. At this point, this isn’t a huge shock; the Switch has been out for over a year, and Nintendo has made two big shifts in policy in regards to its back catalog. One, the…

Opinion: The Best Games of the Metroid Franchise

With my recent playthrough of Samus Returns under my belt, I figure it’s time to properly do a proper “Top Metroids!” article now. It’s also Halloween and Metroids are spooky. :p I’ll repost some of my commentary from elsewhere for Super Metroid. Super Metroid Surprise (or not)! I’ve written a lot on the game already,…

Opinion: Early impressions for Metroid: Samus Returns!

It’s my first NEW Metroid experience since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption! Granted, I did play Metroid II last year for the first time, but that came out quite some time ago. And if you know my thoughts on Other M, you would know I have no desire to ever play it. So it’s been great…

Opinion: ABOUT GOD DAMN TIME TAKE TWO (x2)

Nintendo remembered it has a franchise called Metroid! Oh my god! E3, you keep shocking me in unexpected ways! And not only did Nintendo announce amiibo (as pictured), but TWO games! A new entry in the Prime series led by a new dev team for the Switch (which wasn’t shown beyond a teaser in their…

Opinion: Thoughts on Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright’s Mechanics

Okay, let’s get back to Fates. The characters didn’t resonate with me as much as Awakening and Fire Emblem, as I discussed last time. But in terms of its gameplay, how did it fare? The mechanics continue a lot of what Awakening added into the mix, with Pair Ups, Supports and marriages/children remaining a key aspect…

Opinion: Let’s talk about the Virtual Console

3/26 Update – The Wii Shop has closed its feature of adding points today, and it appears the Wii U Virtual Console is officially done and dusted unless Konami sneaks a few more TG16 titles in. So I am going to declare this feature retired and no longer update it. Long-time (and I mean “before…

Art: Blaster Master Zero

I’m posting this because I like Jason and Sophia the 3rd a lot more than the mysterious cat thigh woman above. :p