Music: Five NES Songs I Adore

Another month, another five songs from my Top 100! This time around, it’s all 8-bit Nintendo! Stage 3, Journey to Silius, Naoki Kodaka, NES, Sunsoft, 1990 I’ve seen it elsewhere, and I’ll say it again: Naoki Kodaka is the finest composer on the NES, and this is example C of why I believe so (behind…

Opinion: Power Up! – Spread Gun (Contra series)

Spread Gun (Contra series) Sometimes a powerup comes along that so overshadows everything else within its series that it becomes synonymous with it. Such is the Spread Gun of Contra. Sure, there’s the Machine Gun, or the Flame Gun, or the Laser Gun, or the Homing Missiles or …whatever the rapid fire Missiles are in…

Opinions: If I could design a NES Classic 2…

Nintendo plans to re-release the NES Classic next year, but that’s sort of old hat. If Nintendo came over to me to generate a NES Classic 2 (modeled after the late second model of the console) with the same number of games, this would be what I would supply. Now in this case I’m giving…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The NES

When I launched LVLs. and then P4, I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games that ran until quite recently. I wanted to rethink my approach of analyzing the games that I love, and would like to take three to six games I adore for each system the most and try…

Opinion: An Ode to the Glory Days of Konami

Originally posted on P4. The past year has been drastic for the publisher Konami, particularly in view of their video gaming legacy. I won’t go into the specifics of their spiraling descent out of the gaming industry — Eurogamer has the details on all that — but what I would rather do is focus on…