RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with June 2019)

I’m keeping tally of the Switch NES Online selections here. I’m going to give each a sentence or two to quickly summarize if they’re worth your time or not. I’m not going to reiterate my older work on games I’ve given the NES Classic/NES anniversary treatment to; it’s all NEW content! I’m ranking the top…

Opinion: RANKED – The 10 Best Mario Games

Mario has been a stalwart of Nintendo’s many platforms since 1981 — a nearly 40 year run that covers a multitude of genres. And today I’m going to tell you what I feel are the ten finest entries Mario has starred in! And this is more than the platformers — anything within the Mario pantheon…

Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2018 (Pt. 2)

The second half of 2018 was more stable in contrast to the first, although that is not to say it was all smooth sailing. Two horrific fires tore through northern California where I live — one coming dangerously close to my city — giving multiple weeks of bad air, upending the lives of thousands of…

Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2018 (Pt. 1)

2018 thus far has been an improvement over last year. I feel like I’m finally getting my feet under me after what felt like a colossal upheaval of everything I thought I knew. That’s not to say I haven’t had setbacks or rough patches; those have certainly existed. And I’m still healing from the biggest…

Ruminations: Favorite Games of the 1980s – 1993

Note – I’m reposting this after leaving it in stasis for quite some time. The games I discuss below are still favorites of mine, but the original essays I wrote are off the site for now. Composing little essays on my favorite games is a nice exercise to work on my writing skills, but I…

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 anything…