Opinion: Power Up! – The Screw Attack (Metroid franchise)

Screw Attack (Metroid franchise) Samus Aran’s arsenal may be more distance based, what with all the beams and missiles and bombs, but my personal favorite of all of her weapon options is the mighty Screw Attack, because it is the perfect move to fully enable both faster backtracking (by ripping through enemies that may otherwise…

Opinion: Enemy Encounters – Metroids (Metroid)

Metroids (Metroid franchise) Metroids are incredible enemies, perhaps some of the most frightening foes ever created. They are incredibly fast, tend to ambush Samus from the background, and are persistent at swarming her. Should one latch on, it takes several concussive blasts from your bombs to shake them off, and that usually is only for…

Opinion – Happy 30th Anniversary Metroid!

On August 6th, 1987, Metroid was released on the NES! What a coincidence! I certainly did not plan on launching my own website on this day to tie into Metroid‘s launch date, but it’s a nice little bonus for me! I’m going to put up some links to help celebrate this special day featuring my…

Opinions: My Favorite Women in Video Games – Samus Aran (Metroid)

Samus Aran (Metroid, Nintendo) Samus is second on my list of favorite women in all of games, and is arguably my favorite overall character design in the entire industry. Her armor encapsulates excellence in design, and her abilities and arsenal give her a plethora of tools to eke out her objectives. She’s an incredibly capable,…

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: Laughable Localization – Instances of Terrible Translation

One of my research interests is the localization of games from culture to culture, particularly the games of the NES (you may have gathered that from my Culture Clash! series). One thing I’ve observed is the absolute lack of effort in translating some of the in-game text in several titles, and once and a while…

Archives: My Virtual History on the Metroid Franchise

Note – This series was originally from LVLS, so I decided to bring it back over now that the site is reopen. It builds upon the Super Mario Bros. history I did the year before, adding structure to the pieces and are generally better written (although my old habit of throwing hyphens in for dashes…

Opinion: Best NES Composers

Opinion pieces will be my take on the five best…of something. In this case, I want to share my votes for the five greatest composers for the NES hardware. 5) KONAMI KuKeiHa Club (Konami) Yes, I’m cheating slightly by including the entirety of Konami’s sensational musical staff from the 80s, so I won’t let them…