RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with May 2020)

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…

Opinions: Decade of Memories – The 15 Best Video Game Fan Arts this Decade

Fan art is something I was once really really into collecting. Around 2015 I sort of backed off from doing so, but I’ve been revisiting DeviantArt and reconnecting into that channel of inspiration and craftsmanship that can emphasize how amazing characters from games can be when reinterpreted by their fans. Not ALL of these efforts…

Decade of Memories: My 10 Favorite Gaming Ephemera this Decade

Over the past ten years I’ve gathered a bunch of gaming stuff — one thing I will say is that the amount of toys, books, art and shirts for games has exponentially increased — and I wanted to share some of my favorite pickups I’ve gotten the past ten years. This includes items that may…

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: 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: 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…