RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with July 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…

Music – Top VGM STKs #23 – 25: Xenoblade Chronicles, Metroid, Freedom Planet

Xenoblade Chronicles is a menagerie of musical talent: featuring iconic composers like Yoko Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda alongside relative newcomers like ACE+ and Manami Kiyota, the broad scope of backgrounds and styles merge together beautifully to create a rich soundscape of songs. “Gaur Plains” is easily the standout, standing tall among all RPG overworld themes…

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…

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…