Music – Top VGM STKs #23 – 25: Metroid, Freedom Planet, Sonic CD

Metroid was one of the first games that really reached beyond mere catch melody for something far more atmospheric; Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka’s alien compositions mirror the foreign tilesets and enemy sprites that comprise Zebes on the NES. They’re surreal, strange and sensationally effective at establishing each area as a unique and unsettling place. The series…

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…

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…