Opinion: Goldeneye 007 is 20 years old!

Rare and Nintendo released the seminal Goldeneye 007 on this day in 1997, ushering in a plethora of mechanics and gameplay concepts into the FPS genre. Adding in a mission structure with objectives determined by the difficulty selected, having your bullets cause limb-specific damage, and having some directives insist that you not kill everything and…

Music – Five Random Selections from my Top 100 songs

I have no uniting theme for this month’s VGM Top 100 post, so here’s a random assortment of five songs I haven’t covered yet. Body Harvest – Indoor Theme (N64, Stuart Ross/Allan Walker, Midway/DMA Design, 1998) I adore this song. It’s such a melancholy piece of music, an indicator of how much danger and chaos…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…

Opinion: The Anticipation for Ocarina of Time

I’ve told this story before, but it’s gotten lost over the site revisions and reinventions, so I’m going to recompose it here. I present how badly I wanted to experience Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas in 1996. Alongside it came a Nintendo Power subscription for my birthday…

Opinion: Holy crap it’s Bomberman 64 on the Wii U

Well, the surprise N64 releases on the Wii U Virtual Console keep on coming. Two weeks back we had Harvest Moon 64, a game Natsume swore up and down wouldn’t be modernized, and now we have Hudson’s Bomberman 64. This has been on the top of my wish list for Virtual Console re-release ever since…