Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (NES, Nintendo, 1988) Zelda II is perhaps the greatest casualty of the tendency for experimentation for sequels on the NES. Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) at first glance completely reinvents Mario’s fundamentals — jumping on enemies no longer kills them but allows you to ride them? However, as…

Opinion: Legend of Zelda is 30 years old today!

On August 22, 1987, Nintendo of America released The Legend of Zelda, one of the most sophisticated and complex pieces of software yet released at the time — easily on the NES/Famicom, at least. Shigeru Miyamoto and his team created an incredible franchise that continues to impress, innovate and inspire gamers, artists, musicians, and the…

Opinion – Mega Man 1 – 6 Ranked!

So after reviewing all of the Strider games a bit ago, I wanted to tackle something else and possibly make it into a recurring feature. This time, I want to cover the NES Mega Man games and share my opinion on them all! This go-around I’ll be placing them in the order I adore them…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 12) The Uncanny X-Men (NES)

12) The Uncanny X-Men (NES, LJN, 1989) Well, today brings a little article on the game that I would argue is the absolute lowest of the low; the abysmal pus of the gaming sphere. LJN was not, shall we say, the most storied or beloved of publishers, often spitting out licensed dreck until they were…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math

11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math (NES, Nintendo, 1986) Edutainment titles can be adequate entertainment, such as The Oregon Trail or Math Blasters, but Nintendo’s sole localized effort of their Educational Series is an absolute travesty. It is a dearth of pleasure; the nadir of video gaming joy. There’s not much to DK Jr. Math —…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 2) M.U.L.E. (NES)

2) M.U.L.E. (NES, Mindscape, 1990) Whoa, there. I placed M.U.L.E. for the C64 on my Top 111 list; what gives? Well, this port is such a terrible, terrible conversion of a fantastic game. And I’ll tell you why. One of the major components for strategy in M.U.L.E. is time management on your turn. This is when…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 1) Trojan

Because I love to list, I’m starting a new run of articles on my least favorite games, beginning with a 1980s arcade title that has always rubbed me the wrong way. This, as with a few others in this series, came from P4 originally, but I’ve made a few edits here and there. Enjoy! 1)…

Opinion: My thoughts on the Strider franchise (under Capcom)

Capcom’s Strider franchise has been one of the company’s most intriguing, despite its relative obscurity in the grand scheme of its history. With four entries directly made under Capcom’s auspices (which means I’m not including the reviled Strider 2 for Genesis), Strider pales in contrast in breadth to many of their other series like Street…

Opinion: The Demise of the NES Classic Edition

Well, this was a surprise. After months of nigh-impossibility of finding a NES Classic Edition ever since its November launch, Nintendo of America has decided to pull the mini console from store shelves after one final shipment this month. Which begs the question — what the fuck? The device has been selling out minutes after…

Music: Celebrating More Amazing Women Composers

A couple weeks back I posted five compositions from women I love enough to put on my Top 100 list. This week I’d like to include more tracks from women that haven’t broke into my absolute favorites, but are fine musical numbers in their own right. Enjoy! Ice Hockey – In-Game Theme (NES, Nintendo, Soyo…