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…

Opinion: Five Great “Level 1” Tunes

Sometimes a game puts its best musical foot forward early on, launching the first stage with an amazing song that gets the player pumped for the challenges ahead. Here are five of my favorites (again from my Top 100): Batman – Stage 1/5 (NES, Sunsoft, Naoki Kodaka, 1990) For my money, nobody has been able…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The NES

When I launched LVLs. and then P4, I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games that ran until quite recently. I wanted to rethink my approach of analyzing the games that I love, and would like to take three to six games I adore for each system the most and try…

Archives: Games I Strongly Disdain, V.2

Pit-Fighter (Arcade, Atari Games, 1990) Oh man, Pit-Fighter is such a hot mess. Taito beat Atari Games to the punch with their own pit-fighting title, 1989’s Violence Fight. It has many problems of its own but VF had the sole redeeming quality of being nice to look at. Pit-Fighter doesn’t even try to give that…