Music – Top VGM STKs #14 – 16 – Castlevania (NES), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Castlevania‘s musical legend began right at the start, with Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima putting together a demonically delight of a soundtrack that might stand as the first perfect OST in gaming to me. From “Wicked Child” to “Vampire Killer”, from “Out of Time” to “Voyager”, from “Stalker” to “Walking on the Edge”, every song…

Music: Top 25 STKS #5 – Batman (NES)

Naoki Kodaka is a composing god. I kid you not. If you haven’t played a Sunsoft game on the NES/Famicom — most of which he composed — I advise you to look into at the very least the US backcatalog from 1988 onward, just to listen to his handiwork. Because what he did would not…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 2/20/2018

Mega Man is a casebook example of 1980s localization and its intense desire to eradicate any trace of Japanese artistic influence. I go into this much more over at P4, but regardless of Capcom USA’s intention with this box art it is undeniable it is one of the ugliest examples I can bring up in…

Music: Five of my Top 100 VGM from All Over the Map

All right, we’re down to the last 10 songs on my Top 100 VGM! I’m going to work to get this finished this weekend, so expect the last five tomorrow! Chicago: Stealth, Perfect Dark, Grant Kirkhope, N64, Rare, 2001 For me this is one of the best “stealth” songs I’ve ever come across. And it…

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…

Opinions: If I could design a NES Classic 2…

Nintendo plans to re-release the NES Classic next year, but that’s sort of old hat. If Nintendo came over to me to generate a NES Classic 2 (modeled after the late second model of the console) with the same number of games, this would be what I would supply. Now in this case I’m giving…

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: Bottom 25 Games – 21) Friday the 13th (NES)

21) Friday the 13th (NES, LJN/Atlus, 1989) Hey, LJN returns yet again for another NES licensed dud. Much like their horrible Uncanny X-Men, Atlus (or whatever secondary dev they subcontracted) botched their spin on the iconic horror franchise with Friday the 13th, a needlessly convoluted and deliberately difficult game that is the definition of malcontent….