Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/13/2017)

Hello folks! Once again, I’m resurrecting an old LVLs. feature. This time, it’s Artistic Discussion, a feature designed to talk about the good and the bad of gaming box art. Unlike last time, I’ll be posting one piece per post and it may be good OR bad, depending on my mood at the time. Today…

Opinion: Super NES Classic is official; let’s discuss!

Okay, so this is a thing: So unlike the NES Classic, we’re getting pretty much A-tier quality all the way around, with the biggest omission being Chrono Trigger. But the rest of that lineup is rock solid. And there’s some really big surprises here, as there’s three SNES games that have not seen a proper…

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: So when will we have a full-on Smash Kart?

Mario Kart 8 stepped into some amazing collaborative wonders once the DLC was announced, with Legend of Zelda, Excitebike, F-Zero and Animal Crossing all getting some sort of representation over the two packs…plus all of the Mii amiibo costumes. And one of the selling points for Deluxe was the addition of Splatoon to that motley…

Opinion: Super Mario Odyssey is my jam

All right, Nintendo. You’re firing on all cylinders here and I am loving this direction you’ve been going on. Say what you will about the Wii U, but it ignited a spark within their development teams that hasn’t let up into the Switch era. Super Mario Odyssey calls back to the entire history of the…

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…

Opinions: Power Up! – Metal Mario

Hey, let’s talk about power ups for a bit, in particular the Metal Cap in Super Mario 64. It was a great bit of empowerment for multiple reasons. First off, it made a valiant effort to highlight the power of the N64 with its fancy reflective texture. It still looks pretty cool, I have to…