Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shinobu Tanaka

Shinobu Nagata (nee Tanaka) Nagata was hired by Nintendo EAD around 2001, beginning her musical career working on Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion. The Super Mario franchise would continue to offer her opportunities to expand her musical craft; she co-composed Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and took solo duty for Mario Kart DS. When…

Opinion: E3 2018 – Actualizing Nintendo’s E3 this year

E3 has come and gone. How did I do on my guesswork? Let’s break it down! Smash is already pegged to be a major player in Nintendo’s E3. There will be a hefty chunk of Nintendo’s E3 direct to the game, plus the first Treehouse presentation is Smash, and there’s also a tournament! So with…

Opinions: E3 2018 – Let’s Talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

All right, so after three days of attempting to digest a heaping service of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate info, trailers and renders, I think I can finally talk about this to some extent Let’s go ahead and tackle the disappointing elements first. Two of my wishlist characters failed to make the leap from assist trophy…

Opinion: Very Initial Reaction to the SNES Classic

So I finally had the two factors work in my favor to get a SNES Classic today: a) availability and b) money. My first reaction was holy fuck this is adorably tiny. Like I wanna cuddle it. I gave it a bit of a test run tonight, mostly playing Stree Fighter II Turbo and watching…

Opinion: My Idealized N64 Mini and the Cold Splash of Reality

So, Nintendo has been trademarking stuff related to the Nintendo 64 lately, including a controller graphic in line with the NES and SNES Classic mini consoles. So it’s pretty likely that a N64 Mini is on the way. Of course, what would I want on it? Well, here’s an extravagant list of 30 titles that…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yuka Tsujiyoko

Yuka Tsujiyoko Yuka Tsujiyoko started at Intelligent Systems after a stint working as a computer programmer for another company, but her schooling in music drove her into video game composition. Her first role for the company was 1990’s Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and she would go on to serve as…

Opinion: The Virtual Console Rides into the Night

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch will not see a Virtual Console as seen on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. At this point, this isn’t a huge shock; the Switch has been out for over a year, and Nintendo has made two big shifts in policy in regards to its back catalog. One, the…

Opinion: Ruminations on the death of my copy of Hotel Dusk

A month ago I decided to return to one of my favorite games, Hotel Dusk, and give it a proper replay. It had been eight years since I went through it, and playing through a narrative-heavy game sounded like an ideal way to spend some time. As I slid it into my 3DS, a sickening…