Opinion: Early impressions for Metroid: Samus Returns!

It’s my first NEW Metroid experience since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption! Granted, I did play Metroid II last year for the first time, but that came out quite some time ago. And if you know my thoughts on Other M, you would know I have no desire to ever play it. So it’s been great…

Opinion: My Picks for the Best Legend of Zelda games!

All right, I’ve delved on Capcom properties long enough with this ranking business; time to tackle one very near and dear to me: Legend of Zelda. I’ve played the majority of the games to completion, and want to share what I feel are the five Zelda titles that best define the series as a whole….

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: Goldeneye 007 is 20 years old!

Rare and Nintendo released the seminal Goldeneye 007 on this day in 1997, ushering in a plethora of mechanics and gameplay concepts into the FPS genre. Adding in a mission structure with objectives determined by the difficulty selected, having your bullets cause limb-specific damage, and having some directives insist that you not kill everything and…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, 2011) Before diving into a ranking of my favorite Legend of Zelda titles, I figure I should discuss the two that are among the worst games I’ve played, and Skyward Sword is one I haven’t talked about in a little bit, so let’s start there. The sole…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 4

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars   Square delivered a rather intriguing spin on Mario with their RPG effort, setting into motion other efforts by Intelligent Systems and Alphadream in the future. However, both Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi don’t entirely follow the blueprint Square laid down for their origin point, letting SMRPG…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 3

Secret of Mana Of all the games on the SNES Classic, this is the one I feel the most conflicted about. Secret of Mana is a fascinating game that has a lot of positives: an amazing soundtrack that still stands as one of the best on the system, great spritework, a compelling multiplayer component and…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 2

Final Fantasy III While I haven’t finished FFIII (aka VI) quite yet, it is absolutely a crucial piece of SNES history and one of the best RPG’s on the system. Of course, I would have nominated Chrono Trigger if I had my way, but I’m afraid Final Fantasy has the branding recognition AND the first…

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…