Opinions: The Best of the Worst – Phanto (Super Mario Bros. 2)

Welcome to a new feature here at LVLS, which is in actuality an old feature once known as “Enemy Encounters”…but now modernized and rebranded! Like you care. :p Anyway, I want to discuss enemies, bosses and antagonists of games and this seems like a good header to slide this under. And today I’d like to…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA)

Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA) Highlights: Bionic Commando Low Lights: Mighty Final Fight Quirky Surprise: Strider Very, very late in the GBA lifeline came this surprise — a collection of three of Capcom’s NES cult classics (i.e. games not Mega Man or Disney-themed) ported by Sensory Sweep in 2006. The company was not known for…

Music: Top 5 Intro Themes

It’s a new month, so let’s do another entry in my Top 100 songs (boy, I’m doing a lot of lists these days…). Today I’d like to focus on my favorite introduction tunes. Silent Hill 3 – You’re Not Here (PS2, Konami, Akira Yamaoka/Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) Akira Yamaoka is a master at crafting horror-tinged rock…

Opinion: My Top 111, #15: Elevator Action Returns

Taito’s original Elevator Action was a decent arcade hit, but sat dormant for over a decade before they would return to the concept in Elevator Action Returns. The original starred a solo agent trying to infiltrate enemy HQs to swipe their top secret docs, and his primary method of exploration was the titular elevators. The…

Opinion: The Anticipation for Ocarina of Time

I’ve told this story before, but it’s gotten lost over the site revisions and reinventions, so I’m going to recompose it here. I present how badly I wanted to experience Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas in 1996. Alongside it came a Nintendo Power subscription for my birthday…

Opinion: Mega Man 4 did not redeem itself

After replaying and properly appreciating Mega Man X, I decided to give another title that had vexed me over the years a second chance this weekend: Mega Man 4. My last attempt was when I had the game on the Gamecube Anniversary Collection, where my journey was cut short by Dr. Wily’s second Wily Machine…

Opinion: SMASH Cast Changes and Hopeful Drops

Yes, as promised earlier this year, I’ve put together a list of six characters I would much rather not see in the next entry of Smash Bros. (however it ends up on the Switch)…but I’ve also gone and chose six other characters I want to grant new movesets to. Of course, this is all my…

Opinion: Here’s a little ditty about me and Richard Kiel

The name Richard Kiel may not immediately ring a bell for you. Perhaps you watched some TV or movie from the 1970s — he appeared as a special guest often in those days. If you’ve seen the two Roger Moore 007 movies Moonraker or The Spy Who Loved Me you’ve definitely seen him. Cast as…

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…