Music: Top 25 Video Game Fan Remixes: #21- 25

Let’s wrap up my remix picks today! To kick us off, here’s Thailand’s Simon Leong absolutely nailing Dr. Wily’s theme from Mega Man 2. This is an acoustic guitar cover, but it is played with the energy and the tempo of a much heavier instrument choice, and it just clicks. Leong has a lot of…

Opinion: RANKED – The 10 Best Mario Games

Mario has been a stalwart of Nintendo’s many platforms since 1981 — a nearly 40 year run that covers a multitude of genres. And today I’m going to tell you what I feel are the ten finest entries Mario has starred in! And this is more than the platformers — anything within the Mario pantheon…

Music – Top VGM STKs #20 – 22: Celeste, Super Mario 64, Contra

Lena Raine has been composing for a while now, but I feel Celeste is her moment. This game needed a soundtrack and a composer that could convey Madeline’s inner demons — her doubt, anxiety, panic and depression — and Raine absolutely nailed it. Every infectious piano and chiptune-heavy track drips with emotion and many of…

Music: The Top 10 of My Top 100 VGM

So now that I’ve wrapped up that Top 100 VGM list finally, I wanted to share the ten songs I adore the most in order! Home Sweet Home, Beyond Good & Evil, Christophe Heral, PS2/GC/Xbox/PC, UBI Soft, 2003 – Five Modern RPG & Action/Adventure Tunes from my Top 100 Stage 1/5, Batman, Naoki Kodaka, NES,…

Music: Five Nintendo Selections from my Top 100 VGM

Today’s top 100 VGM post is all about Nintendo. But to keep it interesting, it’s sort of a grab bag of Nintendo tunes from five different platforms from five different series of games!               Super Mario 64 – Dire Dire Docks (N64, Koji Kondo, Nintendo, 1996) This is one…

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…

2015 – A Dual Life Perspective (Parts I, II and III)

Originally written in 2015 and early 2016. End-of-the-year reflections are in full force across the gaming sphere, but I’ve only played three games that have come out in 2015 (Splatoon, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows). And while I have bought or been gifted several games in the last week thanks…