Archives: The Looking Back Series – 1995 – 2000

When LVLs. became a thing, I thought it might be interesting to go through each year of my life and do a little write up on both the events that transpired per 365.25 days, as well as reflect on games that came out that particular year to award it the “best of that year”. Considering…

Opinion: Fan Remixes I’d Love to See in Smash Ultimate (Part V)

This is part V of my Smash Ultimate Fan Remix series! Of course, this is nigh impossible to ever happen, but if Nintendo for some reason opened up the floodgates for fan submissions, here’s one per franchise currently in Smash (barring a few exceptions: smaller franchises like Balloon Fight, Ice Climbers or Nintendogs have been…

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 #23 – 25: Super Mario 64, Contra, Freedom Planet

Koji Kondo is a legend of video game composition, bringing the Super Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises (among others) its trademark melodies that continue to color their latest chapters today. His last major undertaking for Mario, SM64, is an excellent soundtrack that is full of great tunes; the melancholy “Dire Dire Docks” is my…

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 of my favorite tunes in all of…

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…