RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with June 2019)

I’m keeping tally of the Switch NES Online selections here. I’m going to give each a sentence or two to quickly summarize if they’re worth your time or not. I’m not going to reiterate my older work on games I’ve given the NES Classic/NES anniversary treatment to; it’s all NEW content! I’m ranking the top…

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…

Femicom – Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2)

Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Boss Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Catherine is a dinosaur who first appeared in Doki Doki Panic! as a recurring sub-boss in most of the game’s levels. She defends a crystal or key needed to progress to…

Femicom – Peach (Super Mario Bros. 2/USA)

I’m skipping ahead a little to continue chronicling a character previously discussed in this series, Peach. Normally I wouldn’t give a second article to a character previously covered, but Peach is unarguably the most prominent woman Nintendo or any other company introduced on the NES/Famicom both in terms of popular culture and in quantity, so…

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…

Archives – The Impetus: Buying my First Game

Originally posted on Game on Girl on 5/25/2013. Slightly edited. There’s been an awful lot of controversy the last few weeks (editorial note – YEARS holy fuck) in the industry. However, I would like to not talk about all that stuff today. It’s so easy to get absorbed into the Internet fervor and lose track…