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 – Peach (Other Appearances on the NES/Famicom)

With Peach’s (Princess Toadstool) debut and most notable appearance covered in their respective articles, I feel that she should have one last article detailing her other roles and cameos on the NES/Famicom. After all, Peach has gone on to be the most prominent woman in all of video games, appearing in more titles than any…

Ruminations: Favorite Games of the 1980s – 1993

Note – I’m reposting this after leaving it in stasis for quite some time. The games I discuss below are still favorites of mine, but the original essays I wrote are off the site for now. Composing little essays on my favorite games is a nice exercise to work on my writing skills, but I…

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…

Continue?: Bullies, Video Games and the Concept of an Extra Life

Note – This was originally written for my final paper in WRI 105. It is extremely personal, but it was very therapeutic to write. While there are some embarrassing revelations about my youth in the piece, I feel that it is still worth sharing. Also keep in mind that I am not censoring anything that happened…