Archives: The Looking Back Series – 1990 – 1994

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: Super Metroid is 25 years old!

Nintendo released Super Metroid on March 19, 1994 in Japan! It’s become a well-loved classic for the Super Nintendo, and arguably Samus Aran’s finest adventure of all time (it’s clearly my pick, sitting at #2 on my Top 111). Super Metroid established Samus as one of Nintendo’s premiere characters — her spot in Super Smash…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Minako Hamano

Minako Hamano Hamano joined Nintendo R&D1’s sound department in 1991, with her musical debut being Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (alongside other composers including Kazumi Totaka). Following that Hamano would mostly be involved with the Metroid franchise, co-composing several titles in the series and providing some of the moodier examples of those soundtracks. Outside of…

Opinion: My Top 25 Gaming Box Arts

Box art is a key element towards a game’s marketing muscle; it was once upon a time a major indicator what a game might contain within, and is typically carefully designed to attract customers in through compelling artwork and strong character designs. Ideally. There are far too many examples of poorly executed box art, ones…

Music: 5 VGM Favorites from the 16-bit Era

It’s the new year, so let’s continue writing about my favorite VGM! I’m going to try to do this twice per month here on in to rush through the rest of these songs. This time, let’s focus on 16-bit jams! Whirlwind, Shinobi III: The Ninja Master, Hirofumi Murasaki/Morihiko Akiyama/Masayuki Nagao, Genesis, Sega, 1993 This is…

Music: Amanda Lepre tackles Super Metroid

Super Metroid is a soundtrack that is just hovering right outside of my top 25. It’s really, really good stuff, and I was quite impressed with Descendants of Erdrick guitarist Amanda Lepre’s solo take on the iconic “Brinstar – Red Soil” with “Red Soil Swamp Pulse”. She nails the atmosphere so beautifully here. I wish…