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…

Opinion: The Best Games of the Metroid Franchise

With my recent playthrough of Samus Returns under my belt, I figure it’s time to properly do a proper “Top Metroids!” article now. It’s also Halloween and Metroids are spooky. :p I’ll repost some of my commentary from elsewhere for Super Metroid. Super Metroid Surprise (or not)! I’ve written a lot on the game already,…

Opinion: Let’s rank the SNES Classic line-up – Part 4

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars   Square delivered a rather intriguing spin on Mario with their RPG effort, setting into motion other efforts by Intelligent Systems and Alphadream in the future. However, both Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi don’t entirely follow the blueprint Square laid down for their origin point, letting SMRPG…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The SNES

When I launched LVLs. (and then P4), I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games. 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 to better understand why exactly…