Opinions: Let’s make guesses for Dragon Quest music in Smash!

With Banjo-Kazooie tackled yesterday, let’s talk about Dragon Quest music. As I’ve noted elsewhere, the sad matter is Koichi Sugiyama — as talented as he has been during his career with the series — is a bigoted piece of shit. So whatever remixes or originals we hear, he’s involved in some capacity. But to put…

Opinions: Let’s make guesses for Banjo-Kazooie music in Smash!

So unlike with Persona I’m very hype for the next two Smash announcements for DLC (sorry, but P5 was not the game I wanted to represent the series *shrug*), and I’m wanting to make some guesses about the music for both Banjo-Kazooie and The Hero. To start off, let’s look at the five hopeful Banjo-Kazooie tracks…

Opinions: Let’s examine the Hero and Banjo-Kazooie in Smash

So, we got reveal trailers for Dragon Quest‘s Heroes (from III, IV, VIII and XI, respectively) and Banjo-Kazooie’s titular duo yesterday, and I want to speculate how they will work. We’ll see how wrong I am in the months ahead, haha. Let’s begin with the Heroes. Their page is already up on the Smash Bros. site,…

Opinions: Nintendo took all my money with their E3 Direct

I’ve sat here at home in stunned shookness rewatching the Nintendo Direct that aired today multiple times, taking it in. It’s nothing short of perfect. Sure, there’s some games in there I’m not interested in, but it is crafted with such care and cohesion that it flows beautifully from piece to piece, capping end to…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yoshino Aoki

Yoshino Aoki Aoki began her composing career at Capcom, where she was tasked with creating rearrangements of Kinuyo Yamashita’s compositions for the PS1 port of Mega Man X3. She also showed off her singing voice by providing vocals to Roll’s theme from Mega Man Battle and Chase, which was subsequently reused in Marvel Vs. Capcom….

Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2018 (Pt. 2)

The second half of 2018 was more stable in contrast to the first, although that is not to say it was all smooth sailing. Two horrific fires tore through northern California where I live — one coming dangerously close to my city — giving multiple weeks of bad air, upending the lives of thousands of…

Opinion: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is what it says on the tin

Unreal I’ve had Ultimate for about three weeks now, and I’m still saying the header of this article. This game is just…it feels like an impossible dream somehow sprung upon reality that we shouldn’t have gotten. I’ve covered the game extensively since its reveal here on LVLS, and every time I start up the game…