RANKED – Nintendo Switch Online’s NES Offerings (now with May 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: Retro Comps – Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics

Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics (Switch) High Points – Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander) Low Points – Haunted Castle, Typhoon (A-Jax) Quirky Surprise – Twinbee Konami is finally embracing their back catalog via three (currently announced) compilations for their 50th Anniversary, with the first being a set of eight arcade titles from the…

Opinion: Blaster Master Zero 2 is a game of highs and lows

Inti Creates performed an admirable job on their remake of Sunsoft’s Blaster Master, easily rising to the creme of the series’ crop. Now acting entirely on their own with the sequel, how well does it hold up to the previous high standard they themselves established? Well, it’s a little complicated. Following the good ending of…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Namco Museum Arcade Pak (Switch)

Namco Museum Arcade Pak (Switch) High Points – Pac-Man, Dig Dug Low Points – Rolling Thunder, Tower of Druaga Quirky Surprise – Pac-Man Vs. Namco’s arcade pedigree has already been covered in this series once before with the examination into the progenitor of the “Museum” concept on the PS1; every other attempt has not quite…

Opinion: Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct Reaction!

The Direct yesterday was pretty hype! It mostly had a steady stream of info on games I am interested in or super excited by, and I actually hit a few of my predictions! So before I dig into the five most exciting announcements, here’s a recap of how I performed with my speculation cap: Persona…

Opinion: I’m Terribly Bored with NES Switch Online

It’s been an awkward experience watching Nintendo evolve how they handle digital distribution of their older games. While some ideas have been solid — the NES and SNES Minis and the Wii Virtual Console — others have not, and I’m afraid the Switch NES Online app is showing severe signs of being one of Nintendo’s…

Opinion: Let’s Talk about Metroid Prime 4

So we got a pretty severe update on the development of Metroid Prime 4 this morning. It was not immediately good — the secret team (probably Bandai Namco, possibly chunks of the Star Wars 1331 prototype team) have been pulled from the project, and it’s shifting over to Retro Studios, the developers of the original…

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…

Opinion: Smash Bros. Ultimate impressions!

Smashtastic I have put in a considerable number of hours into Smash Bros. Ultimate since its launch last week. The above is where I fell character-wise Sunday morning; I’ve since added another several: I still have a few to go: Dark Samus, Incineroar, Greninja, Dark Pit, Toon Link, and Cloud are left. But hey, that’s…