Opinion: The Virtual Console Rides into the Night

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch will not see a Virtual Console as seen on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. At this point, this isn’t a huge shock; the Switch has been out for over a year, and Nintendo has made two big shifts in policy in regards to its back catalog. One, the…

Music: Top VGM STKs #7 – Splatoon

Splatoon has become one of my favorite franchises in the past decade, if not all time. It’s just such a splendidly executed game world, and the music is a huge part of why I have all the emotions about it. I feel this soundtrack is related in spirit to Sega’s Jet Set Radio, but done…

Music: The Last 5 Songs from my Top 100 VGM!

Finally! It’s time to put an end cap on this feature as I round out the last five songs from my Top 100 VGM! Of course, now I need to do my favorite soundtracks properly…my work is never done! lol Open the World (Part I), Culdcept, Kenji Ito, PS2, NEC/OmiyaSoft, 2002 This is a definite…

Opinion – Where the hell is The Last Story on the Wii U, Nintendo?

As the Wii U rides off into the sunset, there’s been a somewhat steady trickling of Virtual Console releases over the past year to help give it a decent sendoff. Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of TurboGrafx titles from Konami, but quite a few Wii titles made the leap onto the service beginning late…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – Wii U

As you might have guessed by my moving the NES and Super NES articles, I’m going to begin working on this series anew over here at LVLS. And it seems fitting to relaunch it with the unfortunate Wii U, a system that truly deserved better than the reality it got. I love the console. It’s…

Opinion: Absolute Bullshit Design in Games (3/23/2017)

I’m going to be writing some thoughts on the overall experience of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is extremely positive and will be joining my absolute favorites of all time, but there’s one notable design issue in the game that cramps up the entire open-world exploration notion the game nails so freaking well. And…

Opinion: A week of Breath of the Wild

So. I’ve been pretty quiet this past week since Breath of the Wild ended up in my lap. Want some thoughts? I’ll try to keep any spoilers to a minimum (save a special section at the end I’ll clearly mark) in this discussion, but if you want just a quick summary of my impressions, here…

Opinion: Holy crap it’s Bomberman 64 on the Wii U

Well, the surprise N64 releases on the Wii U Virtual Console keep on coming. Two weeks back we had Harvest Moon 64, a game Natsume swore up and down wouldn’t be modernized, and now we have Hudson’s Bomberman 64. This has been on the top of my wish list for Virtual Console re-release ever since…

Opinion: Let’s talk about the Virtual Console

3/26 Update – The Wii Shop has closed its feature of adding points today, and it appears the Wii U Virtual Console is officially done and dusted unless Konami sneaks a few more TG16 titles in. So I am going to declare this feature retired and no longer update it. Long-time (and I mean “before…