Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 21) Just Dance 2

21) Just Dance 2 (Wii, UBI Soft, 2010) Just Dance became the poster child of the aggressive marketing push for the “casual” dynamic propagated by the success of the Wii. However, my sole experience with this behemoth of a franchise (which is still releasing titles on the original Wii this year!) made me really wonder…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, 2011) Before diving into a ranking of my favorite Legend of Zelda titles, I figure I should discuss the two that are among the worst games I’ve played, and Skyward Sword is one I haven’t talked about in a little bit, so let’s start there. The sole…

Music – Five Random Selections from my Top 100 songs

I have no uniting theme for this month’s VGM Top 100 post, so here’s a random assortment of five songs I haven’t covered yet. Body Harvest – Indoor Theme (N64, Stuart Ross/Allan Walker, Midway/DMA Design, 1998) I adore this song. It’s such a melancholy piece of music, an indicator of how much danger and chaos…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii, Nintendo/Retro Studios, 2007) Corruption is the premiere example of motion controls corroding what would have otherwise been a fantastic game. And the boss Mogenar is the point of impact; the exact moment of the entire design crumbling apart for me. Up to that specific encounter, I was having a…

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: Retro Comps – Data East Arcade Classics

Data East Arcade Classics (Wii) Highlights: Side Pocket, Burgertime, Wizard Fire Low Lights: Two Crude, Express Rider, Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory Quirky Surprise: Sly Spy Majesco dropped a surprising compilation onto the Wii towards the latter days of its life: a collection of 15 Data East arcade and NeoGeo titles culled from G-Mode’s licensing…

Opinion: Let’s talk about the Virtual Console

Update – Since I update this about once a month, I’ve dropped the old updates and made a couple small tweaks to make this easier on me to keep up with. Long-time (and I mean “before LVLs. shut down” long-time) readers might remember that I used to recommend Virtual Console games here. And while I’m…

Archives: The Last Story Review

Note – This stands as the best review I wrote for LVLS back in the day. It conveys the passion I felt for The Last Story, and also provides some analysis in the Spoiler section at the bottom. With LVLS operating once again, it felt right to bring this back over. The Last Story (Wii)…