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SNES Classic Edition – Review of the games

June 27th, 2017 No comments

Well yesterday we had a cool announcement. After the success of the NES Classic Edition which Nintendo made no effort into capitalizing on (seriously guys, it’s free money, keep that stuff on the shelves… cancelling it was a huge mistake financially), they now have an SNES Classic Edition coming out. Longer controller cords, 2 controllers, 21 absolutely great games, and possibly the biggest surprises from Nintendo this year (which is crazy to think after E3).

Despite the mini-console being 3 months away from release… nothing’s stopping me from reviewing the most important part of it now, since I have played all the games in it.

I MIGHT write a review of the actual hardware once it comes out though. We’ll see. I will include “games that should’ve been in here” and other such shenanigans at the end of the post.

Let’s go!

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Wii U – A postmortem/hommage/retrospective

November 27th, 2016 No comments


So the Wii U is dead. No need to sugarcoat it. It’s done. The last exclusive it gets is freaking Paper Mario Sticker Star 2 (under a different, misleading name). Whatever. The announcements that Nintendo ended production and shipment of the console came just in time, really.

I figured I’d talk about the Wii U a bit, in anticipation of Nintendo’s second 8th gen home console and handheld (at once!). Yes, 8th gen, not 9th gen. Unless you’re weird and you want to call the PS4 Pro and Scorpio 9th gen.

I had the tendency to be a lot less negative about the Wii U than most people (some might call me a Nintendo fanboy even though that’s incorrect), though I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. I feel it was a system that didn’t get the hype it deserved, but also didn’t get the support it deserved. The Switch is where I was hoping they’d go with the Wii U, honestly.

So let’s go and put this console to rest.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014

December 31st, 2014 No comments

2014 has been a trash year for video games. Not to say there weren’t a few excellent games but… that’s the problem, there were only a few excellent games. And none of them were exclusive on the 2 big new current-gen consoles (but rather on the console no one’s buying).

So making this whole GotY thing was surprisingly easy, since I didn’t need to make one post per console, like I WANT to do. Ideally I’d have a top 3-5 exclusives for each system, and a top 5 for multiplats, with a final overall top 3, but there weren’t enough good releases for any of that this time around (I think this is the third year in a row as well). The gaming industry right now is spiraling downwards at a frenetic speed and no one seems to want to change that, and the one company that’s actually putting in any kind of effort isn’t getting support from the consumers, because gamers now don’t want quality games, just fancy boring “realistic” graphics and marketing hype (see: the only reason the PS4 sold at all. see also: the only reason Destiny sold). I could (barely) make a Wii U top 5, but it’s really the only system that could get something like that this time around.

How do I know for sure 2014 was a bad year? Akiba’s Trip and Senran Kagura were in the initial (very) shortlist I made for GotY. FUCKING AKIBA’S TRIP. No, don’t worry, they didn’t make it to the final list, but the fact that they were even in the running at all is freaking ridiculous (note: I liked those games, they’re just not games that should be anywhere near GotY potential… and yet they were). Did devs not want to make good games this year? Don’t they like money? It’s really crazy.

So… yeah… Let’s go! I’ll have 4 sections: a quick overview of the year, the top 5 contenders for GotY, the GotY winner, and the trash of the year which is a highlight of some of the worst games that came out.

(Note: keep in mind I haven’t played every game that came out, so… no Sunset Overdrive since I don’t have an Xbone and at this point I’m waiting for the PC version, haven’t played enough of Dragon Age Inquisition so unlike the trash that is the VGAs I won’t name anything GotY when it was only on the market for a couple minutes, and as much as I wanted to get Guilty Gear Xrd, I decided to wait for the next version. And I haven’t played Alien Isolation which could be a decent contender too)

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7th Generation Send-off: Badass Downloadable games

November 5th, 2013 No comments

I ignored these for the 2 previous posts, because they’re a pretty new thing for consoles and deserve a list of their own this time… and those posts were long enough as they were. This includes games that are downloadable-only, so generally games in the 10-20$ range that aren’t available at retail.

Note: No particular order
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7th Generation Send-off: Badass exclusive games

November 4th, 2013 No comments

Well, after ditching that crappy old hosting, I can get back to posting these… So let’s go on! I’ll post the rest this week so I can post everything else in the backlog (which isn’t too much).

I LOVE exclusive games. They’re what makes a console worth owning over the others in the long run, or give incentive to own more than one of the consoles. Before the 7th gen, console fanbases were built on exclusives, but in the 7th gen that didn’t really happen (instead console fanbases were built on people hating the other console for literally no reason at all). Getting a 360 got you basically the same game library as the PS3, and vice versa, so there was little reason to get both (which, again, I did, twice).

While 7th gen consoles were a bit lacking in this respect, there’s still some great stuff here. So I’ll go through what I think are the top-notch exclusives of the generation.

And no, I’m not a complete braindead moron who thinks that a game being on PC and 360 means they’re 360 exclusive. Come on! And I’m skipping PC because… I’m lazy, yay!

Note: No particular order

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Must-Haves – Atari 2600

March 30th, 2011 No comments

Well, what better console to start the must-haves series than the one that made popular the use of cartridges to play different games? Sure, at least one console did it before the Atari 2600 (the Fairchild Channel F), but the Atari 2600 made it the standard.

The Atari 2600 is a console that I recently started collecting for, and it’s filled to the brim with great games to play. Obviously the games are simpler than games in following generations, but that doesn’t make them any less good. The simple and fun gameplay made Atary 2600 games great. And now I’ll find out which are the ones that you need to own at the very least.

There’ going to be a few general suggestions, but also a bunch of single games. This isn’t an “all the good games on the system” list, because that would be WAY too long, but rather a list of games that you really “need” if you plan on getting the system.

So read on!
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New series of posts incoming – Must-Haves

March 19th, 2011 No comments

This is an idea I’ve had on the backburner for quite a while. The idea is pretty simple: Each post, I’ll choose a video game console, more or less at random, and attempt to determine what are the games that are truly must-have on it. Keep in mind I will not have always played all the games available on the systems (that’s basically impossible), but I will try to at least find , no matter the system, the best games that represent it, and some of the higher quality games for it.

This is all for fun, and I hope to at least inform people about great games on a large variety of systems. Not sure at what interval I’ll be posting this, but rest assured I’ll try to get through at least all the popular systems. I feel we just don’t get enough retro-gaming talk on here, so at least this is going to get me to write about my favorite aspect of gaming.

Keep up with the site for new posts in the Must-Have series!

Categories: Must-Haves