My Top 10 NES Games

I never really loved the NES, even when it was the only thing out there. But it did have far better options than anything before it, and among all the crap on the console, there were still a few gems. So let’s take a look at my 10 favorite out of the 32 I own, though I have only played 28 of them so far.

 

#10

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Mega Man 4

Capcom

1992

 

 

 

 

All the Mega Man games feel like the same game to me, but just kept getting better slightly, as if it’s one game with DLC being constantly added to it. I was always excited to see what robots they would come out with next.

#9

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Mega Man 5

Capcom

1992

 

 

 

 

Like I said, they just keep getting better.

#8

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Mega Man 6

Capcom

1994

 

 

 

This is the best one on the NES. I told you, I’m not a huge fan of NES, but the Mega Man series is fantastic.

#7

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Kid Icarus

Nintendo

1987

 

 

 

This game is really hard, but also quite satisfying, so that I never really got mad over the countless times I died. The gameplay is just really fun and keeps you wanting more. When you beat it, it’s a great feeling.

#6

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Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Konami

1988

 

 

 

This is a ridiculously impossible to figure out game. But with a walkthrough, it is so much fun and one of my favorite Castlevania games of all time.

#5

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Nintendo

1988

 

 

 

This is another really hard game, but again, quite satisfying. It really is a lot of fun once you get strong enough to hold your own.

#4

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Super Mario Bros 2

Nintendo

1988

 

 

 

Quite a turn from the first game, but man is it fun. A really great platformer.

#3

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Kirby’s Adventure

HAL Labs/ Nintendo

1993

 

 

 

What a unique and fantastic platformer. So much fun…

#2

zelda

The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo

1987

 

 

 

Oh. My. God. This was easily the most ambitious and by far the best game to ever come out at it’s time. It’s a huge game packed with secrets, enemies and items and it just was jaw dropping, and still is really…

#1

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Super Mario Bros 3

Nintendo

1990

 

 

 

In the way Zelda shattered everything, this game did just as much. It took a classic and improved upon it 100fold. It’s just so big, with so many paths and items. One of the best platformers out there and one of the best games of all time.

And there you have it. My top 10 must haves for the console that started modern gaming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Game Reveals From e3 2018

Another e3 has just about wrapped up and pretty much everybody revealed some incredible titles, so I am going to share the 10 I am most excited about! Note that I am only listing games that were revealed for the first time, or I had no idea were in the works.

 

#10-NioH 2 (PS4)

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#9- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (PS4, XB1, PC)

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#8- For Honor: Marching Fire (PS4, XB1, PC)

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#7- Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4, XB1, PC)

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#6- Super Mario Party (Switch)

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#5- Control (PS4)

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#4- Doom Eternal (PS4, XB1, PC)

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#3 Daemon x Machina (Switch)

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#2 Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, XB1)

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#1 Jedi: Fallen Order

This didn’t even really get an actual reveal but was talked about vaguely during EA’s conference. Nonetheless, I am most excited for it because it sounds sort of like Force Unleashed, except you play as a Jedi instead of a Sith apprentice.

 

 

 

My Most Wanted For Smash Bros Switch

e3 is less than a week away and I couldn’t be more excited, but mostly I am excited for Tuesdays Nintendo online video, where there is sure to be lots of exciting news, none more so than (hopefully) a good deal of information on the new smash bros game.

Many people still seem doubtful that this is a new game, but rather a port of the Wii U/3DS versions, which would be a huge let down after all the hype, so I seriously doubt it is. Plus when they initially announced it, they seemed to go out of their way to title the trailer “Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros” instead of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo switch, which were how the Wii U and 3DS games were titled.

So anyway, there are thousands of characters people want to see appear in these games each time one comes out. Brawl gave me several characters I wanted added (Toon Link, Wolf, Sonic). After that game, anything seemed possible, especially since they added so many newcomers (though I think Little Mac was the only one added that I really wanted in 4…oh and Mega Man…and Shulk…k that one delivered too).

So here are some characters I would love to see…and no…Ridley and King K. Rool are not going to be on this list. I am not opposed to literally any character becoming playable, and honestly I get excited for any newcomer, even if I don’t know who they are, but I would be a tad more excited if these upcoming characters appear.

First and foremost, I would love to see every character that has been cut back in it, which means Snake, Wolf and especially the Ice Climbers, who were only cut because of the limitations of the 3DS. The only ones that don’t need to come back are Young Link, Toon Link is a perfect replacement and Pichu…cuz why?

And now onto the newcomers I would love to see.

Paper Mario (Paper Mario series obviously)

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I know, another Mario character, but he would just be so cool. With a ton of partners and sweet special moves to pull from, he could be a whole lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

Dark Samus (Metroid Prime series)

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Aside from looking cool, Dark Samus has an impressive array of powers and abilities, some of them demonstrated as an assist trophy in the last game. Now make it fully playable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Belmont (Castlevania series)

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This has been a third party character I’ve wanted for a while. His legacy on NES, his chain and special weapons all make him a great candidate for smash.

 

 

 

 

 

Sora (Kingdom Hearts series)

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I love Kingdom Hearts, so to see the main character in one of my favorite games of all time would be magical. Again, he has an enormous move set to pull from to make him a worthy adversary against Nintendo’s finest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luigi (Luigi’s Mansion)

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Give Luigi a moveset based off his Mansion games. There is no need to have him a partial Mario clone anymore, though I was thrilled his final smash in 4 used the poltergust.

 

 

 

 

 

Sonic and Tails (Sonic series…duh)

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Instead of just Sonic, let these two be a team like the Ice Climbers, since in the Genesis games, they functioned in the exact way the Ice Climbers do now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewtiful Joe (game with the same name)

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He’s awesome and has a nice, crazy moveset that would fit right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Red (Wonderful 101)

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He is from the team that made Viewtiful Joe, so I guess I would rather see Red, for he is actually a Nintendo character. Maybe give him a combination of all the other wonder’s power which would give him a truly awesome moveset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong Country Series)

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Either as a team with Diddy or stand alone character, I want her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero (Mega Man X series…not the Zero series look)

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I would love to have X, Mega Man and Zero all be in it, but hey, Zero would be a cool addition if I had to choose one, after Mega Man, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And those are just some of my more hopefuls that came to mind right off the bat. Paper Mario is my most wanted for sure, ever since leading up to Brawl. Of course there are dozens more I would love to see in it too.

But I will not be disappointed with who they add, as long as there are very little cuts and plenty of additions, I will be thrilled.

 

What Do You Look For In a Gaming Review?

This is something I am rather curious about, for it is amazing how diverse and critical game reviews are…that is…game reviews written by the players, not the critics and what not.

I personally don’t care about others opinions on games, but I browse through reviews to get a general gist of what the game is like, and most importantly, in terms of PC games, if there are frequent crashes and other errors on certain OS’ and such.

The reviews vary from short and sweet to big drawn out, extremely detailed stories.

The short ones essentially say… “Fun game” or “Do not buy” where as the long ones just tell you everything you will experience from beginning to end with no spoilers.

I find it best not to take any review seriously, for they are that person’s opinion, and therefore one must be aware that yours will likely differ on more than a few matters. It is because of this that I quite often buy games with bad reviews, and I usually wind up enjoying them in the same way I sometimes hate highly praised games…it’s all up to what you think, so I never look at reviews for movies or pretty much anything in the entertainment biz.

But gamers are so critical on games. Many expect every game to be AAA masterpieces and if it isn’t then they tear it to shreds. This even goes for obvious, low budgeted games that couldn’t possibly stand a chance against Call of Duty, Mario or Halo and the likes.

The first thing most gamers mention is graphics. I stop reading a review at this point and try another one. To me, graphics should not even be mentioned. I get that it is the most obvious thing to start with because it is really what you see first, but a game is meant to be played, so shouldn’t the review focus on how the game plays? I want to know if it is fun, not how pretty it is. And I’ve seen plenty of great games get murdered online by gamers due to poor graphics. This makes no sense to me.

Length is another one people gripe about. I understand if you spend 50-60 bucks on a game, you want a good investment of time to justify the purchase, but again, these low budget developers who make games for under 10 bucks that give you 3-5 hours of gameplay are always ripped to shreds. Gamers need to understand that not everything is going to live up to your favorite, high budget AAA title, and given the huge diversity in development teams and funds, reviews should really only answer one thing…is the game fun?

That is all we need to know. Does it work, is it playable, is it fun. That’s that. It’s okay if they briefly mention some other things, but the meat should be all about how fun it is, and no, bad graphics, a poorly written story and bad voice acting don’t take away from the fun of a game, just the overall quality…though speaking of bad voice acting, I’m not sure what people consider good voice acting, because literally every game I have ever seen has been criticized for bad voice acting. There is just no pleasing people…

If gamers adjust their expectations, I feel they would enjoy games a lot more frequently and thus avoid steering other gamers away from potentially good games. After all, I am usually pleasantly surprised by games that have terrible reviews.

But anyway, this is all just my opinion, just like game reviews. Other people may want different things out of reviews, and if graphics are really what makes games fun for someone, than who am I to tell them differently?

The point of a review is to state your opinion and experience of the game, so naturally all of them should be taken with a grain of salt as they say.

Lastly, while we are on the subject of opinions, I must say how I am constantly under attack because my opinions differ from that which the majority of people feel. This goes for things outside of video games as well. I have been told many times that I am stupid or this or that because I wrote a review or voiced my opinion and then I’m told something along the lines of “The rest of the world likes this, so why would you even consider it being bad?”

This gets me every time. So because the rest of the world likes it, I have no choice but to fall in line? And the sad part is, there are countless people that do. It’s baffling how afraid people are of stepping outside of the “in” circle. It makes me wonder how many people actually like something or are just trying to fit in with everyone else.

But I think I’m getting a bit too deep into this. These are my thoughts, and I’m just curious what other people look for in reviews or what they put into their own.

 

 

My Top 10 Genesis Games

I absolutely love the Sega Genesis. But unfortunately I have not played nearly any of the games I have for it for some reason, and most of the ones I did play as a child, I no longer own. So this list will be comprised between a mixture of games I own and used to own. Not that that really matters.

So here we go, my favorite games for my favorite Sega console!

#10

royal rumbleRoyal Rumble

Sculptured Software/ Flying Edge

1993

 

 

 

I was a huge fan of wrestling as a kid, so the cover alone of this game got me pumped. As for the game, I hated it first because I couldn’t figure out the controls. After studying the manual and practicing, I finally got it down and the game turned out to be a lot of fun. My brothers and I would play this all the time.

#9

Golden_AxeGolden Axe

Sega

1989

 

 

 

I got this because I was a huge fan of King of Dragons for SNES and this looked to be about the same. It’s just as hard, and almost as fun. I was much older when I got this so I didn’t really put a lot of time into it, but I loved the time I did.

#8

Sonic_Spinball_BoxSonic The Hedgehog Spinball

Sega Technical Institute/ Sega

1993

 

 

This is a phenomenal and extremely challenging pinball game, one of the best ever made probably. For being completely out of Sonic’s element, it manages to feel like a Sonic game.

#7

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Sonic 3D Blast

Traveller’s Tales/ Sega

1996

 

 

 

I remember being so excited for this when I first heard about Sonic being in 3D! It was like a dream come true. I remember also being immediately disappointed with it, but it was something new and risky, and I respect it for that. It’s quite fun anyway.

#6

garfield-caught-in-the-act-usa-europeGarfield: Caught in the Act

Sega Interactive/Sega

1995

 

 

 

I was never a big fan of the show, but I did really enjoy this game. You went through different movie sets trying to stop Ottie I think…it’s been like 2 decades since I’ve played it. But the level design was fantastic and there was some great platforming. It’s a very difficult game, but I managed to get further and further every time, though I never did beat it.

#5

joeandmacJoe & Mac

Eden Entertainment Software/ Takara

1993

 

 

 

This game is rather similar to Super Adventure Island, but on crack and I immediately fell in love with it. And it has co-op, so my brothers and I would play this all the time, just having a blast. I don’t think any of us ever beat it, but that didn’t matter, it was all about the journey man. Good stuff.

#4

Sonic_the_Hedgehog_1_Genesis_box_artSonic The Hedgehog

Sonic Team/ Sega

1991

 

 

 

At long last a game emerged that could rival Mario. This fast paced platformer was something new and done to perfection. You always wanted to run fast, but had to show restraint or else you would most likely wind up dying. But the game would give you plenty of all out running moments as well, and with multiple paths to take from beginning to end, it is just one of the greatest games out there.

#3

Sonic2-coverSonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic Team/ Sega

1992

 

 

 

This game takes everything amazing about the first game and just builds upon it, making it far better.

#2

Sonic3-box-us-225Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

 

Again, this just improves upon the second game, even giving it a deeper story. I still remember how I felt playing this for the first time.

And my favorite Genesis game of all time is…I bet you know…

#1

Sonic_&_Knuckles_coverSonic & Knuckles

Sonic Team/ Sega

1994

 

 

I remember being in awe just from the sight of the cover. But that was nothing to when I actually played it. Getting to play as a way cooler character than Sonic was just mind blowing, but to have them play through separate story lines that connected with Sonic 3 was even more mind blowing.

The greatest thing was the unusual cartridge that allowed you to plug Sonic 2 and 3 into the top of it to play the full games they were intended to be, and with Knuckles now playable. This game basically gave us everything we ever wanted and I still play this game as often as I can today.

And that’s it. My 10 favorite games on the amazing Genesis console. Of these 10, I unfortunately only have 7 still in my possession, and of the 43 Genesis games I currently own I’ve only played a small handful of them, and none of them very extensively. I fully plan to get around to it one day in my lifetime…and you can bet this list will most likely change.

My Top 10 GameCube Games

GameCube is my favorite console of all time at the moment. It hads a diverse, fantastic library of games, some new adaptive abilities with the GBA, and the most comfortable controller ever made. But it’s really all about the games, so let’s see the 10 best in my opinion. It was hard to narrow it down, for of the 39 games I have gotten around to playing out of the 46 I own for the system, they were pretty much all phenomenal.

#10

Super_Mario_SunshineSuper Mario Sunshine

Nintendo

2002

 

This took the Mario franchise into a whole new territory, and I’ve got to say, it is quite creative and unique, making it fun to play at anytime. Shooting stuff with a waterpack while performing amazingly acrobatic jumps is just so much fun.

#9

Star_Fox_Adventures_GCN_Game_BoxStar Fox Adventures

Rare Ltd./ Nintendo

2002

 

 

This is another complete twist of a massive Nintendo franchise, and by far my favorite in the Star Fox series. It resembles more of a Zelda game, with some space battles. But finding items, solving puzzles and beating the heck out of dinosaurs is super fun whether you play as Link or Fox, or really anyone else for that matter.

#8

wwThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Nintendo

2003

 

Turns out Zelda still does the genre better than Star Fox. But nevertheless, this game took a unique twist as well on it’s franchise, though not as much as the #9 & 10 spots. Using a gorgeous, new graphic style, flooding the kingdom we’ve saved countless times and introducing an interesting new story of sorts, this was one gripping game, though it does have a few rather annoying flaws. But even so, this is one great game.

#7

super_smash_bros_melee_box_artSuper Smash Bros. Melee

HAL Labs/ Nintendo

2001

Hoo boy, I easily put 1000 hours into this game with my friends and family. This took everything amazing about the first game and doubled it. There are so many modes to play, double the characters and probably even more stages. The most fun part was trying to unlock all the characters and stages. But once you did, it was nothing but 4 on 4 all out melee, and it never gets old. It doesn’t hold up all that well today, but that doesn’t stop me from going back to it every so often.

#6

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This dark and atmospheric game differed quite a bit from it’s prequel, and really, from the rest of the Metroid franchise. It is slightly more story driven and is the first game to feature a whole bunch of new items for Samus to acquire. The deadly double sided world is also very different and cool. Great game.

#5

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Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Sonic Team/ Sega

2002

 

 

This is another game that I put more hours than I care to know in. Thanks to the addicting Chao Gardens, and the incredibly fun and diverse/cleverly designed missions, with special medals to earn in each one, the replay value in this game is enormous. After probably well over 100 hours or so, I still have so much left to do in the game. Though it has been a while since I played it. (Pesky backlog).

#4

viewtiful_joe_p_cdj0m7Viewtiful Joe

Clover Studio/ Capcom

2003

 

 

This is another from out of nowhere classic. Completely unique gameplay mixed into an equally unique and bizarre storyline, with a bunch of unlockables makes this challenging game just truly wonderful. The humor is great as well. One of my favorite games of all time.

#3

twilight-princessThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Nintendo

2006

 

One of the last games to come out for GameCube was one of it’s best, and one of the best in the Zelda series. The gloomy graphical style fit the atmosphere of the game so well. A darker, interesting story with new characters and some brand new gameplay mechanics make this one to remember. This also has the best dungeons in the series as well, having deviated a bit from the usual formula.

#2

MetroidPrimeboxMetroid Prime

Retro Studios/ Nintendo

2002

 

 

2002 must have been the year for Nintendo to take their big franchises and flip them on their heads. Here is another drastic change to formula. An intense action side scroller became a dark, atmospheric first person shooter that was done so well, it feels to be a logical step in the direction of the series. This game is just perfect. The gameplay, the music, the level design, the enemy design, everything…just absolutely amazing. Easily one of the best games ever made.

And here we are, the best game to ever grace the GameCube!!!

#1

paper mario tydPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2004

 

 

This game is a master piece. Each area you visit is so unique and interesting, making it fun and exciting to explore. The gameplay is fantastic, using the same mechanics from the first game, but tweaked a bit. And what’s more, every single character in the game…I mean EVERY one, even the ones you just pass by, are so interesting and fun to watch or interact with. The large amount of party members and the special attacks are all so cool. The story is highly entertaining and fun to follow as well. It…it’s just so good. Like…I don’t know. It makes me feel like I am in the game, adventuring with Mario in all his papery glory. It is one of the few games where I became legitimately sad when I reached the half way point to beating it, but felt completely and wholly satisfied when I beat it, though I could just restart the game over and over again after beating it, it’s that much fun. But luckily, there is some challenging end game stuff to do to keep me preoccupied.

Great game…sniff.

So there you have it, the 10 best games on a console full of even more. Each one of these games filled me with a joyful spirit that I will carry with me forever.

Dear Developers-Linear Video Games ARE Still Fun

Aside from all the negative attention EA is receiving for their whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 mess, they have also recently been accused of shutting down Visceral Games and moving their Star Wars project to another company because of the linearity of the game. Whether this is true, I seriously doubt it, but they have been recently saying, among other developers, that one, people don’t like linear games as much, and two, consumers want to spend a very, very long time on each game.

I assure you, that I, and many people I know still love linear games. They are just as good as non-linear games, if not better. Admittedly, the world does seem to be so obsessed with “open world” styled games, but I personally don’t understand why. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like them, but to have every game be like that is just ridiculous.

There is something to be said for games that just have you follow a path or two and not have to worry about where to go next or getting lost and all the joys that come with massive games.

To say you don’t like linear games is like saying you don’t like platformers, which is entirely possible if you were born in the last 15 years or so and are one of those people who think because the game doesn’t look and play realistically, it is crap. But should developers really be catering to that audience? Definitely not. They have no idea what a game can be or should be, they are just a bunch of dumb kids and should not be considered gamers.

gow gpThe God of War games are linear and they are some of the best games on their respective consoles. But I bet the new one coming out is going to be open world…oh boy! But this is excusable since it is a reboot, but imagine if God of War 3 was suddenly open world? It would be stupid. Those games are just intense action and it is fun. Many linear games are just as fun. Open world games are much slower moving and you spend an awful lot of time just walking around and looking for stuff. That is why many of them are over 100 hours long.

You could have just as much content in a game with a more condensed world and beat it in 30 hours. So is really adding extra walking time that much better?

Final Fantasy 13 is a game that gets much hate, and I’m pretty sure it is because of the Thundara_FFXIIIlinearity of the game. Big deal. It’s still fun. Just because there is no overworld to explore while constantly getting attacked by enemies trying to find the next town or a cave to explore to look for an item doesn’t make it a bad game. The true core is still there, and that is simply being an RPG set in a fantasy world.

And believe it or not, games don’t need DLC. Put extra effort in development and just pull the plug when it is released. Games typically are better when there is no DLC coming out 3 weeks after the game is released. Some DLC is nice, but most of it is just overpriced garbage that we don’t need. If companies actually did it right and didn’t just use it as a way to make some extra cash, then it would be actually pretty cool. But we live in a greedy, crappy world, so that will never happen.

And a lot of games now focus so much on online play, and how much they can cram into that, leaving single player modes very empty feeling. During the PS2/Xbox/GameCube era, I feel like games had much more girth to them. You got to unlock all sorts of stuff, play through a lengthy campaign that wasn’t obnoxiously long and have a great time doing it.

Now it feels like you get a slimmed down game so the devs can put more effort into the multiplayer, then instead of unlocking things, you have to purchase it later so you can pay the devs to continue to support the online aspects of the game.

Trouble with that is the majority of the gaming world still prefers playing by themselves. People suck. We have to spend all day with people. When we play games, we want to be left alone in a fake world void of other humans.

And really, if you have ever played multiplayer games with people, then you know they are a gathering of the biggest idiots on the planet. 10 year olds fighting with 30 year olds, people swearing in place of using actually grammar… it’s a mess. The gaming community certainly is one of the darker stains on the world, that is for sure. So why continue to go a route that supports such vulgar crap? Give us some solid stuff to play by ourselves. We are the majority of the market after all!

And this, ironically, brings me to the next thing developers have been saying. They claim people want to spend hundreds of hours on a single game. Gone are the days where people play a game and then move on.

This is not the case, I assure. I have a back log of over 300 games, so trust me, I don’t want to spend more than a reasonable amount of time on a game. And I assume that goes for anyone but those “gamers” who do nothing but play online Call of Duty and other online shooters. But I am not saying spending a long time on a game is a bad thing either…for it is not.

But this subject amuses me. Didn’t I just say that I wish they gave us longer single player experiences? Yes, well more valuable experiences, not necessarily longer anyhow.

But anyway, these devs are trying to keep us playing games by constantly coming out with new DLC to play. Trouble is, it’s not free and 99% of it isn’t worth buying. And again, this is really only appealing to people who play nothing but the online aspects.

cod2Speaking of Call of Duty, those games were phenomenal back in the day, when they were nothing but a single player campaign and maybe local multiplayer or whatever. The newer games are still fun, but they don’t come close to what they used to be, because all the effort goes into the online multiplayer.

So why do your original, loyal fans get shafted in favor of these people who like to do nothing but spend countless hours playing against each other? Why can’t they instead make exclusive online shooters, which fortunately seems to be a growing phenomenon, so they don’t in fact screw us single players over.

Another thing devs seem to be so worried about is replay value. How is this an issue if you are not letting us ever stop playing the game!?!?!? So they keep on adding more stuff that we can use on another playthrough and this and that, which is nice, but again, it costs a whole lot more money to do this, especially considering all of this DLC would have been included in the game 12 years ago! This is a big reason linear games are so seemingly unpopular. It is the same thing each play through…

And bottom line is, you really don’t need all this extra fluff in a game to make someone replay it. It could be the most linear game ever, but if the gameplay is fun, I am going to replay it for the sake of just having fun. I don’t need to play it for 200 hours, with new stuff added every 20 of those hours. If the gameplay isn’t all that great, it is going to be a dull, miserable 200 hours. I would much rather play a 5 hour game that is a whole lot of fun 10 times over. And big deal if I don’t replay it immediately. If it is 5 or 10 years down the line, then that means the devs did something right.

Trouble is, they won’t make extra money on it in the months following the games release, which is the whole issue here, so to their company, they did not do something right.

I’m all about trying something new, but don’t let the things from the past that actually worked be forgotten.

 

Nostalgia Prevents Progression

Ahh, nostalgia, how nice you are, yet how unbelievably stupid and annoying!!

Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

So basically anytime you experienced something blissful for the first time, and more or less your entire childhood falls under this tyrannical word…nostalgia.

Do I have nostalgic feelings? Absolutely! But I have no problem thinking back to the things I am nostalgic about and realizing that maybe things weren’t so great.

But I seem to be in the minority. People hold on to their nostalgia for life. This is a serious problem, for I feel it prevents progression; I mean this in terms of media and life.

If you are always looking back in the past, always reminiscing about better days, then you will never learn to like anything again and will be forever miserable, for you will always be longing to find something that makes you feel the way that first time you felt whatever it was when you were a kid or whatever. Now add years of nostalgia on top of that happy memory and/or feeling, and your brain deludes you into thinking it was greater than it ever actually was. This effect increases over time, for your actual memory of the event or object or what have you fades, thus leaving only the feelings you had for that, resulting in a cozy little nest for nostalgia to settle in to.

This reminds me of heroin…that’s right, I am saying nostalgia is heroin. They say heroin addicts are constantly using, trying to achieve that first high they ever got from the drug, for that it was the greatest thing they have ever experienced and all theey want is to re-experience it. But they never do, and then they end up dead from an overdose.

Nostalgia is exactly the same, is it not? Though do not worry, I’m rather certain you can’t die from an overdose of nostalgia.

I fortunately/unfortunately have a brother who is like the most nostalgic person I know. He hates everything new because he has such strong feelings for all the things we had or experienced as little kids that he thinks everything else is complete and utter trash.

I am referring to media, like movies. He swears all these movies we watched as children are so amazing and wonderful. While some of them are, a lot of them are not. I mean for little kids they are great, but as adults, they are annoying and impossible to sit through.

tmnt 2Now when I watch a movie that I absolutely loved from my childhood and come to find it’s terrible, I admit I feel disappointed that it wasn’t as good as I remember, but then I immediately get over it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 was one of my favorite movies of all time when I was young. But I watched the movie about 10 years later, when I was an adult, and found it to be borderline terrible.

Now, I just accept this and move on. Big deal. My feelings on movies when I was 5 versus 25 are going to be different. But people like my brother- they just focus so much on their initial feelings from when we first saw the movie that I am not even sure they are actually watching it, but instead are wandering through some nostalgic wonderland, thinking off all the great times they had as kids and what not.

Now, we could just have differing opinions on things, but this happens on just about everything.

Another example is the SNES. We really only had this console growing up. It was an amazing console back in the 90’s and it certainly still is today. I still play mine, but I have no problems moving on to other consoles and games.

My brother, however, is so nostalgic over the SNES and its many fine games on it, that he won’t even entertain the thought of playing other games. Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid are probably his 3 favorite games, and they are without a doubt three of the best games ever made. But he absolutely refuses to play any Mario, Zelda or Metroid games made afterwards, as if their very existence is an insult to his childhood. Even if he watches a trailer, he will watch the first 10 seconds and turn it off in disgust. If it isn’t a game for SNES, then it is no good, so he thinks.

But this is not entirely true. Another game we played as kids was the WarCraft, Diablo and StarCraft series, so he loves these games too.

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Literally all he plays, 20 years later, is all our old SNES games and the Blizzard games for PC, disgusted by everything else out there, with a few exceptions.

He despises Nintendo now, because they dared to move on from the SNES and evolve, like all companies must do to survive.

-UPDATE-

I was talking with my cousin about Mario Odyssey, and my brother was listening in. He sarcastically said, “Yeah, throwing his hat is so cool. Remember when he did that in the old games?”

This just goes to show you how blinding nostalgia is. Really, that comment can be translated to, “How dare they progress and do something different.” I mean seriously, that is an unbelievably stupid thing to say and makes no sense whatsoever.

-END UPDATE-

Which brings me back to my fear of progression and lack there of. My brother is hardly alone in these blinding, nostalgic feelings. That is why so many companies are trying to force nostalgia into their products, to trick that little kid still living in all of us into purchasing whatever it is. This is not really a bad thing, but again, if we are so focused on the past, we can never truly experience something brand new, fresh and exciting. But most people are afraid of change and would rather feel something familiar when charting new territory, and I understand that, but how long must we be tethered to the past?

And anyway, bringing back old things makes them less special. Now that they are in the here and now, it makes the original lose some of it’s charm. But most people will disagree, because they still have that huge nostalgic feeling clouding their brain. Even if what they are reliving is exactly the same as when they first experienced, it will not be the same to them, swearing it is different, and that is simply because of the nostalgic feelings associated with the original.

And don’t dare try to remake or update anything so sacred. People will immediately hate it, just for being different, whether the product is good or not. Like the new Nintendo games, they are doing nothing but insulting their good memories and childhoods. How often do you hear “the original is the best” or something along those lines. The Halloween remake and Ghostbusters remake comes to mind when thinking about this. And they are just two in a very enormous list.

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A perfect example is the Star Wars movies. The original trilogy came out to unbelievable praise and they are probably the most famous movies in history. Then the Special Editions came out, and for literally no reason that I can fathom, a lot of people hated them. That is because of nostalgia once again. LucasFilm dared to change such sacred movies. And really, all they did was more or less put in bigger explosions and add some more creatures. How is that a negative in anyway? Because it insults peoples nostalgic feelings, that’s how!

And then the prequels came out, and everyone hates them. The special editions were forgivable, because it was really the movies fans knew and loved. But now, they got a dose of something different. Most of the complaints about the prequels are completely ridiculous, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t understand why so many people hate them. Until I realized the cause was most likely nostalgia.

I spent my early childhood watching the crap out of the original trilogy. I loved them then and I still do. I love the prequels just as much, if not more. They gave me everything I wanted that the original three lacked. But I see so many people who hate them because they don’t give them the same feeling they got from when they first saw Star Wars. My brother has only seen the prequels once or twice when they first came out, and he hates them, and it’s all because of his nostalgic feelings for 4-6. He doesn’t even remember the movies anymore, but he hates them real bad. To me, if you can’t remember why you hate something, then you mustn’t actually hate it. But that’s what nostalgia wants you to think.

The prequels were a change in formula for the series, but still very much felt like Star Wars, which to me is perfect for when someone makes something new within an existing universe. As long as you are not left wondering where the heck you are, then I welcome all the new stuff.

But then we get to the more recent Episode 7: The Force Awakens. I remember watching the movie in complete awe from beginning to end. This is because first and foremost, I absolutely love Star Wars and have been wanting another trilogy since I first watched Return of the Jedi, but then secondly, because Disney filled the crap out of this movie with nostalgia. It took about an hour after the movie for my nostalgia to wear off and then I realized what a disappointing movie it is. They took hardly any risks with the movie, if any, and gave us Episode 4.1. And people love every minute of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the movie, but it is by far the worst out of the 7. The point I am trying to make here is that progression failed here, because Disney was too worried about appealing to all the nostalgia ridden people who hated the prequels to actually make something new. And it paid off for them, which is what really scares me for the upcoming episode 8, which seems to be not a far cry off from Empire Strikes Back, but I will reserve judgement until I see the movie, of course.

And for the heck of it, I will throw in one more example of how nostalgia blinds people. I am going to mention that good ol’ rapper, Eminem.

He kind of owned the world back in the very late 90’s and early 00’s. His second major album, the Marshal Mathers LP was when he really took off. It reached diamond and I think it still holds the record for fastest selling album. You couldn’t go anywhere at that time without hearing his songs on the radio, the TV, or just people singing them.

eminemFast forward to today and he’s released a whole lot more albums and I think another should be coming out very soon. In any case, his talents as a rapper have increased rather substantially. He is a far, far better artist than he was 20 years ago. But guess what everyone’s favorite album is, (including my brother’s)? That’s right, the MM LP. Again, I am not saying that that album is nothing less than amazing, but most of his stuff after that has completely destroyed that album. But people hang on to that nostalgia of when they first heard of Eminem and that amazing feeling they got when they heard “My Name Is”and “The Real Slim Shady” for the first time. It doesn’t help matters that Eminem was so controversial and almost taboo that every kid who owned his album was looked up to as some kind of bad ass god. That will certainly swell the nostalgic feelings a bit.

But thank goodness Eminem only focuses on the music and getting better, otherwise, he would hold himself back to please all the nostalgic people who loved his early stuff so much. Thus progression would be thwarted. But this has indeed happened to many artists anyway.

And the best part is…even if someone made something exactly like the thing fans were nostalgic for, even if it was everything good about the original and more…it still would displease them. The creators would be accused of trying to change the original…like a remake, accusing them of being out of ideas. But if they do progress and make something new, better or not, they are lynched for changing and moving on from what has been held so beloved by people.

In other words…nostalgia can not be beat. It has a grip on too many people, and no one can take down something so overwhelmingly powerful.

But I shall conclude my thoughts now. I am not saying nostalgia is a bad thing. It can truly be wonderful. But don’t let that stop you from trying new things and adventuring forth in a world that could have so much more to offer, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something better? You just have to let go of pointless attachments to memories from years and years ago. If you do, they will still be there, but you will see and think more clearly and be more open to just about everything. There is always room to share in that brain of yours, and your heart…

 

 

My Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games

Welcome back to another of my top 10 games on some system. I already tackled 3DS, DS and Game Boy, so now I am going to list my top 10 Game Boy Advance games. I only own 21 and have actually played 18 of them. The other 3 I will eventually get to. So which of these are my favorites? Let’s find out!

#10

Fire Emblem TSSFire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo

2005

 

This series poses such a problem for me. I really hate this genre of games, with the whole strategy and perma-death thing, but they are so stinking fun. I was addicted to this game for a long time.

#9

Mega_Man_Zero_cover Mega Man Zero

Inti Creates/ Capcom

2002

 

I refused to play this game for the longest time, just because I hated the art style so much. How did they turn Zero, who looked so awesome in the PS1 games, into this scrawny little girl?

But once I got over that, I regretted waiting to play it. The smooth, simultaneous buster and saber use I had always wished for in the X series was finally brought to reality! This is some of the finest gameplay in a sidescroller and actually has a pretty good story too.

#8

Mmzero2box Mega Man Zero 2

Inti Creates/ Capcom

2003

 

Not much to say other than that this takes everything from the first game and makes it better, while advancing the story.

#7

Mmzero3box Mega Man Zero 3

Inti Creates/ Capcom

2004

 

I know, I know, you are getting sick of seeing these games now. But remember, I don’t have too many games, and these are really excellent. Again the third installment is an improvement over the other 2.

#6

MMZ4_box Mega Man Zero 4

Inti Creates/ Capcom

2005

 

No surprise for the number six entry. It isn’t often to see a series get better with each game, but this one pulls it off. The stories conclusion is wonderful as well.

#5

golden sun Golden Sun

Camelot Software Planning/ Nintendo

2001

 

This is one of the best turn based RPG’s out there. People are always talking about the Final Fantasy series, but this game is easily better than all of those. It has some great gameplay mechanics and an awesome story, and wonderful level design. Tons of fun, it is.

#4

mlss Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Alphadream Corporation/ Nintendo

2003

 

Speaking of great turn based RPG’s, this is up there as one of the best. This was such a surprise when they announced it. I couldn’t wait to play it. When I finally did, I found they took all the great things from all the other Mario RPG’s and evolved them into a masterpiece. I was blown away by how good this game was, and seeing as all it’s sequels have made my other top 10 lists, it is a series that keeps going strong. In fact, they just released an updated version of this game for 3DS!

#3

minish-cap The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Flagship/ Nintendo

2005

 

Nintendo provedĀ  once again that handheld Zelda’s are just as incredible as the console games. A great story is at the heart of amazing gameplay that makes it truly a worthy title in the Zelda series.

#2

Metroid_Fusion_box Metroid: Fusion

Nintendo

2002

 

Just seeing this cover art brings me back to the first time I played it in real life. Like with Minish Cap, Nintendo proved Metroid is just as good on handhelds as consoles. This has excellent gameplay, and probably the best story in the series. It is also one of the more challenging games in the series too. Just awesome.

#1

Metroid_--_Zero_Mission_(box_art) Metroid: Zero Mission

Nintendo

2004

 

Damn. I mean damn. This game is so good. It is probably the best remake of all time. It takes Metroid to another level of awesome. This game really shows what the series is all about. Not only is this my favorite game on Game Boy Advance, but it’s probably up there in best games ever made.

Thanks for reading! If you have never played any of the games on this list, I highly recommend doing so. The Game Boy Advance is a great system, and these 10 games are gems among its great library.

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Series Ranked: Super Mario Bros

This past Friday marked the release of the amazing looking Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch, which is now one of the highest rated games of all time, joining The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

To celebrate this exciting occasion, I am going to rank all of the mainline Super Mario games. There are far too many spin offs to include all of them. Unfortunately, this means RPG, the original Mario Bros, Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Island will not be included in this list, but oh well.

I will rank them from worst to best.

#17

Super Mario Land

Game Boy, 1989

Times Beaten-1

The very first handheld Mario game turned out to be a very short adventure, taking no longer than 20 minutes to beat. It is still a fun little game however.

 

#16

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

Famicom, 1986 / SNES 1993

Times Beaten-0

Originally called Super Mario Bros 2, it was somehow never released outside of Japan. Most people didn’t play it until it was called the “Lost Levels” which was added in Super Mario All-Stars several years later. It is very similar to it’s prequel and takes off right where it left off, making this game very infamous for it’s difficulty. I never put too much time into it to really say much about it, for it was so similar to the first game.

#15

Super Mario Bros

NES, 1985

Times Beaten-2 or 3

This is probably the most famous game of all time, and forever will be so. To this day, it is a fun enough game, but I was never that huge a fan of it due to it’s stiff jumping mechanic and constantly having to replay through the same levels to get to the warp pipes so you can continue where you left off.

 

#14

Super Mario Land 2

Game Boy, 1992

Times Beaten-2 or 3

 

This game is quite unique and still a lot of fun to play. The level designs and nifty power ups, not to mention the introduction of Wario, make this a game to be remembered.

 

#13

Super Mario Bros 2

NES, 1988

Times Beaten-2

This game really took the series in a whole new direction. Suddenly instead of jumping oneverything, you were throwing radishes at them. It’s a really bizarre game, but a lot of fun. The fact that there is 4 playable characters, all with unique traits, make this a very ambitious game for the time.

#12

Super Mario 3D Land

3DS, 2011

Times Beaten-1

This was another twist for the beloved series, taking advantage of the 3D graphics to create a different adventure for Mario, combining elements from the side scrolling games with the 3D ones. While it is a fun game, I wished I was playing a regular 2D or 3D Mario most of the time.

#11

New Super Mario Bros

DS, 2006

Times Beaten-1

A return to the side scrolling age after a decade of being in 3D was a most exciting concept. The only bad thing was that this meant it would be facing up against the last 2D Mario, Super Mario World. And it didn’t even come close, having focused more on keeping faithful to the original NES game, but with a ton of new features added to it.

#10

Super Mario 64

N64, 1996

Times Beaten-2

This is also one of the most famous games ever made, responsible for ushering 3D games into the limelight in a good way. Though the game had a few flaws, it was still pretty amazing for the time. I never was too into it, however, for I felt it was far worse than some of the 2D games.

#9

New Super Mario Bros Wii

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten-4

While this game was a huge improvement over the DS game, it still sorely fell behind some other 2D Marios, making me realize they weren’t even trying to create these side-scrollers like they used to. The “New” series seemed to be something completely different, and while not as good as some of the classics, they are still solid games.

#8

New Super Mario Bros 2

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten-1

This game is a lot of fun, especially compared to the previous two on this list. It was so satisfying to just run like crazy, collecting absurd amounts of coins, through some of the best platforming seen in years.

#7

Super Mario Sunshine

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten-3

This is probably the most unique Mario game around. Cleaning graffiti with a water pack that has all sorts of different settings, while traversing through beautiful landscapes…just awesome. There was plenty of platforming challenges scattered throughout the game as well, making this a fantastic game all around.

#6

New Super Mario Bros U

Wii U, 2012

Times Beaten-1

Now this is what I’ve been waiting for. Amazing platforming chock full of secrets and challenge, new power ups and other ideas, all scattered throughout a massive world. This was the game I have been waiting for ever since they announced the “new” line of platformers back on DS.

#5

Super Mario Bros 3

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NES, 1988

Times Beaten-2

This game was more than anyone could ever have expected at the time of its release. It completely blew every other platformer out of the water, and still does to most even today. It was such a vast improvement over it’s prequels, it’s amazing to think they are in the same series. A huge world, tons of new content, and unique items will keep this one in the record books forever. It is funny I have only ever beat the game twice, for as a small child, I played this game constantly, just goofing around on the many great stages.

#4

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Wii, 2010

Times Beaten-1

The only reason this places lower than the first game is because this was not really the true game. The only reason this game exists is because there was so much that couldn’t fit into the first game, that Nintendo decided to just make another game to put it all in, which is great news for fans! It’s almost like the best DLC ever. So the whole central idea was not fresh at this point, but there were a ton of new ideas and planets to explore and items to grab that made this game stand out by itself.

#3

Super Mario Galaxy

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten-2

This game is a masterpiece. It is probably one of the very few games I can say I could literally not put down. I was so amazed by how good it was, that in only 3 days I got every star and unlocked Luigi, only to immediately beat the game with every star with him too. No other game has had me play so much at one time, and do it over again with no time in between. The game is so unique and incredible, that I long to play it again…(Curse you backlog!)

#2

Super Mario World

SNES, 1990

Times Beaten-At Least 20

This is probably the best platformer ever made, in my opinion. I spent my childhood uncovering every tiny little secret in this diverse, huge world. The game is so vast and just perfect. I absolutely love it and I can pick it up anytime and play through it, taking all the shortcuts to beat the game quickly, or slowly beat every level, and uncover all the secret paths and not stop until I beat Special Land and turn the world into that awesome weirdo place where the Koopas are Marios.

#1

Super Mario 3D World

Wii U, 2013

Times Beaten-1

Here it is, the best Mario game ever made. I was rather disappointed when they announced the next 3D Mario would be in the same 2D/3D combined style like Super Mario 3D Land, seeing that I wasn’t all that impressed with that game.

But the second I played it, I was proven wrong. The new items, particularly the cat, is amazing, the fact that you can play as a variety of characters, each with unique traits, is even more amazing, the humongous world to explore is creative and diverse, and the gameplay is just simply solid. This game delivered everything I could have wanted for this style of game, and I love it to death.

There is plenty to do in the game, giving it some nice replay value too. I had long given up hope that they would ever top Super Mario World, but it seems any game with “world” in the title is destined for greatness.

And there you have it. That is all the mainline games, ranked from worst to best. They are all very good, memorable games, and there are tons of spin off or other series with Mario that are just as good, if not better. It is safe to say that the gaming industry would not be the same without this little fella, so my hat’s off to him. I can’t wait to see where Odyssey fits in this list!

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