Tournament of Hotties: Adam Sandler’s Lovely Leading Ladies: Round 1, Part 1

Adam Sandler has done a lot of movies, most of them romantic comedies, and he typically has a very attractive woman as the person he is romancing, so it’s time to pit all the wives, girlfriends, partners in some way that he has had among all his movies to see who is the ultimate hottie!

I can’t make any promises that I didn’t miss any, for there’s quite a few and it’s been years (like in the decades) since I’ve seen a lot of these, or I’ve only seen them once and don’t remember, but I’ll do my best to find them all!

Note that I will be judging the women as their characters, and not the actresses themselves, for we will likely see them before and after their films were made.

So here goes, Round 1 of the next Tournament of Hotties begins!

Bout #1

Veronica Vaughn (Billy Madison)

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Veronica is very beautiful and very sexy, the fact that she’s a third grade teacher makes her all the more sexy. Unfortunately her face is a bit…crunched? I don’t know. Something looks off with it, but it doesn’t detract to much from her hotness.

VS

Virginia Venit (Happy Gilmore)

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Virginia is a beautiful woman but her all-business hair cut doesn’t really make her irresistible.

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See what I mean?

Though any woman presenting herself with lingerie and beer is pretty much a sure thing, especially with a great body like hers.

But while Virginia is beautiful, is Veronica was in that sexy get-up, I think most people would faint.

 

Victor

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Veronica Vaughn (Billy Madison)

 

Bout #2

Linda (The Wedding Singer)

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Linda is an indecisive whore, who’s into hard, carefree men, or so it seems. She’s the persona of a 80’s metal chick and she’s probably very wild and experimental in bed. And she’s good looking, so…she’s desirable.

 

VS

Holly Sullivan (The Wedding Singer)

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Holly is an easy lay, and that’s fine with us. She’s also quite hot and sexy, and always dresses the part. She seems to rather enjoy showing us her shoulders, which is fine, as they are gorgeous. Her curly hair drives me wild, and her face is beautiful.

 

Both women are hot, but this one is a no-contest…

 

Victor

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Holly Sullivan (The Wedding Singer)

 

Bout #3

Julia Sullivan (The Wedding Singer)

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She’s cute, but nothing spectacular. A kind and proper woman for the most part, except for falling in love with other men when she’s engaged to someone else. Bitch.

 

VS

Vicki Vallencourt (The Water Boy)

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Yeah…she’s sexy. She does what she wants and takes what she wants, and you could only hope it’s you. Plus, she’s one heck of a mechanic!

This is easy.

 

Victor

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Vicki Vallencourt (The Water Boy)

 

Bout #4

Vanessa (Big Daddy)

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Vanessa is an obviously hot blond and looks downright incredible in red bras. If you want to hold on to this hottie, best get yourself a five year plan. She does not discriminate with age.

 

VS

Layla Maloney (Big Daddy)

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Layla is beautiful and rocks the short hair quite well. She also has a great smile. Her voice can be a bit annoying, but since that has absolutely nothing to do with her looks, we won’t count that against her.

But poor Layla can’t stand up to hot, shirtless blonds, I’m afraid.

 

Victor

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Vanessa (Big Daddy)

 

 

Bout #5

Valerie Veran (Little Nicky)

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Oh boy… Well… it looks like she could be beautiful is she spruced herself up a bit. But she obviously has a ridiculous wild side, cuz she likes to bang demons. Or rather, half demons.

 

VS

Lena Leonard (Punch-Drunk Love)

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This is the best picture I could find of her. She looks pretty here, but the rest of her pictures, not so much.

It doesn’t help that I have never seen this movie, and I haven’t seen Little Nicky in like 20 years, so I can’t remember anything about Valerie.

So upon further research into each movie, Lena really isn’t attractive at all, and Valerie has potential to say the least. I didn’t expect this but…

 

Victor

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Valerie Veran (Little Nicky)

 

Okay! That’s it for part 1! There’s still lots of women to get through, so see you in round 1, part 2!

Super Smash Bros- Reactions to All Characters

The Super Smash Bros series has been around for over 20 years now. The idea of this was something gamers back then only ever dreamed of, or didn’t even bother to dream of because it just seemed so outrageous that we were certain it would never happen.

But one day, Nintendo gave us a game that put video games’ biggest stars in the same arena and let you battle each other. The novelty of this idea has still not worn off on me, and each time I play it, I still have that feeling like I’m playing it for the first time (which is something to be said, since I’ve probably put a good few thousand hours between all the games).

This might be because each game boasts an ever-growing roster of fighters, the latest entry, Ultimate completely destroying all previous games when it comes to content.

Every time a new character is revealed, the internet seems to go into a frenzy, mainly because they don’t like the character, or feels they aren’t deservant enough, and that someone else would have filled that spot better. Or people are ecstatic about the new character. Originally, the game’s roster was only reserved for Nintendo characters, but it has since grown to include many fighters from third-party companies such as Capcom and Sega, so that now Super Smash Bros is a celebration of video game history, not just Nintendo’s history.

So to honor this wonderful franchise, and to throw my hat into the online brawl of opinions, I am going to list a quick reaction of each character in the series. The reaction will obviously be from the game they debuted in.

And for the record, I love every single character, and I don’t care who they put in the game, for a new character is a new character, and that excites me, regardless of who it is.

1. Mario: (SSB)

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“Well of course he’d be the first choice.”

2. Donkey Kong (SSB)

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“Great choice.”

3. Link (SSB)

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“Weird that they went with adult Link, since he’s been a kid in like all his games.”

4. Samus (SSB)

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“Well, I guess this is the closest thing we’re going to get to a ‘Metroid 64.'”

5. Yoshi (SSB)

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“How in the world is he going to fight on his own? …Oh that’s how. I love it!”

6. Kirby (SSB)

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“Oh my God! He can actually steal the other’s powers!”

7. Fox (SSB)

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“So that’s what he looks like outside of an Arwing. I wonder how he fights?”

8. Pikachu (SSB)

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“Holy crap, they put a Game Boy character into this game? Why would they do that? But it’s awesome to see what he looks like in 3D!”

9. Luigi (SSB)

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“I mean, he has to be in it, but why does he have the same moves as Mario? Then again, he doesn’t exactly do anything differently in his games.”

10. Ness (SSB)

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“Who is that? He’s from what?”

11. Captain Falcon (SSB)

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“Who’s this now? There are people inside the F-Zero cars?”

12. Jigglypuff (SSB)

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“Of all the Pokemon they have to choose from, why the heck this one?”

13. Peach (Melee)

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“Wow, I didn’t think they’d put a damsel in distress in a fighting game. Kind of interesting.”

14. Bowser (Melee)

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“Yes! I wished he was in the first! I was afraid they were excluding villains.”

15. Ice Climbers (Melee)

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“Who the heck are…wait, there’s two of them? Awesome!”

16/17. Zelda/Sheik (Melee)

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“Oh cool, another princess. It’s crazy how they come up with move sets for these girls. WHAT?? She can transform into Sheik!?!?! Genius!”

18. Dr. Mario (Melee)

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“Ha, that’s a clever choice. At least he’s got the same moves as Mario so I don’t have to learn another character.”

19. Pichu (Melee)

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“What is this, a baby Pikachu? And he hurts himself? Lame.”

20. Falco (Melee)

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“Oh nice, I love Falco. It’s good to see them putting secondary characters in.”

21. Marth (Melee)

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“Guess I should move to Japan. I don’t think it’s fair they put people from games that aren’t released globally.”

22. Young Link (Melee)

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“Woohoo! They put him in, and kept adult Link!”

23. Ganondorf (Melee)

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“Oh nice, another awesome villain. Oh wait, why does he have the same moves as Captain Falcon?”

24. Mewtwo (Melee)

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“Now they’re using their heads. This is the kind of Pokemon we want!”

25. Roy (Melee)

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“Oh…another one. Hey! His attacks have fire! Cool!”

26. Mr. Game & Watch (Melee)

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“HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my God! I forgot about those old games! Best character choice by far!”

27. Metaknight (Brawl)

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“Nice choice, he’s an awesome character in the Kirby series.”

28. Pit (Brawl)

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“Huh, I always thought his name was Icarus.”

29. Zero Suit Samus (Brawl)

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“Yes! I was hoping she’d be in it! It’s cool how final smashes switch between her and regular Samus.”

30. Wario (Brawl)

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“Nice, I was hoping they’d put him in. I wish they gave him more moves from his Game Boy games though. But it’s really cool they gave him his original and Warioware costumes.”

31. Solid Snake (Brawl)

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“Oh my God! A third-party character. The possibilities now are huge! But Snake? He seems so out of place. But after playing him, I have faith they can now make any character work in this series.”

32. Ike (Brawl)

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“A nice replacement for Roy. At least I know what Fire Emblem is now, even if I don’t know the character.”

33/34/35. Pokemon Trainer-Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard (Brawl)

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“Wow, I can’t believe they actually did this! Me and my brothers always said something like this would be amazing!”

36. Diddy Kong (Brawl)

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“Yes! I wanted him, but was afraid he was owned by Rare.”

37. Lucas (Brawl)

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“Another Ness? Okay…”

38. Sonic (Brawl)

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“YES! YES! YES! He was my most wanted, but I never thought it would happen! Wow, Mario and Sonic fighting in the same game. That’s so bizarre, but every 90’s kid’s dream!”

39. King Dedede (Brawl)

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“Nice, Bowser’s got some competition.”

40. Olimar (Brawl)

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“I’m not surprised, with how popular Pikmin is. I never played the games, but he looks like the most unique and interesting character in the Smash Bros.”

41. Lucario (Brawl)

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“If they are going to make someone similar to Mewtwo, why not keep Mewtwo in it, since he’s cooler and I know who that is?”

42. R.O.B. (Brawl)

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Looks up what R.O.B. is from. “Haha, a great pick, the Mr. Game & Watch out of nowhere selection for Brawl.

43. Toon Link (Brawl)

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“Yes! I wanted them to replace Young Link with him, and it seems they have! Hallelujah!”

44. Wolf (Brawl)

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“YES! Are you kidding me? This game is giving me all my most wanted!”

45. Villager (4)

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“Well that’s an interesting choice. I don’t like Animal Crossing, but I guess it’s overdue.”

46. Mega Man (4)

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“OH MY LORD! YESSSS! One of my most wanted for this game!”

47. Wii Fit Trainer (4)

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“Hahaha nice! I never saw that coming!”

48. Rosalina & Luma (4)

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“I was wondering if they were going to put her in it. I was kind of hoping they would.”

49. Little Mac (4)

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“Yes! He’s my most wanted!”

50. Greninja (4)

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“I don’t know who that is, but he looks like a worthy Pokemon.”

51/52/53. Mii Gunner/Fighter/Swordsman (4)

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“I was shocked these guys weren’t in Brawl. I figured their wasn’t a way to implement them, but I’m happy to see they did so spectacularly.”

54. Palutena (4)

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“Wow, I never thought she’d make it since she really doesn’t do anything in her game. But I am thrilled!”

55. Pac-Man (4)

pacman smash

“Amazing! I can’t believe I never even considered him a possibility, especially since he is one of the most historical characters in video games.”

56. Robin (4)

robin smash

“Another Fire Emblem character I don’t know. But at least he’s not a primary sword user and looks to be the coolest character from that series.”

57. Shulk (4)

Shulk smash

“Another dream come true! I didn’t think it was possible for him to be in it! This is wonderful!”

58. Bowser Jr. (4)

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“Nice! I was wondering if they would make him, though I didn’t expect him to be like this. And putting the Koopalings as his alts is incredible!”

59. Duck Hunt (4)

duck smash

“HAHAHA. I thought Wii Fit Trainer was the classic out of nowhere character, but this might take the cake.”

60. Lucina (4)

lucina smash

“Another Marth clone…didn’t really need that. Oh wait, she was originally going to be an alt costume for Marth? Then I’m very glad she’s her own character!”

61. Dark Pit (4)

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“I was happy with a color alt for Pit, but okay, I’ll take this.”

62. Ryu (4)

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“Wow, one of the most iconic characters from a fighting game joins the roster of a completely different fighting game. How interesting, and I am excited!”

63. Cloud (4)

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“Wow! This is a big deal, and he look’s awesome!”

64. Corrin (4)

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“A character from a Fire Emblem game that hasn’t come out yet? That’s the best kind of advertisement. At least they’re really unique and awesome looking!”

65. Bayonetta (4)

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“Wow, I did not see this coming. She is really out of place, being a highly sexualized and violent character. This could be very interesting, and I am excited to see what they do with her.”

66. Inkling (Ultimate)

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“Yes! I was hoping they were DLC in the last game, so I’m a very pleased they’re the first new character to be announced.”

67. Daisy (Ultimate)

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“Great choice for an echo!”

68. Dark Samus (Ultimate)

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“Dark Samus was one of my most wanted, but not as an echo…She has a huge potential move set, but I guess I’m glad she’s in it in some way.”

69. Chrom (Ultimate)

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“Meh. I know a lot of people wanted him, so good for them.”

70. Ridley (Ultimate)

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“Now all the people who’ve been begging for him the last 10 years can finally shut the eff up.”

71. Simon (Ultimate)

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“WOOOO!!!!! He’s my most wanted third-party character since they put in Sonic!!!”

72. Richter (Ultimate)

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“A double-dose of my most wanted? Cool!”

73. King K. Rool (Ultimate)

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“Now all the people who’ve been begging for him the last 10 years can finally shut the eff up.”

74. Isabelle (Ultimate)

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“This is the first time I have been disappointed by a character selection. Do we really need another Animal Crossing character?

“Oh wait, she’s fun.”

75. Ken (Ultimate)

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“I was hoping they’d make him an echo.”

76. Incineroar (Ultimate)

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“Another new Pokemon I don’t know, but he looks pretty interesting!”

77. Piranha Plant (Ultimate)

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“Is this a joke? Nope I guess it’s not. How hilariously genius of a character!”

78. Joker (Ultimate)

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“Who? Oh, I’ve heard of the Persona series. Didn’t realize it was that popular. Maybe this is another advertisement character? He looks cool though.

79. Hero (Ultimate)

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“Wow, they really made him play like an RPG character. I love the four different versions. I can’t believe this is the only fighter to use a sword and shield besides the Links.”

80. Banjo-Kazooie (Ultimate)

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“I was kind of hoping they’d put him in, he’s a great fit in the Smash universe.

81. Terry (Ultimate)

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“Well that’s a random choice.”

82. Byleth (Ultimate)

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“There’s got to be one from Fire Emblem. They look awesome at least.”

83. ARMS Rep (Ultimate)

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“YES! I was hoping one would have been in it already, but better late than never!”

 

And there you have it. After the ARMS rep, there will still be five more characters added to the roster, and I suppose I will add my reactions as well.

As I said, of all these characters, I enjoy playing as every single one of them, so I don’t really care who they put in, whether I know how they are or not, because I know they will do a good job on them. That’s not to say I don’t have my own hopefuls, which I talk about in this post.

What were some of your most memorable reactions, especially when the first game came out?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Animated Disney Films

In conjunction with my post last week, where I ranked my roughly 10 favorite live-action Disney films, now I will be ranking my 10 favorite animated ones. I expect most of them to be the old classics I grew up watching, but we shall see!

 

#10 Robin Hood (1973)

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Robin Hood is a fox and his band of animals do what Robin Hood does best, steal from the rich and give to the poor, and attempt to marry Maid Marian, who conveniently is a fox as a well.

#9 Oliver and Company (1988)

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Disney’s take on Oliver Twist, this focuses on an adopted cat who gets lost and is taken in by a hobo and his ragtag band of thieving dogs, all the while battling a deadly loan shark who wants them all dead. There’s love, great songs, and ransom in this exciting tale!

 

#8 Bolt (2008)

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This is about an adorable action-star doggy who essentially gets lost and has to make his way out in the real world. Circumstances force him to see if he really has the stuff that he pretends to have in the movies. A massive test of character if you will.

 

#7 The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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An interesting take on the old children’s story, when Tiana, who is mistaken for a princess, is convinced to kiss a prince who’s been turned into a frog, but winds up a frog herself. Then the two go on an intense adventure both in personal growth, and survival. There are a lot of great characters, very sad moments, as well as heart-warming ones, and a lot of great songs, mostly focused around that awesome New Orleans sound.

 

#6 The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

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This movie focuses on Nala and Simba’s child, as well as the offspring of Scar. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet…with lions. And it’s great. The songs are ridiculously good in it.

 

#5 The Lion King (1994)

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A tale about Simba, a lion prince who’s blamed for the death of his father and tricked into running away, where he’s content spending the rest of his life living with a warthog and a prairie dog until he is convinced to face his destiny by his starving ex-girlfriend. He must return to his old kingdom and retake it from his bloodthirsty uncle, all the while clearing his own name. Simba also gets beat up by a baboon for good measure.

 

#4 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

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This is a sequel about two mice who work for an organization that work to help children. In this case, they need to free a child from a psychotic poacher who’s hell bent on killing some fancy, endangered eagle. Oh, and the kid too, who happens to be the eagle’s friend. Not to worry little boy, some rodent pests are on the job! It sounds silly, but it’s really good.

 

#3 The Rescuers (1977)

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This movie is really stinking dark. The entire setting, tone, themes, music. It’s all extremely dark and depressing. It’s about two mice who volunteer at an organization that helps kids in need. They embark on a dangerous journey to help an orphan who is adopted strictly for slave labor to mine in a cave that gets flooded at high tide. She is guarded by alligators, and when she is no longer needed, she’s left to die. It’s really a depressing and fantastic movie.

 

#2 Aladdin (1992)

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A homeless guy who’s only friend is a monkey is tricked by a sorcerer to find a lamp. He is left to die, but manages to steal the loot, which happens to contain a genie. After some intense life events, the homeless guy ends up nailing the hottest woman ever. All in all a very solid movie.

 

#1 Tangled (2010)

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This movie really surprised me. Every single character is great, even the villain. Rapunzel is absolutely adorable and innocent. She’s been locked in a tower her whole life, so virtually knows nothing about the world, until a wanted criminal with a moody horse accidentally find her, and after a bunch of intense and hilarious events, Rapunzel learns about her life that was robbed from her as a baby, as well as a few other things about life in general. This is seriously a great movie, very funny and entertaining.

Well, there you have it. So most of them I grew up watching. I am amazed that my favorite one actually came out when I was in college. I’m glad to know Disney is still making quality stuff after all these years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Live-Action Disney Movies

I was recently asked to do a list of my favorite Disney movies. If you know anything about Disney at all, you know there are more than a few handfuls of these, so I will be splitting them into two lists, one for live-action, and one for animated. I will be keeping it straight Disney, which certainly means absolutely no Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Fox, or whatever the heck they own nowadays. I’ve actually already done lists for Marvel and Pixar anyway. This list will also not include any of the recent live-action remakes of old animated movies, as I have not seen any of those.

 

#10 The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Okay, so I haven’t seen this movie in a long time…probably not since 2001 as a matter of fact. But I remember really liking it and watched it like three times in a week. I was also 12 at the time, so my opinion now could be vastly different. But I’m putting it on this list anyway, because there are very few movies, if any, where I can say I’ve watched it that many times in such a short period.

 

 

 

 

#9 D2: Mighty Ducks (1994)

d2 mighty ducks I have seen the first and third only once, but the second is the only one I ever owned, and I loved watching it. It’s funny and exciting. The hockey team is chosen to represent the US in some kind of tournament that I can’t remember, so off they go to a different country, while learning to work as a team. The wildly diverse cast makes everything a lot of fun to watch. This movie has given me an appreciation for hockey.

 

 

 

 

#8 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

homeward boundA movie about animals who can talk among themselves sounds cool enough, but when they think they’re abandoned and have to travel across a brutal and dangerous mountainside and return home miles upon miles away makes it sound even cooler. The main characters are diverse and likeable in their own ways. Each has strength and weaknesses, and they must use these strengths and make up for the other’s weaknesses to find their way home, even though if they just waited, they would have saved themselves the trouble.

 

#7 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Fransisco (1996)

homeward bound 2 These three animals tackled the treacherous mountain ranges, but how will they fare against the big city, where they must face dog catchers, blood-thirsty dog gangs…and love…again, all things that could have been avoided if they just stayed put. It’s amazing how these animals can be so dumb, and yet so awesome.

 

 

 

 

#6 National Treasure (2004)

national treasure If Lara Croft was a man, who also wasn’t Indiana Jones or Nathan Drake, they’d be Nicholas Cage in this exciting and intense adventure..

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

Book_of_secrets_post Another clever journey, but with even more danger and excitement. Wahoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember_the_titansposterFor some reason, my middle and high school had us watch this movie like 10 times in a variety of classes, and I never knew it was Disney. At first glance, this seems like a stupid football movie, but it is so much more. A bunch of racists have to play football with some black folk. They start out enemies but eventually become brothers. Then they go along their final year in school, dealing with all the troubles kids do back in the 60’s or 70’s I think it was, with all sorts of dramatics. It is quite emotional and entertaining.

 

 

 

#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

pirates 1Finally, an awesome pirate movie? But with undead curses, incredible action, and fierce, strong lead characters and high stakes? Damn…I was blown away by this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Pirates_of_the_caribbean_2_poster_b This one just barely squeaks ahead of the first one. It’s a bit more intense and darker, and flippin’ nuts with a lot of cool effects on the characters.

 

#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

pirates 3 This is the most ambitious and thrilling of the three. There’s pirate wars, sea monsters, sea witches, violence, heartbreak, a not-so-happy ending. Just awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So yeah, obviously I really enjoy the Pirates series. I haven’t seen the last two yet, but I’m willing to bet they would take up two of these spots as well.

There are a lot of great Disney live-action movies, so this was a tough list to be sure, but these are probably the 10 that have brought me the most enjoyment in my life.

Silverstein Albums Ranked

Silverstein is a Canadian post-hardcore band that has been slaying the music industry for 20 years. In fact, they just celebrated this milestone with a massive tour, playing three sets for those lucky enough to see it before I assume it was canceled from coronavirus. I was one of those lucky folk, and I have to say, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

It is extremely rare for bands, especially in their genre, to be together that long, and even more rare for any band to throw out consistently incredible albums every single time. There is no band I can think of that has done this as well or efficient as Silverstein.

They come out with an album every two or three years, and I have been blown away to some extent every album. The key to their success is they don’t change. And they don’t really do anything fancy. Their music isn’t all that impressive, but it’s jaw-dropping. Their vocals are catchy and poetic, and he only screams when the music calls for it, as a result, the constant switching between singing and screaming creates a very emotional and powerful song that I never get tired of. They know what sound they want, and just do what they do, and it generally just gets better as their talents and creativity increase over the years. It isn’t too farfetched to say that Silverstein is post-hardcore.

So to celebrate Silverstein’s 20 years, as well as their brand new album that came out a little over a month ago, I’m going to rank all their main studio albums from my least favorite to most favorite.

#10

 

Short Songs

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2012

Okay, so I have never heard this. I thought it was just some demo or spoof album, which I guess it kind of is. But I only just now realized this is considered their sixth full length album, so now I’ll have to actually go out and buy it. But seeing as the album consists of 11 originals and 11 covers, all under 2 minutes, and some under 1 minute, I can see why I never bought it, and am quite certain it will without a doubt be their worst.

 

#9

A Beautiful Place To Drown

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2020

Their tenth and brand spanking new album is unfortunately their worst (we’re pretending Short Songs doesn’t exist from here on out). And that is because on this one they actually change their sound. They go for a much more poppy sound, and it’s just not the same.

But that’s not to say this album isn’t good. In fact, it’s very good, but falls far from the rest of their albums. But the songs are actually better live, since so much of that poppy flair is eliminated, so that you can actually hear the songs as Silverstein, and then you see how maybe their sound hasn’t changed so much after all.

Truthfully, I hated the album the first couple times I listened to it, but after three or four times, I have to say I have no issue with it at all.

#8

Discovering The Waterfront

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2005

Their second album is the one that brought them to fame, but it also was my least favorite one until a month ago. I so very much liked their first album that when this came out, I was somewhat disappointed by it.

But that’s not to say I don’t love this album in it’s entirety, for it is phenomenal. And that just goes to show how good this band is. Their worst two albums are still incredible.

 

#7

When Broken Is Easily Fixed

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2003

This is their debut album. My friend introduced it to me back when I was getting out of my “nothing-but-punk” phase. I really enjoyed the album, and as a new guitarist when this came out, I spent a lot of time learning their songs. Because of this, Silverstein has been a huge influence in my writing.

 

#6

Arrivals and Departures

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2007

Their third album is amazing, making me forgive the band for Discovering the Waterfront, for A&D quickly became my favorite of the three.

#5

A Shipwreck in the Sand

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2009

Their fourth album is when this band became huge for me. I was completely blown away by this album, and still am. It has some of their best songs to date, and I get excited every time I listen to it. It was at this point that they became more than just a band for me, but probably entered my top 10 or top 5 favorite bands.

 

#4

Rescue

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2011

Their fifth one had a hard time, what with following up the perfect A Shipwreck in the Sand. For a long time, Rescue fell short of that album, until after a year or two, I realized how amazing and catchy every song on this album is, not to mention all the emotion behind it. The quality of the album is also much, much better, for their other albums were always so quiet, almost muffled sounding. Rescue showed what Silverstein could really do. Their writing was the best it had ever been up to this point, and for that, it eventually won favor over it’s predecessor.

#3

I Am Alive In Everything I Touch

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2015

The next three albums are complete masterpieces. They are some of the best albums ever made in my opinion. This album in particular, which is their eighth, has so many beautiful songs, so emotional and incredible. Not to mention it displays some of the most talented song-writing in the bands career.

 

#2

Dead Reflections

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2017

I have gotten every Silverstein album as soon as they came out, except for their first one, because I never heard of them, and this one, their ninth, because I had so much other music I wanted to check out that I never got around to it. But since I was seeing them in concert, I bought this when pre-ordering their new one.

I now hate myself for depriving myself of this album for a couple years. It is fantastic. So catchy, yet so powerful and dark in a way at times. Every song keeps me hooked from beginning to end, and now I feel I must listen to this over and over for two years to make up for all the times I missed out on it.

#1

This Is How The Wind Shifts

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2013

Okay, so I lied…I didn’t buy this one right away either. Mainly because I was super poor at the time.  My friend kept urging me to listen to it, but I kept blowing it off. But one fateful day, an employee of mine played part of the first song for me, “Stand Amid the Roar,”and despite my financial troubles, I bought their seventh album the very next day.

Never in my life has a song ever blown me away as much as that one. It was Silverstein, whom I had already loved for years, and yet it was something different, something new and exciting, something perfect. It was like the band had reached nirvana. I excitedly listened to the opening “Stand Amid the Roar” in it’s entirety when the album finally arrived.

I literally could have stopped at that one song and been satisfied. But I eagerly listened through the whole album and found that each song hit me just as hard as the first. Literally every single song is a masterpiece beyond the likes of anything I can ever comprehend. The band had surged forward, much like they did in A Shipwreck in the Sand, but in a much bigger way.

It was after listening to this album that Silverstein at long last officially became my favorite band of all time, and have held the title ever since. But not only because of how good this album is, but how they constantly deliver amazing stuff time and time again, when so many other bands decline or only have one or two really good albums. These guys make it look simple.

I’m wondering if the band itself thinks this is their best album as well, for on their tour they played a large medley showcasing every single song from This is How the Wind Shifts.

 

Happy 20th Anniversary Silverstein! Thank you for bringing so much to my life, both in listening to music and writing it! Here’s to hoping for another amazing 20 years!

 

School Bus Drivers Are The Biggest A-Holes

Y’all ever notice this? I guess because they carry a bunch of kids they think they can do whatever they want.

I’ve nearly been hit by them on several occasions, for they run red lights, ignore right-of-way rules, and even some basic traffic laws. The former two are especially worse when there’s a group of buses. The whole line will go through red lights like a funeral procession, and cut off any car they can, as if they have to maintain a chain of buses.

Basically, I’m tired of them acting like they own the roads.

There are more extreme cases of course. A year or two ago there was a massive accident on a major highway near me, where a school bus missed an exit and decided it would be okay to make a U-turn when the median opened up. This major highway has three-four lanes on either side, mind you, and he just cut from the right most lane to the left, slowed down to a crawl and began to turn his big old bus to the other highway, effectively taking up at least two lanes in the side he was moving out of and likely would have taken up two or three on the other side if he didn’t get slammed into by a dump truck, who couldn’t slow down in time to stop for the random bus turning into the middle of the highway.

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And right away, people were blaming the dump truck, who did absolutely nothing wrong.

To me, driving like this is a serious problem. Having such an “I am important cuz I carry kids, so yield to me” attitude is so dangerous. How about they just drive like everyone else, or rather, like regular safe drivers, and they’ll get your kids safely to where they need to be, almost guaranteed. Or at least I’ll get to where I’m going safely, since I won’t have to worry about being cut off all the time.

God dang jerk-offs.

 

The Best Romances In Media

You know how every now and then you’ll be watching a movie or TV show, or reading a book, and you’re blown away by the on-screen chemistry between actors, and/or the way they are written and all that?

It really nails home the feeling these characters have for each other, and makes it incredible to watch or read about, and makes it so very believable and awe-inspiring.

So today, I will be starting a running list of romances that I think are some of the best of all time.

Though forgive me, for I can’t think of too many at this time.

*Note these are in no particular order.*

Charles & Caroline Ingalls

(Little House on the Prairie TV Series)

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This is a very well written show, and the father and mother of the main family’s relationship is no exception.

Despite constantly facing hard times, working their butts off always or dealing with raising a handful of slightly troublesome daughters, they always manage to stay positive and cheerful.

There are many scenes where the two of them goof of and laugh together, and share sweet, tender moments, and it’s all so adorable and believable that this is a caring, loving couple whose bond holds their family together, no matter what happens.

 

 

Rocky & Adrian Balboa

(Rocky movie series)

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These two have an infectious chemistry right from their first scene together, despite Adrian saying two words to Rocky. Throughout the series, their bond grows stronger, and despite going through really rough times, and really great times, their love never wavers, but grows stronger. They support each other through the bad, and rejoice together when things go well.

The scene in Rocky II when they are walking through a park after they find out Adrian is pregnant, talking about what they want their kid to be like is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. It’s so natural and simple, and so cute. It’s hard to believe they’re acting here, it’s that good.

 

Kara Danvers & Mon-el

(Supergirl TV Series)

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This is probably the best on-screen couple I have ever seen. Despite being from two rival planets, these two fall in love hard, and the interactions are jaw-dropping. Not even because of their lines, it’s way the look at each other, touch each other, kiss, cuddle… all of it seems so real.

And then I found out the actors were actually married in real life, so it pretty much was real. And it aided their fake relationship immensely.

Peter Parker And Mary Jane Watson

(Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy)

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This one has a lot to do with the way it’s written. This relationship is quite the roller coaster, and the actors nail every point, low or high.

The emotion of each character is so powerful, and portrayed beautifully. Each interaction has me practically holding my breath, for it’s so incredible to watch the points where they love each other, and yet has me full of anxiety during the edgy parts.

From their shy beginnings, when they are just friends, to the moment of climax when they fall in love, to when they fall apart, and come back, repeatedly, it’s all amazing.

 

And that’s all I can think of at the moment.

What relationships do you find extraordinary?

My Top 10 Video Games Series

Over the past few years, I’ve been churning out top 10 games on most of the systems I’ve owned, then went outside the box to do other lists, such as the top 10 most occurring years, genres, and developers, to find which were my favorite of those…in a way.

Now I bring to you the top 10 series that most occurred during all those lists, just to find what ones continually impress the heck out of me enough to make the top 10.

And as a bonus, I will even attempt to write up my own personal top 10 list, and see how they compare. So let’s get to it!

*Note that I will be separating some series, such as Mega Man and Mega Man X, as well as the dozens of Mario series like Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi, and Paper Mario.*

 

As usual with these lists, there are an abundance of ties here…so much so that every game in a series (that I am aware of) will appear on this list, so dig in folks.

#10 A lot

The following games had one game from their series’ appear on my list…

Joe & Mac

Super Mario Maker

Bayonetta

Xeno

Uncharted

Star Wars Battlefront

Dragon Ball Z

Call of Duty

Mega Man Legends

Transformers: War For…

No One Lives Forever

Darksiders

StarCraft

Shadow Warrior

Diablo

Red Faction

Banjo-Kazooie

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

 

Whew that’s a bunch!

#9 A Good Number

The next franchises had two games in their respective series’ makes my lists.

RayMan

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Final Fantasy

Star Wars: Jedi Knight

Star Fox

Kid Icarus

Viewtiful Joe

Pokemon

Wario

InFamous

 

#8 Just a Handful

These few had three games in their series’ make my lists.

Yoshi

Mario Kart

Resident Evil

Castlevania

God of War

New Super Mario Bros

#7 Just a Few

These had four…

Paper Mario

Mega Man

Mario & Luigi

Mega Man Zero (That’s the entire series!)

#6 A Couple

These two had 5 games from their series’.

Super Smash Bros

Kirby

 

#5 Two More

These appeared 6 times.

Mega Man X

Kingdom Hearts

 

#4 And Another Two

These ones appeared 7 times!

Metroid

Donkey Kong

#3 Sonic The Hedgehog

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Sonic’s games made my lists 8 times!

 

#2 Super Mario

This massive series, the ones that start with Super Mario and are his mainline games, made my lists 10 times!

 

And the most occurring series of them all…

#1 The Legend of Zelda

This wonderful, long-running series trumps them all, with 13 of it’s games making my lists.

 

 

 

And as promised, I bring to you my actual top 10 series. This was pretty tough to do, but I think I’ve got a somewhat true list going on here.

#10 God of War

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This series redefined action gameplay. I haven’t played the newest one yet, but the rest have all been phenomenal and brutal.

 

#9 Super Mario

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This again is only for the game that start with “Super Mario.” Every single one of these games is fantastic, which is pretty amazing to say, given how many there are.

 

#8 Mario & Luigi

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Not only are these my favorite RPG’s, thanks to their superbly creative attacks, story, and settings, but they are also hilarious and bizarre.

 

#7 Donkey Kong

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This is largely thanks to the incredible Donkey Kong Country trilogy on SNES. Those are some of the best platformers to ever come into existence.

 

#6 InFamous

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This has some of the most addicting and diverse gameplay, with tons of awesome powers and abilities, great stories and characters, and the best exploration I can think of.

 

#5 Metroid

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These games are intense, with tons of action, items/power-ups, and exploration to keep you entertained for hours.

#4 Paper Mario

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There is something about this series. They’ve got a certain feel to them that I can’t explain. But I love the stories, the characters, the humor and the gameplay, which nowadays is changed up in every game.

 

#3 The Legend of Zelda

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This series always has some charming feel or vibe to them as well. Each of these games are very different, and yet the same, and they are all amazing, with tons of clever items, dungeons and characters to make each second entertaining.

#2 Super Smash Bros

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This series was a dream come true when it originated. Ever since, each game has gotten bigger and better, now by far the most enormous games ever made, with dozens of characters from every notable franchise, and even less notable ones, all duking it out on stages pulled from video game history.

 

#1 Kingdom Hearts

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This series just happens to have my favorite storyline, characters, music, combat, and gameplay of all time. I hit the lottery with this one.

 

And there you have it. My personal list is a bit different than my other list, but that’s okay, all these games are great and worth noting.

Super Mario Collaboration: Super Mario 3D World

This post is part of the Super Mario Collaboration, a massive group of hundreds of writers from around the world all sharing their thoughts and memories of video games’ most famous character. This collab is hosted by thewellredmage.com.

Every now and then, something comes along that fulfills all your hopes and wishes, exceeds expectations, and simply impresses the heck out of you. Who am I kidding, by saying every now and then? The chances of something doing all those things is the equivalent of winning the Mega Millions. But Nintendo managed to do all that for me with the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World. If happiness and enjoyment were wealth, I’d be living in a mansion on the beach of some place in the southern hemisphere. I would have preferred winning the Mega Millions, but you can’t win em’ all!

Super Mario World for the SNES is the first game I have sufficient memory of ever playing, and also happened to be my favorite Mario game for my entire life. I had given up hope that a Mario game would ever surpass it in my eyes. but there must be something about the word “World,” for at long last, after more than 20 years, I found a game that could topple SMW’s long standing dynasty.

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SM3DW had me hooked from the first level, all the way to the last. The diverse and creative level design, the new and old power-ups, the bright, colorful graphics, everything about it is an addictive treat. But what I loved most was being able to play as multiple characters, all with unique characteristics. Not only that, but I hate choosing characters, so they were kind enough to put a random selector, so that each character would be a surprise for each level.

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Among the huge world are plenty of secrets, which open up new worlds and items and the like, which makes every single second absolutely wonderful. The game even keeps track of what characters beat each level, which adds to the replay value immensely.

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Playing through it just once though was enough to let me know I had come across solid gold. Suddenly, I was a four-year-old kid again, playing for the first time the SNES my grandmother bought me and my brothers for Christmas. And anything that can make me feel that young again has no choice but to be cherished.

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