03/31/2015

Operation C is the 190th game added to the review section. Only ten more to go before we hit 200!

03/30/2015

Castlevania Legends has been added to the review section. So many legends, so little time.

03/28/2015

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge has been added to the review section. So many of the games I review have apostrophes in their titles. What's up with that?

Apparently, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has been delayed to 2016. I can't say I'm surprised. Maybe Nintendo is going to pull a Twilight Princess and eventually delay the release of this new Zelda to their upcoming NX console. I guess that means there's one less new game for me to worry about this year.

03/26/2015

Castlevania: The Adventure has been added to the review section. I wonder why I keep posting these if nobody reads them...

03/23/2015

Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge has been added to the review section.

Lately, there are rumors that Hideo Kojima may leave Konami after finishing Metal Gear Solid V. This sort of thing has happened a lot in the past decade; Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square in 2004, Yuji Naka left Sega in 2006, Keiji Inafune left Capcom in 2010, and now Kojima may leave Konami. The only thing missing here is Shigeru Miyamoto leaving Nintendo, which still hasn't happened yet. Whatever's going on in the Japanese game industry, it doesn't look good.

03/20/2015

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble has been added to the review section. Remember to tilt before you tumble.

So I recently caught wind of the news that Nintendo is going mobile and has also announced a new console codenamed "NX." I'll get to the console announcement later, but first I'll talk about the mobile thing. Nintendo has always been the type of company to set trends, not follow them, and this has led to both good and bad things. Initially, Nintendo's reluctance to follow trends was seen as a negative, because they kept resisting such advancements as ubiquitous online multiplayer. Eventually, though, their insistence on staying away from game industry trends was a refreshing change of pace, as they didn't give in to the great evils of paid DLC, microtransactions, and mobile gaming. That's not the case anymore. I suppose all good things must come to an end.

As for the new console announcement, I'm a little surprised it came so soon. I guess I shouldn't be, since the Wii U is going to be three years old soon, and there once was a time when consoles only lasted five years tops. There's also the fact that the Wii U has been selling horrendously and is light years behind the other consoles in terms of raw horsepower. The thing is, the other consoles have barely been out for two years, and still have plenty of life in them yet. I feel like Nintendo might be jumping the gun here. This could turn into a Saturn and Dreamcast scenario, though it's still too early to call. I'm thinking Nintendo can't afford two failed home consoles in a row, so whether or not Nintendo remains in the console business will probably depend on the NX's success.

03/15/2015

Mega Man Soccer has been added to the review section. Anyone up for a game of soccer?

I'd like to take a moment to talk about what games I'm looking forward to this year. Most of these games don't have release dates yet, and possibly won't make it out this year, but I'll list them anyway. First off, there's the trinity of non-Nintendo releases; Metal Gear Solid V, Final Fantasy XV, and Kingdom Hearts III. Of these, only MGSV has a release date, so it remains to be seen whether the other two will make it out this year. Plus, the other two games are exclusive to next-gen systems, and I don't have any besides the Wii U. I'm currently unsure as to whether I'll bite the bullet and buy a new system for FFXV or KHIII. I'll have to think on it more.

On the Nintendo front, I'm keeping an eye out for Yoshi's Woolly World, Star Fox U, and The Legend of Zelda U. None of these have release dates yet, though Nintendo implied that they're going to come out this year. I'm being cautiously optimistic about Star Fox, as there hasn't been a good Star Fox game since Star Fox 64... in my opinion, anyway. There's also the fact that this game will use both the Wii U Gamepad and gyroscope controls; two things that could potentially ruin the game. I particularly hate gyroscope stuff. I'll wait and see what people say about Star Fox U before picking it up myself.

That's about it. I'm not interested in anything else for the moment, though that could change as more things are announced.

03/12/2015

Mario's Time Machine has been added to the review section. I'd like one time machine, please.

03/06/2015

I've just reviewed Mario is Missing! Maybe if I write enough reviews, I'll eventually become a good writer.

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