Fusing The Best Parts of Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission

We're in the home stretch, and it'll be a double-header this time! Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission were both Game Boy Advance games developed within 2 years of each other, and were released during the series' brief renaissance of the early 2000s. Metroid: Zero Mission is a remake of the first NES game with … Continue reading Fusing The Best Parts of Metroid Fusion and Zero Mission

Super Metroid: A Critical Second Look

Super Metroid sits on a golden pedestal, inside a sacred chamber, deep within the revered temple of Retro Video Game Classics. To approach, one must meditate for seven days, chanting the ancient mantra: atmosphere, exploration, powerups, backtracking... atmosphere, exploration, powerups, backtracking... once you've cleansed yourself from the impure, hand-holding world of Modern Gaming, you may … Continue reading Super Metroid: A Critical Second Look

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Between Formulas

Happy 35th Anniversary, Zelda! To celebrate, I thought it would be interesting to take a peek at a Zelda game that showed Nintendo in the middle of a metamorphosis. In the mid-2010s Nintendo was transitioning from a gameplay formula they had been using and refining since A Link to the Past in 1991, where Link … Continue reading Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Between Formulas

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is Classic Nintendo Fun

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle platformer developed and published by Nintendo. The game arose from the Captain Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World. It originally released on the Wii U in December 2014. Later Nintendo ported the game to both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS in July of 2018. MRSB is … Continue reading Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is Classic Nintendo Fun

A Newcomer’s Guide to the Metroid Series

So you saw the E3 trailer for Metroid Dread and you're interested in trying it out, but you've never played a Metroid game before. Allow me, a long-time Metroid fan, to help! Metroid is one of Nintendo's oldest and most important franchises. Among critics, it stands proudly on Nintendo's podium of their best video game … Continue reading A Newcomer’s Guide to the Metroid Series

5 Nintendo Switch Games that Deserve a Second Chance

Happy 3rd Anniversary to this blog! I can't believe I've been writing for you guys for 3 entire years. I'm baffled that Polygon hasn't sent me an email begging me to write reviews and editorials for them. Tough luck, professional journalists! I write on my own time. My blog, my rules! At first I thought … Continue reading 5 Nintendo Switch Games that Deserve a Second Chance

Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected – Expectations Managed

Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected is an epilogue story campaign set after the events of Xenoblade Chronicles's main story. It is included for free in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. For my review of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's main story, click here. So like in Torna: The Golden Country, Monolithsoft went through the process of making yet … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected – Expectations Managed