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

Immortals Fenyx Rising: Greek Geek Out

Immortals Fenyx Rising is an open world Action / Adventure game developed and published by Ubisoft. It was released in October 2020 as a cross-gen release on the PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC. MSRB is $60. I played the Nintendo Switch version. Let's get this out of the way -- yes, Immortals … Continue reading Immortals Fenyx Rising: Greek Geek Out

Ever Oasis: The 3DS’s Forgotten Zelda Game

Ever Oasis is an Action RPG with Zelda-like elements developed by Grezzo and published by Nintendo. It released on the 3DS in June 2017. Screenshots are courtesy of Nintendo.com. Amidst the hype of the newly-released Nintendo Switch, I feel like this game got lost in the shuffle of 2017. It's tragic. Imagine you were assigned … Continue reading Ever Oasis: The 3DS’s Forgotten Zelda Game

Summer with Shigeru, Part 3: A New Kind of Storyteller

Welcome to our last analysis on Shigeru Miyamoto's work! For this last post, I wanted to talk about how Miyamoto pioneered a new way people could both tell and experience a story. He certainly wasn't the first one or the only one to do this, but his early work is certainly a strong contribution to … Continue reading Summer with Shigeru, Part 3: A New Kind of Storyteller

Summer with Shigeru, Part 2: The Inspired Mad Scientist

It's no secret that Miyamoto has a reputation for coming up with unique and unexpected ideas for a game. He's not just an inventor, he's a reinventor. In a way, you can still see Miyamoto's attitude from Nintendo's early arcade days showing through, for better or worse. Miyamoto was famously inspired from Popeye to make … Continue reading Summer with Shigeru, Part 2: The Inspired Mad Scientist