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Jul 25
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I’d first gone through Castlevania 1 and 2 on the NES Classic, but I’m excited to try the Japanese versions on the Anniversary Collection—especially the Famicom version of 3 with the special sound chip. It’s gotta be the best sounding game of the 8-bit era. Read more

Jul 25
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I went into Altered Beast hating it (I’d never gotten past the first level before), but by the end I’d come to love how fucking weird it is. It’s brutal though. I can’t believe that was the Genesis pack-in before Sonic.

Jul 24
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This is exactly how I’ve been treating the past few months in isolation. I try not to consider my library of unplayed games a “backlog” (that seems so imposing, like a to-do list of sorts), but it’s been great to give some overlooked games the proper time of day. Also helps that I was recently laid off. :P Read more

Jul 20
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I’m glad I’m not alone on the SMB3 and SMW debate. Some days I feel one is better than the other. But people leave Yoshi’s Island out of that conversation, and honestly—putting aside the historic importance and influence of each title—it might be the best platformer ever made.

Jul 20
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You’ve got amazing taste. I replayed Sonic CD recently and it finally clicked for me. Also Super Mario Land 2 is the series’ actual “hidden gem.”

Jul 20
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The All-Stars/Advance version of SMB2 is arguably as good as SMB3.

Jul 20
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I love platformers so much. This is a great selection of games. My personal top 3 changes with the weather, but right now it would be: Read more

Jul 20
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I’m a lifelong platforming fan, and I have a pretty generous definition of the genre. To me, a platformer is any game where one of the primary challenges is navigating obstacles by running and jumping. So, Super Mario Bros. is a platformer; Mega Man is a platformer; Assassin’s Creed is a platformer; Tomb Raider is a Read more

Jul 20
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SotN isn’t nearly as good as Bloodlines or Rondo of Blood. The back half of it is kinda toothless, especially when Alucard is so overpowered that you can mow down entire hallways in seconds.

Jul 9
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Somehow they thought Nintendo’s support was possible even before now, despite how toxic the community already was.

Jun 15
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I’m with you. The name is a dead giveaway. They’re clearly trying to evoke that old franchise. Though I would have preferred a set of missions based on the movies rather than an original story.

Jun 15
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Really, no mention of Rogue Squadron? This is clearly supposed to be a spiritual successor, especially considering the title. RS2 is still one of the best Star Wars games ever made. I hope EA/Disney goes into the vault and re-releases those along with this.

May 28
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I’ve been playing on Xbox One with a 1-month Gold trial running because I really don’t wanna pay $60/yr for a F2P MMO, when I’m already paying for PS+ and Switch Online. I was hoping I could easily switch to PC and avoid that subscription cost (I’m also running Windows 10 via Bootcamp on my Mac), but the install size Read more

May 7
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We did get a sequel, actually—Nintendogs + Cats on the 3DS. It was a very early title. I really like it, but it looks like it didn’t do anywhere near the same numbers as the DS original.

Aug 22
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For someone who already has professional experience as a journalist, what’s a smart way to get a job covering video games? I work as a full-time professional writer, but I’ve also been a radio news anchor and am entering grad school soon to focus on journalism. I know this question gets asked a lot, but I’m Read more

Jul 2 2019
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Metroidvania has got to be one of the most obnoxious gaming terms, up there with roguelike. Not because they’re not useful or somewhat appropriate—they can be and sometimes are—but they only serve to wink at another person that you’re an enthusiast. They’re not really all that descriptive unless you know what Metroid, Read more

Aug 29 2017
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You’re absolutely right. Those sort of issues were what I was referring to with “a variety of reasons.” I’m just arguing that with the nature of the content, they should have known better than to leave it on-disc in any state. I doubt the cost of fixing the problem during production would have been worse than after Read more

Aug 28 2017
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It wasn’t just a “sex scene,” Hot Coffee was an interactive sex mini-game where you could select positions, etc. Rockstar was in no way innocent. Yes, devs leave all sorts of cut content on-disc for a variety of reasons. However, something that outrageous should not have made it to retail in a playable state, Read more

Jun 13 2017
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I completely agree. I sunk hours and hours into that one. It blended the fast-paced hop-and-bop gameplay of the 2D games with the acrobatics of the 3D ones, and dressed it up with that Galaxy charm. It was so unlike anything else in the Mario series—and hard as nails to 100%, too. I hope we get another one someday!