Nintendo Switch, which released in 2017, brought me back to 1997. It was a whimsical song from Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle that did it.
The definition of sadness is knowing you’ve spoiled good milk. Not by being proactive in allowing it to go past its expiration date. But by allowing bad cereal to touch its creamy goodness. Mario, how could you? How could I?
Some of you may not be as enamoured with the Dragon Quest series as I am. But I think most of us can agree that dressing up our four-legged feline friends to go on a tough Dragon Quest inspired JRPG adventure is as endearing as life gets.
Ugh. Now this game has rare butterflies.
When it comes to video games, 2017 was not joking around—both for the sheer quality and their incredible soundtracks.
After luring Kid Kat, a superhero cat with a Speed Racer fashion sensibility, to my mess of a camping ground, I lost interest in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’d spent hours—sometimes portions of entire days—obsessively and painstakingly crafting furniture to satisfy animals’ requests. I just couldn’t do it anymore.
London has hosted my travel adventures on three occasions. Well, 10 times really, if we’re counting the ones I went on with the good Professor Layton, Luke, and Katrielle.
“Years of watching golf has finally paid off,” my sister mused. Then with a pause, a snicker and a hand-waving gesture, “Though I still don’t quite understand some of the golfing terms.”
Last Day of June’s ominous title is perfectly matched for its intentional, brooding Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. And as the game’s director Massimo Guarani notes, it’s our shared human experience of loss and subsequent coping mechanisms that is at the heart of his team’s upcoming indie adventure game.
If you haven’t browsed the web today using Google (or maybe you’re a Bing Wiz and that ain’t my biz), check the homepage. Today’s interactive Doodle celebrates Oskar Fischinger’s 117th birthday. Who’s that? Only a cool man who created musical animations way before MTV played music videos, and then didn’t.
One morning, you may find yourself throwing eye-daggers at friends at 6 a.m. for repeatedly blasting Mario Odyssey’s theme song. Then, later, involved in the stage clean up of half-consumed beer, cucumber sparkling water, and sweat from one of your favorite musicians from one of your beloved game series. E3 is weird.
Last Summer, I went from inhaling power-ups and being a shape-shifting, cutesy mecha nightmare as Kirby in Planet Robobot to keeping the company of questionable, spirited friends. I’d like to continue the tradition of the latter once the warm clutches of 2017's Summer take hold. Yo-kai Watch 2, here I come.
There are certain things I can and want to expose my curious 10 year-old nephew to. Particular parts of Persona 5? Yes. Most of the game? Not yet. I’d like for him to be engaged with it in the future. But he’s already halfway there as it’s a fictional, yet too real snapshot of what we’re all living through right now.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...well, when it comes to specialty peeps, I’m just a fool who needs to feel to learn.
As is the norm in Breath of the Wild, I was investigating Hyrule’s shores when I spied a curiosity in the distance—an island I forgot to visit. Making my way by raft, I set upon its beach as a storm drew in. I had arrived at Eventide, and was informed the awaiting trial had a nasty surprise in store. Hooray?
In Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!, the urge to cut your friends out of malice—and not for actual problem solving help—is strong. It makes the gaming experience just as frustrating as it is fun. But best of all, under that playful bit of co-op devilry is a very smart game.
Seriously, curse those weirdly expressive puyo globs.
On the show floor at NYC’s hands-on Nintendo Switch event—and easy to bypass amongst the bustle of activity surrounding titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—stood Snipperclips.
Sometimes, after a particularly weary and intense battle, Final Fantasy XV’s Prompto will whine that he’s dying of thirst. I hope he’s not craving any of Wiz’s Energizing Elixir because that concoction tastes like medicinal trash.
Over-analyzing games and favorite mediums can be a real killjoy at times. A critical eye can make problems more glaring which lessens the impact of a body of work. But when masters of their craft know how to elicit specific emotions, all that is rendered moot. This is often the case with Yomawari. Damn you, game.