Learning to love Dragon Quest as a devout Final Fantasy Fan

With the latest trailer Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to repost this blog entry I wrote a few months back! (now that I  actually have a few readers)  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIiUFmB_TWw The first time I ever witnessed the opening to Final Fantasy VII my mind was blown. … Continue reading Learning to love Dragon Quest as a devout Final Fantasy Fan

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The Music of Revelations: Persona

With the announcement of Persona 3 Dancing Moon Light / Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, it’s a perfect opportunity to talk about the wonderful music of Persona and the creative forces behind it. We've come a long way since the release of 1995's Revelations: Persona for the PlayStation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAgr6wtJOuw&t=2420s Megami Ibunroku Persona was developed by … Continue reading The Music of Revelations: Persona

From Gameboy to the Super Nintendo: An evolution of Kirby’s copy abilities

When you think of Kirby, the first thing that comes to mind is his iconic ability to suck up enemies and take their power. It's a simple yet effective gameplay mechanic that has held strong for over 25 years. But it's evolution wasn't necessarily linear. When taking a closer look through Kirby's long history, it … Continue reading From Gameboy to the Super Nintendo: An evolution of Kirby’s copy abilities

How I obtained… and promptly lost my copy of Earthbound

If there was only one game I ever truly wanted in my gaming collection, it had to be Earthbound for the Super Nintendo. Who would have thought that for a brief moment in time, one of my favorite role-playing games would come into my possession, only to be taken from me as quickly as it … Continue reading How I obtained… and promptly lost my copy of Earthbound

Star Fox 2 and the importance of video game preservation

The announcement of Star Fox 2 for the Super Nintendo Classic edition marks an important step in video game preservation. Initially planned for release the near end of the Super Nintendo’s life, Star Fox 2 was quietly shelved in 1995, likely due to the impending release of the Nintendo 64. While many of its ideas … Continue reading Star Fox 2 and the importance of video game preservation

Time to pull out the shovel and resurrect another dead console brand

Who would have thought, after 24 years, Atari is getting back into the home console game with the brand new AtariBox. From what I’ve read on Atari Age, this isn’t going to be another plug-and-play 2600, but a real dedicated piece of hardware. Now it’s time for my favorite part of an announcement: Needless speculation! … Continue reading Time to pull out the shovel and resurrect another dead console brand

ROMHACK FRIDAYS: Fester’s Quest (NES)

ROMHACK FRIDAYS aims to showcase some of the greatest ROM hacks both old and new. I hope to handpick some of the greatest hacks, fan translations, and complete conversions out there. Just because they’re old games, doesn’t mean they have to be stuck in the past. For the inaugural ROMHACK FRIDAY, I'm delving into the … Continue reading ROMHACK FRIDAYS: Fester’s Quest (NES)

Gaming, depression, and a little bit of self-isolation

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve struggled with depression. An overwhelmingly feeling of hopelessness defined my life. No matter how I approached dealing with my depression, it felt like a burden I could never overcome. It would consume me until there was nothing left. Empty and worthless. I tried to fill the … Continue reading Gaming, depression, and a little bit of self-isolation

Distinctive Game Sequels: A prelude to Castlevania II

My views on Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest have certainly oscillated over the years. I spent such a long time loathing the idea of the game more so than the game itself. Why couldn’t Konami just make another action-platformer and given us a trilogy of three amazing games? Instead, what we got was an overly cryptic game … Continue reading Distinctive Game Sequels: A prelude to Castlevania II

Distinctive Game Sequels: Zelda II

I finally got around to playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and it got me thinking about how much I enjoy surreal and peculiar game sequels. Nowadays game sequels are pumped out like clockwork, leaving little for innovation and creativity. Gone are the days in which a game sequel could come out and … Continue reading Distinctive Game Sequels: Zelda II