A Link Between Worlds – A Brilliant Execution of Nintendo’s Blueprint
Nov28

A Link Between Worlds – A Brilliant Execution of Nintendo’s Blueprint

Nintendo has, by its own doing, positioned itself between a rock and hard place.  The company’s success hinges almost entirely upon its coveted lineup of a half dozen decades-old franchises.  Like Disney, a key part of their strategy is leveraging the nostalgia locked into the hearts of many gamers – upsetting this core is their most terrifying endgame. And so Nintendo has been stuck modernizing its key franchises, stuck in a kind of...

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E3 2013 – Nintendo Game Roundup #2
Jun12

E3 2013 – Nintendo Game Roundup #2

  Pikmin 3 Pikmin returns just in time to back up the Nintendo regulars and silence those critics suggesting that Nintendo’s 1st party properties are either incognito or expired.  The look and feel of Pikmin is everything you’d want from the darling series.  You can now engage in various cooperative and competitive multiplayer mini-levels, but the core experience remains the same. As you might have expected, the Wii U pad has...

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GOTY 2011 – Character of Most Dubious Gender – Ghirahim (Zelda: Skyward Sword)
Jan05

GOTY 2011 – Character of Most Dubious Gender – Ghirahim (Zelda: Skyward Sword)

Oh Legend of Zelda, how do you always produce winners here?  Is it something about Link setting the baseline standard for androgyny each time, taunting his foes, spurring them to somehow top his flowing blonde locks? I would point out that Ghirahim is constantly taunting Link, questioning his ability with a sword.  Ahem.  Again, let’s remember, Link isn’t the most masculine hero out there to feel threatened by.

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Bad Cop: The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword
Dec22

Bad Cop: The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is little more than a novel idea implemented five years too late, and an attempt to further bloat the tried and true Zelda formula into a needless, exorbitant forty-plus hour affair. Nintendo finally serves up a Zelda with engaging, 1:1 Motion Plus swordplay.  Bravo, indeed, and only four years after I’ve stopped caring about motion controls.  The best thing I can say about the controls is that the...

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Good Cop: The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword
Dec22

Good Cop: The Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a brilliant return to form for the recently lagging franchise, one that recaptures the magic of the series and corrects several glaring mistakes from the decent Twilight Princess. If the 3D Zelda games since Ocarina of Time have been the evolution of a thesis, each following nearly the same formula but tweaking it and seeking improvement, what has that thesis been? I think we can settle on a...

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