My first stream of playing Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System via the SNES9x emulator. Streamed originally on Monday, February 13th, 2017.
Finally, after months of teasing, the Nintendo Switch has been officially revealed. Nintendo held a conference on Thursday, January 12th, and had an event showcasing the games and console the following day. My initial response to the console was abrupt, and a lot of the following information seemed to confirmed that. However, after digesting all of the information that we have over the weekend, here are my final thoughts on the Switch before the console is released. This will be based on information from the conference, the Treehouse stream, and various press releases, and news stories published around the same time. I won’t be talking about every detail about the console in depth, as this is primarily about my opinion, but I will give details and sources for the info where I feel applicable. I’ll break down my thoughts into four categories: the hardware, the service, the games, and the marketing. Without further ado, let’s get into this. Continue reading “Colorwind Reacts: The Nintendo Switch Reveal”
The Nintendo Entertainment System is 30 years old. My, my, my, am I getting old. In honor of the console’s 30th anniversary, I thought I would talk about my memories with the NES.
For Middle of Nowhere Gaming
When you talk about underappreciated video games, Earthbound is sure to be in the conversation. Earthbound is actually called Mother 2 in Japan, as it’s the second game in the Mother series, and is the only title from the series to see an official releases in the US. Initially, Earthbound was a commercial and critical failure in America, but over time has gained a loyal following. This fan base has created art, music, translations of Mother 1 and 3, petitions to get the games official re-releases in America, and more. They have lifted the game from failure to one of the biggest cult classics in video game history. It’s an infamous game, one that even today feels a little off-kilter when compared to other titles in its genre. However, Earthbound is not an game that should be missed, especially if you’re looking for something different and ahead of its time.
I watched Nintendo Direct yesterday, my first one in awhile. I like the Nintendo Direct format but I prefer the normal format as oppose to the more special ones they’ve been doing recently on Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros and such. Overall, I think the presentation was okay, with little to get me excited about but there are a couple of things I would like to talk about, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Splatoon.
Mario Kart 8 is a retuning of a over 20 year old franchise that makes it one of the best in the franchise. Those looking for a drastic change in the franchise will be disappointed as this is no reinvention but instead a greatest hits of the best aspects of past Mario Karts. Controls feel tight and responsive, tracks are inventive and feature multiple of alternate paths and shortcuts, and victories feel more attributed to skill rather than luck. Mario Kart 8 may not be the best in the series but it’s definitely up there as it manages to be really fun again.