I recently updated my Nintendo 64 emulator, Project 64, after finding out it had an update this past year, and downloaded new graphics and audio plugins, Glide 64 and Azimer’s HLE Audio. After doing this, I realized that two games that had major graphical and audio inaccuracies before on the emulator, Paper Mario and Yoshi’s Story, were now mostly fixed. I decided to take advantage of this and start playing these games. However, I also knew that I could buy these games on the Wii U and Wii, as well as the original Nintendo 64, which I do own. I was tempted to buy them but am strapped for cash. For now, I’ve decided to stick with the emulator versions but am still on the fence because of the benefits and detriments of emulators.
For Middle of Nowhere Gaming
For the uninitiated, My Gaming Landscape is an informal blog post series where I discuss my thoughts on the games I’ve been playing recently, as well as recent news and events in the video games industry and with me in general. This means that these posts typically contain impressions, editorials, and personal accounts all in one post. Everything that comes to mind and I find worth discussing in my personal landscape of video games will be talked about here, hence the name. So without further ado, here’s My Gaming Landscape.
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.
- Action Platformer
- Developed and Published by Yacht Club Games
- Available on 3DS (via eShop), Wii U (via eShop), PC (via Steam, Good Old Games) [played]
- Released on 2014-06-26 (3DS, Wii U, PC)
I was never a big fan of the NES style of games. Back in the day, even though I liked a lot of NES games, I rarely look back with fondness at the difficulty, primitive graphics, and sometimes cryptic game mechanics. I know, I know, it’s sacrilegious for a gamer to say that, especially for someone like me whose first console was the NES. However, when a game like Shovel Knight is released, it reminds me what fans of the console are talking about. Shovel Knight is arguably the best retro title to be released in recent memory and is a fine example of why gameplay always outshines presentation.
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.
Peace and Love, gamers and players! Welcome to My Gaming Landscape for the past week, where I talk about what I’ve been playing for the past week. In light of this week’s bad news about the sales of the Wii U, I ended up playing a lot of my Wii U! So this is a Wii U filled week!
Okay. New day, new happenings! My blog is going to go in a new direction with less of a focus on gaming. I’m going to get started on an album review! Yes, that’s what I’ll do!
Oh. Oh wait.
Nintendo released their sales numbers?
And announced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes?
And responded to the petition for gay couples in Tomodachi Life?
It has been some time since I’ve been excited for a Nintendo game before it came out. There have been games from Nintendo I’ve really liked recently (such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds) but nothing I’ve been excited for before its been released. To be honest, I usually don’t get excited for games until after they’re released because although I’ll think a game looks like fun, I’ve seen enough games with promise fall flat upon release and I don’t have the money or time to get a game without proper research to tell me it’s a good game. Hell, there are so many games coming out all the time that there’s always something to play brand new right now that you don’t need to wait until something comes out. Continue reading “Colorwind Reacts: Mario Kart 8 Looks Awesome!”