You may or may not have heard of the Smash Ballot, a site that’s letting people vote for which character they would like added to the current Super Smash Bros. (As DLC, I believe.) I was pretty excited when I heard about this, as I definitely have some characters in mind that I would love to see added. And while I’m at it, I wanted to ask, who else has voted and which character did you choose? Continue reading The Smash Ballot
For the first time in my life, I have so many video games that I haven’t had need to replay any of them for quite a while. And yet, for the strangest reason, I have recently had the urge to take a break from my backlog (which involves unplayed games I bought a year or more ago, mind you) and relive some of my older games. The consoles I most want to revisit: the SNES and the GameCube.
It all began the day I found my Super Nintendo was dying, which I didn’t know until I decided I so desperately wanted to play Donkey Kong Country 2 again, after writing a post for my other blog on the top songs from the game. Unable to play the game on its original console, I downloaded it onto the Wii and proceeded to enjoy some DK goodness. After beating it (with 102%, proof that I still have mad-platforming skills), I then decided to play the original Pikmin again, and now I have a mighty urge to download and replay The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. And it’s all very strange, really, because I have not been having much fun with my games lately. I used to love playing new games, but, with the exception of Ni no Kuni on the PS3, the only fun I’ve had lately is when I decide to replay an older game from at least a decade ago. Continue reading Revisiting Old Friends
I recently had the delight of replaying one of my favorite video games, Donkey Kong Country 2, and I found it rather amusing that after all these years and after all these improvements in the world of gaming, none of the fun of DKC2 has been lost. I don’t care if games nowadays are so much more advanced, the graphics are better, and we have nifty wireless controllers and giant, widescreen TVs. DKC2, even compared to all the new technology we’re all so excited to try out, is still amazing.
And as I worked my way through the game, my response to it was still the same as when I first started playing it over a decade and a half ago. The ghostly ropes in Ghostly Grove still freak me out. The pirate-themed Kremlings are still pretty darn cool, and Dixie is adorable with her little juice box. And I still feel the same rush of adrenaline when racing the Klanks in Rickety Race and the same tension when traversing, well, pretty much any lava level. Continue reading Unforgettable: Haunted Hall
I was long proud to be one of those few lucky individuals who still had a working Super Nintendo. The old gal served me for a good two decades before I started to notice something was a bit off. The SNES was always a pretty reliable console. It rarely froze. On the large part, it just did what it was made to do. (The only real issue was when I accidentally touched the cartridge while it was turning on and corrupted all my Donkey Kong Country 3 save files. Woops.) Until I started to notice it, this slight bounce in the picture. Every few seconds, the screen would do a small bounce that I had never noticed before. The games were still more than playable, but it was baffling. And a bit worrying. Continue reading The Fateful Day: What Happened to My SNES
This month’s community challenge is a most fitting one for the month that is home to April Fools, revolving around the many secrets found in video games, from the ridiculous to the outright fake. I have encountered a good number of these secrets and have managed to unlock many of them, to feelings of great glee all around, while on the other end of the spectrum, I have experienced frustration and befuddlement as I attempted to unlock a secret I later found was all false. I’m sure we’ve all had this happen to us, so I decided to create a little quiz to see how good you are at distinguishing between hoaxes and the real thing. Whether or not you’ve heard of the game or the secret involved, try and guess which ones sound legitimate and which are merely pranks designed to trick the gullible gamer (myself included). Continue reading Gaming Secrets and Hoaxes: Can You Tell the Difference?
You may have read a post I wrote about how I can be a naughty cheater sometimes. You may not have. Here’s a recap: I sometimes cheat at video games. Well, I once took my cheating to a whole new level in “Donkey Kong Country 2” many years ago, back when I was really cruddy at it (I mean, kruddy). For anyone who’s played this awesome game, you will know that there are these secret levels in the Lost World that can only be accessed by collecting Krem Koins and giving them to the buff and beefy (or beef and buffy, if you prefer) Klubba. Well, obtaining Krem Koins meant locating and completing all the mini games, which was just not an easy task. I mean, I might even go so far as to say it was downright difficult. Continue reading Overlooked: The Secret Krem Koin of DKC2
Sometimes, the past makes me sad. I look back at years that have gone by, and I notice that there were once so many great games back then, of series that are no longer around or have since gone bad. Like cheese. Old cheese. One such series that greatly saddens me is “Banjo-Kazooie”, which held a place of utmost glory during the Nintendo 64 era and has since become…old cheese. Fuzzy, old cheese.