For one reason or another, my roommate and I recently got the urge to play through all of the Donkey Kong Country games, 100%, one after the other. The first DKC was fun, as always, and went down quite quickly; Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest took a bit longer though. It wasn’t just that the game is longer and more difficult than its predecessor, it’s that it also got us to stop several times just to appreciate the music. Even in this age of fully orchestrated soundtracks, DKC2’s small selection of MIDI themes still sounds incredible, and Stickerbrush Symphony might just be among the best of the bunch! Continue reading Resonance: Stickerbrush Symphony
With Listmas taking place in the chilly grip of wintertime, it’s only natural that some of our lists reflect this icy time of year. We’ve already covered snowy levels and chilly characters in past years, so it’s high time we discussed eight chilly songs that will surely have you buttoning up your coats and seeking out a hot mug of cocoa. Continue reading Listmas 2016: Eight of the Chilliest Songs in Gaming
In this season of giving and good will towards all, it would only be fair for at least one Listmas list to give some attention to the oft under-appreciated sidekicks of gaming. It can be easy for said sidekicks to get lost within the shadow of the more famed hero of the game, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important, for they are so often there to provide the hero with advice and support or, at the very least, give voice to those silent protagonists out there. This is for you, sidekicks. Continue reading Listmas 2016: An Ode to Sidekicks
It is widely known that the Wii U has suffered a rather poor reception, and as a less than proud owner of the console for about two years now, it takes no stretch of the imagination to understand why this is. In all that time, my Wii U has been largely used for recording gameplay for…Wii, SNES, and N64 games. Aside from being convenient for recording, the only other time I had a lot of fun with the console was when I downloaded EarthBound on the Virtual Console. As an actual Wii U, however, I rarely have any use for this poor machine. In fact, after all this time, I still only own five games for the console, three of which I stopped playing before I finished them. And let me tell you, I am not the kind of person who gives up on games. I literally spent a full month leveling up in Final Fantasy XIII in order to defeat the final boss. The fact that I dedicated that much time to a game such as FFXIII, but I quit New Super Mario Bros for the Wii U partway in is not a good sign. It’s certainly not due to FFXIII being a superior game, because it’s not, but when it comes to the Wii U, it’s just not very long before I lose interest and play something else.
Nevertheless, despite my lukewarm feelings towards Nintendo as of late, they have managed to intrigue both myself and gamers worldwide with their ultra-mysterious future console, the NX, which some believe will have what it takes to restore the company’s former glory. As a result, I thought I’d take a look online to see what I could find about this enigmatic little machine. In the end, I still know very little, but I’ll try to list what I learned. First of all, it would appear that the NX is not intended to simply be Nintendo’s next console, but something entirely new, like a console-handheld hybrid. It is also said that the NX will use cartridges rather than discs, and I have seen images of a machine that looks similar to the Wii U game pad, but with detachable controllers on either side. Whether or not this is legitimate or just an image someone made up, I know not, but I found this image on several web sites, as a black and white drawing and as an actual photo, so who knows. Last of all, it is rumored the NX might have VR technology, which is pretty interesting. Continue reading Pure Speculation: Will the NX Save Nintendo?
I had to check several times to make sure no one had already written about this one, as Mining Melancholy might possibly be one of the most brilliant songs in a game that already has plenty of amazing tracks. As expected, Mining Melancholy is found in every mine level of Donkey Kong Country 2. As you play through these often frustrating levels (thanks to the fact that every single one is vertical, which means that one mistake could send you tumbling back to the start of the level, or worse), if you pay attention to the background, you’ll notice the tools left behind by the miners. Pickaxes, explosives, buckets, what have you. And let’s not forget those huge sparkling gems we catch glimpses of in the distance. Those things are massive! Continue reading Resonance: Mining Melancholy
As the years go by, our tastes change. We grow out of cartoons and toy cars and dolls, and we become, well, more sophisticated, in a way. Video games are no exception. For many of us, we end up looking over our game collections years later and finding games that, while we loved them as children, we’d be embarrassed to admit to owning now. And then there are those very special games that still speak to us as adults. Those games are truly successful, for they have the ability to gain a whole new charm as we grow older that only endears them to us even more than when we first played them. As I revisit my favorite games for this month’s challenge, I focus on the role that time plays in determining whether or not a game is a true favorite or just a passing fad.
I recently revisited my Nintendo 64, and I found games from both of these categories. From the more positive end of the spectrum were Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, two games that easily stand up to the test of time. I’ve been playing these games for the past 15 years, and while I have changed a lot in that time, the enjoyment I get from these games hasn’t. On the other end of the spectrum was a game even nostalgia couldn’t save…Donkey Kong 64. Continue reading Growing Up as a Gamer and Why I Don’t Enjoy DK64 Anymore
What’s Christmas without snow? As a result, for my next listmas list, I thought it would be nice to list some chilly things, particularly chilly characters. It’s surprising how many characters are fit for this most festive of seasons, so sit back and enjoy the Duck’s list of chilliest characters in gaming, good and bad. Brr! Continue reading #Listmas: Gaming’s Chilliest Characters