With the recent announcement of the Switch’s release date came more news for two exciting entries into Nintendo’s vast library of games. Not only were we graced with more footage of Breath of the Wild, but we also got to watch open-mouthed as that new Mario game finally got a name, Odyssey. Super Mario Odyssey, that is. I’m not usually the type to record an in-depth analysis of my reaction to a game trailer, but I guess the Switch’s hype coupled with Nintendo’s lack of interesting games over the last few years has made these games all the more exciting to me. Today I’d like to begin the discussion with Breath of the Wild. Odyssey will follow next week. So, without further ado… Continue reading New Breath of the Wild Trailer: Initial Thoughts
In case you weren’t already aware…the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us! Nintendo recently released some additional information on the Switch, and even though this information is already readily available online, let me summarize a little bit of what I learned here for you. First of all, the console’s release date is scheduled for March 3, a date which has another significance that I will cover soon. That’s pretty exciting, I must say, as I was not expecting it to be available until at least summer. And at about $300 (at least, for those of us in the US; the Switch’s Wikipedia article lists prices for other parts of the world, as well), that seems to be a pretty reasonable price considering the Switch’s console/handheld abilities. But keep in mind that there may be some hidden costs…. Continue reading A Brief Look at the Switch’s Stats
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
Ah, here we are, already in the final week of Zelda-Ween. Anytime I get to recount my experiences with this wonderful series is a good time indeed, even if it involves the many things that have scared me down the years. This week’s topic, however, forced me to put some extra thought into what I would write about, as there are a lot of spooky things in the Zelda series that are fully intended to be scary. But what scared me that wasn’t actually meant to, I pondered aloud to myself. And then it hit me, with all the force of an enraged chicken. Or a cucco, if you’re so inclined.
Yes, chickens, that fluffy medium-sized bird many of us enjoy eating. But in the Zelda universe, the chickens are vicious creatures that can snap a person’s neck without so much as blinking…. Okay, that’s not entirely true. As scary as Hyrule’s poultry can be once angered, the chickens in the series do not attack you unless you antagonize them first. So if Link suffers a chicken-related death, the player is to blame, not the chicken who killed him. Nevertheless, once these chickens are incited into a rampage, they prove to be an unstoppable force that will immediately make you regret what you had done. While I’m not typically the kind of person who picks on things in video games, there have been occasions when I have bothered the chickens in Zelda, if only out of sheer curiosity to see for myself what a wild force of nature they can be. Here are a few of my experiences with them. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Unintentionally Spooky…Chickens?
Last week, we discussed the many spooky enemies that reside in the land of Hyrule (or Termina, as the case may be). Well, oftentimes, creepy creatures live in creepy places, and when you think of scary locations in the Zelda series, more often than not you think of the dungeons these games are known for. Not only are these dungeons filled with trials meant to challenge Link’s mind, but our green-clad hero is often forced to put his own courage to the test, as well. Yep, as the title suggests, we’re covering creepy dungeons, and today we’ll be discussing which dungeons in particular leave the Duck quaking in her boots. Continue reading Zelda-Ween: Top 3 Creepy Dungeons
This week, to start off our Zelda-ween celebration, we’ve been discussing Zelda’s scariest enemies. Hatm0nster took on the unexplainable Majora, and The Duck ran down her Top 5 list that includes some of the series’ most seminal and terrifying enemies, such as the ever-present ReDeads. Now it’s my turn! I’ve also got a Top 5 list: my top five most frightening foes from the games I’ve played in The Legend of Zelda series (that is, from Ocarina of Time to Spirit Tracks.) None of these enemies are on quite the same level as ReDeads and Dead Hands – they aren’t necessarily the stuff of bad dreams – but they are some of the ones that I least looked forward to encountering, mainly because they were just downright creepy. With that said, it’s time to start with the list!