Greetings, one and all! We’ve circled back around to the end of another month, and that means it’s time to take a look back at our month in YouTube videos. Although February is a short month, we haven’t been short on bringing you all the gaming action that we possibly can. (And more’s on the way!) So with that, let’s get on with the highlights!
First off, we have to congratulate the Duck of Indeed for completing her playthrough of Donkey Kong Country 3 at the end of January. She’s been super dedicated to bringing you the DKC series for several months, and the videos that she’s made have been awesome! You can check out the full DKC playlist here, and below is the final DKC 3 video.
It’s been 2017 for a few weeks now, and it seems that things are off to a great start in the gaming world. With news of the Nintendo Switch hitting everyone like a giant, colorful meteor ridden by Link and Mario, this year is already in the record books. Undoubtedly, we certainly plan to make it a good year and will keep going here with gaming news, writings, and videos. Yes, videos! Our YouTube channel continues to shine thanks to all of you, you wonderful watchers and commenters! And with that, it’s time for our monthly tour of the videos that lit up our channel in January!
Welcome back, one and all, to our final YouTube Highlights post of 2016! While we started up our YouTube channel in the summer of 2015, 2016 marks our first full year of making and providing game videos, so that’s kind of cool, no? We certainly hope that the trend continues into 2017, because we’ve had an utterly grand time with the channel. And with that, let’s get to this month’s highlights!
Sometimes a piece of music in a game is more memorable for its sheer oddness over its general musicality. As an example, take a listen to the theme of Level 2-6 in Yoshi’s Woolly World, “Lava Scarves and Red-Hot Blarggs.”
Up to this point in the game. the music of Yoshi’s Woolly World was pretty much what you’d expect from a cute Mario game with a cute, warm theme. It was bright and upbeat, full of syncopated rhythms and feel-good notes.
And then along came the synthesized guitars in Level 2-6, and suddenly the game felt very different. Not bad different …just…different. More serious maybe. More sinister in a strange way. More of something that totally wasn’t Yoshi’s Woolly World.
Despite any personal issues that I’m still working on with Yoshi’s Woolly World, it’s still one of the best current platformers on the WiiU. Helping that cause, at least as far as I’m concerned, is the fact that in the game you can “knit” together a multitude of different Yoshies, thereby ending up with quite a fun collection by game’s end. Joining in this year’s Listmas celebration, I’m recounting here my favorite Yoshies from the game’s primary levels – six (one from each world) that you get by gathering all in the skeins of yarn in each level. (So not counted here are the special Yoshies you can get from doing extra tasks outside of the main story.)
Merry Listmas everyone, and let’s get to the list!
With all the recent news of Star Wars: Battlefront and it’s costly DLC, I’ve been thinking about the current price tag of games and how much I don’t think about the current price tag on games. In that I mean that my mindset about buying new console games is as follows:
New games cost $60.
For as long as I’ve been purchasing games (starting with the Nintendo 64, as with prior systems, most of those game were bought by my parents or rented), games have cost around $60. Sometimes less but rarely more. And never once, that I can recall, did I ever question what I was getting for my $60. I never recall being all that concerned about getting a “full” game or a terrible game or a game-of-the-year candidate. I just wanted a game. And I still don’t do that. If I want a new game, I expect that it’s going to cost me $60 and I don’t question that.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I am not a completionist. It’s true that I like to play a game till I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth, but rarely has that translated into garnering a game’s every last item/armor/achievement/trophy/quest/etc. With some games, like with Red Dead Redemption and South Park: The Stick of Truth, I’ll return to them every now and again to fetch a little extra something or finish a sidequest, but that has more to do with the enjoyment that comes from being in a particular game world than it does with completing it. Usually, by the time I finish with any given game’s main story, I’m ready to move onto the next game.
So why then and I utterly compelled to get ALL THE THINGS in Yoshi’s Woolly World?