Video Games

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario & Luigi: Superstar SagaAs a fan of the goody Mario & Luigi series, I did download a copy of the first installment when it was made available on the Wii U. I believe it originally was released on the Gameboy Advance in 2003, but it was still quite a fun and goofy game to play today.

I’ve always enjoyed the humor in the others in this series and this installment was no different. I am aware that I’m a grown man, but these games still crack me up and are a lot of fun to play.

It entertained me for a few weeks and really helped relax during some pretty intense weeks as well. Apparently buying a home can be stressful at times, but playing a silly Mario & Luigi game is the polar opposite of that experience. It was a fine escape at times.

Awesome, and very fun game.

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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D WorldThough I had bought Super Mario 3D World for the Nintendo WiiU almost a year ago (think it was in November), I hadn’t gotten around to playing it until a little bit ago. But since I started, I’ve probably been playing it a bit too much or just need more to do. It’s much fun.

Once again the awesome folks at Nintendo (one of my all-time favorite companies) made yet another fun Mario game that while brings much newness to the franchise still retains the nostalgia of playing so many Mario games growing up. I’m not sure how they manage that balance, but they do. Hats off to you Nintendo.

Though I really haven’t played it much on multiplayer, it’s so awesome that the different characters play differently like waaaayyy back in Super Mario 2. Luigi jumps higher, Peach floats, Toad is fast, etc. So awesome to see that again.

The levels and challenge are pretty well balanced too. I find myself devoting way too much time and effort in collecting green stars and stamps, but I just can’t help it. It’s rewarding when you get a really tough one!

This is an awesome game, that’s much fun. Brings back some great childhood memories, yet is still new at the same time.

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Shovel Knight

Shovel KnightHad to give Shovel Knight after reading all the fine stuff about it. From the Kickstarter campaign and the excellent reviews, it was just a matter of time before I gave the fine Shovel Knight.

The developers did a pretty amazing job of creating an old school’s NES style game. It was a mix of mostly Mega Man, and Ducktales to me. Both pretty amazing games back when I was just a young lad and looking forward to the next issue of Nintendo Power (the good old days).

Not only was this an excellently done throwback, but it was also very challenging as well. Some of the bosses and pesky jumping levels were very tough! Challenging, but also very gratifying when you do finally overcome them.

This was very well done, even with the cheesy makes very little sense story that goes along with it. Excellent job of capturing the essence of those amazingly fun NES days. Very fond memories of playing those old Nintendo days.

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Advance Wars

Advance WarsAs a big fan of the Advance Wars series on Nintendo’s portables, when I saw that the original was available for download on the Wii U I was sure I’d have to download it. I’m pretty sure that the original is the only one that I hadn’t played up to that point.

Since it was originally launched on the Game Boy Advance, the graphics were pretty lousy. Especially when on a HDTV, but the game was still as addictive as the others in the series.

Frankly, I spent a bit too much time playing this one. I found myself doing the whole, well I’ve got time for one more level when I had more important things to be done. I’m just a sucker for turn based war games.

Leave it to Nintendo to make war happy and smiley. While moving tanks across a map to take out the enemy, all my characters are smiling and giving peace signs. It’s pretty amazing, and I think the silliness of it all is what I enjoyed a great deal. It’s not that morbid, but there’s still a ton of strategy going on.

Even though graphically it’s a bit poor from age, it’s still one of the more addictive games I’ve ever played.

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Child of Light

Child of LightFinally finished playing one of the more unique games I’ve played in quite some time. I downloaded this game on the Wii U (also on other consoles too) a while ago after reading some very positive reviews for it.

It was a really cool, little adventure rpg. The artwork was really impressive. It looked very similar to the cartoony style available on other Ubisoft games, notably the newer Rayman games.

What I also found to be quite clever was the nursery style narration where most everything rhymed. While there were a couple of instances where it felt a bit forced, overall it had a really cool mood to it.

I liked that it was super long and really drawn out like many rpg games tend to be. Granted, that’s great when you can get all of those hours our of a game, but I’m old and have a job and just don’t have all the time to play games for that long much these days. So this one worked out really well.

I once believed that downloadable games were lesser than their boxed counterparts, but this and several other recent releases are really starting to change that perception for me. This was a really great little game.


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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Oracle of AgesI’d purchased the Oracle of Ages several months ago as part of some promotion Nintendo was having for the 3DS. So I figured recently would be a good time to finally give it a shot and kill some free time with.

I’ve been a huge fan of Zelda games since probably 1986, and have really played through almost all of them by now. Oracle of Ages despite being originally released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color was still a lot of fun to play. The graphics are very dated by todays standards, but the puzzles and exploration is still a lot of fun. The whole Zelda formula has yet to get old for me.

I do recall when this came out way back in 2001 and a lot of the kids who would come into MegaPlay where I worked at the time tell me how great of a game it was. I can’t recall most of their names now, but if I randomly run into them all grown up now will surely have to agree with them.

Just as solid as the Oracle of Seasons which I played a few months back, and really holds it’s own today despite it’s age and the platform it was originally made for.