Archive for November, 2014

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U: Post-Script.

It’s weird to think that I have followed the Super Smash Bros. series for 15 years.

What started as a novelty fighter featuring our favorite Nintendo mascots became something a little deeper: Smash Bros. has become an interactive museum for Nintendo history, and a love letter to video gaming in general.

Initially, Super Smash Bros. focused on its most popular characters such as Mario, Link, and Pikachu, but as time progressed, started adding in more obscure characters like R.O.B., Ice Climbers, and Mr. Game & Watch. More time passed, and third-party characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake from Metal Gear were added, along with music CDs, trophies, stickers, and everything else that could possibly be crammed into the game.

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U continues this trend, and perhaps has created its most creative roster to date.

Now added to the character roster are the dog/duck duo from Duck Hunt, newcomers like Shulk from Xenoblade, Little Mac from Punch-Out!!, oddities like the Wii Fit Trainer, and gaming legends such as Mega Man and Pac-Man. Games like Wrecking Crew and Pac-Land get nods as stages, and while not included as playable characters, more third-party franchises such as Rayman and Bit.Trip Read the rest of this entry

Atari: Game Over – The Review.

Finally, I’m getting back into my blog. It’s been a while.

I have still been gaming, but strangely, not writing as much as I used to It’s for that reason I am heading back into the blog-o-sphere to catch up on a few games and related content. The first of which is this fun little documentary put out over this weekend by Zack Penn and Microsoft Studios, that focuses on the infamous “E.T. burial” in the landfill of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Often reviled as “The Worst Video Game in History”, I remember getting E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial back in the Winter of 1982. I was seven years old. Video games were a very different creature back then, where the line between console gaming and arcades were vast. E.T., when it was released was on par with any Halo, Grand Theft Auto, or Super Smash Bros. release: It was huge. And yet its biggest accomplishment was being credited for single-handedly destroying the video game industry, and causing the “Great Crash of 1983”.

All of this from one little game. Ouch.

Dramatic titles asides, it never “killed” the industry. It simply put the brakes on it. Video games and Read the rest of this entry

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