There are significant moments that I remember from my childhood as a gamer. Loading up my Genesis 6-pack to play either Streets of Rage or Golden Axe over and over again. Sitting back-to-back with my Uncle on the couch while we played Pokémon on our Gameboys, tethered together by nothing but a link cable. Or even racing after school to the Game Plaza on 116th to play Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on one of the few arcade machines left in Spanish Harlem.
These are moments that made my childhood awesome. It’s during those early times in the 90’s and early 2000’s that the games were enough to get us excited. Today, as the oldest brother of four siblings, I’m fascinated by games geared towards kids. Even as an adult I find myself getting excited about the newest gimmick or some kind of experimental play because, honestly, where was half of this stuff when I was growing up?
Boy, do I have a lot of woes lately. Anyway, I’ve had a recent craving for a Metroid– style game, and Nintendo seems unwilling to fill that void. It’s actually a bit frustrating to be a fan of the red-headed stepchild of the Nintendo family. Whenever the company does acknowledge that the series exist, it’s more like they are telling you “Here you go, now shut the fuck up.”
My only solution to these Metroid withdraws is to rummage through indie catalogs for the best imitators out there. I do this about once every year. It’s actually quite surprising how many of these developers are making amazing metroidvania games. Continue reading Metroid Woes – Filling the Void→
When Pokémon Go came out last summer, it was a bonafide hit. There is no denying that. Cardio exercises increased, outdoor exploration skyrocketed and the number of unwanted individuals was many. Everyone, including myself, boarded the hype train and with good reason. The initial concept of Pokémon Go was fun but simple. Go outside, walk around, find and catch new Pokemon. We all bought into the idea because it was free and expected it to evolve over time.
However, that day never really came. Sure the game introduced holiday events and more Pokémon, but those are not the updates we wanted. At least they weren’t the updates that the game needed to maintain its enormous fan base. I, like many others, became disinterested in the game after catching over 1,000 pidgey. Soon enough, it disappeared from my phone altogether. I’m left thinking about what could’ve been. Continue reading Pokémon Go Could’ve Been More→
After careful consideration, I’ve come to a conclusion – mobile games do not want me to play them. As much as I try, they fight me every which way.
In my last “Mobile Woes” post, I talked about Super Mario Run‘s chances on the iPhone and Android platform. I’ll admit that I was completely wrong. Currently, it sits at #7 on the App Store’s top free games charts and #57 on the platform’s top grossing games chart. People are not only downloading it but paying for the full version. I was so impressed by what they game had to offer that I even paid for the full version.
After years and years of pushing out hit or miss home consoles, there is always one thing Nintendo has going for it. It’s the fact that they own the handheld gaming market. Now, with the imminent arrival of the Switch, one has to wonder – where does the 3DS fall into this? Continue reading The Troubling Case of the 3DS→
If you have seen my Facebook or Twitter feed in the last week, you’ll notice that I’ve been a little down on the Nintendo Switch. Yes, when the conference first started, I was excited. Believe it or not, Arms caught my attention and the system looks intuitive. However, as the presentation went on, my optimism waned a bit. The more and more I saw, the less I wanted to buy the system day one. And while a majority of people talking about the system expressed quite the opposite, I fear that might be the vocal minority of Nintendo’s core fanbase. To give you a better picture of my thoughts, here are some of my impressions. Continue reading Nintendo Switch Impressions: Cautious Optimism→
If there is one thing my girlfriend has been bugging me about since the beginning of the new year, it’s goals. She doesn’t want me entering 2017 without me setting out to do something. And I agree, but it’s hard. Thinking about life and what not. So, I said to myself “Think about what you love,” and gaming came to mind. That’s why I’ve set out these gaming resolutions for 2017! Continue reading New Year’s Gaming Resolutions 2017→
Is it too late to have 2017 games list? Nah, it’s never too late to have a 2017 games list. With the bizarre year that is 2016 almost up and the last of the year’s major AAA games coming out, I’m looking towards the future. And what better way to do this than picking out next year’s upcoming video games. Continue reading Top 5 Upcoming 2017 Games I Want to Play→