It’s time for a new post that I hope to make into a recurring trend: Monthly Melodies! Every month (If I remember) I’ll post a beautiful/awe-inspiring/downright epic piece of music from a video game. This month, Ryoshima Coast from Okami!
With eight installments for home consoles and two for handhelds, the Mario Party games are by all means a popular spinoff series for multiple players, notable for clever board game-like areas, familiar characters of the Super Mario franchise, and (perhaps most of all) the minigames. With a four year gap between titles, it’s no surprise that Nd Cube, the series’ new developer decided to revive the series by introducing and revolutionizing many gameplay mechanics with Mario Party 9.
If you’re coming onto this blog to learn one thing about me, learn this: I love Pokémon. I will shout it from the highest of mountaintops and scream it in Arceus’ ear if I have to. (This does exclude, however, the anime and trading cards. I’m just in it for the games.) Also, I like the newer generations. Yes, genwunners, that’s right. I enjoy the new games. Sure, a few Pokémon, characters, and gameplay mechanics might not work the best, but each one always has so much new content and creativity to offer. That’s why I’m über-pumped for the upcoming North American release of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Let’s take a look as to why…
WARING: THIS ARTICLE WILL PROBABLY REQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF PREVIOUS POKEMON GAMES. JUST SAYING.
Before we begin, I should say that this post wins the award for the longest title yet on my blog.
Across the Internet, various concepts, trends, images and videos can become very popular in an instant. When one person’s idea becomes public domain in such a way, everyone is able to use it in their own way. When something on the Internet goes viral like this, it is referred to as a “meme.” The word meme, defined by author/biologist Richard Dawkins, was derived as the behavioral equivalent of a gene. Essentially, memes are thoughts advancing and developing right alongside mankind, and are never in short supply. What better way to demonstrate such a concept than a taxidermy commercial?
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Twenty-five years is a long time. Heck, it’s longer than I’ve been alive. In 25 years, the Legend of Zelda series has gone from the video game equivalent of cave paintings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Remember how the series evolved from 8-bit graphics from the NES to the 16-bit artwork on the Gameboy to the 64-bit masterpiece on the Nintendo 64? Where do the years go? There are some snobbish eleven-year-olds in this world who find that games are unplayable without graphics that live up to their holier-than-thou standards. I strongly disagree. Looking back in time, the Zelda series looked pretty awful by comparison to many games today, but games like A Link to the Past or Ocarina of Time could easily trump any unoriginal first person shooter in my opinion. As the Zelda series has evolved over the quarter-century, Nintendo celebrates the anniversary with what just might be the pinnacle of the series: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
`Let’s see if this becomes a regular thing…
I once saw a web comic. Not just any web comic, though, as this cartoon illustrates a humorous Nintendo Universe. In one installment of the series, it shows Mother Brain (from the Metroid series) and the Lakitu Cloud’s (from the Super Mario series) secret love life. Their romance is a forbidden one, but eventually they elope, live happily ever after, and have a son. And they would name him… Kracko (from the Kirby series). I laughed so hard when I saw it. It inspired an almost Frankinstinean idea, an idea that horrifies me to this day. Anyway, here you go.