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9:44 PM on 02.06.2013

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 9

The Retrospective rolls on with Nintendo Power #3 - featuring the first port from a PC that I've reviewed thus far.

Main Title: 'Jazz Plumber Trio' - Remixed by DJPretzel -

Closing Credits: 'Trollbash' - Remixed by Subliminal Labs -

Spoony's review of Ultima III can be found here:

Games Reviewed:
Track & Field II
Mickey Mousecapade
Ultima: Exodus
Legacy of the Wizard
Blades of Steel
Cobra Command
Racket Attack   read

11:23 PM on 01.23.2013

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 8

This week we continue with Nintendo Power #2, and a few games that are somewhat contraversial.

Main Title: 'Jazz Plumber Trio' - Remixed by DJPretzel -

Closing Credits: 'The Accursed Seal' - Remixed by Sixto Sounds -

Games Covered:
Bionic Commando
Castlevania II
Super Mario Bros. 2
Life Force
RC Pro Am
Golgo 13
Blaster Master   read

3:25 PM on 01.09.2013

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 7

This week, it's time to get started with Nintendo Power #1, with reviews of 7 games!

Main Title: 'Jazz Plumber Trio' - Remixed by DJPretzel -

Closing Credits: 'Feeding Frenzy' - Remixed by goat -   read

5:02 PM on 12.26.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 6

This week I'm recapping the last issue of Nintendo Fun Club News. From here on, we enter the realm of Nintendo Power. It's just a shame that Fun Club News goes out with a whimper.

Game Reviewed:
Wizards & Warriors   read

1:47 AM on 12.13.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 5

This week the Nintendo Power Recaps reach issue #6 of the Nintendo Fun Club News.

Games Reviewed:
NES Golf
Double Dragon   read

1:39 PM on 11.29.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 4

This week, due to an error on my part from the last installment, I'm covering two issues of Nintendo Fun Club News - Issues #4 & #5

Games Reviewed:
RC Pro-Am
Ice Hockey
The Goonies II   read

12:12 AM on 11.15.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 3

This week I take a look at the third issue of the Nintendo Fun Club News, featuring Mike Tyson's Punch Out!, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Rad Racer!


11:35 PM on 10.25.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 2

This week I'm taking a look at Nintendo Fun Club News issue 2, with thoughts on Legend of Zelda, Pro Wrestling, Slalom and Volleyball.

I'll be revisiting The Legend of Zelda when I get to Nintendo Power #1, where I'll specifically discuss the Second Quest. Other then that, I probably won't be going back to any of these games in Nintendo Power, unless there's something with a lot more to discuss. If a game has been re-released with other features after the NES and you want me to revisit it after the discussing the initial NES release (if Nintendo Power comes back to it, let me know.   read

11:05 PM on 10.16.2012

Nintendo Power Retrospective - Part 1

I've decided to start running my most recent video series (or sub-series, on Destructoid) - a retrospective of issues of Nintendo Power, going from the Nintendo Fun Club news, possibly all the way until the end (or until Nintendo Power is revived, whichever comes first).

Oh, and Wil Wheaton's blog post about the tournament can be found here.   read

1:38 AM on 06.28.2009

Paying for stuff on the disk? Not that bad.

This is in response to this rant by Jim Sterling right here. I'm giving my rant it's
own blog entry because, basically, it may have enough content to merit one.

I must admit I used to poo-poo this sort of DLC, considering it an act of fleecing the unskilled rubes, who
cannot be bothered to spend the time to grind to unlock this content themselves.

Then I got Rock Band. I beat the game on guitar Easy, which didn't unlock all the songs. Being that I wanted to
play, say, Enter Sandman, I decided to go through on Normal. I did fine, until I hit Vaseline. I failed
out of the song over, and over, and over again, after trying for a month. I looked for a cheat code and found
one - one that disabled saving and leaderboards, meaning that my scores for all the other songs
wouldn't be sent online, and that I'd have to enter the cheat every time I put in the game.

Fuck. That. Noise.

I'll be honest. I'm now willing to pay $5 to unlock everything on the disk in Rock Band, and still be able to save,
and upload my scores later to the online leaderboards, just so I can get to the songs after Vaseline,
because I suspect that they're actually easier than Vaseline, as my main problem with Vaseline is that god-
fucking-damned alternating two-note riff.

As much as I love all the rest of Rock Band, and I love the DLC options available for the game, and even
though I love Harmonix's games - the note chart for Vaseline, and the fact that I couldn't just enter a
cheat and unlock everything forever, nor did I have the option to spend 5 bucks to unlock the entire track list
made me want run through the halls of Harmonix, on a bloody rampage, with
Stormbringer in hand, or spitting the employees responsible
for the abomination that is Vaseline's note chart on pikes, and setting them ablaze as a warning for
all those future people who make note charts, not only for Rock Band, but for Guitar Hero as well, to avoid
such expensive-controller-smashingly frustrating riffs.

So, I can now forgive pay DLC for content that would ordinarily be unlockable. I do admit that using a cheat
code to unlock that content, one that doesn't disable saving, so that I don't have to enter the code
every time I want to play the game would better. However, considering the lack of such codes in games these
days, and in general the way games are going, that's probably a bit too much to ask.

That, though, is a rant for another time.   read

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