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Favorite games, in absolutely no particular order - Just how they started popping in my head.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Metroid
Metroid
Metroid Zero Mission
Metroid Fusion
Metroid II: Return of Samus
Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Super Castlevania IV
Megaman X
Megaman 2 (NES)
Battletoads
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Galaxy
MetalStorm
Crystalis
Metal Slug series
Alien Hominid
Tetris NES (Tengen)
The New Tetris (N64)
Tetris DS
Bust A Move
Ms. Pac-Man
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart DS
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Seiken Densetsu III
Terranigma
Vagrant Story
Ikaruga
Gunstar Heroes
Gunstar Super Heroes
Sin and Punishment
Astro Boy: The Omega Factor
Psychonauts
Maniac Mansion
Day of the Tentacle
Full Throttle
Grim Fandango
Ico
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadowman (N64)
StarFox
StarFox 64
Demon's Crest
Killer7
No More Heroes

I'm also a DDR fan, but don't play it that much anymore (i'm out of shape).
and there are probably more that I can't think of right now...
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Hey everyone, the Make-a-Metroid contest ended on the 1st and I just posted up the results today. We had some particularly badass entries! Be sure to check out all of the entries in detail at the contest page.

FIRST PLACE:


SECOND PLACE:


THIRD PLACE:




As an aside:
I tried my hardest to get the word out for this contest... but feel like I failed. I emailed many of the major game news publication websites -- Kotaku, Joystiq, GoNintendo, even Destructoid and many others, (twice, even!) but NONE OF THEM ever published or posted a single thing about it. I really don't understand why, (although the guy at GoNintendo said he had to "get the OK from his advertisers" before he could post about it, so I really don't know if that was just an excuse or not.) and no one even emailed me back why they didn't/couldn't. They just ignored it.

I mean, if someone could possibly clear up the reason why game news publications have no problems posting up other bullshit articles that just might have the slightest inkling of somehow being game-related, but not willing to post about our contest, I'd appreciate it.








I wonder how many people that read DToid have heard of Splashdown? (No, not that old Jet-Ski racing game for PS2 and Xbox...) Splashdown is an awesome band formed in 1996, and their history and its former members are now intertwined with the game industry. I can't talk to anyone in real life about it, so I'm writing it here on Destructoid.

So I've been playing the recently released Assassin's Creed II and loving it (unlike some other people I know... :P). Did you know that it (as well as the first AC) has vocals by Melissa Kaplan in it? Who's Melissa Kaplan, and why should I care, you ask? Well, why don't I tell you?


(this is an old, but widely-distributed image of Melissa Kaplan)

Melissa Kaplan, the girl with the voice of an angel, is the former singer of a band named Splashdown. Splashdown is a late 90's band--one of the few deserving to belong in the "trip-hop" genre--and is one that I lovingly refer to as "the greatest band that never existed." The story of Splashdown is extremely tragic. To make a long story short, (or one you can read on their Wiki page) Splashdown was an incredible band. Every song they produced was magical. It's like aurally eating a milky way ice cream bar. But trouble happened between them and their record label (Capitol), and they disbanded because of it.

I discovered Splashdown post-breakup. And in a way, it broke my heart as well. It's very difficult, mentally, to become extremely excited and depressed simultaneously. To discover this incredible gem of a band, one that touches your heart so perfectly, and listening to all their brilliant music in one day and then discovering hours later that they don't exist, and you'll never be able to find or purchase any of their albums or support them in any way. Or going into a record store and asking if they have any Splashdown and the store clerk looking at you like you're crazy. I would have followed Splashdown to the ends of the Earth.


(Kasson Crooker performing with Freezepop at this year's PAX)

Anyway -- one of Splashdown's other members, Kasson Crooker, later helped in founding the band "Freezepop" (I never liked Freezepop as much as Splashdown, though) Kasson is also the audio director at Harmonix... (y'know, that little company that made Guitar Hero and later, Rock Band?) So let's talk about Kasson for a moment. Kasson was also involved with two other Harmonix games before they became "big" called Frequency and Amplitude. If you go back and play these games, you can clearly see how much they paved the way for Guitar Hero/Rock Band. You have your highway, and your vehicle that drives down it. You have notes that fly in from the distance, and you have to hit those notes at the right time to go along with the beat to win. Amplitude even has customizable avatars! Guitar Hero may take all the credit, since it became popularized due to the rock music it featured, but it's these games that are the true the pioneers of the genre.





Back to Miss Kaplan. She later formed her own self-made band called Universal Hall Pass, which most likely you haven't heard of, unless you're a Kaplan fan like myself. Krooker has helped Kaplan produce some of the tracks on her albums too, so it's almost like Splashdown is reincarnated again through this new music. UHP has 2 albums out right now, the first one is all new songs, and the second one is mostly remixes of the previous album. Some of the tracks aren't quite as good or as memorable as Splashdown in their heyday, but it's still wonderful, great music, all with Kaplan's heavenly voice leading the way. (I'm pretty partial to "Dragonfly," "Solar/Lunar," and "Avatar") Kaplan has also done a trip-hop version of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire! So go to her site and check it out.

Splashdown left us behind a mere 55 songs: 3 released albums (2 EPs and 1 LP) 2 unreleased albums, and 1 unreleased song. They are one of my all-time favorite bands and you should give them a listen if you consider yourself a music lover. Besides, most of, if not all their music can be found easily and freely online, and the band left a note encouraging everyone to share it. Love them along with me, and support Melissa Kaplan! With a voice and talent like that, she most certainly deserves it.

Listening to: Cave Radio by Universal Hall Pass
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I had a fit of genius/insanity last night and decided to write lyrics to Yoshi's Athletic theme, which you first hear on the "Go! Go! Donut Lifts" stage in Yoshi's Island.

You can listen along here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlcyq18dA8I

Yoshi's Athletic Song
Yoshi's Athletic Song
Yoshi's Athletic SONG!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats
and then he eats some more
When Yoshi swallows bad guys,
An egg will pop right out
And that's what Yoshi's all about!

Yoshis come in colors
Of every different shade
From Cotton Candy Pink
To Yellow Lemonade
Which Yoshi is the best one?
I think you can agree
It's Yoshis that are colored Lime Green!

(softshoe part)

YO-SHI, it's YO-SHI, it's YO-SHI, it's YOSHI!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats, even more.

(softshoe part)

Yoshi sticks his tongue out
To gobble what he can
He hovers in the air
And butt stomps when he lands

He turns into a copter,
A car, a submarine,
But Yoshi is the best when he's Green!

This guy's name is Yoshi
He is a dinosaur
He eats and eats and eats
and then he eats some more
When Yoshi swallows bad guys,
An egg will pop right out
And that's what Yoshi's all about!


Maybe one day I'll make a little flash music vid using these lyrics... :P








Hello everyone,
Infinity's End here from the Metroid Database, the longest running Metroid-dedicated site on the net.
We had our 13th anniversary recently, and starting today, we have unveiled our new "Make-a-Metroid" Contest, where we are asking participants to create a Metroid out of anything they want.
The contest lasts for 2 months and all the entries are due by Dec. 31, 2009.

We are offering a variety of prizes:

1st place Prize:
* Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii
* $50 Gift Card to Amazon.com
* Metroid Prime Trilogy official poster
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

2nd place prize:
* Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for Wii
* Metroid Prime 3 T-Shirt (black, Size L)
* Samus Wall Sticker
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

3rd place prize:
* Metroid Classic Series for GBA
* Metroid Prime 3 T-Shirt (white, Size L)
* Signed 11x17 Metroid Artwork Print by Ivan Flores

We are trying to get as many people as we can to participate.
The official contest page can be viewed here: http://www.metroid-database.com/?g=features&p=contest
Thanks for all your support, and please tell everyone you know to come to the site and participate in our contest! We really appreciate it.

Best regards,
--Ryan Barrett, aka Infinity's End
c/o Metroid Database, http://www.metroid-database.com









Another shameless self-promotion.
The longest-running and #1 Metroid website on the web turned 13 years old today.

This year has definitely been the biggest year for Metroid news. Other M, MPT, Shadow Complex... Yuki and her brilliant Samus costume... but yet, Nintendo still continues to give the Metroid series table scraps (you remember seeing a TV commercial for MPT? Oh yeah that's right, there wasn't one) and they wonder why not enough people are into the series...

But on a lighter note, we are proud to be the longest running Metroid site and will continue to be the best for as long as it takes! Check out the site for some other blurbs by myself and the rest of the staff.








I was browsing through the other C-Blogs and I didn't see anything about this, surprisingly.
I'm 28, so of course one of my favorite shows from my childhood was the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, with Zelda every Friday.


As many of you know (and if you don't, SHAME ON YOU!), on the SMB Super Show, Captain Lou, a former pro wrestler, would do some funny (more or less dumb and poorly acted) skits with Luigi and they'd have a celebrity on now and then. Basically, it was filler between the cartoons. It was cool that they tried to have a little live-action comedy thing with Mario, but back in those days, he had red overalls, before Nintendo made the switch with SMB2. (even though the box art and concept art gave him red ones, the game still had blue ones!) Well, at least they finally got it right with SMB3 (even though his sprite used black! >_<;;).


The great thing about Lou's Mario was it was really scruffy and deep, like how an Italian plumber from Brooklyn should sound. Too scary for kids? Not friendly enough? Not a chance. I watched the SMB Super Show when I was 11-14 and it never bothered me. Today's Mario is a bit too "Mickey Mouse" for my tastes, but *sigh* guess there's nothing to be done about it. I even remember being irked at Mario's "true" voice the first time I played Mario 64... it was NOTHING like Lou's great rendition.

Ah, that's enough from me for now. R.I.P. Cap'n Lou. You will always be remembered as the "true" voice of Mario in my heart.