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1:36 PM on 12.23.2014

Never-Ending Backlog: Money Idol Exchanger (Money Puzzle Exchanger)

Money Idol Exchanger, also known as Money Puzzle Exchanger, is a 1997 puzzle series developed by Face for the Neo Geo MVS. The version reviewed here is the PlayStation release, which can be found on the PlayStation Stor...   read

3:27 PM on 08.14.2014

Yumi's Odd Odyssey

I have a weakness for cute anime things, especially if it looks like it's from the 80s or 90s. While I had heard of the Japanese Umihara Kawase series, I've never been too big into importing. All of the games have passed me...   read

8:45 PM on 08.10.2014

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

Nintendo has a weird interest in The Mysterious Murasame Castle. There's only been one game in the series, which was released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986. But it's a title that they keep referencing quite often in ...   read

1:11 PM on 06.07.2014

Onslaught Review

I've started panicking about the future of WiiWare's availability, so I'm turning around and purchasing WiiWare titles I've been dragging my feet on. Onslaught, a first person shooter on WiiWare, was one of these. Despite b...   read

5:00 PM on 06.04.2014

Drakengard 3 Review

I'm not really sure what I expected coming into Drakengard 3. I've never played a main entry in the Drakengard series, but I fell in love with the spin-off title NIER. While NIER was far from a  AAA polished experience,  wh...   read

4:45 AM on 05.21.2014

Losing the Future of Retro Downloadable Gaming Starting with WiiWare

Recently Nintendo's Wi-Fi functionality across their Wii and Nintendo DS platforms were shutdown. In-game online services and downloadable content are no longer available. Thanks to Nintendo half ignoring online gaming over...   read

9:21 PM on 05.18.2014

The Retro Retro Indie Game Cave Story

I'm finally giving up on ignoring indie games. They just won't go away. I've gotta deal with them eventually, so it's about time I start playing some. I thought it'd be fitting to make one of my first forays into the space ...   read

12:02 AM on 05.15.2014

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island — A Disappointment that Redeems Itself

With the recent release of Yoshi's Island on the Wii U's Virtual Console, I thought I'd take the time to actually play the game, albeit on my 3DS instead. I was born in1990 and my exposure to the Super Nintendo was limited...   read

3:35 AM on 04.19.2014

Changing the Rules of Game Completion

I have a massive backlog that consists of over 200 games, which accounts for almost half of my collection. Depression and frustration overcome me when I open my closet doors. I've only added to this pile over the last two y...   read

7:31 PM on 04.10.2014

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Video Game Review

This review was written for my editorial and critical writing class. The Castlevania franchise dates back to 1986 with its original release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the last decade, the series' popularity s...   read

8:08 PM on 02.16.2014

Mini-Review: Dislike Final Fantasy XIII? Play Final Fantasy XIII-2

Bring up Final Fantasy XIII and you'll generally get a group of disgruntled moans from around the room. The title built up a bad reputation for itself that seemingly gets worse over the years. Final Fantasy XIII branded ann...   read

3:37 PM on 02.14.2014

Seeing The Legend of Zelda's Future in A Link Between Worlds

Like many 3DS owners, I sat down with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds over the holiday season. My first Zelda title was A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo, but for some reason the two-dimensional, isometric ...   read

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