Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Don't judge me. I've never exactly beaten Legacy of the Wizard, but it still was one heck of ride.

Legacy of the Wizard is unfortunately one of those games that I never got around to beating (read: too hard so I never picked it back up). That doesn't discount the fact that the game has a lot going on for it. First of all, the game was one of the first of it's kind in that it was a non-linear and completely open world.  This was pretty unprecedented for the time, even though in today's post GTA world that's nothing new. Each playable character had different attributes such as Lyll jumping ability and Xemn being the character with the highest attack power. Remember password systems? Yeah, Legacy of the Wizard had one of those.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Aww the good old days. When licensed games didn't completely stink.

Back in 1989 when Capcom and Disney were best friends, licensed video games based in the Disney universe were actually good. Really good. In fact, some of the very best NES games were Disney games made by Capcom, case in point: DuckTales. I'm not sure what episode of the animated series Scrooge McDuck bounced around on a pogo-stick, but it sure did make for a compelling gameplay mechanic.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Is this the best Mario game ever created?

Talk about third world problems. I remember as a kid, right about the time when I owned a dozen or so NES games, I saw a commercial for Super Mario World and decided that what I had wasn't good enough. All I could think about was how I wanted the newest, hottest thing, and how my system didn't look as great as the SNES did. It took a year to finally get my system second hand from a garage sale, but I finally acquired one, and it was awesome.

Sorry for the delay, folks. Nintentunes.com is up and kicking, and ready to give away free games!

Sorry for the contest delay folks. You cold blame that on my shoddy Comcast internet that has been down all day. I'm sure you all have been chomping at the bit to see who has won the free copies of Xenoblade Chronicles, so without further adieu, let the contest winners commencement....video begin! The contest winners were chosen the only fair way possible, through a random Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament! Click on through to see if you were a winner.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thank you all for participating in the Xenoblade Chronicles giveaway! Winners will be announced tomorrow!

Thank you all for participating in the Xenoblade Chronicles giveaway, and thank you Operation Rainfall for helping to get the word out about the contest. The contest comes to a close today, and winners will be picked tomorrow. To celebrate, I thought it be only fitting to dedicate today's Nintentune to the fantastic music of Xenoblade! Soon enough the game will be available in North America for everyone to enjoy, but until then, follow along and enjoy the music!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Super Metroid really earns the 'super' in its title

Where would the video game industry be without the likes of Metroid? So many games have copied many of the gameplay elements of the series, some  more blatantly than others. Not that that's a bad thing. Xbox Live Arcade title Shadow Complex from Chair Entertainment is perhaps the finest example of how to do the Metroid formula right. Much like Samus herself,  main character Jason Flemming gains new weapons and abilities as he progresses through the game, allowing new areas to be reached. Many people have coined this brand of gameplay Metroidvania, as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night also took the idea and ran with it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pokémon. Great RPG or crack for kids? You decide.

All I wanted when I got my imported see-through clear Gameboy Color was a copy of Pokémon Red. Turns out that Pokémon was kind of popular back in 1998 and it was sold out, so I was forced to settle for Link's Awakening DX (which turned out just fine in retrospect). I waited three long weeks, riding my bike to the local game store uphill both ways before I was finally able to snag myself a copy. In the end, it was well worth it. Say what you like, but I am a huge PokéManiac.

Man, I really wish I could play Castlevania for the first time again

My first experience with Castlevania was actually in my daycare before I even reached grade school. La Petite Academy, the good old days. In retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea to let a bunch of four and five year olds play a game such as Castlevania, but hey, it actually helped me become the gamer I am today. After all, it was after playing the NES for hours on end at daycare that made me beg my parents to get me a console that year for Christmas.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Official Nintentunes giveaway! Hope you have a hankering for free stuff!

So Nintentunes is a fairly new website, as I'm sure you who have followed it for the last few weeks know, and I am looking to increase my readership. What better way to do it then by giving away some free stuff! Yeah, it may all about self promotion, but I figure the more people that read up on Nintendo music, the better!

So here's the deal. I already own a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles, but have been toying with the idea of buying an NTSC copy just to support the cause. Problem is, I just can justify owning a PAL and NTSC copy of the game, so I have decided to give one away as the first ever Nintentunes.com giveaway!

Want a copy? It's simple as pie to get one. Here's all you have to do:

Startropics is probably one Nintendo franchise that you have never heard of

I don't know of many games that have you soaking the manual (or at least an included letter found in it) in water to continue on in the game, but out of all of them that I know of (which is only one, incidentally), Startropics is the best. Nintendo doesn't release many games like Startropics any more nowadays. Puzzles, fun story, interesting characters...Startropics has it all. When the game was re-released on the Virtual Console, I jumped all over it because there really hasn't been an experience like it from Nintendo since.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Man, that "Final" Fantasy sure doesn't look to have a finale anytime soon, does it?

The legend of Final Fantasy goes like this: Square was in financial trouble at the time of the games release in 1987, and had the game not sold well, the company would have been forced to declare bankruptcy. In truth, Hironobu Sakaguchi tells the tale a little differently.

The name ‘Final Fantasy’ was a display of my feeling that if this didn’t sell, I was going to quit the games industry and go back to university. I’d have had to repeat a year, so I wouldn’t have had any friends – it really was a ‘final’ situation.”

Friday, January 20, 2012

For the very best Zelda music, look no further than Celda...I mean Wind Waker

Apparently I'm on a Zelda kick as of late, but seeing how long the franchise has been around and how iconic a lot of it's music has been, I don't suppose that is a bad thing. I can say without a doubt that out of all the Zelda soundtracks across all the platforms, the music from Wind Waker is my favorite. Every island that is sailed to has it's own unique theme that perfectly complements the mood of island. There were times when I would just leave my console on while doing other things (folding laundry, doing homework, cleaning house) just to hear the music on loop. That's how wonderful the soundtrack is.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A portable Zelda with Yoshi in it? Yes please!

When I got my shinny new (imported!) Gameboy Color, complete with see-through clear casing, Link's Awakening DX was the first color game I popped in. I had previously played the original black and white version but never owned it. This was the first time I was able to truly sink my teeth into the meaty adventure, and I was loving every minute of it. The game was quite different in theme than any other Zelda adventure before it, and never seemed to take itself too seriously.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of Top Gun. This game may be for you.

U.N. Squadron for the SNES is one of those games that you can play over and over again and never seem to get bored with it. You will too, because it's pretty challenging and will take memorization to perfect. I don't see myself as any kind of professional gamer by any means, but I felt quite accomplished the first time I was able to finish U.N. Squadron to completion because it is actually quite difficult.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Golden Sun might be the best RPG series to grace any Nintendo console. Well it's my favorite anyways.

If you couldn't tell by now, RPGs are kind of my thing. There is just something about interacting with a good plot that you can't get in any other medium that makes video games so great, and almost no genre has better storytelling (usually) than RPGs. That and they usually have a pretty wicked musical score, case in point Golden Sun for the Game Boy Advance.

Monday, January 16, 2012

What do you mean you've never played Metroid Prime? You call yourself a Nintendo fan!?

If there was one game I that I could hold over all the PS2 and Xbox fanboys last generation, it would be Metroid Prime. The game looks, plays, and sounds absolutely incredible...but don't call it a first person shooter. It just isn't that. Sure you technically have a gun for and arm it is in the first person perspective, but the game is all about exploration and discovery. Some have dubbed it a first person adventure, and I tend to agree with that classification. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fact: Diddy Kong Racing > Mario Kart

Say what you will about Mario Kart, I can even admit that it is a great game. Heck, Mario Kart 7 has hardly been out of my 3DS since it was launched late last year. But if you ask me what my favorite cart (kart?) racer is, I will tell you Diddy Kong Racing any day of the week. The music, top notch. The gameplay, second to none. And nothing against any of the characters in the Mario universe, but all of the racers in Diddy Kong Racing have personality and style that just isn't found in Mario Kart.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Quest 64 and my secret love affair

In my opinion Quest 64 is one of the most underrated games to ever appear on the Nintendo 64. It was panned by game critics and gamers alike for not being like other RPGs that appeared on the Playstation, namely not having CGI cutscenes or having voice acting, but I loved it for it's challenging gameplay and vast world to explore.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Secret of Mana is the bee's knees, isn't a secret that the music is fantastic

There are many wonderful video games on the SNES, which just so happens to be my favorite video game console, but Secret of Mana holds a special place in my heart. Well, I actually have a confession. I didn't play a game in the Mana series until the GBA remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, Sword of Mana. After that, I was hooked. I went to my local pawn shop to by a version of Secret of Mana, and left when then didn't have it. I looked all over the city trying to find myself a copy, and ended up buying a ridiculously expensive copy on ebay.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nintentunes: Micky Mouse Club Edition

Back in my day, when we had to walk to school in the snow up hill BOTH WAYS, licensed games used to be good. Not like this game is actually playable good, but I want to play this game until I master it good. This is especially true when it comes to Disney properties of the late 80's/ early 90's, and this is majorly because Capcom had their hands in the creation of the games.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Inaugural Nintentunes.com post!

What better way to kick off the Nintentunes blog than with a song from my favorite game of all time! Illusion of Gaia is a terribly underappreciated game for the SNES published by Enix and developed by Quintet.