Game Corner [Zelda Day]: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo 3DS)

On 21 February 1986, The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo EAD, 1986) was first released in Japan. The creation of legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, The Legend of Zelda launched one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, with its silent protagonist, Link, and his vast fantasy world of sword and sorcery not only enduring … Continue reading Game Corner [Zelda Day]: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo 3DS)

What’s on the Box?: Pokémon Origins

Air Date: 2 October 2013Worldwide Network: Pokémon TV Original Network: TV TokyoStars: Bryce Papenbrook, Lucien Dodge, Jamieson Price, Kirk Thornton, and Kyle Hebert The Background:The brainchild of executive director Satoshi Tajiri, Pokémon began life as Capsule Monsters (later changed to Pocket Monsters and rebranded as Pokémon for the games’ worldwide release), a role-playing game inspired by … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: Pokémon Origins

Talking Movies [Mewtwo’s Birthday]: Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

According to Pokémon: Blue and Red Version (Nintendo/Creatures/Game Freak, 1995), February 6 is the day that Mew successfully gave birth to my favourite Pokémon, Mewtwo. Whether this was a natural birth or simply the day the clone was successfully created is up for debate but, nevertheless, this is the official date that the world’s most … Continue reading Talking Movies [Mewtwo’s Birthday]: Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

Game Corner: Wario Land 3 (Nintendo 3DS)

Released: 2 May 2012Originally Released: 21 March 2000Developer: Nintendo R&D1Also Available For: Game Boy Color The Background:After his debut in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (ibid, 1992) Mario’s dastardly doppelgänger, Wario, quickly usurped Nintendo’s portly plumber as the face of Mario’s handheld sub-series. After the critical and commercial success of Wario Land II … Continue reading Game Corner: Wario Land 3 (Nintendo 3DS)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Kid Dracula (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019Originally Released: October 1990Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. LtdOriginal Developer: KonamiAlso Available For: Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background:Well, this is it; over the past few weeks, I have been reviewing each of the titles of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection and we’re finally at … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Kid Dracula (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: Bloodlines / Castlevania: The New Generation (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019Originally Released: December 1993Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. LtdOriginal Developer: KonamiAlso Available For: Mega Drive, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background:For the longest time, Castlevania was a series synonymous with Nintendo’s home consoles; handheld or otherwise, Castlevania was generally played on a Nintendo-branded product, meaning those of us (like me) … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: Bloodlines / Castlevania: The New Generation (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019Originally Released: July 1991Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. LtdOriginal Developer: KonamiAlso Available For: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background:So far, since I started working my way through the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, I’ve realised two things: first, Castlevania II: … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: The Adventure (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019Originally Released: October 1989Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. LtdOriginal Developer: KonamiAlso Available For: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background:Understandably, it seemed like Nintendo had a rule of sorts back in the day: If a title was successful on … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania: The Adventure (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Super Castlevania IV (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019 Originally Released: October 1991 Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. Ltd Original Developer: Konami Also Available For: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) The Background: So, thanks to the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, I recently found out that Super Castlevania IV … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Super Castlevania IV (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Xbox One)

Released: May 2019 Originally Released: December 1989 Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Industry Co. Ltd Original Developer: Konami Also Available For: Family Computer Disk System (Famicom), Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, and PlayStation 4 The Background: After dramatically altering the straight-forward action/platforming of the original Castlevania (Konami, … Continue reading Game Corner [Castlevania Marathon]: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Xbox One)