Resonance: Mining Melancholy

I had to check several times to make sure no one had already written about this one, as Mining Melancholy might possibly be one of the most brilliant songs in a game that already has plenty of amazing tracks.  As expected, Mining Melancholy is found in every mine level of Donkey Kong Country 2.  As…

Kazooie Vs. Tooie

Two of my favorite games of all time are the original Banjo-Kazooie games for the Nintendo 64.  I started off with Tooie and played the original afterward, and for the longest time, I firmly believed that Banjo-Tooie was the better of the two.  It was a time when I believed bigger was better, and Banjo-Tooie…

EarthBound and Why I Find Pizza and Burgers Relatable

Part of what makes video games fun is that they allow us to experience things not possible in real life.  We can visit fantasy worlds, wield immense power, and ultimately save the world, or even the universe, from evil.  In most cases anyway.  Part of the thrill that comes from video games is the unfamiliar. …

Unforgettable: The Flying Shell of Rayman 2

I haven’t written a whole lot of posts for my Unforgettable series because something has to really stand out to me to make the list.  It has to be shocking, exciting, or just too awesome not to share with the world.  It is only fitting, then, that one of my favorite games of all time…

The Great Mysteries of Rayman 2

After spending the last several hundred hours of my game time playing RPGs (no joke), I needed a break.  The only games currently in my backlog at the moment are Final Fantasy IV and V, so I decided I would instead need to revisit something I had played before.  Being in quite a Rayman mood…

Unforgettable: Click Clock Wood

Typically when I write about something unforgettable in a video game, I usually talk about something small that stuck with me.  A particularly memorable cut scene, an extra epic segment of gameplay.  Today, however, I am discussing an entire world.  It was after my recent playthrough of Rayman 2 that I decided next to revisit…

The Lost World of DKC2

I’ve always loved secret levels in games.  Even if I’ve played through them countless times, knowing they aren’t a part of the main game just makes them feel special, and I like that.  When I cover secrets in games, however, I typically write about secrets that aren’t as well known, such as the 1000th Yellow…

What Makes Super Metroid Great: 21 Years Later

The waning health of my Super Nintendo has been a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it is quite a sad day indeed when one of your oldest consoles begins to die.  (Well, characters disappearing is definitely a nuisance, to say the least.)  Plus, now I need to hunt down a used one, still in working…

Rayman Origins: The New DKC?

As I’ve made my way through Rayman Origins for the third time, I have been surprised at the amount of nostalgia I’ve been feeling while playing this game.  It’s not a particularly old one in comparison to many other games in my library, and yet it already has formed this special attachment in my heart…

Revisiting Old Friends

For the first time in my life, I have so many video games that I haven’t had need to replay any of them for quite a while.  And yet, for the strangest reason, I have recently had the urge to take a break from my backlog (which involves unplayed games I bought a year or…