Super Mario 64 (N64) Review

Super Mario 64

So here we are, after 28 days we arrived just one single day away from the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and what other way could we end on other than Mario? So the hard part was choosing which Mario game to go with, the original Super Mario Bros. due to it’s all-time classic status? Mario Galaxy for arguably being my favourite? Mario Odyssey for the being the one I played most recently? In the end, I went for none of the above, and jumped into Mario 64, as much like the first game, it was a truly revolutionary experience, and just as worthy of a choice as the others, especially in giving me something to write about in the “Thoughts Then” category… Let’s take a look then, and end this lengthy countdown…

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Donkey Kong Country (SNES) Review

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country was a game that always looked great to me, again being a Mega Drive owner. My brother never got it, so I was left with memories of seeing how “amazing the graphics were” when it was reviewed on Bad Influence (old British Gaming TV Show…) So once again, like a lot of these final reviews in the Smash marathon, it’s something I can’t talk about how I liked it back then, but I can tell you how it holds up now! Let’s find out…

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Review

Breath of the Wild

Back when I did the Top 10 games list last year I remarked about missing out of Breath of the Wild due to not having a job in the middle of the year, therefore not buying a Switch until Super Mario Odyssey came out, and that I hoped to play it during the middle-of-the-year lull this year… Well, I did! Also: it’s great! Unsurprisingly. Anyway, rather than put up a second Zelda game I decided to make this the game review for the franchise in the Smash countdown, after all the Link in the game is based off of this one! Let’s take a look then, at Nintendo going proper open world…

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Super Metroid (SNES) Review

Super Metroid

This was a tricky decision for me, as I actually played the original Metroid when I was younger, but I didn’t like it (it was too hard, as many games were for me at the time, though to be fair in the case of the original Metroid it’s still extremely difficult for me now!) where as I really wanted to play Super Metroid but never did thanks to that old chestnut (on this blog) of the fact that I owned a Mega Drive while my brother had a SNES, so I was at the mercy of his game choices. I ended up going with Super Metroid because even though I won’t be able to add a “Thoughts Then” part of the review, it’s such a good game that I just wanted to play it again after giving a proper go for the first time a few years ago. So… let’s take a look!

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) Review

Yoshi's Island

It seems as we get closer and closer to the end of this marathon, we’re hitting key Nintendo franchises I never ended up playing at the time of their release. In the case of Yoshi’s Island it was due to it being released around the same time as the PS1, which had caught my eye early thanks to being featured on Bad Influence (UK Gaming show…) combined with the fact that I had a Mega Drive, my brother had a SNES and he just never brought it (probably for the same reason) Still, I did regret not getting to play it at the time because it’s simply really good, if not great! Let’s take a look…

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Kirby Super Star (SNES) Review

Kirby SS

I’m afraid that while I’d heard of Kirby from somewhere or other before playing the original Smash Bros., I hadn’t ever played any of the games. That continued for quite some time, until my 20s and I got into the shady business of downloading ROMs. So, no retrospective review to be found here, with Kirby Super Star, but I am happy to play and review it even now as it’s packed full of content, chunky sprites and great music. Let’s take a look!

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Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars (N64) Review

Star Fox 64

The Star Fox series is one of the few exceptions to my natural rule of using the names of things I grew up with (like using Mega Drive instead of the more common US name of Genesis) as if I just put “Lylat Wars” in the title very few people would know what I’m going on about. So, anyway, I actually didn’t own Lylat Wars anyway, but I did both rent it out and play it around a friends several times (or did they bring it to my house? I can’t remember…) and I do remember enjoying it, especially the branching paths. So let’s take a look and see if it still holds up!

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