Wario: Master of Disguise Review — Wizard Dojo

The mid-to-late 2000s saw a new boom period for Nintendo, thanks to successes of the Wii and the Nintendo DS, which brought new innovations to gameplay and brought a much broader appeal to the video game world. The downside to this, however, is that these new gameplay ideas – like the Wii’s motion controls and […]… View Article
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Untitled Goose Game Review — Wizard Dojo

Though video games have always been an art form, such a concept being embraced has only been around for a bit over a decade. Since the mid-2000s, many games have come along to attempt to “legitimize” the artistic merits of video games, usually by replicating Hollywood-style cinematic and storylines. Despite their best efforts, such “art […]… View Article
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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch) Review — Wizard Dojo

The Legend of Zelda is arguably the most beloved video game series of all time, and few of its entries are as cherished as Link’s Awakening. Though it was the fourth installment in The Legend of Zelda, it was the first to be released on a handheld console. One of the main reasons Link’s Awakening […]… View Article
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Wario Land: Shake It! Review — Wizard Dojo

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game* It can be strange how greatly things change in just a few short years. After the successful Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 in 2013, the year 2015 saw fan investment in such crowdfunded games reach new heights. Three such games even broke crowdfunding records […]… View Article
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WarioWare Touched Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on WarioWare Touched’s release on the Wii U Virtual Console* WarioWare, Inc. Mega Microgames was one of Nintendo’s unsung classics of the 2000s. WarioWare stripped the very nature of video games down to their bare minimum, leaving its many microgames as a platform for Nintendo to test out myriads of gameplay ideas. The […]… View Article
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Super Mario Maker 2 Review — Wizard Dojo

Nintendo’s Wii U console gets a lot of flack. Some of its criticisms are just (it was a commercial failure for the big N, a fact that was magnified by its status as a bridge between two golden ages for Nintendo), but the Wii U played an important role in Nintendo’s big picture. An argument […]… View Article
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Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman Review — Wizard Dojo

Despite having originally been released in 1983, Bomberman is a timeless game, comparable to Tetris or Super Mario Bros. in this regard. Like Tetris, Bomberman is the kind of game that’s held up well enough that it could be ported to any modern console or device and be justified in doing so. And like Super […]… View Article
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Mario Vs. Donkey Kong Review — Wizard Dojo

Before Mario entered the Mushroom Kingdom, met Princess Peach and found an archnemesis in Bowser, there was Donkey Kong. Before Luigi was introduced to the world, before Mario was even named Mario, there was Donkey Kong. Mario and Donkey Kong were gaming’s first legendary rivalry, the dynamic in which all of Nintendo was built on. […]… View Article
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Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge Review — Wizard Dojo

I love Banjo-Kazooie. I love the Gameboy Advance. This makes it so disheartening that Banjo-Kazooie’s oft-forgotten GBA spinoff – Grunty’s Revenge – is forgotten for a reason. Despite a surprisingly accurate translation of the gameplay from Banjo-Kazooie’s N64 duology at first glance, Grunty’s Revenge boasts none of the depth of its predecessors, and ranks as… View Article
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WarioWare, Inc. Mega Microgames Review — Wizard Dojo

The Game Boy Advance should rightfully rank as one of Nintendo’s greatest systems. While the original Game Boy’s influence can’t be understated, and the Nintendo DS helped push Nintendo’s innovation forward, it’s the Game Boy Advance which boasts a timeless appeal that makes it akin to the handheld equivalent of the SNES. The GBA’s library […]… View Article
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Wario’s Woods Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on the NES version of Wario’s Woods, as released on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console* Wario’s Woods was released simultaneously on the NES and SNES in 1994 (being the last officially licensed game released on the former). Unfortunately for Wario’s Woods, it saw very little attention in its day, seeing as gaming […]… View Article
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Review — Wizard Dojo

Poor New Super Mario Bros. U. As far as the “New Super Mario” games go, it was a marked improvement over the DS, Wii and 3DS titles that came before it. But due to its status as the fourth entry in the sub-series, and being released mere months after the uneventful New Super Mario Bros…. View Article
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Something About Mario RPGs — Wizard Dojo

Earlier this year, I picked up the 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. But before I play through it, I remembered I (strangely) never beat the 2017 3DS remake of Superstar Saga. So I recently started a new file on that game (and have beat it, and will review it once I […]… View Article
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Wario Land 4 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Wario Land 4’s Wii U Virtual Console release* Here’s an unpopular opinion: The original Game Boy hasn’t aged well. Sure, there are a few games from the original Game Boy that hold up decently (namely Game Boy Color exclusives), but for the most part, its games represent a time when the convenience […]… View Article
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Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee Review — Wizard Dojo

Though the mainline Pokemon games have always been found on Nintendo’s handhelds, the fact that the Nintendo Switch combines the concepts of a home console and a handheld means that Pokemon will finally see a primary entry on a home console (while not betraying its handheld roots). This will happen when Pokemon Sword and Shield… View Article
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Yoshi’s Crafted World Review — Wizard Dojo

Yoshi hasn’t had the best track record of Nintendo’s many iconic characters. Though his roles as Mario’s sidekick in Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy 2 were lauded, when it came to the cute dinosaur’s starring roles, things were a bit less consistent. He got off to a phenomenal start in Yoshi’s Island: Super […]… View Article
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review — Wizard Dojo

With a name like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Switch’s edition to Nintendo’s massively-successful crossover fighter certainly gave itself a lot to live up to. Somewhat miraculously, Ultimate manages to pull that very feat off, delivering what is undoubtedly the best entry in the long-running series to date. Bursting at the seams with content and… View Article
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Sonic R Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Sonic R’s release as part of Sonic Gems Collection on Nintendo GameCube* Despite being the “fastest thing alive,” Sonic has always been playing a game of catch up with Super Mario since day one. Despite Sonic’s early titles and a handful of the blue blur’s other adventures over the years achieving their… View Article
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Tails’ Adventure Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Tails’ Adventure’s release as part of Sonic Gems Collection on Nintendo GameCube* The Sega Game Gear may not be the most remembered handheld of its day -being in the shadow of the wild success of Nintendo’s Game Boy – but it did have its moments. One of the more fun ideas to […]… View Article
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