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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Tails’ Skypatrol Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Tails’ Skypatrol’s release as part of Sonic Gems Collection for Nintendo GameCube* There are plenty of bad games out there, but it takes a special kind of bad game to make me think “what the hell am I even doing?” while playing it. Tails’ Skypatrol is one such game. One of only… View Article
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Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble’s release as part of the Sonic Gems Collection on Nintendo GameCube* Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble was the first Sonic platformer released exclusively on the Sega Game Gear handheld system. Prior handheld Sonic titles were based on the Genesis games, like the Game Gear versions of Sonic […]… View Article
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Sonic the Fighters Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Sonic the Fighters’ release as part of Sonic Gems Collection for the Nintendo GameCube* Because of the wild popularity of the series in its early years, Sonic the Hedgehog still gets frequent comparisons to Super Mario. But it’s an unfair comparison, really. While Mario has had an unrivaled longevity, still releasing “best… View Article
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Wario World Review — Wizard Dojo

On paper, Wario World sounds like some kind of dream come true: a beat-em-up starring Wario created by Treasure, the developer behind such outrageous action games as Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Heady? Sign me up! Unfortunately, in execution, the 2003 GameCube title falls well below expectations. And what should have been an easy winner for […]… View Article
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Replaying: Super Mario 3D World — Wizard Dojo

The Super Mario Maker 2 trailer that launched back in February not only got me hyped for the upcoming Switch title, but its addition of the Super Mario 3D World play style had me feeling nostalgic for the 2013 Wii U platformer. And seeing as I previously stated I wanted to start replaying games more […]… View Article
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Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on the Nintendo Switch version* Despite being one of the more fondly remembered games on the Sega Genesis, Toejam & Earl has had a rough time in the sequel department. Beloved for its originality and off-beat humor, Toejam & Earl saw its titular dup of funky aliens take part in an exploration-based adventure. […]… View Article
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Tetris 99 Review — Wizard Dojo

Tetris really is the eternal video game. No matter how gaming evolves and advances, no matter how quickly it makes progress, Tetris remains one of the medium’s few constants. While many critically-acclaimed titles prove to lose their luster in the long term, Tetris will always be one of gaming’s quintessential titles. Tetris 99 – the […]… View Article
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Wario Land 3 Review — Wizard Dojo

Wario’s misadventures continued on the Game Boy Color with Wario Land 3. As the third installment in Wario’s initial platforming series, Wario Land 3 polished what its predecessors started, and added some new tricks of its own into the mix. It was such an improvement over the first two entries that, upon its initial release […]… View Article
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Goodbye Wii Shop Channel — Wizard Dojo

Allow me to get nostalgic – and a wee bit weepy – as Nintendo has officially shut down the Wii Shop Channel, after over twelve years of service. Now, I’m going to say something that’s bizarrely unpopular, and say that the Wii remains one of my all-time favorite video game consoles. And yes, I liked […]… View Article
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Donut County Review — Wizard Dojo

Donut County is an indie game by Ben Esposito. Released in 2018, Donut County was one of the pleasant surprises of the year, and can be described as something along the lines of an inverse Katamari Damacy. While Katamari saw players bundle up as many objects (and people) imaginable to create one giant mass, Donut… View Article
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Inside Review — Wizard Dojo

Playdead became one of the premiere indie gaming studios upon the release of their first game, Limbo in 2010. A monochromatic platformer, Limbo was a stylistic little adventure that spanned about an hour of playtime. Though the atmosphere garnered Limbo immense praise, I was in the minority of people who found Limbo’s gameplay far too […]… View Article
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Wario Land II Review — Wizard Dojo

Though the third entry of the Super Mario Land sub-series opened the door for Wario to become a video game star, Wario Land II completely kicked the door down for Mario to rewrite the rules of platformers. Though Wario Land II’s sequels would better the formula, this ambitious 1998 Game Boy title really set the […]… View Article
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The 2018 Christmas Special/Four Year Anniversary Celebration!! — Wizard Dojo

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! How about that Solo, eh? Oh wait, that was several months ago. My “how about that [recent Star Wars movie here], eh?” schtick doesn’t work this time. Dang it, Disney! You ruined this running gag! Whoa! Wait, hold up! It’s Christmas already?! Yes, somehow it’s already […] via The 2018… View Article
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