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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Wall Street Kid Review — Wizard Dojo

The very existence of Wall Street Kid is a head-scratcher. Maybe, just maybe, there’s someone out there with an interest in both the stock market and video games who would like to see a game based on Wall Street, but it’s hard to imagine there’s be much of a demand for the concept. And in […]… View Article
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Impressions — Wizard Dojo

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is finally here, and it’s yet another jewel in the crown that is the Nintendo Switch. Although it may be premature of me to say this, given I haven’t tried out all of its modes yet, but Ultimate may very well be the best Super Smash Bros. title yet. Like any […]… View Article
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My Thoughts on Persona 5’s Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Wizard Dojo

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is finally out (and it’s pretty great). A day before its release though, it was revealed that the first of the five upcoming DLC characters for Nintendo’s brawler is none other than the protagonist of Persona 5, Joker. *And yes, I am aware that by internet standards this news is old […]… View Article
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Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us Review — Wizard Dojo

The Power of Us marks the twenty-first Pokemon movie, and the second in this rebooted continuity of Pokemon movies, following Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You. While I Choose You served as a retelling of the beloved first season of the Pokemon anime, The Power of Us can feel like a spiritual remake of Pokemon… View Article
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Minit Review — Wizard Dojo

Because of their limited resources, indie games often have to rely on a specific ‘hook’ to compensate for their smaller scale. Minit is one such indie game, and one whose charm stems from its particular gameplay hook which, in a weird way, seems to be a parody of indie games with said hooks. Though it’s […]… View Article
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RIP Stan Lee — Wizard Dojo

The world of entertainment lost one of its greatest minds today, and the world lost one of its most profound imaginations. Stan Lee, the mastermind behind Marvel comics, has passed away at age 95. Stan Lee is well-known the world over as the creator of timeless characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible […]… View Article
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Super Smash Bros. Disappointment… — Wizard Dojo

Well, the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-focused Nintendo Direct before the game’s launch has come and gone. And, well…that was it? I mean, really? That’s it? To use an old (and pretty disgusting) phrase, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was about to win the race, and then crapped its pants right at the finish line. Look, […]… View Article
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Super Mario Odyssey’s First Anniversary! — Wizard Dojo

Wow, can you believe it’s already been a year since Super Mario Odyssey brought perfection into our gaming lives? Yes indeed, Super Mario Odyssey celebrates its first anniversary today. Of the hundreds and hundreds of video games I’ve played over the course of my life, Super Mario Odyssey is easily among the very best. It… View Article
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Super Mario Party Review — Wizard Dojo

Super Mario Party is something of a bittersweet occasion. It’s mostly sweet, mind you, as this eleventh installment in the long-running series feels refreshingly like a return to form, after the past few sequels seemed to go off the rails. Super Mario Party is, in essence, what Mario Party should be: four-player multiplayer fun. The […]… View Article
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Mega Man 11 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on the Nintendo Switch version of Mega Man 11* Mega Man is in a unique place among gaming’s classic franchises. Unlike Mario or Zelda, Mega Man doesn’t strive to innovate with each new iteration. In fact, the Blue Bomber more or less settled on its formula back in the NES days, which saw […]… View Article
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Mega Man X8 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X8’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2* Mega Man X8 is like a small miracle. In stark contrast to the original Mega Man series – which kept a consistent quality even in its weakest entries – the X sub-series provided diminishing quality with each subsequent installment…. View Article
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Mega Man X7 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X7’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2* You have to give credit where it’s due, Mega Man X7 tried to change up the Mega Man X franchise. The 2003 PS2 title turned the series into a 3D, third-person shooter, only on occasion going back to the… View Article
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Mega Man X6 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X6’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2* Is Mega Man allergic to the number 6? As far as the main series goes, Mega Man 6 has to be the weakest entry, as it represents the series’ most creatively lazy moment. The Mega Man X series also… View Article
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Mega Man X5 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X5’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2* Capcom certainly knows when they have a good thing on their hands. Unfortunately, they don’t always seem to know when they have too much of a good thing. The original Mega Man X was a brilliant twist on the… View Article
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Mega Man X4 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X4’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection* 1997 was a big year for Mega Man. Not only was the Blue Bomber turning ten-years old, but he celebrated a decade of gaming by properly transitioning into the 32-bit generation after ports of X3 dipped its toes in the […]… View Article
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Mega Man X3 Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Mega Man X3’s release as part of Mega Man X Legacy Collection* There is more than a little bit of irony in Mega Man X3’s very existence. Six Mega Man games were released on the NES, with only small windows of time between releases. Mega Mans 2 and 3 were stellar sequels… View Article
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Undertale Review — Wizard Dojo

It’s hard to think of a better game with more humble origins than Undertale. The brainchild of Toby Fox was a passion project in the medium if ever there were one, with Toby Fox almost singlehandedly creating the entire game; from its premise to graphics to gameplay, to its sublime soundtrack, with only some of […]… View Article
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