What Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Needs to do to Actually be the Ultimate Super Smash Bros. — Wizard Dojo

Super Smash Bros. hype is a unique entity for me. On one hand, Super Smash Bros. is one of the few remaining series where the announcement of a new entry gets me genuinely excited. But of all my favorite gaming franchises, Super Smash Bros. is the one that can (and has) disappoint(ed) me the most. […]… View Article
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Mario Tennis Aces Review — Wizard Dojo

Although they’ve never produced any all-time classics in the way the primary platformers of the Super Mario series, the Mario RPGs, and the Mario Karts have, the Mario sports title may be the best example of the franchise’s unique ability to seemingly make any genre more fun simply by having its name associated with it. […]… View Article
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure Review — Wizard Dojo

Downloadable content has become one of the more polarizing aspects of modern gaming. While the prospect of a game gaining additional replay value post-launch is enticing, many developers have used it as a cheap means to release a game before its initial vision is finished, thus charging consumers more money at a later date to […]… View Article
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Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn Review — Wizard Dojo

In this day and age, where pop culture is obsessed with nostalgia, it seems anything is fair game for a remake, reboot or sequel. Whether it’s beloved franchises making a welcome return, or something more obscure crawling its way back into the spotlight, if it existed in the 80s or 90s, it’s making a comeback. […]… View Article
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Mole Mania Review — Wizard Dojo

Shigeru Miyamoto is the world’s most prolific video game designer. It’s not hard to see why, since he has served as creator and/or producer of many of the world’s most popular games: Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Mole Mania… Wait, what was that last one? Yes, even Shigeru Miyamoto has […]… View Article
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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars release as part of the SNES Classic* Since its inception in 1985, the Super Mario series has proven to be the avant garde of video games, prioritizing gameplay innovation and concepts unique to the video game medium over all else. This design philosophy has […]… View Article
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[Review] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch)

Developer: Retro Studios Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Nintendo Switch Category: Platformer & Action Release Date: 4th of May, 2018 (Worldwide)
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Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Review — Wizard Dojo

With his introduction as the antagonist of Super Mario Land 2, Wario became an immediate Nintendo mainstay. Who knows if it was the original intent when the character was created, but Wario ended up hijacking the Super Mario Land series, being the star of its third entry in 1994 before it full-on transformed into the […]… View Article
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Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins Review — Wizard Dojo

Despite Mario and friends being the most recognizable characters in gaming, the franchise has very rarely received new mainstay additions to its character roster after Super Mario Bros. Super Mario World brought the biggest addition in the form of Yoshi, while Super Mario Sunshine introduced Bowser Jr., and Galaxy brought fan favorite Rosalina into the […]… View Article
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Super Mario Land Review — Wizard Dojo

It may seem a bit strange today, given that it seems to have left no long-lasting impact on the Super Mario series as a whole, but 1989’s Super Mario Land remains one of the best-selling titles in the entire series. In fact, up until the Wii re-popularized Nintendo games, Super Mario Land was the third […]… View Article
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Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Review — Wizard Dojo

When the Wii brought in a resurgence of 2D sidescrollers, it was inevitable that Kirby would make his triumphant return to home consoles, after years of being relegated to handheld exclusivity and spinoffs. When Kirby did receive a proper adventure on the Wii, it was in the unconventional Kirby’s Epic Yarn, a title which did […]… View Article
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Kirby’s Epic Yarn Review — Wizard Dojo

Ten years. That’s how long it took Kirby to get another console entry after Kirby 64. Hal’s pink hero featured in a number of handheld games during that decade-long interim, but the only title starring Kirby on a home console during all that time was the racing game Kirby’s Air Ride on the Game Cube. […]… View Article
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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Review — Wizard Dojo

It seemed like an unwritten rule during Nintendo’s earlier console generations that Kirby was to be the closing act. Kirby’s Adventure was the last great NES game, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3 was the last Nintendo-published title on the SNES. Kirby didn’t quite shut the door on the Nintendo 64, but he still arrived late […]… View Article
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Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review — Wizard Dojo

Kirby’s Adventure was the last great NES game, and Hal’s pink, spherical hero once again closed out a Nintendo console with the SNES. The Nintendo 64 had launched in 1996, with Kirby Super Star and a handful of other classic titles insuring the 16-bit system went out in style (it wouldn’t be inaccurate to claim […]… View Article
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Kirby Super Star Review — Wizard Dojo

*Review based on Kirby Super Star’s release as part of the SNES Classic Edition* The Super Nintendo Entertainment System had a way of bringing out the best in Nintendo’s most beloved franchises. Mario began the SNES with a bang in the form of Super Mario World – and would later create a whole genre with […]… View Article
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Kirby’s Adventure Review — Wizard Dojo

While Mario, Zelda and Metroid are usually seen as the ‘main events’ of any Nintendo console, it’s Kirby who has traditionally performed the curtain-call. Whenever Nintendo’s ‘big three’ are preparing for the next console in line, it’s Kirby who is holding down the established fort to give it one last hoorah. This tradition goes all […]… View Article
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Kirby’s Dream Land 2 Review — Wizard Dojo

By 1995, Kirby had quickly established himself as one of Nintendo’s premiere franchises. Kirby’s Dreamland, though simplistic, found an audience due to the popularity of the Game Boy. It was with the 1993 NES sequel Kirby’s Adventure where the series really found its stride. Adventure gave Kirby his synonymous copy abilities, which in turn gave… View Article
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Kirby’s Dream Land Review — Wizard Dojo

The Nintendo Game Boy became a video game phenomenon. Taking video games on the go was a revelation, and Nintendo took full advantage of it by giving their established series handheld iterations on the Game Boy. But the accessibility of the Game Boy also opened the door for Nintendo to create new franchises on the […]… View Article
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Celeste Review

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What Makes a Game a 10?

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