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I’m Still Not a Big Fan of Super Mario 64

I don’t really like Super Mario 64.  There, I said it.  I understand that the game was a big deal for its time, considering it was one of the first 3D platformers ever made.  While that is certainly something to be admired, I never really had the best opinion of this game.  In fact, I feel Super Mario 64 might be the reason I bore poor Mario a bit of a grudge over the years.  So when I gave it another chance recently thanks to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, was I finally ready to forgive Mario?  Keep on reading to find out!

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Hoa: A Beautiful and Relaxing Platformer

Hoa (pronounced “hwa”) is Vietnamese for “flower” and also the name of a lovely indie game and said game’s titular character, a tiny fairy-like creature the size of a bug.  This relaxing game features stunning hand-painted artwork, a beautiful soundtrack, and a peaceful atmosphere where the focus is solely on platforming and minor puzzling.  This game only took me about two hours to complete, but it was a delight from start to finish.  And I likely would have never given it a chance if it wasn’t recommended to us on Youtube by one of our commenters, Ramona Q.

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Joe & Mac: A Prehistoric Blast from the Past

When I was a duckling, my parents were responsible for buying all the games for the SNES.  After all, my dad actually got it as some sort of gift from his workplace, and for some inexplicable reason, I was too “afraid” to play any of the games when I was especially young, meaning my parents got the most use out of our first family console.  As such, Joe & Mac was just one of a hearty collection of games my parents had accumulated over the years.  This game stars the titular cavemen (Mac is only available in two-player), who fight and jump their way through 12 stages swarming with dinosaurs and Neanderthals, each level ending with a climactic battle against some huge prehistoric baddy.

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Joe & Mac Playthrough on Virtual Bastion

Joe & Mac is a silly SNES game from the Duck’s childhood where you play as a caveman and fight some odd looking dinosaurs whose necks are made of circles.  And a mammoth whose trunk falls off, which is as horrifying as it sounds.  You also obtain meat from defeated Neanderthals, so make of that as you will.

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion

Super Mario 64 Playthrough on Virtual Bastion

Join us for our playthrough of Super Mario 64, one of THE classic Nintendo 64 titles and the original 3D Mario game!  It’s time for us to explore the many rooms of Princess Peach’s Castle and defeat Bowser once again!

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion

Yoku’s Island Express: Demo Review

When I read that Yoku’s Island Express was described as an “open-world pinball adventure”, I had my doubts.  I don’t mind pinball in short bursts, but I couldn’t believe they could actually make an engaging “adventure” out of it.  But seeing as this was a free demo, I had nothing to lose but time.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps: A Worthy Sequel

I often approach sequels with a bit of trepidation.  A fair number have either been a disappointment in their own right or fell short due to overly high expectations.  Fortunately, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is one of those happy cases where the sequel is just as good as, if not better, than the original.  The story follows right after the first game, Ori and the Blind Forest, where Ori, Naru, and Gumo are taking care of Kuro’s (the villain from the first game) baby, a little owl named Ku.  At first, Ku struggles to fly until they attach her mother’s feather to her bad wing.  At this point, Ku makes no delay in taking Ori on a flight, though the happy moment leads to disaster when they are separated in a storm and end up split up in a new land called Niwen, which is not only falling to Decay after the death of the Sprit Willow, but is also being terrorized by a nasty owl by the name of Shriek.

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Super Mario Sunshine Playthrough on Virtual Bastion

Mario, Princess Peach, and the Toads were hoping for a relaxing vacation to the tropical Isle Delfino, but they soon discover that a Mario imposter is running amok and covering the once beautiful island in graffiti! With the help of FLUDD, Mario must clean up the island, recover the missing Shine Sprites, and save the kidnapped Princess Peach once again!

Video from YouTube User: Virtual Bastion

Awesome Pea: Demo Review

Awesome Pea is a retro-styled platformer where you control a supposedly greedy pea who enjoys collecting money. The game clearly wants to be reminiscent of old-school games, with green-tinged graphics and an unforgiving nature, sending you back to the start of each level whenever you mess up. The demo consists of the first three stages of the game, which took me roughly 10 minutes to complete.

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