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  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Through The Years

    From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this... More
  • Blog Post: The True Story Of Double Dragon

    The original Double Dragon was one of the first beat-em-ups to ever hit arcades. For a time it was a cultural icon, but how well do you know its story? I remember when I first encountered Double Dragon on the NES I thought it was the coolest game I'd ever encountered. It's story wasn't complicated... More
  • Blog Post: Remembering Maniac Mansion

    Green and purple tentacles. Microwavable hamsters. A mind-controlling meteor. When Maniac Mansion debuted in 1987 for the Commodore 64 and Apple II, it was unlike anything players had experienced before. Not only did it make a mark with its quirky humor, it helped popularize the point-and-click adventure... More
  • Blog Post: Nostalgia Corner: '90s Nickelodeon Games

    The early '90s brought a slew of beloved Nickelodeon shows that are still talked about to this day. From the crazy game shows, Guts and Double Dare , to zany cartoons like Rocko's Modern Life and The Ren and Stimpy Show , the network dominated kid's TV programming, making the '90s often... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Punch-Out!! Stress Test: Joe Vs. Tyson – Episode 2

    Earlier this year, I watched my co-worker Dan try to defeat Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!. He failed miserably for three straight hours . Near the end of his attempt, I made a bold claim: Dan's story was just a prologue to a better (and shorter) video featuring me effortlessly beating Iron Mike. The... More
  • Blog Post: Revisiting EarthBound: Ahead Of (And A Product Of) Its Time

    Like many Wii U owners, I have recently spent a lot of time in the world of EarthBound following its Virtual Console release. I feel like I waited the perfect amount of time to replay the game. I first played in on Super Nintendo in the late ‘90s, and enough time has passed that I remember few... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

    While most of my colleagues have no doubt warmed your heart with tales of their love and devotion to a particular game, I'm here to peer back into the abyss of failure and frustration. I'll cop to it – I'm a mediocre gamer at best. It's the dirty secret of my life. Given my chosen... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Jet Force Gemini

    After Rare gave Donkey Kong his own game and crafted a 3D model of Pierce Brosnan for Goldeneye, the developer made a cinematic sci-fi shooter called Jet Force Gemini. It was the true start of the popular helmeted-space-soldier-alien-shooter motif nearly two years before Halo released on the Xbox. Jet... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay: Ninja Gaiden

    This year's Super Replay Showdown ended with an unexpected dance-off between Ben Reeves and I. Even more unexpected was my fleet-footed rise to victory, but my triumph comes at a terrible toll; I now have to grind my way through the original NES installment of Ninja Gaiden, an infuriatingly challenging... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Punch-Out!! Stress Test: Dan Vs. Tyson Part III

    In my entire gaming history, one accomplishment has eluded me more than any other. I've completed hundreds upon hundreds of games and stood victorious over insanely difficult boss battles, but one man has annihilated me every time I've encountered him. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is one of my... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Darkwing Duck (Guest: James Adomian)

    This week we're taking a look at the classic Disney/Capcom collaboration, Darkwing Duck, and we invited comedian James Adomian to come join us. We reached out to James because we're big fans of his appearances on podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang , but we were surprised to discover that who we really... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Discovering Mega Man 2’s Boss Order

    I remember playing video games in my cousins’ dark basement when I was a little kid. My family had the Sega Master System, his had the Nintendo Entertainment System. We had Alex Kidd and Shinobi, they had Mega Man and Mario. Mega Man 2 specifically wowed me. I was wowed the first time I saw the... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Double Dragon II: The Revenge

    With the series' reboot Double Dragon Neon releasing this week on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, we thought it would be fun to go back and play Double Dragon II: The Revenge. Is this beat-em-up still challenging us today as it did in our childhoods? Those Lee brothers sure had some girlfriend... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Failing To Find Peach

    When players think of great moments in video games, they often think of moments that involve high-end graphics, a gripping story, or deep dialogue. Yet one of the most memorable moments in gaming history comes out of the ‘80s and continues to haunt gamers even up to this day. SPOILERS AHEAD There’s... More
  • Blog Post: The Evolution Of Ganon

    He’s one of gaming’s most recognizable characters and a fan-favorite foil, but how much do you really know about The Legend of Zelda’s iconic villain, Ganondorf? From a demonic pig monster to a powerful warlock, Ganon has undergone a surprising metamorphosis throughout his 26-year existence... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Contra

    The upcoming issue of Game Informer includes a comprehensive look back at the best co-op games of all time. Now is the perfect time to dive into the one of the most memorable 8-bit cooperative games ever: Contra. Join Bryan Vore, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and myself as we tackle one the NES's... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Bald Bull's Charge

    Our last Moments entry involved Shadow of the Colossus , which seems on the surface to have next to nothing in common with Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. However, both games boil down to what is essentially a series of boss fights. While Iron Mike himself is easily the most intimidating of all of Punch... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Kid Icarus

    Nintendo has always been fond of keeping their franchises alive, but it took numerous console generations for Pit to return in Kid Icarus: Uprising . His NES original is one of the most notoriously difficult games of all time, so we decided to dust off our cartridge and re-examine it for this week's... More
  • Blog Post: Last Stand: The Final Games Of The Biggest Consoles

    Many gamers consider a console dead as soon as its successor hits store shelves. While it's true that the release schedule takes a massive hit when this happens, there are always a handful of titles that arrive late to the party. Take a look at the final games released for some of gaming's biggest... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play The Entirety Of Abobo's Big Adventure

    Abobo's Big Adventure has been touted as the "ultimate tribute to the NES," and it's completely free to play in-browser here . As longtime gamers who spent untold hours with the Nintendo Entertainment System, this caught the attention of Jeff Cork, Tim Turi, and myself. Its full version... More
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