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  • Ranking Every Game on the SNES Classic

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    Like a good many gamers, the SNES ranks among one of my favorite video game consoles ever released.  It is also currently tied with the Gamecube as my favorite Nintendo console due to its two pronged approach of excellent first and third party games.  The SNES is not only home to some of the best installments of many of Nintendo's first party series, but many incredible exclusive third party games from the likes of Capcom, Konami and Square.

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    Like a good many gamers, the SNES ranks among one of my favorite video game consoles ever released. It is also currently tied with the Gamecube as my favorite Nintendo console due to its two pronged approach of excellent first and third party games. The... More
  • Atlus Should Totally Remake Persona 3 (Again)

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    2017 has been a nonstop deluge of wonderful video games, many of which have quickly become some of my favorites of all time.  However even by these high standards, few gaming experiences this year have reached the superb level of quality Persona 5 did, as its blend of compelling story and characters, re-invigoration of JRPG style turn based combat, and deliciously unique and passionate sense of style created an RPG experience of a caliber I personally believe only a few other games of the genre come close to achieving.

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    2017 has been a nonstop deluge of wonderful video games, many of which have quickly become some of my favorites of all time. However even by these high standards, few gaming experiences this year have reached the superb level of quality Persona 5 did... More
  • Building the Perfect Game Boy Classic Edition

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    While Nintendo's brand new home console/handheld hybrid, the Switch, has undoubtedly been their hottest product of 2017, oddly enough a plug and play console has achieved a similarly high amount of publicity and hype.  I'm referring of course to the Super Nintendo Classic Edition (or SNES Mini depending on your preference).  Cynics will look at the product as a glorified emulator in an SNES shell limited to just 21 games, but as someone who was lucky enough to obtain one (largely because I'm an insomniac who was awake at 1 A.M. when the initial pre-orders went live), I can undoubtedly see the console's appeal.  Even as someone who was born significantly past the SNES era, I absolutely adore the Super Nintendo; it is home to some of the greatest games to ever leave Nintendo's doors, like The Legend of Zelda:  A Link to the Past and Super Metroid, and the third party support was an absolute force, from epic role playing games like Chrono Trigger to explosive action titles like Mega Man X.  It undoubtedly has one of the strongest libraries of any Nintendo home console, and the ability to replay some classics with a cute plug and play console that mimics  the original, right down to a replication of its controller, is largely the reason why the SNES Classic is such as sought after item right now.  It's the most authentic way to experience these classic games outside of playing the original SNES.

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    While Nintendo's brand new home console/handheld hybrid, the Switch, has undoubtedly been their hottest product of 2017, oddly enough a plug and play console has achieved a similarly high amount of publicity and hype. I'm referring of course to... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#50-41)

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    Having officially reached the halfway point of this massive project, I'm starting to feel the burn.  Each individual character write-up up until this point has been the length of a mini blog itself, and with 50 of those under my belt, writing these has been starting to get draining!  That being said, this is a project I intend on seeing through until the end, and if you've been sticking with me this whole time and are still reading these installments, I thank you for your continued interest!  Without further ado, let's continue this journey to the top!

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    This list is officially more than halfway done!  Join me as we continue to get ever closer to my favorite video game character of all time!

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#60-51)

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    The more installments of this list I publish, the less I have to say in the introduction of each.  Today, we'll continue the journey through my favorite video game characters of all time.  Let's get started right away!

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    Anyone who recognizes the character in the thumbnail before clicking this blog wins a medal.

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#70-61)

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    Having missed several deadlines, I have to make up for lost time.  You know the drill by now, these are my favorite video game characters, and I'm gonna talk about why they resonated with me.  Let's get right to it!

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    Having missed several deadlines, I have to make up for lost time.  You know the drill by now, these are my favorite video game characters, and I'm gonna talk about why they resonated with me.  Let's get right to it!

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  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters (#80-71)

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    Well, I missed multiple deadlines.  I doubt anyone's surprised.  A combination of work, cleaning up my video game backlog, and some new video game characters that I really like questioning the accuracy of my current list have lead to a delay in this installment of my favorite video game characters list, but as is my motto with college papers, "better late than never!"  Some people have been waiting long enough to see this entry (at least, I hope so), so let's get started right away!

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    Well, I missed multiple deadlines. I doubt anyone's surprised. A combination of work, cleaning up my video game backlog, and some new video game characters that I really like questioning the accuracy of my current list have lead to a delay in this... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List (#90-81)

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    Last week, I published the first installment of my top 100 video game characters list, a massive endeavor I've spent months planning and curating.  The initial response was uplifting and I truthfully appreciate the kind words that were left in the comments section.  However, the list has only just begun and it's time to continue the forward momentum and release my second installment.  The following ten characters are ranked just a bit higher than last week's, and I hope you'll enjoy reading about them as much as I did writing about why they resonated with me.  So without further ado, let's continue the list!

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    Last week, I published the first installment of my top 100 video game characters list, a massive endeavor I've spent months planning and curating. The initial response was uplifting and I truthfully appreciate the kind words that were left in the... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List (#100 - 91)

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    The time has finally come.  With all the exposition out of the way in my previous blog, I can now get straight to the juicy character list hopefully somebody other than me has been waiting for.

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    The time has finally come. With all the exposition out of the way in my previous blog , I can now get straight to the juicy character list hopefully somebody other than me has been waiting for. First, I forgot to thank my buddy Heropon in my intro blog... More
  • MightyMagikarp's Top 100 Video Game Characters List: The Prologue

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    Every one of us has our own reasons for playing video games.  For some, it's a form of escapism, whiling away time with a few rounds of Tetris or a world of Super Mario Bros. to get away from their worldly anxieties.  For others, it's for the thrill, the excitement of improving one's skills in competitive experiences or the adrenaline rush associated with a cathartic action games.  And for many, myself included, it's for the immersion, to get sucked into another world and feel like you're an organic part of it.

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    Every one of us has our own reasons for playing video games. For some, it's a form of escapism, whiling away time with a few rounds of Tetris or a world of Super Mario Bros. to get away from their worldly anxieties. For others, it's for the thrill... More
  • How Persona 5 Stole My Heart

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    Many, many bloggers more active than myself have pointed it out already, but 2017 has been quite an extraordinary time to be a gamer, with many possible Game of the Year contenders having hit shelves before we've even reached June.  To name a few examples, Resident Evil VII has restored its franchise back to its survival horror roots and provided fans with the best game in the series since 2005's landmark Resident Evil 4.  The Legend of Zelda:  Breath of the Wild has arguably created a new benchmark for open world exploration that other developers should strive for.  Yoko Taro has once again emotionally traumatized the masses with his cruel and artistic game Nier:  Automata.  And Mass Effect:  Andromeda... well, Mass Effect kind of sucked.

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    Many, many bloggers more active than myself have pointed it out already, but 2017 has been quite an extraordinary time to be a gamer, with many possible Game of the Year contenders having hit shelves before we've even reached June. To name a few examples... More
  • Hyrule Battle Royale: Who is the Greatest Link of Them All?

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    Making sense of the official Legend of Zelda timeline has become so confusing that it seems Nintendo themselves completely abandoned it in Breath of the Wild, instead focusing on delivering a fun experience that called back to all the game's predecessors.  And this was for the best, as understanding the convoluted timeline is by no means required to enjoy the many adventures that the Legend of Zelda series has to offer.  Yet said timeline is actually based on a very simple presence - as evil raises its ugly head time and time again to destroy or conquer the world, an ancient spirit will reincarnate to defeat it - the spirit of the hero.

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    Making sense of the official Legend of Zelda timeline has become so confusing that it seems Nintendo themselves completely abandoned it in Breath of the Wild, instead focusing on delivering a fun experience that called back to all the game's predecessors... More
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