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Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings – NES Review — April 28, 2017

Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings – NES Review

My Mother/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings review is now live! You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Great story, world, and dialogue.
  • Fantastic soundtrack.
  • Brilliant, quirky, and unconventional, especially for its time.

Cons

  • The constant need to grind, due to the imbalance of enemy difficulty.
  • Clunky inventory management and menus.
  • The lack of telling you what’s important, as far as PSI and key-items go.

Final Score: 8/10

Mother is not for everyone, for sure, but I personally love it. It’s more of a 9/10 for me, but if you’re gonna review games, you gotta be a critic. If you liked Earthbound, I think you’ll really enjoy Mother, as much of the story is told in the same way, through events, not so much through dialogue. Mother is about the adventure itself, and knowing that at the end of it all, you can go always home to your Mother, and everything will be alright.

Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review — March 28, 2017

Blaster Master Zero – Nintendo 3DS Review

My Blaster Master Zero review is now live! You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • A unique and fun take on the Metroidvania genre.
  • Two vastly different styles of gameplay really help to break up the monotony of just one type or the other.
  • Beautiful presentation and awesome boss designs.
  • Plenty of unique mechanics to keep things fresh.

Cons

  • WAY too easy.
  • Fall damage is an annoyance.

Final Score: 9/10

I liked Blaster Master Zero a lot, and if it were jut a little bit more challenging, I think it may have scored even higher than its already great score. Blaster Master Zero is Out on both 3DS and Switch for a mere $10!

What’cha Playin’? 12/26/16 — December 26, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 12/26/16

For those of you that celebrate, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. I hope you got what you wanted. I got a Nintendo AVS from RetroUSB, which is awesome. It’s a 3rd party NES that outputs in HD and features a bunch of neat extra features like loading extra sprites to reduce flicker, a built in cheat system, a scan line filter if you really want that authentic CRT look, and even online scoreboards if you connect it to your computer. As an added bonus, it even has a slot to read Famicom games!

In other news, I’ve been playing the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which I have never completed. I’m on the 5th dungeon in the dark world, so I’m nearing the end of the game. Last time I played it, I think I stopped around this point, so I haven’t seen anything new yet… But last time I played I was playing specifically with a walkthrough for every collectible and Heart Piece. I have to say, it’s more fun to try and figure things out on my own, even if some things are kind of cryptic. I might be able to write up a big review on it soon.

Finally, I uploaded my first video to Cyberphile’s YouTube channel: CyberphileTV. It’s merely an introduction video, but it’s the first in hopefully many videos on the channel.

The World Ends With You (BGE) — March 8, 2016

The World Ends With You (BGE)

My The World Ends With You review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for The World Ends With You:

The World Ends With You is a game that really resonated with me, especially when I first played it as an angsty teen. I was able to really relate to the main character, Neku, and the other characters’ troubles very easily. I played the crap out of this game, to the point of collecting all of the collectibles, and completing everything in the game, even the super tough hidden final boss. I even imported the fantastic soundtrack from Japan. The World Ends With You now sits on my shelf, having done it’s time, yet every now and again, I’ll pick it up and whip through the great story.

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue (BGE) — February 26, 2016

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue (BGE)

My Pokemon Blue/Red review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Pokemon Blue/Red:

Everyone knows Pokemon (but did you know it’s short for Pocket Monsters?). It doesn’t matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or even where you live. Pokemon transcends all of that. Pokemon, for me, and for many others, was a huge part of childhood. From my very first file on Pokemon Blue, to the card game, toys, action figures, TV show, clothing, bed sheets, plushies, and many many others, I ate slept and breathed Pokemon. Many kids did. I played every title inside and out until Pokemon Platinum, then, for some reason or another, I just kind of gave up on Pokemon. I began to dislike all the new things they were added, because, to me, it felt like they were losing the main point of Pokemon. Maybe it was because I was getting older, maybe it was because I had other games to play, maybe I just thought 493 was enough Pokemon. For whatever reason, I stopped. But you know what? I still play the titles up to Platinum, and honestly, I’ll probably catch up one of these days. But to me, the two originals are still the best. (Blue Version 4 life) I decided to save this review for today, because Pokemon turns 20 tomorrow, 2/27/16.

Cooking Mama (BGE) — February 25, 2016

Cooking Mama (BGE)

My Cooking Mama review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Cooking Mama:

Okay, just hear me out. I’m sure you’ll look at this and review and say, “Really? Cooking Mama? Isn’t that a kid’s game?” Sure, Cooking Mama has a cute and sometimes goofy presentation, but I firmly stand by my assessment of Cooking Mama being a best game ever. It’s fun, fast-paced, and reminds me of a less frantic cooking version of  Warioware, which is a lot of fun.

 

Castlevania (BGE) — February 15, 2016

Castlevania (BGE)

My Castlevania review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of Castlevania:

Castlevania. That word alone is enough to strike fear into the hearts of NES lovers. Castlevania and Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse are some of the hardest NES games in its library. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is generally the one people like the least, but it is by no means a bad game, and actually introduces some of the coolest music in the series. That being said, I’m here to talk about the one that started it all, Castlevania.

Kirby Air Ride (BGE) — February 14, 2016

Kirby Air Ride (BGE)

My Kirby Air Ride review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of Kirby Air Ride:

Kirby Air Ride is definitely an underrated gem on the Gamecube. I spent so many hours screwing around in City Trial mode, and honestly, if the game was just City Trial, it might still be on this list anyway. There is so much to do for such a simple, pick up and play game, and I still play a round of City Trial every now and again. Anyway, allow me to talk about the game in full.

Kirby’s Adventure (BGE) — February 12, 2016

Kirby’s Adventure (BGE)

My Kirby’s Adventure review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview:

I’ve been a pretty big Kirby fan all of my life (or at least, up until Kirby: Squeak Squad). I remember playing Kirby’s Dreamland on my Gameboy Pocket all the time growing up. I remember playing on long car rides; there was always the same song by the time I made it to Kracko (the eye-ball cloud boss). That song has since then been dubbed “the Eyeball Cloud Song”. I actually hadn’t played Kirby’s Adventure until I got a hold of the remake for GBA, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, and I loved it. I, of course, have since then bought it and beat it pretty much everywhere it’s been released.

Chibi-Robo! Plug Into Adventure! (BGE) — February 2, 2016

Chibi-Robo! Plug Into Adventure! (BGE)

My Chibi-Robo! Plug Into Adventure! review for the Best Games Ever list is now live! You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

Here’s a teaser!

Chibi-Robo! is a fun little game where you play as a tiny house-cleaning robot with a simple goal: Make your family as happy as possible to reach the top of the Chibi-Robo rankings to achieve the title of “Super Chibi-Robo”. It seems simple enough. At first, you simply wander around the house (which is huge, since you’re only a few inches tall) picking up garbage, cleaning spills and grime, finding spare change, and collecting new equipment, but as the game progresses, the over-arching story (and many side-stories) come into play, giving you more concrete goals to focus on.