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Games That Rocked…Jenny Williams’ World – #48: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

In Wii on December 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

Title: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Format: Wii

Released: January 12th, 2007

WarioWare Box Art

I’m not what you’d call a hardcore gamer. That’s not to say I’ve never played (there was many a month in my childhood when all my father saw of me was the top of my head, as I hunched over a boxy, grey console attempting to line up various descending boxes into neat rows), but they’ve never been as important to me as they have been to some of my friends. I suspect one of the problems is I have quite limited taste in games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Games That Rocked…Luke Malkin’s World – #36: Banjo-Kazooie

In N64, Xbox 360 on May 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Today’s post is by Luke Malkin.

Title: Banjo-Kazooie

Format: N64, Xbox 360 (XBLA)

Released: 17th July, 1998

BK Box Art

Because I’m a box-ticker of a human being, back in the days where you thought it was a good idea to brand your Facebook profile with anything you’ve ever liked, one of the first groups I joined was called “Banjo-Kazooie was my childhood”. Such is my fanboy allegiance to this classic.

Anyone who paid attention to the history of the N64 will know how Rare, the British game developers from Tycross, really bolstered Nintendo’s gaming collection. While Nintendo created the backbone with arguably some of the greatest video games of all time (Ocarina of Time, Lylatwars, Mario Kart 64), Rare filled out the N64 with some real gems. When I look back on my N64 cartridge collection it’s Rare, with titles like Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64 that evoke a stronger sense of nostalgia. But nothing makes my childish heart flutter like their pinnacle; Banjo-Kazooie. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Tom Livingstone’s World – #22: Super Smash Bros

In N64, Virtual Console on January 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Today’s article is by Tom Livingstone:

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Title: Super Smash Bros

Format: N64, Virtual Console

Released: 19th November, 1999

As a child I was often alone. I recall a small dark room with no food or water…  I remember screaming.

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Dramatic right?

Fear not intrepid game-blog reader, you haven’t stumbled upon a rough draft of ‘A Child Called It’ or some sweepy-fringed emo poetry. I’m merely setting the scene of my first memories as a gamer. I was alone because I would suffer no distractions. It was dark because I would do anything to avoid reflections on the screen. I was without food or water because my mother operated a strict no-snacks-upstairs policy. “You’ll only get Ribena everywhere,” she would insist. It was probably for the best; It wasn’t like I had time to eat or drink! Alex Kidd wasn’t going to save Miracle World on his own! Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked My World – #9: Mario Kart 64 – Part II

In N64, Virtual Console on November 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Title: Mario Kart 64

Format: N64, Virtual Console

Released: June 24th, 1997

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If nostalgia is a beast that seduces the brain during one’s formative years, then the resultant offspring is truly spawned at university. (If you’re white and middle class. Like me!) All of a sudden everything you were into as a kid is retro and cool, and approximately 90% of university life is young adults repeatedly discovering they weren’t the only person to watch The Raccoons. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked My World – #9: Mario Kart 64 – Part I

In N64, Virtual Console on November 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Title: Mario Kart 64

Format: N64, Virtual Console

Released: June 24, 1997

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Mario Kart 64. It was always going to come to this. Possibly the greatest multiplayer experience of all time. How to quantify the memories of a thousand red shells looping round the track to nip the heels of the race leader? How to convey the satisfaction of tricking a friend’s brain into hitting a fake item, even when it’s sitting on its own in the middle of the track? How to describe the Gandalf-at-Helm’s-Deep feeling that is firing off a blue shell in the dying throes of the last lap, undoing someone’s entire race of careful driving, and squeezing past their accelerating form to take the win? Read the rest of this entry »
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