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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…Benny Davis’ World – Musical Interlude

In 3DS, DS, Game Boy, Gamecube, N64, NES, SNES, Virtual Console, Wii, Wii U on September 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

Today’s post is by musician Benny Davis, of comedy rock gods The Axis Of Awesome.

Title: Anything with Mario in it

Format: Anything with Nintendo on it

Released: Anytime after July 9th, 1981

Mario Through The Ages

I played Mario as a kid. I wasn’t a huge gamer, I played Nintendo a lot, but mostly Mario. If Mario wasn’t in it, then I probably wasn’t interested. Countless hours of trying to save the Princess made for a singular approach. With many Nintendo games of an era gone by, save points were rare, so in order to beat a level you had to go from the start to the finish in one go. One slip and you’re dead, back to the start. Maybe 3 slips, depending on what your life bar is like. Of course fall down a hole and you’re toast; you could be fit as a fiddle but no level of strength will help you survive a plunge into a bottomless pit. Or maybe it will, but you’re still stuck down there, descending ad infinitum. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Tom Hyatt’s World – #38: Secret Of Mana

In iOS, SNES, Virtual Console on June 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Today’s post is by Tom Hyatt.

Title: Secret Of Mana

Format: SNES, Virtual Console, iOS

Released: August 6th, 1993

Mana Box Art

I have been playing video games since I was two years old, getting my first toddler taste of pixel black magic back when my mum and dad brought home a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1991. Some twenty-two years on, there is one game more than any other that I would say rocked and continues to rock my world… so lower your voices, and let me give to you the Secret of Mana. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Lara 6683’s World – #37: The Legend Of Zelda

In 3DS, Gamecube, GBA, NES, Virtual Console, Wii, Wii U on May 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Today’s post is by Lara De Wit, of Lara plays videogame music! fame.

Title: The Legend Of Zelda

Format: NES, GBA, Gamecube, Virtual Console, Wii, Wii U, 3DS

Released: February 21st, 1986

Hey guys! My name’s Lara and I like to play videogame music on YouTube, usually in cosplay. You may have seen me around town wearing this outfit:

Lara

In case you are wondering whether I am an actual nerd, or just pretend I am for more street cred amongst gamer geeks, here is a picture of my bedroom wall:

Zelda Map

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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 »

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