Super Mario 64

Essay: What happened to Rareware?

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When I was a child we lived pretty far away from the nearest Blockbuster. We had just bought the Nintendo 64, with the courtesy “Star Wars: Pod Racing” cartridge and were looking to dive into some more games. So we were roaming the modest selection of rental games at our local Food Fair.

Many Nintendo 64 owners dove into the milestone of 3D gaming with “Super Mario 64” or “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.” Well unfortunately, those games were always being rented every time we went to Food Fair. One day we decided that “Donkey Kong 64” looked pretty fun.

From the moment we powered up that cartridge, a whole new world of gaming possibilities were open to us. To this day people ask me why I loved “Donkey Kong 64” so much. It was a giant cluster of collectibles and repetitive gameplay. But to me, it will always be a nostalgic portal to the past. One of the best games of all time. (more…)

Gallery: The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

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Nintendo — The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Gallery: “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time”

In the 1980s video games were being thrust into popular culture. Nintendo, originally a playing card company formed in 1889, had been venturing into the electronic era ¬†since the mid-70s. From the early “Game & Watch” handheld games to the arcade cabinets that supported their early hits such as “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.” Nintendo swiftly established itself as one of the leading video game production companies out there.

At this time video games mostly featured titles where the goal was to earn “high scores” as opposed to completing a story. Nowadays video games navigate players through narratives as the problem-solve their way through the story. A lot of that is thanks to Shigeru Miyamoto.

Shigeru Miyamoto sought out to focus more on gameplay with “Super Mario Bros,” and even more ambitiously with “The Legend of Zelda.”

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Video Game Analysis: What happens when Nintendo is gone?

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People have nonchalantly discussed Nintendo’s stagnation when it comes to the technology behind the new Xbox and Sony systems. After the WiiU sales have proved to be highly unsatisfactory, president Satoru Iwata has to be sweating. What is holding this company back?

Nintendo has been around since the beginning. They were consistent both in quality and quantity. They actively competed against Sega and Atari and kept pace with Sony. Nintendo’s transition to three-dimensional gaming was seamless. Releasing hit after hit for the Nintendo 64. Including the highly regarded, greatest video game of all time – “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.”

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Video Game Analysis: Mario’s Origins

art_donkeykong_jumpmanVideo Game Analysis: Mario’s Origins

More than a reoccurring video game character; Mario is an icon. Named the most popular video game character in history by various publications, the 32-year old plumber isn’t exactly an open book. Certainly, Mario is a legend in the Mushroom World, after saving Princess Peach countless times and restoring balance after many attacks from the relentless Bowser and and his band of Kooplings.

So let’s start from the beginning. Not necessarily the beginning of the franchise which started with the arcade title “Donkey Kong” in 1981, but the beginning of the story. Which started in the 1995 title “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.”

To properly retell this story, we will be filling in the blanks between games as we go. We have color coated which game the information comes from so that you can help us fill in any possible blanks. Let’s try and make a third dimension out of the world of Mario. (more…)

Top 20: Video Games 1990 – 1999

Zelda's_LullabyGreatest Video Games 1990 – 1999

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Super Metroid
Super Mario 64
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Chrono Trigger
Street Fighter II
Goldeneye 007
Doom
Final Fantasy VII
StarCraft

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Top 20: Video Games of All Time

zelda_ocarina_of_timeGreatest Video Games of All-Time

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Tetris
Super Metroid
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros.
World of Warcraft
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Mario Bros. 3
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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