Wednesday, June 22, 2011

REVIEW: Utopia: Irony In Space (1993)

Raise your hand if you've ever been sucked in by cheesy, predictable or just plain awful sci-fi movies late at night channel-surfing through 5,692 channels on your television service. They're a dime a dozen, right? The same can be said for games that put you the player in outer space, sans the MTV Guy suit. Take one look at the massive game library built up by the Super Nintendo, for example. Roughly 90% of them take place in space. Final Fantasy II makes you explore the freaking moon, where you inexplicably have to fight monsters named after the common food items in a retirement home (Really, Squaresoft? Anthropomorphic tofu and pudding gliding across craters and--you know what, let's save this for another day).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wii U - Is Nitendo behind or ahead of the competition?

Paddle. Joystick. Controller. Remote. Whatever you call it, you know how important it's been to console gaming since video games moved off of computers and onto our TV sets. And, up until today, I was convinced that within the next several years, the only way to play video games with something that requires your hands would be--ironically--a computer.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

REVIEW: McKids (1991)

McKids. I love this game. It’s like the poor kid’s Mario. Basically it’s the McDonald’s universe mixed with the style and gameplay of Super Mario Bros 3. You’d think that’d be stupid and a bad thing…but it’s actually quite a bit of fun.

At least it was 20 years ago.

Friday, May 20, 2011

REVIEW: WCW/nWo Revenge (1998)

It's Real (Fun) To Me, Dammit

After hearing about the tragedy that befell one of my favorite all-time wrestlers today, Macho Man Randy Savage, I thought I'd offer up a review of a game that had him in it: WCW/nWo Revenge for the Nintendo 64.

Wrestling games in the 90's went through various changes as new systems were introduced, since fighting games in general are easier to market to the target audience of video game makers in the 1990's (read: men aged 4 to 30). However, the most successful and popular style of wrestling video gaming came from Revenge.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Our Giveaway Ends Soon!

Don't Forget that at the end of April we will be giving away an
awesome prize to one lucky reader!
All you have to do to enter is go to our Facebook page, and like us.

(and no, has nothing to do with the Goonies, we are just so excited we could do the tuffle shuffle!)

Be sure to tell your friends about us!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Discuss: Retro Games in a Modern World

Looking back at the games I played growing up and the games I play now, there is a night and day difference. It seems that modern games are so much easier and all people really care about is how good the graphics are. Have you plugged your old NES into your big screen TV? The graphics suck, but the games are still epic.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Tournament TBA


Didn't win the Bracket Brawl Tournament and you want sweet, sweet revenge?
We will be hosting another tournament.... but this one will be a little bit different.
If you want to enter our next tournament, keep an eye on our site and Facebook page because we will be announcing it soon! 

And this time around, you will actually use your skills and play against each other!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Any console fanboy with logos plastered to their game cases, cars, t-shirts or trapper keepers will spend roughly 90% of their free time telling the rest of the world why their video game platform is so much better than yours. (Actually, that's the definition of fanboy). But which consoles really were the best at the time? Which consoles were overlooked because they were caught inbetween "generations" of video game consoles? Ultimately, which console has withstood the test of time to be the very best (or worst)? Stealing an over-used journalism technique, let's make some lists! (I'm setting my fanboy phasers to "stun" for the rest of this column).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

REVIEW: Follow the Leader -Lemmings (1991)

As a new video gamer during the George H. W. Bush administration, I really can only recall a few games that stuck with me from that time through the next Bush presidency and beyond. I was still working on a vocabulary that was bigger than crying and monosyllabic nonsense, but it took only a few years into my life to pick up a controller and know what to do with it. Not to kill the suspense, but this is one of those games.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DOUBLE REVIEW: Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (1994)

What's this? A double review?
Two of our staff members decided to do a review on Boogerman. 
What do they think about this grossly rude game? Let's find out!

Monday, March 21, 2011

REVIEW: Crashin' has Never Felt so Good: Castle Crashers (2008)

How many independently developed games have you played and actually liked? Most of them are too short and just don't deliver like the big dogs. However, that is not the case with Castle Crashers. Rescue the princess and fight your friends for her kiss. Man, I don't think I've ever had this much fun with a downloadable game on the Xbox.

CONTEST: Bracket Brawl Tournament

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

REVIEW: Smitten by the Stars - Super Mario RPG (1996)

Super Mario has been around for decades. But only once has he ventured into the world of turn-based RPG (Role-Playing Game for all you noobs out there).  Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is honestly my favorite Mario game to date. What happens when Mario gets smitten by the stars? Let's find out.

Monday, March 14, 2011

OFF TOPIC: Japan - Offering Help to Those in Need

Do you want to help those in Japan, but you aren't quite sure how or where to go?
Follow our link to ShelterBox  to find out more.

They will be sending awesome care packages that include: A custom-made shelter tent that fits up to 10 people, designed to withstand extreme temperatures and rain. It even has privacy partitions inside, Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, Water purification system that runs for six months, Industrial-grade steel mini stove that can use wood or any other fuel, for heating and cooking, Cooking utensils, Bowls, mugs, and other containers, Toolbox with hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters, A children pack with drawing books, crayons and pens, to keep the kids distracted after losing all their toys, And of course, the heavy duty box can be used to store anything, from food to water.

They are awesome and will be great help to those who have lost everything in Japan.

Donate a dollar, that's all it takes. Click Here to go to their donation page.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

REVIEW: Scaring You Out of Your Seat - Haunting (1993)

AHHHHH! I remember this game like it was yesterday. You get to be the poltergeist and jump into objects to scare a family out of their home...multiple times. But dude, the slimeballs deserve it! Let's jump into the review.


At the end of April we will be giving away an awesome prize to one lucky reader!
All you have to do to enter is go to our Facebook page, and like us.

(and no, has nothing to do with the Goonies, we are just so excited we could do the tuffle shuffle!)

Be sure to tell your friends about us!

REVIEW: Behind the Seams - Kirby's Epic Yarn (2010)

Kirby's Epic Yarn. Where do I even start with this game. A lot of Kirby fans despise this game claiming it's not a REAL Kirby game, it's just not true to the franchise.  Kirby's Epic Yarn didn't seem like a terrible game to me because it wasn't true to the franchise but that's because I only have played minutes of past Kirby games.  Childish Graphics and way too easy? Maybe, but let's dive deeper into the worlds of Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

REVIEW: The First Meaningful Simulated Game Ever Thrown by a Pitcher in Rehab: Super Baseball Simulator 1000 (1994)

Every time I look at my first SNES, I remember the first game I ever played in it (Super Mario), the countless winter nights I'd make up my own games in Mario Paint (because, living in a trailer park, swatting bugs and killing bees was more regular chore than fun pastime), and of course, my first foray into sports games with Super Baseball Simulator 1000. This sappy portion of nostalgia is coupled with the incredible frustration that the feats I could perform in a video game couldn't be duplicated on a real baseball field, leading to frustration boiling over into anger and eventually to my infamous exile from Wisconsin Little League back in the 1990's (one of the very few perma-bans in Little League history, and probably the only one that didn't deal with forged birth certificates, performance enhancers, or some kind of now-illegal racial or sexual preference discrimination). But I digress.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

MOVIE: Everybody Walk the Dinosaur - Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Super Mario Brothers has one of the longest lasting history in video games, but what happens when Hollywood decides to turn it into a movie? Let's find out...

REVIEW: Zany Fun - WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2007)

What can I say about WarioWare: Smooth Moves? It was crazy, outlandish and down right fun. Playing this through the first time in single player, I about peed my pants every time a new position was shown. This game is probably the best collection of mini games that Nintendo put together for the Wii. Let's get this party started with the review!


From the videos and pictures on Reddit I thought MineCraft was the silliest game I've ever heard of. Why would you want to build things? The structures that were made looked awesome. It would take so much time to build the Starship enterprise! What person in their right mind would sit and do that? 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

REVIEW: Turducken to Touchdowns - The Madden Football Anthology

Sports dorks the world over have long clamored for a realistic sports simulation for their favorite sports. For most of the pre-computer era, baseball nerds would create fantasy leagues on notebook paper and collect box scores from their local or regional newspapers to keep track of scoring. Once computers were small enough to fit inside high school gyms, the popularity of sports statistics began taking off towards what has become a multi-billion dollar industry: fantasy sports and video game simulations. Today's baseball nerds only need access to computers conveniently located in your local library, educational institute or mom's basement to have access to a dizzying array of statistics in just two or three clicks of a mouse.

REVIEW: Horror Movie meets Video Game - Jaws (1987)

It’s the late 80’s.  You’re dateless, too poor to afford to go to the arcade, the girlfriend just left you to seek out her first and only love...Scott Baio, and there’s only one thing left to do.  Put on a custom mix tape and jam out the NES.  Or if you were like me, you were 5.  But anyway, nothing says awesome like the original Nintendo.  Super Mario Bros, Megaman, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda...all of these will not be discussed anywhere in this article.

What I would like to discuss are the video game adaptations of popular Horror Movies.  In my research I was astounded to find out just how many films were made into video games.  And after several months of painstaking internet research and pawn shop scrounging I can finally sit down and enjoy them. (ok you got me, I downloaded them)

REVIEW: Jammin' Crash Landing - ToeJam & Earl (1991)

Golly-Gee-Whiz, does this game ever bring back memories. I remember playing this game with my dad. I would always be ToeJam and he, of course, would be stuck Earl. I have played to the end of this game a few times, but only recently because I was too young to conquer the wildly mismatched game of ToeJam & Earl. And let me tell you, it was a great feeling to finally beat the game that plagued so many nights of my young life. So let's get ready to build that space ship you have always wanted to ever since you were a child.

REVIEW: Oh, Holy Triforce - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992)

Ah, the first Zelda game that I ever owned. It started my insane love for the series. Thankfully Nintendo put it on the Wii Channel for download, because my SNES is the devil. I get right to the end castle and BAM! No more save file. I think my SNES never wants me to actually finish the game again. And the little devil has done it more than once. But enough of that, let's get to the review.