The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Review

Breath of the Wild

Back when I did the Top 10 games list last year I remarked about missing out of Breath of the Wild due to not having a job in the middle of the year, therefore not buying a Switch until Super Mario Odyssey came out, and that I hoped to play it during the middle-of-the-year lull this year… Well, I did! Also: it’s great! Unsurprisingly. Anyway, rather than put up a second Zelda game I decided to make this the game review for the franchise in the Smash countdown, after all the Link in the game is based off of this one! Let’s take a look then, at Nintendo going proper open world…

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Super Metroid (SNES) Review

Super Metroid

This was a tricky decision for me, as I actually played the original Metroid when I was younger, but I didn’t like it (it was too hard, as many games were for me at the time, though to be fair in the case of the original Metroid it’s still extremely difficult for me now!) where as I really wanted to play Super Metroid but never did thanks to that old chestnut (on this blog) of the fact that I owned a Mega Drive while my brother had a SNES, so I was at the mercy of his game choices. I ended up going with Super Metroid because even though I won’t be able to add a “Thoughts Then” part of the review, it’s such a good game that I just wanted to play it again after giving a proper go for the first time a few years ago. So… let’s take a look!

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) Review

Yoshi's Island

It seems as we get closer and closer to the end of this marathon, we’re hitting key Nintendo franchises I never ended up playing at the time of their release. In the case of Yoshi’s Island it was due to it being released around the same time as the PS1, which had caught my eye early thanks to being featured on Bad Influence (UK Gaming show…) combined with the fact that I had a Mega Drive, my brother had a SNES and he just never brought it (probably for the same reason) Still, I did regret not getting to play it at the time because it’s simply really good, if not great! Let’s take a look…

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Kirby Super Star (SNES) Review

Kirby SS

I’m afraid that while I’d heard of Kirby from somewhere or other before playing the original Smash Bros., I hadn’t ever played any of the games. That continued for quite some time, until my 20s and I got into the shady business of downloading ROMs. So, no retrospective review to be found here, with Kirby Super Star, but I am happy to play and review it even now as it’s packed full of content, chunky sprites and great music. Let’s take a look!

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Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars (N64) Review

Star Fox 64

The Star Fox series is one of the few exceptions to my natural rule of using the names of things I grew up with (like using Mega Drive instead of the more common US name of Genesis) as if I just put “Lylat Wars” in the title very few people would know what I’m going on about. So, anyway, I actually didn’t own Lylat Wars anyway, but I did both rent it out and play it around a friends several times (or did they bring it to my house? I can’t remember…) and I do remember enjoying it, especially the branching paths. So let’s take a look and see if it still holds up!

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Pokémon Blue (Gameboy) Review

Pokemon Blue

I haven’t been the biggest Pokémon fan, having only played the first and third gen games, but I did enjoy both experiences immensely. I guess it comes down to not really being a fan of handheld gaming holding me back from buying all entries (hell, I don’t even own a 3DS!) So, anyway, thankfully I can talk about a Pokémon game in this marathon given the sheer amount of playable characters the franchise has in Smash Ultimate…

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Super Smash Bros. (N64) Review

Super Smash Bros

Our countdown to Smash Ultimate reaches single digits as we arrive at the game that started it all as our rep. for the Earthbound franchise (thanks to having never played the series, and certainly not having the time right now…) How does the original hold up now, compared to the (currently) three sequels its spawned, and how was it back in the day? Let’s take a look!

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F-Zero (SNES) Review

F-Zero

F-Zero was one of those launch games that made you want the new console straight away. I can’t remember where I saw it advertised, whether it be an actual advert or a TV show like Games Master or Bad Influence, but either way when my brother got a SNES and had F-Zero it looked like the coolest thing in the world. I was pretty terrible at it, and admittedly now I’m only okay, but it doesn’t take away from how great this was at the time, and how still good it is right now (even with superior sequels). Let’s take a look!

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Ice Climber (NES) Review

Ice Climber

Man oh man, do I ever dislike Ice Climber. I never played it growing up, Popo and Nana, the Ice Climbers, appearing in Melee was my first exposure to the series, and I didn’t even get round to properly playing it in any fashion until the mini-game collection known as “NES Remix” came out on the Wii U. Those short bursts didn’t convince me that the game was any good, and playing the full game now for this review certainly confirmed it… At least the Switch Online service meant I didn’t have to pay for the “Privilege”! Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch) Review

Fire Emblem Warriors

Before you say it, yes it is a shame that such a long-running JPRG series is being represented on this Smash countdown via a Warriors game, but as I’ve mentioned several times already, I just don’t get on with turn-based RPGs, and that goes double to tactical RPGs with permanent death! So instead let’s have a look at the second Nintendo franchised Warriors game, and well as publish my first Switch review!

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