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Posts by Nicholas Kiger

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    Top 5 Nintendo Switch Metroidvania Games

    Nintendo’s hybrid console has recently entered its second year in consumer hands, and there is an absolute ocean of games worth checking out. This list contains my personal top five games in the “Metroidvania” style of game design. For a game to be considered for this list, I need to have both played it and…

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    30th Anniversary of the Game Boy

    In 1989, a 220-gram gray box, internally codenamed “Dot Matrix Game,” would be released by Nintendo, and it would take the world by storm. Marketed as the Game Boy, this device was an 8-Bit handheld gaming system quite unlike anything to come before it. With the 30th anniversary of its release coming up this year,…

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    Gal Gun—A Cute Girl Rail Shooter

    Move over The House of the Dead, there is a new rail shooter in town, and it is straight out of your wildest Akihabara fever dreams. Gal Gun is a series of rail-shooter bishōjo (a genre of games involving interaction with pretty girls) games developed by Japanese developer, Inti Creates. You may know Inti Creates…

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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Bad Reviews

    Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda51, and Winter’s Most Misunderstood Title What does a story-driven 2.5D diesel punk shoot-em-up, zombie slaying cheerleader, killer 7-in-1 old man, and a foul-mouthed gamer-turned international assassin have in common? They are all the brain-spawn of art house game developer, Grasshopper Manufacture. Grasshopper Manufacture, led by the genius, Goichi Suda, produces high-risk, high-concept,…

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    Ys: The RPG Series Juggernaut

    Good luck pronouncing the name properly the first time. Ys (pronounced like you’re trying to warn other people about a flying skein of nervous geese, but you’re scared and forget everything except the middle ee sound), is the flagship Nihon Falcom RPG series you might not have heard of (probably because nobody could figure out…

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    Kingdom Hearts: The Story so Far

    As much as I had prepared myself to tear this game apart, I found myself in a place of slightly-confused euphoria upon completing Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix. I spent a good deal of my time somewhere between befuddled and angry while playing Kingdom Hearts, and I believe I can identify the source of my frustration….

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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Bad Reviews

    Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda51, and Winter’s Most Misunderstood Title What does a story-driven 2.5D diesel punk shoot-em-up, zombie slaying cheerleader, killer 7-in-1 old man, and a foul-mouthed gamer-turned international assassin have in common? They are all the brain-spawn of art house game developer, Grasshopper mManufacture. Grasshopper Manufacture, led by the genius, Goichi Suda, produces high-risk, high-concept,…