The Breath of the Wild Critique – The Reflection Phase (part 4/4)

It's been months since I touched this article, having mentally divorced myself from Breath of the Wild and being unable to wrap up this series. That being said, for whatever reason I've stumbled upon a bout of motivation to complete it - perhaps due to the fact that I inadvertently wore my Breath of the …

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SNES Classic Edition: Unboxing and First Impressions!

If you've been a long-time visitor of Nostalgia Trigger, this is going to sound very unlike me - but I completely forgot that the SNES Classic Edition came out this past Friday. Let me rephrase - I knew the date that it was being released, but I completely forgot that the calendar had somehow moved to September …

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Metroid: Samus Returns – Old-School Cool!

13 years. It's been 13 years since a 2D installment in my top franchises of all time. The Metroid series may not have always had a spot on the podium, but since the early 00's, I've managed to play through almost every game in the series multiple times, and something clicked with me in more recent years. …

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Breaking the Curse of “Gamer’s Block”

As my pending nuptials creep inside the "one month to go" mark, I've found myself very distracted from gaming, blogging, and blogging about gaming, aside from the occasional burst of motivation. And as ill-timed as this may be, I've also been suffering through a rough bout of Gamer's Block! What is usually my go-to for relaxation …

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Six Months of Nintendo Switch/Thirty Years of Geddy

Well it happened folks. I have officially transitioned into my third decade of human life. And I'm happy to announce that I feel the youngest I ever have! I'm at my healthiest and wealthiest, so I think I'm doing it right, although I'll probably lose both of those traits as the plans in this decade …

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Question of the Month: September 2017!

Why, hello there! Today is an exciting day, for it is my first time participating in the Question of the Month, put on by none other than Kim from Later Levels! This month, the burning question on the collective Internet hivemind is: Who's the most memorable video game NPC? The games we play are filled with some …

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Magikarp Jump is the Definition of Insanity

I had originally planned to write a little mini-feature on this little iOS App Store tapping game, but here's the thing: I never got to a point where I wanted to retire from playing with it and put together a little review. It's odd that something like Magikarp Jump would appeal to me, but Nintendo seems …

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Introducing to the Family, the PSP! A Long-Winded Tale

Greetings and hello, newcomers and old readers alike. Perhaps you fall somewhere in the middle of those two extreme demographic ranges. Maybe you are a snow crab fisherman in your 40s, visiting relatives in New Zealand. These are only a handful of things that I have no way of knowing, because WordPress doesn't have a …

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Two Years Later: A Brief Tribute to my Favorite Console, the Nintendo 3DS

"What's your favorite console?" That all-too-familiar question has been asked countless times in countless forums, be it online or in person, but the funny thing is, all of us have that answer already lined up. Favorite games, favorite genres; those answers can be fluid. But your favorite console? It's the definitive question and answer that …

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Gaming: It’s Not a Lifestyle, It’s a Hobby

I decided to do a quick post as I was inspired by a blog entry over at PlayingWithThoughts. In said entry, Dylan describes his plans for the upcoming month, putting gaming on hold, in favor of other scholarly pursuits. In particular, exercise, reading, and writing. I think this is absolutely terrific and something that a …

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The Most OVERRATED Video Games, According to Some Guy on the Internet

I've got a confession: I've played a lot of video games in my life. I think it's safe to assume that you, Mr. or Mrs. Reader, are in the same boat, or at least you've got a sizable interest in them. Over the years, I'm sure if you haven't played that many games, you've heard a …

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More Games I Want to Play on the Switch, Hyper-Unrealistic Edition!

Hey! Listen! I published my very first guest post on The Well-Red Mage, about a great game on the 3DS called Ever Oasis! If you enjoy reading long reviews, you should definitely go check it out. Afterwards, come back to this page and read on for something totally unrelated! Prior to the launch of the Switch, I …

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Elemental Challenge Day Eighteen: Sports

The topic of the day is: Sports Games! What are your favorites? I had to go with the original Backyard Baseball as it really changed the sports game landscape for me, but there are plenty more great choices. Read all about it on the Well-Red Mage’s Elemental Challenge: Day 18!

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This is what happens when national pastimes collide. Today we’re talking about Sports games, what are essentially games about games. Several of us do more than our fair share of contributing to the stereotype that gamers are nerds who don’t like sports, but the fact is that video games based on football, baseball, hockey, basketball, and so on have been around since the dawn of gaming. For many people, these are gateway games into the digital universe with rules they already know and understand. For others, these are just reminders of a lack of athletic ability and general disinterest in the sports scene.

Regardless of what faction you personally fall into or if neither boot fits, the fact is that there are a lot of similarities between hardcore gamers and hardcore sports fans: generally speaking, both are extremely dedicated, both look down on the other, both are interested in…

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The Toughest Levels to 3-Star in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Bonus Tips

If you've been following my Twitter account recently, you may have noticed some mildly frustrated posts with screenshots pertaining to my 3-Star quest in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Starting with Mario Kart DS, players have been awarded a star rating following the conclusion of each Grand Prix. Generally speaking, earning a 3-star rating means that …

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