Why You Should Buy Xenoblade Chronicles 2 This Friday

Yesterday I had a conversation with my co-worker and fellow Nintendo-everything fanatic, and he explained to me that he wasn't interested in Xenoblade Chronicles 2  because he had never played previous installments in the series before. I explained to him that none of the Xenoblade games are connected, and spoke more about my experiences playing …

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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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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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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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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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Let’s Talk Video Game Manuals, and 3 of my Favorites!

Ahh - the video game manual! Never has something so great been accompanied by something even greater. Peanut butter and jelly? Ha! Total snooze-fest! Steak and potatoes? Yeah, ok, like that ever caught on! But the video game and the video game manual? Folks, we have our winner. In 2017 it really is a lost art form, …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Run – Growing Up (part 3)

Continuing our journey through the Sinnoh region, Munchkin and I have been getting along swimmingly! And in that way I mean that the Water-type Pokemon is absolutely demolishing everything in her swim lane. Following some trouble with Gardenia, we sought out the next gym leader, Maylene, owner and operator of the Fighting-based gym (so kind …

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RETROspectives, part 2: The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary (1992)

Welcome to the second edition in a three-part series called RETROspectives! In this series, I am taking a look back at three terrific games from my childhood that encapsulated all the fond memories I have from my earliest days of gaming. If you haven't read part one, fear not, as they are not connected in …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Run – Ken the Bridge Troll (part 2)

It's been a few more days of Munchkin and my journey to throw the ring into Mount D-- take out the gym leaders of the Sinnoh region! Following a brief partnership with Cheryl, we made our way throughout Eterna Forest in our quest for the second gym badge in Eterna City. It was on a …

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The Breath of the Wild Critique: The Burnout Phase (part 3/4)

Continuing my rant on Breath of the Wild, here is part 3, finally. In the last installment, we talked about the exhaustion that slowly began to occur from exploring, collectibles, eating and cooking, as well as some more positive words about the durability system. If you haven't read the previous two preceding posts yet, I …

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Pokemon Pearl: The Solo Piplup Run – Munchkin’s Journey Begins (part 1)

Given the good news about Pokemon at the Nintendo E3 Presentation earlier today, I figured it was as good a time as ever to put together a write-up of my latest foray into the franchise. Read on! I have a confession. I get nostalgic about things and then buy stuff. You could say.. my nostalgia …

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