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Jaw-Dropping GoldenEye 007 Medley Performed by The Cartridge Family

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Starting the week with this jaw dropping GoldenEye 007 medley from The Cartridge Family is just what I needed. They combine the distinguished Bond theme with the music from the dam level of GoldenEye 007 to create an eargasm of epic proportions.

If you’ve never heard of The Cartridge Family, visit their YouTube Page – probably wouldn’t hurt to subscribe ;) – to see these retro, gaming madmen do their thing with musical instruments.

Super Smash Bros. Review

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Super Smash Bros. Review

Remember that awesome Super Smash Bros. TV commercial where Mario trips Yoshi? That moment alone was enough to convince me to try this game. So, the next time I was at the video rental store, I just had to grab Super Smash Bros. I took the game home, plopped it into my Nintendo 64, and got lost in one of the most fun, and addictive games I’ve ever played – keep in mind, I haven’t discovered my love for Tetris yet. That same month, I ventured out and purchased a copy for my collection.

supersmashbros_ss1As a concept, putting a bunch of Nintendo’s marquee mascots in a brawling environment is pure brilliance; however, there isn’t much of a story to support this crossover. The only reason you are given actually happens before the title screen appears. Master Hand picks two characters from a kid’s toy bin, creates a battle arena, and then makes them fight. Eight of Nintendo’s most famous characters star in this game: Mario, Pikachu, Link, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus, Fox, and Kirby.

Not only does the appeal for a game like Super Smash Bros. originate from its use of Nintendo characters, but also in its simplicity. It’s definitely not a traditional fighter by any means; Nintendo and Hal stripped Super Smash Bros. down to just two major attack buttons. Also, instead of giving characters a health meter, the objective is to damage you opponent until they are weak enough to be launched from the stage.

The A button is used for standard attacks, and can be matched with any direction to create a basic attack. The B button, however, is used for special attacks, of which each character has three unique moves. You can perform special attacks by pressing B, B+Up, and B+Down. Of course, these special moves are largely based on moves and power-ups from the characters’ respective games. However, there are still smash attacks, grab attacks, and air attacks at your disposal.

Smash attacks are activated by literally “smashing” the analog stick in any direction, in combination with the A button. These moves are devastating and serve as a means to smash your opponent out of the arena; grabbing and throwing your opponent can also be useful for launching them into orbit. Of course, there are also air attacks, grabbing the ledge, and dodging techniques, but I won’t be covering every nuance in this review.

supersmashbros_ss3Super Smash Bros. is definitely a dream title for Nintendo fans, because it is fan service at its finest. Speaking of fan service, there are stages based on the Mushroom Kingdom, Donkey Kong Country, Dream Land, Hyrule, etc. These stages all have unique obstacles, and playing on them all is part of the Super Smash Bros. experience. Super Smash Bros. supports up to four players, so the stages can feel crowded, and mayhem usually ensues. Adding to the mayhem are item drops, featuring a variety of items from major Nintendo franchises. Pick up a Super Star and gain invincibility, grab a Bob-omb and launch it before it explodes in your hands, or throw a Poké Ball to summon one of many Pokémon programmed into the game. It’s fast and chaotic, which ultimately spells fun for everyone.

There aren’t many modes in Super Smash Bros., though this is something that is remedied in future iterations. The main mode is simply called the 1P Game, which is an arcade style tournament that challenges you to beat every character, including Master Hand. VS Mode is where the four player mayhem begins. You can choose your rules in this mode, which can be either stock or timed matches, or team variations of those same rules. This is largely considered the main draw for Super Smash Bros., and I have to agree. Countless nights were spent enjoying this game, alongside GoldenEye 007, of course.

It’s hard to criticize a game’s graphics from 1999, but Super Smash Bros. holds up quite well thanks to intelligent design. With that being said, the characters are noticeably blocky, and there are a few instances of cardboard cutouts, which looked weird then, and even weirder now. Sound wise, Super Smash Bros. knocks it out of the park by bringing popular theme songs from each respective franchise.

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5/5 D-Pads: Super Smash Bros. isn’t just a great game, it’s a masterpiece. It has a fun 1-player arcade mode, and an absolutely brilliant VS Mode that supports four players. Super Smash Bros. also has extreme replay value, mostly because of its VS Mode, but there is a small list of unlockables, including four awesome Nintendo characters. If you have a Nintendo 64, you owe it to yourself to add this game to your collection, if only for weekend drinking sessions.

New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – Super Smash Bros.

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The game that started a brawl, Super Smash Bros., is now available as a reward over at Club Nintendo. If you haven’t already played this game, and you probably have, you can get it for 200 Coins over at Club Nintendo until September 16.

Get Super Smash Bros. for the Wii VC at Club Nintendo

I’ve got Video Game Music Stuck in my Head – Wave Race 64 – Main Theme

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Every now and then a certain song will come along and get stuck in my head. Today it’s the little ditty above from Wave Race 64.

Every couple of months I seem to gravitate towards this song. Not only does it offer some kick ass guitar, but there is also a great drum beat to boot. I guess I come back to this song a lot because it reminds me of playing the N64 for the first time. Super Mario 64 may have been my first N64 game, but Wave Race 64 was the second and its music brings back more memories than Mario. Read more

Wave Race 64 Review

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It’s the year 1996 and only one thing on my 10 year old mind, the Nintendo 64. I remember asking (and hoping) to get one for Christmas that year. With only two games available at the time of launch, Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64, I naturally asked for both. I was later convinced that Pilotwings 64 wasn’t going to be that great and that I should ask for Wave Race 64 instead. So I changed my mind and asked for Wave Race 64. Christmas morning came and sure enough both Super Mario 64 and Wave Race 64 were under the tree. Super Mario 64 is a magical game, but Wave Race 64 is magical for different reasons. Wave Race 64 is more than just a magical game; it’s a tsunami of nostalgia. Read more

Super Mario 64 Review

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Could a Mario game, known for its 2D sidescrolling style, be translated into a 3D adventure? Nintendo’s answer to that question was Super Mario 64. Super Mario 64 was the main reason I wanted a Nintendo 64 as a kid, but little did I know that it would be the innovator of all 3D video games. Developers still periodically struggle with 3D games to this day, but Super Mario 64 executed every aspect with perfection. Today it is still widely recognized as the game that innovated not just 3D platformers, but gaming as a whole. Read more

Mario Party 2 Review

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Mario Party 2 is the second game in the Mario Party franchise and the second iteration to hit the Nintendo 64. It can now be found on the Wii Virtual Console and after downloading and playing this game again, I can honestly say that the multiplayer mayhem is still extremely fun and holds up quite well. While the game still holds many elements that were introduced in Mario Party, there is enough new content here to make the sequel feel fresh. Read more

F-Zero X Review

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F-Zero is a futuristic racing series well known for its blindingly fast and difficult gameplay. Racing is done in jet-like machines that can reach speeds of up to 1500 km/h. F-Zero X is comprised of four main game modes, with a practice mode thrown in for good measure. Gamers have the choice of playing Grand Prix, Time Attack, Death Battle, or VS. Battle modes. Time Attack mode is no different than any other racing game, with the objective being to complete tracks in the shortest time possible. VS. Battle is standard racing but it pits 2–4 players against each other with the remaining characters being assigned to the computer. Read more