Category Archives: Game

Super Mario Maker – Why Nintendo Is Still Good

Jumpman, a carpenter who later became the plumber Mario Mario, has been in a few games over the years, often joined by his brother, Luigi Mario. Mario’s first game was in a repurposed Radar Scope cabinet and based on a revised version of the Popeye arcade game that Nintendo bid for but lost. It was, of course, Donkey Kong, where an escaped Ape holds Mario’s girlfriend hostage; she was originally ‘The Lady’ and later became Pauline (not Daisy).

Splatoon – Nintendo at its Best

Nintendo is my gaming platform of choice. First it was Intellivision, then a Spectrum 48k, then Sega. I imported a Megadrive from Japan way before they were available in England; I vividly remember getting mocked for owning a console that no one had heard of, and yet the next year everyone was buying them. FML. Though Sega was my first console love, Nintendo owns my gaming heart. When you look at the car industry, the big innovator that others copy is Mercedes Benz. In the console world, it’s Nintendo.


Witcher 3 & Equal Opportunity Bottoms

At long last the oft-delayed, sprawling, 100-plus-hour epic role playing game from CD Projekt, The Witcher 3, is out. It’s a free-roaming, open world game where you can do the main storyline, or faff about doing things like picking flowers like I did in Skyrim, or collecting junk like in Fallout 3, or different ores in Dragon Age: Inquisition. You get the idea; I waste a lot of time in these games doing side quests and collecting things. Which is both good and bad; I certainly get my money’s worth out of open RPGs, but it can take me a while to complete them.