Reviews of April (2017)

I thought I was going to make it all the way through the last week of April without seeing a single “It’s gonna be May” meme but some dinglehopper on Twitter got me. I mean “got May”. I am happier to announce that I got more writing done this month than I expected, considering my wife just had a baby, but said baby is an excellent sleeper. Just like daddy. That accounts for more Mage time! Looking back, here are the reviews completed in the month of April:

 

mystic_knight1 I need to begin as always by thanking our contributors! This month, the amiable Midnight Mystic Mage (of Sublime Game Reviews) gave us an informative look at film from the 1960’s with his review of The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price. Two of my favorite films come from this decade in history. Be sure to check out this review, especially if you’re a classic horror fan.

I also need to thank Drakulus for participating in a very enjoyable conversation. You can check out the interview by clicking here. This is a blogger who has seen a lot of success, so I suggest hanging onto his words!

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It’s been an emotional month for me personally, trying to find my place home from work for several weeks, adjusting to taking care of our older son Kal, and of course getting accustomed to having our little baby Nolan around. I was expecting I wouldn’t be able to write much this month, possibly fall behind, lose readership, lose ambition and drive, but thankfully none of that happened. Well, I might’ve lost some readership, but those people can go skinny dipping at a lard factory.

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For anyone interested, I wrote about fatherhood and video games and the lost art of selflessness as a way to kind of re-open the conversation about dads in a world where genders and roles are becoming increasingly blurred. A little bit of controversy but a lot of sincerity, I especially hope you get to check it out if you’re a father and gamer. Of course, I’d appreciate you reading it even if you’re none of those things!

Another reason why April was an emotional rollercoaster was because of this one name: Nintendo. For months I’ve been trying to get a hold of the NES Classic Edition. My quasi-obsession for it led some friends to politely inform me that all of those games are available on Virtual Console. That’s true but it’s not the same thing for a retrogaming collector!

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Nintendo infamously cancelled production of the NES mini this past month and I rushed to secure one before they were all but gone or over $1000.

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I detailed the whole mess in this post, which features a cameo by the Rage Mage salivating over a crooked Amazon third-party seller, but in the end I finally got one, after having my order cancelled without my knowing and having had to place a different order at a higher price, I got one. That’s all that matters. I made sure to detail my thoughts on the miniature console in “Inklings on the NES Classic Edition”, a post half a year in the making.

Word on the streets is there’s an SNES Classic Edition coming later this year… I’m not sure whether to be excited or mortified, or if I should sell my organs now to pay off the coming debt after dumping cash into a gouger’s pocket. Anywhody, check out our post (which was up before Polygon’s!) on 30 games we’d like to see on the SNES mini. It’s only a few games off from Mr. Panda’s! Yeah, I’d say we’re twinsies.

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So right now I’ve got a lot of life-substance to work on! I’m looking forward to this year with my family, the prospect of starting up a podcast (Well-Red Mage casts), and having lots and lots of games to play between an Ultimate Genesis Collection and the NES Classic, as well as the Switch. I feel very fortunate and very spoiled. Life is good.

I hope you stick around for more characteristically long reviews. As always, I’m open to suggestions and recommendations, especially if there’s a game you’d like to see me dive into a talk about, with research to back up my opinions. This kind of thing keeps my brain churning.

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And now more friends to thank!

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Thank you to Every Gamer Review for the Sunshine Blogger
https://everygamerreview.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/sunshine-blogger-award-update-why-not/

Thank you to Later Levels for mentioning me and my fatherhood article in their May 2017: Editorial.

Thank you to the Shameful Narcissist Speaks for mentioning our review of Super Bomberman R in her State of the Gamer: 4/11/17 post.

 

In collusion, I mean conclusion, I recommend The Disney Afternoon Collection  and Kamiko both as fairly cheap and accessible ways to get back to some classic and retro-style gaming experiences. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a perfect place to jump into the series for those who are new to the series. If you’re wanting to listen to some good video game soundtracks, check out our post for 40k hits. Below are our reviews ranked by score.

Sincerely,
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-The Well-Red Mage

 

Ranked best to worst: 

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the (1991)  9.0

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (1990)  9.0

Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (2009)  8.4

Disney Afternoon Collection, the (2017)  8.1

The Last Man on Earth (1964)  7.9

Super Bomberman R (2017)  6.6

Kamiko (2017)  6.5

Blaster Master Zero (2017)  6.1

Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990)  5.8

 

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gonna bay May

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  1. Congratulations on the safe delivery! That is so good to hear. Also glad that you were able to get your hands on an NES Classic, I look forward to reading the post about parenthood and gaming, I’m sure it will be a very interesting read that will ring true for all of us dad-gamers.

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