Hello Again, Readers and Seekers! Its been a busy week on my end in the real world, and a very dull one here without any material to speak of. Let’s shake things up, shall we? The theme this week is the Hero’s ascension. To that end, I leave to the rolling footage.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – SNES/GBA/VC – October 4th, 1995
– Every time I post one of these, it reminds me how insane ads were back in the 90’s. Still, the advertising was creative and different, and this commercial in particular always stuck out in my memory.
Yoshi’s Island is the story of Mario and Luigi in their beginnings, as babies, crash-landing on an unknown island inhabited by the Yoshi, a friendly raptor-like lizard species. When one of them comes upon the crying Baby Mario, this Yoshi takes it upon itself to carry the infant back to his brother and the stork they came in on.
The game itself was rendered the way it was as a sort of pairing, an hand-drawn aesthetic of Miyamoto’s choosing to Donkey Kong Country’s 3-D computer graphics, something at the time he was no fan of. The gameplay of the title was enhanced by the same Super FX chip used in Star Fox’s rendering, giving the game extra dimensions in sections, including in the final battle. Yoshi’s mechanics of aim & shoot with the eggs he created, the boss battles themselves (toppling Giants), as well as the variety of environments all gave this title it’s upgrade to it’s predecessor and place it as one of the top games of all time. If you just so happened to grab one of the SNES Classics that dropped earlier this month and you haven’t played this title yet, give it a run.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – PS4/XBONE/PC – October 17th, 2017
While in reality it hasn’t been that long an absence from our time with the boys, THE BOYS ARE BACK… In Game form. As of this week, Millions of players have joined one of two sides with the mission of saving South Park… maybe saving South Park, from enemies familiar and far off, big and small, Poo and Crab People alike.
Just 3 days after the events in The Stick of Truth (3 years in real-time, *cough*), the children of South Park have found a new game to play, masquerading as superheroes instead of fantasy folk. In the initial set-up, Cartman, here as The Coon, has gotten everyone in on one of his money-making schemes yet again, this time to create franchises out of his and the other kid’s super identities, going as far as calling Netflix (“Thank you for calling Netflix, you’ve been green-lit, what’s your story?”), but to no avail. When it has been decided by him that not every kid gets a movie origin, Kyle’s team breaks off of Cartman’s, creating a sort-of Civil War between the two teams of kids.
The set-up is familiar, but the game is overworked and overhauled. Players will get to create their avatar and choose between the two sides, taking each story section with different cameos. Utilizing a more strategic mechanic with a grid system, fights enable players to move their characters easier when engaging foes. Jokes and fun await, and hopefully for this writer, a longer story.
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon – 3DS – November 17th, 2017
Last for this week is the new trailer that dropped for Pokemon’s new sequel games. As much as I do love the multitude of monsters dropping anew, I’ve been waiting on a story one to come out before the release of the game, which is increasingly the only reason I’ll be picking up the sequel. The last generation game to have a good narrative was Black & White, with N’s attachment to desires outside Team Plasma’s dark dealings and the broadened, fleshed out character he turned out to be by game’s end. What ended up killing me was there not being much with the sequels to that generation other than “Gee, I wonder how this person is doing? Let’s go see!” Hoping for much more with these. Keep those story chunks coming!!
And with that, we end another Game Trailer spotlight here. Check back in next week for more previews and past-game reviews down memory lane!
– D. Sigma, Reporting from 20XX
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