TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Uno: Super Mario Edition

written by David Steffen Uno: Super Mario Edition is a special edition version of the familiar Uno game much-beloved by generations (which in itself I’m guessing is based on the existing game Crazy Eights, but with trademarks and special cards). For those not familiar, the goal of Uno is to get rid of all of … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Uno: Super Mario Edition

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

written by David Steffen Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn based combat game developed for the Nintendo Switch by Ubisoft, which is a mashup of Nintendo popular Mario Bros. franchise and Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids franchise. A new invention has just been completed, a visor that allows the wearer to fuse two other objects into one object. … Continue reading VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

GAME REVIEW: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

written by David Steffen Super Smash Bros is the fifth entry in a multi/single player fighting game starring famous characters from Nintendo games and games by other companies, this one for the Nintendo Switch. In typical fashion, only a limited number of characters is available from the beginning, the twelve playable characters from the original Super Smash Bros. … Continue reading GAME REVIEW: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

GAME REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action/adventure exploration game released by Nintendo for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch in March 2017.  It is the latest in one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises.  

The game begins as Link wakes up in a strange place with no memory of how he got there and a voice in his head telling him where to go.  Soon he finds the Sheikah Slate (which to our modern eyes looks like a tablet computing device like an iPad) which stores maps and objectives and other information he’s collected about the world, and can be upgraded with various abilities that seem like magic but seem to be based in technology.

GAME REVIEW: Kill the Plumber

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Many gamers (especially those from the age of 30-40) grew up with Super Mario Bros. as their big introduction to games.  The music, the visuals, the enemies, the plot are all engrained deep in your heart with a lot of loving nostalgia.

Kill the Plumber is a platformer parody of Super Mario Bros. that turns the tables on the classic original.  A psychotic plumber has invaded your kingdom and he is massacring your citizens to pursue the princess who wants nothing more than to get away from her stalker.  So you mobilize your forces to fight this invader.  The plumber is fast and agile, and sometimes has extra powers like fireballs or invincibility, but you have numbers, and you can try each level as many times as you need to.

Niche Game: Super Smash Bros.

Enter Super Smash Bros. (SSB), released for the Nintendo 64 by HAL Laboratory in 1999. The most unique feature of the game is immediately obvious: the fighters are all Nintendo-licensed characters from other games. Mario throws punches and fireballs. Samus Aran fires charged-up plasma shots, missiles, and drops bombs from her morph-ball form. And others, including several that characters that you can unlock. If you’re a Nintendo lover like me, it’s a lot of fun sending Donkey Kong in for a wind-up punch against Fox McCloud.