The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Review

by Ben Adkins 7.25 / 10 Banzai!s To celebrate Breath of the Wild and the launch of the Nintendo Switch, I created the ’31 Days of Zelda’ event, in which I played The Legend of Zelda games (or did other “Zelda-related activities”) for the entire month of March. This included two run-throughs of the original FCD/NES The Legend of Zelda as well as Breath of the Wild’s immediate predecessor, Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii. In fact, the last day will be spent writing this review. If you are not a fan of the series, or despise the Wiimote ‘controller,’ …

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Real Life Mario Kart!

I was wandering through the crowded sidewalk of Shibuya the other day, when I happened to hear – what sounded like – lawnmower engines rumbling down the street. Were times getting tough for the local motorcycle gang? I followed the sound, as did several other curious people around me, and was shocked to see the characters from Nintendo’s Mario Kart. Yes, real-live Mario Kart! There were seven drivers in total, a mix of Japanese and non-Japanese, each driving an ordinary go-kart down the main street of Shibuya. And all of them were sporting Mario Kart costumes, ranging from Super Mario …

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The Ultimate History of Video Games

It may not be as epic as ancient Greece, but the history of video games is still pretty ultimate.  At least, that’s how Steven L. Kent portrays it in his 2001 book, The Ultimate History of Video Games.  Nearly 600 pages long, and filled with some black and white photos in the middle, his book covers not only the birth of gaming, from coin-operated pinball machines and Steve Russell’s Spacewar, but most things in-between, towards the release of Microsoft’s X-box and Sony’s Playstation 2. This isn’t the first book I’ve read related to the history of video games, but it …

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