Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is an isometric platformer collect-a-thon for the Game Boy Advance. This game was released after Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie on the Nintendo 64, so I’m going to assume you’re up to speed on the previous two games from personal experience or perhaps from checking out my other reviews. While it was released after these two games, it actually takes place between them a few months after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. Continue reading “Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge”

Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Tooie is the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo 64. Like its predecessor, Banjo-Tooie is a 3D platforming collect-a-thon adventure. The story picks up two years after the events of Banjo-Kazooie. We open to a cutscene of Mumbo, Bottles, and our main heroes in a card game when out of a wall in Spiral Mountain appears a giant drilling machine. It turns out the drivers of this device are none other than Gruntilda’s sisters. They free her from her prison underneath a rock that her minion, Klungo, has been unable to move all this time. She emerges as a predominantly skeletal figure. Two years under a rock will do that to ya. But her sisters reassure her that they have a plan to fix this. The group hears the commotion and Mumbo volunteers to check it out. Continue reading “Banjo-Tooie”

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is the third Castlevania installment on the Nintendo DS. This game follows the same gameplay style of 2D adventure platformers commonly known as metroidvania. This review assumes you either know about such games already or have at least seen previous reviews I’ve made in the series. Most of the main gameplay ideas are carried over here with abilities, exploration, relics and the like. The basic plot (which I will now butcher with terrible details of understanding) is that this group of people, the Order of Ecclesia, have been training two promising youths to be able to absorb these powerful magical symbols called glyphs. The idea is that one day soon Dracula will return, but the one with the power of the Dominus glyphs will be able to defeat him. During the training, you, Shanoa, are chosen to house Dominus. The other, Albus, leaves in a jealous rage and pursues the glyphs himself. So it’s up to you to track him down and find Dominus before he does so that you can defeat Dracula. Continue reading “Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia”

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a 2.5D platformer for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s actually a port/remake of the Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns. Unfortunately I never got the chance to play the original game on my Wii before it broke. I’ve played the original three Donkey Kong Country games to some extent, with most of my experience being with Donkey Kong Country 2. I’ve also played Donkey Kong Land. So I have a bit of an idea of what the originals were like, but I’m certainly not what you’d call a veteran to the series. This game might not have been made by Rare, but it’s clear that the developers understood what made the original games fun and expanded on those ideas. Continue reading “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D”

Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7 is a Mario-themed combat racing game for the Nintendo 3DS. As the title would suggest, this is the seventh installment in the series. However, since this is the first one I’ve actually reviewed so far, I think I should try to explain a bit about what the Mario Kart series is known for. If you already have a good idea, I suppose you can skip the next section. Also note that at the time of writing this review I’ve not played Mario Kart DS nor any Mario Kart games past 7. If you’re still here, then let’s a-go! Continue reading “Mario Kart 7”

Ultimate NES Remix

Ultimate NES Remix is a series of minigame challenges pulled from classic Nintendo Entertainment System titles for the Nintendo 3DS. You are tasked with playing through small sections taken from classic NES games one at a time or with multiple different ones in rapid succession. The games play just like their NES source games but are timed and put into specific sections and circumstances. Continue reading “Ultimate NES Remix”