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Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (CD-i)

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon review (CDI)

Reviewed on March 26, 2006

Imagine a warped-alternate universe in which one of the most beloved (and Nintendo's most successful and admired) gaming series, namely "The Legend of Zelda", was reduced from its status as the "Holy Grail" of the gaming industry to a less than stellar status of a non-innovative formulaic platformer. Imagine that a development studio with an eye on churning out cheap clones released multiple versions of the game with different overlays and cheaply made cut-scenes, along with some of the worst st...
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Metroid Prime: Hunters (DS)

Metroid Prime: Hunters review (DS)

Reviewed on March 26, 2006

This game has given me some much needed perspective on an aspect of life I’ve sadly deserted…my temper. Yes, while Metroid Prime: Hunters sports some of the most handsome graphics available on a handheld, finely tuned AI, impressive online features, and even bots to engage the lowlifes with no friends, it still manages to frustrate me to a maddening level with its controls from hell. After you pop this game in your DS (and you should, this is still a fine game), be warned now that within an ho...
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Ridge Racer (PSP)

Ridge Racer review (PSP)

Reviewed on March 26, 2006

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A.P.B. (Arcade)

A.P.B. review (ARC)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

For a few short days, Officer Bob knew paradise. The trial for the vacant position on the police force had been surprisingly easy; all he had to do was drive around a parking lot and pretend to arrest some orange cones. Then he was on the job, cruising through town and issuing citations between grabbing donuts on the run. But if Bob had possessed more of an officer’s instinct, he may have wondered why such a sleepy whistle-stop needed multiple massive police stations, each flanked by a fleet ...
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review (GCN)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

When Nintendo unveiled the first screens for Wind Waker back in 2001 (it was still being called simply "The Legend of Zelda" at the time), the game's cel-shading graphical style was a great source of controversy among the gaming community. What happened to the badass Link vs. Ganon tech demo that we saw back during Spaceworld 2000? Why does Nintendo feel the need to jump on the cel-shading bandwagon along with every other company? Why does Link have beetle eyes?
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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Game Boy Advance)

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

I'll get straight to the point: the Zelda series needs a makeover. Badly. While the latest installment in the 18-years-running series remains an delightfully enjoyable experience for newcomers, longtime fans are likely to notice that everything's feeling tired, a bit rehashed, and above all, stale. If you've played any of the other Zelda games, you've played the Minish Cap. Whether this is good or bad lies within your judgment.
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time review (N64)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

The Nintendo 64 console has gained some infamy over the years for having quite possibly the worst lineup ever seen in a successful console. This is due partially to the fact that Nintendo severely limited the number of third-party developers that were able to make games for the system, and largely because Nintendo opted to stick with a cartridge-based format in an age where everybody and their dogs had made the transition to compact discs, which hold about 10 times as much memory as the largest ...
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Gunstar Super Heroes (Game Boy Advance)

Gunstar Super Heroes review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

Over the years, Treasure has become one of the most renowned developers among hardcore gamers, thanks to its penchant for creating intense side-scrollers and shooters that always have projectiles flying everywhere and plentiful, huge multi-jointed bosses at every turn. It's ironic, then, that a company known for such fast-paced games started out as a group of disgruntled Konami employees responsible for the sluggish and stiff Super Castlevania IV. But that's for another review.
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask review (N64)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

Majora's Mask is a difficult game to review. The first time I played it, I hated it with a passion. However, I recently decided to give it another chance and I've now changed my view on the game. I've come to the conclusion that there are two things that anyone should know before plunging into this second N64 Zelda installment:
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Thunder Force III (Genesis)

Thunder Force III review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

Technosoft's shooter series Thunder Force is something of an oddball. If you've ever played the original Thunder Force, give yourself a pat on the back. Being released only on several obscure Japanese computer systems, the game is difficult to get one's hands on even via emulation. Thunder Force II, luckily, was given a North American release as a Genesis launch title. However, the game didn't fare well with critics or sales, due to its strange emphasis on lousy overhead stages that just aren't ...
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Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)

Kirby's Dream Land review (GB)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

When people think Nintendo, people think Mario, or Zelda, or Metroid, or even Pokemon. These are all very highly-acclaimed, very well-known, and long-running series that each lay claim to some truly superb games. In the case of Super Mario Bros. 3 or Ocarina of Time, some may even say the best games ever made.
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The Castlevania Adventure (Game Boy)

The Castlevania Adventure review (GB)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

In the early days of the Game Boy, it was common for companies to take a popular NES series was the hot item of the day and release a really crappy, watered-down Game Boy version of it. This syndrome unfortunately affected such prestigious series as Mario, Mega Man and Metroid. Hell, with the Kirby series, it happened in reverse. And in an even rarer exception, Zelda: Link's Awakening even managed to nearly match its console counterpart.
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Wizards & Warriors (NES)

Wizards & Warriors review (NES)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

It's like the old saying goes: good games are rare, and Rare games are good.
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Gradius (NES)

Gradius review (NES)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

When asked to name a Konami game, the Gradius series--likely a mistranslation of "Gladius"-may not be the first games to come to mind. The series has always been aimed towards the hardcore shooter crowd, and as such, they've never been all that high-profile. The series really hasn't evolved much over the years, being your typical side-scrolling shmup, and its gameplay has always revolved around one central gimmick: the Option system.
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

It's rare that one comes across a game whose very existence seems as unnecessary as Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. After the so-so sales of previous RPGs in North America, the developers at Square went back to the drawing board and tried to decide what it was that wasn't clicking with American gamers in the genre.
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Raiden Trad (SNES)

Raiden Trad review (SNES)

Reviewed on March 22, 2006

Given the sordid state of scrolling shooters today, it's hard to believe how overcrowded the genre was in the early 90s. At one point, it seemed like every developer on the planet had their own shooter franchise: Konami had Gradius, Capcom had 1942 and its sequels, Namco had Xevious...of course, the trend wasn't limited to the major developers either. Irem had R-Type, Technosoft had Thunder Force, and an obscure Japanese firm named Seibu Kaihatsu made Raiden. Like many of its contemporaries, Rai...
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Theme Park Roller Coaster (PlayStation 2)

Theme Park Roller Coaster review (PS2)

Reviewed on March 21, 2006

I’m not a big fan of simulators. Video games are supposed to be a release from the stresses of everyday life. They’re supposed to be a virtual vacation or a wonderful fantasy where you can step into the shoes of someone you may never be. It shouldn’t be a look into the seedy world of puke cleaning and ride repair. It’s why I didn’t like Theme Park: Roller Coaster. Well, that and a few more reasons…
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Age of Empires III (PC)

Age of Empires III review (PC)

Reviewed on March 20, 2006

I play real-time strategy games like I used to play with Legos. I build up a lot of structures for no real reason whatsoever, then I pull them all apart and start over again. I have very little interest in combat in most RTS games. I just like building up cities and managing my populous, which most players consider the boring part of RTS games. Because of this, I’ve found a lot of the newer games disappointing because they’re so combat-oriented. Sure, micro-management isn’t always that fun, but ...
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Divine Sealing (Genesis)

Divine Sealing review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 20, 2006

Divine Sealing is hilarious, but it’s not meant to be funny at all. In fact, the game contains no humorous qualities whatsoever. However, after you’ve driven yourself to the edge of sanity by ploughing through its offerings, you’ll find yourself laughing at a number of things. You’ll snigger at how the game tries to fuse two opposing genres together and fails on both levels, you’ll giggle at the game’s pathetic attempt to bring hentai to a home console and lastly, you’ll smile over the fact that...
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Black (Xbox)

Black review (XBX)

Reviewed on March 16, 2006

As I walked away from a pile of fiery rubble with dead soldiers scattered about (originally a heavily-guarded canal), I heard the darnedest thing come out of my guy's mouth:
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