Issue 88: Broad Horizons

This week, we find new depths in old games.

By Andrew Hsieh. Posted 02/06/2012 08:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

There’s been a great influx of stuff round here lately. A rare interview with Bastion‘s narrator? Check. Somewhat spoilerific Skyward Sword podcasts? Check. Kinda silly but still fun Star Fox debates? Check, check, check. We got it all here at Nintendojo, and we hope you enjoy reading as much as we do writing.

But we admit it. On the Wii and DS front– especially on the DS front, oh boy– there’s just not that much going on. 3DS, well, that’s a different story– astoundingly good eShop games like Mutant Mudds certainly cheer us up, while Resident Evil: Revelations gorges on what will likely be millions of retail sales. But there’s still plenty of stuff to talk about in games that have gone by– like Pilotwings! (Shout-out to our illustrator, Mr. Mark Baggio!)

So what are we talking about here? This week, Katharine Byrne discusses just where all those parents are, whether it’s Crono’s dad or Baby Mario’s silhouetted ones. Meanwhile, Pierre Bienaimé plays a retro game so far in the closet we can’t tell you what it is yet (we’re secretive like that)– and next to him, Mel Turnquist pulls out some old Mario Kart games and yells about how much better such-and-such is than such-and-such. Andy Hoover will talk about the Evil Empire, yes, that Evil Empire, and Kevin Knezevic rounds it all out with something new coupled with something old in this week’s samurai-centric Star Road.

We’re true believers of the big N here at Nintendojo, and while we love talking about what’s new– especially in these fantastic times for eShop and 3DS– we also believe there’s deep abysses left unplumbed in the games of ages past. That’s what this week’s issue is for, and we hope you’ll love it.


Issue 88: Broad Horizons

The Absent Video Game Parents by Katharine Byrne
Ness’ dad is the telephone. (DIRECTED BY M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN.)

Square Roots: Metroid by Pierre Bienaimé
Pierre’s like Willy Wonka– you never know what he’ll think of next. Unless we tell you. Yeah, it’s Metroid.

The Evolution of Mario Kart by Mel Turnquist
Surely you’ve seen a few changes in our favorite Nintendo-themed racer. Professor Turnquist has, too.

The Indestructible Empire by Andy Hoover
That evil empire will always be there and there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it.

Star Road: The Way of the Samurai by Kevin Knezevic
Have you played Sakura Samurai yet? Well, play it before this week’s Star Road …

Additional features in this issue…

NNRs Every Day, Dang It!

  • Nightly News Roundup by Nintendojo Staff


  • Nintendo HeartCast 006 by M. Noah Ward and Evan Campbell


  • Week: End Game: On by Nintendojo Staff

Coming Up Next Week…

Issue 89: Skinny Love
Because Navi and the Wa-team don’t get enough of it.

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