I Has a Super Famicom!

“Behold, my Super Famicom! … And cool posters!”

That’s right, Kevin! I am now the proud owner of the Japanese version of my favorite retro console, the Super Famicom!

With this purchase, I can now play (and subsequently review) SNES games that were only released in Japan. Not sure I’ll be doing RPGs though, considering the story focused nature of the genre means reading the on-screen text is pretty important, and I can’t read Japanese so…yeah, you see the dilemma there. Though I have long-since owned a copy of the Japanese version of Super Mario RPG, so I might have a go with that one, since I love/know the game so well anyway.

My long-time readers may remember that I have reviewed a Super Famicom title in the past in the form of Tetris Battle Gaiden. But to clarify, it was my brother’s Super Famicom and game I played. Now I have my own Super Famicom, which means I can review more of such games.

Will I be getting the Japanese versions of any other retro consoles? Probably not anytime soon. Like Super Mario RPG is to its genre, the Super Nintendo holds a special place for me in terms of retro consoles. So this is something I made an exception for. I’m not ruling out the possibility of buying more Japanese retro consoles, but it’s not on the cards as of now. The Super NES is just a timeless masterpiece of a console, so it gets the special treatment.

So yeah, on top of all the other reviews I’m falling behind on, I now have a whole other category added to my lineup…

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A Very July Update

Oh no! It can’t be? It’s…It’s…It’s…. The return of the filler post!

I thought they were all dead! That we had killed them!

But no… At least one filler post still lingers, and it has now revealed itself for the month of July.

I promise I’m not trying to make these a thing, but whenever I’m having trouble writing something proper, but need to fill in the gaps, I resurrect these monstrosities so that, well, I’ve written something. And well, I had said I wanted Wizard Dojo’s July to be more productive than its June, and so far, that only applies to the video game reviews. And even then, it’s still been slow in that department.

So to make up for lost time, I’m writing this unnecessary little post, as a means of reassuring myself I’ve written something, I suppose.

But fret not, sweet, beautiful reader, for there are actual writings coming to the Dojo in the near future. These include…

Movie reviews for Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King (2019) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. My upcoming 350th video game review (my next one), and a couple of long overdue top 10 lists. Also, there are a small handful of other articles I’ve been meaning to get around to, and some older movie reviews as well. So I hope you look forward to those.

So yeah… This is a thing. Sorry.

I’m sure I’ll do better next time. It was my first flight and I’m still getting used to my programming! Hey! Hey!

The Fourth of July 2019 Post!

Happy America, everybody!

I’m in the process of writing a few different reviews and other such things, but wanted to post something in the interim. And since I didn’t want to do another blatantly filler post, and its been a while since I wrote something festive (not counting Banjo-Kazooie’s introduction in Super Smash Bros., which should now be recognized as an international holiday). So a July 4th post just made sense. After all, I am a proud American citizen, so why not celebrate this awesome country’s birthday on this site?

“Hell yeah!”

I hope everyone has a happy Independence Day, eat lots of good food, set off awesome fireworks, and have some nice get-togethers and party! Just don’t party too hard…drive safely.

As for what’s in store for Wizard Dojo in July, well, as I said in the last post, my next movie reviews will probably be for Toy Story 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and maybe a few older movies as well if I can get around to them. I have a number of video games to review, including some you may not expect. I’m slowly but surely making my way through Sekiro, Crash Team Racing and Super Mario Maker 2. Not sure if I’ll review all three within July, but I’ll try to get to at least one of them. And finally, I hope to follow through with a Top 10 List of some sort this month. At any rate, I’m hoping to make July more productive for the Dojo than June was.

But enough about that. We’re here for America! Hamburgers and cowboys and apple pie and blockbuster franchises and eagles and fireworks and Jazz and super heroes. Y’know, American stuff.

Have a happy fourth of July, my fellow Americans. And for those of you from  around the world, have a great day as well.

Happy America, everybody!

Wizard Dojo’s 2019 Through the Halfway Point (Q2)

Wow, 2019 is already halfway over. That’s kind of scary. Where did the time go?

At any rate, Wizard Dojo has had a productive year so far, as we’ve reached 2019’s halfway point. Maybe not as productive as I would like, but here’s hoping I can catch up in the coming months.

Just as I did after the first quarter of the year came and went, I’m once again writing a chronicle of Wizard Dojo’s 2019 so far, and discuss some stuff I hope to implement on this site in the coming months of the year, and maybe even beyond! Continue reading “Wizard Dojo’s 2019 Through the Halfway Point (Q2)”

Video Game Awards 2019: Biggest Surprise

Sometimes, we more or less know what to expect from video games. Sure, you never know for sure until you play them. But usually, if there’s a game you’re going to play, you’ll know it when you see it. Whether its long-standing murmurs leading into a not-so-surprise announcement, or a game that simply looks to be ticking all your boxes, it’s usually no secret which games speak to us.

Sometimes, however, video games can take us by surprise. Whether it’s a genuinely surprising announcement that comes out of seemingly nowhere, or a game that proves its experience to be far more memorable than its initial appearance, sometimes games can surprise us in the best ways.

 

Winner: Deltarune: Chapter 1

Hey, look at that! Undertale got a kind of/sort of sequel!

Okay, so calling Deltarune a sequel to Undertale (even a “kind of/sort of” one) is a little misleading. But Toby Fox’s sophomoric effort does feel like a rightful follow-up to his stunning debut game.

After teasing something big on Twitter in late October 2018, Toby Fox released Deltarune: Chapter 1 the very next day! And for free! Suffice to say, it was quite the surprise.

It’s true that Deltarune isn’t a finished game (that “Chapter 1” in the title isn’t just for show). And unfortunately, it sounds like the full game won’t be finished for quite some time, with Toby Fox suggesting he’ll need to get a team of people together in order to finish it in anything resembling a reasonable development schedule (as opposed to Undertale, which Mr. Fox created almost entirely). So who knows when, or if, we’ll see Deltarune in its entirety.

For now though, let’s just enjoy that Undertale has any kind of follow-up at all.

 

Past winner

2017: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

A Very April Update

Oh no, is it time again for a filler post? I guess so.

In my defense, I will be away for a few days, so I figured I’d drop a little update about what I plan on writing when I get back. Maybe I’ll even write about my trip. Hopefully writing my plans down will help me get to them post-haste once I’m back (because history has proven that to be the case with me, right?).

Anyway, I’ve recently seen both Shazam! and the live-action Dumbo, and plan on reviewing both. I’m hoping to catch Missing Link as well, and if I do, I’ll review that too! Also, with Avengers: Endgame nearly upon us, I’ll try to get around to reviewing the other three Avengers films during the lead up.

Yes, I also plan on finally, actually and for real getting to my movie and video game awards for 2018 when I get back. I also have a few extra game reviews in mind, but I may wait to get to them until May, depending on how quickly I get the other stuff I mentioned done.

And as I’ve mentioned in the past, I really, really hope to start doing both TV reviews, and top 5/10 lists. I have a small handful of TV series in mind. As for the lists, I think I’ll start with a ranking of the modern Disney animated features (Princess and the Frog to today), which I’ve made no secret is my favorite generation of Disney animated features. After that I’ll do the logical next step and make my list of all-time favorite Disney animated films (spoiler, there will be some similarities between both lists). I might make a new edition of my ranking of the Pixar films as well, now that they’ve reached the twenty film milestone and have Toy Story 4 in the near future.I guess Kingdom Hearts 3 got me in a really ‘Disney’ mood as of late (hey, that game did something right).

Of course, I plan to do my long-promised lists of Best Nintendo Systems, Nintendo Franchises, and things of that nature.

Naturally, I don’t plan on cranking these out the day I get return, but within April/May-ish, and maybe June. For the record, I’m actually only going to be gone a couple of days. I don’t know why I’m making it sound like I’m going to be gone a while. Maybe I just wanted an excuse to write something?

So I hope you enjoy what I have in store when I make my triumphant return! I have some even bigger ideas planned to expand my brand (rhymes). But because I have a bad tendency to promise too many things I can’t deliver in a reasonable amount of time, I’m going to hold off on revealing them just yet. But stay tuned. And stay beautiful.

Sorry for the filler.

Wizard Dojo’s 2019 So Far (Q1)

Well, 2019 certainly is flying by, isn’t it? March has come and gone, which means the year is a fourth of the way through. Yikes! So to steal borrow a page from Red Metal from Extra Life Review‘s book, let’s recap what I’ve been up to during the first quarter of 2019 here at the Dojo. Continue reading “Wizard Dojo’s 2019 So Far (Q1)”