Yet Another Update on My List of Favorite Video Games

Howard and Nester

Oh no. Is it that time again? The time where I write an entirely unnecessary post about my long-procrastinated list of favorite video games? Yes. Yes it is.

I really do hate myself for writing another one of these, when there are so many better, heftier things I want to write. But completing video games takes time, ergo it can take a while to get to reviewing them. I honestly don’t have a reason why I haven’t done more animation and movie write-ups recently though. I feel bad about that. Let’s not even get started on all the top five and ten lists I have back-catalogued.

Yet, here we are. I’m writing another one of these while I prepare for the good stuff (like a review of Dark Souls 3), as well as the bad stuff (like a review for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric). So be patient with me and I hope you can withstand this post.

Yes, I’m officially delaying my list of favorite video games. Again. Granted, last time I did one of these, I said there was a good chance I’d be postponing my list from its then-May deadline, but now I’m officially postponing it. For how long? A couple of months, probably. Maybe September or something. I know, that’s a long wait (though hopefully you have more important things to keep you occupied in the meantime). But there are a good number of games I’d like to review first. Some new games, and some classics that I haven’t played in a while that I’d like to have a bit more fresh in the memory banks before I lump them all in a list.

I think I’m sticking with my plan for a top 20, with an additional non-numbered ten or so “runners-up” for a total of 30-ish games on my list. I could potentially do a top 50 or even a top 100, but such an extensive list from an individual seems more than a little unnecessary. Why bother ranking games that are in the 70s and 80s area, anyway?

So anyways, I guess one of the main reasons why I’m writing this is to let my fellow bloggers know, since I originally invited them to create their own lists around the same time. They’re no longer obliged to do that, but more than welcome. Should they not want to wait and make their lists before mine, they’re free to do that too, but I would still like everyone to add links to the subsequent lists once they are made.

All of the original blogs I invited to partake are still welcome to that invitation, as well as a few new names.

NintendoBound

After Story Gaming

Very Very Gaming

Extra Life Reviews

Miketendo64

The Well-Red Mage

Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews

And by the way, blogs with multiple publishers are encouraged to have multiple contributors make their own lists. The more the merrier! And any other bloggers who want to join in, feel free to ask for participation.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Sorry for the further delays, but September does sound nice (it is the month of my birthday, after all). Now I’m going to go write something better.

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The 300th Blog Spectacularsaurus Rex

BB-8

It’s time once again for some self-aggrandizement! Huzah! For I have amassed 300 blogs here at the Wizard Dojo! Huzzah to me!

Mettaton

Part of me didn’t want to do this again, but these self-appreciative centennial blogs give me an excuse to write something silly. A means to ease up a bit and lighten the mood (because a website called Wizard Dojo is surely just too serious). No worrying about reviewing stuff, getting my opinion across properly, or stressing over any rating systems. Just writing some crap and giving myself a pat on the back. Yahoo!

Duke of Weselton

Anyway, I guess I should find some ways to drag this out. It wouldn’t be much of a celebration with so few paragraphs. I must sing more of my praises!

So, ummm… Let’s see. Ooh, I know! How about I write some random fun facts about this site? Yeah! That’s a good way to waste your time.

Fun Fact #1: Wizard Dojo was launched on Christmas Day 2014. Well, technically I bought the domain name and set everything up a few days beforehand. But it was on Christmas that I began publishing content. Made for a good Christmas present to myself, and makes my anniversary easy to remember.

Fun Fact #2: As of this post, Wizard Dojo currently houses 116 video game reviews and 69 reviews for animated films. I really need to start writing animation reviews at a quicker pace to catch them up.

Fun Fact #3: Of those reviews, only four video games have so far been awarded a perfect 10/10 score (Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country 2 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night). Inside Out is currently the only animated film to boast a perfect 10. I know a few other games and animations that I will give perfect scores, but I’ll wait to reveal them to when they’re reviewed.

Fun Fact #4: This site was originally going to have the word “Power” somewhere in the title, as a means of paying tribute to Nintendo Power magazine. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything catchy using the word that also explained what this site was about (though I guess Wizard Dojo isn’t exactly explanatory either…).

Fun Fact #5: The very first post published on Wizard Dojo was my review of Mario Kart 8.

Fun Fact #6: I have quietly slipped some reoccurring “jokes” into my blogs. Namely, I try to throw the word “aforementioned” into most of my reviews as something of a joke on myself, as I once noticed I had a tendency to overuse the word. Also, the amazing composing abilities of David Wise is frequently brought up, and compliments aimed at actor J.K Simmons are also showing up more and more at the Dojo. On the opposite side of things, a disdain for FFVII’s Cloud, Dark Pit, and Shadow the Hedgehog are reoccurring talking points.

Fun Fact #7: That smug cartoony kid I often use as an avatar is Nester, the original Nintendo Power mascot. As much as I enjoy paying tribute to Nintendo Power, I may have to make an original mascot or something at some point. I don’t want to ride someone else’s coattails forever.


Kirby

Anyway, that’s enough fun facts for now. Let’s see, what else can I do here… How about I shed some light on some stuff to expect in the near future of this site? I’m not going to give any promises as to when you should expect these things, but it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.

You can expect some additional Disney and Studio Ghibli reviews in the near future, as well as a list of top 10 Disney animated films, top 5 video game genres, top 10 Nintendo franchises, top 10 video game composers, a top 10 ranking of the Mario RPGs, and plenty more video game and animation reviews, I’m sure. Not to mention my oft-promised list of favorite video games of all time. I feel I should follow that up with a list of favorite movies, though I’m not sure if I want to make separate lists for animated and live-action films or just a singular list for both…

I can also imagine I’ll be writing more opinion pieces on the recently announced Paper Mario: Color Splash and the Mario RPGs of yesteryear. I mean, Nintendo had such a great thing going with the Mario RPGs. Why the Hell they decided they needed to “fix” them is beyond me. Meanwhile, Pokemon games are all basically the same. Talk about a series that needs fixing.

Paper Mario

Let’s see, anything else I can do here? I guess I could name a couple more regrets I’ve made on this site since my Christmas post (I was tempted to wait until the next Christmas post to write these, but that’s kind of a long wait).

Regret #1: Not playing Bloodborne more before I did my 2015 Game of the Year awards – When I did my Game of the Year awards for 2015, I had only really gotten so far in Bloodborne. The only award I ended up giving it was Best Sound, and it only placed fourth for Game of the Year. In retrospect, I should have waited until I was more absorbed into the game. It definitely should have got an extra award or two, and definitely deserved better than fourth place. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I feel it would have made so much sense as my Game of the Year…

Regret #2: Not listing either Paper Mario or Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as my Game of the Year for their respective years – You may remember I made a list chronicling my Game of the Year for every year of my life. Yet, for some baffling reason, I simply listed the first two Paper Mario titles as runners-up, instead of naming at least one of them as a Game of the Year. I suppose I was trying to aim for more diversity, but screw it. Quality over quantity! Exception for the exceptional! Only winners get trophies!

I guess if any good has come out of Color Splash’s announcement, it’s that it has reminded me how much the first two Paper Marios mean to me. Expect one of the first two Paper Marios to claim a retrospective GotY whenever I decide to revise that list. I hate to say it, but I may revise it sometime later this year…

Perhaps I’m just cursed to be indecisive with my Game of the Years?

TTYD


Here are some ID codes for some difficult Super Mario Maker stages I’ve made recently.

Lava-bstacle Course: F21A-0000-0152-5A61

Paratroopa Activity: DF3A-0000-0184-2525

There and Back Again: 5F62-0000-01FC-E761


I’m running out of things to say and ways to waste your time. I guess that means it’s time to wrap this up.

I just want to thank my readership and fandom (whatever that is) for continuously giving me incentive to keep on writing. Here’s to a fruitful future for the Dojo, filled with many more reviews, top 5/10 lists and other such nonsense!

May the good blood guide your way! Praise the sun! All that jazz!

Joy Dance

An Update on my List of Favorite Video Games

Nester

Just another update on my oft-promised list of favorite video games of all time.

You may remember in a previous post that I planned on posting my list of all time favorite video games sometime in May. Well, unfortunately, I’m not sure if that will still be the case. Compiling this list is proving to be even more difficult than I thought (if only because narrowing down the Mario games is so damn difficult), and there are a number of games I’d like to write reviews for before making the list itself. So depending on how long it takes me to replay and subsequently review them, it may have an affect on when I will publish my list.

I know, you’re probably thinking “it’s just a list of video games, you’re worrying too much about it.” And you’re right. But dang it, I love video games! Not to mention this site is half dedicated to them (if not more than half). So making a list of my favorite games is a relatively big thing as far as this site is concerned. As I’ve stated before, I’ve never “officially” made such a list before, and it’s the kind of thing that, after the initial list, it seems you should wait a couple of years before even thinking about revising it, lest the original list lose its meaning. Ergo, I want to make this list good enough to stand on its own for a while, and to not leave me regretting too much about it.

I’m not saying for sure that my list won’t be done in May, but it’s just looking less and less likely. If not in May, I will still try to do it in one of the months soon after. I will still aim for a top 20 or top 30 list, however (the top 20 will certainly be numbered, numbers 21-30 may or may not be). I don’t think it makes much sense for individuals to compile lists of favorites larger than that. It seems like after a while they’d just be slapping random numbers to random games…

Anyway, while I would still like to invite some of my fellow bloggers to make their lists of favorite games around the same time as mine, I won’t hold it against them if they choose to stay the course and release their lists sooner (or later. I have no control over them). Though I will ask that every list adds links to the others, even if they’re made later. I mean, if you don’t mind.

Of course, the same blogs/bloggers are still invited to partake and make their own lists.

NintendoBound

After Story Gaming

Very Very Gaming

Extra Life Reviews

Miketendo64

And well, if any other bloggers want to have a crack at making their own lists, feel free to let me know and invite yourself into the festivities. My apologies for my delays and indecisiveness. Hopefully it won’t take me too long to finish my list.

Video Game Awards 2016: Best Visuals

I know a lot of people tend to lavish the most photorealistic games for their visuals, but I’ve always leaned in favor of more artistically rich and stylized games when it comes to aesthetics. Sure, every now and again I’m most wowed with a more “realistic” game for the overall year, but usually I go for the more stylized approach. 2015 was no exception.

 

Winner: Yoshi’s Wooly World

Yoshi's Woolly World

Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii snagged this award from me in 2010, and its spiritual sequel Yoshi’s Wooly World repeats the feat for 2015. Why? Because no other game in 2015 did more with its visuals than Wooly World.

Not only is Yoshi’s Wooly World extremely adorable (without being obnoxious, like Yoshi’s Story), but it cleverly weaved its cloth and fabric aesthetics into its gameplay in fun and unique ways that take the concept to greater heights than Epic Yarn.

Everything, from characters to environments to gameplay, benefit from the fabric gimmick. And thanks to the HD capabilities of the Wii U, it all looks absolutely stunning.

No other game in 2015 made me smile simply by looking at it. For that, Yoshi’s Wooly World gets Best Visuals of 2015. Hands down.

Runner-up: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

WakuWafu Award

WakuWafu

So apparently I have been nominated for something called a “WakuWafu” award. Ugh, sounds kind of weaboo-y. Why couldn’t it be called the “waffle” award instead? Waffles are delicious to the point of being badass!

Oh well. Getting nominated for these blog awards means you automatically receive it, and I’ll take what I can get!

Anyway, this award is given out to bloggers by other bloggers, and is awarded to blogs that blog about anime and/or video games in their blogs. Blogs.

A big thanks to Alex from The After Story for the nomination. Let’s give him a round of applause!

Citizen Kane

This WakuWafu award will go very nicely with my Liebster Award in my entirely metaphorical trophy case. Here’s hoping the Fellowship of Gaming Wizards (totally our official title) will hand me nominate me for many more awards in the future.

Anyway, there are some rules I have to follow with this award (grumble grumble).

Rule A: Thank the person who nominated me. Which I already did because I’m ahead of the curve.

Rule 2: Write any three things about myself for my fellow bloggers.

Rule Green: Think of three questions to ask the bloggers I nominate (I must also answer the three questions asked of me).

Rule of self-importance: Give one piece of advice to my fellow bloggers.

Last rule: Give credit where it’s due and let the WakuWafu people know that I have been nominated and completed this award.

Alright, now let’s get started with this. Continue reading “WakuWafu Award”

My Eventual List of Favorite Video Games will Happen (Eventually)

Nester

You may or may not remember that in my Christmas blog I said I would probably get around to my list of favorite video games sometime in late March, and try to get some of my fellow bloggers to do the same around that time so we can all link our lists to one another.

Well, I hate to say that I’ve decided to delay my list for a wee bit, and that now I’m thinking sometime in May is more realistic of an expectation. I’ve decided to add the extra time to give my fellow bloggers a little more time to come up with their own lists. Yeah, that’s why I’m doing it. It has nothing to do with my own indecisiveness or anything…

Okay, well maybe it does a little. As I said before, making a list of favorite video games is a big deal for someone like me. I’ve never officially made such a list before, and I think it’s the kind of thing you can only revise after a few years, as to not make the initial list feel superfluous. So I want to be satisfied with the list I make the first time around.

I actually know most of the games I’ll include, but ordering them is another matter. As is filling out the last couple of spots. Again, I’m gunning for a top 30, but I still don’t know if numbers 21 through 30 will be numbered or not.

Once again, the following blogs have been invited to participate.

Nintendobound

The After Story

Very Very Gaming

Extra Life Reviews

Once again, none of these blogs are required to partake in this endeavor if they don’t want to (I unfortunately do not have the power or authority to make others do my bidding). But if they want to join in, awesome! They don’t have to make a top 30 like myself, they can do their lists however they like (though a minimum of top 10 is recommended).

Also, if any other gaming blogs want to join in, that’d be cool as well!

Again, look forward to my list sometime in May. Probably.

First Annual Christmas Special/One Year Anniversary Celebration!

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody! How about that Star Wars, eh?

Yes, it’s Christmas day 2015, which means it’s been exactly one year since I launched Wizard Dojo. Well, technically I bought the domain name and set it up before that, but I didn’t publish anything on it until Christmas 2014. Because I’m festive like that.

It all started one year ago, with the very first addition to this website being my review of Mario Kart 8. One-hundred video game reviews, a few dozen animation reviews (I really need to catch up there), some top 5/10 lists, and a host of other articles and ramblings later, and I’d say Wizard Dojo had a pretty productive year.

Regie-lution

I figured I could turn this anniversary/Christmas blog into an annual tradition, with an extensive and varied blog about, well, a lot of random stuff. Though I now realize I could have made two annual events if I had started this site on a different day, thus separating the anniversary and Christmas blog… Oh well, if I or anyone else likes how this turns out, I guess I could think of something else to add if a year is just too long a wait for rambling goodness.

So get that coal out of your stocking, grab some milk and cookies, and kick the Grinch in the plums! It’s time to get started with the first annual Christmas special/one year anniversary blog celebration! Continue reading “First Annual Christmas Special/One Year Anniversary Celebration!”