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)”

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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)”

The 800th Blog Spectacularsaurus Indoraptor III: Third Strike

Behold and quake in fear, mortals! For I have amassed 800 blogs here at the Wizard Dojo!

Gee, I’ve certainly been a busy bee, haven’t I?

Thank you, my kind, dear readers, for sticking with me for these past four-plus years and seven-hundred and ninety-nine blogs. You people are what keep me keepin’ on keepin’ on.

Anyway, let’s get to celebrating this milestone with some answers to questions and lists and stuff!

Now then, let’s hop to it.

 

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L’Ochestre de Jeux Video Appreciation Post

I’ve made it no mystery that my love of video game music rivals my love of video games themselves. Though I’m no musician, I can appreciate (and am often mystified by) what music can do both on its own and for other mediums. Though there are a number of film scores that have left an impact on me (namely Joe Hisaishi’s work on Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography), for the most part, I think the musical side of my heart belongs to video game scores. Whether it’s the infectious soundtracks of the Mega Man series, the atmospheric sounds of Donkey Kong Country, or the epic scores of Dark Souls, video game music continues to shape and mold my creativity as much as video games themselves.

As such, I not only have a rather impressive collection of video game soundtracks (if I do say so myself), but frequently seek out remixes, covers and live performances of video game music. And a number of months ago, I discovered one of the best.

L’Orchestre de Jeux Video is an ongoing orchestra that specializes in video game music. As someone who has frequently sought out video game orchestras, I do believe L’Orchestra de Jeux Video (or ‘OJV’ for short) is the most consistently excellent I have discovered so far.

Some of their performances reflect the original feeling of the music they’re covering, brought up to the epic score of an orchestra. Other times, they recreate classic pieces in new ways, bringing new appreciation to both the pieces in question as well as OJV’s abilities.

Seriously, I can’t speak highly enough about what OJV does. Oftentimes when I’m writing a review late at night, I listen to their performances, and I swear it helps my creative juices flow, and even some of my trickier reviews start coming together. I guess you could argue that a number of my writings owe a little something to OJV.

But enough jib jab from me, here are some of my favorite performances from OJV, direct from their own YouTube channel.

Let’s start with one of my all-time favorites, Super Mario Galaxy.

A little Banjo-Kazooie always does the heart good.

Here’s an entire performance dedicated to my main man, Bowser.

Some Undertale music, because that’s always wonderful.

Of course, you can never go wrong with the iconic Dr. Wily theme.

And naturally, I of all people have to include their performances of Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario RPG. I just hope they do some more covers from them in the near future, because you can never have too much of a good thing.

 

Simply beautiful!

If you would like to find out more about L’Orchestra de Jeux Video, you can check out their website here. Or you can find more of their performances on their official YouTube channel. It’ll be well worth the time of any lover of video game music.

Another January Update

Oh no, am I doing another one of these filler posts? Sadly, I am, but with reason. In my last January update, I mentioned I was planning on reviewing some big games during the month (namely God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), and that I plan on doing (at least) one top 5 list and one top 10 list per month. Obviously, I’m running out of time in January to get all that done. There’s maybe time to squeeze in another big review before January ends, but not all of these things. So I’m here to apologize. I should still be able to get to all of these soon, however. But sorry I couldn’t get it all done when I planned.

As for the top 5/top 10 lists, I do plan to start doing those on a monthly basis, and it does suck that I couldn’t start on the first month of a new year. But, as always, better late than never, I suppose. I will say I am working on my list of Top 10 Nintendo Systems as we speak (err…as I write), which I planned to have up for a couple of weeks, but have backpedaled on the ordering of said list numerous times, thus postponing it (I know the top 4 for sure, but I keep flip-flopping the others).

So yeah, sincerest apologies for more filler, but I’d hate to have mentioned doing those reviews/lists this month, not do them, and then say nothing of it. So I hope you look forward to them. On the plus side, this filler post brings me closer to my 800th blog milestone, and these delayed posts should probably push me to said milestone. Then it’s off to my 2018 video game awards, and beyond. But I’ll keep that “beyond” a secret for now.

Thanks for putting up with me.