WakuWafu Award


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)


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.


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.


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!”

100 Video Game Reviews!

My man Nester

My recent review of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is my one-hundredth video game review here at Wizard Dojo! Considering I “officially” launched this site on Christmas day of 2014, that’s 100 video game reviews in just under one year’s time. I’d say that’s a pretty productive first year for Wizard Dojo. Here’s hoping year two can keep up.

Of course, I now realize I really need to catch up with my reviews for animated films, which are fast approaching the sixty mark. There are only so many hours in a day though… If only that thing called “real life” would stop getting in the way.

Anyway, if you want to check out all 100 of my current video game reviews (and all future game reviews to come), just check out the Game Reviews page!

And, for those obsessed over perfect scores, I have currently given a score of 10/10 to the following four games.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario World

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


Then there are those games that sit alongside them in the 9.5s club, wich currently houses six games.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Super Mario 64

Mega Man 2

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Maker


Now that I write them down together, I notice that my 9.5s and 10s actually make up a whole tenth of my game reviews so far… But before you think I’m an easy grading softy, I should point out that that’s a good chunk of the 10s and 9.5s I can think of at the moment. Sure, there are a few others that I’ll get around to, but I’ll try to spread them out so that A) I don’t look too soft, and B) so I don’t just rush them all out the gate. Maybe I’ll even make a section of this site dedicated to my perfect and near-perfect scores soon.

Anyway, I’m rambling at this point.

I didn’t intend to write 100 game reviews in my first year, but after I started picking up steam, a few months ago I decided to see if I could do it. And I did. So yay me.

Now I just hope I can keep the momentum going, and catch up in the animation department.

Thanks to all my readers for their continued readership. You give me someone to write this stuff for!

The 200th Blog Spectacularsaurus!

Fresh Prince

Holy 200 blogs, Batman! Wizard Dojo has amassed 200 blogs!

Once again I was hesitant in making a celebratory blog like this, as it feels somewhat self-aggrandizing. Like I’m giving myself a pat on the back. And just like my 100 blog milestone, I just said what the hell and went with it anyway. Back pats all around!

Naturally, the best way to celebrate a centennial blog of any kind is abandoning your dignity and replacing it with a series of gifs.

Fresh Prince

I didn’t stop with the gifs, however, and as an added bonus I’ve updated the About Page and fleshed out the page describing my scoring system (because all anyone cares about are the numbers). I also added some additional links in the links page to some of my fellow bloggers. I’ve even been toying with the idea of a FAQ page, but in order to make a section dedicated to frequently asked questions, I think I should at first have some frequently asked questions.

Fresh Prince

Honestly, I don’t know what else I should be writing here. After all, this is just a self-loving appreciation post. I could have written a review or some form of top 10 list as the 200th blog or something. But I didn’t. I went the way of self-promotion. Because self-promotion.

Talon & Ingo

I suppose I should point out some of my upcoming whozits and whatzits galore while we’re here. For those who don’t know, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Toy Story, as well as the 20th anniversary of the release of Donkey Kong Country 2. So I’ll probably be writing some Pixar and Donkey Kong related stuff in the near future. Great, now that I’ve written it I’m held to it. I’ve trapped myself.

I also soon plan on making a list of the top 10 Wii U games (so far). Despite snarky internet opinion, the Wii U’s lackluster sales don’t reflect the quality of its games. It actually has quite an impressive library and it’s a shame more people haven’t experienced its gems (of course, these people also thought the original Wii sucked because it sold well, so Nintendo is damned if they do, damned if they don’t I suppose).

Additionally, I am in the early planning stages of making my own list of favorite video games of all time. I’ve played enough video games that I could list 50 or even 100 games if I so chose, but I won’t do that. Because who on Earth actually has a sixty-third favorite video game? I’ll probably stick with a nice number like thirty, though ten of them may be non-numbered runners up, because who even has a twenty-seventh favorite game? Or maybe they’ll all be numbered to appease my OCD, who knows. The point is, I’m working on the list, and though I can’t say for sure when I’ll finish it, I have top men on the case.

Top Men

By this point this blog has become nothing but long-winded nonsense, so I’ll mercifully try to wrap this up. I just want to thank my wonderful readers for their support, and for taking the time to read my reviews and rants when they could be reading anything else. Maybe one day I can get some other people to help me expand this site, that way I won’t have to congratulate myself every time this site reaches a new milestone (but I probably will anyway).

I’ve made it to 200 blogs here on at the Dojo, but let’s hope this is only the beginning. Thanks for reading! Now I’m going to continue complimenting myself.


100th Blog Spectacular!

"I've already amassed THIS many blogs!"
“I’ve already amassed THIS many blogs!”

I tried to avoid making a self-aggrandizing blog such as this, but in the end I caved into the temptation. I just had to celebrate this milestone in some capacity. What better way to do that then with a blog that basically just reiterates this milestone again and again?

Wizard Dojo has now reached the 100 blog mark, which I must admit I’m a bit proud of considering I only launched this site back on Christmas day. Sure, there are plenty of blogs that have done more, but with how long-winded my writings tend to be, I’m perfectly content in giving myself a pat on the back for how many blogs I’ve managed to produce in that time.

Why, I may have to give myself a promotion!


Sure, I’d rather be taking the time it takes to write this blog to write another review or something, but I must let the world know that Wizard Dojo is now in the triple digits! It’s a cause for celebration.

It's a Wonderful Dance
“When George Bailey dances to your success you know it’s legit.”

Rest assured that after I’ve finished this blog, my reviews and opinionated rants on video games, movies and animation will once again take center stage here at the dojo. Then everything will go back to being (relatively) serious. But for now… 100 blogs!

Duke of Weselton

I guess I could also take this opportunity to thank my growing readership, which has quickly started gaining steam. May more of you figure out how to click that Follow Button.

Fix-It Felix Jr.

Over the past few months I’ve tried to update this site as often as possible. It hasn’t been easy, but hopefully I’ve amused some of you in one way or another with all this stuff I write. I must say I enjoy adding more content to Wizard Dojo, so it isn’t exactly like reaching 100 blogs has been a chore or anything. May it continue to flourish.

Here’s hoping I can continue to provide you lovely people with something to read. Now let’s all take a moment to celebrate 100 blogs.



Once again, I thank you kind readers for giving me some extra incentive to keep writing these things. I would also like to thank myself, because 100 blogs! Here’s to many, many hundreds more. Thanks for reading!


Welcome to the Dojo!

Welcome to the dojo!

To all who come to this opinionated website… Welcome! Wizarddojo.com is a place of video games and animations (and other movies). You will find reviews, top 5/10 lists, and other such writings on those subjects. Primarily by yours truly, but hopefully some other members of my fellowship will join in this venture. So stay a while and listen.


In preparation for the launch of this site, I already cooked up some reviews and other such things, so why not take a gander at them? Or you could look at that about page if you’d like. Get your magics ready and prepare for battle, you have entered the wizard’s dojo!