Liebster Award – Episode II: Attack of the Blogs

Liebster Award

Well, looky looky. I’ve received my second Leibster Award nomination. And the great thing about these blogging awards is that simply responding to the nomination means I’ve won it. I’ll take any accolade I can get (except for a “Participation Award,” that’s just demeaning). This time around, my Liebster comes courtesy of none other than Mr. Panda of Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews. Let’s all give him a big round of applause.

Picard

Of course, receiving a Liebster Award comes at a price means I must also perform some requirements. Mr. Panda stated that there are two requirements, but last time I did this, there were three. So I’m still going to go with three, as a means to stretch this out and give myself that many more pats on the back.

  • Requirement 1 is to thank the person who nominated you (already done) and answer the eleven questions they asked you in their nomination (getting to that).
  • Requirement B is that I must list eleven facts about my glorious self.
  • Requirement Yellow dictates that I must nominate some fellow bloggers and ask them some questions of my own.

So let’s get cracking on all this, shall we?


Question time!

Totoro Hoola Hoop

 

1: Nintendo or Sega?

Nintendo. Why is this a question?

2: Favorite video game console?

Without question, it’s the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. No other console houses so many classics that have defied aging. From its launch with Super Mario World to its closing with the likes of Super Mario RPG, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3, it just kept popping out timeless classic after timeless classic.

Sure, the NES, N64, Wii, PS2 and Genesis all have a special place in my heart, and I’m really enjoying the Wii U and PS4, but the SNES still takes the cake without question.

3: Favorite video game?

Wow, you’re really asking this big of a question this soon? Okay, here it goes…

Are you ready for this?

My absolute, honest-to-goodness, unquestionable, undefeated, untouchable, unapproachable, undisputed, most favoritiest favorite game of all time is…

Is…

IS…

Oh, wait a minute. I still plan on making my list of favorite games sometime in the not-too-distant future. Silly me, I don’t want to spoil that here.

Disgust Exit

4: Favorite video game soundtrack?

The Donkey Kong Country series easily stands out for me, with Donkey Kong Country 2 having the best soundtrack of the bunch (though Tropical Freeze comes shockingly close). DKC2’s soundtrack is perfection.

Other favorites include Super Mario RPG, the Super Mario Galaxy games, Symphony of the Night, Shadow of the Colossus, Nights: Into Dreams, Secret of Mana, Banjo-Kazooie, and a few others.

5: Favorite song from a video game?

I don’t usually like to claim a singular favorite when asked this question, because there are so many that stand out. But considering that In a Snow-Bound Land from Donkey Kong Country 2 seems to always be the first one that pops into my head when asked this question, I think it’s safe to say that it is probably my favorite. It’s so soothing, so enchanting, so haunting. The fact that such a beautiful piece of music plays in some of the game’s hardest stages is a testament to DKC2’s (and composer David Wise’s) brilliance in crafting such beautiful contrasts.

6: Favorite genre of Game?

Platformers. Whether 2D or 3D, platformers somehow best represent the very essence of game design, and have produced more timeless classics than any other genre. The runner-up would be RPGs, though I admit I tend to love more untraditional RPGs like the Mario RPGs, Secret of Mana, Undertale, and titles like that, as opposed to traditional JRPGs like Final Fantasy and western RPGs like Skyrim, which I often grow bored with.

7: Favorite non-gaming related hobby?

Movies (obviously). Particularly animated movies (also obviously).

I also enjoy writing (both for this blog and creative writing) and drawing. I’m not about to brag about my drawing ability in the slightest, but I do love to draw my own stuff. I also enjoy doing some video editing, and am looking into game design, so hopefully I can one day put all of these things together to become more than just hobbies.

8: Person you look up to most?

There are all kinds of answers I could give here, from the personal and sentimental, to the more creatively influential. For now I’ll just go with the safe choice and say… my dog.

Chewbacca T. Dog
“Total badass.”

 

9: Favorite quote?

Honestly, there are too many to list. Most of them from movies. “To infinity and beyond!” is a pretty good one.

10: Favorite place to visit?

The Disney theme parks. I’m an annual pass holder at Disneyland, and can’t get enough of the place. I’ve only been to Disney World once, but it was awesome! I really want to go back and ride the new Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot!

11: Place you would most like to visit someday?

I’m going to sound like such a weeb for saying this, but Japan. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, and would love to make that a reality one day. They make all that stuff I like. And Japan loves Frozen as much as I do!

"Those hip sways though!"
“Those hip sways though!”

Now for some ca-razy facts!

 

Fact 1: I attended E3 from 2009-2014. Hopefully, I’ll be making a comeback next year. And hopefully Nintendo will have a bigger lineup.

Fact 2: As of this blog, I have 128 video game reviews written on Wizard Dojo. Super Mario 128 confirmed!

Fact 3: As of this blog, I have 81 animation reviews written on Wizard Dojo. I really, really need to catch up there.

Paper JamFact 4: My favorite Nintendo character, and favorite video game character period, is Bowser. Other favorite Nintendo characters include Mario, Rosalina, Geno, Fawful, Dixie Kong, Kirby, King Dedede and Ganon, while some of my favorite non-Nintendo game characters include Mega Man, Dr. Robotnik (I refuse to call him Eggman), Alucard from Castlevania, Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie, Cave Johnson from Portal 2 (J.K. Simmons!), Victor Sullivan from the Uncharted series, and Drippy from Ni no Kuni.

Fact 5: My favorite filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki. Though I also really love the Pixar guys (particularly Brad Bird, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton), Isao Takahata, Steven Spielberg, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Calcifer

Fact 6: I have the platinum trophies in Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, and Uncharted 4 (yes, I’m going to toot my own horn here).

Fact 7: I launched Wizard Dojo on Christmas day 2014, and have made sure to post at least one new blog every week. Usually more, though I try to make sure I actually have something to write about, and not just throw a couple of sentences together and and publish it just so I have something for the sake of having it. In the words of Sonic the Hedgehog “That’s no good!”

Fact 8: I hope to get back into the YouTube game soon. Hopefully I can think of a worthwhile series or whatever to serve as an entertaining alternative to my blogging (I’m really grasping at straws with these “facts” now. I’m really not that interesting).

Fact 9: Though I’ve rarely mentioned it here on Wizard Dojo, I am actually big fan of professional wrestling (stop laughing!). Though I only became a regular viewer of WWE programming in 2004 (after seeing it here and there in my younger days), I have become quite the historian/trivia expert on the subject, and have also become a big fan of some independent and Japanese wrestling promotions over the years (though sadly I haven’t seen as much of them for a while now. There are only so many hours in a day).

Fact 10: This is the 350th overall blog on Wizard Dojo.

Fact 11: As mentioned in my “non-gaming hobbies” answer, I quite enjoy creative writing and drawing. Though, once again, my abilities in those areas may not be anything to brag about, I do have several creations lined up that, hopefully, I can do something with one day (again, grasping at straws. I’m repeating myself now).


And now let’s close this out my nominating some fellow bloggers and asking them some questions for some reason. Some of you may have already received a Liebster Award in the past, but I’m nominating you anyway, because I only read so many blogs. And I gave myself this second self-loving award post, so you can too, if you’re up for it.

The nominees are…

NintendoBound

After Story

Miketendo64

Extra Life Reviews

Revaryk

Video Games Nebula

Future Pixar

Very Very Gaming

And well, that’s enough for now. As for the questions, here are eleven I think are fun or whatever…I guess…

1: Favorite video game genre?

2: Favorite video game console?

3: What do you think are the three most important aspects to making a great video game?

4: Why did you start blogging? 

5: Favorite color (extremely important)?

6: Favorite video game character (or maybe top 3 or 5 or whatever)?

7: What are your hobbies outside of video games?

8: If you could make your own video game, what genre would it fall under, and what are some of the gameplay features you would want to include?

9: Favorite animated movie character (again, maybe 3 or 5)?

10: Who is your video game or animated character crush (why am I going here)?

11: If you could live in one video game world, which one would it be and why?

Well, that’s that. Looks like I’ve wrapped up this second Liebster Award of mine. Hopefully you had some decent fun reading it, and another big thanks to Mr. Panda for the nomination. I hope you keep reading my crap. See you next time!

Kirby Dance

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Pixar Month Continues!

Monsters, Inc.

I feel a bit guilty. Despite declaring June to be Disney/Pixar Month, I have only added two reviews and an impressions article as far as Pixar-related content goes since the start of the month. Unfortunately, you see, that no-good SOB known as “Real Life” has been rearing his ugly head as of late, and prevented me from blogging as frequently as I’d like to.

So within the next few weeks, I will continue my Pixar “Month,” even if that means it spills over well into July. recompense, and all that.

Now, I’ll still write whatever else I have the time and interest to write, but I will make a special note to write at least a few more Pixar-based reviews (including Finding Dory), as well as the following Pixar-related lists, in the coming weeks: Top 5 Pixar Soundtracks, Top 10 Pixar Voice Over Performances, Top 10 Tear-Inducing Pixar Moments, a list of Best Pixar Characters (I may need to go over 10 for that one), and a revised version of my ranking of every Pixar film from least to greatest.

There you go, my apology to myself for my rather slow Pixar Month thus far. Hopefully the fact that I’ve now written this down will give me the proper motivation to pump out all this content. So be on the lookout, I guess.

Finding Nemo

1000 Likes!

Its over 1000!!!!!

Finally! Mediocrity has been attained! Through hard work, perseverance, and a lot of Dr. Pepper-fueled rambling, my writings have managed to rack up 1000 likes. That may not be much compared to a lot of people on the internet, but it’s something and I’m going to pat myself on the back, dang it!

The 1000th like in question comes courtesy of loyal reader AfterStory, whose ‘like’ of my Finding Dory Impressions post tipped the scale. So thanks, mate!

Anyway, a big thanks to all of my continued readers, followers, and random people who happened to stop by. May the Dojo continue to thrive!

Anyway, here’s the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Because it’s awesome!

June is Disney/Pixar Month!

Buzz and Woody

I have decided to dedicate a number of my posts here on Wizard Dojo in the month of June to be dedicated to Disney and Pixar movies. Okay, so it seems like Disney and Pixar films are frequently the topic of discussion here at the Dojo, but I’m going to try to double up on Disney and Pixar-related content, due to the upcoming release of Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to the much-beloved Finding Nemo.

Expect a number of reviews, top 5 and 10 lists, and other such writings dedicated to the two animation giants during the rest of the month. Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting video game stuff and my usual nonsense as well.

Inside Out RileyOn a related note, I first saw Pixar’s Inside Out exactly one year ago today (before it was officially open to the public, because I’m awesome!). Inside Out is the first of currently only two movies I have scored a 10/10 here at Wizard Dojo, and named it as my favorite film of 2015. Such a magnificent film.

So yes, along with my usual nonsense, look forward to some Disney and Pixar stuff in the coming weeks.

 

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.

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.