Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Explain the Mushroom Kingdom to any adult who didn’t grow up with it: There’s a hero Mario and his brother Luigi who get bigger by eating red-capped mushrooms and ride a dinosaur while saving red-capped mushroom people who are different than the mushrooms that make Mario & Luigi big and they all fight this angry… Continue reading Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Seeing the Mushroom Kingdom living peacefully as opposed to in conflict over kidnapped princesses is refreshing. There’s expansion of the lore. Shy Guys work water wheels, generating, it’s assumed, the kingdom’s energy. Toad’s host glamorous celebrations, dotted by gravitating confetti. Trolly cars run the rails down the center of one track, emblazoned with Mario &… Continue reading Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)


Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)

Mighty Gunvolt Burst’s action happens in a virtual world. Primarily, it’s an excuse to merge the Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9 characters while simultaneously giving No. 9 his first decent videogame. Things went poorly for the first time. This 8-bit throwback is absolute joy. Burst’s sense of menace however comes not from a prototypical threat,… Continue reading Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)

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Best of 2016

In no particular order – or they’re actually alphabetical. Either way. Doom Excessive and brutish, few excel in their violence like Doom. Underneath the swell of sound caused by shotguns, rocket launchers, and exploding demons is a crafty lampooning of religious devotion and the corporate goons who keep their employees invested in the cult rather… Continue reading Best of 2016


River City: Tokyo Rumble (3DS)

In some 20 years between River City Ransom and this rousing 3DS sequel, bullying turned into a Japanese epidemic. Tokyo Rumble begins with a kid, Hiroshi, bullied and beaten in front of his school. Series protagonist Kunio then selflessly snaps to Hiroshi’s defense. Kunio’s aesthetic rises from the American ’50s, that cool kid who smokes,… Continue reading River City: Tokyo Rumble (3DS)