Nintendo’s Forgotten Franchises – Wave Race

Nintendo make wonderful games; I think if you’re reading this then there’s every chance that you agree. However, if there’s one criticism that I could aim at them it’s that they often play it too safe. Whilst the last five years have seen the release of two major new franchises (Splatoon and ARMS), the same five years has also seen the release of close to 30 Mario themed games across various platforms. Now, I love Mario as much as the next gamer, but Nintendo have a wealth of franchises which have been neglected, in some cases for generations and new entries are long overdue. In this series I will explore some of Nintendo’s forgotten franchises and just how they might return in the future, starting with Wave Race.

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James Moulding

I have been gaming for 30 years, starting mostly with PC Gaming, where I developed a penchant for classic point and click games. Over time I discovered Nintendo, starting with the Game Boy and the Super Mario Land games. Here, my love for Nintendo grew as I discovered many of their other franchises, from Zelda to Pokémon. These days I play a bit of everything but Nintendo and their unique creativity always keeps me coming back for more.

By |2020-08-07T17:34:52+00:00July 2nd, 2020|eShop, Features, GameBoy, N64, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch|0 Comments

Paper Mario – A look back at the series so far

Paper Mario is a series which launched almost two decades ago on the Nintendo 64 and has since spawned six mainline entries, the latest of which, Paper Mario: The Origami King, is set to release next month on the Nintendo Switch. Yet there are many, myself included, who feel that this series has struggled to recapture its early magic with more recent entries. So, what exactly was it that made the original game so special? To answer that, we need to take a stroll back down memory lane to the Year 2000, when the Nokia 3310 was at the peak of mobile technology and Anne Robinson was instilling fear in contestants on the Weakest Link.

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James Moulding

I have been gaming for 30 years, starting mostly with PC Gaming, where I developed a penchant for classic point and click games. Over time I discovered Nintendo, starting with the Game Boy and the Super Mario Land games. Here, my love for Nintendo grew as I discovered many of their other franchises, from Zelda to Pokémon. These days I play a bit of everything but Nintendo and their unique creativity always keeps me coming back for more.

By |2020-08-07T17:34:57+00:00June 17th, 2020|Features, N64, Nintendo Switch|0 Comments

Weekend NintyBeats — The Time-Travelling Tennis Ranger

The music of Nintendo games make them truly remarkable and memorable. To show our love of the music, every Friday we share a selection of tracks from various Nintendo titles, new and old.

This week’s NintyBeats reaches out to two lesser-known spin-offs in Nintendo’s most giant franchises, and pulls them out of the shadows to throw their best music your way. Then we travel back in time to 1998 and arrive in a certain temple…

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Mr. Fuego

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By |2015-07-31T19:43:23+00:00July 31st, 2015|3DS, Features, N64, Nintendo, Weekend NintyBeats|0 Comments

Weekend NintyBeats – New Year 2015 Edition [2nd January ’15]

Music plays such a huge part within Nintendo games to make them truly remarkable and memorable. To show our appreciation and love of the music, every Friday we shall share a selection of tracks from various Nintendo games, new and old.

You may be happy to hear that we will be prolonging the New Year’s celebrations a tad longer as we have an awesome selection to ensure your morale is as high as possible to start off your adventures in 2015.

Check out our playlist after the break!

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Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

Weekend NintyBeats – Snowman Edition [19th December ’14]

Music plays such a huge part within Nintendo games to make them truly remarkable and memorable. To show our appreciation and love of the music, every Friday we shall share a selection of tracks from various Nintendo games, new and old.

Are those sleigh bells ringing? How convenient, because this week we will be sharing some of the best Christmassy/Wintery music from Nintendo’s history.

Check out our festive playlist after the break!

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Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-12-19T18:10:10+00:00December 19th, 2014|Features, N64, Nintendo, Weekend NintyBeats, Wii U|2 Comments

Want To Replay The Classic Turok Games On Wii U? Then Make Your Voice Heard!

Let’s go back to the late 90’s for a second. It was a dark and stormy night and all you had to keep you and your friends entertained is a Nintendo 64 with several cartridges, you pick one from random, that game was Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. The Turok games on the Nintendo 64 were considered revolutionary by many as it broke away from the ‘corridor shooters’ that were popular on home consoles, such as DOOM. Though Goldeneye is considered the ultimate shooter for the N64, Turok still holds its own in many gamer’s hearts.

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If you were one of those gamers but sold your copies of Turok, then you’re in luck as you could relive those ends nights of shooting those pesky dinos. Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dremworks) currently own the rights to the Turok franchise and have recently said to various fans that they are interested in reviving the franchise by bringing some of the classic games to the Virtual Console for Nintendo Wii U. All you need to do is to make your voice heard by emailing them at info@classicmedia.tv .

So what are you waiting for? Start your emailing! What Turok game would you want to replay?

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Leon Fletcher

I am a huge Nintendo fan, hence why NintyBuzz exists. I especially love all things Zelda and Metroid. NintyBuzz was started by me back in the Summer of 2014, it started out mainly as a hobby, though the site has gradually grown, and I hope it grows for many years to come!

By |2014-08-01T18:56:53+00:00August 1st, 2014|N64, Nintendo, Retro, Virtual Console, Wii U|0 Comments

What You Missed: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Welcome to another new feature which we like to call, What You Missed. With these articles we review an old Nintendo classic which you may have missed due to not even being conceived when the game was released, or just simply not being interested at the time. These games are usually ones which we hold dear from the past. So, what’s the first game which will take the honour of being first, it’s none other than Majora’s Mask!

First, some background info on this old gem. Majora’s Mask was originally released on the Nintendo 64 back at the beginning of the Millennium [that’s the year 2000 for those who have difficulty with numbers]. It was the sequel of Ocarina of Time which is set in a parallel version of Hyrule. If you missed out on it, never fear, as back in 2009, Nintendo released it on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console [can also be accessed on the Wii U’s Wii Mode] and it is still up for a total of 1000 Wii Points! Now, on with the review! If there was one game that stood out to me as a child it would have to be The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.  It truly took what it’s predecessor and prequel, Ocarina of Time, did and added a very dark twist to the series. The three day time mechanic and the dark atmosphere have truly added a level of complexity to the Zelda series that still has yet to be replicated today.  The game itself only has four dungeons, but what it lacks in dungeons, it makes up for with side quests, storyline, and just overall feel of the game.

You start your quest going through the Lost Woods in search of Navi… But, an encounter with a Skull Kid, who is wearing Majora’s Mask, completely derails your journey and you end up in a parallel land to Hyrule called Termina. Upon entering Termina you meet up with the Happy Mask Salesmen who tells you the Skull Kid had taken an evil mask from him called Majora’s Mask. Once you enter Clock Town (essentially the Hub of MM and the first area in the game) you see an ominous Moon lurking above that inches closer as 3 days pass.  Through out the quest you will be able to transform into a Deku, Goron, and a Zora who all have different abilities and are used to solve various puzzles and challenges. South_Clock_Town Again, the game has a lot of emphasis on side quests and MM holds one of the deepest side quests that spans over the 3 days and involves a good amount of the characters in Clock Town. Something I want to add that I haven’t seen spoken about enough is the time mechanic. This has been a debate among the Zelda fanbase and is looked at in one of two ways… Love it or hate it. Now, you will have the ability to slow down time, speed up time and go back in time so the stress of the time limit is completely up to you (I always slow down time so I can enjoy everything the game has to offer).

The game itself is now 14 years old, so because of that, the graphics are blocky and textures are streched… But it still looks good to this day due to the art style Nintendo went with. Like I mentioned earlier, the gameplay of Majora’s Mask is something I have yet to see recreated in any of the Zelda games…It’s story and gameplay holds up very well even by todays standards. It goes to show that Nintendo is truly a master of their craft if their old games hold up today. MajorasMaskZora This is a game I highly recommend, if you haven’t played it yet do yourself a favor… Pick up an N64, Gamecube or download it on the Wii Virtual Console.  It is an amazing game and I would rate it a 9.5 out of 10 (1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest). Nintendo showed with Majora’s Mask it can take a light-hearted franchise, add over looming elements of death and despair, and create one of the oddest and best games I had ever played.

I hope you enjoyed the review, if you have anything to add please leave your opinions in the comment section.

THANK YOU!

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Chris Mercer

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By |2014-10-23T21:15:36+00:00July 15th, 2014|Majora's Mask, N64, Nintendo, Retro, Review, What You Missed|0 Comments
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