The Metroid series celebrates its 25th birthday this year and while not the most high profile series in Nintendo's repertoire it does feature some of the most genre defining gameplay elements and plot twists (Super Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time) in gaming history.
The good folks over at All Your History have compiled a very comprehensive history of the series. Covering all the Metroid games, it covers both the highs and lows of Samus Aran's adventures in saving the universe. Happy 25th Metroid, hopefully with more games to come!
For fans of Oblivion who visited the Shivering Isles, one adventurer comes back changed forever. This combination machinima and crazy use of Mods is crazy funny for fans of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
I always wondered if Rooster Teeth should have done a short featuring the ODST characters but this is close enough. Its been a long time since Red versus Blue made reference to the campaign of a Halo game (outside of the special previews) and the results are pretty funny.
Making its way around the internet is Brentalfloss's (of what happened if game X's song had lyrics) newest video for Star Fox. Featuring a combination of hand puppets, Star Fox 64 memes and the stylings of Space Oddity, its an interesting look at the inner workings at the Star Fox team... or just a fun video :P
Oh man if I had the space I'd totally get this! It comes out September 1st and at 3,152 pieces it's 50" long (124.5 cm) and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5 kg). It also comes with Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and IG-88 figures. Better start clearing room now :)
It's the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War and it reminded me of an excellent NES era game I played with my friends called North and South. A decent enough single player experience, the game shines with two players. My friends and I would rent this game multiple times from our local rental store.
Set during the American Civil War, the user plays as either the North or South and attempts to capture every state to bring victory to your selected side. Earn money to gain more units, watching out for sneak attacks from Native Americans and Mexicans, this was a cartoony strategy game with a surprising amount of depth for the era. A mix of side scrolling and real time strategy play, the game was a great mix of easy to learn and difficult to master.
Also nothing ruins a cavalry charge more than taking out the bridge they were headed for. Good times.
An excellent animation from the folks at Collegehumor, The Fantastic Mr. Starfox blends the world of The Fantastic Mr. Fox with the award winning dialog of the Starfox series. Asking what if Fox McCloud had a mid-life crisis, this video is a must for fans of the Star Fox series.
Has it already been 25 years since the first appearance of The Legend of Zelda? One of the premier action-adventure series that made a few missteps but nevertheless had a consistent layer of quality and fun. Introducing me to the world of Hyrule, great dungeons, the Triforce and Link, The Legend of Zelda is perhaps my favorite series from Nintendo. Have a happy birhtday Link!
A little oudated, but the Zelda Retrospective by Gametrailers is still worth watching for the memories.