Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2002 | List Price: ~$15 | Buy from Amazon
I’m currently going through a Mario phase wherein I’ve been going through and playing all the Mario 2D platformers (roughly in order of difficulty). I enjoyed Nintendo’s side series like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. but never played much in the way of Mario platformers as a kid, so it’s been really cool to actually try the mainline Mario games. Last weekend I finally beat the GBA port of the 1990 SNES game Super Mario World, a game that many consider to be the best Mario game and one of the best platformers of all time.
Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2006 | List Price: ~$25 | Buy from Amazon
Up until very recently, I’d never beaten a Mario game. Shocking, right? It’s not that I never played them; in fact, I have lots of the NES games on Virtual Console, as well as all of the Super Mario Advance games. It’s just that the NES Mario games are really hard, and I just don’t have the platforming prowess to best them just yet. New Super Mario Bros. is actually the first Mario game I ever owned, though I hadn’t played it for a while. I read that it was a lot easier than other Mario games, so I decided to give it a revisit and beat it in only two days!
Developer: Naughty Dog | Year: 2014 | List Price: $49.99 | Buy from Amazon
If there’s a game from the last five years that will be remembered forever as a landmark in videogame storytelling, it’s probably The Last of Us by Naughty Dog. I went into the game with the highest of expectations, having heard the almost unanimous praise the game has gotten from the press, and was not disappointed in the slightest. Honestly, if you haven’t played this game yet, stop reading this review and go play it right now on PS3 or PS4. You need some more convincing? Alright, read on, and don’t worry about any major story spoilers, but I will be discussing gameplay elements, so if you’re worried about that, you should probably just go play the game now. Just do it anyway. Seriously. Note: I haven’t played any multiplayer yet, so I can’t comment on that mode at all. I’ve heard it’s pretty good.
Manufacturer: Status Audio | Year: 2013 | MSRP: $49 | Buy from Amazon
Until now, I’ve never owned a pair of headphones. I’ve always been content with using the Apple earbuds/pods that come with Apple devices, but when I saw a good deal on these Status Audio headphones, I thought I’d give them a try. I’ve now been using my Classic HD Ones to listen to music, play video games, and watch YouTube videos for the past month and I feel I can give them an honest review and tell you whether or not you should buy them.
I first discovered J-Subculture when I ordered from them through Amazon. They had included a flyer for their Auction service inside the package, so I decided I’d check it out. I’ve had an excellent experience with them so far, so if you would like to get some stuff from Japan I think you should consider giving them a try. Continue reading