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Review: RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling, the official sequel to WrestleFest, is now available! Just this week it was released on Nintendo Switch, and I’ve been playing it on my PC via Steam. If you’re a fan of pick-up-and-play arcade wrestling video games, then this is the one for you!

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Video Review — SNES Omnibus: Volume 2

I previously did a written review of the SNES Omnibus: Volume 2, but I figured why not also do a video review? This way you get a look inside this treasure trove of retro gaming history, so you can see for yourself what makes it so special. Watch my video review below, and make sure to snag a copy of this excellent book!

Book Review: NES Omnibus, Volume 1

Brett Weiss, author of the SNES Omnibus books, is back! This time around he’s focusing on the home video game console that put Nintendo on the map: the NES. Just like the SNES Omnibus series, the NES Omnibus is split into two books, so the appropriate attention is given to the myriad of games released for the most iconic and influential video game system of all time.

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All Elite Wrestling Announces Launch of AEW GAMES

If there’s one thing I love just as much as wrestling, it’s video games. Both of these passions played a big role in my youth and are still a massive part of who I am today. Wrestling video games, specifically, are some of my absolute favorites. Read my book review of Wrestling With Pixels for a rundown of my favorite pro wrestling video games of all time. I may have a new one to add to the list because All Elite Wrestling announced that it’s launching AEW Games!

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Nintendo Switch: Slide Stars

Slide Stars is a strange, yet brilliant, concept for a game. It’s a water-slide game where you play as 20 different online influencers. I’m not kidding. This is real. Imagine if a video game company approached me and said, “We’d like to put you in our game!” From a marketing and public relations perspective, it’s smart because, presumably, these influencers, none of whom I’ve ever heard of, will promote this game on their respective platforms — getting it in front of what I assume is a large audience. On the other hand, this transparent and unabashed sales strategy might turn off everyone other than the followers of these influencers. So, is this game any good? Read on for my thoughts.

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Speed 3:Grand Prix for Nintendo Switch

Today, a new racing game was released for Nintendo Switch, Speed 3: Grand Prix. There are a plethora of options on Nintendo Switch to get your racing game fix, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being the most popular choice. So, what separates Speed 3: Grand Prix apart from the competition? Read on to find out.

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Walter Day’s Greatest Fear, Music, and Video Games

Walter Day is best known as being the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service. He is also the creator of e-sports and has often been called “The Patron Saint of Video Games.” While his dedication to find, verify, and catalog video game world records led to a decades-long partnership with Guinness World Records, Walter’s one true, unrequited love is with music. At the age of 71, his greatest fear is not fulfilling the dream of bringing his music to life. Since 1985 these songs have been bottled up inside him, and Walter is determined to make sure his music comes to fruition. Over the course of two days Walter and I had a personal and profound discussion. In the process, we became friends. I hope you enjoy the interview below. Walter is a special person who has already accomplished a great deal, yet I have a feeling the best is yet to come.

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Review – The Elder Scrolls: Call To Arms

The Elder Scrolls is one of my favorite video game series of all time. I enjoy all entries in this franchise, including the spinoffs and The Elder Scrolls Online. While many of The Elder Scrolls games have been successful, Skyrim is the one that practically everyone knows. The fifth entry in the series, it has sold over 30 million copies across various systems since its release in 2011. This summer I completed the main quest in this game, along with numerous side quests, on the Nintendo Switch. I also sunk more than 150 hours into The Elder Scrolls Online on my PC – which is an excellent game that I highly recommend. When I read that Skyrim’s open world was coming to a tabletop game created by Modiphius, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms, I was intrigued.

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Classic Home Video Games by Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss has written countless books about retro video games, including the SNES Omnibus Volume 1 & Volume 2, as well as The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. His upcoming NES Omnibus: Volume 1 was a runaway success on Kickstarter, and I look forward to checking out the final version in the months to come. Brett’s Classic Home Video Games trilogy of books is one of his most popular. Covering 1972 to 1990, these books take a look at some of the most influential systems and games that defined numerous generations.

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The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

Gamers like myself love to debate what should be included on lists of the greatest video games of all time. Various media publications capitalize on this by creating lists, mainly to get people to click through and engage. But sometimes a slideshow on a website or a YouTube video isn’t sufficient. Sometimes you want to take a deep dive into a top-100 video game list, immersing yourself in the experience in a more satisfying way. Moreover, many of these lists completely ignore anything from before 1985, which is when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) rocked the world with its accessibility and plethora of great games. For these reasons and more Brett Weiss’ The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 is a book you should read.

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