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Audible Review: Super Mario

I grew up with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so I have a soft spot for Nintendo. I’m still a big-time gamer and play my Nintendo Switch on a regular basis. I even run Nintendo Philly Meetup, a local group of gamers in Philadelphia who meet up (right now, virtually) to play Nintendo Switch together. So, I was interested in checking out the audiobook Super Mario by Jeff Ryan.

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Audible Review: Waking Nightmare

The best video games excel at worldbuilding, which means they create an environment for the play that is consistent, rich, and unified. The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Resident Evil, and Super Mario Bros. are perfect examples of this. The video game franchises that take this a step further do so by allowing that world to exist in multiple mediums, such as books. One that has explored the literary space exceptionally well is Hello Neighbor, and I recently finished the second book in this popular young adult novel series entitled Waking Nightmare.

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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!

2020: A Year To Remember

This time last year there was a lot of uncertainty in my life, both personally and professionally. Heading into 2020, I was hopeful that the year ahead would bring me good fortune and opportunity. Thankfully, I was correct. I had two amazing opportunities as a professional, and I personally had a great deal of good things happen too. However, what none of us could have anticipated was that a global pandemic would hit — and it hit hard.

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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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Amazon 2020 Joy Delivered Wish Book

Last year, Amazon released its first-ever physical holiday catalog. The internet behemoth is back at it again this year with the 2020 Joy Delivered Holiday Wish Book. So, is it any good? Watch my video review below 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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