Kanye West is a mercurial man: Remember how many times he changed the title for the album that eventually became The Life of Pablo? Earlier this year, he claimed that his next album would be titled "Turbo Grafx 16". Judging from some recent Instagram posts, it's possible that Kanye wasn't joking about hitting some "super nerd vibes" with his follow-up.
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A while back, speedrunners believed that they had achieved a near-perfect completion time for Ocarina of Time, that nobody could beat the game much faster than 18 minutes and 10 seconds. Two years later, the time has been shaved down to an incredible 17 minutes and 24 seconds, and it's all because of a trick that lets runners pull a bottle from nowhere.
Super Paper Mario has the typical hallmarks of a 2D Mario platformer — stomp on enemies, jump over pits, and avoid obstacles — but failing carries minuscule stakes. If you fall into a pit, you only lose a single health point. The enemies are weak, by and large, and powerups and Shroom Shakes are plentiful. That it's nearly impossible to die in the game garnered a lot of criticism in 2007, with players claiming Super Paper Mario made too many concessions to young children and was 'dumbed down' for the masses.
But this criticism misses the point: Super Paper Mario is not a platformer so much as a role-playing game, a meta-commentary about acknowledging gaming's past alongside its present.
An Honest Trailer for Ghostbusters? No, no, not the new Ghostbusters, but the 2009 video game that featured the original cast. It was unique in that writers Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd (who played Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz respectively), had a hand in the production and script, making the game an official instalment — of sorts.
Nintendo may not ever be on the leading edge of gaming, but it writes some bangers. Even the Wii shop song — which is essentially the home console version of hold music — is fertile ground for mashups. Soundcloud's obsession with the Wii Shop jam also intersected with many of its other memes ("Bonfire," Smash Mouth/Shrek, Space Jam, etc.) and this feels somehow like a fitting eulogy for that dying community.
If you haven't messed around with Dolphin, an emulator constantly refined and tweaked by a massive community of contributors, then you should find some time tonight to play around with it. It's a superb program; it might even be the most impressive emulator released to date.
Dolphin's just got one of its biggest upgrades to date, however. The team behind the emulator has just added a DirectX 12 renderer to one of their experimental releases, and the gains are huge.