Why I Love Game Design

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Ask a gamer why they love their favourite games.  Most of the time, people don’t list off bullet points as to why they love their favourite games. Usually, it’s because of the memories you’ve made with it .

I can recall countless nostalgic memories of childhood games – Super Mario World on the Gameboy at my sister’s soccer tournaments, Sonic Adventure 2 in the late hours of the night, and unlocking Mewtwo for the first time in Super Smash Bros Melee.

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The Next Super Smash Bros.

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It’s no secret that I love Nintendo. Many of the posts on this blog heavily revolve around the design of their games and my own experiences with them.  There isn’t a game that this is more true for than Super Smash Bros. 

As a pass time, I take an interest in researching the characters, learning about their origins, and deciphering the design choices made by series director Masahiro Sakurai. Being a celebration of all of Nintendo’s characters, the pressure to portray them correctly is met with the sharpest of eyes.

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The Death of Jumping? The Evolution of Vertical Movement in 3D Games

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The jump has become synonymous with gaming, but has it become obsolete?

In my last jump related post, we talked about the origins of the ability and the impact it had on the gaming world. Naturally, the next big evolution in gaming was the jump to 3D. 

Super Mario 64 is often where people look for the onset of 3D gaming.  Many of you may already be aware of it’s impact. However, it wasn’t the first video game to dabble with the idea.

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12 Nintendo And Overwatch Crossover Characters!

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Last year, I fell in love with Overwatch. What probably draws me to the game are the amount of unique and interesting characters that have made yet-another-shooter come alive.  The only other company that has been able to have that effect on me is Nintendo in their Super Smash Brothers titles.  This naturally got my mind racing about the similarities between Overwatch and Nintendo characters and the concept of a shooter with them in it!

So today, we’re going to let our nostalgic juices flow as we imagine a game of Overwatch with Nintendo characters!

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The Shortcomings of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Story

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Let’s talk about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it’s underwhelming story

The Nintendo Switch launched in March of 2017, with this game being it’s sole big hitting launch title. The game captivated Switch owners everywhere and is arguably the reason the console did so well out the gate. My own time with the game has been extremely satisfying with a breadth of quests to do, a wide world to explore, and combat that feels oh so right. But no matter how many times I revisit the game, the story always seems like a hiccup.

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Jump Around: Reflecting on the Design of Super Mario

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When’s the first time you jumped in a game? Do you remember how you felt? As cliche as it is, my first time jumping may have been in Super Mario Bros. with the plumber in red clad, Mario.

And upon thinking about the character and what he brought to gaming, I’ve noticed it can all be centralised to the main ability he’s had since 1981 – the jump.

To understand why he does this ability, or why it’s even important, we need to travel back in time to an age that prepared Nintendo for it’s hit console.

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