2013
09.08

From Official Nintendo Magazine.

Valentine’s Day is a special time of year to share with the one you love. Since, to any self-respecting reader, that will be your favourite console, ONM are here to celebrate the occasion with a list of Nintendo’s most unconventional romances.

Many of the Big N’s ever-magical adventure games open themselves up to a save-the-world-get-the-girl scenario – it’s the basis of virtually every Mario and Zelda game. Behind the scenes and between the lines, however, there are a fair few relationships that don’t quite live up to the fairytale stereotype… Continue reading “Nintendo’s Top Bad Romances” »

2013
07.10

From Wii’s World, November 2013.

Game Freak have what might be one of the most challenging jobs in the industry. How delicate a procedure it must be to move their astronomically successful franchise onto the most modern of the handhelds – the one that warrants the biggest aesthetic and innovative upgrade from its games – without spoiling a legacy. Compounded with this is Pokémon’s status as arguably Nintendo’s biggest franchise – did you really think it was a coincidence that an affordable model of the 3DS (the much-derided but commercially sensible 2DS) was released on the very same day? Continue reading “Pokémon X & Y (Review)” »

2013
07.09

From Terrorizer magazine, October 2013.

‘It’s amazing to be here!’ bellows Mark Osegueda, while his Death Angel bandmates smile at the Bloodstock Open Air festival crowd before them. It’s a sentiment several acts will repeat this weekend and at the rest of the summer’s events but, for some, it will be rehearsed, disingenuous and, in places, untrue. As the words come from this ebullient frontman, however, it’s hard not to take them seriously, Continue reading “Death Angel: Divide Then Conquer (Feature)” »

2013
07.09

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2
Publisher: Nintendo

To be fair, it isn’t an instant thing – it took me until World 7 to realise that New Super Mario Bros. 2 is incredibly boring. Continue reading “Selected Nintendo 3DS Reviews” »

2013
05.10

A selection of album and live music reviews from publications including Rock Sound, Terrorizer, Drowned In Sound and Brig, 2011-2014. This post is subject to being updated.

Continue reading “Selected Music Reviews, 2011-15” »

2013
05.02

Poor Luigi. It took him the best part of twenty years of living in the shadow of his more successful, fatter sibling Mario to finally get his own game, 2001’s Luigi’s Mansion, then not much else. Save for an educational game in 1991 (in which he didn’t even get a unique sprite, just a red-green palette swap) and even a title credit in the warmly-received Mario & Luigi series that appeared through the rest of the decade, the lack of solo continuity made it feel like there wasn’t even a ghost of a chance of him breaking out into a character in his own right. Continue reading “Luigi’s Mansion 2 (Review)” »

2013
05.02

Sample news story from Official Nintendo Magazine.

Following on from today’s Mercedes-Benz downloadables, Nintendo have unveiled a buffet of cool new features, this time with a bit less product placement.


Pack 1, coming in November, includes three new characters in the form of Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and, most excitingly, The Legend of Zelda’s Link. There will also be four new vehicles, including comically punchy Captain Falcon’s Blue Falcon, and eight courses ranging from remade classics (Wario’s Gold Mine has been name-dropped) to new roads based on other franchises. Continue reading “Link on a bike, it’s new Mario Kart 8 DLC! Zelda, F-Zero and Animal Crossing content coming soon” »

2012
10.22

From WheelScene magazine, January 2012.

Alter Bridge got game. Your average rock chick is likely to swoon at the mention of singer Myles Kennedy, with his lovely hair and sweet voice, while guitarist Mark Tremonti is a renowned influence on the YouTube masses of bedroom shredders. But there is, of course, more to them than what this writer words as abhorrent sexism and disdain for the online generation. Continue reading “Alter Bridge: Friends With Benefits (Feature)” »

2012
10.22

From WheelScene magazine, January 2012.

‘For a lot of the people who came out to the tour, it was their first time seeing us.’ says Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu, as he relaxes after, and reflects on, their recent run of shows across the UK. ‘It’s cool that there’s a constant flow of young, new fans that we get to make an impression on.’

If this is the case, Trivium’s future looks set to be as bright as their past. Continue reading “Trivium: The Fire Still Burns (Feature)” »

2012
10.22

From WheelScene magazine, November 2011.

The Oxford Dictionary describes locust as:
noun
A large grasshopper with strong powers of flight. From time to time it migrates and causes extensive damage.

In a way, this insect shares a work ethic with American metallers Machine Head. Continue reading “Machine Head: Welcome To The Machine (Feature)” »