Maybe I’m just out of the loop, but when I planned on watching the Nintendo Direct on September 23 I assumed it’d be a letdown. Lately, I haven’t played my Switch much at all. I’ve increasingly found myself passing on Nintendo’s brand of portable convenience. Mario Golf: Super Rush was…


Drake’s Certified Lover Boy.

For the last decade Drake has swam with the current. As the accolades continue to pile on — most Hot 100 Top 10s, best selling singles artist — he’s held firm in his presentation. …


If you asked me to summarize Celeste — the 2018 game by then-studio Matt Makes Games — in just one scene, I’d choose the end of chapter four.


How do you make a sequel? Maybe you go the Super Mario Bros. 2 route, and make things harder? Or perhaps you go the way of Dragon Ball Z by adding a funky, underused letter to make things more extreme?


I had mixed feelings when I first saw the Ugandan Knuckles video. Over the years, Knuckles has been the prime target for Sonic-related jokes. Ever since his original appearance in 1994’s Sonic 3 & Knuckles, he’s increasingly had his IQ questioned, often portrayed as a comic relief character who never…


Courtesy of Digital Jukebox Records.

The quickest way to capture the influence Loose Ends had on the world of music is through samples. The UK R&B outfit churned out its seventh single, “Hanging On A String (Contemplating)” in 1985, immortalized initially by a No. 1 ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 25 years later…


Taeko Onuki’s “Mignonne”

Fumble through some city pop records long enough and you’re bound to come across some of the genre’s staples. The blue sky cover of Anri’s Timely!! is sure to crop up, along with any number of Tatsuro Yamashita and Toshiki Kadomatsu albums. …


Sonic the Hedgehog. Popping this cart into a Genesis feels like putting on your favorite pair of shoes or getting under your covers on a cold, December night. It’s just comfortable.

Unlike the games that follow it, the original Sonic the Hedgehog is fairly bare bones. There’s no multiplayer, and…


It is hard not to compare Scarlet Nexus to other games. Developer Bandai Namco Studios and producer Kenta Iizuka want you to think it’s some wholly unique creation. In a prerelease interview, Iizuka said that despite some Nexus team members having experience working on fellow Bandai Namco series God Eater


When I say Super Smash Bros. Melee, what’s the first thing to come to mind? Is it the host of new characters, like the newly playable Princess Peach or the Prince of Darkness Ganondorf? Maybe it’s the North American debut for Marth and Roy, formerly sequestered to the Japan-only Fire…

Brandon Johnson

Forever hunting for my new favorite music sample. Founder of tripleot.com & abrandbox.com. 🌴🦩

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