Wario Land 4

Game: Wario Land 4
Start Date: January 7th, 2019
End Date: February 1st, 2019
Videos: 11

After having some pretty successful and fun adventures on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, Wario decided it’s time to take things to the Game Boy Advance for his 4th installment. News of a mysterious pyramid full of treasure has started to spread and naturally Wario feels that pillaging and treasure hunting is right up his alley, so another adventure awaits. We have a pretty interesting and unique adventure in front of us this though, so let’s see what it’s all about!

I had initially intended for this project to be the closer of 2018, but with some projects taking a lot longer than I had anticipated (coughFIREEMBLEMcough), I figured there was no harm in starting the new year with it. Besides, with my upcoming trip to AGDQ 2019 and the start of a new upload schedule, something quick and painless seemed like the perfect fit here. The Game Boy Advance was actually quite perfect for those types of games, now that I think about it…maybe it was the best gaming system of that generation!


Mario Party: Star Rush

Game: Mario Party: Star Rush
Start Date: January 5th, 2019
End Date: March 17th, 2019
Videos: 24

Mario Party was starting to get stuck in a funk, at least as far as faithful, die-hard fans were concerned and Nintendo didn’t really seem to have any interest in going back to the roots of what made Mario Party such hit in the first place. However, when they decided to change things up, remove the car-based gameplay, and try something new with some elements from Mario Party of old…even fans like myself, who were losing hope and interest, took notice of this new change. Say hello to Mario Party: Star Rush!

I was really happy that both Mario Party 10 and Island Tour were over with at this point, because now I could start focusing on some games where I at least had some positivity to share with people, and my first impressions of Star Rush were generally very positive. I don’t think I would take it over a majority of the original 8 installments, but it was a pretty interesting take on the Mario Party gameplay and I applaud the effort that Nintendo decided to take with this one.


Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Game: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Start Date: December 4th, 2018
End Date: December 20th, 2018
Videos: 10

When a game series does well for a new console, it’s only natural that you want to make a sequel as soon as possible to continue the hype, and that’s exactly what Naughty Dog did with Crash Bandicoot as they released the next game of their franchise not long after the first one had hit it big for the Playstation. Dr. Neo Cortex may have lost the battle with Crash in the last game, but now he has a devious ploy in order to do in his rival once and for all…trying to trick him into giving him crystals? What? Will Crash really fall for that?

I mentioned when I finished the first game that I wanted to jump right back into the series with Crash 2 at some point during the year and since I needed one small project to help complete 2018 with, I figured I may as well take the opportunity to take care of that loose end before the year wrapped up. I have to say though, despite overall liking this game more than the first game, I was way more prepared for the first game than I was for this one. There were definitely some difficult parts that threw me through a loop, especially near the end.


The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Game: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
Start Date: October 29th, 2018
End Date: January 2nd, 2019
Videos: 25

It’s time to enter the world of Zelda yet again, but this time with a two-for-one special! After the success of both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Nintendo knew the Zelda train should continue on the Game Boy Color, and with the additional success of Pokemon and their strategy of creating multiple versions of essentially the same gameplay concept, the Oracle games were born!

I’ve been wanting to do Wind Waker for awhile now, but before I officially go on to tackle that beast, I wanted to get the Oracle games out of the way first, just so I can continue the Zelda series in the order of game release. I don’t have the most experience with playing the Oracle games, but I do enjoy the gameplay system set up by Link’s Awakening and thought it would be a good series of games to do in the chill-down period of 2018. I finished Oracle of Seasons a few days prior to the beginning of this LP, and continued straight after with this game, Oracle of Ages, using a Linked Game playthrough!


SSR #21: “Bart the Daredevil”

Bart Simpson has done a lot of crazy things, but now he is going to stare danger right in the face with the next episode of Season 2, “Bart the Daredevil.” This is a pretty iconic episode of Season 2 and the series in general, mainly due to the final setting of the episode and certain gag that gets shown and referenced a number of times throughout the entire show’s duration. But how does this episode stand the test of time in general? Today we are going to find out!


SSR #20: “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”

We had a Christmas special in Season 1 and a Halloween special in Season 2, so it’s not surprising that the Simpson family is going to tackle another one of the classic American holidays in the form of Thanksgiving. An interesting thing to note is that they have not touched the Thanksgiving holiday very much, if at all, since this episode (at least not to my immediate recollection anyway). I suppose Christmas is easier to make a story with and Halloween is such an annual tradition and fun story creation for the writing team, so it makes some sense in the long run that not many extra stories have come out of this holiday. With all that being said though, let’s get this thing started and take a look at “Bart vs. Thanksgiving.”


SSR #19: “Dead Putting Society”

There is one rivalry in the Simpsons world that we haven’t exactly explored quite yet, and it may seem a bit surprising that we haven’t after eighteen episodes. We’ve seen these two interact before, but now we are going to get an actual episode about their conflict. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a battle between the Simpson family and the Flanders family; in perhaps one of my all-time favorite Season 2 episodes, Dead Putting Society.


SSR #18: “Dancin’ Homer”

Homer has had a lot of jobs over the years, many of which have nothing to do with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. In today’s episode, we are going to take a look at the first time Homer got to spread his wings outside of the plant gates and do something he actually enjoyed. I don’t think he got any actual money for this particular gig, but he did seem to have a lot of fun with it and he seemed to be very good at it as well. Today we are going to go down to the old baseball field and take a look at “Dancin’ Homer.”


SSR #17: “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish”

I have no intention of starting a discussion on politics here, but I do hope all of you, American citizens, went out to vote this week. After all, you don’t want a person like Mr. Burns in charge, do you? So, last week we had a very appropriate episode to celebrate the Halloween holiday. This week, we have another episode that’s very appropriate, time-wise, to what the US is currently going through with the mid-term elections going on. It’s interesting how starting Season 2 so late ended up being thematically appropriate to the current schedule of events huh? It’s almost like I planned it that way (I really didn’t, don’t give me that much credit).


SSR #16: “Treehouse of Horror”

There is one holiday that the Simpson family never seems to miss a beat with and that holiday is none other than Halloween. Every season, starting with this season, has had a Halloween special and it has become a bit of a tradition with the all the writers and producers. It’s a time where they can all come together, pitch some scary story ideas, come up with some interesting parodies, bring the aliens Kang and Kodos out of retirement, and just in general have fun with creating some non-serious and non-canon storylines. It’s not just for the writers’ benefit though, as the Halloween specials are quite popular with the Simpson viewing audience too. In a countdown I watched many years ago of the most favorite Simpson episodes of all time, there were many Treehouse of Horror episodes featured in the Top 10 list alone, which shows how recognized and how loved these spooky stories are. So today, in the spirit of Halloween, we are taking a look at the very first Treehouse of Horror.