Was “Her Story” Really Deserving of All Its GOTY Accolades?
When Polygon named Her Story its Game of the Year for 2015, I wasn’t really surprised as I’d heard good things about it but I also didn’t know what kind of game it was. Several weeks ago I stumbled upon it in the App Store and was excited to see I could grab it for my iPad […]
I was Wrong About the King’s Quest Reboot…Very, Very Wrong!
Almost exactly a year ago, after watching the first trailer for Sierra’s King’s Quest reboot, I decried it as a lie. I had my reasons. A lifelong King’s Quest fan, I’d already been hurt when they switched from the text parser interface to point-and-click with its 5th entry. And now, all these years later, they...
The Top 5 Best Games I Played In 2015
In my Top 5 of 2014, I made mention of it being a great year for Nintendo fans. Never did I imagine what was coming in 2015. This year, I had no less than 4 games in consideration for my Game of the Year that were all exclusive to the Wii U.  In the end, the top three spots […]
Is Nintendo Abusing Their Amiibo Market — Or Do We Take Them Too Seriously?
After a rough first few 7 months of Amiibo collecting, Nintendo seems to have gotten their supply chain all fixed up.  The collecting nightmare culminated in May’s Wave 4 release where nearly every one of them was damn near impossible to find including Lucina, Robin, Ness, Charizard, Splatoon Girl, Splatoon Boy, Splatoon...
The Classic NES Series Brought the Originals Back in Pocket Form
In 2004, Nintendo released the Classic NES Series, a limited edition Game Boy Advance system along with 12 classic NES games in GBA cartridge form.  In all my years of collecting, these is my favorite little sub-series because of its unique combination of my childhood nostalgia and adoration for the GBA itself.  In fact, it’s...
Gamespot Proves It’s Corrupted Against Nintendo
Gamespot has been one of the top gaming websites since its inception in 1996. Not to be confused with retailer Gamestop (watch that letter placement!), Gamespot provides up-to-date news, reviews, and forums dedicated to video games across all consoles, PC’s, and even mobile.  By all measures, it’s as good a one-stop shop for...
Error’s Name Really Was…Error
Think what you want about Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.  Many insist it’s the worst game in the Zelda franchise because it’s the most different. Because it’s too hard. For whatever reason, a lot of people simply think it’s the worst and they have the right to their opinion. Their stupid opinion. Anyhoo,...
RETRO REVIEW: DDR Mario Mix for Gamecube
In 2005, a revolution was going on.  A Dance Dance Revolution!  Nintendo wanted in on a piece of the action and did so by partnering with the once-significant Konami to produce DDR Mario Mix for the Gamecube.  I never got the game back then, but I was part of that revolution.  You see, a few years after […]
A Traffic Jam Leads to An Unbelievable Score!
  Jinja reader Matt Z. was on his way to the Mile Hi Flea Market in Denver on your typical Friday morning when he ran into traffic on I-76.  Forced to take the backroads, fate played her hand.  Spotting a garage sale, he decided to stop by and see if they had any retro games. They did. At $10 […]
Why Does the NES Turn On and Off When a Game Doesn’t Work?
We’ve all been there when it comes time to play a game on our NES.  You pull the game off your shelf, maybe shake it a bit to loosen the dust.  I’ll always go with the proactive blowout next because you just know it will come to that eventually.  Even better, add in a vibrating taunt while […]
How Zero-Sum Game Collecting Got Me All This For Free
As a collector, the most important part of any deal is the price.  Yeah, we all want a copy of Little Samson and may never find it at a local garage sale, but this isn’t 1995 anymore.  There’s eBay.  Everything is on eBay!  In fact, if I want to buy Little Samson right now I only need […]
What Makes Contra So Damn Perfect?
I don’t know anybody who had a Nintendo Entertainment System who didn’t own the game Contra.  In fact, Contra must wear the crown for the most common game to be so damn expensive nowadays.  Even though every single NES owner had it, the game still commands upwards of $35 on eBay…and that’s just for the...
Why Are There Two Different SNES Cartridge Styles?
A couple of years ago I was browsing on eBay and I ran into an SNES game listing that left me perplexed as to whether the game was American or foreign. After a few minutes of research, I confirmed that the game was indeed American but I was a bit flabbergasted.  How was I so confused about […]
Super Mario Bros. 3 Had a Label Variation
There were very few games that had label variations in the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System.  The most notable ones have always been the Red-Label Blades of Steel and Yellow-Label Metroid which saw re-releases and have easy-to-see differences.  Less common are the re-released versions of The Legend of Zelda and Adventure of...
An Entire Collection in 3 Mystery Boxes
When Gaz saw a Craigslist ad for someone’s garage sale, he wrote them to ask about the “many video games” they eluded to in the description.  He didn’t hear anything back and three weeks ultimately passed before…surprise…the seller called him back!  The garage sale had been canceled and they...
Identify The Games #2: Video Store Gems!
A couple of days ago, Canadian comedy group The Arrogant Worms posted a photo of themselves performing in a local video store back in 1999.  I love the band, but what captured my attention is what was on the shelves behind them. As this was 1999, the N64 was the current-gen Nintendo console. What games can […]
Will Nintendo’s “NX” Take The Industry By Storm in 2016?
Earlier this year, Nintendo teased us with what will be their next-generation home console, the NX. When it was announced, the general consensus was that it was being mentioned simply to assure customers that Nintendo wasn’t quitting the console market due to disappointing Wii U sales.  The big console makers (Sony, Nintendo,...
Identify The Games #1: Dark Craigslist Post
Let’s have some fun.  This is a lot currently appearing in a Craigslist posting. How many games can you identify?   How many were you able to identify? Let us know below!
Top 10 Just Dance Tracks!
Just Dance is a popular games series developed by Ubisoft that you probably didn’t expect to be the topic of a piece on Jinja Bobot…but, well, here we are.  If you don’t play it, you might be surprised to find out that it’s not just a favorite amongst kids or teenage girls. Yes, I play […]
FTFY: A Re-Imagining of Nintendo’s E3
Well, E3 is complete and the Big Three (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft) have laid out their case to consumers about why you should buy into their consoles (and games) for the rest of 2015.  While this isn’t the only big conference of the year, and certainly not the only time we hear big announcements, E3 […]