Tag Archives: Nostalgia

Nintendo Switch SNES Experience


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Ok folks, Nintendo has been KILLING it with the PR miracles this week.  First there was that timeless dream vacation video of Animal Crossing: New Horizons that featured all of the best elements of the game.  Then there was the exciting news that Banjo-Kazooie would now be a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (through the downloadable content, that is).  There has been a lot of hype surrounding the news featured within the latest Nintendo Direct announcements.

And for the record, the good news just keeps on coming.  Nintendo will offer another unique feature of the Nintendo Switch that will allow gamers to play games from… the SNES console.

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That’s right folks – SNES games are finally released to the Nintendo Switch!  Twenty games are out for the Nintendo Switch, including such popular titles like Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Here is the full list of what is out for the Nintendo Switch:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Star Fox
  • F-Zero
  • Pilotwings
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire Demon’s Crest
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer Super Tennis

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Twenty titles are out now and other titles plan to be released in the near future.  Not only that, but there is also a wireless SNES controller you can get as well.  For $29.99, this SNES controller will only add more to the nostalgic experience.

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This is such incredible news for Nintendo fans.  Nintendo always has a hint of nostalgia in their gaming experience.  By offering SNES titles for the Nintendo Switch, audiences (old and new) will be able to play some of the best games ever.  It has been merely decades since the release of the SNES; and yet, people keep coming back to these classic titles.

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All of these games are available to play on the Nintendo Switch.  Definitely check out one of these games for an incredible nostalgic Nintendo experience.

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AHS: 1984 Horror Poster


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Ok folks – we have less than ONE month until the premiere of American Horror Story: 1984.  Season nine is dropping real soon, with this year’s theme being all about the 80s.  The characters will be on vacation at summer camp, only to find out that there is a masked serial killer on the loose.  Interestingly enough, this is a familiar drawback to the 1980s slasher films.

There’s already been a few teaser trailers released within the past few weeks (that have already been aired between certain shows on FX!).  But what’s even better news is the newest poster that recently released.

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The poster features a sharp knife piercing through a door.  Underneath is a young blonde girl, screaming as she avoids the knife coming at her.  She is fearing for her life, trying to run from whoever is attacking her.

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This new poster resembled something that looked like an old VHS tape cover of a horror movie.  It’s the kind of nostalgic cover that takes you back to the old times of renting a horror movie from Blockbuster on a Friday night.  To me, it reminded me of those old VHS cover arts I would look at through my movie collection.

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Nevertheless, the poster fits perfectly with the nostalgic 80s theme for this year’s season.  You wouldn’t even know it was a season of American Horror Story by looking at the picture itself.  That scene on the poster pretty much says it all about what kind of twisted horror we will see this year.

With that, the newest poster is only getting me even MORE excited about American Horror Story: 1984.  I am definitely excited to see what season nine has to offer this fall.

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Who is this masked serial killer that is chasing after everyone?  Is it one of the campers themselves?

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Tune into American Horror Story: 1984 next month to find out.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling


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Rocko’s Modern Life was one of my favorite animated shows when I was a kid.  The famous Nickelodeon series was about a wallaby named Rocko who resides in O-town where he hangs out with his pals Heffer, Filbert, and Spunky.  He also lives next to middle-aged couple Ed and Bev Bighead.    Throughout each episode, Rocko encounters various problems and sheer craziness in his life.  It first debuted on September 18th, 1993, spanning four seasons and a total of 52 episodes.

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This hilarious, yet brilliant cartoon ended over twelve years ago after a good three-year run.  Rocko’s Modern Life is still on syndicate on TeenNick every now and then.  Nickelodeon hasn’t released any new episodes on TV, but something even BETTER happened – an original special that was released on Netflix.

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The new special is called Rocko’s Modern Life: Static ClingRocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling follows the events beginning from when Rocko’s house was launched into space.  Rocko, Heffer, Filbert, and even Spunky spent twenty years stuck in space.  After being stuck for a long while, the gang decide to go back home to O-town.  They discover a modernized world featuring food trucks, radioactive energy drinks, smart phones, and coffee shops on every corner.

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Not everyone was satisfied with the changes, especially Rocko.  He finds out that his favorite show, the fatheads, were cancelled during the 21st century.  Rocko makes it his personal quest to find Ralph, the original creator of the fatheads.

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Over twelve years later and Rocko’s Modern Life finally gets its reboot.  This new reboot was one of the best I have ever seen.  Rocko’s Modern Life got the perfect special it needed for its modern audience.  It was more modernized, yet still stuck to its original roots.  The special truly had its familiar characters, animation, story, and inside jokes.  I felt like I was five years old again, laughing at the same jokes I’ve seen over and over again.

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If you are craving for some nostalgic 90s content, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is definitely the special for you.  It’s the familiar take on Rocko’s life, but on a MUCH more modern world.

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Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is just another look at Rocko’s Modern Life.

Favorite Disney SNES Games


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Happy Monday folks!  These past few weeks have been about The Lion King, one of Disney’s greatest animated stories.  The Lion King was so popular that it was released as a video game for the SNES and Sega Genesis.

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Surely enough, The Lion King wasn’t the only game that stemmed from the Disney franchise.  With classic animated tales being released on VHS tapes and home console video games becoming more popular, it was the perfect time for Disney to get creative with mainstreaming their amazing content.

With that, it’s time to list some other Disney-franchised video games that came out for the SNES.  Some of them I have played before, even beating the game all the way through.

Here are some classic Disney SNES games:

Aladdin

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Our first game is Aladdin.  It’s the classic tale of street-rat Aladdin who uses the help of the genie to win over Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah.  This game plays as a side-scrolling platform game where players control Aladdin through several stages in Agrabah as well as other places.  Two stages, The Escape from the Cave of Wonders and the carpet ride with Princess Jasmine, involve controlling the magic carpet as you fly through the side-scrolling stage.

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Not only did I have this game as a child, but I beat it MULTIPLE times playing through the whole story (without any shortcuts!).

Pinocchio

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Pinocchio was released for the SNES in October 1996, over half a century since the film’s initial release.  The game features intertitles between levels to convey the story in the form of a children’s playbook.  Just like the original film, players go through the story where the find Geppetto inside Monstro.

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Fun fact: I never bought this game, but I rented it multiple times from the video store.  After a few rental periods, I finally beat the game and defeated Monstro the whale.

Toy Story

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Yee-hah cowboy!  Toy Story was another great SNES from Disney.  Woody and the other toys discover Andy’s new gift, Buzz Lightyear.  Buzz Lightyear becomes Andy’s favorite toy, prompting Woody to become jealous.  After knocking Buzz out the window, Woody works to get him back and gain the respect of the other toys.

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This game was short, yet fun to play through!  I beat the game all the way through a few times.  Nevertheless, it was a fun Disney game to play through each time.

The Jungle Book

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One last game on the list is The Jungle Book.  This platformer game takes players through various side-scrolling levels that resemble similarity to Pitfall.  Mowgli shoots or avoids enemies that come his way, navigating through many platformed levels throughout each stage.

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The Jungle Book was one of those games that I rented various times, but never ended up beating in the end.  I haven’t played this one in ages, but would like to test my skills again to see if I can play throughout the whole game.

Pop Culture Reminiscing Philosophy


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There has been a reoccurring theme of reminiscing on pop culture happening this week at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  The Lion King video game was had some brutally difficult moments throughout.  Even still, we still look back on those frustrating moments twenty-five years later.

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On another note, more and more companies are doing away with drug-testing for cannabis use in the workplace.  Remember that paranoid moment of taking a drug test before your last cannabis use?  That feeling may cease to exist as time goes on.

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Orange is the New Black ended with its seventh and FINAL season this year, prompting us to look back at an amazing series Jenji Kohan created.  The good news is that the all of the episode are still on Netflix AND there’s more incredible series coming out in the future.

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We always love looking back to reflect on pop culture throughout the years.  Some has brought on pure joy while others gave us the true meaning of gamer rage as a kid.  Either way, each of those memories will live on forever in your life.  Even while getting nostalgic on old memories, the great thing is that new and exciting events are here to come.

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And that’s the great thing about what keeps MakeSandcastlesNotWar going – there will always be great events happening throughout each week.  Whether they be good or bad, they make for special memories to cherish forever.

Stay tuned this summer as we dive more into the thriving world entertainment here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar!