Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network This is Why it's More Than Time for a New Super Mario RPG https://www.gameskinny.com/sc7fg/this-is-why-its-more-than-time-for-a-new-super-mario-rpg https://www.gameskinny.com/sc7fg/this-is-why-its-more-than-time-for-a-new-super-mario-rpg Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

So, after the success of Super Mario Run, it has made us think that we need a new Super Mario RPG. A game with a turn based structure and story based quest of an RPG to create an experience that feels distinct and playful. With Super Mario Run, the classic Mario style exists, but is reimagined for 2016. And this would be perfect for a Mario RPG.

As the now discontinued Wii U only added the Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars in June 2016, it has made us more interested in a brand new RPG game, after all, it is about time.

Here, we look at the reasons why we need a new Super Mario RPG.

Firstly, the Nintendo Switch must be a massive factor and reason behind a new RPG for Super Mario. In fact, it is something that is already in the planning. It is alleged that there will be a Mario and Rabbids RPG crossover game being unveiled at the Switch’s launch. This is very exciting indeed and the idea of the Rabbids invading the Mario world gives a fun, new take on a Mario RPG.

As well as this crossover, generally, it would be a great idea to celebrate the entire Super Mario RPG gaming concept, which has now been around for more than 20 years and ported into later systems, such as the Wii and Wii U. What would be better to celebrate this anniversary than a brand new game, that just like Super Mario Run that reinvents the game but is equally reverent of the past.

As in previous versions of the RPG, the two separate joy-cons could be used to control two separate characters.  It would be an absolute shame to have the perfect new console and not have a Mario RPG game that takes full advantage of it. The whole portability of the Switch makes Mario RPG available on the go.

Mario and Luigi RPG, the game that was available for the DS and 3DS gives us the Mario RPG on the go example. But the Switch would provide a more powerful system, better graphics and controls too. For example, the Paper Jam game had an excellent RPG battle system, but was largely uninspiring, dull and bland in characterisation, narrative and environment.

A fresh, new Mario RPG would mean players can forget about previous disappointment and truly provide the game we want and deserve. These games eventually strayed too far from the original games and we want the feelings of the original games back again, in a new version.

The developers of the Wii U version, Square Enix are reliable and would be perfectly suited to produce a new game, with the success of Final Fantasy XV in the bag; they could produce a really brilliant story and have experience with developing RPG’s with wireless remotes.

Also, there is the massive nostalgia factor. The games we loved and grew up with are still incredibly popular and owing to emulators, we are able to play these games again. But there is nothing better than a new version, reminiscent of those classic games. In fact, the RPG could pay homage to the history of Super Mario, in the manner of Sonic Lego Dimensions, where players have a whistle stop tour of all the classic locations, weaving the history of the game into a brand new story.  This would connect to players of the original games.

We deserve a new Super Mario RPG as quite simply it is long overdue. It’s interesting to consider with the Switch and we have to believe that this will deliver the RPG that we want. The Super Mario RPG would be great for nostalgia, but also bring new players on board who have purchased the Switch and want new games for it. We’ll eagerly await further information in January about this RPG.

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10 RPGs That Deserve the Skyrim Remastered Treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment https://www.gameskinny.com/mncg2/10-rpgs-that-deserve-the-skyrim-remastered-treatment Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

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The three amigos. The holy trinity of all Pokemon games that we know today. These three were the first Pokemon games to be released (Red and Blue in 1998 and Yellow in 1999), and were the main reason why people hopped on the Pokemon bandwagon from the start.

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The plot will be familiar to any player of the modern titles: journey across land, capture Pokemon, get all 8 badges, beat the Pokemon League, and defeat the bad guys (which is Team Rocket of course).

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But what made these RPGs so unique was because they were the first of their kind. The gameplay was different, the mechanics were new at that time, and the idea of capturing Pokemon (and having one follow you...Pikachu in Yellow) was appreciated for its time.

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Now imagine reliving your childhood memories but with 3D graphics, battle mechanics, and an interface like in Pokemon Sun and Moon, then of course WiFi. Yep, that's epic.

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This is just a small list of some of the RPG titles that deserve a graphical remaster like Skyrim. What games do you think need to be added to the list? I know that there are many more great classics that deserve to be up here. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2. Pokemon Emerald

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Developed by Game Freak, and published by The Pokemon Company, Pokemon Emerald was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.

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Pokemon Emerald is seen as a combination of Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire (after all, it is possible to catch both, Kyogre and Groudon in Pokemon Emerald). However, after the player defeats the Pokemon League, the game does not finish. After finishing the game, players get access to the Battle Frontier, a location where powerful trainers can battle one another (each "gym" in the area has a certain stipulation).

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Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire were remastered for the 3DS as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire respectively. So, what happened to Pokemon Emerald? Why didn't it get a remaster? Seeing as it is a combination of both games, it only makes sense as it belongs to the same "family" and the same generation.

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3. The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

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Morrowind was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks for original Xbox and PC in 2002.

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Believed by many fans to be the greatest/best Elder Scrolls game ever made (yes, even better than Skyrim to some), Morrowind is an open-world RPG game set in Morrowind, particularly the island of Vvardenfell.

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The game follows similar mechanics like Skyrim and Oblivion in regards to quests, side-quests, exploration, etc.

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However, when Skyrim was announced as a remake, many wished for Morrowind to be released instead. But why does Morrowind deserve a remake more than Skyrim? A fellow writer has published a lengthy article in which he explains (and goes into great detail) as to why Morrowind over Skyrim.

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4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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This title was developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo SNES in 1996.

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Super Mario RPG is a very unique Super Mario game because it has a combat system very similar to older Final Fantasy titles (turn based). The plot is different from other Super Mario games. Bowser isn't actually the main enemy (can you believe it?)! Instead, it's a giant talking sword that shattered the Star Road, and overtook Bowser's castle. Mario has to unite with other characters in the game to restore the missing stars and defeat the giant sword.

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The game was released 20 years ago, so you can imagine that the graphics aren't the best when compared to today's graphics. Nevertheless, such unique Super Mario title deserves a remastered version not because of world design, but because of fun and wacky combat animations, as well as a Final Fantasy easter egg...

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5. Monster Hunter

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The Monster Hunter series spans across many platforms like PSP, Wii, 3DS, etc. However, the original Monster Hunter was first released for the PS2 in 2004. It was developed and published by Capcom.

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Hunting monsters larger than life with many different weapons sounds incredibly appealing to almost anyone. This RPG allows players to customize their hunter and embark on quests to slay beasts across all areas like volcanoes, forests, tundras, etc. More than that, players can harvest materials from those monsters and craft weapons and armor out of them.

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Remaking Monster Hunter with better graphics, and elements from Generations like Styles and Arts would prove to be quite interesting.

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6. Dark Souls

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Dark Souls was released in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and in 2012 for PC. The game was developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games.

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The game that started it all in the Souls series -- Dark Souls. This was the game that drew players in, turning them into fans, and making them play other titles like Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, Demon Souls, and Bloodborne.

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Brutal combat, punishable deaths, mysterious items, unique boss designs is what made this game memorable. As far as the plot goes, well, that one aspect is tricky to grasp. The actual story is never directly told to us. Instead, the lore is revealed through item descriptions, NPC dialogue, and world design. Plus, it ties in with Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls 3.  

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If remastered on the Bloodborne and/or Dark Souls 3 graphics engine, just imagine the visuals, particularly of areas that appeal to you the most. And not just the areas, but monster designs as well!

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7. Fallout 3

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Published by Bethesda Softworks, and developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 3 was released in 2008 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

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Picture Skyrim, but with guns. Or better yet, Fallout 4, but in a different location and no Preston Garvey telling you about settlements. The plot is quite simple too: dad goes missing, and you have to go find dad while exploring the wasteland Washington D.C.

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A remastered version of this open-world RPG game would make any fan happy, as well as bring new players in. But besides better graphics, mod support would be provided as well for Fallout 3. Bethesda did it for Skyrim Remastered and Fallout 4 on console, so why not Fallout 3... that is if it ever gets a remake...  

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8. Mega Man Battle Network Series

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Developed and Published by Capcom, the first Mega Man Battle Network was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance.

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Mega Man Battle Network is a real-time tactical RPG spin-off series, based off the original Mega Man series. Instead of robots, the Battle Network series focused on technology and computer networks.

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Plots were different, but still the same for each one: a cyber-terrorist organization tries to destroy the world, or rule the world, or take over technology altogether, only to be stopped by Mega Man, and his operator, Lan. 

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Other titles included: Battle Network 2 (2001), Battle Network 3: White and Blue (2002), Battle Network 4: Red Sun and Blue Moon (2003), Battle Network 5: Team Colonel and Team Protoman (2004), and Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar and Cybeast Falzar (2005).

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A remake of the whole series, released on one cartridge would be a dream come true for any fan of the series. 3D graphics instead of 2D would probably be the main attraction, as well as enhanced and sharper battle animations and graphics.

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9. Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was a PSP exclusive title developed by Hit Maker and published by Nippon Ichi Software, and released in 2006.

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The game is a turn-based RPG (very similar to Persona and older Final Fantasy titles) that is basically about a guy named Lance (pictured above) who must save the world from evil (what else is new...).

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This title was unique in a sense because it had an unusual combat and crafting system. For combat, a turn would not begin unless a monster was first attacked. As far as crafting, you could combine items and create new weapons, but they would break after a certain amount of uses.

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light was met with mixed reviews because of the boring and typical story line, but the challenging combat system was received well.

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Though a remastered version will most likely never happen, the animations of special attacks, environments, and certain enemies would definitely become more visually appealing, as well as more beautiful in general.

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10. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards

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This RPG strategy card game came out in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance, and was published and developed by Konami.

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Remember how in middle school you had friends who were obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh cards? Or maybe you yourself also joined in on the craze, and got involved trading cards, as well as having duels with fellow fans of the anime? Well, this game was part of that craze.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards focuses on you, the player, and your dueling adventures during the Battle City Tournament. Of course, there were bad guys along the way whose butts needed to be kicked in order to save the day.

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One interesting aspect of the game was that this was the first game that allowed you to use the Egyptian God cards. Remember those?

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On a completely bizarre side note, the game did not follow its own rules! In other words, each card had a weakness, that when exposed to that weakness, would be destroyed instantly! For example, if you had a Pyro (fire) type monster on your side of the field, and your opponent had a Forest (wood) type monster on their side of the field, your card would instantly destroy their card, even if their card was stronger than yours! Huh?! Since when was that allowed?

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If this game was remastered for the 3DS, or any handheld/mobile device for that matter with 3D graphics, and more important, fair rules, then that would make many fans of the franchise happy.

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Skyrim Special Edition (or simply known as, Skyrim Remastered) was released this past Friday, on October 28th. When the remaster was first announced during Bethesda's E3 2016 press conference, fans of the game were extremely pleased. But not because of improved graphics, but because of mod support that would come to the console versions of the game. This allowed console players to experience the joys of mods, just like PC users could -- since the release of the original version of the game back in 2011. Not to mention the stability improvements that came with the 64bit upgrade.

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Now that Skyrim Remastered is out, let's take a look at some of the other RPGs that deserve a graphical remake for modern consoles and handheld devices.

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10 of the Greatest RPG Normal Battle Themes https://www.gameskinny.com/m2htk/10-of-the-greatest-rpg-normal-battle-themes https://www.gameskinny.com/m2htk/10-of-the-greatest-rpg-normal-battle-themes Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:01:17 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

The RPG is a genre in which you spend a lot of time battling enemies as you adventure through some of the most fantastic worlds and inspiring stories. One way to make a battle more intense and more dynamic is to pump up your player with a great tune to get them into the fighting spirit. Many games are praised for their soundtracks, and often times we lift up the composers who came up with the musical beats we're listening to throughout our journeys. Below are just a few of the greatest examples of RPG normal battle themes, the songs that play during the majority of mundane encounters with monsters and minions alike.

The Man With the Machine Gun

Final Fantasy VIII

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Final Fantasy VIII is one of the least popular entries in the series when you discuss gameplay and story. No one seems to enjoy the Draw system -- which had you spending hours in combat repeatedly using the same command to steal magic spells from enemies -- but there are two things players seem to agree Final Fantasy VIII did right: card games, and Nobuo Uematsu's music.

"Man with the Machine Gun" is the battle theme for the duration of the time which you play as Laguna, a secondary protagonist of sorts. It's upbeat and energetic, it matches well with the eternal optimist that Laguna tends to be. I remember spending hours battling enemies in the caves of the Centra Excavation Site just so I could listen to this fantastic battle theme.

The War Bell Tolls

Bravely Second: End Layer

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Random encounters are generally a lackluster event in an RPG, typically lasting no more than a minute late into the game. However, in Bravely Second you'll find that with this battle anthem at your back, you're going to want to spend a lot more time in battle. The quick tempo, wailing guitar, and operatic vocals give every battle a feeling of urgency and heroism. 

Spending time grinding EXP for your favorite jobs, or hunting for specific items is much less tedious when you have something great to listen to, and this song delivers. A small nod must be made to the amazing way the song will fade back in after using special attacks, which will cause a temporary song to play based on which character performed the attack. You may have the option to turn off Bravely Second's random encounters, but you might not want to if you really enjoy this song.

Battle! (Team Plasma)

Pokemon Black & White

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Pokemon games have a ton of different battle themes spanning generations of games. One of the best is when you encounter a Team Plasma Grunt in Pokemon Black or Pokemon White. The electronic style, the hyped up intro, and the sinister tone of the song all give battles with Team Plasma a very villainous feeling.

From the moment you encounter a Grunt and that pulse pounding intro begins, you'll be in it to win it against the enthusiastic yet misguided Pokemon Rights group who are attempting to "liberate" your Pokemon from you. I even used this song as my ringtone for a year or so, it was just that good. Next time you're adventuring in Black or White's Unova region crank up the volume and enjoy the music when you encounter Team Plasma.

Mass Destruction

Persona 3

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Baby baby baby baby! Persona 3's battle theme is sort of meme status among the fandom. The rock pop tune that plays whenever you enter battle against generic shadows is one of the most enthusiastic and positive things in the game. The blaring horns and the driving vocals, particularly during the chorus and bridge, are memorable and after a few fights you'll find yourself singing along and humming this tune for hours after it gets stuck in your head.

Series composer Shoji Meguro is well known for his thematic soundtracks, which are strikingly different with each game and constantly changing musical genres. This jazzy song just feels like it belongs in Persona 3 and quickly became one of the greatest and most well known battle themes in RPG history.

The Arrow Was Shot

Tales of the Abyss

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In a game which has a lot to do with Hymns and music, this tune is an upbeat and inspirational romp as you battle your way through countless enemies. While the Tales series features a ton of great music from series composer Motoi Sakuraba, this one stands out a bit above the others.

The combination of electronic harmony over the rhythmic drums and low guitar gives it a very heroic feeling. Even listening to this I can hear the sounds of battle in the back of my head as the heroes perform their various Strike Artes and Magic Artes, calling out names and shouting one liners. It's a particularly catchy tune that'll have you tapping your toes the entire time.

Normal Battle

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

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Despite having a simple name, this battle theme from Nocturne really has a strangely eerie vibe to it. It really does a great job of emphasizing the unusual and unnatural situation the protagonist is in, wandering a demon infested version of his home, Tokyo. 

The strange lyrical chanting over the looped electronic buzzing in the song adds to the creepiness, but in contrast the guitar and drums really pump you up for what is most certainly going to be a tough battle, considering the difficulty of the game. Get ready to engage in some odd conversations with the demonic entities you come across and bargain with them to join you or just leave you alone.

Fight Against Monsters

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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Mario has a long line of RPGs to pick from now, between the Paper Mario series or his adventures on handhelds with his brother in the Mario & Luigi series. However, back in the Super Nintendo era the first Super Mario game to feature the mustached plumber in turn based combat was aptly titled Super Mario RPG. It was an instant classic, and this battle theme was born from it. It oozes that Mario vibe, from the drum roll at the beginning to the horns and melodic bridge. Each beat of this tune just feels right at home in the Mario series of games, and it has only gotten more iconic as time goes by.

Battle! (Isaac)

Golden Sun

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Another example of a battle theme that really makes you feel heroic as you battle your way through the various monsters and baddies you encounter. Golden Sun really hits the mark with this song, the instant a battle begins and you hear that build up at the beginning of the song you're nodding along to the beat and eager to unleash your favorite attacks on whatever unsuspecting creature has challenged you.

Fluctuating from amped up synth instruments over the drums to beautiful flute melody into low synth tones and finally mixing it up string instruments really gives this song variety and makes it memorable. Isaac's battle theme is easily one of the greatest in the series, and the entire RPG genre.

Battle 1

Chrono Trigger

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This is another one of those songs with an unimaginative title, but are we really going to question Yasunori Mitsuda? If you're a fan of the game it's easy to see the mental image of Crono and the others bouncing in their combat stances to the smooth beat of the drums and bass in this song. 

The quick beat is sure to get you bouncing your head to the rhythm in seconds as you're selecting the various Tech commands in whatever age you might be adventuring through at the time. The timeless tune -- pun very much intended -- really accentuates the style of the game, feeling right at home no matter what kind of monsters you're fighting or what visual setting the game throws at you. Thanks for this gem, Yasunori Mitsuda.

Deep in Coma ~ Battle in Japan

Shadow Hearts: Covenant

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Like many of the other songs I've shared with you, Shadow Hearts: Covenant's "Deep in Coma" is a perfect example of thematic tune. The eerie chanting over the guttural bass guitar and hectic drums really gets you unnerved in this horror RPG.

The unusual rhythm and tribal beat are fitting for a game where you can transform into a demon at any given moment. Despite this however, "Deep in Coma" does a great job of making battles feel exciting and breaks the norm at the same time, making it a very memorable song. As I wrote this article I couldn't help but want to pop Shadow Hearts into my PlayStation 2.

These are just ten examples of great RPG battle music. There are plenty of other amazing tunes out there to discover and listen to. Did your favorite make the list? Share your favorites in the comments.

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10 lesser-known SNES classics to remember (and play) for its 25th anniversary https://www.gameskinny.com/bpqxc/10-lesser-known-snes-classics-to-remember-and-play-for-its-25th-anniversary https://www.gameskinny.com/bpqxc/10-lesser-known-snes-classics-to-remember-and-play-for-its-25th-anniversary Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:58:42 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The Super Nintendo will forever be remembered fondly -- not only by those who had one during its lifespan but by retro gamers and 2D game fans for decades to come. Its game library is revered as one of the best, packed with lengthy RPGs and high quality action titles that are still gaming staples today.

On August 23rd, 1991 the Super Nintendo hit the North American market with a mere five launch titles: SimCity, Gradius III, F-Zero, Pilotwings, and the still-coveted Super Mario World. While not the largest of launch line ups, these games continued to be popular throughout the console's lifespan -- and you'll be hard-pressed not to find a SNES owner without at least two of them in their library today.

The early to mid-90's was an exciting time to play video games as a kid. Gaming magazines were plentiful and were always packed with strategy guides and new info on upcoming hyped titles, the console war between Nintendo's SNES and Sega's Genesis was going strong, and incremental graphical upgrades made a world of difference.

Gaming culture during the Super Nintendo's hey day was a different beast from what it is today. You don't have to miss it to appreciate the games that came out at the time, but it certainly helps.

Today during its 25th anniversary I urge you (even my fellow Sega kids) to hook up your console, load up your preferred emulator, or hop onto the Wii U Virtual Console to give the Super Nintendo the attention deserves. The 10 games below may not be talked about the most, but some are bound to fall through the cracks when a console has as many good games as the SNES did throughout its lifetime.

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

Between the two Lufia games on the SNES, Rise of the Sinistrals is by far the better game (and a prequel to the first). Its Zelda-esque puzzles and dungeons aren't particularly difficult, making this a great starter JRPG for newcomers -- and its overall quality and fun-factor make it a fun adventure even for seasoned veterans. If you haven't played this oft-overlooked gem, you should.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Still one of my co-op go-tos, Zombies Ate My Neighbors isn't a SNES exclusive, but it's still a bundle of fun. Equipped with your trusty water pistols, you and (hopefully) a partner have to push through dozens of increasingly difficult and creatively-designed levels to survive the hordes of horror movie-theme monsters and just maybe save your lazy, oblivious neighbors.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars

You may hear about this one from time to time, but Mario fans tend to bring up the later-released Paper Mario 64 and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door more often. Nonetheless Super Mario RPG, developed by then-powerhouse Squaresoft, is such a well-made blend of turn-based RPG, humor, and amazing music it's impossible not to recommend to anyone who loves Mario or is interested in good SNES RPGs.

Super Castlevania IV

This may be a retelling of the original NES Castlevania, but Super Castlevania IV is still heralded as one of the best in Konami's long-running series. With 8-directional whipping action for combat and platforming, a number of other weapons, iconic music and a slew of frustrating and difficult bosses, it's easy to see why this is still regarded so highly among the wealth of Castlevania titles we've gotten over the years.

Secret of Mana

Another classic Squaresoft title, Secret of Mana still stands as one of the most memorable action RPGs on the SNES and its gameplay holds up today (though in some respects it is a little slow). This game is definitely an adventure and it sets the stage for the rest of the Mana series. The beginnings of Mana lore and ring menu-based skill/item usage get fleshed out here, and it's wonderful progressing playing both solo and with up to two friends.

The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

Say what you want, but there were a lot of great Disney license games during the SNES/Genesis era -- and this is definitely one of them. The platforming here is a bit slower than some better known titles, but it's solid as can be and the game's outfit system in which Mickey's abilities change based on outfit keeps things interesting and fun. This isn't the absolute best Disney game of the era but it is definitely up there and it's a blast.

Kirby's Dreamland 3

Did you expect Kirby Super Star? Kirby Super Star is an amazing game, don't get me wrong -- but people tend to forget the third Kirby's Dreamland game is on the SNES, much less exists. This iteration of the series improves on its predecessors in every way, from controls and pastel drawing-style visuals down to the array of abilities Kirby can acquire. Not only that but Kirby can make friends with six different animals, each with different abilities that change up the gameplay significantly. All in all one of the most charming on this list.

Illusion of Gaia

An oft-forgotten gem of an RPG, Illusion of Gaia takes much of what were staples of the genre at the time and tosses them aside for its own systems. Gone are EXP and equipment, instead are incremental stat increases, rare healing herbs, and a huge emphasis on story. There really isn't much bad to be said about Illusion of Gaia except the official North American version skips much of the controversial dialogue and themes seen in the original Japanese release.

Terranigma

Another RPG worthy of being mentioned 20 years past its prime, Terranigma is actually the second in a spiritual trilogy, of which Illusion of Gaia is the third game (the second being Soul Blazer). Terranigma is generally considered the best of the three, if not one of the best games on the console. It's top-notch in pretty much every regard and is loads of fun to boot. The only problem here is there was never an official North American release -- luckily both Europe and Australia saw this beauty released in English.

Super Smash TV

Smash TV found its way onto a lot of consoles with Super Smash TV on the SNES and Genesis being the graphically superior options. No matter what it looks like, it's downright fun. A twinstick shooter without a single crap to give, Super Smash TV on the SNES is a brutal exercise in your ability to stick it out and shoot'em the hell up through a sadistic gameshow packed with high-tech surprises (thanks for the VCR) and more baddies than you'll know what to do with. It's amazing fun solo but even better with a friend, but don't come in expecting something deep. This is arcade-style fun through and through.

As mentioned before these may not be the first games you think of when you imagine the Super Nintendo library, but that does not demerit these games. The SNES was packed to the brim with games good and bad, and it had a staggering ratio of good to bad titles.

In a time where investors and research groups dictate what's to come and mainstream gaming is all but homogenized, it's an ironically fresh breath of air to sit down and play older titles that tried all the new things they could with the technology available or attempted to perfect the art of their respective genres, all the while maintaining that fun factor that not only made these games fun at release but keep them entertaining over 20 years later. That's what makes retro games live on today, and that's exactly why classic and 2D gaming will never die.

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Classic Super Mario RPG Hits the Nintendo Eshop https://www.gameskinny.com/auxw8/classic-super-mario-rpg-hits-the-nintendo-eshop https://www.gameskinny.com/auxw8/classic-super-mario-rpg-hits-the-nintendo-eshop Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:04:12 -0400 Austin Katz

The Classic SNES game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars just arrived for the Wii U Virtual Console in North America today. This information was first spotted yesterday on Nintendo's website. Super Mario RPG will launch at the price of $7.99. 

This game coming to the Wii U virtual console is no surprise; it was previously released for the Wii Virtual Console back in 2008, and for the Wii U Virtual Console around the world last year. It is unknown what caused such a major delay for a North American release. 

 

The synopsis for the game, as stated on Nintendo's website reads:

"A mysterious enemy named Smithy has appeared, forcing Mario and Bowser to fight as allies. Journey across a wide variety of locations and tackle a mixture of obstacles that will require both timing and strategy to overcome. Gain experience, grow more powerful, and meet new characters to use their abilities in taking down Smithy and his gang!"

Super Mario RPG has a legacy of being a great game, evidenced by a popular character from, Geno, being released as a downloadable Mii skin for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U -- as we all know, only great characters make their way to Smash Bros.

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7 RPG's all gamers need to play https://www.gameskinny.com/ssdnw/7-rpgs-all-gamers-need-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/ssdnw/7-rpgs-all-gamers-need-to-play Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:05:53 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

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Star Wars: The Old Republic
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Developer: BioWare

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Publisher: Electronic Arts

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There a plenty of awesome massively multiplayer online RPGs (MMORPG) out there, but I really like what BioWare did with this one. It’s classic Star Wars in a lot of ways. You can choose the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire, but you have some freedom in how good or bad you are. The missions are what sell this game for me. Being able to work with other players from around the world to tackle certain objectives never gets old, plus it’s fun to fight them as well. 

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These games are just the tip of the iceberg, and if you're like me, you're always wanting a new and exciting challenge. Give these a try, and let me know in the comments if there is another game that you feel should be on the list. 

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Warhammer
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Publisher: Games Workshop

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Not all RPGs have to be played with a controller, and Warhammer is one of those games. This tabletop RPG started back in 1983, and is still popular today. This game uses a variety of miniatures, ranging from humans, elves, dwarfs, goblins, undead, and more. Like many RPGs, your class gives you unique bonuses and abilities. I must warn you that this game is highly addicting, and can be really expensive. If you have the time and the money though, it’s worth the investment. 

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Chrono Trigger
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Developer: Square

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Publisher: Square

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Chrono Trigger is a polished masterpiece. There is little wrong with this game, and it is often listed as one of the best SNES games of all-time, as well as one of the best games of all-time. The combat is great, the boss fights are great, and what makes this game so unique is that there are multiple endings available that are based on your actions in the game. So if you didn’t like your ending the first time, you have an excuse to go back and play it a second time.

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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
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Developer: Snowblind Studios/High Voltage Software

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Producer: Black Isle Studios

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This game is another action RPG, but it uses a bird’s-eye view instead. The game has a lot of hack-and-slash feel to it, but you have to remember to check your health, as you can die very quickly if you’re not aware. You have three unique classes to choose from, all of which have various abilities and bonuses to each, making it a game that you can easily replay. Also, if you don’t want to switch a character once you’ve beaten the game, you can continue with your already super-strong character and repeat the story.

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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Developer: Bethesda

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Publisher: 2K Games

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It’s one of the best action RPGs out there, and you have the option to play it in the 1st person or the 3rd person view. The Elder Scrolls as a series has always been an impressive one. You can name and create your character, be good or evil, and have the freedom to do essentially anything you want. Oblivion took the series to the next level, with smoother mechanics and in HD format. If you want to start playing this series, go with Oblivion

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Final Fantasy Tactics
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Developer: Square

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Publisher: Square

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If you’re a fan of the game Chess, you’re going to love this strategy RPG from Squaresoft (which is still now Square Enix). Final Fantasy Tactics is one of those games where every turn and decision matters, including what characters you select to go into battle, and what classes you use. The classes were essentially your abilities with a specific character, and if you went into a fight with the wrong class, you could lose instantly. If you like using that beautiful brain of yours, this is your game. 

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
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Developer: Square

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Publisher: Nintendo 

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This game is one of the few games that brought the best of both worlds. Nintendo and Square (Now Square Enix) joined up and made a turn-based RPG that became a staple for the SNES. The fighting system was excellent, the bosses challenging, and there were so many side-quests and collectibles to boot. It’s still one of the most well-done RPGs to date, and a must play for all RPG fans. 

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The Role-Playing Game (RPG) has evolved over the years. There are turn-based, western, strategy, action, and many other forms and sub-forms of RPGs that players and gamers enjoy. Not every type of RPG is suitable for players, but there are definitely games out there that all gamers should play. Here is my list for the 7 RPGs that gamers should play. 

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50 Games Everyone Should Play: 50 - 41 https://www.gameskinny.com/kgpsd/50-games-everyone-should-play-50-41 https://www.gameskinny.com/kgpsd/50-games-everyone-should-play-50-41 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:38:30 -0500 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 50 - 41

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Part 2: 40 - 31

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Part 3: 30 - 21

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Part 4: 20 - 11

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Part 5: 10 - 1

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41.) Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

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Developed and published by Ubisoft

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Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time had amazing graphics for its time, excellent and tight controls, and a unique time controlling mechanic that allowed players to reverse time up to a certain point. Any fan of wall running, acrobatics, and excellent third-person adventure games should not miss Prince of Persia.

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Originally released on PS2, Xbox, GameCube and PC back in 2003, since then there has been a PS3 port.

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42.) The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker 

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Developed and published by Nintendo

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Walking in the footsteps of Ocarina of Time in terms of gameplay, Wind Waker had beautiful cel shaded graphics, and returned to the franchises roots with a bit more exploration being involved. An instant classic and must play for any fan of the Legend Of Zelda franchise.

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Originally released on the GameCube back in 2003, since then there has been an HD Port for the Wii U.

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43.) Super Smash Bros. Melee 

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Developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo

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The second installment of the Super Smash Bros franchise brought more of everything, characters, levels, items, and features. Super Smash Bros Melee is an excellent fighting game for anyone who is an expert at fighting games or is looking to get into fighting games. As well as being a must have party game for anyone with a taste for a little friendly competition.

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Originally released on the GameCube back in 2001. Although there has been a Wii sequel and a Wii U sequel, Super Smash Bros Melee has not been ported to current Nintendo consoles.

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44.) Metroid Prime 

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Developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo

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Before Metroid Prime, every Metroid game had been a 2-D side-scroller. Metroid Prime brought the franchise into the first person shooter genre, while still holding on to the iconic atmosphere, exploration and general game play of the previous titles. Metroid Prime is also widely recognized as one of the best Metroid games of all time.

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Originally released on the GameCube back in 2002, since then it has been ported to the Wii and has a Wii U release on January 29th, 2015

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45.) Luigi’s Mansion

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Developed and published by Nintendo

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One of the very few games in the Super Mario franchise where the main character is not Mario. Players take control of Mario’s brother, Luigi who has just won his own mansion. The only problem is that the mansion is filled with ghosts! Luigi’s Mansion featured some refreshing new game play for the franchise, and a great new perspective in the Mario universe.

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Originally released on the GameCube back in 2001, since then there has been no ports to current Nintendo consoles.

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46.) Beyond Good And Evil

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Developed and published by Ubisoft

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This cult classic third-person adventure game has an amazing story, and a cast of loveable and unique characters. Not to mention the main character is female, which is a rarity in video games.

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Released on PS2, PC, Xbox, and Gamecube back in 2003. An HD port has since been released on XBLA and PSN.

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47.) Final Fantasy 7 

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Developed and published by Square (Now Square Enix)

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Final Fantasy 7 helped popularize the JRPG genre here in the USA. The game is also widely accepted as one of the best RPG’s of all time, with an amazing cast of characters, a rich and deep story, and ground breaking graphics at the time. Many will say that if you ever want to get into the RPG genre, playing Final Fantasy 7 should be your first choice.

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Originally released on the Playstation 1 back in 1997, since then it has been ported to Steam, PSN and is scheduled for a spring 2015 release on the PS4

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49.) Diablo 

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Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment

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Diablo was the pinnacle of classic dungeon crawlers. With its dark and nihilistic world, and unrelenting difficulty, Diablo is a force not to be trifled with. Some might even say that Diablo was quite terrifying, especially when fighting The Butcher for the first time. Very few games have done such an amazing job of turning the main character into the main villain. And delving into the very depths of Hell is well worth the price of admission.

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Originally released on the NES back in 1989, since then there has been a PC port and has been made available on Nintendo's virtual console for the Wii, 3DS and Wii U

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49.) Diablo 

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Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment

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Diablo was the pinnacle of classic dungeon crawlers. With its dark and nihilistic world, and unrelenting difficulty, Diablo is a force not to be trifled with. Some might even say that Diablo was quite terrifying, especially when fighting The Butcher for the first time. Very few games have done such an amazing job of turning the main character into the main villain. And delving into the very depths of Hell is well worth the price of admission.

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Originally released on PC back in 1996, it was later made available for Mac OS and received a Playstation 1 port.

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50.) Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars

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Developed by Square (Now Square Enix) and published by Nintendo

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Super Mario RPG is what would happen if you combined Final Fantasy and Super Mario together and then dumped a bunch of awesome sauce over it. Super Mario RPG brought the popularity of Super Mario to the RPG genre. With a memorable and excellent ensemble cast of characters, some who have never been in another Super Mario game since, and a refreshing new take on the mushroom kingdom.

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Originally released on the Super Nintendo back in 1996, you can now purchase this classic on the Wii virtual console.

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As time goes on I have noticed that there is a growing number of gamer's out there who have missed out on some truly amazing gaming experiences. Although some old games are getting HD remakes and ports to current and new-gen consoles, there are still plenty of games being left in the sands of time. I highly suggest you play these 50 games anyway you can.

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Top 5 Franchises You Want to See at E3 This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/nurbg/top-5-franchises-you-want-to-see-at-e3-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/nurbg/top-5-franchises-you-want-to-see-at-e3-this-year Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:32 -0500 TumsST

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Super Mario RPG

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You can tell me all you want that Paper Mario or the Mario and Luigi games are sequels to Mario RPG. That's all well and good but I want that true Super Mario RPG sequel with turn-based battles. Princess Toadstool, Bowser, Geno, Mallow, and Mario need to team up again to save the Star Road and defeat whoever messed it up in the first place. This is probably up there with Banjo Kazooie on the not-realistic front but one can dream right? Super Mario RPG was one of my favorite games on the Super Nintendo. I can still remember how tough it was to find and then playing it for hours. I still at times will jump on the Super Nintendo and throw Mario around with the Hurley Gloves or use the Lazy Shell.

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In the 1990's, Square and Nintendo broke up and that's why at the time, we never got Super Mario RPG 2.( not Paper Mario, the spiritual sequel) Since then Nintendo and Square have settled their differences and made up. With the success of Paper Mario and the Mario and Luigi franchises, it just doesn't look like a Mario RPG game is coming anytime soon, wishful thinking, I guess.

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E3 will be here before you know it and who knows what games will be there. It's fun to imagine what could be at the show in California this year. Give me a brand new Snow Brothers game and I'll lose my mind. One of the first games I bought from Blockbuster Video with my own money so many years ago! Can't wait to give the games of E3 a test run this year!

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Pokemon

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Now I know what some of you are going to tell me on this that we finally got the Ruby/Sapphire remakes at last years E3. Well, it's never too late for a Pokemon game to show up at E3. This could be details pertaining to Pokken Tournament or a non-main Pokemon game. However, I will continue my tradition of asking every year for a Red and Blue remake with Game Boy graphics and online play/Wi-Fi trading.

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If it was an eShop download, then save batteries wouldn't go dead and you could have the game anywhere you brought your 3DS. Another feature would be the Wi-Fi and online play, thus pleasing the old-school trainers by having the old Pokemon graphics and please the new-school with online battles/trades. In this day of classic gaming-type games like Shovel Knight being so popular, this could be the perfect time to downgrade. It could be like a thank-you to the original Pokemon trainers that started in Kanto, the beginning.

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Star Fox

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The crew of the Great Fox needs to have a new entry in the franchise and we're in luck. Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on the new installment in the Star Fox franchise. It was also reported that the Wii U Star Fox game will be at E3 this year and that's a welcome sight. It has gone from just being a pipe dream at last year's show to being playable( should be) at this years.From the information available around the internet, it sounds like the game will be flying based and not like Adventures.

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I'm not saying I didn't like Adventures but it just wasn't the Star Fox game everyone wanted on the Game Cube. We need more flying around, more shooting Andross in the face, more not saving Slippy because he's annoying and most of all more "do a barrel roll!"I can't wait to see what the Wii U Game Pad is used for in the game and am hoping for something like using the Game Pad as a cockpit or Game Pad steering. If the Game Pad is used properly, it could be really cool but it feels like Wii U games don't fully utilize the Game Pad functions.

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Metroid

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The Metroid series has been asking for a new game since the Metroid Prime Trilogy ended and Other M wasn't the game the fans wanted. It feels like Metroid can go in one of two ways in the future. It could either go in a new 2D side scroller with HD graphics on the Wii U or it could go in a full 3D immersion on the New 3DS. The 3DS version would be more like the Prime series where it would be a first person shooter and you could aim/control the camera with the new C stick on the New 3DS.

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It would be interesting to see Metroid go back to the NES classic with new graphics or 3D gameplay. Bringing NES games back with modified graphics is something Nintendo does regularly so this could actually happen if Nintendo remembers Metroid actually is a game. It feels like recently they've forgotten about it.

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Banjo Kazooie

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Let's start this off right with a game that plenty of people have been asking for. They have been asking for a real third installment of Banjo-Kazooie for a long time now. It was simpler time back then when Rare made games for Nintendo but since then they were sold to Microsoft.

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Microsoft tried to give the fans Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts but that wasn't a true Banjo Kazooie game with the Nintendo 64 feel to it. Microsoft recently said that some of the older properties/classic properties could be coming back into the limelight sooner rather than later. That could be good news for the likes of Banjo Kazooie and Conker but only time will tell. E3 usually is a good place to drop bombshells and Banjo Kazooie, the true third installment would be bombshell material. We could be collecting jiggies sooner than we think.

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It's almost February and that can only mean one thing, it's time to start to think about this years Electronics and Entertainment Expo or in simple terms E3. I have been lucky enough to attend the last two E3's and will be able to attend this years show as well. Being able to attend E3 was one of my goals when I started out writing about video games and entertainment years back. Being able to get a sneak peak of the upcoming games and electronics is something I enjoy and find it special that I can play games that won't be out until later that year.

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That being said, it's never too early to think about the top games/properties that could be at E3 this year in Los Angeles. Game properties come and go but they never truly stay away forever. This E3 could be the launch point for icons that we haven't seen in awhile! Let's get right into it.

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Games To Play Over Holiday Breaks-Nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/49553/games-to-play-over-holiday-breaks-nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/49553/games-to-play-over-holiday-breaks-nintendo Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:30:54 -0500 TumsST

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Super Mario World-Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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We've reached the end of the line and I know what your thinking. You're thinking this list is pretty Mario heavy and in a way, you're right. Mario games are long and you need some time to play them. Super Mario World was the first Mario game for the Super Nintendo and it built off of Super Mario Brothers 3. It brought Mario platforming into the 16 bit generation.

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It also brought Yoshi into the Mario Universe and now, it feels like you can't think of the Mario games without him. Dinosaur Land had been taken over by the Koopas and Bowser, with help from the Koopaling, has taken the Princess hostage while her and the Mario Bros were on vacation. Do you have what it takes to join forces with the Mario Brothers, rescue the Princess, and save Dinosaur Land?

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Super Mario Brothers 3-Nintendo Entertainment System

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Coming off of the "not-so-much-like-Mario" Super Mario Brothers 2, Nintendo came back with a more traditional Super Mario Brothers 3. Common enemies like the Goomba, Koopa Troopas, and Hammer Brothers joined some newcomers like the Sledge Brothers and Fire Brothers. This time around, Bowser brought his Koopa Kids into the fold to help kidnap the seven rulers of the Mushroom Kingdom and steal their scepters as well as the Princess.

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Only Mario and Luigi can help save the day with some help from Toad in various locations. Combine that with the new power-ups like the Frog Suit, Hammer Brothers Suit, and Kuribo's Shoe and the Mario Brothers have just what they need to defeat King Koopa. 

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Kirby's Adventure-Nintendo Entertainment System

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The first Kirby game on the Nintendo Entertainment System didn't disappoint. Dream Land is in trouble again and it's up to our favorite pink puff to save the day. Kirby is able to take over enemy powers but you probably knew that already. Kirby will have to use all his abilities and attacks to stop King Dedede from using the Star Rod to torment Dream Land. Kirby's Adventure has some of the best music in the series as well as some interesting boss battles.

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Super Mario 64-Nintendo 64

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Super Mario 64 is the game that many credit for bringing gaming into the 3D era and out of 2D. Super Mario 64 was a launch title for the Nintendo 64 and got tons of people on board with 3D gaming and Nintendo. Mario was invited to the castle for cake from the Princess and when he got there, she wasn't there. Bowser had already taken her captive and built up a strong-hold in the castle. It's up to Mario to regain the 120 Power Stars and use them to gain access into the various floors in the castle to rescue the Princess. Mario rescuing the Princess, so crazy it just might work!

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars- Super Nintendo

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Nintendo and Square came together for one of the best Role Playing Games around. It took Nintendo's golden boy, Mario, and built an RPG out of the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with new enemies. It still had the core characters of Mario, Princess Toadstool, and Bowser. It also had some new enemies like Smithy, the "Bowser" of the game. Team up with Mallow, Geno, the Princess, and"gasp" Bowser, to help keep peace in the Mushroom Kingdom. Use special attacks in turn based fights to level up and defeat the mechanical monsters from Smithy.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time-Nintendo 64/3DS

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If I felt that A Link to the Past was one of my favorite games, then Ocarina of Time has to be up there too. Ocarina of Time is just A Link to the Past with better graphics. Keep Ganondorf/Ganon from getting into the Sacred Realm and using the Tri-Force to turn Hyrule into the Dark World.The music is some of the best in the franchise as well as in gaming. Use the Master Sword become the Hero of Time and take the Tri-Force, Zelda, and the land of Hyrule back from the forces of evil!

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past-Super Nintendo

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Very long(time-wise) and Zelda games go hand-in-hand and A Link to the Past is no different. I received A Link to the Past for Christmas years ago and loved every minute of it. To this day, it's still one of, if not my favorite game. It does everything right in terms of story, music, and graphics. The dungeon designs and weapons, like the hook-shot, are still Zelda mainstays. Link needs to stop Ganon from taking over Hyrule with the Tri-Force and bring the Dark World into the light. Save the seven maidens and restore order to the land of Hyrule before it's too late.

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Donkey Kong Country-Super Nintendo

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This weekend was the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country and what better way to celebrate the occasion then to take some time out of your Thanksgiving and beat it. The 3D rendered characters on 2D environments bring out the best of Rare and the Super Nintendo. Get Donkey Kong his banana horde back and defeat King K. Rool. I doubt you'll see him again so get in there and take him down.( what do you mean, he comes back twice on the SNES. Someone better check their facts)

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Pokemon-3DS/DS/Game Boy

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The Pokemon franchise is one of my favorites. The only problem is that you need some time to play it. Stop me if you've heard this one before, the holidays is a perfect time for video games. It doesn't matter which Pokemon game you play. It could be the return to Hoenn in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. It could be the Kalos region in X and Y. It could be my personal favorite Johto region in Gold and Silver where I can raise my Totodile and Heracross like the gold old days!

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Super Smash Bros-Wii U/3DS

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Lets start this off right with the game that everyone needs. Super Smash Brothers, both the 3DS and Wii U versions, are played best with family and friends. Both of those things gather around during the holidays so why wouldn't a massive multi-player game not be perfect for the holidays. You'll be able to show your family and friends just who is the best of the best! Settle the argument over the last piece of pie with a game of an eight player Smash Battle.

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The Thanksgiving holiday will be here before you know it and that can only mean one thing, getting time off of school or work. The same could be said for the Christmas holiday break so you'll have plenty of time on your hands to do things.

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You could read a good book or build something. Who am I kidding, the only thing you can do is play video games. The holidays give you time to finally play that game you haven't had time for. Long games are the best when you finally get that long weekend to beat it.

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100 Best Boss fights: 20 - 11 https://www.gameskinny.com/gd8h5/100-best-boss-fights-20-11 https://www.gameskinny.com/gd8h5/100-best-boss-fights-20-11 Wed, 14 May 2014 08:23:39 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 100 - 91

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Part 2: 90 - 81

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Part 3: 80 - 71

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Part 4: 70 - 61

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Part 5: 60 - 51

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Part 6: 50 - 41

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Part 7: 40 - 31

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Part 8: 30 - 21

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11.) Darksiders - Tiamat
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During the first phase of the fight Tiamat will fly around the outside of the tower never giving War a chance to attack her with the Chaos Eater. Instead War must throw the bomb growths at her, and then light them with the use of the Crossblade. After a few hits Tiamat will land and begin the second phase of the fight where she will face War in close quarters combat. After defeating Tiamat, War promptly removes her still beating heart from her chest, a brutal and epic death.

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12.) Bioshock - Frank Fontaine
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After the legendary “Would You Kindly?” reveal scene, Jack must face Atlas aka frank Fontaine. Although the fight is fairly basic, it was the build up to this fight that really shocked me. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not had the pleasure of playing Bioshock, but it is well worth it.

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13.) Final Fantasy 9 - Trance Kuja / Necron
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Upon defeating Trance Kuja, he will use the ability Ultima which will send the entire party to the Hill of Despair, where Necron is fought. After seeing what has happened to Kuja, Necron decides that all of humanity shall be destroyed and brought back to nothingness, so that they may never experience the pain and suffering that Kuja had to endure. If you manage to defeat Necron he will be impressed with the party’s will and ability to persevere and allows the world to continue on.

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14.) Super Mario RPG - Culex
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A secret boss that is found in Monstro Town, Culex comes with 4 crystals--Fire, Water, Lightning, and Earth--and will wipe the floor with your party if you are not near the level cap. Although Culex is not in any other game, he is a reference to the Final Fantasy series, and his master is supposedly the Black Mage.

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15.) Kingdoms of Amalur - Balor
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The first major boss in Kingdoms Of Amalur is quite epic, and disgusting looking. The ancient Niskaru lord of destruction, Balor is fought at the final battle of Mel Senshir, where the Fateless One promptly kicks its teeth in. Just be careful for its massive eye beam attack, and its slam attack.

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16.) Gun Smoke - Wingate
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Getting to Wingate in Gun Smoke is a challenge by itself, but when you actually face him you need to kill him 3 times. With his enigmatic attack patterns and constant enemies flowing in from all sides, this fight is a nightmare. I tip my hat to anyone who has managed to defeat Wingate in this NES classic.

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*I am well aware that this is the PS3 version and not the NES version*

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17.) Cabal - The Submarine
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A very old Nintendo Entertainment System game that is a cover-based shooter. But beware enemies can destroy your cover leaving you vulnerable to attacks. The most memorable boss fight in Cabal for me was the Submarine. Upon completing one of the stages, you come to what looks like a lake and a submarine emerges shooting a wall of bullets at you. Use your cover wisely, because the boss can destroy it in about 3 hits.

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*Skip to 9:49*

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18.) Remember Me - Madame
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This fight is really cool and requires you to use every ability at your disposal, never using the same thing twice. This 3 phase fight was brutal for me on the hard difficulty, seeing as it was a learning experience and most of the time I was getting my face smashed. Not only is it challenging in difficulty because of the endless amount of enemies coming at you, but also because of the ever-changing tactics of the fight. Definitely one of the best fights in the game.

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19.) Twisted Metal 2 - Dark Tooth
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Twisted Metal 2 is one of the best Twisted Metal games of all time. After defeating all of the enemies in Hong Kong, Dark Tooth will emerge saying “You killed my son! I want my little clown boy back!” The vehicle itself is nearly 6 times the size of Sweet Tooth and has 2 phases. After finally defeating the massive blackened ice cream truck, the spinning head on top detaches and begins attacking you. I always enjoyed the ending that is shown when you defeat Dark Tooth with Hammer Head. “We want the ability to fly!”

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20.) Super Smash Bros. Melee - Crazy Hand / Master Hand
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Getting to Master Hand was an easy task, but if you wished to test your mettle you would try and fight Crazy Hand. In order to do so you need to get to Master Hand in less than 18 minutes and without continuing, only then would Crazy Hand show up to the fight. Unlike Master Hand, Crazy Hand’s movements and attacks are fast and erratic, making the fight a lot more challenging. If you lose all your lives and have to continue, then Crazy Hand will not reappear.

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There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time. 

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What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; the fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.

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Top 25 Boss and Villain Soundtracks and Theme Songs https://www.gameskinny.com/66f5x/top-25-boss-and-villain-soundtracks-and-theme-songs https://www.gameskinny.com/66f5x/top-25-boss-and-villain-soundtracks-and-theme-songs Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:40:59 -0400 Red Blue Yellow

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - "Final Battle Against Ganon"

OoT was a darker game for the console it was on and this song really drove that point home. Later Ganondorf/Ganon fights in the series have been much more lightly colored and less ominous sounding. While trading in a memorable melody for an atmospheric standoff, it worked wonders in instilling the feeling that you were really fighting an ancient and most powerful evil.

This truly is the definitive Ganon fight and one of the many reasons this game is a timeless classic.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl - "Main Theme"

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In practice, every fight in Smash Bros is a boss fight and this is by far the best one. Nobuo Uematsu was contracted specifically to write it.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 - "Final Bowser Battle"

I wish this fight was harder or went on longer so players could really hear the whole thing once or twice. You can hear the same sort of chorus most likely inspired by the Super Smash Bros. Brawl main theme.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - "Cornered!"

The "boss" fights mean so much in the Pheonix Wright series as they are the literal culmination of all the work you ever did. You line up your evidence just right and make that defendant sweat their way into jail.

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Turtles In Time - "Boss Battle Theme"

Pizza Time!

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Banjo-Kazooie: "Final Battle"

Here's a great example of a final boss theme that instills a rushed, pressured feeling important to most final battles while maintaining the overall feel of the title you played. The final battle with Gruntilda still keeps the quirky sound of the overarching game with musical references to your past experiences.

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Shadow of the Colossus - "Revived Power"

A lot of work went into the music of boss fights in this game, and so much is said using only musical cues. Rightfully so, since SotC really only consists of bosses and travel time between them. This music celebrates that moment when you find the weak point on these beasts.

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Star Fox Assault - "Star Wolf Theme"

The minor antagonists of the Star Fox series and direct competitors of Fox McCloud and his crew. 

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Pokemon Black and White / Black 2 and White 2: "Elite Four Theme"

This track perfectly sums up the culmination and peak of your time as a Pokemon trainer: The fast paced exhilaration that comes from facing the hardest challenge.

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Super Mario 64 - "Bowser's Theme"

Something about this theme just makes me envision Bowser wearing black sunglasses and a spiked leather jacket. 

"So long King Bowser!"

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God of War III  - "Zeus' Final Stand"

This is the culmination of the last three games. Kratos has extracted his revenge on all but the most powerful of the gods and now faces his father Zeus.

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Conker: Live and Reloaded - "The Great Mighty Poo"

With titles like Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong in their library, Rare has always been a childhood favorite of mine and really command fantastic soundtracks... But the boldness of Conker's Bad Fur Day takes the cake. I can fairly say this is the first and last time I've heard a pile of feces sing opera at me. Definitely a unique fight to go with a hilarious theme.

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Final Fantasy VI - "Dancing Mad (Full Song)"

Many debate that this theme and Kefka as a villain are the best in the series. "Dancing Mad" is a work of art. It consists of four different movements that some describe are Kefka's last speech: The first being his realization of ultimate magical power, the second being his twisted satisfaction in killing for fun and without purpose, the third acting as the villian's mockery of "meaningless" things like religion and art, and the fourth detailing the final stage of the fight and the eventual sadness that comes with Kefka's realization that it's all over. 

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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - "Dodo's Coming!"

A quirky theme for a unique fight. Mario is poorly disguised as a statue and must remain incognito inside a baddie's castle. Instead of the typical "fight," Mario must dodge pecks and continue to look like the other statues while a big dumb bird waddles around looking for you.

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Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles - "Bloody Tears"

This theme plays throughout the early Castlevania titles, but unfortunately has found no love in the series reboots. Maybe it's a little too upbeat for the darker theme of vampire hunting, but one of the series' best nonetheless.

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Donkey Kong Country - "Gangplank Galleon"

Starting off lighthearted as you enter the pirate king's domain, the theme soon gets a little more serious with those long '80s-cop-movie-esque tones. So, so satisfying to hear that "KRUNK!" as you nail King K. Rool with a monkey jump.

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - "Solaris 2 Theme"

It's a shame this great piece of music was wasted on such a poor game.

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Chrono Trigger - "Battle with Magus"

There's nothing like playing this for the first time and watching flames light up the pathway to Magus. You can hear the wind whistling as he tries to summon Lavos. 

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - "One-Winged Angel"

Remixed for the CGI sequel to FFVII, One-Winged Angel is the theme song for an ascended Sephiroth. Both VI and VII themes allude to the villain's power comparable to a god.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - "Koume & Kotake"

"Koume & Kotake" (better known as "Twinrova") have one of the best themes in the Zelda series. Combining just the right amount of creepy and playful, this song accurately describes their role as tricksters and the matrons of Ganondorf. The award for Most Likely to be Featured in a Clown Nightmare goes to the "Koume & Kotake" theme.

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Bravely Default - "That Person's Name Is.."

This might be the only boss theme on the list that I could describe as pretty as well as badass. An instant classic that gets your adrenaline pumping.

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Super Mario Galaxy - "Attack of the Airships"

This song plays typically when Mario is boarding a Bowser airship. This theme reappears throughout the Mario titles and effectively captures the power at Bowser's command. Bowser seems to have a different theme for every game he's in but the airship track best represents his own empire: The king of reptiles with thousands of minions and a fleet of flying airships at his command. Every title in the series seems to start the same way...Bowser already has captured Princess Peach.

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Sonic 2 - "Dr. Robotnik's Theme"

This theme reappears throughout the original Sonic titles.

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Mega Man 2 - "Dr. Wily's Castle"

This track has achieved stardom through fan remixes and internet hype. Even if you don't know what game it's from you probably have heard the melody once or twice.

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Final Fantasy X - "Otherworld"

This theme plays once at the start of the game and again much later during an important boss fight. There's something liberating about fighting a boss to a metal theme while being constricted to turn based combat.

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Top 25 Chill Video Game Tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:38:33 -0400 Red Blue Yellow

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Katamari Damacy - Cherry Blossom Color Season (Cherry Tree Times)

"You and I will now think 
because we grew just a tiny bit 
It's a time we want to feel happiness with little things 
It was a lively, cherry-blossom colored season"

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ballad Of The Goddess as sung by Zelda (Extended)

"Oh youth, guided by the servant of the goddess, unite earth and sky, and bring light to the land.."

This is the first time anyone has heard the legendary language of the Hylian spoken aloud. It's a magical piece and I wouldn't have been happy if anyone else beat Zelda to it.

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Pokemon Black/White: Emotion

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This song plays during your Rival's journey and helps spurn significant character growth.

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Astral Observatory - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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The wonder of Termina, a land worth saving.

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Super Mario 64: Jolly Roger Bay

Who could forget this ocean cavern classic from the biggest hit on the 64?

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Okami - Cherry Blossom Shower

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Traditional Japanese flutes, Taiko, and a subtle Shamisen bring elegance to this colorful classic. Okami first released for the PS2 and has been re-released on the Wii and PSN.

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Flower - Lazy Daydream

Flower is the spiritual successor to Flow; a game made specifically to invoke positive emotions in the player.

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Star Fox 64 - Select Screen

You can feel the vastness of space and some inspiration leaking into the Mass Effect titles here.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Music - Zora's Domain Extended

A highly underrated Zelda title. You'll find quite a bit of Zelda on this playlist because I think the way they invoke melodies from previous titles to draw historical and chronological hints to the player is masterful.

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Skyrim - Secunda

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The frozen fjords of Skyrim host us with this next number. 

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Kirby's Epic Yarn - Splash Beach

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Chrono Trigger Resurrection - Corridors of Time

This song is a remastered version for the fan made project Chrono Trigger Resurrection, which featured full 3D models and environments. The project has been cancelled but this version of Corridors of Time is outstanding.

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Noby Noby Boy - Noby Noby Folk Guitar

Noby Noby Boy is a game about physically stretching through the universe as a metaphor for the support of a lover. Players use the PSN to pool their distance in meters they have stretched, while individually insignificant in terms of distance, when pooled have moved the character GIRL all the way to Neptune.

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Final Fantasy VII - Costa Del Sol (Quartet Version)

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I chose this Youtuber remix because it felt more natural and organic than the original PS1 version. Ja mon!

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Final Fantasy VIII - Breezy

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It's my personal opinion that FFVIII has the best music in the series, but this specific title fit perfectly into this list.

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Pikmin - The Forest of Hope

Despite immediate dangers to your bodily health, the Pikmin soundtrack is entirely relaxing and enhances the mystery and discovery that comes along with exploratory theme of the game.

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DuckTales Remastered - Credits

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Super Mario Galaxy - Stardust Road

A slow melody for when you're a mushroom-loving Italian plumber drifting through space chasing stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - Kakariko Village

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The trombone and xylophone additions really bring this piece to life from it's Ocarina of Time roots.

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Chrono Cross - Dreams of the Shore Near Another World

It was hard to pick just one song from the sequel/spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger, but the Overworld theme of the alternate dimension won this round. Another highly recommended title.

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10 Games Franchises that Need Another Installment https://www.gameskinny.com/l05kk/10-games-franchises-that-need-another-installment https://www.gameskinny.com/l05kk/10-games-franchises-that-need-another-installment Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:26:57 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Legend Of Dragoon
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This cult classic is one of my all time favorite games. Released in North America for the PS1 way back in June of 2000. This 4-disc long epic was the gateway game that introduced me to Japanese RPGs. Since its release, it has steadily grown a huge cult following. But my hopes and dreams were shattered back in 2012, when Sony simultaneously announced that there was a Legend Of Dragoon 2 in development, but it had been cancelled.

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Black
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Black had some of the best sounding guns during the PS2 era. But the destructibility was the best part, some franchises now a days still don't have that level of destructible environments. The thing that stings the most is that Black 2 was in development, but was scrapped due to differences with EA. Criteron is well known for their Burnout franchise, and now they're working on the Need For Speed franchise. How about you guys take a break from the racing genre and give a little love to first person shooters?

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Star Fox
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No, I'm not talking about Star Fox Assault or Star Fox Adventures, I mean Star Fox 2. Apparently this game was already in development and was actually finished, but was never released due to the impending onslaught of the Nintendo 64. I don't want spin offs or new concepts, I want a direct sequel to Star Fox. But apparently that is too much to ask for.

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*Cough--Just release Star Fox 2 already for the WiiU virtual console--Cough*

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Chrono Trigger
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There are 13 different endings in Chrono Trigger, and one of those endings is a perfect set up for a Chrono Trigger 2. Although having another installment in the Chrono franchise would be satisfying as well, seeing as the last installment-Chrono Cross-came out in North America 14 years ago. The series is long overdue for another adventure, and there are millions of fans who are ready to dive in head first.

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Earthworm Jim
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Earthworm Jim has been missing in action for 15 years now, with the third installment leaving a bad taste in my mouth. A remake of the original Earthworm Jim was released for XBLA and PSN back in 2010. So there is still hope that a sequel to the Earthworm Jim franchise may still happen. Hopefully the legendary Tommy Tallarico can come back and compose for the series as well.

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Super Mario RPG
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Super Mario RPG: Legend Of the Seven Stars is by far one of the best RPGs and best Super Mario games of all time, at least in my opinion. Although we have seen Mario delve into the RPG waters again with Paper Mario, but that just wasn't the same to me. There was some real magic in Super Mario RPG, and I believe that was thanks to Squaresoft (now Square Enix). Maybe they should take a trip back down memory lane, and make a sequel to it.

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I can see it now... "Super Mario RPG 2: Smithy Returns!"

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Megaman X
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Yeah, I know the Megaman X franchise has had a lot of sequels, 8 of them to be exact. But the series went a bit downhill for me after Megaman X5. I think it would be amazing to have a Megaman X9 in the same spirit and style as the original. Megaman 9 and Megaman 10 have seen this treatment on XBLA, PSN and WiiWare. Why not bring back the cream of the crop?

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Turok
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Let's face it, the so-called reboot of Turok was complete trash; You could unload 3 clips of assault rifle ammo into a raptors face before you could kill it, or just press B to insta-kill it with a knife. Even Turok: Evolution made my face hurt. I think it's about time the franchise went back to its roots with atmosphere, difficulty and exploration. Bring back Tal'set as well, because having a Native American protagonist is always awesome.

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Half-Life
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It seems Valve is very afraid of the number 3, seeing as its been 7 years since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and 10 years since the initial release of Half-Life 2. I understand that having a phobia can be very hindering, but nothing is more liberating and euphoric than overcoming your fears. I think it would be very healthy for the company to conquer this fear and show the world that a trilogy CAN have 3 installments. Either way, I support their decision.

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Dino Crisis
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Essentially Dino Crisis was Resident Evil with Dinosaurs, and that is some truly awesome stuff. The last installment Dino Crisis 3 was a train wreck, and was released 11 years ago. I think it's time to stop running the Resident Evil franchise into a ditch, and start working on a franchise that has long been forgotten. Even a reboot would suffice.

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100 Of The Best Boss Fights: 90 - 81 https://www.gameskinny.com/sq6hv/100-of-the-best-boss-fights-90-81 https://www.gameskinny.com/sq6hv/100-of-the-best-boss-fights-90-81 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:46:15 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 100 - 91

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Part 3: 80 - 71

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Part 4: 70 - 61 

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Part 5: 60 - 51

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If there is a boss fight that you would like to see on the list, please let me know.

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Wolfenstein 3D - Adolf Hitler
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The original first person shooter was challenging, even by today's standards. Fighting through hordes of Nazi's only to find out that the final boss is Hitler in a mech suit. Pretty epic stuff. Although he's fairly easy, watching Hitler explode into a pile of gore is always a plus in my book. Get out your machine gun and fire away!

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World of Warcraft - The Lich King
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World of Warcraft has a lot of epic moments, but the fight on top of Icecrown Citadel is by far the most epic moment thus far. The heroic twenty-five man version of The Lich King was the best version for sure. Stepping on a shadow trap resulted in instant death, range had to take care of the frost orbs during phase two, and getting sucked into Frostmourne was amazing. The whole fight was phenomenal, plus you got a chance of getting Invincible, The Lich King's flying mount.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time - Ganon
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Ocarina of Time is widely known as one of the best Legend of Zelda game's of all time. We all knew that we had to fight Ganondorf, but the big twist for me was seeing Ganon. Lightning cracking everywhere, darkness surrounding you and a ring of fire... a masterpiece of a fight indeed. Ocarina of Time brought the level of epic to eleven. Ganon's only weak spot is his tail, so try your best to get behind him. Watching Link trust his sword deep into Ganon's mouth was amazing, and still is to this day.

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Super Mario RPG - Smithy
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Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars is an awesome and magnificent Mario game. Fighting Smithy was a gnarly and most epic battle. Seeing the true form of Smithy was amazing, and his head always changed to mix up the strategy of the fight. Make sure you bring a lot of pick me up's and healing potions, Mario and friends are in for a legendary fight.

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Diablo - Diablo
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The very first Diablo game was terrifying for me, especially when I finally managed to get to Diablo himself. A small army of insanely strong enemies guard Diablo, after thinning the herd a bit, you're in for a real treat. Diablo himself deals a massive amount of damage, so be prepared to have a boat load of healing potions. Plus the ending cinematic is one of the best plot twists ever.

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The Legend of Dragoon - Melbu Framha
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The Legend of Dragoon is one of my all time favorite games; the journey Dart and his friends take is truly epic. A journey that starts off as a rescue mission and eventually turns into a journey to save the world from ultimate destruction. The last boss wishes to rebuild the world, and it is up to you to stop the will of a god. Be sure to max out your additions and have plenty of body and spirit potions. This fight is a doozy.

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Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Gabriel vs Satan
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is one of the best Castlevania games in my opinion, and the last boss fight is the cherry on top. Switching between light and dark magic on the fly was a awesome touch to the fight. The game made you use just about every skill you knew in order to defeat Satan and save the world.

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Mortal Kombat - Raiden vs Shao Kahn
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The most recent Mortal Kombat has one of the most challenging and frustrating boss fights of all time, Shao Khan. Not only do you have to defeat him once, but twice during the story mode. Both times are rage inducing and require you to be as cheap and unfair as humanly possible. Watch out for Shao Kahn's X-ray attack though, that move takes out atleast 75% of your health.

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Star Fox 64 - The Real Andross
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Finally getting to the real Andross was an achievement for me back when I was a kid. Seeing that gigantic brain with the two floating eyeballs was nightmarish, but exciting at that same time. Be careful to not get sucked into the brain tentacles while you fight him, it is devestating. Plus, after defeating Andross Fox's father comes out of nowhere and helps you escape, an epic experience indeed.

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Mass Effect 3 - Shepard vs The Reaper
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The Mass Effect series is full of epic and jaw dropping moments, but the third installment in the franchise has one of the coolest boss fights of all time. Fighting a gigantic reaper with only a laser guided missile system was fantastic. Watch out for its death beam though, because that will obliterate you instantly. Seeing the entire alliance fleet shoot everything it has at a single reaper was one of the best moments in the franchise for me.

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There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time. 

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What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; The fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.

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Club Nintendo Updates for February - New Games! https://www.gameskinny.com/4aoey/club-nintendo-updates-for-february-new-games https://www.gameskinny.com/4aoey/club-nintendo-updates-for-february-new-games Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:07:58 -0500 Courtney Gamache

Club Nintendo has updated their rewards website page to accommodate some Wii/Wii U and 3DS fans. Four new games, and hopefully some more goodies in the future.

Games available until March 9th

  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo 3DS)- Mario has finally trapped Donkey Kong in a jail

    scene, and it's now time for Donkey Kong Jr. to come around and help save the big ape. You'll be moving up and down vines and collecting keys and fruit to help unlock his cage. In this four-world game you'll have to avoid many foes to rescue your father. (Currently $4.99 from the Nintendo eShop, or 150 Club Nintendo Points)

  • Art Style: PiCTOBiTS (Nintendo 3DS) - In this NES nostalgia game, you'll be goingthrough puzzles to help 'build' your old favorite characters. You can progress through the game to harder levels as you collect coins. (Currently $4.99 from the Nintendo eShop or 150 Club Nintendo Points)
  • Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Nintendo Wii U) - It's time to play as Little Mac and start boxing your way through this arcade style game. There are 14 matches and opponents that you fight, and it's your turn as the under dog. (Currently $4.99 on the Nintendo eShop or 200 Club Nintendo Points)

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Nintendo Wii and Wii U) - In thisfantasy adventure, Mario and Bowser team up for the first time to face a more deadlier foe. This game has a deep RPG gameplay never seen before with Mario and Bowser teaming up. (Currently available on the Wii for 800 points, or 200 Club Nintendo Points) *Requires Classic Controller
What other goodies does Club Nintendo have?

Other then the newly available games, Club Nintendo hasn't updated their gear that you can get. The newest one at the moment is still the Animal Crossing: New Leaf poster featuring all the characters and townspeople. Hopefully soon they'll update and give us more rare gear.

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