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NES Remix 2 review: Does it blend?

Review: NES Remix 2

British VGH contributor Russ Greeno was recently coaxed out of retirement by the prospect of experiencing classic retro gaming challenges on his Wii U.

Hi, I’m Russ Greeno. You may or may not remember me from such video game reviews as Sonic in Mediocre Land or Duke Nukem 3: Suffragette Edition.

Last year, I decided to retire from reviewing games after feeling depressed about the state of “video game journalism”. I don’t want to dwell on things here, but I’d sum it up by saying that a proliferation of gaming news blogs regurgitating press releases and keeping fanboy flamewars burning made me want to quit. When I was offered an opportunity to review NES Remix 2 on Wii U, it occurred to me that this celebration of Nintendo’s history just might be the ideal title to flex the reviewing muscle in my brain (mostly just to see if it still worked).

Imagine if you could play the standout scenes from all those classic NES titles you fondly remember without having to get your old console out of the attic. On top of that, how about if Nintendo dropped all of those games into a mixing bowl and stirred everything around just a little bit. Wouldn’t that be cool? That’s the surprising premise that NES Remix delivered to the Wii U’s eShop less than six months ago. In that original outing, you could experience such things as Level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. with different enemy placements, a lap of Excitebike in the dark, and the first stage of Donkey Kong where you control Link instead of Mario (and Link can’t jump over the barrels or use hammers!).

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VGH #123: Shiny Shiny Legs

VGH #123: Shiny Shiny Legs

Who needs next-gen consoles when you’ve got Nintendo games to play? This week, we’re unhealthily obsessed with Zelda, Link, Mario, Toad, and… is there a Wii Sports guy? Why are we talking about Wii Sports in 2013 again?

We’re taking your calls for our 2013 finale episode! Leave us a message at or by phone by calling* 1-682-999-VGH1 (1-682-999-8441).

*Long distance charges may apply.

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VGH #98: Shall We Dash?

Shall We Dash?

Nama biiru hitotsu onegaishimasu!

On this week’s show, D.J.’s back from Japan with a suitcase full of slimes, cats and beef tongue. We grill him for details about his trip to the gaming mecca.

We’re also reading your tweets and messages and talking about our time with Gears of War: Judgment, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, and Gunslinger Stratos.

After listening to this week’s show, be sure to read how you can join us for our 100th episode of the podcast!

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VGH Interview: EEDAR’s Geoff Zatkin

VGH Interview: EEDAR's Geoff Zatkin

On this week’s show, we interview special guest Geoff Zatkin, president and co-founder of EEDAR, an organization specializing in market research and insight into the games industry. He shares some surprising gaming trends, stories from his days developing EverQuest, what game reviewers are getting right, and why you should never bet against Nintendo.

A big thanks to Geoff for his time and his excellent insight into the gaming industry!


E3 2012: Day 2

E3 2012: Day 2

Nintendo takes the stage on day 2 of E3 2012 and our bodies are ready. Hear our reactions to the Wii U gamepad, Miiverse and Nintendo’s online plans, 3DS games, and the all-important Wii U launch titles.

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VGH #51: You’re Really Just Playing Pong

We can’t believe that we’ve made 51 episodes already!

On this week’s show, we discuss a whole slew of other gaming-related things that we simply can’t believe: Call of Duty‘s success, the Wii’s dominance, Mass Effect‘s overlooked accomplishment and the possibility of a single-console gaming future.

In the Hangover segment, we explore our love/hate relationships with Disgaea, Radiant Historia, Kinect, Witcher, and Bit.Trip Saga.

Finally, we wrap up with a Last Call that somehow references Kid Icarus, Megan Fox, and collectable fine art pieces.