In my Earthbound review, I talked about a lot of things. But there was one thing I didn’t discuss, and as much as I’d love to be cute and use some misdirection to get a few chuckles, you’ve already read this post’s title and know I’m going to talk about Earthbound‘s big bad, Giygas. Continue reading
I had recently undergone a surgery that had me more or less bedridden for a while. This was a planned surgery that went well, in case you were wondering. Being that I knew the surgery was coming and that I’d require bed rest afterward, I knew I’d have to find something to fill the time to prevent myself from going insane and eating my pillows or whatever it is gun-less insane people do nowadays. Thankfully, a certain cult classic for the SNES had recently (surprisingly and enthusiastically) hit the Wii U Virtual Console a couple months prior to my surgery date. And, with its arrival to the West, I knew exactly what I was doing during my recovery. With my plan set, I eagerly awaited my surgery just so I could have some time off work to take down this RPG classic once again. Oh, and to recover from heart surgery, too, I guess.
Welcome to Earfbound!
Cavemen are bad ass. Everything manly and awesome can be traced back to the time when homos first became erectus. They literally created the concept of “manly.” Eating a steak is for real men? Not if you buy it from an over-priced restaurant like a pansy, and then complain to your waiter because it was “too tough.” Try hunting down your prey, bludgeoning it to death (the manliest way to kill something), and then cooking it with a fire you made yourself. That’s what real men do! Oh, your steak comes from a cow? That’s adorable! I bet your frilly handkerchief also matches your purse. Get your meat from a saber-toothed tiger or a mammoth, then we’ll talk.
I was made in the 80s. Coincidentally, some of my favorite games were made there, too: Super Mario Bros. 2, Mega Man 2 & 3, Metroid, Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden, etc. It was indeed a glorious time. But then, out of nowhere, the 90s came, and with it came some of the best consoles to ever grace Mother Earth: SNES, Genesis, and the TurboGrafx-16/PCE (though the latter 2 consoles came out in the VERY late 80s). And with these consoles, the 16-bit era was born, bringing with it some of the best RPG’s and Platformers known to man even to this day: Super Mario World, Final Fantasy III / VI, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Chrono Trigger, the Phantasy Star Series, etc. However, this didn’t mean the 8-bit era was dead. The early 90s begot many amazing NES titles: Mega Man 3, Star Tropics, Super Mario Bros. 3, Battletoads, Kirby’s Adventure, etc. Needless to say, gaming under the Clinton administration was definitely the industry at its zenith, the Golden Age of Console Gaming, if you will.