Tag: Nintendo Power

Mischief Making in Two Wonderful Dimensions

MMboxSo, this past week I got a request to review a video game. It’s a bit outside the “bibliophile’s journal” theme I’ve been doing, but since I have posted about a few games before I thought it would be a nice change of pace. Also, this guy suggested that I’d look like some kind of nerd if I only write about books all the time, and I certainly wouldn’t want that. Anyone interested solely in Serious Business can come back next week, when I’ll have a post on Klemens von Metternich, followed by more from William Shakespeare.

Before we get to the main subject, though, let’s go back to the mid-90’s. The PlayStation and Nintendo 64 were the coolest things around, because now, for the first time on home consoles, games were in three dee! The days of side-scrolling in a mere two dimensions were gone, and now we could walk around awkwardly in three dimensions. Let me say, I was in elementary school at the time and was the first kid in my class to get an N64, and my social standing among my peers has never been higher, before or since.

Looking back, those early 3D games have, for the most part, aged pretty badly. Even in cases where the designers got the controls right, which certainly could not be taken for granted, the graphics were hideous. Very blocky with few textures was the house style for those early N64 games. Frankly, Super NES games were far more aesthetically appealing.…

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (75 Books – XXXIV)

One thing many people remember fondly about Nintendo Power magazine was that, besides just straight-up video game news, reviews, and the like, they’d occasionally serialise comics based on one of Nintendo’s popular game franchises. These could easily have been mailed in as cheap promotional material by C-grade artists, but to¬†NP‘s credit they were actually genuinely pretty good. I remember a couple of these, but unfortunately they stopped doing this not long after I subscribed, so I missed out on most of them. As far as I’m aware, few or none of these were published elsewhere, so unless you have these now-ancient back issues of a discontinued magazine, there’s no way to own a physical copy of them.

However, there’s now at least one exception, since Viz has published Ishinomori Shotaro’s adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which was originally serialised in twelve parts. Now, since Ishinomori had to condense a fairly long adventure into twelve relatively short parts, much of the game had to be cut out or changed. He also added a character and changed the roles of a few others to help the story flow better as a comic and to hold the interest of those who’ve already played the game, which would doubtless be most of Nintendo Power‘s readers, who would otherwise already know what was going to happen in the story. So, there’s less going back-and-forth from the Dark World, for example, and he added another adventurer named Roam to both help, and be something of a rival, for Link. None of this bothers me; the changes feel organic to the story when taken on its own merits, and a straight adaptation would’ve been impossible given the constraints of the medium and publication scenario. However, purists expecting a faithful adaptation or hoping to see some specific part of the game in comic format will doubtless find plenty to complain about.…

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