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Dreaming in Digital’s Conclusion to the Top SNES Games of All Time

2 Nov

shawnBy Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Welcome to the endlessly delayed third and final part of my list of picks for the Top 25 Super Nintendo games of all time. Only ten games left and several of the greatest games of all time are showing up in this one! To make things handy, here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2.  As previously stated, I had to give myself a few guidelines to keep the list at a reasonable size.

Rule 1: The game must have been released in the North American Market in the 90’s. This eliminates several foreign region titles I enjoyed such as Rockman & Forte, and The Firemen.

Rule 2: It must be a game I originally played on an actual Super Nintendo when it was current, not something I discovered in later years through re-releases, or emulation of fan-translations on PC. A lot of Role Playing Games got bumped due to this. Seiken Densetsu 3, Final Fantasy V, and Front Mission to name a few.

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Explaining a bit of Turtle Science in Out of Shadows

5 Jun

Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Out-of-the-Shadows-posterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

*Spoiler Alert!

With a movie title like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, I figured part of the story is going to be about these heroes in the half shell coming out of the darkness they are hiding in and entering into the public eye. They have been fighting New York crime at night and while they leave the thieves all tied up for the police to take away, they do not necessarily leave their calling card around, like Spider-Man. Plenty of subtexts are offered in what they represent to the city and never getting the recognition they deserve, but the story does not go deep enough in that territory. The movie provides more fan-service moments to the masses in a hyper-violent kind of way. In a different spectrum, the obligatory scene with April O’Neil (Megan Fox) in a short skirt gets included too.

A lot of the set pieces have a feel of having been done before. From A-Team (2010) to Transformers (2007-present), I really had to wonder why having Bumblebee appear mattered at all? The obvious answer is because Michael Bay is producing and David Green’s name as the director is just a nod. I liked his movie Earth to Echo; it had a charm to it. His name is sadly overshadowed by Bay’s style. Any movie this producer touches is more about flash and bang for your buck. In that regard, this movie succeeds with plenty of explosive action, stupid hijinks and a plot riddled with holes that I can stick a rhino’s horn into. One is not enough to fill the many problems in this movie. While I love Donatello’s aptitude for tech, there are times I wonder where he gets the parts to build some of his toys, I get the feeling he raids Tony Stark‘s garbage pile for all those discarded tech he has! (side note: yes, please give me a TMNT / Avengers crossover movie)

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Cowabunga! NECA Announces SDCC 2016 TMNT Exclusives!

23 May

NECATurtlesSDCC1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

NECA Toys is looking to make collectors’ heads spin with an announcement of their latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) sculpts. Due to make their debut at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), these TMNT figures are modeled after the smash 1989 Konami co-op arcade game. Figures are available in a 4-pack that when opened will recreate the look of the original arcade cabinets. The Turtle pack comes with Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael. The Foot Clan pack will contain Shredder and three of his Foot Soldiers, each Foot Soldier is painted a unique colour that reflects their in-game appearance.

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Bay Confirmed for Transformers 5 and Reveals for TF5 and TMNT 2

5 Jan

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

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Michael Bay is one of the hardest working directors and in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone in his Miami home, Bay found free time to discuss his as of yet untitled Transformers 5 project and his latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Between his producing duties and directorial work, Bay usually has a half-dozen projects going at once. Right now, in addition to 13 Hours, he’s doing post-production on the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he’s producing and which is due in 2016, and pre-production for the next Transformers, which he’s directing for summer 2017. “I’m doing Transformers … 5, is it?” Bay says, temporarily losing track. He shakes his head. “I’ve taken on a lot of work.”

After Bay demonstrates to Stone journalist Josh Eells how he prefers to do colour timing, Santa Monica’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) appears on a computer monitor,

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Where’s the Ninjitsu with These Mutant Turtles?

9 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are comic book heroes who had a lot of soul back when it first saw print. When creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird spent time working on their property, interest in their heroes in the half shell was high. The cartoon that evolved from it had a lot of spunk for kids to love, but it was its own beast since its light-hearted humour helped make the turtles pop culture icons. But for the original comics that was darker in tone, fatigue, creative differences and the need to move on by one of the artists caused the two to part ways.

Laird eventually sold the franchise rights to Nickelodeon, and what has evolved from it has become contentions between those who loved either the original comic book, one of the many cartoon series, role-playing games or live action films. The series changed from its gritty world to that of adventure and campy humour.

The current computer animated series successfully blends the two together. But with a film to reboot the theatrical series by producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman, the latter pairing is the prerequisite choice. Their method of madness is to reinvigorate this realm with high-octane action in only a style Bay can emphasize — let’s slow down the fast-moving sequences with hang time moments, include a villain who belongs more in a Transformers movie and toss all logic aside.

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