Around the Network

Another week has passed us by! It’s been a pretty good week for me; I’ve been on holiday from the day job, and I’ve been using the time to get ahead of schedule on a bunch of projects.

Specifically, I’ve managed to get ahead of schedule on pretty much all of my video series, providing me with ample time to focus on written stuff in the meantime. I’ve got a Senran Kagura feature to finish, and then we’ll be moving on to something a little unusual that I’ve been looking forward to tackling for a while.

In the meantime, though, there is of course plenty that you might have missed in the last week — so let’s take a look at that!


Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash: No Shirt, No Shoes, All Shinobi Shooting – An in-depth look at how Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash is a worthy installment in the mainline series, despite being… quite different from what has come before!

Parasol Stars: The Bubble Bobble Everyone Forgets – An all-time favourite single-screen “kill ’em up” for me, Parasol Stars is much less well-known than its brethren in the Bubble Bobble series for the fact it only had a relatively limited release here in the west.

Warriors Wednesday: Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nene – We present Nene, by popular request! She immediately proves herself to be a very worthy addition to the Wei forces in our Warriors Orochi playthrough, so she will be a fixture from this point onwards, rest assured!

Waifu Wednesday: Yumi – Love her or hate her, it wouldn’t be a Senran Kagura feature without acknowledging the series’ most consistently popular character.

Assault Android Cactus: Shooting for the S+ – A triumph of both the indie game scene and the Early Access development model, Assault Android Cactus remains one of the greatest shoot ’em ups I’ve ever played.

Final Fantasy Marathon: The Wrong Dungeon – The Warriors of Light find themselves in the Cavern of Ice. Okay, they were intending to end up in the Cavern of Fire, but what’s a little diametrical opposition in terms of elemental affinity among friends? Also mindflayers.

Senran Kagura: Shinobi Creativity – An important aspect of the Senran Kagura series for many people is how it allows you to indulge your creativity by dressing up the various characters and then posing them in a “diorama”. We take a pictorial look at Burst Re:Newal’s implementation of these features.

Atari A to Z

Atari A to Z

This week on Atari A to Z, we have a direct sequel to an English Software classic, a reasonable ST port of an adventurous but flawed Atari Games blaster, and arguably the best flight sim on Atari 2600.


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Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

First up, Patreon goodness! Right now, I’m supporting chaotic “old men (and Octav1us Kitten, who I also support) attempt to talk about games, usually fail” collective Digitiser 2000, the ever-grumpy (and always hilarious) Cheap Show Podcast, the wonderfully supportive Normal Happenings, independent games writing collective The Well-Red Mage and fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Rob “Hellfire64” Caporetto, all of whom you can find out a bit more about by clicking through to their profiles.

Here’s a selection of YouTube and podcast goodness from several of this lot:

And from around the WordPress Reader this week:

Doki Doki Literature Club: The Box Trap (Shallow Dives in Anime) – Dewbond may be late to the Doki Doki Literature Club party, but he most certainly Gets It.

Finding Happiness in Majora’s Mask (Lethargic Ramblings) – Leth explores one of his favourite Zelda games, and contemplates how, while the game is regarded as one of the “darkest” Zeldas, it’s also one with a lot of happiness to be found.

How Ring Fit Adventure Addresses the Mistakes of Wii Fit (In Third Person) – Jett has some interesting thoughts on Nintendo’s newly announced Ring Fit Adventure, a new and intriguing-looking take on the “fitness game” genre.

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (1993) [SNES] (The Well-Red Mage) – The ABXY Mage takes another look at the much-maligned Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest and contemplates whether it’s actually that bad, or if you guys are just mean.

Ports, Ports and more Ports, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Switch (Baud Attitude) – Baud takes a look at what the Switch has to offer in terms of ports… and probably not the ones you’re thinking of, either!

That’s that for another week, then! Hope you’ve had a lovely week; I certainly have. Back to the daily grind tomorrow, though; boo, hiss, etc.

Thank you as always for all your support, and I’ll see you in the week!

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