Every kid that grew up in the 1990s holds some nostalgia for the things they loved during that time. For me it was Saturday morning cartoons. I had just gotten into anime after watching sailor Moon and was intrigued by the idea behind Pokémon. Pokémon featured portal pocket monsters that a trainer could hunt and collect to battle against Pokémon. The series is still running strong with new characters, songs, and challenges for the characters to endure.
The Legend of Zelda published by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka in 1986. The series follows the hero Link, and his quest to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon or also known as Ganondorf. Link must travel through the kingdom of Hyrule to collect the pieces of the triforce to summon the wisdom, courage, and power to defeat Ganon. Below is my intimal reaction to seeing the 2016 E3 trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds.
During the last few years the media has been focused on bringing comic books to the big screen. This has extended to new comics and video games being created based on the heroes and villains we grew up reading about. Due to the new release of Spider-man, PlayStation created a new video game based around the famous web swinger.
Crash Bandicoot is one of Sony’s most popular franchises. Many wondered if they saw the success of Sega’s usage of a loveable mascot by having Sonic the Hedgehog and wanted to profit the same commercial success. They drew inspiration from Australia–New Guinea with bandicoots.
I have always enjoyed fighting games from Capcom, and at first, I believed the series was just that. A hack/slash game set in the universe of humans fighting demons. After playing the game, you get engrossed with the turmoil the characters are going through and you want the story to unfold further. Having siblings of my own, I understand the rift between them and the desire to mend fences. Family values are important to all the characters, showing it to either be a crutch or your salvation.
In video games, dragons are fearsome, monstrous beasts that the hero must defeat to steal treasure or rescue the damsel in distress. Surprisingly, in Spyro the Dragon, a dragon becomes the hero in the story. The protagonist still resembles the fiery, quick-tempered, and guarded characteristics of dragons in lore, yet he uses these characteristics to his average to save the day.
I have always preferred the darker tones of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland compared to the Disney classic. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is an adaptation of a book Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. Tim Burton stated that when creating his version of the tale, he drew inspiration from the Disney classic, the original story by Lewis Carroll and her other novel Through the Looking Glass, and The Looking Glass Wars series written by Frank Beddor.
While growing up, I always enjoyed watching animated films by Walt Disney. When I first saw the trailer for Kingdom Hearts, I was elated by the idea of a video game featuring beloved Disney characters while mixing fantasy and adored characters from Final Fantasy. Square Enix captures the well-rounded characters, bright colors, and cherished storylines featured in the Disney classic films.
Being a fan of table-top games, like Dungeons and Dragons, I was excited by the concept of Dragon Age. It was another form of media to play out different types of creatures or races that I enjoyed playing in tabletop games such as orcs, dwarves. knights, wizards, clerics, elves, or even Faeries. Thanks to the series commercial success the game has had numerous spin-offs, sequels, merchandise, and novels adapted from the games.
I have always been a fan of The Legend of Zelda Franchise, enjoying the idea of playing the young hero adventuring the kingdom of Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda from Gaon. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, was the first installment in the franchise I was introduced to and played all the way through on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Over the years my vision has gotten worse, thus making the games harder to see.