4-1 The Story of Donkey Kong in Manga Form

A brilliant retelling of the 1981 and 1994 Donkey Kong story.

This is a lovely video, a narrated translation of a manga, The Story of Donkey Kong featuring all of our favorite Nintendo pals: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Pauline and of course Donkey Kong. A lovely distraction during these trying times.

3-4 Animal Crossing: Tom Nook Has a Deal For You

If you do not have a Nintendo Switch, I strongly urge you to consider picking one up. There’s a myriad of reasons to pick one up, and one of those reasons is the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. It’s the most chill-out stress-free game I’ve played in a long time. There’s no real wrong way to play. You can put all your energy into unlocking new tools to expand your home or you can focus on farming and harvesting fruit to turn in for bells (in-game currency of AC).

It’s me and my home. And yes that’s a chalkboard outside my house. I don’t know why.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo Switch, 2020

I mean just look at cute that little house is and the little outfit I’m wearing. Find a way to pick up this system and this game if you can. I know that consoles are hard to find these days as a result of the quarantine, but if you can afford it, it’ll be worth your investment. The relaxation and chill out vibes that this game gives will help your mental health.

2-3 Abandoned Systems: *blows dust off of Vita*

Since the purchase of my Nintendo Switch, many of my other handheld consoles/systems have been sitting idle. They sit there in the corner, looking forlornly at me. My PlayStation Vita and My Nintendo 3DS have probably felt a little bit neglected.

Nintendo 3DS

I guess it’s inevitable, this is just something that happens. This isn’t to say that I won’t go back. I will. The 3DS is a powerhouse of a system and has some lovely games worth spending time with. But every time I do venture back, it’s harder and harder.

My Nintendo Switch has spoiled me. It has hit this perfect spot in the middle with regards to how I hold it, how much screen space I have, the games that I can carry on the go (many of which have been ported off of these older systems). I just struggle to go back and play unless it’s specifically for a game that cannot be re-purchased on the Switch.

It’s an evolution, we’re always moving forward. We’re always improving upon the past (or at least we’re always trying).

2-2 Mortal Kombat’s History of Violence: Get Over Here!

So much drama over a few bloody pixels. This is a deep-dive into the controversy around Mortal Kombat, censorship, & video-game violence.

“Mortal Kombat’s fatalities were so graphic that they had to literally be seen to be believed. One kid would hold court on a playground and strive to convince a jury of peers that he’d seen one character rip off his face and breathe fire, reducing the other guy to ashes and bones. Another kid swore up and down that a fighter in a white jumpsuit and straw hat could zap characters’ heads off with a bolt of lightning. “That breeds interest and foot traffic,” later GamePro editor Dan Amrich said of the rumors surrounding MK’s gory finishing moves, “and before you know it, you have people looking closer because that controversial thrill was so unexpected. And that’s going to be very powerful with kids whose media is largely — and rightfully! — gatekept by their parents. Here’s a game you’re know you’re ‘not supposed to play,’ even if you haven’t been strictly forbidden to play it. It tapped into the lure of the forbidden.””

via: Polygon