To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Nintendo rereleased Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light on the Nintendo Switch. Originally released in 1990, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light never received an official release outside of Japan. There was the remake released in 2008, however the original Famicom release was never localized in the west. As this is the first game in the series, many features in modern titles are missing. Seeing how far the series has come from the first game is nice as players compare it to recent titles.
For an obscure series on the GameBoy Color, Shantae has become a fan favorite with many gamers. Shantae and the Seven Sirens released on IOS in 2019 and 2020 for everything else. Being the fifth game in the series, Shantae and the Seven Sirens has a lot to follow up on. Building upon previous games, Seven Sirens brings is culmination of everything WayForward has done with the series so far
Super Mario Sunshine released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube. Being the follow up to Super Mario 64, Sunshine improved what 64 had built without feeling too different. Many gamers that grew up with a GameCube fondly remember Sunshine. This review will use the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version as it is the most accessible version of Sunshine.
Released in December 2016, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero released on every major console at the time. Half-Genie Hero took what previous games had and built on/ simplified many different elements. Being the fourth game in the series, many fans had high expectations of this game. While the reviews were lower than Pirate’s Curse, Half-Genie Hero still did very well with many fans. WayForward’s first step into HD for this series created a fresh start for the series while maintaining the what people loved of the original game.
Paper Mario first released in Japan in the year 2000. Originally designed as a follow up to Super Mario RPG; Paper Mario expands upon the RPG mechanics while introducing a fun colorful art style. While the first two games of the series were popular, recent title have not lived up. With the release of Paper Mario: The Origami King, fans delighted in the return of somewhat traditional RPG mechanics. While it is not a complete return to the originals, Origami King steps in the right direction for many fans