i’m still wrapping up a slew of longer games, so no new review quite yet. and i noticed that this is my 200th post; the milestones seem to all be coming at the same time. anyway, i thought i would write up a couple of posts highlighting some essential and favorite links. i’ve already written about a few of these, like videogamepricecharts.com, but i thought i’d put together a list useful for my own reference as well.
first off, essential links, or rather, ones that i often refer to whenever i’ve just finished playing through a game. some of these are pretty obvious, but i’m including for completeness’ sake.
wikipedia is one of the first places i check out, just to find out basic information about a game, such as its release dates and history. there are a slew of useful wikis for specific franchises (e.g. metroid, mario, zelda, and pokemon) that also serve as great sources of info. also worth mentioning is strategywiki.org which although far less detailed and not too useful right now, over time should become a more-valuable resource.
next up, metacritic is of course a handy tool for browsing through collections of reviews. they recently rehauled their interface, making it so awkward for browsing and temporarily doing away with all of their retro content completely that i pretty much can’t even be bothered to use them anymore. gamerankings.com has been doing a decent job of filling the void and has the added advantage of covering even older systems than metacritic did.
next, three resources that i often check to see if they have entries for the game i’m interested in are the great video games maps archive vgmaps.com, the video games instruction manual archive replacementdocs.com, and the video games mp3 archive galbadia hotel. they’re not completely comprehensive, but the amount that they do have is impressive and growing all the time.
in terms of reliable sources for single reviews, nintendo power is a great offline archive. i used to refer to IGN but quickly realized that their opinions were so far from mine that they were pretty useless (that’s a nice way of saying that their writers, with the exception of craig harris who covers the handheld games, were idiots, although now that their nintendo staff has been rehauled they may turn out to be a bit more worthwhile these days). but a much better source that i turn to regularly now is nintendolife.com. although they’re based in the UK they cover US release dates and news perfectly well, and their VC, DSiware, and wiiware reviews are extremely thorough. they’re also continually adding to their retro reviews as well, which is great for a retro fanboy like myself.
[edit: also should have made a quick mention of gamefaqs.com, the no-frills go-to source for great guides, walkthroughs, and FAQs.]
that’s it for now. i probably won’t have to update this too much in the near future, but it’s nice to have all these often-visited links in one spot.