If you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter recently, you might have noticed a very brief blip where I mentioned a new show: Leverage. And by new, I do mean new to me, since Leverage first aired in 2008, and came to a close in 2012.
(And if you’re a couple of my friends who’ve already seen Leverage, bless your hearts for letting me yell in your DMs before I wrote this post.)
Whether or not you noticed my new interest, though, doesn’t matter. After all, that’s what today’s post is for. This morning, I’m here to introduce you to the anti-capitalist heist wonders of Leverage, not to mention gush about some of the sharpest character development I’ve witnessed in years. And to cry about the state of that finale, which is, again, one of the best things I’ve watched in recent memory.
And did you know a revival is coming?
Buckle up, folks. There’s a lot of ground to cover today!
I feel like I’m nine years old again, and on a train to Chicago.
Highly specific, I know. But my mom bought my the original Red Rescue Team for that trip, so Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a memory brick to the face in the best of ways. Do you need some convincing, though? Well, let me help!
I have to admit, I’m wondering how many folks got a crash course intro to Animal Crossing: New Horizons recently. It’s pretty much the game to play right now, what with its soothing features and general lack of pressure. The raccoon you’re in debt to? Not even a point of stress at all. Just catch a bunch of bugs, sell those, and pay him back whenever you get around to it. Easy peasy.
For real, though, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the calmest thing in my life right now, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, maybe I can convince you to try it.
Years ago, I played the original Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon (known then as Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon) on the Wii at a friend’s house. I never got past the first boss fight, since it wasn’t my game to spend hours and hours and hours on, and yet I loved it so. It had the mystery dungeon features I’d come to love from the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, as well as a wholesome, fluffy little player character. Who can resist Chocobo’s sweet little face after all?
So imagine my surprise when a remaster hit the Nintendo Switch, complete with new classes, new mechanics, and all the nostalgia my little heart could take. Imagine how quickly I popped open my wallet to see if it was a reasonable immediate purchase.
And imagine how many hours I’ve sunk into it by now. Imagine higher. Higher. Now you’re getting it!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a new game to pick up, let me show you all the reasons Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! is worth checking out!
Believe it or not, I didn’t play Spyro the Dragon games as a kid. I grew up in a Nintendo household, and never had the right console to grow attached to this little purple dragon.
But now I’m in my 20s, Spyro is on the Switch, and every single one of you probably saw this coming. I love dragons. I love video games. And smashing the two together and handing it to me for Christmas?
This is a game tailored exactly to my interests, which means putting it down long enough to write this post was a challenge in its own right! Yes, it’s that worth playing. But I can get a little more descriptive, no worries! See for yourself what makes the first entry in the Reignited Trilogy worth playing!
If there ever comes a day where I don’t care about a new mainline Pokémon game, ask me as many questions as you can, and try to see if I was hacked, because I don’t think there will ever be a day where Pokémon doesn’t have my heart, soul, and wallet all lined up in adoration.
And Sword and Shield, despite all the concerns raised since the first reports of the game came out, continues that time-honored tradition of stealing my heart and all of my free time.
If nothing else, I am a hopelessly devoted fan of the Luigi’s Mansion series. The original was one of the first video games I remember playing on the GameCube (along with Super Mario Sunshine, which is criminally underrated and deserves a sequel for the Switch), and its spooky-with-a-side-of-cute flavor captured my heart from day one.
Now that was in 2002. 17 whole years later, I still love this weird green man and his reluctant ghostbusting gig, and it gives me all kinds of joy to say that Nintendo knocked Luigi’s Mansion 3 out of the park!
Apparently the Netflix gods heard my requests, because not only did S4 of She-Ra get a full thirteen episodes, but it delivered on every emotional beat, repeatedly punching me in the face with all the emotions I could have possibly cycled through in five short hours.
The short verdict? Oh my god, please watch this series, I’m begging you.
The long verdict? Yeah, that’s going below the cut, because it’s going to be SO LONG. And also peppered with spoilers, so beware.
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