Another Castle was my bi-monthly Nintendojo column on video game narrative. It aimed to take a closer look at the stories behind our favourite video games, exploring where they succeeded and where they failed and how they’ve handled particular topics and themes. Hopefully they’re not too bonkers compared to your average narrative article.
1. The Not-So-Lofty Ballad of Skyward Sword
It may have been a love letter to Zeldas past, but Skyward Sword has some serious pacing problems.
2. (Space) Ship-Wrecked
Samus and Robinson Crusoe share some surprising similarities.
3. Aspects of Love
A Valentine’s Day special– a look at Nintendo’s history with the theme of love.
4. Special Delivery
When it comes to story delivery, there’s the good, the great, and the downright ugly.
5. Sacrilegious Content
The Binding of Issac isn’t the first game to suffer from Nintendo’s “questionable religious content” censorship, and it probably won’t be the last either.
6-8. Infernal Revelations
An in-depth look into how Resident Evil: Revelations uses Dante’s Inferno to support and enhance its own the narrative.
9. The Empathy Problem
How Pandora’s Tower could learn a thing or two from Xenoblade Chronicles about character empathy.
10. Under Your Spell
Do we choose our favourite video game characters, or does the game choose for us?
11. Apocalypse Now
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine.
12. Skyloft’s Utopian Dream
Gorko the Goron idolizes Skyloft as a kind of utopia, but how does The Surface compare?
13. Revealing the Big Bad
I explore the best and worst of last-minute boss reveals.
14. Do Stories Even Matter?
15. Rage Against the Dying of the Light
A look at what Pikmin, Heavy Rain and BIT.TRIP Fate can teach us about video game death.
16. Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey
Chrono Trigger and Radiant Historia go head to head in a battle for time-travelling supremacy.
17. The Inception of Link’s Awakening
Forget Cobb and his crew– Link’s been going deeper since 1993.
18. My Top 5 Favourite Stories
As Another Castle shuts its doors, I look back on my all-time favourite Nintendo stories.