NES Power Hour

A couple years ago, Tyler, Chas and I decided it would be a good idea to do a power hour and talk about Nintendo games while we recorded it. That first recording eventually turned into Now Loadin’, the video game site Chas and I ran before Stew Over. In other words, this is the beginning. Tyler went through the effort of syncing up the audio recording with the following video so that you can follow along with us. So go grab a shot glass, eight beers, and enjoy a trip down memory lane with us.

R.I.P. Satoru Iwata Jul13

R.I.P. Satoru Iwata

A sad day for any fan of Nintendo as their CEO, Satoru Iwata passed away over the weekend due to a bile duct growth. Iwata missed this year’s E3 for health reasons but I’m not sure anyone in the public realized how serious his condition was. His contributions to Nintendo...

The Disturbing History of How Much I’ve spent on S...

Before we get started here I need to make one thing clear. No, it’s not that I love Mario. You know that already. And no, it’s not even that I regret what I’m about to lay before you. The one thing you need to know before you read this article is that we’re...

The StewOver Podcast 2.0:The Karate Kid Drives a Monster Truck Edition

On this week’s StewOver Podcast Ed, Dave, Chas, and Burner discuss movies, TV, and technology. Subscribe to the StewOver Podcast This week we front load Dave’s favorite topics: We discover Ed’s complicated relationship with John Rhys Meyers. We discuss the Crypt Keeper’s new movie, Last Vegas. There is universal love for Jordan Peele’s Obama impersonation. Ed celebrates the joys of living in Indiana We discuss the Google Glassholes taking over San Francisco We have another exciting round of Sports Debate with Ed and Chas (soon to be renamed) All that and we experience the many dramatic mic collapses of...

The StewOver Podcast 1.0: Tuna Boat Kickstarter Ed...

On this week’s StewOver Podcast Ed, Dave, Chas, and Burner discuss movies, TV, and technology. Subscribe to the StewOver Podcast This week we begin anew: Dave takes a pass on thick British accents. We digress on a little loved or remembered video game. We give Roland Emmerich...

The Top Ten Racing Games of All Time Oct19

The Top Ten Racing Games of All Time

I have a random post for you readers today. I was thinking about my favorite racing games, a genre that has really died off in the last couple of years. I feel like today all you get are super realistic games and the creativity and originality has pretty much disappeared. Regardless,...

Wii U Release Details Sep14

Wii U Release Details

Yesterday, Nintendo released the majority of the details surrounding the launch of their sixth home console, the Wii U. Nintendo’s new system promises HD graphics and the integration of a new tablet controller. As the Stew Over editor who is easliy the most excited about these developments, I’m here to bring you the highlights. Price and Release Date First things first, the release date. You can pick up the Wii U on Sunday, November 18th Next, price. There are two different bundles, but for all intents and purposes, the price is $350. Here are the other details: There is a “Basic” system that you can technically buy...

Greatest Games Recap

Back before Stew Over existed, I came up with a unique way to talk about our favorite games of all time. A podcast was scheduled, and Jim, Tyler, Kevin, Chas, and I decided we’d run down every year since 1985 and decide the best game from each particular year. Arguments were had, tough decisions made, copious amounts of beer consumed, and  a pretty ambitious project (27 articles in 27 weeks) finally came to an end last week. The purpose of this post is to put links to all the articles in one place and let you catch up on any you have missed. Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Part I: The 8-bit (NES) Era 1985: Super Mario...

Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time? Aug01

Is Nintendo the Greatest Developer of All Time?

Recently, IGN ran a feature on the top 50 video game makers. This list was done in typical annoying IGN style, releasing 10 a day as a click-through list. The rest of the list isn’t important, all that does matter for this post is that they named Nintendo number 1. If you’re like me, your reaction would be, “of course they are, was there any doubt? This is like Rolling Stone magazine releasing a list of the Top 50 Greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time and listing the Beatles number 1.” Be that as it may, I knew we have some Stew Over editors that disagree with IGN (and the sane world)’s choice. What follows...

Creating the Ultimate Nintendo Console Jul27

Creating the Ultimate Nintendo Console

As a gamer lucky enough to own all three consoles I am able to enjoy all the great games on the other systems while I wait with excited anticipation for the Wii U. As a Nintendo fan I have to hear about what a failure Nintendo has been for “hardcore” gamers over the last 10 years. Those arguments spurred me to create The Ultimate Wii user experience. One of the great things about the system is that it has the ability to not only play Gamecube games, but it has access to the richest back catalog on the market: the Virtual Console. I’ve limited myself to ten Wii games, ten Gamecube games, and ten Virtual Console games. Creating this list...

Greatest Game of 2010: The Competition

2010 is one of the strongest years we’ve highlighted so far. Limbo was amazing, but so were a number of other games that came out this year. I had quite a bit to say about these games, so be prepared! Heavy Rain Many of the decisions you make when you play games tend to feel...

Greatest Game of 2009: The Competition

While it’s hard to disagree with the panel and Kevin’s choice of Uncharted 2 for game of 2009, that doesn’t mean there weren’t other great games that year. These games are the main reason we never played Uncharted 2′s multiplayer. Not the least of...

Greatest Game of 2008: The Competition

While I would not disagree with Jim and the panel in saying that Left 4 Dead was the Greatest Game of 2008, it was still a very strong year for gaming. Here are some of my other favorites from that year. Let me know in the comments which games you enjoyed! Grand Theft Auto 4 When...

Greatest Game of 2007: Bioshock and Super Mario Ga...

2007 brought us two of the greatest games of our current generation, Bioshock and Super Mario Galaxy. While our panel selected Bioshock and I really can’t disagree with the selection, Super Mario Galaxy was also a great game. Today, I’ll talk about both and you can let me...

E3 2012: Final Impressions Jun11

E3 2012: Final Impressions

I seriously considered making this a two word post: Total Crap. That would pretty much sum up my feelings about E3 this year. The three big companies are the major reason for this. As you can read in my individual breakdowns, neither Microsoft, Sony, nor Nintendo had a very good showing at E3 this year. While plenty of blame can be laid at the feet of these companies, the 24-hour game news cycle and the (totally understandble) decision by a lot of companies to announce their games before the show also didn’t help. The fact that we’re at the tail end of an unprecidenally long console cycle also plays into the lack of a true WOW...

E3 Impressions: Nintendo’s Press Conference Jun06

E3 Impressions: Nintendo’s Press Conference

As the last of the three big game companies to present, Nintendo had a great chance to win E3. Both Microsoft and Sony were underwhelming and with so much on the line this show, Nintendo needed a blockbuster performance. Let’s see how they did. Pikmin 3: A++ This game looks...

Greatest Game of 2003: Mario Party 5

I was 21 years old in 2003, a junior at Indiana University. My hobbies matched that of most kids on campus: basketball and drinking, and not always in that order. I had the good fortune of living in a house ideally located two blocks from campus and two blocks from our favorite bars....

Greatest Game of 2002: Eternal Darkness

To this point, only two games were unanimous choices for Greatest Game of the Year: Super Mario Bros. in 1985 and Goldeneye in 1997. Eternal Darkness is the third and last game on our list to be granted that honor. The reason for this is due to its excellent gameplay, stunning...

Greatest Game of 2001: GTA 3 (Sort of)

Originally our panel choose Grand Theft Auto 3 as 2001’s Game of the Year, however, I hate that game. We’ll get to why in a minute, but first, I want to talk about my favorite game of this year, Pikmin. I’m also running down the competition by  stealing from...

The Rise and Fall of RARE

Rare is one of my favorite developers of all time. Their lineup of games puts them in the conversation with all the greats. A year or so ago, when they announced that “Kinect will be the main focus for Rare going forward,”  from a true gamer’s standpoint, the studio died....

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