More Than a Damsel in Distress: A Look at Two Iconic Princesses

Fairy tales have told the hero-saves-the-princess story for about as long as fairy tales have existed. This plot was later incorporated into video games, with some of the earliest story-driven games requiring you, the player, to save the damsel in distress. This trope has appeared in dozens of video games since, but none more prominently than the Mario and Legend of Zelda franchises.

Back in the 8-bit days, both of these franchises revolutionized gaming with Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. Though vastly different in terms of genre and gameplay, both games tasked you with fighting the villain and rescuing the princess – Princess Peach in the case of Mario, and Princess Zelda in the case of Zelda.

The appearances of Peach and Zelda in these early games are classic examples of a Damsel in Distress – no real plot importance other than being a person to be rescued, and essentially helpless (though less so in Zelda’s case). Over time, however, Nintendo has subverted these tropes in their games, especially in each franchise’s most recent entries, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Although the safety of these princesses is still the goal of your quest, these two ladies are far more than just damsels in distress.

Warning – Spoilers ahead!

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My Top 5 DS Games

Gaming giant Nintendo pioneered the handheld gaming industry with the Game Boy, first introduced in the United States in 1989. The Game Boy went through a number of iterations and upgrades before Nintendo took the next logical step and introduced the DS, a device similar to the Game Boy, but with two screens instead of one.

Although the DS has since been replaced by its relative, the 3DS, it’s still home to some of my favorite video games. A while back, I wrote a blog post about my Top 5 video games on another old Nintendo console, the GameCube, and today I’d like to do the same with the DS.

The “rules” for this list are similar to the ones for my GameCube post, but with one small exception.

  • A game that was not completed can be included if I feel like I completed it enough to have experienced it fully
  • Only one game per franchise, spinoffs included
  • Games created exclusively for the 3DS are NOT included, as I consider that a different console.

Now, without further ado, here are my favorite Nintendo DS games in no particular order.

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Week In Review – February 23

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well! This was a pretty busy week, but a good one too. I had a great time at the Battle Royale event last Saturday (even though my favorite character lost), and my lab session went well too.

This week, I shared the writing lessons I learned from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, which I just finished re-reading recently. If you need tips on writing three-dimensional female characters, adult characters that aren’t useless, or making your narration unique, be sure to give it a read!

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My Top 5 GameCube Games

Today we’re going to talk about a purple box. And I don’t mean just any purple box – I mean the Nintendo GameCube, the first console I ever owned.

People have mixed feelings about the GameCube, but it’s one of my favorite gaming systems I’ve ever owned, right up there with the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. From its looks to its controllers, I’ve always really loved it, but the reason I still have mine is because it’s home to many of my favorite video games, even now, over ten years after Nintendo stopped manufacturing the console.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite games from the GameCube era. I know many of these are outdated now in terms of technology, but to me, they’ve held up over the years, and I still find myself playing them from time to time. Just a minor disclaimer: I didn’t duplicate franchises, so as much as I love MarioKart: Double Dash, I took it off in favor of another Mario game. In addition, games that I didn’t finish, like Metroid Prime, and ports/remakes, such as The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition, were not included in the running.

So without further ado, here are my top five GameCube games in no particular order.

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