Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The September 29th press briefing.

Well. Today was the day. The nintendo press briefing where they announced the release date and price of the Nintendo 3DS... In Japan. Heres what we know.

The Japanese release date is February 26th 2011 for 25,000 Yen. They said that it will be released in Europe and North America sometime in march. The price in North America and Europe is still unknown. I am pretty disappointed that we aren't getting it before the holidays but that's fine. What I really have trouble with is the price. 25,000 yen converts to about 300$ US which is pretty pricy. Japan/US prices can vary though so I'm crossing my fingers for it to be cheaper than 300.

That's the bad news. The good news is that we got to see a bunch of cool new stuff. They showed the final design. The slide pad is white now and it's only going to be available in blue and black. They announced a Gameboy and Gameboy color Virtual console along with classic games converted to 3D. DSi ware and 3DS ware content will also be available for purchase. Two Japanese television networks have teamed up with Nintendo to distribute 3D films experimentally that can be downloaded for free. Then they Showed off some games,

So all in all I would say that I'm quite satisfied, but still curious about a lot of things. One being the 3D movie distribution for North America, but I think we'll find that out when Nintendo of America does their briefing.

Thanks for reading :D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Virtual Boy

In the life Nintendo I don't think they've ever had something fail as bad as the Virtual Boy. Released on Augest 14, 1995 and discontinued a mere seven months later with only 14 games in it's library, it's safe to say that it failed. Really bad. But is it really as awful as people say? Well yes and no. Also before I go any further I want to say that I actually own a Virtual Boy so I know what I'm talking about.

So what is the Virtual Boy? It was supposed to be a virtual reality helmet type deal. The problem was that most games were from a third person perspective, so basically it was just 3D. But thats just the tip of the failed iceberg. I think where they really went wrong was the fact that it was black and red. Thats all. Just black and red. I suppose you can make the argument that the original Gameboy was in Black and white, But I disagree with this for two reasons.

One. this was supposed to be Virtual Reality!!!!! Life isn't in black and Red!
Two. Gameboy had more of a greyscale effect whereas the virtual boy was just one shade of black and one shade of red. 

Still, It's not all bad. The 3D effects are pretty cool and I would say does have some retro appeal now. My final conclusion is it looks worse than it actually is and there are too many people saying how bad it is before they've actually tried it. I would say check it out. It's interesting.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Drawn 2: Dark Flight Review

Drawn 2: Dark Flight is an Adventure/Puzzle game that aims to bridge the gap between Hardcore and Casual gamers. Featuring stylish graphics, an interesting story, a great sound track and excellent gameplay, this game definitely ups the ante for downloadable PC games. The cutscenes and voice acting are on the verge of cheesy sometimes, but that barely takes anything away from the game as a whole.

First of all, I want to point out that they do a fantastic job of making the game for casual as well as hardcore gamers, even though it does lean a bit more to casual gamers. I left it open on the computer and was going to come back to it in a few hours, but when I returned I saw that my Mom had started her own game and had gotten pretty far. She said  that she liked the play without time limits and that you can't die. She also liked the graphics and so do I.

The graphics are very pretty. There is a wide variety of art styles depending on what you're doing. For instance, at certain points you will enter paintings, paper cutouts, pop-up books, and much more. The dark atmosphere combined with the ominous sounding, completely original musical score does exactly what they're trying to do, they give you the feeling you're being pursued.

The gameplay is essentially all click-based dragging and dropping to solve puzzles, the puzzles can get very hard. Luckily, they have a great hint system. You get small tips and suggestions, and then you get full on, step by step instructions if you've been stuck for a while. Another feature that really pulls in the casual gamers (like Mom).

So bottom line is that this is a great game. This is a genre that I don't like very often, but this game really pulled me in. Out of the handful of PC games I've played this is by far the best. So no matter what kind of a gamer you are I would highly recommend checking this game out.

Before I go I'd like to give a BIG thanks to Tara Robertson that's letting me guest-post on her blog and giving me the opportunity to play this game before it came out so I could review it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Red Dead Redemption: The Movie?

Okay so here's something I read and just needed to post about. According to Show Biz Spy They're going to make a Red Dead Redemption movie starring Brad Pitt as Mr. Marston himself. This is just a rumor but man. I reeeally hope they don't make this movie. It was a good game and well, we all know how movie's based off of video games turn out. On the other hand, it could be decent...

Oh well, I guess we'll see.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! Review.

A few weeks ago I was searching through $1 NES sports games at the Flea Market. The basics were there, Double Dribble, Ice Hockey, Baseball, you know, games that aren't worth anything. I was just about to leave when at the very back a saw a copy of Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! in pristine condition. I'd never played it, but I'd heard about it and know that it was worth more than $1 so I bought it and I am very pleased I did. It's fair to say this is one of my favorite NES games.

You play as Little Mac. A tiny little boxer who works his way through ten boxers to fight Mike Tyson. That's about it. Just beat up Mike Tyson.

The Gameplay is very precise and reflex based. You need to dodge, punch, and block at the perfect time depending on which opponent you're facing. Each boxer has a weakness, the trick it to figure out what it is and exploit it. After a certain amount of punches they get knocked out moving you to the next opponent. 

The Boxers you face are all pretty clever and you can see that the designers had a lot on fun thinking up the names. Soda Popinski, King Hippo, Super Macho Man, and more. The graphics are great for the time and the controls are good too. Everything just seems to click with this game. Every aspect compliments the next in a mix of action, strategy, and timing unlike anything I've ever played. I would like a few more than just eleven opponents though.

So in conclusion it's a great game. Now excuse me while I get a copy of Super Punch Out!!


Thanks for reading :D

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Contest Winner

Well, only one entry for the Gameboy games... I guess no one likes Gameboy. Anyway, I guess that makes it obvious that (blog username) Matt won. Email you're address to and I'll ship the games soon. Congrats!

And for future contests, I think I'm going to make them monthly now. The shipping costs are getting reeeally expensive for a fourteen year old. So yeah. I'll have one the first Monday of every month.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Want 3 free Gameboy games? Giveaway #3

Hi guys! Sorry for posting this giveaway a day late but better late than never right? So today I'm giving away three free Gameboy games.

Burgertime Deluxe



Burgertime Deluxe is actually quite a rare game thats worth about $20. Don't believe me? Look it up. Anyway. You know the drill... you don't? Okay. Here's how you enter.

All you need to do is follow my blog and comment saying you entered. From there I'll chose a random commenter, and send them a blogger message telling them that they won. Once again I'll pay for shipping, but you have to live in North America

Thanks for reading and good luck :D

Monday, August 16, 2010

Contest Winner

Hi guys! I want to congratulate (blog username) Adam Kiesman on winning. E-mail you're address to and you should receive your game and zapper soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Top 5 hopes for the 3DS

Before you read this be sure to enter my contest here!

We know quite a few things about the 3DS. There are even more things that we don't know. Here are five things I'm hoping that the 3DS is going to be equipped with.

5. 3G

3G could be awesome... I think it's pretty easy to tell why.

4. No headaches.

For me it's not that big of a deal if you get a headache after an hour of playing or something seeing as you can just turn the 3D effect off for a little while, but if you got a headache after a half hour it could get pretty annoying. People at E3 did try it for about ten minutes though so at least we know that you can play headache free that long.

3. Great graphics.

Well so far they've looked pretty awesome. Here's a comparison and my oh my... Now keep in mind that the PS3/xbox 360 screen is a lot bigger than the 3DS so you can't really draw a fair conclusion. Still, I hope they end up looking this good in real life.

got this from 3DS blog by the way.
2. Virtual console.

The ability to download Gameboy games? Gameboy Color perhaps? Maybe even... Dare I say... Virtual boy?

1. A release date before christmas.

Everyone cross you're fingers!

So there's my list. Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading :D

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Super Mario 64 Review

Before you read this be sure to check out my contest! 

Ah the transition to 3D... Some game series' handled it very well, (Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy) others didn't make the leap quite so gracefully (Castlevania, Sonic). Today I'm going to talk about one of the best 2D to 3D transitions known simply as Super Mario 64.

The plot of Super Mario 64 is standard. Princess gets kidnapped, Mario must save her by going from level to level solving puzzles, killing bad guys and jumping over obstacles to find stars. Unoriginal, but it gets the job done. Where it really shines is in the gameplay.

I find the way they turned 2D plat-forming into 3D plat-forming absolutely brilliant. They managed to keep the classic Mario feel, but at the same time changing a lot. The bright, happy, cartoonish world feels exactly the way it should, and even though the primitive, polygonal graphics are technically outdated it adds a charm completely unique to the N64.

Of course it's not all good. The camera angles can be incredibly frustrating. You can tweak it with the yellow buttons on the top right side of the controller but sometimes that just doesn't cut it. Leaving you completely blind for a few seconds, longing for the days of simple right to left side-scrolling. But that doesn't last long and soon you're back in the action, able to see what's going on and enjoying it as much, if not more, than the 2D games.

So in conclusion this game is awesome. Play it... NOW!


Thanks for reading :D

Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday Giveaway #2

Hey everybody! First of all I want to congratulate (blogger username) Maria on winning the games. Now for my next contest:

Today I'm giving away a copy of Super Mario Bros./Duck hunt with an NES Zapper! Here's how you enter.

Entering contests is even easier now. All you need to do is follow my blog and comment saying you entered. From there I'll chose a random commenter, and send them a blogger message telling them that they won. Once again I'll pay for shipping, but you have to live in North America

Good luck and thanks for reading :D

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Top 5 best Playstation games

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I don't write about Playstation enough. I do really like the Playstation 1, 2, and 3. Just not as much as Nintendo. Anyway, today I'm going to talk about the best Playstation games. Now before I start, I just want to say that I haven't played as much Playstation as Nintendo, so if there is a game you think I'm stupid for leaving out, I just haven't played it yet. So. Without further ado. Here are the top 5 best Playstation games.

5. Crash Bandicoot.

This game really helped the Playstation get on it's feet. Great graphics for the time, solid gameplay, interesting level design, this game was one of the first 3D platformers and they definitely pulled it off.

4. Driver.

I doubt this game has appeared on many top five lists but I like this game a lot. It's fun, challenging, and how can a game with a felony bar not be awesome.

3. CastleVania: Symphony of the Night.

This game was made when 2D sidescrollers were coming to an end. So naturally, they had nearly perfected the genre. That perfection was simply known as CastleVania: Symphony of the Night.

2. Tomb Raider.

The graphics for this game were amazing. Great plot and a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend checking out Tomb Raider.

1. Final Fantasy 7.

Okay, there's really nothing I can say about this game that hasn't already been said. It's a great game that revolutionized RPGs.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Megaman 2 Review

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This is an excellent game. No question one of the best games in the NES library. Definitely better than the first. Why? Well, here's why.

Even though this game isn't very plot-heavy, I love the concept. Good guy makes one good robot, bad guy makes eight bad robots. Good guy robot must beat all eight bad guy robots to get to the many levels inside the bad guys laboratory.

The controls are great too. Nice and responsive. Easy to control, the graphics are pretty good for the NES, and the soundtrack is AWESOME! Seriously. Chalk it up as one of the best NES game soundtracks. So good.

This game is very difficult. Expect a lot of frustration. There's a difference between good frustration and bad frustration though. Megaman is good frustration because you can tell that it was purposefully made to frustrate you. Bad frustration is a game with bad controls or tons of glitches so instead of just needing skill, you need to pray that the game won't glitch up and kill you.

Now I know I should say some stuff that I didn't like about this game but the truth is that I really can't think of anything I don't like about it. It's a perfect game, in my opinion.

Rating: 10/10

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Want 4 free SNES games? Giveaway #1

So today I'm going to give away four awesome Super Nintendo sports games.

Super Play Action Football

John Madden Football

NHL 97'

Brett Hull Hockey

So to win just follow my blog, e-mail your account name to, and leave a comment on this post saying that you entered. I'll pick a random one to be the winner and announce you next Monday along with announcing my next contest. If you're the winner than e-mail you're address to the same e-mail and I'll send you the games. I'll pay shipping so you don't need to worry about that, you do need to live in North America though. If no one enters than whatever, I'll get to keep my games.

Thanks for reading! :D

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Yay for organization!

Okay... So I'm going to switch things up a little bit. Starting tomorrow I will begin implementing a structure to my blog. Here's how it's going to work.

Mondays: Giveaways. Yes, I'm going to start giving away stuff. More about that tomorrow.

Tuesdays: Game reviews.

Wednesday: Top 5/10 list.

Thursday: Hardware review.

Friday: Upcoming games.

Saturdays/Sundays: I might not post these days but if I do it will be a "History of" kind of article.

Breaking news will be anytime I find something that is worth posting about, on top of my usual schedule.

Thanks for reading! :D

More 3DS

If people read my blog I'm sure that they would get very annoyed by all of my 3DS stuff by now, but having no readers definitely has its perks. But have no fear, imaginary readers, for this post will be short. I just want say three quick things, followed by a bunch of awesome 3DS pictures.

1. Graphics: possibly better than the Wii, maybe even close to PS3 or Xbox 360.

2. Games: Ocarina of time remake?! Mario Kart 3D?! Paper Mario?!

3. 3D movies?!

In conclusion. You know those crazy people that wait in line for ten hours to be the first to buy something? Well, let's just say I've started saving. 

Thanks for reading! :D

The Playstation Move

I know I don't talk about Sony very much but today I wanted to talk about the move.

Ever since I saw about the move I was pretty opposed to it. I mean... It blatently ripped off the wii controller, but once you get past that it's basically just a wii remote that works better, and has better graphics. The only way the wii can compete is their awesome exclusive titles and the cheaper price. I think that the Move could really take a chunk out of Nintendo's Wii sales, but I'm not too worried. I'm pretty sure that the 3DS is going to be enough to keep Nintendo on top. Plus, the Wii really isn't one of Nintendo's best systems in my opinion. The motion controls are innovative but besides that it was basically just a Gamecube with Wi-Fi.

The sub-par graphics, the bright, happy marketing and the fact that they completely ignored online multiplayer on most of their games has turned off a lot of hardcore gamers, and for good reason. It really isn't a hardcore system. I would bet money that you've heard someone say "The graphics are pretty good... for the Wii." before.

Now don't get me wrong. It's is a great console. I'm just saying that I understand why some people don't like it.

Anyway, this post has turned into more abut the Wii than anything, but that's all I feel like writing.

Thanks for reading! :D

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Zelda Timeline EXISTS?!

Today I'm going to talk about an issue of huge debate in the Zelda universe. The Zelda timeline. There have been tons of Zelda timeline theories over the years, I personally never believed that one existed and they just made random games with the same characters, a similar objective, and different plots built around the basic Zelda structure. UNTIL TODAY!

 According to Eiji Aonuma a timeline does exist. In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, (basically Nintendo Power from the UK) he said "Yes, there is a master timeline but it is a confidential document! The only people to have access to that document are myself, Mr. Miamoto and the director of the title. We can't share it with anyone else!"

But what about all of the times Nintendo said that there wasn't a timeline? Were they just being tricky and keeping it under wraps? Or did they just never have a timeline and thought "Hey! Know what would be cool? I know that we've released fourteen Zelda games with no thought to how they fit together, but why don't we just say we have a timeline to make our fans happy." I'm hoping it's not the latter, but we'll see.

Thanks for reading! :D

Thursday, July 29, 2010

3DS release date to be announced on September 29

Finally we're going to find out when it's going to be released. Hopefully soon. But I was just thinking about it and... doesn't that mean that Nintendo just released the date for the date that they will annouce the release date for the Nintendo 3DS? Ladies and gentlemen... we have a tongue twister.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Top 5 why?'s of Nintendo

Over the years Nintendo has nearly always been on top. Cutting edge technology, great games, you name it. Sometimes, however. They take being ahead of there time a bit too far and come out with something just... weird. So. Without further ado, here are the top five why's of Nintendo.

5. No backlight on the gameboy advance.

Now this isn't a huge why. That's why I put it at the bottom of the list. For me, I was quite disappointed. 2001 and you still don't have a feature that the game gear had in 1990? Give me a break.

4. The Adventure of Link.

Why a side scroller?! This game for me is kind of like Castlevania 2, Super Mario Bros. 2, Double Dragon 3, etc. A disappointing sequel to a great game. I'm not even saying that these are bad games. Just games that don't fit in.

3. Nintendo ads.

Some of these are just screwed up...

2. The design of the Super Nintendo in North america.

I think a lot of people might disagree with me on this one but... Why so ugly?

1. The virtual boy.

Post coming soon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Can't really think of anything to post so instead I will leave you with the is picture I found on I thought it was pretty funny.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Princess Tomato In Salad Kingdom

Yes that is the real name. A few days ago I showed a few of my friends They weren't very interested until I clicked on the "P's" to show them the original Prince of Persia game. They didn't care about Prince of Persia, they cared about the game underneath. "Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom?! What kind of name is that? Click on it!" So I did. 

It's cheesy and obviously meant for seven year-olds or something, but it's actually a really well done game. Since then I've been playing it quite a bit. I haven't found an actual cartridge yet but I hope to find one soon. Apparently it's getting pretty rare.

Basically it's about some vegetable land where everyone lives happily... OR DO THEY?! Minister Pumpkin kidnaps Princess Tomato and steals the turnip emblem, then he takes them to a castle in Zucchini Mountain. Then sends he evil servants named "Farmies" to terrorize salad kingdom. Sir Cucumber must then save the Princess. That's the abridged version of the opening text.

The game plays kind of like a Text Adventure game, but you have a picture of where you are in the middle, and a list of commands on the sides like "MOVE" or "USE".  It works quite well. Basically the goal is to collect the right objects and use them at the right times. 

So in conclusion, I actually like this game. If you want to play it, click right
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ghosts N' Goblins Review

Hmm. This is an interesting game. It's definitely hard to review. Before you continue reading this, just click right ---> HERE <---.

Died? Of course you did. Now lets continue.

As you noticed, this game is friggin' hard. I honestly don't know how anyone can beat this game. But let's not focus on the impossibility of this game. How are the controls? Graphics? Plot? 

The controls are pretty good. There's nothing Cheetamen about them, the graphics are great for the time, and the plot... quoting from the box, "The beautiful princess is kid-napped. Her lover, the Knight in shining armor, armed with five different weapons to fight the enemy, sets out to rescue the beautiful princess." so basically it has the same plot as every NES game ever. 

Over all this game is decent. The only thing that really sets it apart from other games in the NES library is the difficulty. That being said, it's still a well put together game, just, like I said, impossible. So keep playing. If you actually manage to beat it, leave me a comment saying that you did. If you didn't, leave me a comment anyway. I like comments.


Thanks for reading :D

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Killzone 2 first impressions

So a few days ago I started playing Killzone 2 for PS3. It's veery different from the games I normally play (it's not made by Nintendo), but so far I like it. Challenging, exciting, great graphics, interesting plot, all together it's just really well done. I just hope it lasts a decent amount of time and isn't one of those games that only lasts a few hours.

Thanks for reading :D

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Nintendo's Portables Part 2

The Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS lite, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo DSi XL. I am not going to write about all of them seperately since they're pretty similar.

At E3 2004 the Nintendo DS was revealed and it was a pretty big step up from the Gameboy Advance. It had two touch screens and much better graphics, it also... well, you've seen a nintendo DS before. I'ma big fan of the DS, it's definately one of Nintendo's better portable systems. The one thing I wish it had were better graphical capabilities. That's where the 3DS comes in.

The 3DS, I already talked about this in my Nintendo E3 post so I'll make this breif. I AM SO EXCITED! I think the first game I'll get for it is the Ocarina of Time game. Anyway, that's my post, hope you liked it, thanks for reading.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nintendo's Portables

Nintendo has had a lot of portable systems. Starting with the game boy they were always pushing the envelope of what you could do with a system that fits in the palm of you're hand, and they always seemed to pull it off. Well, almost always... I'm looking at you Virtual Boy. So, today I'm going to write about all of Nintendo's portable systems.

The GameBoy.

The GameBoy is the grandfather of all gaming systems. There had been ones before it but none of them did it like GameBoy. The GameBoy was actually somewhat comparable to a game console and was a lot of fun. 

The GameBoy Color

This one is pretty self explanatory, it's a GameBoy... in color.

The GameBoy Advance (SP)

I like the gameboy advance and the Gameboy Advance, But I certainly don't think it's Nintendo's best system. Still, I got a GameBoy Advance for free and enjoy playing it a lot.           

Thats part one of Nintendo's Portables, check back soon for part two.

Friday, June 18, 2010

And so concludes E3


It might take me a few days to recover from my E3 hangover but it was great. I now have the 3DS to look forward to, the new Zelda game, Donkey Kong Country, Goldeneye, Gran Turismo 5, and a lot more. Anyway, back to regular blogging.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Well. Quite the presentation at E3 today. Quite the presentation. First of all you have some wicked looking games like Goldeneye and Donkey Kong Country, which were really cool. Second, you have the new Zelda game. And third, the 3DS!!! If you haven't already watched the presentation just click right here. And trust me, you want to watch the presentation before reading some fourteen year old kid blog about it.

Okay. Goldeneye is a little iffy. It looks pretty cool, don't get me wrong. But I just hope they don't change too much and keep it's gameplay, and over all feel, somewhat close to the original. The new Donkey Kong Country looks good. I think New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Has really started a trend of games with retro gameplay, but updated graphics. Both of these games look like they're going to be great and I'm very excited.

Ah. the new Zelda game. I am actually... Kind of skeptical. For me the Zelda franchise has been getting bland for me. I liked the original, I thought A Link To The Past was an absolute masterpiece, and I loved Ocarina of Time. But what did we have after that? Majora's mask? Meh. Wind Waker? Decent, but kind of lacking. Twilight Princess? Yuck. Apparently some people really enjoyed it. I was not one of those people. It's just so unoriginal! I hope they put more effort into the story for this one. The graphics for this one are nice looking too. Kind of cartoonie.

The 3DS looks awesome. Really awesome. I was blown away. I love the fact that you'll be able to watch 3D movies and take 3D pictures. Still. 3D games are definitely the coolest feature. Apparently there is going to be a Mario Cart 3D, an Ocarina of Time rerelease, Resident Evil, Assassins Creed, and a bunch more awesome games. It seems like it's going to do everything! I just hope that it doesn't mess with you're eyes.

The last thing I want to talk about today is the Kid Icarus game coming to the 3DS. I never really got into the kid Icarus game for NES but this one looks good. I think it's cool that they're releasing another game even though the last Kid Icarus game came out in 1986. Bottom line is I was really impressed with Nintendo's presentation this year and I'm really psyched for most of this stuff.

Thanks for Reading! 


Well... It was alright. A little boring. Nuff' said.

Monday, June 14, 2010


So I just finished watching the Ubisoft conference. I'm pretty impressed. I'm excited for "The raving rabbits travel time" mainly. Shawn Whites skateboarding looks pretty cool too.


So I just watched EA's presentation and it looks pretty cool. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit looks pretty cool. Great graphics and it looks fun. Dead space two looks really freaky. The rest didn't really interest me. Still, I enjoyed watching it. Now if you'll excuse me, Ubisoft's conference is starting.

Move so far.

Here's another video from IGN.

Natal is... Kinect?

So... Project Natal... I must say, I am a little disappointed. I mean. It looks cool but not as cool as it looked before. Just kind of underwhelming... Sigh...

Anyway. If you want to check out some of the videos of Nata- I mean Kinect they're right underneath.

Thanks for reading! I'll be putting up a bunch of E3 posts so stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A few announcement-type-thingies

Hello my MILLIONS of readers :D. Just saying that my blog title is switching to Games In General since all that I seem to be writing about now. I'll also be doing game reviews with actual ratings and stuff.

Get N or get out

So yesterday I went out and purchased a Nintendo 64. I now have the three must have (in my opinion) Nintendo consoles and rests proudly next to my SNES and NES. I got it mainly for Goldeneye, Ocarina of time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64. So far I'm liking it a lot. I feel like it was the biggest graphical leap Nintendo has ever taken. Don't get me wrong, NES to SNES is a pretty big leap. Same with N64 to Gamecube, but SNES to N64 seems to be the biggest.

The controllers... I think everyone has a strong
opinion about them. I personally love those messed up, three handled chunks of deformed plastic. Besides the cheap Joysticks, that is. There's really no right way, or wrong way to hold them, and the D-pad is the perfect size.

Anyway, that's all for my somewhat short post. Just felt like writing quickly about my N64. This also means I'll write about some N64 games.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Super Mario World

This game is really, really, really good. When I first tried it I didn't really like it. I was used to the NES versions and had a bit of trouble getting used to the 16-bit transition. After just thirty minutes of playing, however, I discovered it to be a great game. Once I beat it it became my favourite Mario title.

What made it so great? First, The sixteen bit graphics. Not just the way it looked, but it could also handle more enemies on the screen without blinking like crazy. Second, the controller. With A, B, X, and Y there were a lot more things you could do. Like Mario's spinnie move. The shoulder buttons also served there small, but useful purpose of allowing you to move the camera angle ahead of you and behind you. Third. YOSHI!! He is a great addition to the Mario series. I don't think the game would have been half as good if it wasn't for him. It was a brilliant way to keep the gameplay fresh while still maintaining the classic Mario stile.

As for the plot... There really isn't one. Bowser captures princess, Mario saves her. That's it. Zero creativity points but you don't play a Mario game for it's story line. If I felt like playing a game with a story line I would pop Final Fantasy VII into my playstation.

So in conclusion... buy this game. Honestly. Buy it. If you don't have an SNES the buy one and this game. It's also on Wii's virtual console if you want to do that. Honestly though. I don't care if you've never played a 2-D sidescrolling platformer before. You will love this game.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Top 5 Mario Games

Well, Super Mario Galaxy Two was just released and I figured to celebrate I would make a top five list.

5: Super Mario Galaxy.

Why? Mario in space?! How is that not awesome?!

4: Super Mario Bros. three.

Why? Somehow a leaf turns you into a racoon and somehow a racoon can fly... what?

3: Super Mario Kart.

Why? When the letter "C" is replaced with a "K" you know you're in for a good time.

2: Super Mario Bros.:

Why? Well, it's kind of obvious.

1: Super Mario World:

Why? I'll write about it tomorrow.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

This game is EPIC! Honestly, it is a fantastic video game. It remains one the best games of all time in my opinion. It started the classic Zelda formula (Get three things, then unlock seven dungeons). It also brought back the top-looking-down perspective to for those who were mad about the second game switching to a side scroller.

So what happens in A Link To The Past? The real question is really what doesn't happen in a link to the past? This plot is all over the place. But, basically you start as young Link. You get three pendulums, then the master sword, then princess Zelda get's kidnapped. You then get sucked into the Dark world and need to find seven christals.

Thats a breif summary, but so much other stuff happens. I can't even begin to explain all of the other twists and turns, in conclusion, this game is a lot of fun and I think it's the best release for SNES I've played so far.

Thanks for Reading!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The iPad

Yesterday I tried out an iPad for the first time. I know it came out like two months ago in the States but I'm from Canada so it just came out for us. Now that we have that out of the way, I will continue.

When I heard Apple was coming out with a touch screen tablet I was really excited, reeeally excited. I was hoping it would look something like these.

Then they presented it and it was... a big iPod touch. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I wish my ipod touch had a bigger screen but really? This was supposed to be epic! I really didn't see the point in getting one. Still, like I said, yesterday I tried one, and it was decent. No more no less. I loved the web browser, I though the e-book reader was alright but I would need to test it for more than ten minutes to really see how much it would strain your eyes, but over all I liked it. I wouldn't buy one, but I liked it. It someone walked up to me and said "Want a free iPad?" I would definitely say yes.
As for gaming on the iPad... well, I didn't love it. I believe I played RealRacing HD and Touch Grind. Now once again, I'm only writing this on about a ten minute test but it was not very good in my opinion. First of all, that whole tilt to steer thing works fine on an iPod, but on the iPad it's just awkward. Touch Grind wasn't bad, quite good actually. That being said, not at one point in playing did I think "This is almost as good as playing a Nintendo DS or PSP!". Puzzle games I imagine could be good, but that is about all I would actually like playing. 

Well that's all I felt like writing today, thanks for reading!