Posts Tagged ‘nintendo’

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And how would like your Kid Icarus to be served, Sire?

December 4, 2008

I’ve just read through an interesting article over at IGN’s Wii site about a possible Kid Icarus reboot, and came to the idea to share my thoughts as well on this marvelous franchise.

Less Emo, more wings, and we're good to go.

Many of those once-great franchises were given a second chance in the past years. Metroid gone to 3D on the Gamecube and made a revolution regarding the adventures of Samus Aran. But, in my personal opinion, the new Prince of Persia series is the one that made the greatest revolution to an old series. I have to be honest, I didn’t really love the original PoP, I just liked it but it didn’t deliver the same feeling as Super Mario Brothers did for me. But a few years later we had our time-reversing champ, and it was made of pure awesome. Now, we are getting Bionic Commandos and other great stuff, so a Kid Icarus remake, might be reasonable.

Pit... way of the casual.. path we don't wan't to walk.
But should it be 2D? Or should it be transitioned to the more “todays Gen” 3D world? We’ve seen a lot of concepts, and heard a lot of gossips, but nothing is official, so we can still dream in the dark about the possibilities. Whoever is making the next Kid game, should learn a lot from Ubisoft and Retro studios, who made great twists with the PoP and Metroid series. Those were great, but if we take a look at what Nintendo does these days, we might lose hope… The Big N is going for the more casual type of gamers now, and Kid Icarus was a charming little “tough-nut-to-crack” game, with a style that appeals to the younger generation. We don’t need this to be redone! Pit looked fun in Super Smash Brothers Brawl, but we don’t need that! We want a hardcore, mature game, with Kid as a more grown up character, filled with a darker tone. Some of the concepts are showing this path, but some do not. I would take the Kid Icarus series a bit the Warrior Within way, but with less emo and angst. A Game with a darker world, with lots of combat and Mario Galaxy style platforming should make a great game, but in order to have that, things need to change, and someone needs to crash the desk over there in Kyoto to make this thing published. We hope, that we’ll get our true Kid Icarus reboot sometime in the future.

Pit... going to a better way...

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Smash Bro’s in the House

June 29, 2008

At last…. we Euros got our portion of Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Wii. I can’t really say anything about it now… it’s addictive indeed you start to play and then you just simply can’t put the wiimote down… however I don’t feel that this is game is indeed the best fighting game ever created (many people do all the hype about it…) but I dunno.. we played it a lot, and there is still a lot of content to get out of the stuff…

It’s a fun fighter yes, but… I dunno I had more funfactor injected into my brain when I played with Tekken… However I have to admit, the fanservice is absolutely huge here. All of the favorite videogame characters are present… I just want Snake and Sonic to be unlocked. God I played the singlelayer missions for like 3 hours now, and the completion rate is only 27%???? Duh…. shit… too much work to do here…

Oh, and Zero Suit Samus is ❤ on maximum!

this is madness.... no... this is brawl.

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My LibrarWii: Is there a doctor in the house?

May 31, 2008

Trauma Center: Second Opinion might be familiar for those who own a DS… I don’t but… that doesn’t matter… I’ll just get to the point straight: If you love puzzle games, and you own a Wii, you need this one. Got it? Now on to the game itself…

In Trauma Center you use the Wii-mote to make life saving surgery on people. It is impossible to hold the Wii-mote rocksolid steady, unless you have some nifty robotic arms… This gives the game some reality feeling since you have to be really accurate, or your patient dies… well, they’ll die eventually.. you’ll never become a real doctor, but I started to understand some latin bullshit which might be a requirement to watch one full episode of Dr House, although my MedicSpeech is still basic.

You’l do some interesting medical perfomances in the beginning, then the game turns into some weird sci-fi bullshit, with intelligent bacteria and nanomachines… if can step over this fact, you can still enoy the game. The next critical hit from the game are the characters. In the beginning, you’ll find them interesting… but then it turns into some weird southamerican soap drama, where everone cries and yells that they live to save patients… yeah we fucking know that you guys are doctors and thats your job, but after the 833483th “My faith is to save people”, you’ll really want to launch your virtual scalpel into the people’s face.

Otherwise… the game is superb puzzle action… the story is decent, and interesting if you put the dialogues aside. The Game gets harder with every operation, and although there are weird “What the F is this? Why do I have to do this?” missions, it is still enjoyable. I really have to get my hands on Trauma Center New Blood!

Buy it or Burn it? – It’s a most if you love puzzle action and manga chicks.

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My LibrarWii – games you should and should not buy

May 25, 2008

It’s a console war out there… so they say… there are no casualties and no gunfire tho’, but packs of money fly around, making our pockets empty. It’s a tough decission when it comes to which system you want to spend your money on. I cast my Vote for Wii, and since I bought it more than a year ago, I managed to fill up my gaming libary with some pretty cool, and also some other very dissapointing titles…

Although most of the games cost less than an average Xbox360 or PS3 title, it’s still money, and if you don’t want to waste it, you should do a good research on the net, checking reviews and videos.

I’m just an average gamer (haha… working for a gaming magazine doesn’t make things that average…), and it’s really hard sometimes to decide if you want to go for one game, or leave it on the shelf.

With this My LibrarWii series, I’ll try to hurray on those titles I’m satisfied with and to flame those that don’t even worth a dollar burried in a pile of shit. If you are an owner of a Wii already, but don’t know where to spend your money, or if you just might want to be the next owner of the Nintendo console (in case you are lucky cos’ it’s on stock) then these posts could help you.

For this time, I’ll take 2 titles, one as a dissapointment and another as an orgasmfull enjoyment.

Need for Speed: Carbon

If you are a pimp-my-ride fanatic, you can’t live under 200 mph, and you get a hard-on while talking about a Mustang GT, than you should get this title for PC, PS3 or any other system, except for the Wii… Seriously, I played this game for like 3 hours, and then I quit the whole thing. The idea is simple, you just tilt the controller as a steering wheel and tada, you are controling a car… that would’ve been the idea, but it feel like waving your doodle in a box of nails… it’s frustrating, demoralizing, and bad. The game is bad, you can’t tell anything good about it except the fact that you are driving cars you will never own unless you have a PS3, Xbox360, a Wii, a nuclear plant powered PC, a penthouse next to central park, and Paris Hilton in your bed as your daily bitch… seriously, this game is bad in every possible way, the graphics are bad, the controls are bad, and since Most Wanted EA couldn’t come up with a decent Need for Speed title. You need to stay away from this one… and also stay away from Pro Street which was bad on every oder system, I don’t even want to imagine how terrible it could be on the Wii…

Buy it or Burn it? – BURN THE M****ER DOWN YEAH!

at the next turn you will fly, and so will your wiimote

Mario Kart Wii

Now, on the other hand we have Mario Kart Wii… My first experience with the Kart series was on the N64, and I couldn’t simply put the controller down for hours… days… weeks… I know now why I’m wearing glasses… The Wii installment comes with the usual “bigger and better” marketing bullshit. Offering a robust but clanky online feature and a lame and frustrating offline game, this should be a no-buy for everyone. But the game is addictive, you might want to quit your marijuana for this, because it gets you high no matter what, and it’s also legal. Mario Kart Wii is basicly your best friend who stabs you in the back, and then picks flowers for you from the field and gives you choclate. In case you are in a winning series, you can’t stop, and in case you get bad luck you still can’t stop because you want to get your lost points back.

chaos is everywhere

The Offline feature is your first thing that should be done… play it for a few hours, get used to the controls (which is way better then in NFS… *khm* EA…) and then you should leave the whole thing behind because the AI opponents will do nothing more than just place their explosive dicks up into your ass… They cheat, and you fail, that’s how it goes…

The thing you should focus on is the Online part. You just play and you can’t stop playing… you want more and more, and next time you should go for the role of Anakin Skywalker because your hunger and lust for power will make old Ani fail like a dramatic chipmunk… it’s addictive, but still fun… you need a lot of patience tho’, the game might turn you down at times, and your Wiimote might suffer heavy casualties from it’s flights directed to the ground or through the windows… just miss the TV. If you are into some wacky racing games, and you don’t mind that sometimes luck is more appriciated then skills, you need to get this one.

Buy it or Burn it? – Buy it, then burn it, then revive it, then burn it…

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Metroid Movie? From Micheal “BlewEmUp” Bay? OMGYes!

May 24, 2008

There’s a rumor going on that Micheal “I’llBlewYouAwayWithMyAwesomeEffects” Bay might direct or produce a Metroid movie, based on Nintendo’s successful franchise which is called… yes… Metroid.

I\'m in love

The title simply cries for a movie adaptation, and those who ever played just one title of Metroid would love to see what Michael could do with the material. But since this is just a rumor… nothing much to expect.However let’s not forget, that we are living in a time of adaptations, Comic books and video games are under attack by angry scriptwriters and zombie faced producers… some of these suffer (Hitman anyone?) Some of these turn out to be pretty good (Dead or Alive… it was simple and fun). And let’s not forget the we’ll get a Prince of Persia soon!

So all I can do is just to hope that Metroid Movie will become a reality sooner or later… and if it does, it won’t be a lame adaptation like it was for Super Mario… man even I could do a better movie than that sheeeesh…

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Why caring about stats, numbers and data?

March 14, 2008

I have a very useless hobby, namely: checking the hardware sales of the current console generation… why? Don’t ask, I’m just interested…

they fight, you cheer

It’s pretty useless to check these numbers on a weekly basis… seriously, why? There are multiple sites giving you all the data about the shipments and stuff (vgchartz is probably the best looking). But it really doesn’t make much sense to check these numbers… I mean, I’ve already bought a Wii, I should be happy about the fact that good games are coming for it, and that’s it. Why to be a fanboy, why cheering about the sucky data PS3 produces, and the lack of success for Xbox360 in the Jap region?

One reason might be that I’m also working part-time in the gaming industry and I have to be up-to-date with what’s going on with those who make games. But on the other hand, it’s like politics… you have to see all aspects in order understand which “party” you choose (or… all aspects of the force… right there Mr Palpatine?). I chose Wii for it’s past, and also, for it’s potential (which is not on surface yet, developers should digg more into the stuff than they do now). I cheer for Nintendo to succeed, because I see what path they are walking now, and it makes more sense to me, than what the others do. It’s all about money, everyone wants that, and this is how it’s okay. But as an Owner of a Console, I have to know what’s coming. If a console is at the edge of it’s existense, it’ll mean it was thrown-out-money.

Anyways, what I’m really trying to get my mind on, is that it’s almost like soccer… although you can’t really “sell video games”, you can still “like” a team and cheer for it. People like to attach their feelings to stuff that compete against other things…

It really won’t give you more… watching soccer will never reach the same level of fun-factor as playing it, but rooting for a “brand” can be also “fun”. It gives you confidence when you see that the party you chose is winning.

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No Country for Old Oscar

February 25, 2008

There we go, ’08 had it’s Oscar award ceremony, we have the winners, and tears and joy, and endless thankyouformyparents. Let me state right now that I never really care about the Oscars, most of the movies I like never even get to ring the doorbell of the small golden statue. Where was 300 and Prestige last year? They did deserve at least one award…

Okay, so let’s see what we had this year (without all the awards which don’t really matter to me)

Best Motion Picture is No Country for Old man, but basicly the whole ceremony focused on the Coen brothers’ masterpiece. I’m interested in Javier Bardems’ act, he also got the award for Best Supporting Role.

What I’m frustrated about is Johnny Depp… I love Sweeney Todd, and I would’ve given him the Oscar even without seeing the thing. But only those get the award who act überdramatic and make people hate and love them in the same time…

Best Actress is Marion Cottillard, which is acceptable for me but I expected Ellen Page to take the fame home.

Anyways, some happiness for my tears: Sweeney Todd took award away for it’s Art, and Bourne Ultimatum received 3 (random Effect related things, but the effects do kick ass in the movie.)

In the end, this was the 80th Oscar awards ceremony… not much happened, but there we had it. Hope to see good movies this year too.

Oh, and one thing… Wii was there (wonder how much it cost for Nintendo to have this on air live)