Thursday, June 11, 2009

Awesome Games A-Z, pt. 4

Ok, well, I was just gonna shirk my responsabilities and not post anything, but then I decided that I better. Cause you’re lucky!!

P! Alright, so moving right along… Some might predict a Pokemon game here. And while Pokemon is a cool idea, it’s not my favorite thing in the world. But Mario games are one of my favorite things in the world. And one of the best ideas in the history of Mario games was Paper Mario. It sounds weird, and it kind of is. You play as Mario, but he’s made of paper. So, when you want to turn around, he literally flips over. But all the backgrounds and worlds are in 3-D. So basically, it all adds up to a really cool art style. And it’s not your standard Mario game. It’s an RPG. So, you get experience points, add members to your party, and go on a huge and grand adventure to once again save the princess from Bowser. It’s a brilliant game, and easily one of the best games available for the N64, or for any Nintendo system for that matter. It’s funny, it’s imaginative, it’s exciting, and most importantly, it’s fun! If you don’t own this game, then you’re in luck! You can download it right now for Virtual Console. And for $10, it’s truly an amazing deal. Go buy it! Now!

Runner-Up: Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NDS)

Q! This one is easy. I only have 1 game that starts with Q. Its name is Quantum of Solace, based on the 007 movie. But I haven’t played it yet. I should play it sometime.

Runner-Up: Quincy Douglas’ Underground Railr
oad Adventure (Commodore 64)

R! Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some racing games. Especially ones that are unrealistic, and where you can explode. F-Zero is a good example of this. But there are other great racing games, like the one here where they actually made a stunt track with the express purpose of letting you wreck your car for points. Naturally, I’m talking about Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA. It’s simply a fantastic game. You pick one of many cars, color it how you want, and then go out for a race. And, if you’re like me, you’ll really enjoy the stunt track. It’s filled with ramps and bumps and giant butts (once you play it , you’ll understand). Plus, you can play tag! Seriously! One person starts as it, and you have to ram the other car to tag them. If someone wrecks, they become it. It’s pretty hard, but it’s super-fun. Unfortunately, this game is not yet available for the Virtual Console. Maybe it will be someday. If not, come to my house and we’ll play it.

Runner-Up: Rhythm Heaven (NDS)

S! This was a hard one. After all, most major Mario games start with Super. Plus, many SNES games also begin with Super. Plus, don’t get forget Sonic, Starfox, San Francisco Rush… but in the end, the winner is Super Mario Bros. It is probably the most important video game of all time. After all, it basically saved the ailing video game industry of the early 80s. Plus, it spawned countless other games and series that we all know and love. Mario is the most recognizable and influential video game character of time, and will more than likely continue to be so for a very long time. Super Mario Bros. is an amazing game, even now. The controls are tight, the difficulty is perfect, the enemies and many and varied, the level design is inspired… I could go on forever. We’ve all played this game and know how freaking amazing it is. If you don’t currently own a copy, shell out the $5 for a Virtual Console copy and enjoy it forever. I know I will.

Runner-Up: Super Smash Bros. (N64)

T! Thankfully, I don’t have to try so hard to decide on this one. As we all know, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starts with T. And if you don’t know how awesome TMNT: The Arcade Game is, this it’s time for you to find out. It’s a fantastic side-scrolling beat-em-up featuring everyone’s favorite amphibians. It’s a simple, but extremely effective formula, and one that is difficult to copy. You pick your favorite turtle (Mikey, of course) and you run around beating the crap out of foot soldiers and other enemies (but mostly foot soldiers). Once you clear the enemies in an area, you can move on. At the end of most of the levels is a boss, such as Baxter Stockman (as the fly), or General Kragg (the rock guy). Plus, it has coop multiplayer, which works really well, and is the main reason the game is so fun. The game is not yet available for Virtual Console, but when it comes, get it and play it. So, go grab a Raphael and beat some foot ninjas up!

Runner-Up: Tetris DS (NDS)

U! So since there was no Q game, I’ll fit U in right here. And since U is an uncommon letter (especially for Video Game titles), this choice is easy. I have 2 U games. One gets the top spot. The other gets runner-up. So yeah. The better one is Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the DS. It’s like Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, but ported to the DS, with added WiFi functionality. I like UMK3 because you can play as Raiden (who was strangely missing from the original MK3). Also, the game comes with Puzzle Kombat, which is a Kirby’s Avalanche-type match-2-colors-to-break-them puzzle game. And in the background, the players beat each other up based on who gets better combos. Kinda cool. This was one of those games that I always wanted, but waited until it went on sale. I think it was $10. Well worth it. I’m not gonna say go buy it, because not everyone is a Mortal Kombat fan. So, go play Mortal Kombat until you like it. Ready? Ok, now go buy it.

Runner-Up: Urban Champion (NES)

So, there you are. Awesome games. And, if you’re really lucky (and you just might be this time), then I’ll post the last entry sometime in the next century. Honest.


Currently Playing: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (NDS), Soul Bubbles (NDS), Excitebots: Trick Racing

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Secret Hidden E3 Press Conference?

Today?... a secret hidden E3 press conference with some hidden and unrecognizable Nintendo reps produced some news that we were expecting, but hadn't heard up to this point? The news is as follows?:

  • A new Kirby game will be released soon*?
  • Mario Party 9 is on its way?
  • The DSi will get its own Virtual Console of sorts?
  • Strong Bad Season 2 (or equivalent) is under production?
  • A new Mario Golf game for the Wii?
  • A new Elite Beat Agents(-esque) game?
  • Super Monkey Ball will roll again?
  • A new F-Zero will (finally) return?!
  • More New Play Control games in the pipeline?
  • Paper Mario will return eventually?
  • New Starfox?
So there you have it? Plenty of new news to keep us video gamers entertained? I wonder what this does to my bingo card...?

Well, would you look at that? It's all full? How exciting?! I guess you all owe me 12,000 points? What a good day for me? Don't you just love secret hidden E3 press conference 2009's? Me too?!

Well, I guess I'll go relax and wait for my points to roll in? Thanks for reading everyone? Have a nice day?


Currently Playing: Mighty Flip Champs? Excitebots: Trick Racing? Wii Fit?

*Soon means sometime in the next 50 years.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

E3 Bingo Day 4

Friends, I ask you now to retrieve your pocketbooks. It is time to purchase Nintendo Points for benjamines. You see, this morning, Nintendo revealed even more new information. First, that Japan will be getting a black-colored Wii next year sometime. Second, Nintendo is making a new RPG franchise called Monado, and third, there is a new Chibi-Robo being made that will also be released next year. Therefore, I now have BINGO!!!

So, you have two choices: 1) Buy me Nintendo points now, 2) Wait and see if I get more bingo's later, or 3) don't do either. If you choose 1 or 2, thank you dear readers. If you choose 3, then I will go home and throw a tantrum. Choose wisely.

Here's hoping Mario Golf, Strong Bad, and Mario Party all make an appearance real soon...


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

E3 Bingo Day 3 UPDATE

So, after scouring the interwebs, I have stumbled across some new information. It's not super solid information, but it's good enough for me.

When asked about Trace Memory 2, Reggie Fils-Aime (President of Nintendo of America) said that E3 is simply not big enough to accomodate all of the games they are working on, but that some conferences in the fall would likely have information on that title. Awesome!

When asked about Pikmin 3, Shigeru Miyamoto said that they are working on it, although the team is small, so it may take some time yet. Boom!

So, although the games weren't shown in their full glory, they were mentioned at E3, so that counts, dangit. Not that it really helps my bingo card much. Oh well.

Alright, so stay tuned for the verdict on how many points you all owe me! (I love this job!*).


*I don't get paid for this (except when readers send Nintendo Points, which is never), so it's not really a job.

E3 Bingo Day 3

Well, not much has changed, but I did get one more square today. Specifically, the new 3D Picross currently in development. It's like regular picross, but it's in 3-D. Plus, it still has a level editor, so you can share levels with friends or people online. Should be amazing!

In any case, you kids sure as heck better hope Nintendo doesn't show New Play Control: Chibi-Robo, or else you're all going to owe me 2,000 Nintendo Points. As for me, I'm hoping it does show up. I needs more pointses!!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

E3 Bingo Day 1 UPDATE

Turns out there were a couple more games I didn't catch until later. They are Ace Attorney Investigations, which stars Miles Edgeworth, and is more of an investigation game than it is a courtroom game. The other is the greatly anticipated and absolutely wet-pants worthy Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. They come out in November and August, respectively.

Look how close I am to TWO bingos! Here's hoping Nintendo forget to mention some more New Play Control or Chibi-Robo games!


E3 Bingo Update

Well, here's what we have so far. We're close on a couple of bingo's. To be honest, there probably aren't too many more boxes that will get filled. But, there are still a couple more days of shows and demos, so I guess we'll see. Come on, Chibi-Robo!


Nintendo's E3 Press Conference!

Well, it got over just a few minutes ago, but there plenty of new games to announce. Talk about loads of Mario!

First, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It's like New Super Mario Bros. DS, but you can play with four people at the same time! It comes out around Christmas!

Next, we have Mario vs. Donkey: Minis March Again. It's a DSi-ware downloadable title available THIS MONDAY!! You can create levels and upload them for others to play. I actually mentioned this in an older post, but didn't expect it to show up today.

Third, we have Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story for the DS. It's the 3rd in the series and it comes out this fall! Wahoo!!

Fourth, and most importantly, is Super Mario Galaxy 2. You heard me right. Another Mario Galaxy! That's freaking amazing! There was no release date, but I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't come out until next year.

Oh, and that's not all. The new Zelda (Spirit Tracks) comes out this year, there is a new Wii Fit coming out this fall, and there is a new Metroid Wii game in the works. Wow!

Oh, we're not done yet. Moving memo is on its way (it's an animation tool for the DSi), plus a new WarioWare that lets you make your own levels! How awesome is that?!

Lemme see if I missed anything... Oh! Wii Sports Resort, which has 10 games (including basketball, archery, and frisbee) comes out in July. There's a new Final Fantasy (Wii), a new Kingdom Hearts (DS), and a new Golden Sun (DS), all exclusives.

Also, they're making something called the "Wii Vitality Sensor." It's one of those things you put your fingers in and it tells you your blood pressure and what not. Should be interesting to see how that can be put to use. Trauma Center, anyone?

Also, I forgot to mention that the new TMNT: Smash-Up is scheduled for September 22nd. Hooray! Let's hope the TMNT IV remake makes it to Wii as well.

In any case, that's what we have so far. So far, I haven't quite gotten any bingos, but I'm really close. I'll update it with a picture shortly.

So yeah... GREAT NEWS!!!


E3 starts today!

Greetings, all! Today is the big day! Even though Microsoft had their press conference last night, the show we've all been waiting for officially starts today. Nintendo's press conference starts about 2 and a half hours from right now. So stay tuned and I'll try and update every now and again with news. Hoo-hah!

As for my bingo card, I have 1 mark so far. They officially announced the TMNT IV remake yesterday. The only problem is that they haven't said if it's for Wii or not. It was announced at the Microsoft press conference, so we know it's for Xbox 360. But then again, they didn't say it was exclusive, and I think it would be stupid of Konami to not make for the Wii (and I suppose, that other system out there). In any case, the TMNT remake falls in line with the free space on my bingo card, so I need there to be Professor Layton, a new Wii Fit, and more New Play Control games, and I get at least 1 BINGO. And that means 1,000 Nintendo Points from all of you! Man, life is good.