It’s been a busy few weeks for me, as I’ve been to Las Vegas, then had family visit from out of town, but I’ve also had some time to enjoy a few games. Notably, the re-release of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix for the GameCube, and Jaws: Unleashed for the Playstation 2.

Mario’s romp in the DDR world was a pleasant surprise for me. While not as challenging as other entries in the series, and certainly not using all of the multiple ditties the series is known for, the game does an enjoyable job of implementing Mario game mechanics into DDR play. It includes everything from Goomba stomping, to jumping on the flagpoles at the end of the level, and it works well in combining the two genres. Some of the those moments actually reminded me of World Class Track Meet back in the old NES days (who didn’t pound the Power Pad with their hands in order to beat those harder runners?). I figure as new DDR games make their way to the Wii console, the Action Pad accessory will turn out to be useful for the future. All the same, Metroid DDR might be just a little too much to handle. Still….

Jaws: Unleashed is a guilty pleasure. As the film series continued, the plots went to utterly goofy. as if the original shark could somehow resurrect itself like Dracula, or its offspring would take it so personal about their dead parent, they’d specifically target the family that killed dear old Dad (or Mom). Regardless, Jaws has you doing some pretty goofy stuff in-game, and I can forgive it for that. Because it’s morbid satisfaction to hear those little divers shriek as they try to escape, or chomping down on some native sea creature unfortunate enough to get in your way. What’s a little harder to forgive is that the camera gets spastic at times, and Jaws itself attempts to handle like an overweight Ecco the Dolphin (coincidentally, these developers also created that game for Sega). It’s an interesting idea, and I like the “sandbox” concept of go whereever, do whatever for this type of game. It’s fun to explore as an extremely dangerous predator animal. I hope that feeling will not diminish as I progress further into the game.

As for future gaming, I plan to invest in a DS soon. After E3 and New Super Mario Bros. (I also admit to an interest in Nintendogs), it looks to be too good of a system to pass up, and a solid compliment for my PSP’s modest library. With Summer already here, and my on the go schedule these days, it seems that portable gaming is helping me retain my gaming fix.

Where better to play games than at the beach?

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