New Virtual Console games due tonight. Nintendo’s being weird about not mentioning what the next batch will be, however. I also don’t appreciate one of their forum mods coming online and talking down to the fans like begging dogs or mindless children. The comment got revised, and then deleted, but I’m talking to YOU, “NOA_Rufus“. Don’t act like you’re doing us a favor by simply talking to us, then feed us sarcasm with no relevant information. Nintendo needs to be careful about letting employee mods in their forums who can’t represent their company with courtesy, friendliness and professionalism. I look at it this way: People are practically begging Nintendo to give them permission to hand over more money for 10-20 year old games. Don’t have people who make comments that look down on the fans.

Don’t get me wrong, there were times that I was sarcastic with the consumer as well, but I always tried to give them something for their troubles, even if it was a “Sorry, no info. right now” line.

That said, Nintendo customer service is generally top-notch. They fully replaced my scratched Nintendo DS with a new one in less than five days time. That’s shipping both ways. I was more than a little impressed.

Complaint out of the way, the Wii is awesome. We may be seeing a lot of titles that may have appeared on the Gamecube right now, but the whole set-up of everything is just very clean and concise. One can tell that Nintendo consulted more than a few pages out of Apple design model.

Zelda is remarkable. I love the control set-up. There are certain powers and abilities that Link has gained during the course of his adventure that utilize the controls in ways that really bring a whole new level of interactivity to the game. There is a shield power-up that you get around the second dungeon that I just fell in love with. This title ranks high along with my beloved Ocarina of Time as one of my favorite entries in the series.

The Virtual Console is a trip down memory lane. Sonic the Hedgehog, Bonk’s Adventure, Super Mario 64…. You remember how good the games are, but the memories associated with them. A lot of new gamers won’t have those memories associated, or being blown away by the graphics of these games at the time. I remember freaking out over the Genesis when it first came out because it was so colorful and detailed, and how cool the NES Zelda was because you could walk around to all of these little areas and find more little areas. They’re “quaint antiques” now to some, and “not as good” because the games don’t hold your hand and feed you all the way through the game. The “You’re in the game, now off you go” searching has been replaced by extensive tutorials and flashing arrows pointing to where you need to go. How often does one truly get “lost” in a game world these days?

I’d love to see the statistics as to what games are being downloaded the most.

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