Archive for November, 2007

Super Mario Galaxy Owns My Soul.

But before I get into that, are they still selling that Mountain Dew “Game Fuel” oooze passed off as a drink? I figured since Halo 3 has been out for a while, they may have finally discontinued it.

The whole concept of that just bugs me. This whole marketing “We can reach this new untapped ‘gamer community’ market” thing that everyone seems to be talking about more and more like this is a new culture that’s recently erupted, when it’s been active for over 30 years. Note to marketers mining into this “undiscovered country”: I was eating Pac-Man cereal while you were still in elementary school as well. And don’t say the prospect of those larger “Super Pac-Man” marshmallows didn’t entice you, because I’ll call you a damn liar.

Had to get that off my chest. This new “sub-culture” thing is constantly in one’s face now since everybody’s Grandma has started playing video games now, and it’s starting to bug me.

So once again, I find myself addicted to Mario. Say what you will about Nintendo’s mascot, but he headlines a great game every time he comes to visit (although Sunshine left me feeling a little confused and Read the rest of this entry

Pinball Museum: Las Vegas.

I got to check out the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas last week. Here’s a review of what I thought:

While Las Vegas is one of the gaming capitals of the world, not all of its good times can be found in just the slot machines and blackjack. There is a place for pinball enthusiasts as well.

The Pinball Hall of Fame, housed on Tropicana and just off the Strip, is a collection of vintage to modern pinball machines that rings true to the glory days of the arcades of old. From the long stretch of hallways created by the machines that fill the air with buzzes, pings and clicks of the flippers, it’s a nostalgic rush that what’s left of the disappearing public arcade scene can’t seem to capture anymore. The Museum succeeds in capturing the “feel” that made places like this so special in the first place, and for veteran gamers, it’s like visiting an old friend…. Even if it’s a first-time visit.

The on-site staff is quite friendly as well, and is more than eager to regale listeners with their tales of many a high score past and present, which makes for Read the rest of this entry

Ghostbusters The Game.

Well, it finally happened: They’re releasing a Ghostbusters game.

When I was a kid, I loved Ghostbusters (not much has changed, actually). Watched the movies and cartoons, had the action figures, listened to my cassettes of the soundtracks, played the David Crane version on my Apple IIc, then Atari 2600, the NES, the Sega Master System. Then the second movie came out, and so did the awesome Sega Genesis version of Ghostbusters.

And as much as the third movie was talked about, it never appeared.

But my fandom continued. Heck, I even met Ernie Hudson:

I bought the Ghostbusters: Legion comic from 88MPH Studios, who has still never sent me my hardcover book after three years (a long story), bought a few of the figures from NECA, and hoped that the cartoon series would be released to DVD one day (it hasn’t). I’d still sift through one of the biggest Ghostbusters fansites around in hopes for any small morsel of news.

But last week, my childhood dream has been answered.

The video is here. The pictures are here.

The cast is reuniting for this game! The game looks great, and I’m excited over its October 2008 release. The possibilities of using Read the rest of this entry

Wii: One Year Later.

Well, the 1-year anniversary of the Wii has come and gone, and now we’re left with the little white box that managed to surprise a lot of people with its success. Is it a perfect tale? Well, it’s certainly grabbed a lot of attention, and even now, the system’s still incredibly difficult to find, but I wanted to point out the highs and lows of the past year that have surrounded the Wii.

* The Initial Wait – Staying up all night in the cold just to grab a system, glaring at people in line who are only there to sell them on eBay, and then the entry to the store where you buy your Wii, your games and your accessories to begin the year long journey to now.

* Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessThe launch game for the Wii, and it’s easy to understand why it made the jump from Gamecube to Wii. Sure, the sword swinging controls aren’t quite as responsive as you would have hoped, but it’s a neat effect, and this is a beautiful addition to the Zelda series.

* Wii Sports – This catchy little tech demo snagged a whole new audience of gamers, Read the rest of this entry

Far Too Many Games.

Yes, ’tis the season for FAR too many games, and even if I weren’t moving, I don’t know how I’d possibly keep up.

So I got Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in addition to Super Mario Bros. 3 for the VC. This is in light of the recent release of Guitar Hero III shortly before, and the impending release of Super Mario Galaxy next week.

Oh wait, let’s not forget Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, also this week, then after Mario Galaxy, the Wii Zapper, and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles. Let’s top that off with Geometry Wars, and then NiGHTS next month.

This is just for the Wii, mind you. There’s a lot more titles, and I haven’t even covered the other systems. There’s no way my wallet or bank account could support all of this.

There’s a good and bad for this: The good is that the “drought” for quality titles is officially over. The bad is that there’s so many games, you don’t even know where to begin first. I’m thinking this is why they delayed Smash Bros. It will be a tighter game in the process, but it also gives any other Read the rest of this entry

Spanish For… Everyone?

I officially can not wrap my brain around this. Yes, this is a real DS game. What were they thinking?

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