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Countdown To Kid Icarus.

I’ve been waiting 20 years for a sequel to this game.

As far as I’ve been concerned, the original Kid Icarus for the NES never got the credit it deserved. Sure, it had bottomless pits that any given fall could mean instant death. And yes, there were enemies that could rob you blind of your power-ups, forcing you either to trudge through substantially weakened, or just commit suicide to restart the level. Not to mention the Grim Reaper that was quite scary for a little sprite, calling down hordes of Reaperettes. And the Eggplant Wizard? He really was as bad as the rumors suggested. One false move meant you had to again traverse an already difficult dungeon powerless in hopes of finding a hospital.

But I was extremely fond of the game, and found the difficulty survivable.

There was a lot to like, and a lot of weird: Great music, odd enemies, different gameplay styles, a credit card to hold on making purchases, a secret code for store discounts. It was weird, and wacky and wonderful.

The Game Boy sequel wasn’t that bad, either. But I was still more partial to the first game, and Read the rest of this entry

Latest Club Nintendo Addition.

Finally, after saving up for what feels like forever, I have this:

At 1200 points, it’s not an easy thing to score, but my 3DS and the Ambassador program helped get me to the level I needed to own this.

“So how is it”, you ask?

I actually owned a few of these Game & Watch titles when I was a kid. I got a few from a cruise ship gift store as a kid, and my favorites were Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Super Mario Bros. I never did own the elusive Zelda game, however. Heck, I’m still struggling to unlock it in Game & Watch Gallery 4.

But this is a classy piece, easily ranking up there with the Mario Hanafuda cards as some of the nicest items in the catalog, and certainly more exciting than the “Platinum” level pin set coming this year.

For all intents and purposes, this looks, plays, and feels like the games of old. The only major difference is a small “Club Nintendo” logo on the back, and a “Thank you” nod built into the box’s packaging as you open it.

Ball itself is very simple: Control the arms of a juggler as three balls fly Read the rest of this entry

Hanafuda and Aliens.

I got my Hanafuda cards in from Club Nintendo today. I’ve always been interested in the Hanafuda cards as it was one of the first products that Nintendo produced (well, that and their “love hotels”), so when I finally got enough points, I picked them up (I already had an import version of Game & Watch Gallery for DS).

Now comes the hard part: Do I open them or not? They actually come in a really cool little box, and the illustrations are quite striking. I was thinking about taking a photo or two since they’re so unique. I probably will break down before it’s over, but it’s a cool little item.

In the gaming world, I saw this preview trailer for a DS version of Sega’s Aliens: Colonial Marines. The game itself looks great, but no one can confirm if this game is canceled or not. I hope not, because the animations are awesome. The butt-rock soundtrack… eh, not so much.

But here it is, awesomely bad soundtrack and all. “Alienzzzzz-AH!”

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