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Dear Nintendo….

While I understand that you are busy trying to pretend that Operation Rainfall doesn’t exist, what puzzles me is that you are not acknowledging two of your major milestones this year. What are they? Let me provide a quick reminder:

The 30th anniversary of Donkey Kong

And the 25th anniversary of Metroid.

Credit where due, the celebration thus far of Legend of Zelda‘s 25th event is much better than the miniscule nod that you gave Super Mario Bros.‘ quarter century last year, but certainly you have a little love in your heart for these two gaming greats.

The more time goes on, the less I understand Nintendo of America these days.

Nintendo Wins.

After a weak 2008 showing, and an average 2009 (with highlights) showing, Nintendo has apparently lost their minds and provided a software lineup that has the potential to crush everything out there.

Since the Wii took off, we’ve seen a handful of mini-game compilations, tech demos meant to push hardware accessories, and the bone thrown here and there to the old fans. I’m not going to shield that I’ve had a love/hate affair with Nintendo of late (especially after my multiple Wii debacle this year), but after seeing their 2010/2011 lineup….

I’d have to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with both the Wii’s and 3DS lineup.

This title has sold me on a 3DS. Day 1:

I’m not going to lie: I teared up with retro-nostalgia glee. There’s also talk of updating classic Nintendo 64 games, like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, plus, a new Nintendogs game (please, cairn terriers this time), which was the only other virtual pet sim I’ve genuinely liked outside of Seaman. That’s nothing to say of a new 3DS Resident Evil or Metal Gear.

And then Nintendo had to just go crazy with my weaknesses: Franchise revival mixed with retro 2D Read the rest of this entry

Saturday Supercade.

So after a month’s hiatus, Game Room has reconvened on the Xbox 360. Coincidentally, my system died and had to be sent off for repairs. Pity, really. I was actually looking forward to whiling away some time with Pitfall!

So with my consoles dead, and my old-school interests piqued, I started thinking about the oddities that came out of yesteryear. Namely Saturday morning cartoons. Back in the 1980’s, cartoons ran from sunrise to lunchtime, and with “Video Game Mania” sweeping the country at the time, there were huge blocks of video game related shows. Mind you, these shows were based off arcade games that had minimal to no plots at the time, so there are some pretty ridiculous concepts, as shown here:

They really drained that sex appeal right out of Princess Daphne, didn’t they?

There were others, of course, such as Space Ace, Pole Position, and Kangaroo, but do they still do video game cartoons on TV anymore? I know they’ve done a few off and on with various shows, but I’m wondering if the goofiness as found in these shows have just simply gone the way of the dodo.

Oh, heck, I’m just going to go Read the rest of this entry

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