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Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS Wishlist.

As the end of the year draws ever closer, and Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS draws closer, we’re starting to see the end of the character roster. Yesterday’s update was extremely Fire Emblem heavy (what, no love for Golden Sun or Xenoblade?), and last month’s Pac-Man announcement (especially classic arcade Pac-Man, no less) made me giddy with prime geekery glee), but we all have our ideas on who we would like to see, and I’m no different.

I start this by saying my list is no less right and wrong than anyone else’s. I do have my “dream” contenders I’d like to see. But I’m also going to try and approach it more realistically. That means I won’t be asking for the inclusion of several hundreds of characters worth of Pokemon, on Naruto, or Dragon Ball Z, or Shrek(?), or various household items. I think people forget what Super Smash Bros. ultimately is: It’s a love letter to video games. It’s also a playable history of the medium, and of course it’s going to be Nintendo-centric. The third-party characters they have previously chosen, have all made sense to the context of Nintendo: The Read the rest of this entry

Punch-Out!!: Post-Script.

Back in October of last year, Penny Arcade ran a comic strip that described “The Mega Man 9 Effect“, which admittedly, I fell victim to. I found it a rare occurrence, something mystical and wonderful, sending me back to my youth, and when I loved gaming oh so very much.

Damn it all if it hasn’t happened again….

Blame this brilliant commercial for sparking my interest:

Blame it all for this game hitting every single “right” note that endeared me to the original NES game, one of the only sports games I’ve ever truly loved.

The funny thing is aout this new Punch-Out!! is that it renders me something of a hypocrite. My last entry bemoaned the fact that there’s nothing “new” or “original” in gaming, and here I am getting giddy because Doc Louis catches himself nearly telling Little Mac to join the Nintendo Fun Club. And honestly, it’s return to classic form is one of the very reasons I’ve been loving it. It may make me a hypocrite, but I’m okay with that.

It also is a return to form for Nintendo, of which I have unapologetically criticized for being “asleep” for the better part of a year now Read the rest of this entry

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