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The Problem With Nintendo’s Virtual Console.

Happy post-Thanksgiving, all!

With a stomach full of food and a controller full of games, I thought it would be as good of a time as any to touch upon one of my favorite (if woefully underrepresented) aspects of the last few Nintendo consoles: The Virtual Console.

When the Wii debuted in the Winter of 2006, people flocked to the novelty of motion control as represented by Wii Sports. Being a more traditional gamer, I was interested in the Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros. fare, but the real draw for me was that this was the first Nintendo system that would really explore online. Sure, the Gamecube flirted with the notion, but for Nintendo, entering the online age was like 1995 all over again.

The concept of online play was fine, but the concept of a Virtual Console was appealing. And it started out with strong representation:

NES
Super NES
Nintendo 64
Sega Genesis
Turbografx-16

The latter choices were unprecedented: Genesis and T-16 games on a Nintendo console? I absolutely took the bait. I understand the purpose of emulation to preserve games that fall into obscurity and public domain and may never be seen again outside of preservationists, but I wanted to “vote with my Read the rest of this entry

Disney Infinity 2.0: Post-Script.

While the second iteration of Disney Infinity came out during the Fall of last year, it takes a few months for all of the content and figurines to roll out, meaning that it’s not quite a “complete” experience for a while. And while the final two figures made their reveal a few months back, and talk of the third iteration (Star Wars) is already well underway, I wanted to be sure that I had as “complete” an experience that I could in order to properly review this game.

The focus on 2.0 is the Marvel Super Hero Universe. Everything Marvel (save for two very notable franchises) are present in some form or fashion of the game, now alongside the previous Disney content. Ever wanted to have an adventure with Captain America and Buzz Lightyear? Spider-Man and Stitch? Hulk and Donald Duck? Well, now the option is available, and it’s as goofy and brilliant as you hoped it would be.

Disney Infinity 2.0 is less a sequel, and more an expansion. Everything you liked about the first game (save for playset access) now acts as the foundation for a slew of new content. The Avengers, Spider-Msn and Guardians of the Galaxy now all have Read the rest of this entry

500th Post!

Wow. 500 posts on this blog. I hadn’t even realized that I had been doing posts on this site for so long. But 500 is a big deal, back from when I was posting about Wii, PSP, DS, and Playstation 2. It’s seen the Xbox 360 and Wii, some mobile and PC, retro gaming, and these days, Wii U, 3DS, and Playstation 4.

While I don’t write as much as I used to, I still am an avid gamer. I had actually set down Splatoon a little while ago, and have been keeping up with Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X, Ultratron, and the occasional Amiibo. Recently, I backed ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I look forward to seeing them in the next year or so.

“Grown up” life and day to day responsibilities have made it a little harder to sit down and actually play all of these games these days, much less write about them. It’s not like the old days where I sat tucked into my little cubicle at Midway to play whatever was put in front of me at the time. Doing all the “grown up” things we’re supposed to Read the rest of this entry

Disney Infinity 2.0: Wish List Redux.

Last year, I posted an article about the characters that I would like to see in Disney Infinity.

Overall, I didn’t do too bad.

Results (so far):
Characters: Stitch, Aladdin, Maleficent
Vehicles: Light Cycles
Buildings: Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain
Locations: Agrabah

So, not too bad, all things considered. Obviously, what didn’t make the list will be transferred over into next year status, and to diversify, I’ll be adding Marvel into the mix since it is now “official”. “BONUS” characters are now free to add as “Top 10” inclusion.

Characters
Last year’s remainder: Scrooge McDuck, Tron, Beast, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Kermit the Frog, Darkwing Duck, V.I.N.C.E.N.T.

1.) Captain EO – Based off the Lucas short film at the Disney Theme Parks, a rainbow shirt wearing, moonwalking, hand laser shooting space hero is exactly what the third iteration of the game needs, especially when tied into the presumed sci-fi heavy theme of next year.
2.) Mulan – A “Disney Princess” choice, Mulan is one of the more “butt kicking” female characters of the group, able to use weapons, and fend off entire legions of Huns.
3.) Figment – This theme park character from Journey Into Imagination signifies what Disney Infinity is all about: Imagination. There could be a number Read the rest of this entry

The Return To Disney Infinity.

A few weeks back, the first trailer for Disney Infinity 2.0 came out, and as you guess, it’s all (mostly) about Marvel.

I say mostly, because three Disney characters were snuck into the preview: Stitch, Maleficent, and Merida. Also, eagle eyed viewers may have also noticed Buzz Lightyear driving Madame Medusa’s “Swampmobile” from The Rescuers. The “vintage” stuff is coming, and will hopefully have a larger role than in the previous game.

The appearance of Captain America and the other Avengers didn’t come as a surprise. Nor did Loki, for that matter, as he was the main antagonist of the blockbusters smash two years back. For that matter, seeing Rocket Raccoon and Groot (perhaps as one character?) didn’t surprise me either, as Guardians of the Galaxy is due soon, and if Infinity is really going to be the new replacement for movie tie-in games as Disney has claimed, then it makes sense. However, seeing M.O.D.O.K., Green Goblin, and Spider-Man(!) in the trailer were very nice surprises. Disney claims that 18 Marvel characters will make their debut in this new game, and we’ve potentially seen 12-13 of these new reveals. Personally, I would like to see some Read the rest of this entry

Super Mario 3D World: Post-Script.

Ever since the dawn of 4-player Mario games, I’ve only wanted one thing from the experience: A game that plays like a 4-player version of Super Mario Bros. 2.

The “Fab 4” of video gaming: Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach, each running around with their respective abilities, while having all sorts of fun adventures together. When later New Super Mario Bros. games came out, you can imagine my disappointment of having two generic Toads swapped out for the latter two characters, and each player having generic abilities.

Nintendo has decided to either read my mind (or start mining that particular NES game for nostalgia value), and has provided precisely the gaming experience that plays like an old-school dream. This game, however, decides to take the play style from the 3DS title Super Mario 3D Land as a template, which was a delightfully challenging game in itself.

If it seems like I’m referencing a lot of previous Mario titles, there’s a reason for that: This title cherry picks elements from practically every game in the franchise ever created, right down to a level inspired by Mario Kart. So what you get is a very big Mario tribute in the form of Read the rest of this entry

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