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Do any of these "games" look fun? Let's not forget that this industry is about the games, not the control schemes!
We are nearing the release of the Sony Move for the PS3 and Microsoft Kinect for XBOX 360. This marks a dramatic difference from previous generations of console video games. Usually after 5 years, you get a slight redesign and you start to hear whispers, rumors, or teasers for the next version of the console (to be released about 2 years later). This time, while we have the slim versions, we are getting add-ons to the existing consoles and whispers that these consoles will be with us for quite some time to come.
Certainly, Nintendo has had mainstream success with the Wii, though I wonder if that's because of the motion controls or in spite of them and due simply to the significant price advantage the big N enjoyed through most of the Wii's lifecycle. I own a Wii, and it is rarely powered on compared to my XBOX or PS3. The reason for this is simple; games. Being an older gamer and an experienced gamer (I've played since the Atari 2600 days) I tend to enjoy bigger games and more mature games. Mass Effect (1 & 2), Red Dead Redemption, Halo 3, Batman Arkham Asylum, Uncharted, God of War III... all great games from this generation; none of those are available on the Wii. There is a large selection of casual games (Wii sports and the like) on the Wii, and that's great for a party, I guess, but it doesn't scratch that gaming itch for me.
What blows my mind though is Microsoft hard selling Kinect games at its E3 press conference that are direct rip-offs of 3 year old Wii titles. Do we really need "Kinect sports" and "Kinect Fit"? For what it's worth, I think the Kinect and a fitness program (note, I don't use the word "game") would make a great consumer electronics device for people wanting to work out in the comfort of their homes, but I want to play games on my XBOX. Is that so wrong? MS really failed to bring the games to E3 this year (at least to their press conference, there were plenty of 3rd party games on the floor). I'm still not sure how you make your car speed up with Kinect (the E3 demo used your hands with an invisible steering wheel, but controlled the accelerator for you, rubbish!). I like the idea of controlling the XBOX dashboard and DVD player Minority Report style or with my voice. But at $150 in addition to the system itself (which still retails for $199 in its base model), I can certainly live without that. Oh, and that Milo thing was bullshit. Pure bullshit.
Sony, to its credit, is at least trying to adapt the Move to more traditional games. (By witch I mean games I'd like to play). I still don't know how I feel about that, as it seems to me most of those games would be better played with a traditional controller, the lone exception being Time Crisis (light gun) type games. Indeed, most of these games are optionally controlled with move. It does seem that Sony at least has the right idea about motion controls.
Now Nintendo is trying to bring some of the hard-core gamers back with Metroid Other M (although they had to go to a 3rd party developer in Team Ninja to do so). This game uses a hybrid control scheme, standard style platformer, then point at the screen for first-person view and to shoot your missiles. I can already see myself dropping the controller at the most inopportune moments of a firefight while trying to switch. I really don't like the idea of trying to hammer new control schemes into classic games that already controlled perfectly well (IMHO). Super Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time, I'd honestly rather see a new Metroid use that style (with updated graphics and sound, of course) than cram the Wii-mote down my throat.
Of all the games I want the most that can think of coming out in the next 12 months, none of them will require the Kinect or Move Nor will the Kinect or Move make any of them significantly better.
Someday, we'll all have holodecks in our basement for gaming*, until then I'll hold on to my controller, thanks.
*Okay, you're right, when holodecks are invented, they will be used mostly for porn.
By: BatRastered May 4, 2011 | 9 Comments
Nintendo announced today that the Wii will be $150 starting May 15, will include Mario Kart.
Fact: Mario Kart > Wii Sports
Cutting the Wii to $150 and including Mario Kart is a great deal. Also, select games (The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports) will be priced at $19.99.
Looks like Nintendo is getting ready for that new system.
Full Press Release:
Nintendo Unveils New Wii Package at $149.99, Launches ‘Nintendo Selects’ $19.99 Wii Games
Having Fun with Family and Friends Just Became More Affordable than Ever With New Suggested Retail Pricing
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price of its Wii™ system to $149.99 and including a Mario™ game with the Wii hardware. Starting May 15, the newly priced Wii system will come in either black or white with the Mario Kart™ Wii game and a matching colored Wii Wheel™ accessory, replacing the previously included Wii Sports™ and Wii Sports Resort™ games.
Also on May 15, Nintendo launches the new Nintendo® Selects collection of Wii games, a set of popular games that millions of people have already experienced, at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The four must-own games in this collection are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports, which is available for the first time as a separate software purchase. Parents and video game fans can now easily expand their library of fun, family-friendly Wii games.
“From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater numbers of people.”
With Mario Kart Wii now included with the Wii hardware, players will be able to enjoy fun go-kart racing with Mario and all his Mushroom Kingdom pals right out of the box. The Wii Remote™ Plus controller, Nunchuk™ controller and Wii Wheel included in the package will all match the hardware, meaning they will be either black or white. The new black Wii Wheel will also be available separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.
By: BatRastered Jun 14, 2011 | 7 Comments
Pro gamer FnJimmy goes hands-on with Skyward Sword in the Nintendo booth. Watch as he destroys the first demo and has time for another.
FnJimmy and I headed to the Nintendo booth to play some Zelda Skyward Sword. You can choose the bird riding level, a dungeon level, or a boss battle. They only give you a 10 minute demo to keep the lines moving and FnJimmy had played a little bit of the combat last year, so I encouraged him to take on the bird riding.
Most of the people in front of us had tried the bird riding too, none of them seemed able to beat it in the 10 minutes allowed. Noobs... give that Wii mote to FnJimmy and watch him do his best Fred Savage from that one movie from the 80's...
Uhhh... No, the other one...
Yeah, he may be a n00b at FPS games, but FnJimmy was born with a Nintendo controller in his hand. Okay... back to reality... Watch FnJimmy rail the birds so fast he still has time to do the dungeon level. "Good job, Jimmy!"
FnJimmy had a huge grin on his face after that and wouldn't let us leave the Nintendo booth until I had recorded his takes. So here is the offical FnJimmy hands-on impressions of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword releases this holiday season for the Nintendo Wii.
A t-shirt, a sweet lunch box, the game and even more! Special Edition gift set.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii which offers a combination of cooperation and competition. Players can pick each other up to save them from danger or toss them into it. Supports 2-4 players in multiplayer mode. Fun for the whole family or four drunken nerds!
For an extra $20 bucks you get all of this! Including the game!
Wii Remote Static Cling Set includes four individual clings designed with each playable character from the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game. Wii Remotes not included.
Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad or Blue Toad…who will you be?
Heavyweight 6.1oz. 100% cotton t-shirt (Men's Size Large.)
Plastic lunch box includes snap closure. This is the hotness!
CAPCOM moved this in to what?! (First impression)
Capcom, you sexy, lying, penny pinching, re-releasing games and putting out you. You sure out did yourself on this one! Monster Hunter Tri for the Nintendo Wii is a great addition to the series and it delivers!
While the story isn’t in par with those of Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, Megaman, and Dead Rising, but it’s all about questing. You start the game as a traveler from a far land that arrivals when an earthquake strikes and it’s up the “the lone hero” to investigate and make the villagers happy at the same time. While the story might not catch your attention, the quest style with friends will!
The premise of the game is to hunt monster, use their parts, to hunt bigger and badder beast! It’s a vicious cycle since each piece of amour and weapon increase quality, slots and attributes. The game supports Wii Speak , Wi-Fi, friend code/ with or without actual friends, and two player offline area style split screen. CAPCOM has even bundled the game with Nintendo’s new Classic Pro Controller.
So far, my experience has been pleasant. The controls are great with the Pro and the learning curve isn’t hard, just be patient and you’ll feel great taking down a massive monster.
Buy it Jimmy! A game that’s FREE online, weekly quests that are added, and a soon to be growing online community. It’s a steal. BUY IT!
Over in Papabear's cave, the cubs review Nerf N-Strike for the Wii.
Angel(7) had told me in one day that the Nerf game with the gun was Bad ass and he wanted to pwn that shit! I came across the game on sale for $20. Deals Jimmy! I bought the Nerf N-Strike Elite bundle and an extra gun for a total of $40. I saved $20 and now both Angel and Gio(4) can play together.
These guns also have a secondary function as an actual Nerf gun with three rounds of foam darts. Pumped activated and at close range could very well pwn you. I didn't think about this when I was buying it for two young kids. I got shot in the face a few times that night and I'm sure the other adults in the room were wondering why I brought over a toy like that.
Then we finally got to the actually game on the Wii and the kids were sucked in immediately. You can see the intense look on their faces in the video. For a beginners shooter it was pretty cool. Player one has a pistol and player two has a shotgun. The game has puzzle sequnces where you need to use the inferad sensor on the gun. I also some cool variations on the bad guys and how to kill them. You are also given the oppertunity to upgrade your guns inbetween levels. Though I think it was just cosmetic, the kids didn't know the difference and it is a good basis to explain how to upgrade their when they're playing Modern Warfare next year. Watch the video now!
Calling THIS, makes any situation straight!
Games that are different by their style. What would you consider them? Well, depends on the game right? Well, what about games like Muscle March and Cho Aniki 0: Muscle Brothers?
Muscle March was released on the Wii Ware on January 18th, 2010 in North America. One or the first game of the year and it involves men in Speedo chasing after someone who stole their “protein” shake. It’s an over the top Japanese game from Namco Bandi Games, known for the Ridge Racer, Tekken, and Soul Calibur series. The player must use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in tangent with the holes in the wall. It’s like play “Whack a Mole” but increasing speed until you catch the thief at the end of each stage. There are only three stages and each stage’s difficulty increase as the player progresses. There are seven character to choose from, one girl, but in all honestly it’s just a different palate switch one them.
In all honestly, I enjoyed Muscle March for the premise than Cho Aniki Zero. I can see that MOST gamers would be turned off but it’s and insane change of pace from shooting dudes in the face online. I mean, some people call this gay? This coming from the same dudes that are shouting to suck their d*ck online… Right, these games are gay(Sacrarium). These games are a distinct style that will make them a cult classic!
Both Muscle March and Cho Aniki Zero are in there respective platform Wii Ware and PSN for 1000 Wii Points and $19.99 respectively.
Buy Muscle March to laugh your face off!
FUCK IT! on Cho Aniki Zero because there are better side-scrolling shooters out there.
P.S. don’t get caught playing these games… You won’t live it down…
I also thought this was funny!!
By: iorilamia May 6, 2011 | 5 Comments
Troll cliffhanger for the win? ----Spoiler Alert for those who haven't beat the game or care about what happens----
Conduit 2, a alright FPS with akward voice acting. this Wii FPS has a very interesting ending before the credits roll. It HEAVILY hints at a sequel and is a little....ridiculous. Funny though. Check out the video below at the 10:13 seconds mark and watch who comes out of the portal. 2 of the men whos faces are focused on should be extremely familiar to you and a bit...strange/badass? See for yourself:
Oh yes, AMERICA! Very TimeSplitters esque don't you think? I laughed when I saw it, then thought it was badass nice, then kinda dumb. Tell us what you think in comments, don't be a jimmy.
Video uploaded by http://www.youtube.com/user/jotaroxtreme
My take on Nintendo's Press Conference. With pictures! ;)
Press conference starts off with link's history through out time, done by full orchestral.
Shigiro Miyamoto gets on stage and gets a translator. eShop channel for the 3DS will have the Gameboy Color; The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awaking DX
and not the DX version , shame. The DS will also including a Legend of Zelda Four Sword for free! There's also a Zelda concert that'll be preforming in each region! Free sound track from Club Nintendo if you register your Zelda 3DS. Zelda will also receive a gold controller for Skyward Sword. Bundle? Then Miyamoto-san gives thanks for all these years of gaming!
Satouro Iwata comes and talks about Wii2. The crowd gets blue balls! It's schedule for coming next year, 2012. Titles shown are;
Mario Kart 3D, Star Fox 3D, New Super Mario Bros, Kid Icarus, Luigi's Mansion 2, and some more.
Reggie comes on stage. Shows off Mario Kart 3DS. You can now drive underwater and is schedule to be released this holiday season.
Star Fox 3DS. Uses till controls(as shown above) and 3D. Has a great feature of real face time and will be available this September and well as Mario before this year.
Kid Icarus shows of multiplayer and a Kid Icarus battle card game!
Lugi's is back in Luigi's Mansion 2! Looks funny and fun! Several new mansions!
Then some trailers are show with games to come, like: Ace combat 3D, Tetris 3D, Tekken 3D, MGS Snake Eater 3D. The eShop will also have demo's via in gamestore, and trailers, later this year. Pokemon 3D is not what we though. It's pokemon and it has spot pass so you can collect them all.
The he talks about the new name system, called WiiU, which is about you and me! The controller was only shown but it has a 6.2 screen on the controller, microphone, gyros, accelerometers, speakers, rumble, inward and outward facing cameras, and all Wii accessories work with it. Not a portable machine but an extension of the system. Has crazy possibilities. Smash Brothers was annoucced for both 3DS and WiiU!!
Official game, Lego City Story is an open ended city for both WiiU and 3DS.
EA parnership for WiiU. Reggie showing video of developers praising the Wii U, like; Peter Moore, Yves Guillemot, Danny Bilson, Ken Levine, and more.
Darksiders 2 will be at launch! Batman Arkham City! Assassin's Creed! Ghost Recon! Aliens: Colonial Marines was just shown running on Wii U at the Nintendo E3 press conference! Nintendo has Ninja Gaiden 3!
It's AMAZING! Think about it. The controller is the CONNECTION to the WiiU. The system is still separate! But this bring more questions than answers. How much will the controller be and the System be?
It's coming holiday 2012, so we still have much more to see! Let us know, down below!
Don't be a Jimmy! Lol!
Review of the new trailer for the Wii version of Tatsunoku vs Capcom
So a new trailer just dropped for the Wii version of Tatsunoku vs Capcom. Excitement abound.
First off let me comment on all the "awards" they show it won. OMG IT WON BEST FIGHTING GAME AT E3????? What exactly was it's competition? No one makes fighting games anymore. Did it beat some new Tekken or some shit?
I still have no idea what Tatsunoku is. I'm gonna guess it's some animation company because I see some Battle of the Planets fuckers, giant robots, people with swords, and lots of characters with those creepy big eyes that dont resemble any actual race that Japanese animators love. Oh and there's a guy who throws a shopping cart and I could see there being an anime series just about shopping carts because anime is stupid and they make series about stupid shit like that. Or is that the guy from Dead Rising. I wouldnt know because I hate video games.Read full story...
My son got this game for his birthday and I feel like he got ripped off.
First off why are all the game modes locked? Second why can't you race other people right out of the box?
Mario Kart doesn't make it a pain in the ass just to play multiplayer. With Cars 2 it seemed to me that the design of this game was overly complicated considering it's a kids game. When a seven year old can't get through the start screen and start a race on his own you know there's a problem. Once we messed with it for a while he was able to get to a type of multiplayer but it wasn't fun and it wasn't racing. It was training. They force you to do training courses to learn how to jump turn and do just about everything that should be natural to anyone that's ever played a game like this before. I was at target the other day and saw Mario kart for the wii and just picked it up and started playing,. The controls are way different than on the Game Cube but they are intuitive and natural and I was able to just play and have fun. Not so with Cars 2 which makes everything a chore and doesn't even have the play machanics to rival low end kart racers. At least the graphics were nice and crisp.
Definitely Flush this pile.
Graphics get a 4 out of 5
I looks like the cars movie which is all I can say is good about this game.
Audio gets a 4 out of 5
Sure the sound works nice and the voices are cool and I think may even be done by the real actors but they get repeatitive.
Controls get a 2 out of 5
Super sluggish and overly complexe for a kids game.
Story gets a 3 out of 5
It's just the Cars 2 story line from what I saw and that movie kind of sucked anyway.
My opinion-- This game was a waste of time and effort. Go get Mario Kart instead.
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