Archive for November, 2009

28
Nov
09

So Far With New Super Mario Bros. Wii

We recently got Super Mario Bros. Wii, and it is a blast!  In case you haven’t heard of it, this game plays much like the older Mario Bros. games, but with co-op.

So far I have only played it with 2 players. (me and my brother)  It is great running through the stages and planning strategies together. We jump off each others heads to reach items and pipes.  Also, if we ground-pound at the exact same time, we can wipe out all nearby enemies.

The game has been designed so that the more talented players (my brother) can help the less gifted players (me) along.  For example, if there is a place that I do not think I can get past, Steven can pick me up and carry me across.  Another stategy might be that Steven makes his way across by himself then I press A to enclose myself in a protective bubble that I can ride to him.  The bubble turns out to be verry usefull in getting past difficult places, since only 1 person acually has to make it.  Also, if you find yourself falling into a bottomless pit, hopping into a bubble can prevent you from losing a life.

But its not all teamwork and helping hands…with an extra player on the screen, you are extra likely to screw up. (and make your partener pay)  So many times has one of us accidentily threw a shell at the other.  It is also really easy to accidentily bounce of each other and knock your teamate into a bottomless pit before they even know what happened.  If there if one word you will find yourself saying a lot in this game its “sorry!”

This is shaping up to be a great game so far.  I just can’t wait to try it with 4 people….imagine the chaos!

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27
Nov
09

My 20th Birthversery (Birthday)

Yay!  I’m 20 now!  Um, yeah…Yay!

Ok, now here is a spongebob video:

Oh and a shout-out to Bill Nye, the Science Guy, who shares a Bday with me!

26
Nov
09

5 Random Quotes for Thanksgiving

  1. On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime.  ~Author Unknown
  2. Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.  ~Michael Dresser
  3. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.  ~Cicero
  4. Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And then discover once a year is way too often.  ~Johnny Carson
  5. The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands.  ~Author Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you have fun celebrating with your loved ones, and eat plenty of delicious food!

Oh, and a shout out to Colt, who is having a bday today!

25
Nov
09

The Legned of Zelda: Twilight Princess (5/5)

wow…

This game is a masterpiece.

In The Legend of Zelda: Twillight Princess you play as link trying to save hyrule from evil…as always.  But of course, there is a catch, Hyrule is not the only land that is in danger.  An evil power (and I am sure you can figure out who that is!) is blending the world of light with the world of shadows (aka, the twillight relm) and only you can stop him.  The gameplay is similar to that of Ocarina of time or Wind Waker, but with wii controls.  The motion sensing works nicely, giving an added feel of realism.

What really mixes it up though is that Link can turn into a wolf.  As a wolf, Link can dig, smell, and use a wolf sense to see otherwise invisible things.  The wolf form is a fun way to break up the gameplay, but is not quite as fun as being human.  Acually, they break up the gameplay quite nicely throughout the whole game with things such as horseback riding, flying (a giant bird), rowing a boat, and fishing.  (though the fising is not as fun as it was in Ocarina)

Also, link has a new sidekick and she is much less irritating than Navi.  Midna, is an imp from the Twillight relm that helps link through his journey.  At the beginning she seemed annoying but she grows on you, becoming one of the best characters in the series.  Acually, this game is filled with all sorts of wonderfull characters who aid Link in one way or another.

This game really manages to feel like an epic adventure.  You really feel as though you are Link, saving the kingdom.  Which, is the charm of the Zelda series.  This game is huge, it took me over 45 hours to complete it, but every minuit is worth it.

Overall, this is one of the greatest games I have ever played.  I would recommend it to anyone who plays videogames.

(oh, and thank you again Earl for lending it to me)

23
Nov
09

WiiWare Demo Reviews

In my last post, I talked about how the Wii shop channel has started offering demos for Wii Ware games.  Well, I wound up downloading all 5 demos on the channel and played them.  Now I am here to tell you what I thought of them.

Bit.Trip Beat Demo (4/5)

This rhythm based game basically has you moving a paddle up and down with the wiimote to deflect blocks that are flying at you.  Its kinda like Pong: The Musical.  However, such a simple gameplay idea turns out to be a blast to play.  Hitting all the beats is pretty challenging, but they give you a big heath bar in case you are “rhythm impaired” like I am.  If your looking for a good rhythm game, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord Demo (3/5)

I have never really gotten into Final Fantasy and I had no clue what to expect as I started this demo.  It turns out this is a castle defender game.  It involves building rooms onto your castle and summoning monsters to defend your castle as you try to rule the world.  As far as castle defenders go, this was ok, but I could not really get into it.  I hesitate to say this demo was bad, but it was not good.  If you are really really into castle defenders and/or final fantasy, you might enjoy this game.  Otherwise, I would stay away.

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Demo (4/5)

NyxQuest puts you in the role of Nyx, a girl with wings who is searching the ruins of rome to find her friend, Icarus.  She can fly and glide (but only to a limited degree) and as she goes through the game, she learns the powers of the greek gods.  The power included in the demo was the power of Zeus, which allows you to move around objects by dragging them with the wiimote.  Its a fun gameplay mechanic and allows for some fun (if not simple) puzzles. I was confused to see that Nyx seemed to lack any fighting moves.  She just dodges and navigates her was through the ruins.  I don’t know if there will be any fighting in the game, but from what I have seen, it might not need any.  This demo shows a lot of potential and I think the full game will probably be great.

Pokemon Rumble Demo (2/5)

Wow, its been years since I tried a Pokemon game.  Basically in Pokemon rumble you play as toy Pokemon who want to compete in the “battle royal”  In order to do so, you must go through stage after stage fighting toy Pokemon and befriend the occasional Pokemon. (after you befriend one, you can switch to him)  While this game did have a cute little charm to it, it has no real gameplay value.  Its just a button masher.  You walk around and press 2 to attack the Pokemon you see everywhere.  No strategy to the fighting, no puzzles to solve.  You just walk around and press 2.  Even if you are a big Pokemon fan, I would stay away.

World of Goo Demo (4.5/5)

I am not really sure why I downloaded this demo when I own the full game for PC…The goal of this game is to use blobs of goo to build structures to get to the pipe in each level.  Its a simple concept yet, and amazingly fun game.  This is a great little game, and I would recommend it to any gamer, casual or “hardcore”.

20
Nov
09

WiiWare Demos!

Ok, for a while I have been saying that the Wii shop channel should allow you to download demos Wii games.  Demos are a great way to try games and see if you like them before spending money on them.  Well, you still can’t get demos for the big games, but Nintendo Week just announced that you can now download free demos for WiiWare!  Yay!

Now I am going to download the demo for Bit.Trip!

14
Nov
09

Legend of Spyro Movie?!

Growing up, I loved the spyro games, and now it turns out they are making a movie about him.  It is going to be based on the “Legend of Spyro” reboot that they recently did.  The release date is for april of 2010. It was schedueled for this christmas, but they had to move the date back.  I am looking foward to this, I just hope the movie is as good as I remember the game being!

 




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