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10:57 AM on 04.13.2010

Late to the party: Daigasso! DX / Jam with the Band finally dated for Europe!

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The above video shows a friend of mine and me playing the japanese rhythm game Daigasso! Band Brothers DX in form of a four-part video (the rest can be found here). I bet there are a lot of people who are actually familiar with the game or its predecessor. At the very least, Dale North knows it. Some may even remember that Nintendo once planned a version for western audiences, sporting the title Jam with the Band - which pretty much disappeared, never being mentioned again.

That is, until now. Just recently, the game suddenly reappeared on a release list for the second Quarter of 2010. And today, Nintendo of Europe provided us with some information about Jam with the Band. For starters, it is apparently based on the second japanese game, Daigasso! Band Brothers DX. That means the game includes the guitar mode, karaoke mode, song downloads and even the Wii Speaker Channel, known from Daigasso! DX. The pre-installed tracklist on the other hand is packed with a (supposedly) wide variety of songs, though just a few are announced yet. At least in my opinion, the currently known songs are way better than the ones from the japanese release. I'm not a fan of the classical music-heavy tracklist... Which was not much of a problem due to the download feature but still...

Anyway, I'm actually pretty excited about Jam with the Band, now that I know that it's not the first Band Brothers (which was originally released in 2004 in Japan, as far as I know... so yeah, it would be really late). Even though I already own Daigasso! DX.   read


11:27 AM on 12.15.2009

Bayonetta: Too sexy for official release dates?

It was a Monday afternoon like any other. I was browsing through the Xbox 360 games of a local game shop. I skipped over it twice until I realized what I actually found. Now it is here, on my desk. What I'm talking about is a copy of Bayonetta.


In the lower left corner, the official seal of a game sold in Germany: The freaking huge age rating stamp.

Okay, okay, this story isn't all true. I did not visit this certain retailer just because I felt like it but rather because a German website and several forums informed me that Bayonetta is indeed available in Germany. Right now. About three weeks before the official release date. And though I already finished the whole game at an event held by Sega about a month ago, I just had to get it. It's a really awesome game.

Now I wonder why exactly these retailers already got copies of Bayonetta. Did Sega push the release date to mid December in order to get their holiday sales rolling? Probably not since even though the German branch of Amazon listed December 17th as the new release date yesterday, it has already been reverted to January 8th. And even Sega's very own website says January 8th.

Anyway, I'm not complaining but rather enjoying the game. Well, at least after my brother finished it since I don't want to spoil anything for him.   read


1:57 PM on 11.03.2008

Birthday Time - Revenge of the Age Rating



Another year is over for me. From this day on, I'm 19 years old. But why does it have to be a monday? At least there were no exams waiting for me...

Anyway, my actual party is on Saturday, so the only presents I got this far were from my parents and my brother. The latter one gave me Shadow Hearts: From the New World - which reminded me that I still haven't finished Shadow Hearts: Covenant. I just played it for a few hours so far and have to say that this is definetly one of the weirdest RPGs I've ever played. In a positive way, of course. I mean, come on! A ninja named Frank who carries a giant saw with a hilt attached to it as a weapon (or even better: a cactus)? That is just awesome.

The other game is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations, which finally came out here in Europe last month. I merely finished the first episode but it's good to see the old characters again (especially after Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney).



Oh, and do you see these giant squares on the boxes? These are the current age rating symbols here in Germany. While I think I can get used to them on DVD boxes, on DS covers they just take up too much space.   read


3:42 PM on 10.15.2008

Bunnies are bad politicians



Since some politicians are complete morons over here in Germany (drinking beer: perfectly fine - playing videogames: biggest sin of all), I think it's time for a little change. How about, say, a crazy rabbid taking over the lead position? Over in Canada, they seem to have a candidate already. Let us watch and listen what the little guy has to say...

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4:08 PM on 09.25.2008

Bunnies are bad at telekinesis



I could tell you all day how much I enjoyed playing Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party at Games Convention in Leipzig this year... But that would probably bore you to death so I just present you this new video.

But to be honest: The latest Rabbids clips were not as funny as usual if you ask me. This one, as Gametrailers says, is some kind of a Heroes parody. Well, I don't watch this series but this new movie about a Rabbid who tries to use telekinesis is kind of funny. But what's missing? Maybe a little more DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!?

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4:06 PM on 09.24.2008

Nintendo Publishing: Slower than ever



We all know that when it comes to publish games, Nintendo of Europe has the habit of being kind of slow. And by "kind of slow" I mean seriously slow. Metroid Prime Pinball is an excellent example since this game came out in 2007 here. As far as I remember, the American version was released in 2005. But now I stumbled across this:

Naruto: Ninja Council 2 - European Version is coming out on October 2nd over here.

Now don't make the mistake and mix it up with the American Ninja Council 2. That was a GBA game. This one here is for the DS. The first title of the series we got here was the US version of Ninja Council 3. Confusing? Maybe a little. But it gets even better: The second European installment ist actually the third Naruto: Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu (=Ninja Council) in Japan. Keeping in mind that Ninja Council 3/Ninja Council Europe was an edited version of the Japanese Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu 4, the announcement of the European Ninja Council 2 is actually a step back.

(Quick question: Who is confused by now? Yeah, they really messed up the numbering...)

And on top of that: I already own that game.



I got it in December 2005 thanks to a friend who bought it in Japan. It was originally released in April 2005, I think. So, Nintendo, you are about THREE YEARS too late with this game. Not only this but it's also actually not worth owning. Just seven levels short and sometimes downright frustrating because of the fact that you fall back every time you get hit. If you try to climb a high building in the game (and you have to at least once) and get hit, you fall down the entire building without being able to steer your character.

My guess is that most of you don't care about the Naruto games for DS anyway. But I was seriously surprised when I saw that Nintendo is actually going to release a title in Europe that A) has been released in another country for such a long time and B) is actually the predecessor of a game that they already have released here.

Oh, wait...



False alarm, guys. It's not so much of a surprise.   read


5:50 AM on 04.29.2008

Bunnies can't play WiiFit



It has been a while since the last Rabbids video. But apparently, they're back. While I'm enjoying Sonic The Hedgehog on my 360 (Yes, the one with the awful loadtimes. AND I LIKE IT!) and The World Ends with You on the DS, the Rabbids got a copy of WiiFit. But do they know how to use the Balance Board? Let's find out!

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2:10 PM on 01.31.2008

Alanar's January '08 Recap - I choose you, Edgeworth!



For me, this was a very expensive January. Many games found their way to my shelves, some games I just borrowed from friend. These are the games that I experienced this month.

Games I bought this month
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-DS games-

Pokémon Diamond: So they finally won… No matter how much I struggled, these little pocket monsters were much stronger than I thought. But I don’t regret buying this game. It is fun, even though the new Pokémon look kinda weird. Flying honeycombs? Coins? And the new names are awful. So awful that I change them as soon as I capture them. For example, I call the leaf starting Pokémon (forgot its name) Bulbaclone since this Pokémon reminds me of Bulbasaur from the very first games. And now excuse me, I have to get to the third gym…

SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS: I didn’t know that this game exist until I found it coincidentally at a local shop. Instead of looking for some reviews on the internet first, I just bought it. It sounded interesting, I like the cover artwork and it could be fun. Luckily (since I paid 40 Euros for this game), I like this game. It is a bit on the easy side and sometimes the CPU literally tries to lose but the game is fast paced enough to make up for it. Graphics could be better, yes (why don’t they use fighting-game-like combat scenes?) but I still enjoy this game. And it has Miles Edgeworth as a fighter in it. AWESOME!

Elite Beat Agents: Borrowed this game several times and now I finally bought it. It rocks. Enough said.

Diddy Kong Racing DS: Why, Rare? The original Diddy Kong Racing on the N64 was, in my opinion, the best racing game on the console. It was fast, it was difficult and it was awesome. Yeah, some of the boss races (against the octopus for example) were just unfair. But I like it. The DS version however… It’s not that great. The game is not as difficult as the original game (which I appreciate), the hovercraft controls are broken and the whole “use DS features for a boost at the beginning of a race” is just awful. And I hardly found anyone to play this game online. Oh well, there’s still hope for a Virtual Console version.

Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle: Now we’re talking! Though it had some difficult and completely illogical parts, Runaway: A road adventure is one of my favourite adventure games. I waited so long for the sequel, only to not buy the PC version afterall. And why that? Because I hate cliffhanger endings. Okay, I still hate them but when I saw the DS version of the game, I somehow couldn’t resist. And as far as I can tell, this is a very nice port of the PC version. The graphics are beautiful, the point and click mechanic works fine and even the cutscenes found their way to the DS card. The only downer is the missing voice acting and the sometimes incredibly high text speed. Still a good game.

-Wii games-

Link’s Crossbow Training: Since I want to buy Ghost Squad, why don’t practise with the Zapper? Okay, Sega’s shooter is a bit expensive here (45 Euros for three levels?) but Nintendo’s Zelda shooter is still interesting. Short? Yes. Fun? Hell, yeah! But I remember Twilight Princess being a bit prettier that this game…

Endless Ocean Oh… My… GOD! WATER!!! HYDROPHOBIA!!! Actually I bought this game as kind of a therapy for my fear of 3D video game water. You can’t die in this game which is perfect. But I haven’t played it much yet. Curse you, Sonic 2!

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure: An adventure game on the Wii? Count me in! This game finally made its way to Europe. Haven’t made it that far yet (only seven or eight parts of Barbaros) but I like it. The puzzles are nice and the humor is great. I hope that more people will buy this game…

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: I don’t know the first game on the Saturn but I do know that I wanted Journey of Dreams as soon as Sega announced it. Now I got it and I’m kind of disappointed. The game itself is great, yeah, but it’s a bit too short and the story is not that good. Also, the graphics in the cutscenes remind me of Shadow The Hedgehog. It just looks awful (though in my opinion, Shadow he Hedgehog was still a good game). Fortunately, the graphics in the main game are much better. I don’t know if I would recommend it to anybody but you should at least try the new NiGHTS.

-Xbox 360 game(s)-

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga: Though I don’t like the Star Wars movies that much (as well as most of the countless games based on this license), I enjoyed playing the first LEGO Star Wars with a friend of mine. Now I got this game and the second one on one single disc for just 35 Euros. Great deal if you ask me. Actually I wanted the Wii version but this one was already sold out. Doesn’t matter, the game is great nevertheless.


These are the games I bought, but there is another game that I played at a Friend’s house. And that is…

No More Heroes: Thanks, Grasshopper Manufacture! Played the Japanese Version for two hours and can’t wait for the European release. For those who want to watch my poor skills, I made a video. 13 parts, about two hours and two German guys (my buddy and me) talking crazy stuff. You can find the videos at YouTube.

That’s my January. The next month is (hopefully) not that expensive but at least No More Heroes will join my collection.   read


1:19 PM on 01.30.2008

Rabbids, rave on... the PC?!



The picture above is taken from the homepage of the German video game rating organisation, the USK (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle = German Voluntary Monitoring Organisation of Entertainment Software (thanks to 3r0t1c n3rd for translating this term in his Cblog)). It shows that they recently rated Rayman Raving Rabbids 2. The interesting part is that this is a rating for the PC version of this game.

What the heck? Didn't Ubisoft claim that they programmed this game with nothing more than Wii and DS in their mind? This game is made for the use with Nintendo's Wii Remote. Why should there come a PC version then? Seems to be kind of a no-brainer.

I have no experience with the first Raving Rabbids episode on the PC so I can't tell if that worked or not. But it is a bit odd that Ubisoft seems to come up with a PC port of the second game. Since I haven't heard of an official announcement from Ubisoft, this could be wrong. Who knows?   read


4:16 PM on 12.31.2007

Alanar's Games of the Year 2007 are a lie - GLaDOS is sappin mah cake!



Okay, by reading the headline you should actually know what my personal game of the year is. For those who still have no clue, another hint: It comes in a box, it is some kind of a shooter (more a puzzle game, actually) and there is a Weighted Companion Cube in it. Still no idea? Alright, no more clues. My personal game of the year 2007 is...

Portal



“This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: Huge success. It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.”
These lines from the Portal credits song pretty much sum up how I feel about this game. Portal is a First Person Shooter but there is actually nobody to shoot. You have a gun in your hand but you kill no one with it. You solve puzzles, you test your skills and you’re accompanied by nothing more than a computer voice and (in one test chamber) the Weighted Companion Cube.
The premise of the game is simple: Get through 19 test chambers and receive your reward, a delicious cake. What I wasn’t expecting was the amount of humor in this game. The way GLaDOS tells you about “enhanced truths” or the safety notes for the “Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device” are just two (lousy) examples of the great humor of Portal.
Then the Portal Gun itself. It is just an awesome device and you can do all kinds of crazy stuff with it. Want to fall down a bottomless pit? You can. Want to chase yourself? Possible. Is there a long jump to manage? No problem. There are so many ways to use the Portal Gun. And this helps keeping up the motivation.
Though the game is not that long. It takes about two to three hours to beat this game. But it is definitely worth the time you’re spending with it. As far as I know the game costs about 20 Dollars at Valve’s online store Steam. But this game is also part of the Orange Box, together with four other games. So if you haven’t picked it up yet (though I think most of you already have), do it as soon as you can. Otherwise you’re missing one of the most intelligent and original games of the year. Portal is, without a doubt, my personal game of the year 2007.

And that's it. These are my favourite games of 2007. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed listing them up. In about 40 minutes, 2008 arrives. Let's wave 2007 good bye and look forward to a new year with new challenges and, of course, new games. See you next year. ;)

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Other personal favourites of this year:
Number 5: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Number 4: Assassin's Creed
Number 3: Super Mario Galaxy
Number 2: Ōkami   read


4:14 PM on 12.30.2007

Alanar's very old Games of the Year 2007 - This is a 2007 game... For Europe



Some of us think that Zelda: Twilight Princess was an awesome game. I'm one of these people. But this year, I had the chance to experience a better game than this. And even though it may be old for some people, this game is on my list at spot numer 2. And the game is...

Ōkami



I know that the American release of this game was in 2006. But in Europe it has been released this year, so for me it is one of the best games of 2007. The second best, to be precisely. You know, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was my Game of the Year 2006 but Ōkami overall better than Nintendo’s game with the elfish boy in a green tunic. The graphics are prettier, the music is better and the story is superior to Twilight Princess. If you ask me, this game is even better than the Zelda fan favourite Ocarina of Time. Clover Studios took the well known formula and improved it.
What I really like about this game is how the dungeons fit in the world of Ōkami. Without looking at the map I sometimes barely noticed that I was in a dungeon. And my favourite part is the cut scene after you vitalized a guardian sapling. Also, the characters (especially Issun and Amaterasu) are great. Issun is one of my favourite sidekicks I ever met in a video game.
I hope that the Wii version will live up to the greatness that is Ōkami. It would be very sad to see a great game ruined by a bad port...

As this list concludes we finally get to my personal game of the year. Check back tomorrow to see which game impressed me the most this year.

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Other personal favourites of this year:
Number 5: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Number 4: Assassin's Creed
Number 3: Super Mario Galaxy   read


3:22 PM on 12.29.2007

Alanar's strangely selected Games of the Year 2007 - There is something better than this?!



Today I'll reveal my number 3 game of the year 2007. Some of you would give this title a higher spot on your list. But I have to admit that it is really close to be number 2 or even number 1. This and the following three games are almost equal when it comes to awesomeness. Since there can be only one number 1, I had to choose. This game didn't make it. Spot number 3 belongs to...

Super Mario Galaxy



Wait, this game is not the number 1 game of this year? Well, at least in my list, it takes the third spot. But that doesn’t mean that the game is bad. Heck, it’s the best Wii game up to now. For one it is much more diversified than Super Mario Sunshine with its beach/vacation themed levels. The level design of Galaxy is awesome with all the little planets and stars you can walk on. And since each star of a level takes you to a different part of the very same level, it never gets old to visit them again. And for a Wii game, Super Mario Galaxy is a damn beautiful game. The graphics are really impressive. If just other developers could bring up so much effort when it comes to graphics on the Wii…
Okay, it’s got some water levels which I personally can’t stand and it is a bit easy if you ask me but this shouldn’t hold you from buying it. If you already have a Wii: Get this game. And if you don’t, think about getting one just for this game. ;)

Tomorrow we get to Game of the Year number 2. This may be a game from 2006 for American gamers but its European release was in 2007, so it deserves a spot on my list.


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Other personal favourites of this year:
Number 5: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
Number 4: Assassin's Creed   read


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