Since the Destructoid Random Title found it out already, I can admit it: I'm a Rabbid. So there will be some random DAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! in my posts. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
My hideout is in Germany. Also, my English isn't perfect. So if you have problems to read my texts, tell me about it. I try to explain what I was trying to write then.
As you can imagine, one of my favourite games is "Rayman Raving Rabbids". I really like wacky videogames. DAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Give me some "Armed & Dangerous", "You don't know Jack", "Rayman Raving Rabbids" or "Monkey Island" and I'm happy. Also, I like "Guild Wars".
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!?
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:
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.
False alarm, guys. It's not so much of a surprise.