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4:34 PM on 03.24.2010

Will the 3DS announcement affect the DSiXL?

I'm sure you've all heard about the announcement yesterday morning that Nintendo is officially releasing their new handheld next year, with new 3D capabilities. With the announcement coming so close to the launch of the DSi XL, I'm wondering if anyone is second guessing a purchase? I can certainly see how the news of an entirely new handheld would make the launch of a rehash seem less appealing.

So is a year to far away to care, are those big screens to beautiful to ignore, has the 3DS just killed your buzz, or did you not give a damn about the DSi XL in the first place? Let me know!


12:43 PM on 03.21.2010

Why doesn't the Wii get any respect?

Hello all,

I'm likely what you would call a "Hardcore Wii Gamer", although I don't much care for labels, and I was wondering why wherever I go, I seem to get flack for choosing the Wii as my console choice of this generation. It never fails. Either I'm being told that the Wii is a kiddie piece of crap, or people are trying to convince me to “get with the times” and get a 360/PS3. I don't understand why that is at all.

Sure, the Wii has tons of shovelware, but that always happens when lazy developers want to make a quick buck and throw a garbage game on a successful console. I don't see how that somehow cancels out all the good content the system has to offer. Games like No More Heroes, Metroid Prime 3, MadWorld, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and Muramasa to name a few, are what I would consider quality. They all have a unique style, great gameplay, and appeal to the "hardcore". These games are also a great example of why I chose the Wii over the 360 and PS3. Although it's no secret that the other consoles have more "hardcore" games, they don't have games with the personality or style of games like that very often, and that's what appeals to me, personally.

I'm also a big fan of classic gaming. I likely would have bought a Wii for the Virtual Console alone. Having access to games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Solider Blade, Castlevania or Donkey Kong Country without having to drag out old consoles is a dream come true for me. But I also like how the Wii keeps old school gameplay alive with new releases like Punch-Out!! Wii, New Super Mario Bros Wii, A Boy and his Blob, Super Smash Bros Brawl and Blast Works. Couple that with all the new content coming out of the WiiWare service like World of Goo, Cave Story, and the Bit.Trip. series, and we start to have a hell of a line up on our hands already.

Now I’m not trying to convince anyone that the Wii is superior to the 360 or PS3, that’s for each individual to decide. What I’m just trying to learn is why in my own experience, despite all of the great content the Wii has to offer, it doesn’t seem to gain the same level of respect from the “Hardcore Gaming Community” that the other two consoles do.

Thank you for reading, and I encourage everyone to leave their two cents below. :)   read

10:49 AM on 04.30.2008

Ocarina of Time vs GTA4

I’ve recently become aware of an issue surrounding the release of Grand Theft Auto 4. On the site “” it has now become number 1 ranked game of all time, taking the place of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This has spawned debates with plenty of anger on both sides, and I hope to bring some order to the mayhem…

Looking at Ocarina for a moment, this brings up a whole other side debate. Was Ocarina deserving of that number 1 spot in the first place? Well that depends on how you look at it. Ultimately, it’s just another Zelda game with the same old Zelda story and gameplay. However, what sets it apart is what it did, and when it did it. It was unheard of in 1998 to have such a game to run around in freely with an open world feel to it. It also perfected the 3D lock on camera and set the bar for the time. I could go on listing achievements, but the basic point is that it was a technical marvel, and that’s why it held that number 1 slot for nearly a decade.

Using the same logic, provided you agree with it, is GTA4 not doing the exact same thing? Setting aside the storyline, the theme, and pretty well everything that makes a GTA game a GTA game, it is also undeniably a technical marvel for the time. The massive sandbox world is unparalleled, and consists of countless things to do. The polish and design of the city is extremely impressive. Considering the scope of the world, one would think that it wouldn’t be possible to make a city so large look so good. We’ve seen that before in games like Spiderman 2 or even previous installments in the GTA series, but they’ve pulled it off here and credit is deserved for that. To top it off, they brought this sandbox gameplay online to share with friends in any number of ways. When looking at what this game offers, the word that comes to mind is “overwhelming”.

On this thought process alone, GTA4 beats out Ocarina hands down. It’s providing the same effect on the gaming industry, only a decade later. It’s clear that this is how the reviewers see it, but what’s spawning the debates is what GTA is. It being the kind of game that it is, anyone outside of its own fan base will hate it. They won’t appreciate the criminal theme, or the sandbox gameplay. They will even go as far as to say that it’s a step in the wrong direction for the gaming industry, because it’s not bringing anything original to the table and is only praying on the teenage desire to “fuck things up”. For those people, Grand Theft Auto bumping down Ocarina of Time, a long renowned masterpiece of what gaming truly is, is a travesty and is unacceptable.

Those who like GTA or simply believe that reviews should be based on specs above all else will think it is deserving of the number 1 spot. Those who think otherwise, will not. Or maybe you think neither deserves the spot, which brings me to my final thought…

I believe the answer is to simply not compare games in this fashion and pin no weight on the “top 10” that Gamerankings has set up. It’s only a mathematical equation after all, and any one of us knows that judging games is about so much more then that. So regardless of what it is you think of the games individually or what your stance is on the gaming industry as a whole, there is simply no point putting them head to head. But if you must, remember this. Only time will tell if Grand Theft Auto 4 will be talked about a decade from now. Until then, we can only wait and see…   read

10:02 AM on 04.13.2008

Disaster: Day of Crisis, finally on the way

Lets face it. How many of us thought this title was outright canceled. We've seen nothing on it since E3 06, but now it looks like we actually have a release date. As you can see in the top right of this Advertisement, it appears to be July 3rd in Japan. I'm extremely happy to see that this title wasn't given up on after all, and I can't wait to play it when it comes to America. Hopefully that isn't TO far off...


9:27 PM on 04.09.2008

Okami coming to the Wii, overpriced?

In less then a week, the Wii is going to be blessed with the old PS2 exclusive, Okami. I for one am excited to see what the new control scheme will do for the game so I've been eagerly awaiting it. Yesterday however I went to and much to my surprise, it was priced at 39.99.

With the PS2 version having been out for as long as it has, it doesn't make any sense. We were left with a similar situation not long ago when Resident Evil 4 was ported to the Wii, and that was released at 29.99. So today I happened to be at EB and asked them if they knew what the game would be priced. Sure enough, they said 39.99.

Maybe I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but not having a ton of cash to spend on gaming these says, this sort of thing grinds my gears. I'm sure some of you can relate...   read

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