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12:41 PM on 02.05.2009

Capcom falls into the DLC trap with Street Fighter 4

Yes I know Capcom usually does DLC with it's games like Mega Man 9 and Lost Planet, however those content are pretty decent and pretty cheap. However the street fighter 4 DLC is CRAP and so is the pricing.

First is Chapionship Mode:

"Championship Mode expansion will contain

* Replay Mode - Record, upload, and download top matches to share with the Street Fighter IV community. Players can analyze top tiered fighters matches, leave voter feedback for others, and share their own triumphant victories.
* New Points System - Two new points systems to measure your skill (Championship and Tournament Points)
* Enhanced Tournament Matching System - Skill level matching system offers improved tournament match making for beginners and mid-level players. Competitors earn Grade Points (GP) to earn entry into more advanced tournaments."

Now this isn't really a problem for me since it has some extra modes BUT the question is why the hell isn't this included in the 60 dollar retail disc. And a move like this smells like a Scamo move to me since it seems like it would be something already included in the disc.

Now here is what really grinds my gears:
"Five costume packs containing alternative outfits for five characters will release weekly for 320 MS points on the Xbox Live Marketplace and $3.99 in the PlayStation store. The release schedule follows

* 2/17 - Brawler Pack DLC Pack will include alternate costumes for: Zangeif, E.Honda, Rufus, El Furete, and Abel.
* 2/24 - Femme Fatale Pack will include alternate costumes for: Chun-Li, Cammy, Sakura, Rose, and C.Viper.
* 3/3 - Shoruken Pack will include alternate costumes for: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, and Dan.
* 3/10 - Shadowloo Pack will include alternate costumes for: Seth, M.Bison, Sagat, Balrog, and Vega.
* 3/17 - Classic Pack will include alternate costumes for: Guile, Dhalsim, Fei-Long, Blanka, and Gen."

4 bucks for costume packs Really Capcom?!?! And if you want the full set it will cost you an additional 20 dollars what the heck is up with that? Alternate Costume packs are usually a inclusion in every fighting game for free.   read


2:01 PM on 02.02.2009

Bubble Bobble Plus is coming to Wiiware Worldwide



The game is going to be 800 wii points and will have 2 optional map packs for 200 points each.
Now for the awesome part: Bubble Bobble Plus has 400 stages and this number includes a remake of the original Bubble Bobble. On top of that you also get rearranged stages, four player co-op. Now we need more retro revivals like this!!!! I wonder how many maps will be in a map pack but 400 levels for 800 wii points is just an awesome value.


And for you high score whores it will also include worldwide online leader boards. And for the people who don't believe that it's coming worldwide the German USK already rated it.
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11:23 AM on 01.29.2009

Boom Blox Bash Party is announced!!

EA and Spielberg announced a sequel to one of the Wii's best games ever. This time they are crafting 400 levels such as in outer space and underwater (I bet Chad is hoping for Dolphin themed levels) and is apparently making the multiplayer more explosive and better.



Also there's one nice big feature in the sequel, an online component that "enables users to download additional levels from Electronic Arts as well as other 'Boom Blox Bash Party' players" I can only wonder how awesome they are going to improve the online level sharing from the first Boom Blox and it's cool that the developers will support the game with new levels over time which just increases the longevity of the game and keep the game fresh I suppose and more community features are welcome in my book since people can get pretty damn creative just look at the first Boom Blox, Blast Works, Little Big Planet.

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10:22 AM on 01.28.2009

FFCC: Crystal Bearers new trailer looks AMAZING and EPIC!

For the people who don't want to spend 40 dollars on FF:CC Echoes of Time for Wii, this is the trailer to the game every body wants.

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It seems like this is a proper way to make an Action RPG on the Wii while making use of the Wii's strengths especially with pointer controlled telekenesis. If you can you should watch the HD quality version where it's less blurry. After playing Infinite Undiscovery I was worried about an Action RPG from Square-Enix but after this trailer, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! Man if third parties actually put some effort in a Wii game the results can be phenomenal.


For the lazy here are some few notes:
- Action-RPG gameplay
- Hot graphics
- Telekineses mechanic for battle/puzzles
- Lots of story and voice
- Sweet harmonica music
- Motion QTE scenes (maybe like RE4?)   read


3:49 PM on 01.23.2009

FlamesofChaos reviews Planet Pachinko

Players: 1 - 2 (co-op) Blocks: 188 Price: 500 Nintendo Points
Control Schemes Supported: Wiimote (on it's side), Wiimote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller

Planet Pachinko is a game where you play as a family of robot trying to save their dog in the temple of pachinko. In each level of the temple of pachinko you are basically inside a giant pachinko machine and the objective of each stage is to destroy a certain amount of pachinko balls while surviving.In each level the pachinko balls shoot out at a rapid pace and randomly so there isn't any real set patterns and consequently there isn't any set strategy except run aimlessly and hold down on the attack button if you stay in a area too long then a turret of 3 lasers start shooting either vertically or horizontally which is annoying and frustrating since not only you have to dodge these fast lasers but also the pachinko balls that just keep raining down, when you advance to the next level the only difference is you have to destroy more pachinko balls and the frequency of pachinko balls shooting down increases but sadly it just feels like your playing the same level with minor variations. There's also boss battles at the end of each "world" unfortunately there's not much skill with these boss battles except just to try to kill the boss before you exhaust all your lives. When you beat a boss your reward is rescuing a space animal, but what the space animal is just concept art of a weird looking animal that was probably drawn by a four year old (it's a simple crayon drawing on white construction paper).



A neat thing is since you play as a family of robots whenever you die you alternate to the next family member and since there are three family members you have three lives, additional lives can be earned when you reach a certain score. Also if you are playing single player and reach a certain amount of points you get a NPC helper in the form of another member of the robot family and for some reason you shift control to the new robot which throws you off because all of the sudden you control a new character while the camera seems to focus on the character that you were controlling about five seconds ago. The NPC helper is somewhat useless because of the poor AI but thankfully it will help you from time to time and if it dies, it doesn't make you lose a life.

Graphically this game is very basic, the backgrounds of the pachinko machines are somewhat neat and follow a certain type of theme based in the "world" that you are in. However everything else looks bland and uninspired. Everything in the games presentation just proves that this game is very low budget. The music in this game while it's repetitive it has this nice retro and upbeat vibe, while there isn't a lot of variation in the soundtrack it's catchy.

Control wise this game is fine but it just feels loose, you get a typical 2d formula with your traditional jump, primary weapon fire,secondary weapon fire, melee attack (although it's pretty much useless) and a weapon switch. While all 3 control schemes are fine it's recommended to use either the wiimote+nunchuk or classic controller because it's easier to switch weapons with these control configurations.

The game shoehorns a story in the worst way possible with the worst way possible text that you can't skip and these scenes occur right before entering a new "world", right before a boss battle and right after you beat a boss. The story is just horrendous with atrocious dialog and is just essentially mind numbingly bad which makes you wish that you could just skip these segments.

In conclusion this game had a interesting concept and it would seem like it would be a fun game, but the game falls flat on it's face because it is full of design flaws, chaotic gameplay which is at times very frustrating and has things that are just there for the sake of being there and ultimately its just poorly executed. The game is only $5 and you can do a lot worse with $5 however I wouldn't recommend a download.

Pros:

+ Catchy soundtrack
+ Co-op

Cons:

- Game feels unfinished
- A lot of features like the story seem forced
- No strategy in the gameplay
- Camera gets confused easily
- Ultimately it's way too chaotic and is a mess
- It feels like your playing the same level again throughout the whole game
- Extras are atrocious

Verdict: SKIP IT   read


1:49 AM on 01.16.2009

Casual Games won't kill gaming the WCG Ultimate Gamer reality show will

We all usually hear about how the Wii is killing off gaming with all it's casual games an what not, but in reality it's bringing in a new audience and like the NPD showed Nintendo is bringing in a good healthy market share to the industry.

However I think the real root of all evil in what is bringing video gaming to it's death is this abomination . If you thought the Spike VGA awards are trash, this is a billion times worse. The World Cyber Games which apparently died spun off into a shitty reality show called WCG ULTIMATE GAMER about finding the best all around video gamer in America. So they are mixing the real world with a gaming competition WONDERFUL and the introduction video looks beyond ridiculous especially when the contestants are crying about how this is too hard.

So fellow D'toiders what's your opinion on this festering mess?   read


6:24 PM on 01.15.2009

Dec 08 NPD = Nintendomination

December 2008 NPD
(December 2007)

DS - 3040K (2470K)
Wii - 2150K (1350K)
360 - 1440K (1260K)
PSP - 1020K (1060K)
PS3 - 726K (798K)
PS2 - 410K (1100K)

1. Wii Play w/ remote - Wii – Nintendo – 1.46 million
2. Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360 – Activision – 1.33 million*
3. Wii Fit w/ balance board – Wii – Nintendo – 999K
4. Mario Kart Wii w/ wheel – Wii – Nintendo – 979K
5. Guitar Hero: World Tour - Wii – Activision – 850K*
6. Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360 – Microsoft – 745K*
7. Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360 – Electronic Arts – 629K
8. Mario Kart - DS – Nintendo – 540K
9. Call of Duty: World at War - PS3 – Activision – 533K
10. Animal Crossing: City Folk - Wii – Nintendo – 497K*

Top selling games of 2008

WII PLAY W/ REMOTE 5.28M
WII MARIO KART W/ WHEEL 5.00M
WII FIT W/ BALANCE BOARD 4.53M
WII SUPER SMASH BROS: BRAWL 4.17M
360 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV 3.29M*
360 CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR 2.75M*
360 GEARS OF WAR 2 2.31M*
PS3 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV 1.89M*
360 MADDEN NFL 09 1.87M*
NDS MARIO KART 1.65M

It's crazy how a lot of Nintendo games have legs and lots of Wii software hit the top 10 in awesome sales. It's really crazy how well Wii Play is selling. And it's ironic how only Sony hardware did worse in 2008 compared to 2007.

EDIT: Some more interesting Facts

* The industry’s top 4 selling games of 2008 were: Wii Play™ at No. 1, Mario Kart™ Wii at No. 2, Wii Fit™ at No.3, and Super Smash Brothers™ Brawl, at No. 4.
* Industry annual revenues jumped 19% in 2008 over 2007, and Nintendo products were responsible for 99% of those additional retail dollars. (3.31 of 3.35 billion)
* Nintendo DS set another industry record for system sales in any month, with 3.04 million units sold in December.
* Wii broke its own monthly record, set in December 2007, by selling 2.14 million units last month.
* In December, Nintendo titles filled 20 of the top 30 spots on the best-seller list. Six games made for Nintendo systems placed in the top 10, including Wii Music™ for Wii (No. 9), which has now sold 865,000 units following its launch in October 2008, and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS (No. 7), which has sold a total of 4.3 million units 38 months after launch.
* Activision’s Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero® World Tour, and MTV Games/EA’s* Rock Band Special Edition Bundle all sold more units on Nintendo platforms than any other platforms in 2008.
* More 3rd party units were sold for Wii than any other home consoles in December for the 2nd consecutive month.
* For the year, more than 132 million games were sold in America for play on Nintendo systems.   read


1:25 AM on 01.15.2009

Monster Hunter G special Classic Controller

Monster Hunter G for Wii will be released on April 23, 2009 for ¥3990 (same price as the Biohazard 0/remake ports). A demo of Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) will be included in the package.

Also, Capcom and Nintendo are releasing a special classic controller with a Monster Hunter G design. It'll be released separately as well as in a bundle (Monster Hunter G Starter Pack) with the game for ¥5220.
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10:06 PM on 01.08.2009

Animal Crossing misadventures part II + a picture of my game setup


Finally I infiltrated Resetti's lair MUHAHAHA.


My friend's cleavage shirt as a hat equals to an ass crack how classy!


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Flaming farts!!


1UP!!


The complementary close up.



The plushie in the middle of the PS3 and 360 is a nintendogs plushie from Nintendo World that I got when I bought Nintendogs, the squirrel plush in the middle of the PS3 and Wii is a pre order bonus for Rune factory 2, between the Wii and TV is Teddie from Persona 4. Near Yoshi there's a Fallout 3 bobble head, Polliwag, Zim action figure, and a Chimera action figure and a Wii Speak hiding somewhere. Top of the TV is the complimentary Sensor Bar and Playstation EYE with a nice Izuna 2 poster on the wall.   read


5:46 PM on 01.08.2009

Miyamoto patents a new computer-readable storage medium

Here are some pictures from the patent. It apparently lets you play from different parts of the game refering to your game save. Could this patten also give us a hint how the next game of a really famous series could play out?











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8:11 PM on 01.06.2009

For the people bitching why Tatsunoko vs Capcom is a Wii exclusive

After reading the comments in Jonathan Holmes review of Tatsunoko vs Capcom there was a bunch of people whining that Tatsunoko vs Capcom is only for Wii and Arcade well here is the reason why it's Wii exclusive, because the arcade motherboard for Tatsunoko Vs Capcom is based off the Wii motherboard don't believe me? Check these out:


Tatsunoko vs Capcom arcade motherboard chasis


Tatsunoko vs Capcom motherboard


Wii motherboard


Well there you have it folks!   read


9:37 PM on 01.04.2009

Awesome awkward moments in AC:City Folk



Well now looks like someone isn't so modest.



Who knew that pink ducks can end up so emo?



My friend pedro apparently just came out of the closet.



Non flammable afro AWESOME!



I don't know what he's thinking about.



Some net assault is always in order.   read





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