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Fanboy Weekly: Nintendo Online

Welcome to Fanboy Weekly: Once More With Feeling Edition. For those that haven't checked it out yet I have been writing a new weekly feature for Game Observer. I thought I would repost the older issues so that those that haven't scoped it out yet can enjoy them and that hopefully you will all like it enough to head over to Game Observer to check the newer and current issues of Fanboy Weekly.

Welcome back once again to Fanboy Weekly. Settle in and get comfy, because this week weíre in it for the long haul as weíll be talking a bit of history and some hopes for the future when it comes to online and MMOís in particular. Itís something that both of Nintendoís competitors have jumped into at one point or another. The 360 has been there for a few years already with Final Fantasy XI and Sony has done the same with Final Fantasy XI on the PS2 as well as Monster Hunter and even Home could be considered an MMO to some extent on the PS3.

Laggy online history

But what of Nintendo history in this realm? While there isnít a deep history here, there is a history short as it may be. To my recollection this online history did start with the NES though it had nothing to do with games nor did it ever come to the U.S., but there was a modem for the NES that was actually used for checking and trading stocks. So there you have it. Nintendoís online history started with the stock market.

Now letís fast forward and get a little more relevant. Letís take a look at the Game Cube. For those of us that were curious and flipped their Game Cubeís over you will have noticed that there are a couple of removable covers. One of those was for an expansion port which would eventually be used for the Gameboy Player, which is worth its weight in gold, especially since the DSi doesnít have a Gameboy slot anymore. Then there were those other couple of ports. There was the dial-up modem port and then there was the broadband adapter port. Seeing that got my hopes up on the prospect of online play. However that never quite came to fruition. There was of course Mario Kart Double Dash that for the tech savvy you could jimmy rig online play and then there was Phantasy Star Online.

Phantasy Star Online is a very dangerous subject matter for me. Iíve lost well in excess of 1500 hours to this game. I still occasionally lose a day or two of my life to it from time to time. And on a related note, those that want to lose a day or two at a time in the same manor with me I do still play it online so get in touch with me at [email protected] because I love having people to play online with. Back to the topic at hand however, the Phantasy Star Online games for the Game Cube were the only games that ever utilized an actual online service on the console and let you actually freely converse and play with others on the ďCubeĒ. In an entire life cycle we got two online games for the system and only one of them was really worthwhile. Thatís a little disheartening.

Then along comes the DS, and with it the promise of online gaming on the go. It took a bit for Nintendo to get things going but they did finally get the ball rolling with Mario Kart DS, and to Mario Kartís credit made it very easy to find a game online to play in. What it also did was make playing online with your friends a pain in the ass. Funnily enough, Tony Hawkís American Skateland came out the same day and had a much better online setup. Later on news of Metroid Prime Hunters came up saying that it was even going to have voice chat and I rejoiced at the thought that Nintendo was finally wising up. Sadly, so far that and the Pokemon games for the DS seem to be the pinnacle of online play on the platform.

Plenty of good models for Nintendo out there

Now onto the Wii. Unfortunately things seemed to have regressed when it comes to Nintendoís approach to online when you get to the Wii. The most advanced online offering for the Wii is actually Animal Crossing Wild World, as itís the only game for the system that allows voice chat between players. A few things that give me hope are developers like High Voltage Software who are currently working on The Conduit, which by the way if itís not on your radar it freaking should be. HVS gives me hope because they seem to be attempting to push all aspects of the system, including the fact that they even had a system link mode up and running when they were working on the multiplayer, though Nintendo actually made them drop it. However they will offer voice chat and with any luck it will be with anyone that youíre playing with and not just people on your friends list.

Now that we have that bit of history out of the way, letís get back to talking about MMOs. As I said before, itís been touched on by a Nintendo system with Phantasy Star Online and hopefully that kind of online setup will be included in the upcoming Phantasy Star Zero for the DS. What saddens me is that we havenít seen any attempts at a full blown MMO for either the DS or the Wii. Whatís worse is that there a couple of prime candidates that seem like they would fit quite well on a Nintendo system. Maple Story in particular comes to mind. Worse still is that itís been proven very workable on the DS since there is a single player version of the game overseas. All that itís missing to be in business is an online structure.

However I would much rather see a game like Maple Story on my TV on Wii. Iíve played quite a bit of Maple Story on my PC and I can tell you that what you need to run the game itself isnít that big since most of the assets are stored online on the servers and you are essentially just running a piece of software that lets you access those servers. With that fact in mind, I wouldnít mind paying five or ten bucks to download the game to my Wii, even though itís free on the PC, and be able to boot it up and play on a server or set of servers that are just people playing Maple Story on the Wii. And I can tell you full well that the Wii can handle playing a game like Maple Story considering itís a pretty simple-looking, sprite-based MMO.

Whatís more is that I wouldnít even be heartbroken about a lack of voice chat considering that the Wii has a USB port that I can plug in a keyboard to. Iíve often thought to myself while playing it on my pc that I would much rather play the majority of the game with a controller like the classic joystick or even something as simple as the Wiimote turned sideways and to be able to use the pointer functionality of the Wiimote in place of a mouse. What really makes me think that a game like Maple Story is well suited to the Wii more than anything, is the tone of the game. Maple Story is a very family friendly styled game and its success has seemingly recently spawned countless other free online MMOs that use this very child friendly approach. Frankly I think Nintendo is missing a huge opportunity by not picking up on games like this and putting them onto their systems. Who knows, maybe one day yet Nintendo will wise up and even put out their very own MMO, and no, Animal Crossing doesnít count.

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Game Cube

Chibi-Robo: Complete
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat: Complete and finished
Donkey Konga: Complete and finished
Donkey Konga 2: Complete and finished
Eternal Darkness Sanity's Requiem: Complete
F-Zero GX: Complete
Geist: Complete
The Legend Of Zelda Four Swords Adventure: Complete
Metroid Prime with Metroid Prime 2 Echoes bonus disc: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes: Complete and finished
Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2: Complete and finished
Soul Calibur 2: Complete and finished
SSX On Tour: Complete
Super Bubble Pop: Complete


Battalion Wars 2: Complete
The Bigs: Complete
Da Blob: Complete
Endless Ocean: Complete
Geometry Wars Galaxies: Complete
Ghost Squad: Complete
House Of The Dead 2 & 3 Return: Complete and finished
The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess: Complete and finished
Links Crossbow Training: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: Complete and finished
Okami: Complete on loan to Josh
Speed Racer: Complete
SSX Blur: Complete on loan to Josh
Super Mario Galaxy: Complete on loan to Josh
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Complete and finished
Wii Play: Complete and finished
Wii Sports: Complete and finished
Zack & Wiki Quest For Barbaros' Treasure: Complete

Wii Ware

Art Style: Orbient:
Bit.Trip Beat:
Bit.Trip Core:*
Lost Winds:
Mega Man 9:

Virtual Console

Beyond Oasis:
Blazing Lazers:
F-Zero: Finished
F-Zero X: Finished
Galaga '90:
Golden Axe: Finished
Gunstar Heroes: Finished
Kid Icarus: Finished
Kirby's Adventure: Finished
The Legend of Zelda:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past:
Mario Kart 64: Finished
Metroid: Finished
Ninja Gaiden:
Phantasy Star II:
River City Ransom:
Sin & Punishment:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Finished
StarTropics: Finished
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting: Finished
Super Mario Bros.: Finished
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels:
Super Mario Bros. 2: Finished
Super Mario Bros. 3: Finished
Super Mario World:
Super Metroid: Finished
Virtua Fighter 2:
Zelda II - The Adventure of Link: Finished

Game Boy

Metroid II Return Of Samus: Complete and finished

Game Boy Advance

F-Zero GP Legend: Complete
Metroid Zero Mission: Complete and finished
Metroid Fusion: Complete and finished

Nintendo DS

Big Bang Mini: Complete
Brain Age: Complete
Castlevania Dawn Of Sorrow: Complete and finished
Castlevania Portrait Of Ruin: Complete and finished
Chrono Trigger: Complete
Clubhouse Games: Complete
Contra 4: Complete
Dementium: The Ward: Complete
Geometry Wars Galaxies: Complete
Kirby Canvas Curse: Complete and finished
Lock's Quest: Complete
Lost In Blue: Complete
Lost In Blue 2: Complete
Mario Kart DS: Complete and finished
Meteos: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Hunters: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt: Complete and finished
Metroid Prime Pinball with rumble pack: Complete and finished
Moon: Complete on loan to Nick
N+: Complete
Nanostray 2: Complete
Retro Game Challenge: Complete
Ridge Racer DS: Complete
Scurge Hive: Complete and finished
Sonic Rush: Complete and finished
Super Mario 64 DS: Complete
Tetris DS: Complete and finished
Trace Memory: Complete and finished
True Swing Golf: Complete and finished
The World Ends With You: Complete


Alone In The Dark The New Nightmare: Complete
Alundra 2: Complete
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror: Complete
Dance Dance Revolution: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Konamix: Complete and finished
Inuyasha: Complete
The Legend Of Dragoon: Complete and finished
Marvel VS. Capcom: Complete and finished
Myst: Complete
Oddworld: Abe's Exodus: Complete and finished
Riven The Sequal To Myst: No Manual
Spyro The Dragon: Complete and finished
Tall: Infinity: Complete
Wipeout: 3: Complete and finished
Worms Armageddon: Complete and finished

Playstation 2

Amplitude: Complete and finished
Beatmania: Complete
Blood Will Tell: Complete
Bombastic: Complete
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution: Complete and finished
Dance Dance Revolution Supernova: Complete
Echo Night Beyond: Complete
Flipnic: Complete
Frequency: Complete and finished
Future Tactics The Uprising: Complete and finished
God Of War: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero Encore Rocks The 80's: Complete and finished
Half-Life: Complete on loan to Chris
Ico: Complete
Katamari Damacy: Complete
Lumines: Complete
Odin Sphere: Complete on loan to Chris
Ribbit King: Complete
Shadow Of The Colossus: Complete and finished
Shadow Of Destiny: Complete


Advent Rising: Complete and finished
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath: Complete
Phantom Dust: Complete and finished

X-Box 360

Army Of Two: Complete and finished
Bioshock: Complete and finished on loan to Tom
Burnout Revenge: Complete
Dark Sector: Complete
Dead Space: Complete
Guitar Hero II: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock: Complete
Guitar hero Aerosmith: Complete and finished
Guitar Hero World Tour: Complete
NBA Street Homecourt: Complete
The Orange Box: Complete
Ridge Racer 6: Complete
Rock Band: Complete
Rock Band AC/DC Live Track Pack Fan Pack: Complete and finished
Sega Superstars Tennis/X-Box Live Arcade Compilation: Complete
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection: Complete

X-Box Live Arcade

A Kingdom For Keflings: Finished
Alien Hominid:
Braid: Finished
Castle Crashers: Finished
Dishwasher Dead Samurai:
Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers:*
Marble Blast Ultra:
Rez: Finished
The Maw: Finished

Guitar Hero III Legends Of Rock DLC

The Devil Went Down To Georgia: Charlie Daniels Band
I Am Murloc: L7oetc
Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix: O'Donnell/Salvatori/Va
Slash Guitar Battle: Slash
We Three Kings: Steve Ouimette
Tom Morello Guitar Battle: Tom Morello
Top Gun Anthem: Unknown

Guitar Hero World Tour DLC

Anything: An Endless Sporadic
Born To Run: Bruce Springsteen
My Lucky Day: Bruce Springsteen
Sacrifice: The Expendables
Drive: Incubus
Your Face: Pepper
Jimi: Slightly Stoopid
The Touch: Stan Bush
Electro Rock: Sworn
Guitar Duel With Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent
Guitar Duel With Zack Wylde: Zack Wylde

Music Studio Content

Chemical Plant: Bambisaurus Rex
A Day In The Life: Erimgard
Castlevania Theme: HoboBobulus
Dr Mario Fever: I am Big M
Brinstar X: Keyser SOse
Kraid: kingsizewipes
Amazing: Neversoft
Bee: Neversoft
Bouree: Neversoft
FurElise: Neversoft
FutureFreak: Neversoft
Greensleeves: Neversoft
ILikeDirt: Neversoft
JamAndToast: Neversoft
LaNoche: Neversoft
LaserBop: Neversoft
MapleLeaf: Neversoft
Porto: Neversoft
RajaFunshine: Neversoft
RockHop: Neversoft
Rondo: Neversoft
StarSpangled: Neversoft
YandZ: Neversoft
Big Blue: Nysyare
F Zero X Medley: Nysyare
Mute City: Pimpmobile01
Chrono Trigger: Soup Not See
Kraid's Hideout: TheKnowingDirge
Brinstar: XxLambinatorxX

Rock Band DLC

More Than A Feeling: Boston
Peace Of Mind: Boston
My Hero: Foo Fighters
Times Like These: Foo Fighters
Sprode: Freezepop
Skullcrusher Mountain: Jonathan Coultan
Still Alive: Jonathan Coultan
Closer: Lacuna Coil
Swamped: Lacuna Coil
Simple Man: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Headphones On: Miranda Cosgrove
Wonderwall: Oasis
The Kids Aren't Alright: The Offspring
Black: Pearl Jam
Snow ((Hey Oh)): Red Hot Chili Peppers
Under The Bridge: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Limelight (Original Version): Rush
Charlene (I'm Right Behind You): Stephen And The Colberts
Promised Land: Vesuvius


Bionic Commando: Cartridge Only
Battletoads: Cartridge Only and finished
Castlevania: Cartridge Only
Cyber Stadium Series Base Wars: Cartridge Only and finished
Dragon Warrior: Cartridge Only
Ice Hockey: Cartridge Only and finished
Kid Icarus: Cartridge Only
Little Nemo The Dream Master: Cartridge Only and finished
Marble Madness: Cartridge Only and finished
Mega Man: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 2: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 3: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 4: Cartridge Only
Mega Man 6: No Box
Metroid (Yellow Label): Cartridge Only and finished
Metroid (Silver Label): Cartridge Only and finished
Ninja Gaiden: Cartridge Only
Star Voyager: Complete
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt: Cartridge Only and finished
Super Mario Bros. 3: No Box and finished
Star Tropics: No Box
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Arcade Game: Cartridge Only and finished
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III The Manhattan Project: Cartridge Only and finished
Tetris: No Manual and finished
Zelda II The Adventure Of Link: No Manual and finished

Super Nintendo

Battletoads/Double Dragon: Cartridge Only
Bust-A-Move: Cartridge Only
Castlevania IV: Cartridge Only
Clayfighter: Cartridge Only
Darius Twin: Cartridge Only
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest: Cartridge Only
F-Zero: Cartridge Only and finished
Game Genie: No Box
The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past: Complete
Pilotwings: Cartridge Only
Ranma 1/2 Hard Battle: Cartridge Only
Star Fox: Cartridge Only
Street Fighter 2: Cartridge Only and finished
Super Game Boy: Complete
Super Mario All Stars: Complete
Super Metroid: Complete and finished
Tetris 2: Cartridge Only
Yoshi's Island: Cartridge Only

Nintendo 64

F-Zero X: Complete and finished
Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards: Cartridge Only
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Collectors Edition: Complete
The Legend Of Zelda Majora's Mask Collectors Edition: Complete
Super Mario 64: Cartridge Only
Super Smash Bros.: Cartridge Only and finished

Sega Genesis

Castlevania Bloodlines: No Box
Eartworm Jim: Complete
Genesis 6-Pak: No Box
Game Genie: No Box
Sonic The Hedgehog 2: Complete and finished
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cartridge Only
Vectorman: Complete and finished
Vectorman 2: Cartridge Only

I plan on updating this list as it changes one way or the other.
* Denotes latest additions
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