Yeah I used to pronounce it ih-CAR-us, fuck off.
Here’s a blast from the past for those of you who used to collect Nintendo Power back in the day. Remember those awesome Howard and Nester comics that ran each issue? Y’know…the ones that followed the adventures of the at the time Nintendo employee Howard Phillips (supposedly the likeness used for Punch-Out!!’s Little Mac) and would be Nintendo icon Nester as they ran through a different game each month offering tips and (at least in the early entries) fantastic artwork along the way? No? Well I do and so did some other giant fuckin’ nerd because he went and built a damn website archiving every single strip, God bless ‘im.
Ahh, the early to mid-nineties. It seems like in those days everyone was trying to out-extreme each other. You couldn’t catch a commercial break back then that didn’t feature some kids pulling off far out and radical skateboarding/bmx tricks or shit like this week’s video. To say that Nintendo might have pushed it a little far with their TV ad for *Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a serious understatement. Not only does it not really have anything to do with the game itself, it’s just nasty. I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that it was pulled not long after airing because parents were complaining or something.
Game of the Year:
Oh man, I’d almost forgotten about this whole decade in review thing I was “working” on. I guess normally it should feel odd to post some nostalgic write up about a year that ended not long ago but so much hot shit went down in 2009 that it isn’t the case here. First off, here are the previous posts in this series if any you missed them and/or really give a shit about my gaming habits over the past 10 years:
Aside from the fact that that screenshot is coming from a fucking WiiWare game, there are plenty of reasons why Jett Rocket is one of the few “must downloads” the service has to offer. First off is that the title was developed by Shin’en, the German development team responsible for that Garfield’s Nightmare game for the Nintendo DS. And yes, I’m being serious. Garflield’s Nightmare is a frickin’ gorgeous and extremely charming little sidescroller that more than deserves to be played. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure you even collect the same tokens or whatever in both titles:
And this is why the Nintendo 64 era was a glorious time.
(Post contains minor Super Mario Galaxy 2 gameplay spoilers, obviously.)
You know, for most of Super Mario Galaxy 2, the camera works just fine, even though it’s not in your full control with a disturbing degree of frequency.
Then you get here.
This is the sort of shit that really has me looking forward to the 3DS.
…and all I get is this lousy little statue?
Actually no. Y’know, I do think it’s kind of cool – Oh, and free. That’s a big plus. Members of Club Nintendo that register certain games and fill out surveys earn points that can be redeemed for little presents and shit. Last year introduced exclusive gifts that only went out to players that reached platinum status after 12 months. Meaning that if you spent enough hard cash on downloading Virtual Console games and/or physical Wii discs, you’d be “rewarded” with items not available to the poor.