Archive for October, 2010
Well Majora’s Mask…it was a decade ago today that you were released for the N64 and holy shit, you’re still sexy as hell. With your gorgeous soundtrack, melancholy atmosphere and gameplay that still feels ahead of its time, thanks for keeping me company through so many late nights. Let’s just hope future entries in the Zelda series take half as many chances as you did.
For as long as there have been levels in platforming games based around elements (fire, ice, heart, etc.), there have been those that featured ghost infested castles and haunted forests. It’s pretty much become standard fare over the years to feature a spooky stage of some sort in most video games. And this was never done better in my opinion than in the original Banjo-Kazooie for the Nintendo 64. A game that blew every expectation I had of what could and couldn’t be done right out of my mind. Think you can break that floor board to reveal a hidden basement? Yep. How about jumping through that stained glass window to access a hidden room? Go ahead and try it. I wonder if I can hop inside that toilet and flush myself. Well, I won’t spoil that one.
Turns out Nintendo is releasing that fancy Limited Edition Console in the US after all (along with a similar themed DSi that I hadn’t heard about). Not only that but they’re sweetening the deal by packing in a copy of *New Super Mario Bros. Wii in addition to both Wii Sports and Resort. If there weren’t about five games that I want coming out in the next couple of months I’d be all over this fucker.
Starting today over at Club Nintendo, members can spend their hard earned coins to order this set of Super Mario pins featuring a slick 80’s art style. I’m just glad I never cracked and ordered any of that other lame shit that’s been available this whole time. After fours years of throwing cash at Nintendo, I’ve saved up just enough to nab all four!
Around this time last October Zombies Ate My Neighbors arrived on the Virtual Console just in time for Halloween. So naturally having never played it before and having heard nothing but hot shit about it, the download was a no brainer (Get it? BRAAAAINNS). So did it manage to live up to all the hype after more than 15 years since it’s original release on the SNES and Genesis?
You betcher sweet little ass it did.
I mentioned a while back that I’d sent my system in to be repaired and was totally impressed with Nintendo’s customer service. Not only did they solve the problem for free but it was shipped back to me in about half the time that I was told to expect (I’m thinking they’re playing by Scotty’s rules over there).
Well, the celebration was short lived because about a week later it crapped out on me again. This time for good.
Long before finally getting my hands on Splatterhouse (thanks to the Virtual Console) the very thought of this game scared the shit out me.There was something about the ads for it that ran in those old issues of Gamepro that did a great job of making it feel like you’d regret ever sitting down to play it.
Hey, turns out they were kind of right!
The good news is that in honor of Mario’s 25th anniversary this year, Nintendo is releasing a special Wii in a “Mario-Red” color scheme. The bad is that if you really love Mario enough to buy shit like this then you’ve probably already owned a Nintendo Wii for nearly 4 years now.
Just check out this custom made box one of them slapped together in anticipation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hitting DVD and Blu-Ray next month. The cartridge itself is a little too small to serve as a carrying case for the disc so I guess there’s just a little hinge on the back for it to snap onto. Still, that box provides one hell of a cherry on top. Hard proof that the lack of a normal sex life has no effect on creativity. Holy shit.
Anyone that knows me knows what a fucking freak I am for Halloween (my house has been decorated since early September). So now that October is upon us, each Friday this month will feature a brief write up and video clip of a game that fits right into the season. To kick it off, this week we’ve got Luigi’s Mansion which was unfortunately positioned in place of a new Mario game as a launch title for Nintendo’s Gamecube and thus never really got the credit it deserved.