As of 5pm this evening, the folks over at www.themade.org (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment) have kicked off a potentially weekend long video game playing session in the name of charity and body odor. Their plan is to beat one title for every $1,000 dollars donated and the initial list they’ve come up with should be pretty entertaining. At the moment players are knee deep in Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest for the SNES. But then after that, sights will be set on Super Metroid (SNES), Paper Mario (N64), Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3 (Dreamcast) and then they’ll finally wash it all down with some Ocarina of Time and Resident Evil 2 for the N64. All of which will be played on the original hardware which personally I feel is a nice touch.
Striking while the iron is hot, Nintendo have today released the Sega Genesis version of Capcom’s Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers to the Virtual Console, with online multiplayer, and at the standard Genesis price point of 800 points, or $8 US (unless you took advantage of a sale on video game accessories that included point cards.)
By the way, I was being sarcastic. Not about the release—that actually happened, and has been expected for some time. That first part, though, that was sarcasm. What with multiple versions of Street Fighter II having long ago seen release—in fact, every console Street Fighter port for a system featured on the VC, save for today’s release but including the SNES port of the exact same —as well as the Wii being nearly six years old, the decision to finally add online play to a Virtual Console game, and it being a different port of a game that is already on the service and that some people presumably already own, seems to be striking while the iron is, in fact, COLD, and is a puzzling one to say the least. Still, that beguiling quality and curiosity as to how online play is implemented is almost enough to entice one to check it out. Well-played, Captendega? READ MORE
I’ve been watching these limited to 500 Samus Aran action figures come and go on Ebay for about 10 years now. Sure, the sculpting isn’t really all that hot but it comes with a pretty sweet interchangeable head and what can I say? I’ve just always wanted one. There’s an auction currently going with the lowest price I’ve ever seen: A Buy it Now option for $114.99. So uh, if any of you dear readers are feeling…you know, uh…generous or somethin’. Just sayin’.
Outside of my post about running out to Best Buy the morning The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launched without a pre-order like some kind of psycho, you may have noticed that this site has been relatively quiet about the game. No impressions, no full review, nothing. Sort of odd for a title that received so much critical praise across the board that these nerds aren’t yapping about it you may have asked yourself. Well I hate to say it because the Zelda franchise has been my favorite outside of Mario since I was 6 years old but Skyward Sword really left me underwhelmed. I don’t want to get into too much detail about what I don’t like about it (maybe I’ll save that for another day) but in general next to nothing really clicked for me. Anyway, today I came across this video and it made me smile. I haven’t touched the game in months but I feel oddly compelled to maybe throw it on and give it another shot after watching this. We’ll see how that shakes out.
Plenty of words have already been written on this site about Kid Icarus: Uprising and the majority of them have admittedly been negative. But in continuing our grand tradition of professional journalistic integrity, I decided to actually pick up a copy and play it for myself. Using the game notes function of the 3DS, I wrote out bits here and there as I muscled my way through the game. So how did the experience turn out? Read on and find out via Bullet Point structure because I’m really tired of writing and thinking about this thing! READ MORE
Nintendo just announced via their Twitter account that to celebrate Kirby’s 20th anniversary, a special Wii compilation of the pink puffball’s classic games is on the way! Also, have a look at the first screenshot from that new 2D Mario game they mentioned was in the works a while back:
Want to play a fancy, 3D version of the original Kid Icarus on your 3DS? No? Well too bad because the 1986 cult favorite platfomer was just made available on the eShop today and you’re going to download it and you will like it (probably)! The 3D enhanced visuals are the obvious selling point for anyone who may already own a physical copy of the NES cart or have it downloaded from the Wii’s Virtual Console *raises hand on both counts.* But that isn’t the only visual flourish exclusive to this new port! Beautiful new backgrounds have been added to each stage creating a more detailed world than ever before: READ MORE
Having gone almost two months without a new entry in the series, it's hard to imagine what Mario and friends will look like on a modern system. One artist posits this bold vision.
After entire weeks without a new Mario title on the horizon, Nintendo finally broke the news last January that a new 2D Mario game will launch for the 3DS sometime before April 2013. There haven’t been any new details yet, but Nintendo has just registered “supermario4.com”. This could just be a bit of legal cockblockery, but on top of that, Miyamoto let slip in an interview that Nintendo will be showing off “a new Super Mario for [Wii U], in which you will combine the TV screen with the screen in the controller.” READ MORE
Coincidentally, I nicknamed my dorm room 'Project Sex Zone'... it never earned the title.
Look, it’s not like I really expected this thing to be a white-knuckle survival horror game… but maybe I was hoping just the littlest bit. No, the mysterious 3DS collaboration between Capcom, Namco and Sega is a strategy-RPG called Project X Zone. According to Famitsu, the game is about 50% completed, aiming for a 2012 release in Japan. Even though the game is being billed as a strategy-RPG, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t still look a hell of a lot like a Marvel vs Capcom-style tournament fighter:
Combo counters, flashy moves and life-meters all seem to hint that at least a little inspiration was taken from the cross-over beat-’em-ups that paved the way for this weird new mash-up. READ MORE
I take it this cross-over game won't take place at the Olympics.
So if you’ve kept your ear to the ground in the game world, you’ve already heard rumblings about a mystery game coming to the 3DS. The big deal being that this game, whatever it is, is a joint venture between three of the biggest Japanese game studios ever: Capcom, Namco, and Sega. Until recently, the only other information that’s been available is this image:
Sweet, they're making an Atari game!
So what the hell are those things? What have they been replaced by? READ MORE
I first gave tumblr a shot a couple of years ago with What Did I Eat Last Night? A site that was devoted to morning after photographs of those magical meals only possible during the wee drunken hours of the morning. It only lasted for a few entries before I decided I wanted to live past the age of 30. After that (and not too long ago) came Sex Trek: The Next Generation, which I intended to make a haven for every dirty or innuendo fueled image/gif I could find from from Star Trek: The Next Generation. This page was slightly more prolific but scouring the internet for hours upon hours trying to find homoerotic meaning in the relationship between Commanding officers and ensigns started to feel even less healthy than knocking out a couple of cheeseburger sticks at 4am.
Anyway, now I’m giving it another shot only this time without a theme. Under The Raydar will be my own private corner of the internet where I’ll yap about everything from comics to movies and yes, probably even Nintendo now and then. Feel free to follow and here’s hoping the third time’s the charm.
No you’re not reading your calendar wrong. Earlier today Nintendo unveiled its new online “home” for their famous mascot cleverly dubbed www.Mario.Nintendo.Com. A webpage filled with lazily written summaries for every retail and downloadable 3DS and Wii title featuring the fat plumber (isn’t this already IGN’s thing?). They’ve even added a little scroll at the bottom of each page suggesting other games you might be interested in based on the one you’re currently browsing. What’s that, guys? If I really like Super Mario Bros. 2 then I might also dig Samurai Showdown IV? Um, ok. There are actually a couple of cool little bits to be found on the site including a fun take on “Memory,” featuring familiar faces from the mushroom kingdom and also a quiz to test your Mario knowledge which you should have no trouble burning through if you’re above 6 years old and have ever played a Nintendo game in your life.
Check out the card game by clicking this and have a go at some Mario trivia right here. I’m positive you have nothing better to do.