Here we are, one week away from the launch of a new Nintendo home console and I’m stressed the hell out about how I’m going to afford mine. I’ve already accepted the tragic fact that I won’t be able to get a game alongside the console on day one, which means I’ll be sitting alone in my room for a couple of weeks with only Nintendoland to keep me company. Blah. There are a lot of features built into the system itself that I’m excited to check out for sure (some of which are detailed in the video above), but six years since I stood outside of a Target with a frozen pair waiting for the Wii, I’m a little bummed that I’m not more excited about the U right now.
Oh why hello there. Sorry I didn’t see you come in, won’t you make yourself comfortable. May I offer a nice warm mug of cocoa? No? Well then
get the fuck out of here please, allow me to regale you with a story of the first time I wrapped my dainty, well-groomed ladyfingers around the new Wii U controller tablet. Needless to say I was very impressed and after pressing all of the new buttons in a quick run through the Rayman: Legends demo (I was hard pressed for time, you see) I of course have some um…thoughts? Yes, but that’s not the word I’m looking for here…opinions? Well, they are opinions but I’m still drawing a blank…hmmm. Oh, I’m sure it will come to me later. Just click the jump if you want to read some words I typed earlier about Nintendo.
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Well, crap. Here I am, a fully grown 32 year old (kind of) man and soon I’ll be walking into a Burger King demanding the clerk to pull the box full of toys from out behind the counter so I can sift through them and snatch the ones that I absolutely must have. The Mario and Luigi figures are no-brainers but the rest I’m on the fence about buying because they really aren’t all that thrilling (as the completionist inside me laughs maniacally). The following ten Nintendo/Wii U themed toys are available at a Burger King near you (or will be soon) and despite early rumors suggesting that some would be NFC compatible with the Wii U gamepad, that’s now about as likely as them remembering to take the pickles off of my double cheeseburger. Christ, I hate pickles.
Why thank you so much Nintendo for giving gamers two Halloween worthy downloads to choose from today! Unfortunately neither of them are very good but hey…we sure appreciate the gesture. First up is Castlevania: The Adventure which was originally released for the Game Boy way back in 1989. Simon Belmont’s Grandaddy Christopher leads the charge in this installment as the series takes its first (of many) dips into portable water. Too bad this one whiffs it pretty hard as the end result is horrifying for all the wrong reasons. Aside from an excellent soundtrack, Adventure doesn’t come close to matching the visual or control standards set by its home console cousins. As a curiosity, I’d say this game is worth tossing a couple of bucks at but really what you should be doing is downloading the Rebirth WiiWare remake from a couple of years back. Now THAT is some damn fine Castlevania gaming right there, buddy.
I haven’t actually watched this yet as I was farting around in slumberland when it went online 6 hours ago (7am). I’m rushing to get ready for work now and will probably read a bullet point list at some point this afternoon but I gather there will be some solid release dates revealed and possibly some other news about video games. Anyway, yes my bed is made and no, I’m not in the mood for breakfast this morning so just leave me alone already.
Beetle Adventure Racing is/was an absolutely incredible arcade-style racer released back in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. Living up to the title, the game’s 6 tracks featured awesome themes including everything from a tropical island (complete with a volcano that you get to drive through), an urban downtown city scape and of course my favorite, a haunted forest called “Wicked Woods“. These levels were so massive and filled with so many optional shortcuts that one lap alone could take up to 3 minutes and you could potentially complete an entire race without seeing all of the detours and side-roads. The overall experience has a feel not unlike that which a Rare game provided back during that time. The graphics are some of the best on the system, the controls are just right and the level design rewards exploration. Pretty much anything that crosses your mind as a “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could?” type of thought, turns out to more often that not indeed be possible. It’s really too bad that the rumor of this game’s impending release on the Wii’s virtual console never shook out because it truly is a lost gem and deserves to be played by a larger audience than it originally received (Also, I’d kill to play it with a WaveBird). In any case, if you happen to still have your Nintendo 64 kicking around somewhere and have never had a swing at this, the actual cartridge isn’t asking a whole lot on ebay. I’m gonna dust mine off, pop this thing in and tear through those creepy ass woods for a bit tonight. Here, have a look at the clip below to see what you’re missing out on:
I know I made a big “to do” about posting a ton of Halloween related video game stuff this month and haven’t really delivered on that. I’m sorry. But there are a few reasons for this. A, I’ve been sort of focusing on getting on solid ground with Nintendorks and then the unforeseen relaunch happened which just went live yesterday (check it out in all of its glory by clicking right here). Two, I’ve actually been caught up in watching a lot of horror movies and specials (mostly Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2) and not so much playing anything as you will see if you’d like to have a look at my tumblr blog (click this). And D, whenever I have sat down to write something up on any creepy game playable on a Nintendo system it turns out that I’d already done so at some point on this site before. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle Slist and Ndorks right now and what content will end up where, and on top of all the excitement, October is a big month for me personally in general. Allow me to thank you for your patience.
And yes, this port is about as good as you think it is. Maybe even worse but I still can’t help but love it. This whole owning only Nintendo systems my entire life thing definitely had some pros and cons growing up which resulted in a particularly painful stretch of time when PC games started to take off in the early 90’s. Back then there was this massive swarm of entries in some new genre referred to as “first person shooters” that allowed you to play games from the actual point of view of your character in a fully 3 dimensional space. Wolfenstein 3D kicked the craze off and I can clearly remember being at this kid’s house the first time I saw him run through it, killing nazis and wild dogs. Compelled is not a strong enough word but it wasn’t until I first laid my eyes on its spiritual successor Doom, that I realized this was a style of game that I absolutely needed to have access to. Going after a robot with Hitler for a head is a fun concept sure, but tearing through swarms of monsters with a shotgun and chainsaw was what my 12 year old mind would be consumed by. I’d have to wait 3 years before I got my hands on the SNES version for Christmas at the ripe old age of 15 and the end result is an experience and a game that I will always have a tremendous soft spot for.
Let’s throw a few words at this 16-bit miracle, shall we?
Featuring an uncomfortable amount of K’s, King Koopa’s Kool Kartoons was a real thing that happened briefly in the early 90’s on local channels across Southern California. In it, some smelly old alcoholic dressed in a Bowser costume would violate his parole by hanging out with a bunch of kids, showing the little tikes cartoons and handing out Nintendo presents before taking them to his “warp zone”.
Hit the jump to check out the intro.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download Packs Are Available Now and I Guess You Should Probably Buy Them if You Want To!
Let’s just crack a window open and let some of this tension out right off the bat. It’s true that I was a bit harsh in my review of New Super Mario Bros. 2 a while back but listen: That doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it enough to completely neglect every personal relationship until I unlocked all of the secret stages and found every special coin. Once that was wrapped up, all that was left for me to get into were the special coin rush stages in an attempt to reach 1,000,000,000 like Nintendo kept telling me to do if I wanted to feel good about myself. But unfortunately instead of newly designed levels, this mode consisted of randomly chosen ones that were already featured in the main game and that I’d already played the holy hell from. Thus, I tapped out and haven’t turned on NSMB2 since crawling past the 100k mark a few weeks ago. Well Nintendo is tossing it’s feathered cap into the DLC ring this week by releasing a series of packs featuring all new content. If you’re like me and can’t stop throwing money at whatever Nintendo tells you to, this is obviously wonderful news. Hit the jump to have a look at the marvelous options that await you:
Today will be a day long remembered. It has seen the death of Shigeru’s List, and will soon see the end of the Nintendorks.
Well that isn’t a very nice attitude to have now is it 8-Bit Vader? The truth is that me and my pals here at the List have been invited to help
put the final nail in the coffin provide our old friends over at Nintendorks.net with our invaluable insight and expertise on all things Nintendo (and maybe even some other stuff) from now on. Now what does this mean for you my dear, faithful reader? Well…nothing really. We aren’t going anywhere and I’ll continue to update regularly until the police find my lifeless, nude corpse at my computer desk surrounded by empty bottles of discount I.P.A. You can look forward to the same high quality self indulgence that we’ve blessed the internet with these past few years only now under both the Shigeru’s List url and the legendary banner of Nintendorks. In fact, I’ll probably be cross posting all of the larger pieces such as news and reviews on both sites but keep the random little mini updates exclusive to my little baby here.
I know, I know. It all sounds too good to be true but please, try and contain yourself. You’re embarrassing us.
Super Ghouls ‘ Ghosts is a game that is so hard it will make sitting on your balls feel like a Summer breeze. Seriously. I don’t know what Capcom’s problem is with this series but every single entry has been inappropriately difficult to a degree that as a kid it felt like borderline child abuse. This SNES entry is a particularly sore spot for me because the graphics and sound are so beautiful that I’m regularly lured in to give it another shot. Always with the thought that maybe, juuust maybe this will be the time I make it if not close to the end (LOL) at least to the midway mark. Of course, this has never happened. So why am I bothering to post about this game at all if it’s such a frustrating experience?
Because it’s Halloween, remember?
The Long-Lost “Pie Factory” Stage From the Original Donkey Kong is Now Available for the Low, Low Price of Just $29.99!!
“Holy, Shi-moly, how can I get in on this sweet deal!?” I hear you scream at your computer monitor. Well, it’s fairly easy: If you’re a Club Nintendo member, simply pony up the first born male in your bloodline as a ritualistic sacrifice to Beelzebub any time before January 6th and wait, WHOA. Yeah I read that press release all wrong, my mistake. Actually what you have to do is buy one of these first party games: Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons For Everyone!, Crosswords Plus or Style Savvy: Trendsetters, which are all available either now or very soon. As a result of your monetary donation, Nintendo will provide you with a code that allows you to download a modified NES rom of the original Donkey Kong (which includes the aforementioned “banned on Earth” pie-making level)! Now keep in mind the only way you’ll receive this password is by downloading one of these titles from the eShop rather than picking up a retail copy. Factor in the new SD card that you’ll most likely need as a result of the massive amount of memory these “full retail” games soak up and you’re looking at somewhere between $40 and $50 bucks to afford yourself the glory of playing this game for five minutes before shutting it off out of boredom. Of course if that sounds a bit steep, you could always go and grab your N64 out of the garage and throw in Donkey Kong 64. As traumatic of an experience as that game was, keep in mind that it still featured a perfect emulation of the actual arcade original Donkey Kong, pie factory included. What? You don’t want to talk about Donkey Kong 64? No, no, I understand, how thoughtless. Please forgive me.
I wonder how Splatterhouse 2 has managed to exist on the Virtual Console this long without me drunkenly throwing 800 points at it. Oh right, because the first one was such a massive piece of shit that no level of intoxication could convince me that typing in my credit card number with one eye shut again would be worth it. Well, that and the fact that I’d read somewhere that once the Splatterhouse series jumped ship from the Turbografx 16 to the Genesis, that the 3rd installment was by far and away the best of the bunch. So you see rather than be disappointed yet again by Part 2, it made a lot more sense to me to wait around until Part 3 appeared on the VC which as we all know now, was not to be. Still with me?