When the original Jett Rocket appeared as a Wii Ware download back in 2010, I had lots of nice things to say about it. It was a simple, old fashioned run ‘n jump game with a solid feel and absolutely gorgeous texture work. I really dug it. Despite being a little on the short side and kind of bland, there was something about that generic quality which really seemed to work in its favor. Jett Rocket displayed charming modesty in spades but really, it was just nice to have a new installment in the 3D platforming genre which the great Super Mario 64 kicked off (and has sadly since been all but abandoned from the modern gaming scene). So when I found out that a sequel was in the works and this time for the 3DS, I knew I’d be drunkenly typing in my credit card number on or around its day of release. And wouldn’t you know it? That’s exactly what happened. Now after having made my way through the game, how is it? Is Jett Rocket II a worthy successor to something that was pretty good?
Let’s see what I have to say.
This is truly terrible news for those of us who grew up loving the company this man transformed from a playing card/toy manufacturer into the video game juggernaut it was before the Wii U launched. Due to complications with pneumonia and not seppuku as early reports suggested, the retired president of Nintendo passed away today at the age of 85 years old. He will forever be remembered as the man that told a young Shigeru Miyamoto to “quit coloring” all over the arcade cabinets and give game design a shot.
Jokes aside, here’s to Yamauchi-San. I can’t even begin to fathom how much happiness he brought to the world. I hope they play Go in Heaven.
Whoo boy, this review is going to be brief and not just due to the fact that I am, generally speaking, a lazy reviewer of things. That headline really says it all. This game is bad. BAD BAD. So why even bother taking time out of my busy schedule watching various Gordon Ramsay shows on Hulu Plus to write about it at all? Because we’re in the Halloween season now and dammit, I need shit to post.
And just who is this Firefly you may be asking yourself? Well, basically he’s a low-level villain from the comics that likes to fly around setting shit on fire. Not the most compelling adversary for old pointy ears of course, but fortunately Arkham Origins looks as though it will be populated with plenty of other twerps looking to carve out their own piece of Gotham. Joker is an obvious inclusion but seeing guys like Black Mask and Deathstroke running around is enough to make the October 25th release date feel that much farther away. What are you waiting for? Watch this thing already!
Kidding. Look, I can’t pretend I’m all that familiar with Earthbound outside of being aware of the cult favorite status its carried around for years. I’ve never actually played it because as you already know, RPG’s are famously synonymous with how little I care about them. But considering the fact that the original instruction booklet alone has fetched over a hundred bucks on various auction sites, its hard to not be excited for you nerds that have been dying to experience this thing for yourself. Well, at a slightly higher than usual price of $9.99 Earthbound is finally available on the Wii U Virtual Console. You may commence with your awkward high-fives now.
Not to be outdone, the 3DS is also now home to a long desired yet historically pricey piece of software. But I’ll go ahead and let my good friend and ward “ANC” fill you in with the details about that over at Nintendorks.net. Now is when you should probably click on that highlighted text.
By now you may already be aware that the Club Nintendo platinum prizes have finally been revealed and somebody pinch me, the selection sucks on an all new level. Nintendo loyalists like myself have a choice between 3 posters that wouldn’t feel out of place stapled into the center of a now dead magazine or the soundtrack to a 15 year old game. Granted, that game is Majora’s Mask which features some truly gorgeous compositions but c’mon. I remember listening to this whole thing on my iPod while standing in line to see Attack of the Clones.
In other news, the castrated NES version of Donkey Kong is also now available for $0.30 on the Wii U as the final part of their 30th anniversary for the Famicom.
Whoopty fucking doo.
Humble brag or clear sign of the need for some form of deep psychological treatment? You be the judge! So the way this shook out is that I’ve been sitting on registering a lot of games plus not filling out post-play surveys for well over the past 8 months or so. I achieved platinum status before the June 30th reset back in like September I think so this has been coming for a while now. There’s still no word yet on what new prize platinum members have to look forward to but odds are there’s basically no way it can come close to matching the awesome of that statue from a few years back. The set of pins we got in 2011 were cool and all but I think I may have already lost last year’s playing cards in my closet somewhere. Hey Nintendo, how about instead of these cheap ass Chuck-E. Cheese grade rewards, you hook up something I can
potentially beat someone to death with proudly display on the little box that I keep my Wii and Wii U on? Something in a Luigi theme would be very nice, k thanks.
…but the bad is that it’s the kind that needs to be broken if you want to get back whatever you put into it. I smell a nerdy ass garden gnome on the horizon.
Look at those crazy fingers!
Club Nintendo has had this sweet deal going for a while that allows members to use coins earned registering Nintendo product codes on actual video games rather than the type of paraphernalia more commonly found in Chinatown. For the most part selected titles have been restricted to stuff the majority of long time players wouldn’t bat an eyelash at but as you can tell from the headline and screenshot above, this isn’t the case at the moment. The N64 classic 1080 Snowboarding is up for grabs for a mere 150 coins as are three other selections each worth looking into. 1080 is a game that I spent a ridiculous amount of my un-prescribed medicinally medicated marijuana years playing as a teenager and it’s a lot of fun. Especially now since you can enjoy it in a higher resolution while your hands are wrapped around the
asscheeksofthewomanyoulove GameCube controller. Also, if you burn some Nag Champa and listen to this track as you tear through the Golden Forest stage over and over again, shit gets really far ou-sorry? Oh right, what else is currently up for grabs:
Let’s have a look.
Well Nintendo’s certainly feeling generous with this week’s top notch roundup of eShop downloads. The 3DS is now home to the full retail version of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why’d You Steal Our Garbage? at $29.99 and the 8-bit Ninja Gaiden slashes its way onto the Virtual Console for five bucks. The former of course, is a game based on the popular children’s cartoon whose charms I am apparently immune to and the latter is a stone cold classic action platformer that I will never be good enough to complete but still love to death. The Ninja Gaiden games for the NES were some of my favorites to play as a kid despite their sadistic challenge level. The gorgeous graphics, revolutionary (at the time) cut-scenes and airtight controls made them incredibly fun and they still totally hold up. Still, I’ll probably pass because I really don’t want to be one of those guys who screams obscenities on public transportation. However if by some chance you’ve never had a go with this series before, I strongly recommend the experience.
And wait, what’s this?
I can live without universal health care but this awesome little guy is a much taller order. Apparently Nintendo is releasing the Wii Mini for $99 bucks exclusively in Canada in an attempt to get those hosers up off their chesterfield’s and swinging wildly at the old box. This really isn’t such a huge loss as most people already own a Wii and the Wii U has one basically built into it, but the design is kind of neat and it would make for a great Netflix player. Wait, what’s that? In addition to the lack of GameCube compatibility this thing doesn’t go online at all? That means that not only will you not be able to stream movies off of it, you won’t have access to the hundreds of retro games on the Virtual Console. So what the hell are you supposed to do with it? I think I’ll survive without a passport for a little while longer.
Wow. Looking back, November was the lightest month this site has ever had in terms of content despite the fact that a brand new Nintendo console hit store shelfs halfway through it. Part of that as some of you might be aware was due to the traumatic experience I suffered on the launch morning of the Wii U. If this isn’t ringing any bells, click here to check out the entire ordeal complete with moving pictures that will make you throw up probably. Needless to say that sort of took my head out of the game a bit, having to ship it off to be replaced while the shiny new box just sat in the corner of my room, empty like my soul. I just didn’t really have much motivation to write about Nintendo at all there for a minute even though there was plenty material to work with. Well, my U is back and plugged in and I’ve been playing it a lot the last couple of days and it’s time to start clogging up the internet with what I have to say about stuff. I guess this whole thing has been kind of like that episode of Growing Pains. You know…the one where Mike Seaver is shocked to learn that other students still have to go to high school whether he attends classes that day or not. I liked that show.
Six years, an extra hundred dollars and countless personal tragedies and triumphs later find me now on the eve of the Wii U’s launch: Stressed the hell out. I went from telling myself that I’d just snag one at some point before Christmas to deciding to head out launch day and if it’s meant to happen then it will (I didn’t pre-order) and landed right here: Organizing a plan of attack by sorting out a systematic checklist of stores that I will hit in order from most to least likely having consoles that outnumber the reservations that have been paid for already. Overall, I do have a good feeling that I’ll get my hands on one. It’s just going to be a very early morning and a lot of adrenaline fueled driving past speed limits with a sausage mcmuffin hanging out of my mouth.
I love this shit.
And here at the List we all wish our beloved creator of Mario, Link, Pikmin and of course, Wii Music Shigeru Miyamoto a truly wonderful birthday. Just think: By the time the next presidential election rolls around the guy will actually turn 64!