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.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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?
As far as my bedroom is concerned, we are now in full on Halloween time. I’ve got cobwebs spread out, a skeleton hanging on the door, red light bulbs plugged in, these really great gummy-like ghosts and bats stuck on my window/mirrors as well as an awesome jack ‘o lantern lamp thing right here next to me on my desk (2 for $10.00 at CVS!). You may have noticed that I even changed the background of the site to a super cool Ghost house theme from Super Mario World (thank you, google image search). I truly can’t get enough of this season, so with that in mind it’s time to start playing some creepy games whenever my television isn’t occupied with Tales From the Dark Side reruns. Of course I plan on posting any current news that I find interesting as it pops up, but aside from that the month of October (and I guess this last week of September) belong to write ups involving primarily two things: Nintendo and horror.
Beginning with today’s quick look at one of the most memorable stages I can uh…remember playing in a video game: