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?
Well hellooo people! As you may have noticed, I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit this month and that’s mostly due to the 9 days of vacation time I spent wearing pajamas and watching Gremlins 2 on repeat. But with Christmas now rearing its jolly noggin’ and some major games from Nintendo lining up to hit store shelves in the coming weeks, there’s too much happening to ignore! Too much! Starting today with this new commercial for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. A sequel to the classic SNES installment A Link to the Past, here’s a title nobody realized they’d been waiting all their lives for. Taking on a retro art style, Link’s new overhead adventure introduces a pretty neat little gameplay mechanic that allows him to-ah hell, just watch it will ya! READ MORE
At the asking price of 500 coins a pop, five different flavors of XL charging docks hit Club Nintendo yesterday and within only a few hours, the entire supply was snatched up! These things are admittedly not all that big a deal since a standard black version has been available to purchase from Nintendo’s site for a while now. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see which one would become rare and thus the most desirable for collectors somewhere down the line. Of the selection, my money was on yellow but since they’re all gone I guess that means one won’t be more sought after than the next? We’ll see. In any case I set my alarm and was able to put in the order for red to match my system and received an email this morning confirming these bad boys have already been shipped!
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf that is! As promised what seems like so long ago now, I’ve snapped shots of all the Halloween decorations that have been on display in my pad since the beginning of the month. YES, like a complete maniac I jumped ahead a few weeks back, switched the in-game clock to October and collected the entire Spooky and Creepy sets. The Spooky stuff you can acquire fairly easily, popping into Nook’s store each day of the month and buying them but the Creepy items were a little uh… trickier. You can only snag those during the twilight hours of Halloween itself by running around and scaring the townsfolk with different masks. You know what that means, right? It means you better shake that sweet thing into high gear because the clock is ticking right now!
I sure hope you’ve been stocking up on candy this whole month. READ MORE
Y’know what? I was totally ready to give this game a legitimate review. Despite knowing there’d probably be absolutely nothing worth recommending, I figured the theme would be enough to justify its inclusion in my annual festivities. Yet here I am, trying to bring myself to type up details and explain what Trick or Treat is all about and I can’t do it. It is HORRIBLE and I just don’t want to think about it anymore. Yet I already went to the trouble of getting all the images up and posting tags and yada, yada, yada. Dammit, I will not let you get the last laugh on me, Trick or Treat. You screwed me out of a few bucks already. No way you’re screwing me out of precious October time that could be better spent watching some crap 80’s horror movie too.
Because I’ve decided to set the clock on my 3DS ahead a few weeks and collect every “spooky” and “creepy” themed item in New Leaf like I was joking about a couple posts ago. I just want this stuff set up in my house and in order by the time October 1st rolls around (the real one) so bad. And that’s that: This is what I’m doing for the next however long it takes to do this with an accompanying horror movie or some cartoon shit playing in the background. Beginning tonight with one of my favorite 80’s specials: A Disney Halloween Treat:
Oh, and your ethical judgement of my time traveling habits in Animal Crossing can go suck a big one, Jim.
For the interior of my house in New Leaf I’ve decided to decorate with the “ramshackle” walls and flooring and mostly furniture from the “laboratory” series. If past installments of this game are any indication, come October there will be a Halloween themed set of items to collect throughout the month. But dammit I can’t wait, I need to have things up already. I guess I could engage in some time-traveling and try to collect all of that stuff now and have it ready BY the first of next month but I don’t know. Am I really that fucking crazy?
Last year I sorta, kinda made a itty bitty little baby fuss about the fact that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was delayed and not going to be released in time for Halloween 2012. Yet fortunately, that was the only thing resembling a complaint as it absolutely blew away all of my expectations when it finally arrived the following March. Well, despite the fact that I have already played through most of the game, I decided to shelve it a long time ago specifically to get it out of my head for a while. Until the time came for me to dust it off, start an entirely new file and play it through to completion during the dark nights of the Halloween season. Which as luck would have it, is right now (at least in my bedroom). I recommend you do the same or better yet if you don’t have it, go get it. Or stay in and download it. DO SOMETHING. It’s one of the best games on 3DS!
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. READ MORE
And you know what that means: Tricking out my house, village and avatar in New Leaf in time for the big day. I’m going to space out these posts as well as I can for the next couple of months to avoid fatigue but the above photo is a little taste of what’s to come. I spent an entire bus ride this afternoon working on decorating a couple of the rooms in my house and the results are coming along very nicely.
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!
That’s right ladies and gentlemen. As of today I’ve reached the ripe old age of 33 22 years young and what better way to celebrate than with my good friends and family in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Well, specifically Sydney the Koala who threw me a surprise Birthday party upon booting the game up this afternoon. I’ve made it no secret that good old Syd is by far and away my favorite neighbor in Talahomi and he (she?) really pulled out the stops. Let’s have a look… READ MORE
But the strong reaction to the NES Link design on my tumblr page forced my hand so here you go guys. This image is of course the well known 16-bit sprite from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The stone cold classic SNES game that is on most days my favorite entry in the entire franchise and also a precursor to the upcoming 3DS game A Link Between Worlds. I chose a simple white background because it seemed kinda classy so there you have it.