Sad news today as we here at Shigeru’s List can confirm that actor Danny Wells passed away this week at the age of 72. Perhaps best known as “Not Captain Lou Albano, that other guy,” Wells made up the green half of the Super Mario Bros. during their short lived Super Show. A series that ran from September 4 to December 1, 1989 and is fondly remembered amongst man-children for showing Zelda cartoons instead of Mario ones each Friday. It is unknown at this time whether Wells was able to 100% Super Mario 3D World before his passing, or if the attempt is indeed what killed him.
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.
I couldn’t help myself. Physical copies of the The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD hit store shelves today but the digital version has been available through the Wii U’s eShop for a couple weeks now. As much as I can appreciate owning an actual disc, there’s no way I ever plan on reselling this and downloading it spared me the “experience” of “engaging” with my “community.” Enjoy your little Ganondorf toy you bastards. So at the stroke of midnight on September 20th, my Wii U welcomed into its tiny little baby hard drive this once highly divisive, now univerally acclaimed installment in the franchise. After 2 weeks of playing it pretty much nonstop, how well does the gameplay hold up? What’s been improved? Does it really look that much better? Is Tingle a convicted pedophile? Well, easy does it because I’m here to address most of that as well as force you to wade through a LOT of pics that I snapped through Miiverse!
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.
Oh I am so damn excited to get a genuine Friday the 13th during this 2013 Halloween season! Ideally it would be taking place in October, with a nice big full moon thrown in for good measure but I refuse to be a brat about this! I’ve been looking forward to today for a while and now that it’s finally here, I am in one ridiculously good mood. I’ve had such a massive grin on my face since waking up not only due to what’s printed on the calendar but also because tonight just so happens to be the first Friday the 13th that’s found me as the proud owner of a really nice flatscreen TV. This of course can mean only one thing: READ MORE
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!