Archive for the ‘Nintendo’ Category

August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff


Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB


NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Donkey Kong Classics
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB


Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB


PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB


SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.


First Overwhelming Gaming Memory

September 14, 2010 7 comments

In my youth I remember playing many many games. It all started with some generic home console that had 4 built in games. A Pong-ish game was one of them. I don’t remember what it was called. My memory fails me. hell I don’t even know if it had 4 games come to think of it. I was about 5, what can I say?

The next system I recall frequently using was the Atari 2600 which by the way I still have. Combat was always a fun one as well as Missile Command. There are many games which are still quite fun but I just can’t justify having 15 consoles attached to my TV. I barely have enough space for the 3 current gen systems. My limited space just doesn’t cut it.

The Atari 5200 followed this but it had a rather short life. Primarily because the controllers were almost literally pieces of crap. You look it up online. They were notorious for failing. It’s the one system that I don’t have in working order. Not because it won’t turn on but because there would be no way to control the game. I’ve not bothered to order replacements. I honestly don’t plan to ever play it again. Centipede and Pac-Man were awesome but I’m sure I could find an emulator.

Ok now all this leads up the the one gaming moment that probably set my path towards my gaming obsession. It’s probably the first moment in my life where my jaw dropped to the floor. I believe it was in the fall of 1986. I was nine and I came home from school. Dropped off my stuff in my room and I went to the “kids” room where my older brothers and their friends were sitting in front of our TV playing Super Mario Bros. I was floored! I thought to myself, “WTF! That’s a little man with a mustache in suspenders jumping onto mushrooms with eyes and turtles! I can actually make out details and not have to fill in the blanks with my imagination!!!”. Ok that WTF acronym never existed when I was a kid but you get the point. It was then that I realized I must use my powers for the good of gaming kind. My rapid fire thumbs served me well in the coming years. Appropriate that 25 years ago Super Mario Bros was born and only a year later, when he came stateside, he left such a lasting impression on me. It will stick with me for the rest of my life. Happy anniversary Mario.

So tell me, what are some gaming memories that you are fond of or would never be able to shake. If you were to become senile and have Alzheimer’s what gaming memory would you still have? Give it to me 😀

Club Nintendo

January 20, 2010 3 comments

Woo Hoo!

Club Nintendo

As you can see, I have broken Platinum Status in Club Nintendo! Now this may not mean much to any of you but come November, I’ll get a sweet Club Nintendo Platinum status gift from Nintendo. Last year it was a replica Mario Hat. I wished I was platinum status last year but alas, I only made gold. Even so they sent me a pretty cool Nintendo calendar for making gold status. It’s nice to at least get some rewards for buying games no matter how small. Oh and I have 1060 points to burn on Club Nintendo merchandise which is a nice bonus as well 😀

PS3 or Wii or 360?

December 17, 2009 8 comments

It’s the holidays. A season of giving and a season of receiving. Now I have all current home consoles and so my friends seem to think I’m the guy to ask about which console to buy as a gift (or for themselves for that matter). I figure I get that question enough so why not just have my personal opinion shared to anyone willing to read this. It’s probably a little late for those who need to purchase a console for someone this year but I’m hoping it will be handy for the after holiday sales.

Now this question is asked all over the place of course and there is no definitive answer. It really depends on what the end user needs or wants and not truly a question of which console is better. I’ll try to break down all of this information so it’s approachable to gamer or non-gamer alike.

Overall Cost:
Wii Console – $199 (Extra wiimote + nunchuck = $59.98) (New games = $49.99)
360 Elite – $299 (Extra controller = $49.99) (New games = $59.99)
PS3 Slim – $299 (Extra controller = $54.99) (New games = $59.99)

Internal memory:
Wii Console – 512MB expandable with an SD memory card (max 2GB)
360 Elite – 120GB HDD (possible future expansion to 250GB?)
PS3 Slim – 120GB HDD expandable with just about any 2.5 form factor HDD

Backwards compatibility:
Wii Console – 100% with Gamecube Games and also controllers/memory cards
360 Elite – Limited with original xBox games
PS3 Slim – None

Hardware internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Wireless modem built in (need adapter to hardline)
360 Elite – Standard ethernet modem built in (need adapter to go wireless)
PS3 Slim – Both wireless and standard ethernet built in

Internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Limited online play, Opera browser, Downloadable games and demos
360 Elite – Full online play (with $49.99 yearly fee), no browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming
PS3 Slim – Full online play, proprietary browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming.

Video playbaback capabilities:
Wii Console – None
360 Elite – DVD playback
PS3 – Blu-ray & DVD playback

High definition capabilities:
Wii Console – None. Limited to 480p with component cables
360 Elite – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
PS3 Slim – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables

Recognizable exclusive games:
Wii (Nintendo) – Any Mario game, Any Zelda game, Any Metroid game
360 (XBox) – Halo series, Gears of War series
PS3 (Playstation) – Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted series

You’ll notice that this information doesn’t really help at all in deciding which system to purchase. It just gives pretty much the low down about each system and nothing about the games or gameplay. Man I can totally ramble on about consoles. Anyway if you were just looking at this info here’s what it breaks down to:

Wii has the upper hand on cost and backwards compatibility.
360 is tied with PS3 on internal memory and high def capabilities.
PS3 has the upper hand on hardware internet, internet and video playback capabilities.

There are so many nuances of each system and more details that I could get into but I’ll get into that with each individual console in the near future. For now I hope this information confuses you even more. Enjoy the incoming break. Great time to catch up on some gaming 😀

Gamestop = Epic Fail

August 26, 2009 8 comments

I know that both Gamestop and Best Buy get a horrible rap but fact is, they typically set themselves up for their own failures.

I typically don’t pre-order anything but I decided on pre-ordering Metroid Prime Trilogy from Gamestop so that I could get the bonus T-Shirt and poster. I pre-ordered long ago and at that time both were still available and showing on the Gamestop site as available. Well I got a text message yesterday saying that I could pick it up the following afternoon. I decided I would use my lunch hour to pick it up. Well I tried calling first to see if it was there but of course none of the employees found it necessary to answer the phone. I decided on heading there anyway since I did receive the text message the night before. I stopped in and the guy at the counter didn’t know what I was talking about then proceeded to tell me that he hadn’t checked all the boxes yet. He went to the back and after a few minutes came out and said that it must still be on some truck somewhere… Ok, I  guess I’ll deal since I headed there without knowing if the product was in yet. Well I went back to work and did my time. I headed back to the store immediately after work and go figure that they were already out of posters. Not only that but they told me they were only shipped 2. Now I dunno about you but if there is a pre-order item to be shipped with product, then they sure as hell better have more than just 2. That’s a load of shit if you ask me. I call that a cheap bait tactic to get customers to buy there as opposed to anywhere else. Totally uncool in my opinion. Ok the clerk said that it was while supplies last (which is true) but you better have more than 2 if you plan to promote the damn thing. Oh and to top it all off, the guy that was there when I stopped in for lunch to pick it up was still there. He “went back” to look if there were any more posters. The F*&^&$^* bastard should have saved one for me in the first place.. the prick.

Ok ok, you may be wondering why I’m so worked up about a poster… It’s not about the poster at this point. If a product is being promoted as a bonus gift for doing something you don’t need to (pre-ordering) then you should get the product or at least have enough made to be handed out to a reasonable amount of people (not 2 per store). Doing that is a crooked (possibly illegal?) store tactic.

Oh… and the T-Shirt was an XL by the way. About 2 of me could fit in one of those. Nice right?

Club Nintendo

December 17, 2008 3 comments

Well apparently it’s active… or at least active in a very limited manner. I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to make this available for the US market for quite some time. It’s finally here but I’m guessing there is a $#it load of people trying to log on or sign up. As of this writing, I’ve only managed to do one survey so I’m at a whopping 50 coins. I guess I’ll just wait a few days and try to log on to finish up some other surveys.

One nice thing about signing up for me is that I was able to transfer all of my info from “My Nintendo” and I’ve been pretty darn up to date with it. Every nintendo item I have that’s able to be registered, is already registered. Less headaches for me not to mention the possible wasted time if I had to re-register everything. I’ll just need to do the surveys to earn the points. Looking at what I have registered, I’m probably going to be able to get the game & watch for my NDS and thensome. I’ll have plenty of points to spare 🙂

For anyone with a “My Nintendo” account, you should upgrade. For anyone with nintendo items out there, I suggest you register or sign up for Club Nintendo. It doesn’t take much effort to register your products and freebees are always great. Well I guess they aren’t truly free. It’s your time in exchange for nintendo products. I’m still cool with that.

I wish you all much gaming fun and many freebee an item from nintendo 🙂

Mario Kart Wii

September 4, 2008 7 comments

Mario Kart Wii

Finally! I was able to pick this game up. It’s all but impossible to find kinda like the Wii itself. It’s funny that when the game was released I had seen many a copy sitting on the Target shelves. Once I decided that I needed one (as well as a friend of mine) it became nonexistent. Over the Labor day weekend, while I was on my way to visit the family, I stopped into Coral Ridge Mall and checked out Gamestop. Lo and behold they actually had a pyramid of Mario Karts. The clerk said that they received a rather large shipment the day before and had already sold over half of them. Boy am I glad that I stopped in when I did. I don’t think the rest of them would have lasted the weekend.

This game is definitely one of the better versions of Mario Kart out there. Over the years, mario kart has somewhat lost its charm but the new control scheme freshens everything up and makes it new again. I love the original on the SNES and this version is actually just as high on my list of the best of the series.

Mario Kart Wii

A bonus to this game is that it comes with a Wii Wheel for your Wiimote. Without the wheel, controlling is just uncomfortable and silly at best. Of course you just can’t look cool by driving with just a Wiimote in your hands and not the pimp Wii Wheel.

This game is a pleasure to play and it’s only better with a group of friends (pretty much like any Wii game). For any Wii owner I believe this to be on the list of must haves.

Overall a $50/$50
The free wheel included makes the whole package a steal.