Category Archives: Nintendo

The Best Games of 2009

Today marks the last day of 2009 and what better way to wrap up the year than to post the best in nerdiness for the entire year. This list is composed of games that have not only sold well, but truly entertained gamers and left them wanting more. In no particular order, let the list commence!

1. Mario Kart (Wii): This game brings back all of our childhood memories. Many years ago we blew air into our worn out Mario Kart cartridges for the N64 and fired up another couple of laps of this amazing game. Mario Kart, revamped for the Wii, is addicting and challenging with the new feature of online play opening up a world of possibilities. Many gamers look at their Wii as an expensive paper weight, but with the release of Mario Kart and the #2 selection, it has been dusted off for more play.

2. The New Super Mario Brothers (Wii): Again, Nintendo did it perfectly with the multi player aspect. Back in the day as kids we never would have imagined up to four people playing on the same screen. This was a much needed touch for the Wii and the game is so fun and exciting that it is sure to be the highlight of 2009’s game list.

3. Left 4 Dead 2 (XBox 360): Everyone loved L4D right? You must. Zombies and online multi player at the same time in one sentence omgroflcopter! How can you not enjoy loading up your shotty with some friends and heading out to knock off some heads? Definitely a game that can be picked up at any gamer-level to enjoy some zombie apocalypse mayhem.

(To be continued..)

Black Wii in Japan

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This is one sexy beast. Above is a picture of the black Wii that will be released in Japan on August 1st, retailing at $260. It was hard to get my hands on a Wii in the first place and I can imagine how hard it would be for me to get my hands on this. I am barely getting play out of my current white Wii, but if I didn’t have one already I would get this one just because it’s so sexy. 😉

A New Nintendo Handheld

Wedbush Morgan’sMichael Pachter stated that:

The successor to the Nintendo DS could be introduced as early as this year, bringing with it the potential to spur even more growth for Nintendo. We think that the timing of a new product introduction will depend upon the sales profile for the DS, and believe that lower than expected DS hardware sales could trigger an earlier launch for the new device.

DS sales are solid worldwide, but are weak in Japan, leading us to expect an introduction of a new device in Japan before the end of the calendar year.

Slightly misleading, I wouldn’t bet that we will see the so called device, if but only through hopefully images around the web. Unfortunately I can’t spare a trip to Japan later in the year, just like everything else that we see come out in Japan…  we’ll have to wait.

Phoenix Wright: The Manga

Amazon has a listing up for Phoenix Wright books, yeah, coming out September 30th. Preorder now!

Book #1

Book #2

I myself love Phoenix Wright on the Nintendo DS. I don’t know how I feel about reading Phoenix Wright, but maybe it will surprise me. However I must say that being a part of the story is much more interesting than reading the story, but hey, that’s just me. And this coming from someone who loves to read.

Nintendo Says, “These are not officially licensed products. “

There are some Wii Balance Boards out there that are way less than family friendly.

“These are not officially licensed products, we always recommend the use of official first or third party Nintendo products to ensure 100 per cent compatibility and reliability with our hardware. We always closely monitor new products entering the market to ensure that they do not infringe on any of our IP.”

Well, Nintendo, these products will probably help the Wii. As much as we try to deny it, the truth of the matter is sex sells. As much as I wish we could rely more on depth and quality, slap a half naked chick on something and more people look at it. So, while Nintendo products may ensure 100% compatibility, the unofficial half naked chick will probably win a lot of hearts.

Boards such as the one above can be purchased on Amazon for $20.

{Kotaku}

Miyamoto Confirms New Mario & Zelda Games

“Making these ‘traditional’ games is what I am best at. Because games of that nature take upwards of two or three years to make, we always have to keep the teams working on those projects going. At any given time, the team could be five to ten people, or it could be 50-plus. People are always switching in and out of those teams.”

“They are all working on more Mario, Zelda and Pikmin projects,” he said. “And they all work in close proximity to me, so I can keep a good eye on them.”

So while we were disappointed that we didn’t hear any Mario or Zelda at E3, they are definitely being worked on. YAY! We were not forgotten about after all.

{Telegraph}