Argh, what an annoying, bothersome, frustrating day. My nintendog, Odie, has once more decided to frolick in the mud, leaving me to wonder if perhaps there are tighter leashes in the game I should be using. I pull, I say “no,” and sometimes he just gets really bad about it.
If you know anything about that, please drop me a line.
As for real-world troubles, hoo-boy. Someone from Rogers Communications called last week, informing me that since I’ve been a customer with them for so long, I could get one of three free gifts: an e-mail address (I’m good, thanks), a DVR cable box (tempting, but…), or a higher-quality internet connection with increased bandwidth, speed, etc.
I went with the last one, and it has been nothing but trouble, as I keep getting disconnected randomly. The wireless signal is really weak, too. It makes chat, games, watching videos, and even just trying to work significantly more annoying.
And on top of all that, the cable signal has been breaking up during what little bit of television I watch again (chiefly on the channels numbered 500 and up; specifically The Score, where I watch WWE). This has happened before, they sent someone who we thought had fixed it…
It has been quite bothersome. They’re sending a guy out tomorrow to check it out, and I hope he can set things right. If he can fix the internet and the cable, so much the better.
On a more positive note: I recommend the new pulled pork pizza with Chipotle BBQ sauce at Pizza Pizza. It’s good stuff.
And with all of that out there, let’s get on with the news.
- Kicking things off on a high note… or perhaps a very low note, depending on your point of view: Machinima’s E3 2011 Booth Babe Pop Quiz. This simply must be seen to be believed, that is all there is to it. And even then, you may not believe it…
- Speaking of Machinima, they have also devised a video which portrays what Pac-Man might look like in real-life. Pac-Man the game, that is, not Pac-Man the character.
- GamePro has a chart depicting the high and low points of Sonic the Hedgehog’s review scores over the course of his storied career. Conspicuous by their absence are Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Sonic & Knuckles… which, come to think of it, were also missing from that leaked list of stages we saw yesterday.
Could there be a conspiracy afoot?
- The Mario Marathon is raising money for Child’s Play! Won’t you watch and donate?
As an aside, I hope to run such a marathon one day… once I can afford the equipment to do so.
- Game Informer: they’re really happy for this week’s release of Tennis, and they’re going to let Nintendo finish, but… sigh, the time for this meme really has passed, hasn’t it?
Just the same, here is their latest feature, “The 25 Best Game Boy Games of All Time.”
Yeah, you see where I was going with it now, don’t you?
- This isn’t strictly Nintendo-related, but there is a certain fear among consumers that while the Wii U may look favorable alongside Microsoft and Sony’s offerings now, but what happens when they roll out their next consoles, which should be any time now?
But according to the former, they are only halfway through the Xbox 360’s lifespan, so Nintendo should be safe from them for now. That is, unless they decide to form a two-pronged attack with the Xbox 360 and its successor operating side-by-side on store shelves for the next six years.
- Speaking of Microsoft, they recently noted that while they are indeed arch-rivals with Nintendo and Sony, they also see them as colleagues. Even so, they still feel they’re in an enviable position, one from which they would not trade places.
Much more refreshing to hear this than the same old tired trash talk.
- Watching the practices of Activision as they bleed such franchises as Guitar Hero and Call of Duty dry can serve as a grim reminder of how profit-driven this business can be. But Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani is worried that the industry could lose its audience if it doesn’t work on creating games which are more memorable, rather than trying to maximize those profits.
- It appears that Capcom is taking special measures to combat used game sales with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Specifically, you cannot erase your save data.
I can’t really imagine why someone would want to, though if someone were to buy the game used, they might want to start fresh. As such, word has it that this has caused the game’s resell value to plummet in Japan.
Still, this feels like it might be one of those cases where publishers are overstepping their boundaries in what they allow people to do with the games they purchased. What do you think?
- Even with what has been shown at E3, it doesn’t feel like a whole lot is being done with the Wii. And yet, thanks to the internet, people know what is out there: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower, some/all(?) of which are even receiving English translations for Europe, yet are apparently beneath Nintendo of America’s concern.
To that end, fans have grouped together to form a letter-writing campaign addressed to the office of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, asking that some/all of these games be released here in North America. As great as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may turn out to be, one cannot live by that and Kirby Wii (and Fortune Street and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and licensed fare) alone.
- And apparently, their efforts have not stopped there: more fans are apparently making their thoughts and feelings known on the company’s Facebook page as well. It would not surprise me if people were also flooding @NintendoAmerica on Twitter with those same sentiments, either.
One recurring statement which makes sense is if these three games are not localized, “then why should we believe you’ll do any better with the Wii U?” The proof is in the pudding, Nintendo, and the ball is in your court.
And while we’re at it, can we get Disaster: Day of Crisis here, too?
- 1UP has posted the first issue of its print-on-demand magazine, 1UP Presents, for free on its website. Much of the issue’s focus is largely centered around Metroid, Other M in particular, including a look at a Retronauts comic view of what went wrong with the game, whether or not it killed the series, other missteps, and “A History of Samus Aran’s History.”
Samus’s portrayal was one of the better things to actually come out of Valiant’s Nintendo Comics System line.
- If you’re going to be in New York City on July 21st, around Times Square/Rockefeller Plaza in particular, you may want to drop by the Nintendo World Store. Besides the fact you would want to on a visit anyway, this particular day will have a special Mario Kart Wii K’NEX launch party.
- When innocent Koopa Troopas were in need of back-up, four green turtles heard the news…
- Take it from me: watching a clip from Video Games Live is in no way a substitute for being there in person.
But, just this once, feel free to celebrate 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog by taking in one person’s upload of a special Sonic Medley played at the shows, spanning many familiar tunes from the original game.
- Eddie Lebron, creator of a live-action Mega Man fan-film you may remember from a couple of years ago, is at it once again. This time, he’s working on a fan-film based on Sonic the Hedgehog. And who does he have cast as the Blue Blur?
None other than Jaleel “Steve Urkel” White himself, the voice of Sonic from the three DiC cartoon series! Check it out!
I have to admit, while I’m not especially attached to White as the voice of Sonic (as some are), this did make me smile a bit.
- That European Kirby TV Channel we mentioned yesterday? Here’s the official promo trailer for it.
- Next week, the 20th anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog comic book story “Genesis” kicks off. And you can check out some preview pages of what to expect here.
- Fans of Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, and more may be pleased to know that Square Enix has announced plans to release music from those titles in a new chiptune album, which even has chiptune remixes of songs from more contemporary games.
But no, there is no Bushido Blade, Actraiser, Illusion of Gaia, or Rad Racer.
- For your viewing pleasure: a whole bunch of nifty Nintendo gifs.
And I happen to like Pit’s new look, thank you very much.
- From time to time, I might speak of releases here which are not technically “Nintendo” releases, but are still tied to it in some way– typically because a series might have gotten its start or become well-known on a Nintendo platform, but has moved on to other platforms as well.
In this case: it looks like Double Dragon II could be headed to Xbox 360. Could a Nintendo release also happen? We’ll have to see.
- So, Xenoblade developer Monolithsoft is now making a game for Wii U.
Even before the word of the campaigns above reached me, my reaction was “so? It’s not like we got their last effort.”
- If you own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and want Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, you’d better act fast.
On a related note, I have no idea if this could also affect the release of the original TMNT game on the Wii Virtual Console, so if you’re interested, you may want to play it safe and grab it now, while it’s still there.
And don’t be a baby, it’s not that difficult. I nearly made it to Shredder on a cold run when they added it.
- Oh, the humanity! This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will see the return of the Sonic the Hedgehog balloon! Or, a Sonic balloon, at any rate, since the last one may not have survived…
I wonder why Mario never got a balloon or a float or something…
*remembers the Ice Capades*
…oh, right. Never mind, then.
And on that note, we’re done! Be sure to check back next week for more news and stuff, plus more E3 impressions (yes, still)!