Posted by Nathaniel Edwards on 25th August 2009
So, Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming out for the Wii, as I said in last week’s news post. This means that, for 70-80 dollars, you can get every Metroid game all on your Wii at once! The original Metroid costs 500 Wii Points ($5) on the Virtual Console, Super Metroid costs 700 points, and then it’s only $50 for the three 3d Metroid games! That sounds like a pretty great weekend or two, just playing through every one of those games all at once. You’ll need a Wii Classic Controller for $20, though, if you don’t have one by now.
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Posted by murraychu on 15th August 2009
This week I reviewed Active Life: Extreme Challenge and Brave: A Warrior’s Tale, both for the Wii. Active Life is another mini-games compilation series, which was talked about in last week’s blog. Brave, on the other hand, is an example of another type of shovelware, a port.
A port is, more or less, a version of a game, that originally came out on another console, made for another console. Usually, these are older games remade for a new generation of console. Ports are, compared to completely new games, easy to develop and are safe on release. Everything you need to make the game is already there, including the 3D models and whatnot. As well, since you have a good idea of how well the original game sold, you can except a rough percentage of that to rebuy your game along with some new customers.
Everyone is guilty of porting and it is not always a bad thing. In all fairness, Brave was remade with whole new levels, more than doubling the size, scope and length of the game. This is more than can be expected from most ports, which are done without even so much as a graphics upgrade, such as a lot of what you will see on the Virtual Console and XBLA.
Speaking of Nintendo, they are quite guilty of repackaging IPs. There is a whole line of “New Play Control!” games, like Pikmin for the Wii, which is basically the same game as the one for the GameCube, but with only new controls tacked on. Luckily for them, their games are awesome. I hate to admit it, but I am looking forward to the new Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver that was just recently announced to be coming to North American in Spring 2010. This game is a remake of the original Pokemon Gold/Silver. Note that remake is different than a port as the game is redone from bottom to top.
Another remake, which unfortunately is not doing as well, is the Turtles in Time Reshelled for XBLA. The original game was a masterpiece and it is a shame to see that this version leaves a bitter taste in most people’s mouths due to poor art direction and soundtrack decisions.
To summarize: ports of good games are well accepted. Ports of decent games with vast improvements and new additions are also welcomed, as they are almost remakes. Most remakes are welcomed, unless they ruin the game instead of improving it.
Tags: Active Life, Brave, Extreme Challenge, Heart Gold, nintendo, Pokemon, ports, Reshelled, Soul Silver, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT, virtual console, Warrior's Tale, wii, XBLA
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Posted by Nathaniel Edwards on 28th July 2009
Here’s a full list of sports in Wii Sports Resort, because we couldn’t fit one into the news post:
- Table Tennis
- Frisbee Dog and Frisbee Golf
- Power Cruiser (Jet Ski)
- Basketball (3 point shootout and 3-on-3)
- Air Sports (including dogfights between two planes!)
Though the game comes with one MotionPlus accessory, make sure you pick up at least one more for the multiplayer.
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Posted by Kidzworld on 18th June 2009
E3 2009 was a resounding success in everyone’s mind. While previously downsized for various reasons, it has now fully returned to its former glory, much to the excitement of gamers everywhere.
However, it is important to calm down and sit away from the edge of your seat. After all, the vast majority of the really cool stuff shown at E3 this year won’t be released before the new year. And that’s not including the delays and other complications that games are heir to.
During the Nintendo press conference, many games were announced, but of the video games previewed, those that we can expect this year are: Super Mario Bros Wii, Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Wii Fit Plus, and Mario and Luigi DS. These are the only upcoming games that we can hope for before Christmas. (Gift ideas guide: lots of great games come out around Christmas, so keep a close eye on them if there is a gamer on your list!)
Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, Golden Sun, and the mysterious Zelda Wii game are far off in the distant future and will probably get a reprised role at E3 2010. Remember that Nintendo is nefarious for delaying game releases, so curb your enthusiasm even more regarding Big N first party games.
As for the motion capturing trend that was demoed this year, Sony is hoping to bring it to store shelves by next year while Microsoft has yet to even release a projected date (but it can be assumed to be sooner than Sony as their presentation featured a nearer-to-completion demo). At the very least, as far as hardware goes, we can expect to see the PSP Go this year.
While all the announcements are very exciting, it is important to not burn yourself out and become desensitized to the hype surrounding these products. After all, you will want to save some of that giddiness for when you actually have the product in your hand.
Be sure to check our safe kids website for our video games guide to third party games shown at E3 2009.
Tags: E3, e3 2009, kids games, microsoft, nintendo, sony, video games, wii
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