Posted by Nathaniel Edwards on 20th February 2010
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is the biggest kids’ release of the next week, and because maybe the coolest thing about kart racing games is all the characters, here’s a full list for you:
- Sonic the Hedgehog – No surprises there.
- Miles “Tails” Prower – Side note: It took me years and years to get the joke on why his name is Miles Prower. Do you get it?
- Knuckles – Again, not too surprising.
- Doctor Eggman – His real name is Dr. Ivo Robotnik. I guess “Eggman” was just a bad nickname he got in school.
- Amy Rose – She was introduced in my favorite Sonic game ever, Sonic CD, for the SEGA CD. As a kid I had a combination Laserdisc/SEGA CD player, and I swear those are both real things.
- Shadow the Hedgehog – I realize he’s the anti-Sonic and everything, but it still seems odd that a hedgehog can have a gun, like Shadow does.
- Big the Cat – Another Sonic side character, and he looks about as much like a cat as Sonic looks like a real hedgehog. I mean, look at him.
- AiAi – He puts the “Monkey” in “Super Monkey Ball.” Otherwise, the game would just be “Super Ball,” which actually might be trademarked already.
- Amigo – From “Samba de Amigo.” For those keeping score, that’ s Monkeys 2 – 3 Hedgehogs.
- Ryo Hazuki – The main character from the Dreamcast cult hit, “Shenmue.” Yeah, don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it.
- Beat – From “Jet Set Radio,” another cult hit for the Dreamcast.
- Alex Kidd – Oh boy, this is even more obscure. He was SEGA’s main man until Sonic took the stage, and hasn’t been in his own new game since well before you were born.
- Billy Hatcher – From “Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg” for the Gamecube. He, uh, wears a chicken suit. Hm.
- Zobio and Zobiko – A zombie couple. Too early for Halloween and too late for Valentine’s Day.
- Ulala – From “Space Channel 5,” another Dreamcast game you’ve probably never played, but should. I miss the Dreamcast now.
- Jacky Bryant and Akira Yuki – From the “Virtua Fighter” series.
- B.D. Joe - From “Crazy Taxi,” which hopefully you’ve seen in an arcade or something. Do arcades still exist?
- Robo and Modo – Now here’s one I hadn’t even heard of. They’re from “Bonanza Bros.,” which apparently came out in 1990. Ooooookay.
- Opa-Opa – A living spaceship. Cool.
- Chuih, ChuBei, ChuPea, and ChuBach – All from “ChuChu Rocket!,” another awesome game for the Dreamcast.
- Banjo and Kazooie – Xbox 360 version only. Sorry, Nintendo fans like me who played the original “Banjo-Kazooie” on the N64.
- Avatar – Not like James Cameron’s Avatar or the animation show Avatar, but your New Xbox Experience one. Obviously, also Xbox 360 only.
- Mii – For the Wii.
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Posted by Nathaniel Edwards on 13th February 2010
This week, Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll was released, the first in the Super Monkey Ball series to support the Wii Balance Board. Pretty sweet, but those of you who bought Wii Fit are still probably wondering: Just how many games support my balance board anyway? Well, here is every single one of them that’s cool for kids, with a helpful awesomeness rating out of 10 for each game to help you choose one.
- Academy of Champions: Soccer – 6/10 Awesomeness Rating
- All Star Cheer Squad – 7/10
- Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 – 7/10
- G1 Jockey 2008 – 3/10
- EA Sports Active (and Active: More Workouts) – 9/10 if you’re into exercise!
- Equilibrio – 5/10
- Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout – 7/10 again, just for exercise
- Imagine Fashion Party – 8/10
- James Cameron’s Avatar: the Game – 5/10 surprisingly terrible
- Jillian Michael’s Fitness Ultimatum 2009 & 2010 – 8/10 exercise only
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – 9/10
- My Fitness Coach 2 – 7/10 only exercise
- NewU – 7/10 only exercise
- Overturn – 7/10
- Punch-Out!! – 9/10 and yes, there are two exclamation points in the title…
- Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party – 10/10 perhaps the most awesome
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Climber – 6/10
- Shaun White Snowboarding (Road Trip and World Stage) – 9/10
- Skate City Heroes – 7/10
- Skate It – 9/10
- Snowboard Riot – 6/10
- Tetris Party – 9/10 I’m sad that I’ve never been invited to a Tetris party…
- The Incredible Maze – 4/10
- Walk it Out – 6/10
- We Ski – 8/10
- We Ski & Snowboard – 8/10
- Wii Fit – 10/10 but surely, you’ve played it, right?
- Wii Fit Plus – 10/10
- Wii Music – 7/10
- Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge – 8/10
- Yoga – 6/10 Well, it is just yoga…
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Posted by murraychu on 28th August 2009
I was reading an interesting blog today and there was something written there that struck particularly true to me. The stuff that you enjoyed as a kid isn’t necessary as good as you remembered it. Just because Power Rangers were cool a dozen years back, doesn’t mean that the shows were actually decent in quality.
And yet, I still have fond memories of things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a part of me and I really feel uneasy whenever I watch any of the new, rebooted Ninja Turtle shows. It just isn’t the same and, in fact, it’s not supposed to be. The kids of the present are quite different than the kids of the old and the rebooted series are designed for current generation kids in mind.
It’s the same reason why G.I. Joe is so different right now and it’s the excuse that Sega gives for why its Sonic games are utterly unappealing to long standing fans. It’s the same age demographic alright, but it’s a whole new audience nonetheless.
Well, now you know. And Knowing is Half the Battle.
Tags: GI Joe, Power Rangers, Sega, Sonic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT
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