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Hideo Kojima confirms he's leading up the team for Metal Gear Solid 5. We have a review and interview for Uncharted 3 and PETA takes aim at Mario for promoting raccoon skinning. These stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Recap.
As we all know, the economy is being flushed down the toilet of financial despair. With that said, itís imperative that gamers budget wisely, pick titles intelligently and purchase video games with a keen eye on price and replay values. And what better way to game frugally than with a bargain bin guide?
Nintendo has long since abandoned the likes of the hardcore market, as their first-party titles have revealed this. Yes, there are exceptions such as Super Mario Galaxy and Smash Bros. Brawl but those are the only exceptions.
Sadly, this isn't some wacky April Fool's joke. A British newspaper is asking people to write in and tell them how violent video games have led them to a life of crime, and will pay hundreds of pounds for the right story.
Hot damn, the new year is already upon us. This means weíll be playing the full version of Burnout Paradise pretty soon. And yes, Nero and Dante will showcase exactly what Xbox diehards have been missing out on. Everything we play has to be made by someone, and as part of our ďlooking into the past with love and longingĒ series throughout January we decided to name the Top 5 Video Game Developers Of 2007.
at youíll find below is the top three characters on our list. As the New Year starts, itís nice to look into the past to see what moved us the most. This list was compiled using the latest technology in beer pouring and slurred speech. Two broken bottles, one crushed coffee table and a small kitchen fire later we have something to be proud of.
Some of my earliest Christmas memories are of sitting down with my family and playing our brand new NES. Well, they would sit playing. I was actually bouncing off the walls looking a lot like Mowgli the wild boy with my mop of black hair, bouncing up and down every time Mario would jump. Being the youngest of three boys Ė myself and the twins Ė it was always difficult knowing if I enjoyed something or I did it simply because thatís what was going on in the house
It could easily be said that I have a strong affinity for everything Mario. Ever since Santa delivered a glorious new NES complete with Super Mario Bros. on Christmas morning 1985 Iíve been in 1ove with the squat plumber from Brooklyn. With age Iíve grown to appreciate the stories that visionaries like Tim Schaffer have been able to impart on me as a gamer. What that means is Iíve slowly come to the realization that the story of Mario is quite ludicrous.
While youíve probably already read a bakerís dozen of reviews for the pleasant plumberís escapades in outer space, this oneís different. Why? Well, unlike pretty much everybody else on the planet, I actually liked Super Mario Sunshine quite a bit and donít just jump from Mario 64 to Mario Galaxy in comparisons like everybody else. In my mind, every game has progressed to reach this very moment to craft not only the best game the Wii has ever been graced with
Love them or loathe them, Nintendo definitely makes you feel special when you reserve one of their games. Whether it be Charles Martinet (The official voice of Mario) telling you to pick up Galaxy, or Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime telling you your Wiiís in stock, Nintendo definitely singles themselves out from the other big two companies that donít even CONSIDER leaving a stock message to Gamestop to send out to all its fans.
Super Mario Galaxy, that globe trotting adventure that sees Mario jettisoning to distant planets all in the quest to recover those precious, precious stars, looks like a real gem of a game that harkens back to Super Mario Bros. 3 if anything. Its huge quest, outfit changing ensemble, and all around colorful gameplay already makes me crave the thrill of what it was like to be a kid again with nothing to do on a Friday night but play a Mario game and eat Tombstone pizza on the floor.
Iím slightly sad by the announcement that Super Mario Bros 3, possibly the greatest platformer Iíve ever played, is coming the the Virtual Console. Why so sad? Iím not sure how interested I am, as Iíve been playing the game on my Gameboy SP and DS for years now. Who the hell am I kidding? This is the seminal platforming title in all of gaming, and now we get to play it once more on large television screens.
We continue our coverage of the characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics with the neíer do well Shadow and flatulence fan Wario. The two are juxtapositions of the main heroes in the respective worlds. SEGA has passed along some new screenshots featuring these two battling it out in various Olympic events. Also included for your enjoyment is a new gameplay video.
SEGA has launched a new viral video for Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, and itísÖwell, kind of odd. If youíve watched any videos from YouTube users you have surely come across some weird cosplay bits. I still want the time back from watching the retarded Smash Bros Brawl fan video featuring a fat dude as Kirby. This new video for Mario & Sonic is in the same vein, except itís good.
Earlier this year it was announced that two of the biggest icons in gaming would be coming together for the first time to compete mano y hedgehog at theÖOlympics. Since then itís been difficult to muster up any significant appreciation for the game. Feelings on the first teaming of Mario and Sonic has left us on a bare simmer, at best.