Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fall Update

So it's been a bit since I posted, ok, more like four months since anything substantial.  I've been very busy with the new house, work and ramping up for the holidays, but thought I would slam some gaming updates into a single post before the end of the year.

Here we go..

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

$10 off Pre-Orders at NewEgg ends 9/20!

I'm busy as always and have been on vacation, but real quick is running a game pre-order special of $10 off anything $39.99 and up through 9/20.  Details:

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August Game Acquisitions

I suppose August isn't over yet so there could be more purchases to add to my backlog with no intention to finish.  You'd think it was a theme around here or something....  Besides my NSMB pre-order, I just picked up three more games last week.  Without further delay hit the jump for more details:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Club Nintendo Elite Gifts

Time is about to run out on the Club Nintendo gifts, have you claimed yours or are you an incomplete slacker like me?  I have until 8/6 and am honestly underwhelmed by the selection, but suppose I should choose something.  What to do?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Damage: Steam Summer Sale 2012

I've been rather busy (more on that later) and haven't posted anything on the recent Steam mega sale.  Though there has been some great coverage over at which I recommend you check out.  (especially surviving a steam sale)

I had no intentions of buying this sale (considering my PC malfunctions - new one on the way), but as usual I couldn't resist and am not sure I made the best use of my money.  DAMN YOU STEAM!!

Without further adieu, let's check out the damage:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Trailer - New Super Mario Bros 2

A new 'New SMB2' trailer was uploaded to YouTube today.  Overall the website and information we've seen has basically stayed the same, though several items were new to me.  Catch the video after the break for more details:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Super Mario Bros 2 eShop Price

 You've heard it here first.....  or maybe not, but if you haven't read elsewhere it appears that New SMB2 will be priced at $39.99 as a digital download on the eShop.

**7/8 Update:  It now has TBD on the eShop. **

Iwata has stated that there wouldn't be much of a difference between digital and retail and now we see there's no difference.  Oh wait, that's right, I pre-ordered the retail version for $29.99.

I'm trying to not be too pessimistic, but I hope the digital sales are in good numbers and don't turn Nintendo away from continuing their efforts.  I can hear it now:  well, we offered the same game in digital form and retail continued to dominate.  Of course it did guys.  There has to be a balance of convenience vs price vs flexibility in the title not being locked to an account/device and you didn't achieve that...

What do you think of the price and if you were to lower it, what would you suggest?  $29, $35, etc.?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

NewEgg Pre-Order deals

As reported on GoNintendo there are currently two pre-order deals with $10 off. Too bad I didn't know about last week's $10 off any pre-order...

**Update: These expire on 7/4**
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance - $29.99 Promo Code: EMCNCNG69
Release: July 31, 2012

New Super Mario Bros. 2 - $29.99 Promo Code: EMCNCNG236
Release: August 19, 2012

So why did I just re-post their information, am I that desperate for traffic?  Actually no, I just pre-ordered New SMB 2 for $29, that's why!!  This seemed like a good enough deal especially with getting physical media at a reduce price.  (this is the part where I moan about having to cart around the cart.. :D )

Is anyone else going to get this game and/or perhaps you've already taken advantage of the offer?  What do you think?

Monday, June 25, 2012

New Super Mario Bros 2 Website

What's this, another post within a day?  There must be something to that Mayan prophecy...

If you hadn't noticed there's a new official website for New Super Mario Bros 2.  (and boy am I tired of typing that title)  Besides some nice looking screen shots that we've already seen and some pre-order now links what does it have to offer?  Well, there's a paragraph at the bottom that seems new to me so I thought I would mention it.

Team up with a friend for local wireless multiplayer, and challenge friends via the StreetPass™ feature in Coin Rush mode. Get ready for the gold standard in platforming fun—only on Nintendo 3DS!

So while I'll probably never have a chance to do local multiplayer, at least it's there and there will be some kind of friend challenge.  The key phrase for me is streetpass and not spotpass.  While real online multiplayer is what I think would be great, exchanging coin rush scores/times/etc. and competing with your friends remotely is what they need to do.  Don't disappoint us Nintendo..

Also, it seems the retail version will be the standard $39.99, but I couldn't find a price on the eShop version. For some reason $29 seems like a better fit at the moment, but that could just be me accounting for known DLC from the start.  :)

(still undecided about the eShop download and am leaning towards retail)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nintendo Direct - A Few thoughts

We've all pretty much seen the Nintendo Direct on 6/21 by now and had a chance to digest it a bit.  Here are some quick thoughts on the matter before I run out of time:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25th 3DS Thoughts

With today's 3DS firmware update and several other announcements, it's further encouragement that the 3DS and eShop is continuing to move in a positive direction.  I don't often have the time or energy for a post, so let's quickly get to it before that changes:

Home Menu Folders:

This is something people have been wanting for a long time on the Wii and I can't honestly blame them.  (hint: it's not too late Nintendo)  My 3DS screen was getting quite cluttered especially with all the demo and video titles.  Overall this is a great implementation with the minor quibble that it automatically names the folder then you have to go back to edit.

How's mine now?  I'm too lazy to post a screenshot, so here's the basic idea:

  • Cartridge Launcher (don't think you can move it), eShop, Settings
  • Mutant Mudds and Swapnote for easy access.
  • Folders: Demos, Videos, System (all the other 3ds "stuff") and finally a generic one to collect the rest of my eShop games.
I can see this leading to an overly-clean/folderized layout, but is that such a bad thing?  I really like this feature and the ability to keep things on one screen.  Having the option of customizing the icon size per folder is also cool.


There doesn't seem to be anything major, but I do like the dual-row layout and the fact that it sets us up for DLC and patching.  I guess the recommendations section may be helpful, though I can't say I ever use that sort of thing much.  One cool thing is that they featured Jools Watsham in a "Pro Pick" feature.  

The other item I didn't see mentioned much is the new QR code scan under Settings.  I guess is this their first step into faster purchasing, but I'd rather just buy via computer.  Then again, maybe they're going to use it for something else.

3D Updates:

Apparently CaveStory is getting an update to replace the DSiWare version which adds 3D and many features/content that were already in other versions such as WiiWare and CaveStory+ on Steam.  Since I've held off on every other version to date I'm pretty excited about this news.  Ok, sure, they already have the code and art assets so it's not a huge leap and adding 3D is probably going to create some buzz and drive sales.  From a strictly selfish standpoint I'm fine with that and will be purchasing.

Another interesting update is for Might Switch Force which apparently adds some content, adds a retry feature and improves 3D.  All in all very cool and while I've held off on this game so far, it's certainly on my radar.  Possibly a bit higher now.

That's all I've noticed at the moment and will be updating this post if I find anything else.

What are you thoughts on the firmware and game updates?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April Update

So I posted a 'Hiaitus' entry in December followed by 6 more posts, then don't do anything for over two months. Go figure...

What's been going on?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Impressions

First off I really want to write something about Mutant Mudds, though we're getting closer to the end of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition being free, so I wanted to throw out some quick impressions.  If you read nothing else of this post, by all means download this game to your 3DS/DSi before 2/20/2012!  It's not clear at this point if they're going to pull it for good or turn around and offer it for sale.  Considering their lack of movement on selling the ambassador titles, I wouldn't be surprised if it was yanked for at least 6 months or more.

For the impatient:  This game is loads of fun, deceptively lengthy and is FREE!

Other thoughts.....

Friday, January 20, 2012

3DS Game Demos

With the release of the RE: Revelations demo today and talk of other titles (mario & sonic, Metal Gear), is Nintendo on the right track?  Here's one hint:  don't prematurely remove the demo from the shop so people can continue to check it out regardless of when they visit.  With their limit of 30 launches (for RE at least) I get the feeling that the demos will stay since they have a measure to prevent perpetual demoing.

I've read a number of complaints on this, but honestly 30 is plenty.  Hell, my most launched game (Mario Kart 7) is only at 37 followed by Link's Adventure DX at 27.  Plus you can play as much as you want while it's launched and it doesn't decrease your demo count.  If you don't know if you want the game by then or feel entitled to perpetually demo then that's just sad.

Though with that said, what about RE?  I've only had a few minutes to look around and get a feel for the game and controls.  Immediately I was struck with how good it looks (i've yet to try the "extra" 3D modes) and how polished everything is.  I suppose the controls are ok as they're making sense and there are some alternate button schemes as well.  As for everything else:  I haven't much of a clue as I'm not that far along yet and have no experience with other RE titles.  Perhaps that's a good thing to take a fresh look without the baggage.

For now I think $50 is a bit much for me so while this looks very enticing, I'm probably going to wait.

Are you looking forward to RE Revelations and/or have tried the demo?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

3DS Ambassador Games for General Release

Initially I naively assumed that all Ambassador NES and GBA games would be released "at some point" for the rest of us to purchase.  After searching a bit more the initial word is that this isn't the case.  From what I can tell some or all of the NES games will be released, but not the GBA games.

[Begin Rant]

Saturday, January 14, 2012

WiiWare Demos are Back!

According to various news sources and noted in this YouTube video it appears that all 50 WiiWare demos are back online.  I'd love to check this out and download all of them, but I don't have my Wii at the moment.

I also could roll into my usual rants about WiiWare, demos, the shop channel and downloads, but we all know the situation.  They probably should never have removed the demos after a certain period of time, but perhaps they've learned something and it's cool to have them back.  Another cynical view is that they really view the Wii and WiiWare as dead weight so why not just let the demos back in.  (despite their claims that the Wii still has life in 2012)

Who knows, maybe this will also lead to WiiWare/VC "sales"?  (haha)

What demos do you think you'll check out now that they don't expire?