Thursday, March 29, 2012

Addressing the Power Rumors of the Wii U

nintendo wii u + wii controller + touch screen controller + wii touch screen

It’s been several months since Nintendo officially revealed the Wii U at E3 2011 last year, and well, it’s hard to say if the criticism has been good. It seems that the developers who have gotten their hands on the dev kits used to make the games for the new console can’t make up their minds over how powerful the console is. Some say it’s as powerful as its competitors the Xbox 360 and PS3 while others say it’s either slightly less powerful or more powerful than them.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kid Icarus Uprising: My First Day Experience With The Game

Kid Icarus Upring title logo 3ds handheld video game

Kid Icarus Upring nintendo 3ds handheld
Before I begin I must first tell you this isn’t a review, it’s more of me talking about my first day playing the game and how I felt about it. Because of I just got the game yesterday the excitement factor has yet to die down yet.

Kid Icarus Uprising is finally here, and I got my copy from Amazon yesterday and played quite a bit of it, getting all the way past chapter 10. Each chapter contains three segments always starting with a flying segment where you shoot down enemies. After that you move on to a land battle segment where you shoot and melee your opponents trying to make your way through a temple or town. The final segment is an intense boss battle against powerful foes.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Top Five Favorite Pokemon

Originally posted on chibi creations, this article has been uploaded here as well. I uploaded it here because this is my Nintendo related blog and chibi creations is my art blog.

5. Garchomp
Garchomp dragon ground pokemon

What do you get when you cross a European dragon and a hammerhead shark? You may just get a Pokemon known as Garchomp.

Garchomp is the final form of Gible after evolving from a Gabite at level 48. It has both Dragon and Ground attributes and a lot of power to go with it. Although it can't actually learn Fly it can actually fly as seen in the anime, It's Poke'dex entry also confirms this.

Garchomp And pokemon champion CynthiaI like Garchomp not only for it's tough appearance but also because it's a part ground type, even though that does remove most of it's resistances.

Garchomp was also the main battling Pokemon of Cynthia, the champion of the Sinnoh region.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

E3 Is Coming Soon; Let's Make Some Predictions

Nintendo E3 2012

The biggest gaming event is coming soon, and I can hardly wait. To past the time I'm going to make some predictions. This is just for some fun and not to be taken seriously.

Let's start off with the Nintendo Wii; to go out with a bang they'll announce that they'll release one final game for it. This game will be another Wii Sports, but will include new sports like; cricket and skateboarding. In order to play some of the games like skateboarding, you'll need a Wii Balance Board. The locations of the game will be Wuhu Island, Crescent Island and Little States, the last two being modified versions of locations in PilotWings 64.

Why No Pokemon MMO?

original starter pokemon generation 1 kanto region
Image by Batistick13 on DeviantArt

Since its debut back on the original Game Boy, Pokemon has become an international icon expanding further than anyone would imagine. This series has spanned across multiple generations of handhelds with its simple “Gotta Catch Em All” style of gaming, also spawning a Japanese anime that’s still going on, and tons of merchandise.

When Pokemon was first released MMO (Mass Multiplayer Online) wasn’t even around yet, even when MMOs finally did come around we knew we wouldn’t see a Pokemon MMO as we knew home consoles couldn’t handle those things at the time. We also knew Nintendo wouldn’t go and make one for computers, they were too busy making top tier titles for their home consoles and they wouldn’t let some other company just take one of their franchises to do whatever they wanted, not after what happened with the Phillips CDi.

We had to put our desire for a Pokemon MMO adventure away for years (decades in video game years). Soon after the Wii was released and we got a feel for its online ability, are desire for a Pokemon MMO had returned. We then started going on how a Pokemon MMO would be the greatest thing ever, and we started to beg Nintendo to make one! Unfortunately we all knew that the Wii still wasn’t powerful enough to handle an MMO, it could barely handle the online games it already had.

Since it has been so long, the younger games wondered why they didn’t just have it made for computers. These young gamers were unaware of the atrocity of the Zelda CDi games that Phillips created. We more experience in the history of video games had to tell the tales of the dreaded CDi to them, and how Nintendo couldn’t just make a game for computers. This left the young gamers depressed over how what could be the greatest game, may never come to be.
pokemon mmo wii u nintendo online gaming

But now it’s 2012, and Nintendo has revealed a new home console, the Wii U, with more power than before. They even announced they are working hard on a better online line feature, one that could compete with the online features of its competitors.

Could this be the console we’ve been waiting for?

Does the Wii U have what it takes to run a Pokemon MMO?

Is a Pokemon MMO already in development?

Are they even considering a Pokemon MMO?

These are just some of the questions we have been asking ourselves. We just don’t know, but what we do know, our desire for a Pokemon MMO has never been stronger.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Legendary Tale of the Legend of Zelda Series (Part 1) the Original

One of my favorite game series is the Legend of Zelda, which started on February 21, 1986 on the Japanese home console the Famicom with the Disk System peripheral and later released on the North American console the Nintendo Entertainment System on July 29, 1987. The first game in the series is simply known as the Legend of Zelda in the States and The Hyrule Fantasy: Legend of Zelda.

The original Zelda title was groundbreaking in its time as one of the first games to have an internal battery save feature and it was needed as the game wasn’t made to be beaten in a single play session. It was also known for its complex dungeons and numerous secrets that were able to drive players of the time insane. People who had the game had to seek each other out in the real world to share their knowledge of the secrets of the game as you couldn’t look it up on the internet in those days.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Struggling Success, the First Year of the 3DS

portable handheld console

Everyone makes mistakes but it seems that a lot of companies won’t admit it when they make them, this ends up driving a lot of people mad when they do this. It’s good to know that some companies will admit when they do, Nintendo is one such company.

The latest mistake Nintendo has made was with their new portable handheld the 3DS. When it was released March 2011, it went for the high price of $250 which seemed pretty high to a lot of people, but Nintendo and a few of its followers, including myself, were sure that the portable device would be able to live up to the high cost.

Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned for the 3DS, Nintendo was able to get people excited for its portable device with all the third party support the 3DS was getting, hardly any of them had titles at the consoles release. Even Nintendo themselves didn’t have much for software release to go with it, which caused many customers to hold back on buying the handheld.

Those that did buy the 3DS were stuck with a mediocre library of games for the next few months.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pichu; Chibi Pokedex Entry

Pichu; Chibi Pokedex Entry

Pichu Spring by ~CarinaT on deviantART
Pichu is a tiny mouse Pokemon and is the pre evolved form of the series mascot Pikachu. Despite its small size it can release bursts of electricity to shock even shock human. However, Pichu are unskilled at controlling their electricity and can sometimes accidently release it when surprised or startled. Because Pichu haven’t got much experience with their electricity they often shock themselves when they use it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nintendo Giving Away 3 Kid Icarus Uprising AR Cards To Club Nintendo Members

Kid Icarus Uprising AR cards free
Nintendo is giving away 3 Kid Icarus Uprising AR cards to Nintendo Club members through their official site and guess what you can sign up for free.

The 3 AR cards you’ll get are;

 Great Reaper
 Drill Arm
 Palutena (rare)

Get them fast, supplies are limited.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Donkey Kong and Kirby May Be Heading To the 3DS

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Donkey Kong and Kirby! I hope they come.

I have recently read some articles saying that Donkey Kong and Kirby may have some games coming to the 3DS, although these are just rumors but I would love them to be true.

From what I heard Nintendo is always trying stuff out with Kirby, most of which never get far. They even tried a 3D roaming experiment but I heard it didn’t do well, although I would love to see one like that, perhaps they were able to make it work on the 3DS, that’ll be nice.

As for the Donkey Kong one, I would love something similar to Donkey Kong 64. I loved exploring the 3 dimensional worlds that Rare came out with, too bad Rare left Nintendo so we could never get a sequel to it.

Yeah I would love these things to be true, but since these are only rumors they might not happen.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy 90th Ralph H. Baer (The Father of Video Games)

Ralph Baer
Happy 90th Ralph H. Baer (The Father of Video Games)

That’s right, the father of video games Ralph Baer, who invented the Odyssey (the first home console), turned 90 last Thursday.  

He started development of the “Brown Box” and several other video game prototypes in 1966 for the defense-electronics company Sanders Associates. It was then licensed to Magnavox in 1971, and was renamed the Magnavox Odyssey before being released to the public in 1972.

Even though for a time it was Sanders most profitable line, it still had many obstacles to go through. Video games at the time were a new thing, and many people didn’t know what to make of it, game development was even looked down upon be many people in the company.

Magnavox Odyssy Overlays
Magnavox Odyssey Overlays
Even though the graphics were practically nonexistent, using overlays that cover the TV screen, the video game “fad” had started. No one back then could have predicted were that so called “fad” would lead to, as it turned out, it led to a great place.

Now video games and computers are so advanced, Ralph Baer’s Magnavox Odyssey is but a distant memory, but a memory that will live on in the hearts of gamers forever.

Thanks Ralph H. Baer for helping start the video game craze.

Ralph Baer
He Deserves That Medal


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nintendo Sells 4.5 Million 3DS Units In It's First Year

It may of started out weak, but Nintendo's newest handheld the 3DS has sold 4.5 million hardware units in it's first year. That's quite an amazing feat, as the DS only sold 2.37 million in it's first year.

At first it looked bad for Nintendo as they struggled to sell there newest console, finally having to cut the price to increase sales, but after awhile the bigger games started to come out and it started selling fast.

Nintendo 3DS
This is a 3DS
With many more first and third party titles on the way, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that he expects a bright future for the glasses free 3D handheld. He also stated that there just getting started and that the platform was build for the long haul.

Some of the titles that helped boost sales where Mario Kart 7, Super Mario Land 3D, Monster Hunter 3G, as well as many others. With even more great title on the way it doesn't seem like this little system will stop any time soon.

The 3DS was released on March 27, 2011 so we got about two and a half weeks before it's first birthday.

The Nintendo 3DS also managed to sell 9 million software titles in it's first year, beating the DS's 5 million. Although even with the success of the console there are still people bashing on the success.

5 Super Mario videos you should watch

Mario: Game Over

Mario and Peach are having some problems after moving to the real world.

Mega Man Legends 3 Project, What It Is And What Happened

About Mega Man Legends 3 Project
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Mega Man Legends 3, known as Rockman Dash 3 in Japan, was announced by Capcom to come to Nintendo's 3DS handheld. It was to be developed not just by Capcom but by fans as well using the internet. There aim was to get players more involved in the development process by letting fans vote on things such as character designs and enemies to be used for the game.

Mega Man Aero Concept
Aero's Concept Art
It was indeed an interesting experiment, Capcom even prepared a demo called Mega Ma Legends 3 Prototype Version that was going to be a download title from the Nintendo eshop. Capcom said that they would use the profit from the sales of this demo to create the game, however neither the game or the demo were released.

On July 18, 2011 Capcom announced that the project was canceled, which disappointed a large number of fans who were looking forward to the game. Capcom said this was because they believed that the Mega Man Legends 3 Project had failed because not enough fans participated in the online Dev rooms.

Many fans didn't think this was an adequate reason to cancel the game and started a petition to get the game created. However the smarter fans knew that that wouldn't be of much use as that would only show who wants the game, not who are willing to help make the game. You see the projects goal was to get fans more involved with the development process, not to create a game.

However even though the project seemed to fail, Capcom could of done a little more such as say they needed more participants in the Dev rooms, and they could of still released the demo. Although I'm just speculating, Capcom probably understands more about this then we do.

Whatever the case the Mega Man Legends 3 Project has failed, but that doesn't mean we'll never get the game, we just won't get it from this.
Roll Tron Aero
Roll, Aero, and Tron
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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Posts Made During The Past Week, February 26 To March 3

Weekly Update

Added Music Section
Added two songs to Music Section

Blog Posts

Which Pokemon Generation has the best starters? Poll

10 Future Nintendo Headlines In 2012
>New Pokemon Title Not What You Expect
>>I was close

Physical Copy Verses Digital Download

3DS Continues To Outsell PSP Vita In Japan

Recent Video Game Rumors

Recent Video Game Rumors

There has been quite a few rumors this past week, but instead of posting short posts about them individually, I decided to post them at the end of the week in one post.

Wii U Power Rumor

During the week I heard two different rumors about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. The first is that it may not be as powerful as we thought, saying it will be almost as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PS3. The other saying it's twice as powerful as the Xbox 360.

Since developers of computers are able to double the processing speed of computers every few years, I'd have to say the second one to be more believable. 

We should probably just wait until Nintendo give the official word though.

 Wii U Price Rumor

This rumor says that the price for the Wii U will be $299 in America and 20,000 yen in Japan. It seemed good at first and I even believed it as accurate, until I read another blog post saying that it didn't make since. 20,000 yen is about $250 in the States, which doesn't add up as Nintendo sells there consoles at higher prices in Japan the here. Although $299 still sounds like a good price to me (I don't want to have to pay a fortune for a new home console).