I’ve been in a retro mood recently and one of the most tempting stores out there is the PlayStation Store. The original PlayStation is my favorite console ever but I don’t get to play or talk a lot about those games because for whatever reason, people don’t give any attention to the original PlayStation now. Even all the HD remakes are of PS2 games. However, I wanted to get my pssss on so I bought the original Jet Moto and Tekken.
I already own Tekken 2 on the PSN and PlayStation 1 but I have fond memories of the original too. I popped it in and MY GOD IS IT HARD! I think I used to play this game on Easy because man is this game impossible! I’ve already gotten all the secret characters except for Devil Kazuya but I had to put it on Easy with 1 round and 20 round time to do it. I’m going to keep on playing to get better at the game. My characters tend to be Paul, Kazuya and King.
Jet Moto is also pretty hard, especially when you’re trying to unlock the other tracks. I know I could just put in the cheats but I DON’T WANNA! I think I’m a pretty good Jet Moto player and on Intermediate difficulty I can get in the top five pretty easily. However, I haven’t been able to unlock the other stages yet because I’m rusty. However, it’s still a lot of fun and I like having to adjust my bike to remain straight on the course. Sounds strange, I know, but it’s cool.
After getting those games, my itch drifted towards the PS2. This is strange since I actually don’t like the PS2 that much. A lot of the games I got for the PS2 were collections during the day such as the Sonic Mega Collection, Namco Museum and the Midway Arcade Treasures series. However, there are a few games I enjoyed and Katamari Damacy and Capcom vs SNK 2.
Capcom vs SNK 2 was THE SHIT when I was in high school. My friends would always sit down and play this game like crazy, seeing who was better. Looking back at it now, the character sprites look absolutely terrible but the gameplay is still fun, although the PS3 controller’s d-pad doesn’t feel as loose as the PS2s. It makes pulling off some of the moves more difficult.
Katamari Damacy is insane. I love this game for its weirdness and unique premise. Rolling stuff around on a sticky ball and turning the collected stuff into stars is just crazy enough to work! I never completed the original because, I don’t know, but now I have this digital version and I can finally complete it while humming the theme song. NAAAAA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NAAA-NAAAA-NAAAA-NA-NAAAA-NAAAA-NA-NAAAA-NAAAAAAAA!
Finally, I noticed Puppeteer was on sale at Gamefly so I got it because I’m a human being with a heart and I know that this game is FUCKING AMAZING! I rented and reviewed this game back in October and I loved it! I gave it a 4.5/5 but I didn’t buy it then because I was broke and then forgot to. However, I now have a copy and all is right in the world now. This is such a creative game with a cool scissor mechanic, and inventive levels and characters. AND NO ONE FUCKING BOUGHT IT! YOU! GO BUY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW!
I'm a part of a weekly podcast, The Gaming Precision Podcast, for the site I work for, Gaming Precision. On this past episode, the conversation turned towards the Metal Gear franchise. I've never played a Metal Gear game aside from Revengeance, which isn't really a Metal Gear game. I was finally convinced to give one a try, despite the fact that I don't like too many stealth games, and I'm not good at them. There was talk about me getting the first game or the fourth game first, due to it being the first in the Solid series for the former and the database files in the latter. However, I ended up getting the third game in the franchise because chronologically, it's the first game. I bought Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD off of the PlayStation Network for $15 and dove in.
I've played for roughly four hours and I've stopped at the part where Snake falls into a dark cave after the boss fight with Ocelot. So far, I'm enjoying it. As far as stealth games go, it's not too hard on the fail state when you're detected, which I like. Shooting your gun is clunky but it's not as bad as I've experience in the past. I like the use of camouflage in the game and how you can switch between outfits and face makeup on the fly. You could crawl across the floor, not in any bushes and not be seen if you use your camo correctly. I got lost in the beginning of the game and actually went in a circle before I figured out where I needed to go but then I figured out that I have multiple sonars to help me out. Going into the menu to look at the map is kind of annoying though.
The camouflage is pretty cool. I can barely see him here!
Some other things that kind of bother me is kinda my fault but playing the game on Very Easy and having never played a Metal Gear game is way too easy. Maybe I shouldn't have picked that difficulty but it was true. When it asked if I liked MGS1 or 2 or if I had never played one, I answered truthfully: I HAD NEVER PLAYED ONE! Very easy difficulty was listed as "for beginners" which is again me so I picked that as well. I don't want to start the game over so I'm just going to run with it.
Another grip is the button mapping. I don't really understand the face buttons in this game. There's essentially two attack buttons (square and circle) and two action buttons (cross and triangle). Triangle I though just interacts with stuff and cross changes your stance but cross also sometimes interacts with stuff and it also dives. Square and circle both attack the same with the knife for the most part and I thought with a gun, square would shoot and circle would be some knife melee since Snake keeps talking about using his knife in close combat instead of his gun but nope. That's weird to me. One last grip is about the HD remake itself rather than the game. The textures in this game are FUGLY! Clearly no work was done with that and the game can look pretty ugly as a result.
However, what I like most about this game so far is the story. It's following kind of a plot that I've heard of before so far but it's doing it really well. Backstabbing, an off-the-hinges bad guy, a sexy operative helping me, it's a James Bond story. However, I like how they're incorporating real life events in a believable, if somewhat convoluted, way with their story and it assumes a certain amount of intelligence from the player. Not that you need or I need to be a genius in some field but it assumes you paid attention in school and know about major events and some smaller ones to some degree of detail. This game doesn't treat me like an idiot. At the same time, having kinda goofy moments like Ocelot constantly twirling his guns and EVA having her cleavage out for really no reason is action schlock that makes me giggle. I mean there's a button so you can look at her boobs during cutscenes! Although EVA is too pale and has too much of a soft filter to look like a human being to me. At least she doesn't have breasts the size of her own head like most women from Japanese developers. Kudos!
Overall, I'm liking the game although right now, being in this cave is a pet peeve of mine in games. I hate it when I can't see where I'm going. I get why they do it sometimes but I still don't like it. I usually end up getting lost and frustrated. It's not fun but we'll see. I haven't actually gone through the cave yet, I'm just kinda dreading having to do it. So have you played MGS3? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below. Peace and Love, Brothers and Sisters. Colorwind out!
I just wanted to write something though. No plans, no long winded editorial on Nintendo or my favorite game at the moment, no sharing links or videos, just me blabbering. The only guideline I have is to talk about video games only. Well, after my two posts about the Wii U caused a lot of people to call me dumb, stupid, Satan (yeah, someone called me Satan) and accused me of trolling and click bating, I actually bought a Wii U this Christmas after getting a big holiday bonus I wasn't expecting. I mean, I was expecting something but not as much as I got. I picked up Sonic Lost World, and the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. The bundle I got also came with New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U. Later on, I bought Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and I also picked up Edge, Mega Man X, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Earthbound, and F-Zero on the Virtual Console.
I've tried all of the games out and although none of them are bad per se, I'm not impressed. I'm most disappointed in the Wii U console itself, as the UI sucks. I never expected any company to screw up just navigating the menus! Wind Waker HD is the best game I own on the Wii U now and I'm playing through that now, though sporadically and New Super Mario Bros U is the worst. That game really is just the same thing we've been getting for years now. If you told me that game was just an HD remake of New Super Mario Bros Wii, I would completely believe you. As a Sonic fan, I've played through Sonic Lost World and evenwrote a review for Gaming Precision. I liked it but felt it was lacking after Sonic 4 Ep.II and Sonic Generations. It's not even as good as the 3DS version, if only barely. Oddly enough though, I'm glad I have a Wii U just because I get to try out these games. Once I finally just decide to take the plunge, I'm excited to just lose myself in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I tried it but have been avoid diving into it completely because I know I'll be in it for the long haul.
I've decided to not buy that many games this year since I found out I have over 500 games and I haven't completed most of them. So I played and finished Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and am currently working on completing it 100%, achievements included. It's a monotonous game but the combat stuff is fun. Also, swinging around New York is still great. Right now, my playing it is slow as I'm at the boring part of trying to find all of the Spider pickups. There's 2,000 of them and I have 1,100 or so. I find myself wanting to replay a couple of big games that came out last year that I finished, namely BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider is the more surprising one to me because I completed it 100%. It's just a good game I guess and I'm even going to write an editorial about Lara Croft for Gaming Precision soon.
I'm super pumped for the Sly Cooper movie we just got screenshots for today! I love Sly Cooper and I've played all of the games in the franchise. In fact, I've 100% all of them except the recent one. I think Murphy looks a little strange though. I feel like his head is too small or maybe he should be fatter all around; I'm not sure. If there's one thing I'm excited about, it's that I bought a model 1 Sega Genesis from eBay, complete in the box with the manuals, plastic sleeves and foam, in excellent condition with all of the cords, original 3-button controller with the red accents, and a copy of the first Sonic the Hedgehog which has its box and manual as well. Now, it's not sealed or anything so I am going to use it but I never splurge on something like that. Normally, I would've just bought a Genesis used, no box, okay condition with the cables but no game for $30 or so. I've wanted one ever since the one I have now died on my a year and a half ago. I love the Sega Genesis - It's my 2nd favorite console after the first Sony PlayStation - and I'm excited to play all my old Sega Genesis games again on the original hardware.
That's about everything. I'm been busy with Gaming Precision so far this year, preparing new content and changes for the site and whatnot, so I've you are so inclined, head on over there. The site is gamingprecision.com and we have news, features like my GP Picks weekly article on Fridays, editorials, reviews and even a podcast. Peace and Love, brothers and sisters. Colorwind out.
Oh yeah! I wear glasses now. I can't see far anymore so I wear glasses now. Getting older lol.
This year was the year I finally bought a Nintendo 3DS. Back in April, I went to my local Walmart and bought a blue 3DS XL with three games. Now the year is coming to an end and while at first I didn’t use my 3DS that much, I’m now in love with my 3DS. The games I’ve played has made me hopeful for the handheld’s library. I played exactly 13 games this year, some to completion and some not. So I thought I would talk about them.
Super Mario 3D Land
One of the games I bought with the 3DS and the first game I played on my 3DS. I blame this game for why I didn’t use my 3DS that much when I first got it because I find this game to be incredibly bland. There’s really nothing wrong with it; it’s you basic Mario game that plays more like a 2D game instead of a 3D one, despite the title and aesthetics. However, the worlds, the levels, everything about the game feels like I’ve been here before. The game does get hard in the second world but the worlds don’t feel any less familiar, meaning that the game just gets more frustrating than fun. If you want a Mario game for the 3DS though, this is the one to get, for better or worse.
Fire Emblem Awakening
One of the other games I bought with the 3DS and the only game I own that I haven’t spent that much time with. I didn’t get around to trying Awakening until June and I’ve only logged in about an hour and a half. Of what little I have played, I can say that it’s a traditional strategy RPG in the vein of Shining Force on the Genesis and while I enjoyed it, there’s nothing that wows me about it. I want to jump back into the game but right now the next game is keeping me occupied.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Ocarina of Time was the game that finally made me take notice of the Zelda franchise when I played it on an emulator. Before, I had tried the game out but never got into it. Now it’s my favorite Zelda game (although it might not be anymore…more on that later). So this was a no brainer. I’m currently playing this at the moment though I started back in October but that was dumb because I bought it right before the next game came out. Nonetheless, the game looks great on the 3DS, it controls better than ever and it doesn’t hold your hand the way newer Zelda games do.
This is my first Pokémon game since LeafGreen. I love the various ways you can take care of your Pokémon and the means the developers took to make the game much less of a grind and making it more enjoyable. I’ve often avoided the Pokémon games because they were essentially the same game over and over again. However, while this is just another Pokémon game, it’s the best it can be without a radical change in the formula. I recommend it but I still need to complete it because I got caught up petting my Pokémon.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
This was the first 3DS game I rented from Gamefly. I had tried the game on the Wii but was turned off by the motion controls. On the 3DS, it feels like a better game, despite the lower quality graphics and lower framerate. The extra levels are nice and the challenge is definitely there. Although my hand gets cramped after playing for a long time because the 3DS XL doesn’t play well for long periods, I would call this the definitive version of the game.
New Super Mario Bros 2
My little nephew has this game and let me try it. I tried it for maybe 15 minutes. I stopped because I’ve already played that game when it didn’t have a 2 at the end of the title. I know I said that 3D Land feels like the same game but New Mario 2 REALLY feels like the same thing. Maybe I’ll get it later because, I don’t know why, but I’m in no hurry to get this game.
Project X Zone
This game had bad timing for me. I got the game from Gamefly while I was trying to play another game and just couldn’t give my full attention to it. I returned it after not playing it for very long. That said, I thought what I played was okay. It seems like a weird mix of turn based strategy with a weird combination of characters that shouldn’t work and potentially don’t but it’s definitely worth a look.
Mario Kart 7
The final game I bought with my 3DS and the one I spent the most time with when I bought my 3DS. I’m a sucker for Mario Kart games. Even though they’re all the same, I always find them fun. That said, I could NOT get into Mario Kart Wii. The new courses were just not very good. Mario Kart 7, on the other hand, is good. Admittedly, it’s just another Mario Kart game and there’s nothing special about it (the water and flying stuff doesn’t change much), but they manage to have fun courses and just feeling better overall.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
I don’t get the appeal of Animal Crossing. My little nephew lent me the game because he loves it. I played it for an hour and I still don’t get it. Nothing about the game is fun to me. Moving on.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
The last game my nephew lent me and the first game I played with him via local play. I did not like the original Luigi’s Mansion but I really liked this game. A lot of the control quirks from the first game aren’t here, it’s condensed and more focused, and the graphics looks great. That just really fixed a lot about it that I didn’t like and it’s a good example of a developer listening to the feedback of the fans and incorporating it, albeit 12 years after the last game.
Sonic Lost World
I decided to rent this game because I wasn’t going to be able to play the Wii U version (since I don’t own a Wii U). I’ve heard some bad things about the 3DS version as well as the Wii U version so I wasn’t holding my breath. However, as a hardcore Sonic fan, I have to say that the 3DS game wasn’t bad. It wasn’t amazing but I had a good time with it and enjoyed it. I even completed it all the way through and wrote a review for Gaming Precision on it.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
Not counting the games I didn’t sit down and play and give a fair shot to (Project X Zone, Fire Emblem Awakening, etc.), this is the worst 3DS game I’ve played. To be fair, it wasn’t an abomination. However, it was drab, dull and so uninspired in its graphical aesthetics, level design, combat mechanics and just about everything else. I also wrote a review for Gaming Precision on this game and even finished it at 100% because I could.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
I got this game from Gamefly because I kept hearing about how good it was. I didn’t want to play it because I’ve never completed or even played very much of A Link to the Past. However, after playing it for a few hours, I was hooked and I bought it from Gamefly. The game isn’t very epic, unlike recent Zelda games and some may not like that because of it. However, the focus is completely on the gameplay and on freedom. You can go practically anywhere in Hyrule and it feels bigger than even a game like Ocarina of Time. The dungeons are so well designed and fun, the mechanics are inventive, and there’s little hand holding, allowing you to explore and experiment. My vote for best 3DS game of the year and you can expect a detailed review from me on Gaming Precision soon.
Those are all the 3DS games I’ve played this year. What 3DS game did you play?
Yesterday, I posted a blog where I discussed the Wii U and whether it was a failure. I landed on the thought that Nintendo itself would be fine but the Wii U itself would be a failure. However, I pointed out that I wanted a Wii U. Most of the comments disagreed with me but one brought up the game X that’s being developed by the same studio that made Xenoblade Chronicles. That made me think about the reasons why I want the Wii U and the consoles strengths. So in this post, I’m going to talk about what kind of console the Wii U could be. There are three points I would like to make, same as last time.
This first point could actually be a negative thing but I have hope because of one game and it’s not even on the Wii U: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. On the last blog, I mentioned how Nintendo games are essentially the same thing over and over now. We’ve heard from a lot of people of how they’re disappointed with the recent Zelda games, how Nintendo is just making the same Mario game over and over, and how franchises like Metroid, Star Fox, and F-Zero are being ignored. Nintendo games aren’t necessarily bad but they’re creatively bankrupt. However, A Link Between Worlds is seriously a wonderful game and while its not an epic game, gameplay is front and center and it’s the most fun I’ve had with a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time.
This makes me hopeful that Nintendo is ready to do something different with their franchises. Maybe the Legend of Zelda game that comes to the Wii U will reflect the lessons learned from ALBW. Maybe the fact that the next Smash Bros is being made by Namco Bandai will make it change for the better. I would love to see a brand new Paper Mario for the Wii U, managing my badges on the touch screen. Ever since New Super Mario Bros Wii, I haven’t been excited for most releases from Nintendo. The only one that comes to mind is Pikmin 3 (which I still want to play). However, ALBW gives me hope that Nintendo is finally ready to change aspects of their franchises and get out of its comfortable rut its been in. And of course, those games will only be on the Wii U.
1080p, 60 FPS
One of the big issues right now with games is whether or not the game is in 1920 by 1080 progressive resolution and whether it runs at 60 frames per second. Several games were not able to do this on the Xbox One where the PS4 was and some were not able to do this on either. Meanwhile, the Wii U does this consistently. I know the graphical quality is nowhere near the quality of the Xbox One and PS4 but what this does show is that games that do run on the Wii U run like a charm and its nice to know that you will at least have a reliable experience when playing a game. You rarely hear about bugs or required patches from Wii U games either.
This is the biggest strength Nintendo could have. It’s the most potential I see in the console. Coming to the console are games like the aforementioned X, and Bayonetta 2. Nintendo also has a good relationship with Sega, which just acquired Atlus. Even on the 3DS, we have games like Braverly Default coming and the Shin Megami Tensei series has found a nice home on the 3DS. If Nintendo plays their cards right, they could be the console you can get your small, relatively unknown Japanese games on. A drastic change from the N64 days but we could see some weird Japanese games and a bunch of JRPGs.
Last night, I couldn’t get the idea of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a sequel to that game or a similar game being on the Wii U. Managing your familiars on the touch screen like Pokemon, that beautiful game running at 1080p at 60 FPS, easier switching of your familiars in battle using the touch screen; there are so many improvements. I’ve heard good things about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U as well. All these games are not something mainstream audiences or a lot of hardcore players will be attracted to. However, if they were to focus on this and bring in that niche audience, I think it could make the Wii U profitable, if not competitive with the PS4 and Xbone.
For a long time, people say that you buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, not third party games. However, the Wii U has proven that is not enough. The Wii U is not going to compete with the PS4 and Xbone. The most it can hope for is third place that doesn’t include discontinuation. However, if Nintendo mixes it up with their franchises, showcase how well their games run and dip into the niche Japanese games audience, they can save the Wii U, make it profitable and live comfortably in third place. At that point, it would be like another GameCube, although with a different stable of games. Hell, even like the GameCube, it can still have multiplatform games like Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, so even those who only have a Wii U can still play the biggest mainstream games. I think Nintendo needs to do something like this sooner rather than later or else risk the Wii U truly failing but there is a chance for the Wii U if it accepts that it’s not going to be a major player in the console wars and satisfy its small but loyal audience with niche, Wii U only titles.
Ever since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released, there’s been an ongoing discussion about the Wii U and whether or not it has failed. This discussion isn’t anything new, as it’s been really the talk about the consoles for a majority of 2013. I even wrote an article for the site I work for, Gaming Precision, about the third party problems the Wii U has. However, the end of the year is upon us, Nintendo has made some moves in an attempt to make the Wii U more worthwhile, and I want to convey my current thoughts on the Wii U in 2013. There are three common complaints and points about the console I want to address and will use those as stepping off points. This blog will also be about Nintendo as the two are intrinsically linked.
Nintendo will go out of business because the Wii U isn’t selling.
Nintendo is NOT going to go out of business because the 3DS is selling very well. Also, they have excess money from the original Wii and its 100,000 sales worldwide. Now having said that, the Wii U is losing Nintendo money. Whatever money Nintendo is making from the 3DS, some of it has to go towards the Wii U, which is currently selling at a loss to the company and will not even making its projected sales for the year. So the current state of Nintendo is safe because the 3DS is selling well enough to sustain the company, not to mention the money it has from before. However, how long Nintendo will keep sinking money in what is a losing endeavor.
It’s too early to call the Wii U a failure.
Unfortunately, it’s NOT too early to call the Wii U a failure. A majority of consoles have their future success determined within the first year of its release. The Sega Saturn was buried here in the United States after consumers decided to go with the cheaper Sony PlayStation months later. The Sega Dreamcast, despite its quality, went under within a year of the Sony PlayStation 2’s release despite a year head start because Sony was able to convince everyone the PS2 was worth the wait. The only excuse I can think if is the 16-bit era when the Genesis came to sell just as much as the SNES after being on the market for two years when the SNES was released.
The best way to compare this would be to the 3DS, which had a very rough start. However, by the 3DS’ one year anniversary, it had made a comeback and public opinion about the handheld was changing (also the general public started to realize that the 3DS wasn’t just another DS). Nintendo has failed to do this with the Wii U. Despite releasing a good Zelda remake (Wind Waker HD), and a good Mario game (3D World), the public and gaming audience is uninterested and it’s because of the similarities to the 3DS. Nintendo already tried this (Wind Waker HD = Ocarina of Time 3D, 3D Land = 3D World) and the public wants something different. Even me, a hardcore gamer, is not really interested in Super Mario 3D World despite hearing that it’s a great game because I don’t believe it anymore. I’ve played 3D Land, New Mario 2, Wii, and the original and they were all the same game. Competent but the same.
Nintendo isn’t doing anything different enough to make a case for the Wii U as a system that does something the 3DS, DS, Wii or anything before it can do. Another Mario game in the vein of the New series won’t work, nor will an HD remake of a Zelda game. We need a Mario game that is an evolution for the series in the way Super Mario 64 was to the N64 and Super Mario Galaxy was for the Wii, not in the same vein as those games but what they did for the series. We also need a Zelda that is a brand new world and has no direct connection to the other games in the series. We also need a Mario Kart game that has more than just racing on the ceiling. However, since we’re not getting that and we didn’t get that within the console’s first year, the Wii U’s fate may be sealed.
The Wii U has good games.
Yes. Yes it does. The Wii U has good games. The TurboGrafx-16 also had good games. The Sega Saturn had good games as well. Hell, the Sega Dreamcast continues to have good games as independent developers make games like Dux and Gunlord. So what’s the problem? People always say that software (games) drives the hardware (console). If you don’t have the software, the hardware will fail. Well, the Wii U has got some great games. Batman Arkham City, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Assassin’s Creed III and IV, Rayman Legends, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, just to name a few. There’s even smaller indie titles like Mutant Mudds, Little Inferno, Trine 2, Edge, and Bit Trip Runner 2. All of these are awesome games and one everyone should play. So WTF?
All of the games I listed are on other consoles as well. Even Rayman Legends, which was originally billed as a Wii U exclusive, wound up being released on everything you can think of. What the Wii U lacks is interesting exclusive titles. So what that means is it needs games that are A)exclusive, B)good, and C)different. The Wii U currently has 22 exclusives. Half of those are party game nonsense like SING Party or exercise games like Wii Fit U. Six or so of the games are titles like the aforementioned Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD or Lego City Undercover that are fun but don’t do anything different that could be enjoyed on the Wii. Finally, there’s Sonic Lost World, ZombiU and The Wonderful 101 that are different but not that great. Perhaps good but not great. That leaves me with Pikmin 3. Now are you going to buy a Wii U for Pikmin 3? No. And neither than anyone else. If you have a Wii U and ONLY a Wii U, you’ll get a good amount of enjoyment out of it. Otherwise, there’s no real reason to pick one up.
Now, to wrap up, I want to make this clear: I want to buy a Wii U. I’m a hardcore gamer who works for a gaming journalism website so on both a personal and professional level, I want one. That being said, I don’t think the Wii U is going to last until the next generation. I think Nintendo will ultimately pull the plug on the Wii U soon and develop another console to last the rest of this generation. I give the Wii U another two years. By the middle of next year, it’ll be clear to Nintendo that the Wii U is a failure and they’ll start developing another console. The Wii U will be discontinued at the end of 2015 and we’ll see a new Nintendo console either at the end of 2015 or in 2016. My guess is they’ll try to just be a console for children and they’ll just play to their strengths, forgetting the hardcore audience in the process. Mario games will become easier, Zelda games will have 100 tutorials and franchises like Metroid and Fire Emblem will be forgotten. The console (maybe the Wii 3) will probably be similar to the Wii U but with a kiddie like design (like the Nintendo 2DS) focus again on motion control and simplicity. Nintendo will essentially become the maker of a “my first console” system.
Hey everyone! Colorwind here with an update of how I’m going to run my blog from now on. As some of you may know, I am the managing editor of Gaming Precision. So I’m often busy taking care of things there, as well as writing reviews, editorials, features and more. I also am part of the podcast for the site so it tends to be a full time job. I keep this blog mostly so I can just do whatever I want and with my work at Gaming Precision more and more scripted and scheduled, I want my blog to be the antitheses of that, loose and random. So I’m going to make some changes to my blog.
First change is I’m discontinuing My Gaming Landscape. I’ve found myself wanting to talk about a game but deciding not to because I want to save it for Gaming Landscape. However, I often find myself cutting down what I wanted to say because I don’t want to make the post too long. This means my impressions are not of the moment and I want that kind of freedom. Also, on the podcast I’m on, I often talk about what I’ve been playing for the past week so I end up talking about what I’m playing for the week twice. So My Gaming Landscape is no more.
Secondly, I’m going to start blogging about things other than video games. I really want the freedom to do whatever I want with my blog but since it was the topic I had the most to say about, there was this unspoken rule with me that this blog was solely a video games blog. No more! I’m starting to read books more and I’ve always been a music lover so you’ll start hearing more about that. I’ll probably write about movies too as I’m pretty opinionated about them as a writer though I don’t watch that many.
Finally, in line with my push towards spontaneity, posts will differ greatly in length. Posts can now be a little as 100 words or as high as 2000 words. I’m essentially throwing out all my rules on formatting and content in case you can’t tell. I’m hoping this will result in more posts but this I can’t promise. You can also find more pictures and video posts as well.
Alright. So that’s all the changes. On a final note, you can follow me on Twitter, Google+, Raptr, LinkedIn, Writer’s Café, IGN, Giant Bomb, and Gamespot (NEW!) under Colorwind and on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram under Colorwynd. I also have a YouTube channel where I do gameplay videos. That’s Colorwind also. You can add me on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam under Colorwind. Finally, check out all my work on GamingPrecision.com where I have a weekly feature called GP Picks, where I recommend three new games from that week as well as a retro title, and The Gaming Precision Podcast, where I talk with my fellow writers Ivan, Claire, Felisha and BJ about various goings on in the video game industry.
So last week, while waiting for my new TB hard drive for my PS3, I got it into my mind that I would start to build up my N64 library. I’ve always wanted to do this since I have some old consoles and I would like to get a lot of games for them, namely games I like. I chose the N64 first, honestly, because I don’t like that many games for that system and my collection will be complete sooner rather than later.
Here’s my collection so far:
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
WWF War Zone
WWF Wrestlemania 2000
WCW vs. nWo: World Tour
Killer Instinct Gold
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Here’s what I plan to get:
Clayfighter 63 ⅓
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Diddy Kong Racing
Donkey Kong 64
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Mario Kart 64
Pokemon Stadium 2
Rampage World Tour
Rampage 2: Universal Tour
San Francisco Rush 2049
Star Fox 64
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Super Mario 64
Super Smash Bros
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey
WWF No Mercy
A lot of games, I know, but with time, I think I can pull it off. Hell, I got 8 of my games this past weekend! So do you have any suggestions for games that I don’t have listed here?
No, I didn’t get a PS4 so I didn’t play any of those games. Actually, I’ve been pretty lost this past week. I’ve been mostly passing by games, playing them for a few minutes then moving on because I didn’t know what I wanted to play. I did get into a N64 kick though this weekend so I passingly played Cruis’n USA, WWF Warzone, Killer Instinct Gold and WWF Wrestlemania 2000. Wrestlemania 2000 pissed me off actually because in the career mode, there’s a big spike in difficulty when you get to the first PPV event. I lost like nothing because my opponent kept blocking and countering everything. What made it worst is it was a character I had beaten like four times already!
I bought some N64 games after I realized I had beaten all my games for the system (except for WWF Wrestlemania 2000) so I bought and played a little of WCW/nWo Revenge, South Park, Turok 2, Pokemon Snap, Waverace 64, WWF Attitude, 1080 Snowboarding and Rayman 2. I focused a bit on Rayman 2, as I’ve never played it for very long. It’s fun but I don’t see what the big deal is in terms of level design. It’s basically like Crash Bandicoot but not as inventive. I also tried Beetle Adventure Racing via an emulator but that sucked.
I bought a 1 TB hard drive for my PS3 and for the weekend I was redownloading all my digital games. It took a little over three days. In that time, I tried out some old demos I had downloaded first way back when the PS3 was first launched. Specifically, Lemmings, Grip Shift, NBA 07, and Genji Days of the Blade. They were all terrible. I also played a little Gran Turismo 5 because the installation for that game is so size and time consuming (almost 10 GB in a hour and a half), I had to play a little of it. I’m not good at it. I played a little bit of Yoshi’s Island for my YouTube series as well. Finally, I got two games sent to me from Gamefly, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and Sonic Lost World on the 3DS. I got tired of Kingdom Hearts really quick. I remember really liking that game back in the day but it has not aged well. Sonic Lost World is not a great game either but I’m enjoying it. I’ll probably beat it and write a review for it.