Nintendo and Microsoft cut the purchase prices of their respective current-gen consoles today in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. Nintendo’s Wii, about to be replaced by the Wii U, saw a $20 dollar cut and the announcement of a new bundle that includes both Wii Sports games on a single disc and a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck.  Microsoft dropped  the price on the Xbox 360 and announced two new holiday bundles for $250 each. The first, obviously targeting “hardcore” gamers, includes a 250 gig hard drive, a copy of Forza Motor Sport 4, a download voucher for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a headset and controller. The second, clearly… (more…)


There is a hubbub on forums everywhere decrying the end of the current generation every time a rumor teases details of the next Xbox or PS4. “The current generation isn’t maxed-out,” say fans. Others chime in with the common, “fancy graphics don’t make games better, gameplay does,” argument. Are these assertions true? Absolutely. Do they offer up a reasonable argument to delay the next inevitable generation of consoles? No, and here is why: The Law of Diminishing Returns The idea that a console can be “maxed out” is a fallacy. The fact is, while the console is static, the programs the box runs are not. In other words, the more… (more…)


There was a period in the late to mid-1990s when Japanese role-playing games (JRPGS) were the genre in the video game industry. Titles like Final Fantasy VII pushed these games to monumental levels of mainstream popularity. That was a long time ago. Today the JRPGS audience has dwindled to a dedicated few. One video game developer known for creating JRPGs, Square-Enix, is still trying to find ways to make its ultra-famous Final Fantasy franchise appeal to a wider audience. It failed with its last few entries in the series (especially with the utterly terrible Final Fantasy XIII). Simplifying the genre or trying to evolve it into a massively multiplaying online role-playing game (MMORPG) isn’t the answer. If… (more…)


After a surprisingly long five- year gap between titles, the Mario Party franchise has finally returned with Mario Party 9. The last Mario Party title I played extensively was Mario Party 2 way back in 2000 on the Nintendo 64. For better or worse (depending on how you feel about the franchise), not much has changed since then. The title’s board game-like mechanics are still based largely on luck and random dice rolls and this continues to prevent the series from being fair. A player could win every single mini-game yet still lose because of a random die roll. However, this is what the franchise is all about – Mario Party 9 will still provide… (more…)


Welcome to our new video show Dumpster Diving. Every episode I’ll be profiling a new terrible video game and explaining exactly why it sucks so excruciatingly bad. This episode focuses on Cold Stone Creamery Scoop It Up and like I say in the video, it truly is quite possibly one of the worst game I have every played in my entire life. If you have any suggestions for Dumpster Diving or if you’d like me to cover a specific game let me know in the comments section. Retweet the latest episode of Dumpster Diving on Twitter for a chance to win a signed Bastion print. Use this link to retweet http://clicktotweet.com/1KM6L. The contest… (more…)

Nintendo Network

Nintendo has announced that it is attempting to revamp its online gaming community.  If you’re a Wii owner, you already know that Nintendo’s online system isn’t as popular as Xbox Live or the Playstation Network.  In order to connect with friends online with the Wii, you need their 16-digit Friend Code.  I’ve had the Wii for a few years now and I can honestly say that I have no idea what my friend code is.  It’s not the easiest way to add friends and even though they’re on your ‘friends list’, interaction with those contacts is extremely limited. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of online gaming on a Nintendo console,… (more…)


Everyone is waiting for this year’s big retail titles like Mass Effect 3, Bioshock Infinite and whatever the Wii U will end up becoming (I’m hoping it doesn’t turn into another Sega Saturn). But while there are many ‘AAA’ retail games coming out, it’s worth reminding you that the smaller, downloadable and indie game space is growing huge. So, I’m presenting you with a list of games you should be paying more attention to than whatever shooter is crawling out of the latest big name developer. Some are indie favorites, others are downloadable and a couple are retail games, but you should take notice of all of them over the… (more…)


During a time when Nintendo gamers were satisfied with duking it out in Smash Bros. Melee, or cleaning up an island tarnished by the graffiti of a mysterious dark Mario, the company behind it all turned the tables. With the release of the Wii, designed to appeal to a much wider audience, it was almost as if Nintendo went under the knife. Ever since then, the word ‘Nintendo’ is synonymous with wanna-be-sleek white channel layouts, motion control, Miis, and that electronic beeping ambiance we hear on the Wii homepage. Their newest handheld, the 3DS, and the upcoming WiiU seem to follow this new face. The question is; is it working?… (more…)


Some things just don’t mix well. And usually, it doesn’t take very long to realize this. If you pour mustard into your pepsi, and take a sip, you’re going to cringe. Furthermore,  you’ll definitely know never to drink pepsi-mustard again. That being said, why does Disney still insist on pouring its characters into our tasteful gaming beverages? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than the wonderful world of Disney. Mickey Mouse is my bro. But when Disney recently came out and ‘tested the waters’ by mentioning a few possibilities for an Epic Mickey 2… I couldn’t help but roll my eyes a little. One Epic Mickey wasn’t… (more…)


Last time I wrote a post on this subject I hit a cord with some people when I criticized their favorite virtual pleasures. One of the issues raised a few times, and not so eloquently, was that I was a Nintendo fanboy and just wanted to bash on other games. I thought that was odd because two of the games I talked about, Final Fantasy and Mega Man, originated on the back of grandpa Nintendo. So in an effort to quell my o’ so many denouncers I aim my sights at you today Nintendo. From hell’s heart I stab at thee. Nintendo was founded over a hundred years ago. Did… (more…)

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