I’ll be honest, I wasn’t attracted to Amiibos before. I can understand that this is Nintendo’s response to Activision’s SkyLanders and Disney’s Infinity toy lines. Nintendo incorporated NFC into the Nintendo WiiU gamepad, and originally UbiSoft were going to have their own line of NFC based toys for their RayMan Legends game for the WiiU. But on launch Nintendo didn’t have the software ready on time for the NFC sensor, and Ubisoft delayed the Rayman game. That however didn’t stop Nintendo from learning a thing or two from the market and making their own set of toys for the Smash Bros game. Then making them compatible with other Nintendo titles later on.
I might not understand the Amiibo toys, but that doesn’t mean I never had any action figures. As a kid I had He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe toys. Eventually I stopped getting into them, and they we’re left at my grandparents house where my younger cousins would play with them. Continue reading →
Japan is often referred to as the ultimate Mecca for video game fans. For years now people from all over the world have made the trip in search of retro gaming gold. Recently I decided to head back to Japan and see what I could find. There are two places in Japan where you can find the bulk of retro gaming paraphernalia; the very famous Akhihabara in Tokyo and Den Den town in Osaka.
First up I hit Den Den town aka Niponbashi. Den Den town is an area the size of several city blocks filled with nothing but store after store catering for the Otaku (nerd). One of my favorite shops to hit up is called A-Too Recycle Media shop. In here you will find games from the MSX computer to the Sony Play Station. Mostly what I like about the shop is that their prices are quite affordable. This is the place where I have found such greats as a cheap copy of Holy Diver, several of the Namcot numbered series, a boxed original Famicom, the Negcon controller and tons of great and unique Famicom carts. In the corner of the shop at the back they have a bargain bucket where you can always find something unique. For example this time out I found a couple of Super Gameboy controllers for the SNES. Continue reading →
One of the few games that I appreciated on the XBox 360 was Bayonetta. Made by Hideki Kamiya, the ex-Capcom director behind Resident Evil and Devil May Cry; it was a real spectacle that was going to be a Devil May Cry sequel, but turned into a new game that in my opinion far succeeds all of the Devil May Cry games. Not (just) because the lead character is a rather sexy lady but the gameplay was lightening fast, the graphics were to die for, and had a really interesting twist that was neither dull nor mind blowing, but enough to really enjoy the game. Not to mention the butt-ton of Sega references in the game too. The sequel, Bayonetta 2, is an exclusive to Nintendo’s WiiU, and might be the game that’ll get the so called, Hardcore, gamers to get a WiiU.
Recently I’ve been hooked to a “Free-to-Play” game called Hawken. It is quite similar to a game that recently came out called Titan Fall, where you pilot a mech and fight off an opposing army. But as Titan Fall is full price game that can cost up to £45; you can install Hawken for free on Steam.
OK I picked up a big box copy of Settlers 3, to be honest I don’t recall seeing this game in a DVD case anyway. And I got a boxed PlayStation Multi tap and non-dualshock PS1 controller. I got these from a local charity shop that’s only five minute away from me. The same place that I got a copy of the GameBoy Color version of Elevator Action. I got all this for £11. Not the cheapest charity shop purchase in the world. But a boxed controller and multi tap is a pretty good find!
What was interesting about the controller was that I noticed the spelling for grey is “Gray”. Meaning that this controller must have come from the US.
OK OK, I know I haven’t added anything in my since the 19th of December. I keep having a bad habit of going into procrastination mode! But hey! Something awesome video game related happened to me today! So let me show you this awesome indie game I stumbled on Steam GreenLight, Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball!
When I saw this on Steam GreenLight I thought this was an awesome idea for a game! It’s pretty much a multiplayer FPS game where you kill people with dodgeballs! Not to mention it has a great name! Even better you can play the early access version of this game for a mere five bucks! Continue reading →
The first Kickstarter that I supported was Revolution’s Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse. With much waiting and patience it’s finally coming out on the 4th of December! But there’s a little catch, due to time restrictions and workload, Revolution is going to release The Serpent’s Curse in two parts. The first as I said, on the 4th of December, and the second part some time in January. Continue reading →
Oh yes, you better believe it! Pinball Arcade by Farsight Studios has been released on Steam. Making my poor lil’ XBox 360 even more redundant! Then again I heard from Pinball Arcade fans that the 360 game hasn’t been updated in over a year. Sounds like Farsight Studios got annoyed with Microsoft charging them each time they update the game like what happened to Phil Fish and his game Fez.
I’m downing the game as I type, and I’ll be streaming the game on Twitch.TV. So keep your eyes out on this blog for more details!