Tag Archives: NES

Amiibo woes and highs

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Nintendo announced that Amiibos in the future can unlock demos of classic games based on the said character. Which in fairness is all right seeing as Nintendo is trying to add more to Amiibos than they started off with. However I will have to stress that they’re demos and not full games; similar to that seen in the Masterpiece screen in Smash Bros fro WiiU.

It would be nice if Nintendo would give away a free NES game with an Amiibo, then again in doing so might result in increasing the price of them, they’re still £15 each in high street stores. £15 for a figure with no articulation is insane in my opinion, even when it must be 20 years since I left got an action figure! Continue reading

Duck Hunt Duo is my main Smash Brother!

Yup, I’ve been playing a lot of Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS in the last week. It’s really rekindled my Smash Bros love! I finally got Duck Hunt Duo on both versions of the game, and as unwieldy as he might be, I bloody love using him!

I’m doing really well with him. In my opinion he’s all to do with timing, seeing as his attacks are mainly charges based; meaning that his smash attacks have a delay to it, just like Link’s attacks.

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Every GameBoy title screen ever?

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You might be very aware that I love the GameBoy. The whole theme of the blog alone is a dead give away! Youtuber, NickplosionFX, made a video called Press Start that features a whopping two hours and forty five minutes of GameBoy intros and title screens. It’s “alleged” that every GameBoy title screen is in the video, however, Nickplosion explains that he used Wikipedia and other sources to compile a list of GameBoy games, so he admits that it won’t have absolutely every title screen in the video. But for two hours and forty five minutes, he’s got to be damn close!

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Dragon Quest 1 on Android.

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An RPG franchise I never really had the chance to play, mainly because Nintendo of Europe rarely brought turn based RPGs over here, is Japan’s favourite RPG series of all time, Dragon Quest.

I heard that Square Enix was releasing the first Dragon Quest on iOS, but there wasn’t any news on if there was going to be an Android version, until the Descendants of Erdrick announced this on FaceBook.


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Gargoyles’ Quest 2 is released on WiiU Virtual Console!

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Hey, check that out. A game that cost loads on eBay is at £3.49 on the WiiU virtual console!

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Nintendo Direct 18/Dec/13

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 Nintendo did their live “Nintendo Direct” video today at 2PM GMT. I missed it as I was doing Christmas shopping. But when I got back home I found a whole bunch of stuff waiting for me on Facebook and Kotaku. So let’s have a look at them…

The first thing I saw was the announcement of Super Mario Galaxy’s Princess Rosalina is to be included as a playable character in Super Smash Bros for WiiU and 3DS. As much as I like the idea of more female characters to be added in the roster, personally I could name some better characters to add, like Impa from Zelda, though to be honest there’s already a crap ton of Zelda characters in Smash Bros anyway, maybe Paula from Earthbound, or Mona from WarioWare. Continue reading

Happy Guy Fawkes Night!

Yup, on the 5th of November, us Brits celebrate something called “Guy Fawkes Night”, where we celebrate the fact we executed a terrorist who attempted to blow up the House of Commons and Lords with dynamite and failed. Sounds a bit gruesome and nasty, but unlike the depiction of Guy Fawkes in V For Vendetta, Guy was a nut case who ran around Germany and Holland killing off Lutherans to support the Catholic Roman Holy Empire… So yeah, he deserved what he got to be honest… But let’s not think of that! Let’s think about why us Brits like Guy Fawkes night! Beer, bonfires, and fireworks! So let me show off Fireworks in Video games!

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The first example of Fireworks in video games that I can think of is in Super Mario Bros on the NES. By grabbing the flag pole at the end on the level with the last digit on the time showing a number six, you’re awarded bonus points and six fireworks shooting off. You can do the same thing with three as the last digit on the time for three fireworks, and one for one firework. Continue reading

Virtual Console Games you Should already have (need) on your Wii: Part 1!

I’ve been on the Twitter-verse today talking to some gaming peeps when I came across @RetroHunter asking for what TurboGrafx 16 games to get. I ended up telling him that I know some great games because I got them from the Wii Virtual Console. Until I got this reply…

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Duck Tales, DRM Fails and Bioshock Infinite!

Okie doke, I’m getting REALLY rusty on this blogging stuff! Thinking I can do this on a daily basis and only write stuff out on a weekly basis, LMAO! So here’s a round up…

Duck Tails! Whoo hoo!

So yeah, PAX East happened, and there wasn’t a lot happening until a lot of us got a huge nostalgia boner for this!
“Life is like a hurricane, here in, Duckburg…”

I mean seriously, when do you get hype like this for a downloadable only game when it succeeds upcoming Triple A titles! What made this even better was hearing Peter Monlineux whine his little narcissistic face about how this game is getting more press than whatever the hell he’s doing…
Now I originally played this on the GameBoy, but when I got my NES version later on I was surprised with how close the two games are. The GameBoy version has it’s levels shorten down, but the sprites, animation and music are almost dead on to the NES game. But yes, out of the many Disney games that deserve a remake it’s DuckTails. I could say the MegaDrive version of Aladin too, but I highly doubt that’s going to happen any day soon…
Looking at the videos and the livestreams they had at PAX East, it looks like a very good and faithful remake of the NES game. However they’ve made the bosses tougher as they were a little on the easy side on the original NES game.

DRM Fails

Yup, the Games Industry is slowly admitting that DRM is messing up the customer base for games. You don’t say? lol!
“DRM is a failed dead-end strategy”–EA president F.Gibeau. j.mp/EAonDRM Nice! Another one sharing @gogcom‘s views. 😉
— GOGcom (@GOGcom) March 28, 2013

DRM is “a failed dead-end strategy” says EA’s Frank Gibeau. What tipped him off? pcgamer.com/2013/03/28/gdc…
— PC Gamer (@PC_Gamer) March 28, 2013

It’s a shame that it was SimCity(2013) that has caused this. I do like the game, and I haven’t had too many issues with the servers, though it would be nice to easily find a damn multiplayer game that isn’t totally filled, or start a multiplayer game where people join it :/ Still, it’s good to hear from the games industry that they’re admitting that DRM might not be a good idea…

Bioshock Infinite

Oh yes, the lovely Focus from the podcast that I co-host, Stalking the Retro, gave me a preorder for this game for Christmas. Well it came out, and it’s pretty damn good. It’s not perfect mind you, I’ll write up a review as soon as I beat the game, and I’ll tell you what’s not so hot about the game. But regardless of “some negativity”, it’s a pretty damn fun game, possibly the best so called “Triple A Title” I’ve played in for a while.
In the mean while, enjoy some pictures I took in-game…

  

 

  

So yes, lot’s of racism is the game! Kinda creepy to be honest, but this is a portrayal of America in the late 19th century to early 20th century. So racism and right wing religion ensues… 

Impressions and a peek at Hyrule Historia

OK, if you haven’t kept up with Stalking the Retro, RetroGaming Round up and my Twitter, you wouldn’t have known that I was a little excited about a certain Nintendo Art book…

I just made a #PreOrder for Hyrule Historia on @amazon
— Great Bit Blog (@GreatBitBlog) January 20, 2013

Check out what I got today! @nintendo #HyruleHistoria #ShigeruMiyamoto #EijiAomuna twitter.com/GreatBitBlog/s…
— Great Bit Blog (@GreatBitBlog) January 28, 2013

Oh yeah! I was a very lucky boy today and received my copy of Hyrule Historia almost a week before I was expecting to receive it! Not only that, but I didn’t even pay for Amazon’s overnight shipping, I went with their free five day delivery, yet I still receive the book a day before actual retail release!

A book for the fans. OK OK it’s not the £40 leather bound version, but it will still be a piece of history!
Open the book and you see the ancient mural seen in Skyward Sword. 

There are plenty of pictures and artwork from the Skyward Sword game. This itself almost takes up a third of the book!
The many faces of Link. Remember kiddies, there are more than one Link.
The famous “Official Zelda Time Line” Page on the right.
Shigeru’s Early art for the NES/Famicom Legend of Zelda.
Amazing colour sketches of the NES game’s concept art. I’ve never seen these before!
The art for Zelda in “Link to the Past” that shows the unused Futuristic Zelda.
The Story behind Ocarina of Time.
The Story behind Link to the past.
Details about the DS games and “New Hyrule”. I never got the beat Phatom Hourglass, and I didn’t get myself a copy of Spirit Tracks; maybe I should get myself a copy to learn more about “New Hyrule”.
The many-many different versions of Midna seen in Twilight Princess.
An article about Eiji Aonuma (The game’s producer) near the end of the book.
The Zelda Manga at the back of the book, remember kids, to read Manga, you read right to left!

The impression I got from the book is simply this, “This is the Zelda Fan’s book!”. It’s comprehensive, (despite most of the book is based on the latest game, Skyward Sword.), BIG! It has more than 270 pages with each page a little bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, and each sheet is glossy and thick, the quality of the book itself is very high and the hard cover itself feels like it can take a beating. Not only does this book show art work, it’s a descent history book that explains it’s confusing continuity very well, not only with it’s explained time line chart, but in the written articles for each game too. It’s nice to see artwork from characters  scenes, and levels that were not used in the games. The unused “Future Zelda” from Link to the Past was very interesting, the many faces of Midna from Twilight Princess, and all the characters seen from the DS games that I have yet to play stir my curiosity for the franchise even more than before. Even if maybe you’re not a Zelda fan, or maybe you haven’t played a Zelda game before, this book is still worth getting just to see the artwork and the amount of work that went into the Zelda franchise. It’s a definite purchase and read for any gamer!