pikmin-3ds

As I haven’t owned a Nintendo console since the SNES, I’ve missed out on the Pikmin series.  Pikmin has always looked fun to me, so I was really pleased to hear that it’s coming to the 3DS next year.  Since I have no frame of reference, I can’t tell you if it’s going to be good or not compared to previous games, but I can say that I do plan on picking this up so I can finally experience the fun that is Pikmin.

You can see one of the reveal videos below:

november-2016-games-with-gold

It’s that time again – geez, time is flying.  It’s time to discuss November’s Games with Gold from Microsoft.  Next month, we’ll get the following games for free:

  • Super Dungeon Brothers
  • Secrets of Monkey Island, Special Edition
  • Murder, Soul Suspect
  • Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon

The only one that I know anything about is the Secret of Monkey Island.  The Monkey Island games are always funny and entertaining, and I expect this one to be the same.  As for the rest, I’ll download them and check it out.  I’ve got quite a backlog of Games with Gold alone, not to mention the seemingly hundreds more around the house for other systems.  I need more play time!

nintendo-switch

It’s finally been announced!  I am very intrigued by what I saw in Nintendo’s announcement about its upcoming product, the Nintendo Switch.  I actually like the name.  It’s so much better than Wii and Wii U.  I do like the detachable controllers from the sides, but they will require batteries (which I assume will be rechargeable with the tablet?).  They also look a bit small on their own, but it would make multiplayer on the go a lot more fun.

I like the tablet itself, although they didn’t show any touch-screen controls in the video, so I’m doubting whether it has it or not.  This is a big departure from what made their current handheld (DS and 3DS) so great.  The touch screen allowed developers to be very creative.  I’m concerned about the fate of the 3DS.  I hope that it will continue to be a handheld in its own right.

Similar to the DS, the Switch appears to use cartridges, of which I’m a fan.  Cartridges last a lot longer than CDs/DVDs.  I also feel that they are a lot more fun to collect.  I’m glad that Nintendo is finally going to have the power (Nvidia Tegra GPU) to look good on a large HDTV.  I still don’t think that it’s designed to quite compete with XBone and PS4, but I will certainly be picking one up in March.

You can find the announcement video here:  http://www.nintendo.com/switch.

atgames-sega-mini

So when Nintendo announced that it was coming out with its mini-NES, pre-loaded with 30 awesome titles, SEGA came out with an announcement stating that it was coming out with something similar for the 25th anniversary of Sonic.  I want to give everyone an honest warning about what this product actually is.

This device will be manufactured by AtGames.  I have the one released in 2014.  We got some play time with it this weekend and it’s just ok.  The first problem is that the remotes are IR, meaning that you must have line of sight.  As you play the games and naturally move around, you might lose that line of sight and you are SOL in fast-paced games like Sonic.

Next, it doesn’t work well with my Vizio HD TV.  It comes with a cable with only the video (yellow) RCA connector and the white audio.  This means that we only have black and white on this TV.  We do have color on an older TV, but beware with newer HDMI TVs.  Because it only has one audio connector, it’s only mono sound.  I’m not sure why they did this as Genesis games were in stereo.

Next, the 80 games are actually only 40 Genesis titles.  The rest are homebrew filler games.  Don’t expect 80 awesome Genesis games.

Otherwise, it does play the three Genesis cartridges that we have and it is fun to play the older games.  It was only $40, so it’s not like we’re out a lot of cash.  Buyer beware for the new model coming out soon.

I just watched this video on YouTube.  It’s a guy who creates his own mini SNES by using a Raspberry Pi Zero chip.  He sculpts the enclosure himself out of plastic and clay and does all of the soldering himself for the connections.  It looks like a lot of fun!  I can follow what he’s doing, but I have never done anything like this myself.  I bought my PSP for the purpose of modding it, but just haven’t had the time to do so.  Maybe some day!

 

I was just watching the Patriots/Cardinals game and this commercial came on.  Hooray for video games continue to be shown in mass media!  This one was pretty funny and is referencing the NES game, Tecmo Bowl.  Bo Jackson was a very popular player back then, until he injured his hip, which took him out of football and baseball.

 

Mario Maker 3DS

Look what was just announced today!  Nintendo is bringing Mario Maker to the 3DS.  I have considered buying a Wii U just for this game, but now I won’t have to.  They are leaving out the online sharing, which is a bit of a bummer, but they are including 100 developer-designed levels.  It is set to be released December 2 of this year.  I know what I’m asking for for Christmas!