Nintendo denied from appeal against Anascape, still fighting

Posted on July 23, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GCN, Wii.

Anascape, the company that claims that they “invented” controller buttons (analog buttons on a remote control [which seems to only apply to game companies]), won another suit (filed in 2006) against Nintendo late 2007.

Recently, Nintendo was rejected a request to appeal by the US District Judge of Texas for the above case ruling that would force them to pay $21 million or risk of getting blocked from selling any WaveBirds (the wireless GameCube controllers), regular GameCube controllers and the Wii Classic Controller.

Nintendo is currently taking this to the Federal Circuit court, where they hope they can win.

Reminder: Madden 08 tomorrow, launch parties tonight

Posted on August 13, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Yup, today’s the day: August…13. You know, the day before Madden 08 comes out. If you want to preorder, today’s your last day to do it- and preorders are selling like hotcakes for the 08 installment. If you already have it preordered, your store probably has a launch party, so I suggest calling them.

I don’t know what else I can say. Uh, buy Madden?

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New screens arrive from Madden 08

Posted on July 17, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, Mac OSX, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

EA unleashed seven new screenshots from the next installment in their (exclusive) NFL football video game franchise, Madden 08, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic- if it’s real-time, and I don’t think it is. Click the first image to see the gallery.

Madden 08

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EA Reveals Madden NFL 08 soundtrack

Posted on June 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Madden NFL 08 Soundtrack listingEA Tiburon (the EA studio in Florida), has just released a list of songs to be featured in the newest Madden NFL game that releases this August. This year’s game will be the series 18th game. A random fact about the series is that it has sold 60 million copies, which nets around $2 billion dollars for EA Tiburon Studios. The game is supposed to feature 27 songs, yet EA only gave us 15 songs in the list. Nice counting EA.

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Super Smash Bros Brawl will have support for all controllers

Posted on June 8, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GCN, Wii.

From an update released on the Super Smash Bros website, we learn that the newest version of the popular beat them up game will have support for the classic controller, GCN controller, Wii Mote on its side and the Wii+Nunchuck controllers. Oh, and the GameCube Controller will rumble! And the WiiMote might use the motion sensors (which could mean something really good).

Here is the chart from the recent update:

Super Smash Bros Controller Support

For more information, check out its website here.

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Nintendo Float made by college students

Posted on April 21, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GBA, GCN, Old School.

Apparently, some college students really love Nintendo games/products. So much so, that they built a float that is pretty much a tribute to Nintendo. With Duck hunt, the super scope as stairs, and a huge NES for the top as a roof. It’s really awesome and you should go check out the photos of it. It’s so Nintendo-licious.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Pre-Review

Posted on March 12, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Review, Wii, Xbox360.

The TurtlesRecently, GameSpotting! got their hands on the new TMNT Game for the PC, and I gotta say, it’s pretty cool. The cinema scenes and graphics are well done.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it follows the story that the Ninjas split up and become loners. So, it’s up to Leonardo to bring them all back together. Anyways, the game starts about a year or two after Shredder is defeated.

Now you might be wondering why the whole post is not on the front page, this is because of all the images used. If you want to see the rest of the Pre-Review then click the more button at the bottom of this paragraph.


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grab a new movie and a new game

Posted on March 7, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

Okay, so just about anyone could agree that the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles movies were not that great. Well now there is a new movie coming out that will be done in CGI. And because there is some wierd rule about almost every movie that’s not a documentry (and mainly geared to younger viewers) being made a video game, TMNT is getting a game too.

Previous TMNT games were never well recieved and ended up getting poor ratings because they were mostly a rush job. This game is now under the hands of Ubisoft, who generally make pretty good games. The game is about Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo leaving the squad and not being ninjas anymore ($5 bucks that one of the endings puts them all back togther). The graphics are not so “cartoonish” as they were before, and the atmosphere suggests that this time, they aren’t joking around.

Check out the pre-review here.

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Need for Speed:Carbon Revisited

Posted on December 8, 2006 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Review, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

carbon logoI have never liked the Need For Speed series for various reasons. One because I never liked the crash effects, steering and the controls. However the cars were cool. Carbon seems to have made me reconsider a very bad review. Personally, I liked this game alot. I think it was well done. The game has a new feature called “call a crew member”, but I rather call it “SIC EM!”, since you are really just sending your crew car to get the guy. You call up a buddy who is constantly giving you radio help (like a real crew member) and telling you when other racers are about to crash you up. This is probably the best improvement in NFS. You got your little helper guy to help you out in tough jams. But since you have a helper, EA decided that the game would have to be just a tad tougher. But it really makes the game more fun to play.

Awesome Graphics. Looks better when you click I liked the idea that you could also customize your ride’s body. In previous NFS games you could only change how the car looked decal and color wise. This game in the series allows you to customize the body of the car. And modify things from rims, tire depth, hood depth, and all that other good stuff that I can’t remember right at this moment. And your car looks awesome on the track. Speaking of tracks, NFS: Carbon has a really cool track system. You have to earn tracks by defeating others but until then they are under the control of a rival Car Crew/Gang/Mob. That makes the story line a lot more exciting.

Now graphics in this game have improved from the blocky car designs seen in NFS: Underground 1&2 (I think they both look blocky, maybe cause I didn’t change the default settings). Anyhow, the graphics have really improved and they are great with the night time atmosphere. Overall, Carbon is way better then any of the other NFS games. This game is awesome, but still not as good as the Burnout series also made by EA. The controls have inproved but they aren’t perfect yet. The steering is better but it’s still really annoying. You will still spinout if you counterstear, and hear the stupid tire screaching noise when you are going really fast and start to turn. NFS:C has great motion blurs, that make you really feel the action. Now let’s get to the ratings.

The Ratings:

Sound: 8/10 -This is super! The talking that the crew member gives you doesn’t seem like it was recorded previously and seems like he is really saying it. Music was N/A, I just didn’t pay attention to it.
Graphics: 8/10 -Graphics have improved since NFS: Underground 2
Controls: 7/10 -The controls have moved to somewhere where they are more accessible but the Respawn button seems to be on the other side of the controller. No support for joysticks.
Playback: 8.5/10 -Great game but it can be a bit frusturating. Story is really interesting.
Improvement: 8/10 -Lots of great improvements.

Overall Score: 8/10 – Controls were okay, but they needed to be improved. Other wise if they were this game would have been an 8.5

An offtopic cool thing about this game: the loading screens have the best animation, and cool effects that I have ever seen (the ones that Burnout has are cool but they are kinda boring as they never change, it’s always the same 4 transitions).

LOZ: Twilight Princess

Posted on September 15, 2006 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GCN, Wii.

This is more centered around the Wii Version than the GCN version. It’s kinda funny that the game abbreviated is LOZ:TP which could mean a lot of things…like Legend of Zelda: Toilet Paper or Legend of Zelda: Tape Paper or…um..I don’t know. Everyone knows who Link is however like every other LOZ game Link is different, this one is raised as a wrangler in a small, rural village (which tends to be the place link is always in), is “sent” to throw a gift at the royal family of pantsville Hyrule. But as he is about to leave the story line gets really dramatic…oh no…5 bucks Zelda gets kidnapped or harmed in some way. And the village is very nice. I think I will clean it up (okay fine he doesn’t clean the village), 5 hours later, the village explodes (which it does explode). Wow…that sucks. Link goes flying into a dark twilight shadow that has covered Hyrule.

When he enters that realm, he transforms into a wolf and is captured. A mysterious figure named Midna helps him break free. With the aid of her magic, they set off to free the land from the shadows. Oooo…and that’s the basic story. The WiiMote and the Nunchuck both control the sword movement when used together and arrows are controlled by the WiiMote individually.

The game will be rated T for Teen and will release Nov. 19, 2006.

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LEGO Star Wars II Review

Posted on September 11, 2006 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Review, Xbox360.

legostarwarsLego Star Wars 2 is a great game, I love legos. I like Starwars. It’s a great mix. In Lego Star Wars 2 you play through the “old school” movies with many references to the recent movies. Like the first game, it’s jam packed with humor. From Han Solo kissing Leia and then winking to the camera to things like the stormtroopers in a spa, or them acting like models to open the gates of doors. New to the game is the ability to customize your own character, bringing the true spirit of LEGO to the game. At times the game is really frustrating due to controls (I play with a joystick). And the game keeps repeating that you must press “J1_Button 1”, which I have no idea what that is since there is no button 1. The ability to change the controls is nice but the descriptions for what the buttons do are very very vague. I like the special powers some characters have, like chewbacca can rip other characters arms off or greedo (some weird bounty hunter) can throw thermal detonators as well as shoot you.

The graphics are really good for a lego game, in fact they improved from the last game. Better reflections (as seen in the photo above) and much more. The game has pretty good voice and sound. However most of the talking is “Blah blah blah”. But it makes the cut scenes a lot funnier. That aside, let’s get to the ratings:
Graphics: 8/10 – A nice improvement from the last game
Sound/Music: 9/10
Controls: 6/10 – Yeah it kinda failed here, with terrible button descriptions and the annoying messages
Playback: 10/10 – Awesome makes me wanna play again
Improvement: 9/10 – Great improvement except the controls are a step back from the first game.
Overall Score: 8/10 -Awesome game just needs better control functionality.The best version to get is the Xbox 360 version as it’s controls, sound and options for graphics are way better then the PC version.

The DS version is the game that you should pass on. Do not get this game. It’s not even fun. It’s a terrible port and is filled with levels that were not finished, terrible graphics and the whole game is pretty much a glitch. So many that you will go insane.