Spyro and Guilty Gear coming to Xbox Originals

Posted on June 11, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Xbox, Xbox360.

According to Major Nelson, Guilty Gear XX Reloaded and The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning will be on Xbox Originals next Monday for 1200 MS points.

Hacked Wii plays Super Smash Bros

Posted on May 4, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

A long time ago, a hacker found that someone with a Wii could execute their own code using Legend of Zelda: TP. The hacker exploited a buffer overflow flaw in the game and in doing so, found he could run his their own game. Fast forward to now, and we see that a user by the name of goku64323 has managed to run the N64 version of Super Smash Bros on his Wii.

This is not the easiest thing to do in the world, it requires a lot of code modifications and a lot of praying that your Wii will not explode.

The hack itself isn’t free, you need to purchase “Sin and Punishment” from the Wii Shop Channel. This is because Sin and Punishment maxed out the game cartridge on the N64 (which coincidentally, so did Super Smash Bros).

Another person has laid out how he has hacked his games, if you are interested.

Anyways, it’s a pretty cool demonstration. Might want to try that for myself.

Ikaruga coming to XBLA

Posted on April 7, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Xbox360.

IkarugaIkaruga is a game most gamers have never heard of, probably due to it’s horrible sales on the developer’s console of choice, the GameCube (after being on two SEGA systems). In Ikaruga, you play as a fighter pilot in futuristic Japan (the details are complex), who is the sole pilot of a freedom fighter brigade that was wiped out by a group calling themselves the “Divine Ones” because their leader found unspeakable powers from something he digged up.

This game is really different from most top down, horizontal arcade shooters. Enemies and bosses come in two different ways, powered by black and white polarity (think magnets), and your ship can switch between these two polarities. For example, if an enemy is firing white polarity powered bullets, you would want to switch to white polarity to cancel out the damage (and charge your laser), and then kill the enemy by switching to black and firing black polarity blasts.

Ikaruga will be having a second chance (its sales were quite high for a port, but unfortunately, since it released on the GameCube and the Dreamcast [a year after the DreamCast was discontinued by SEGA], its the sales weren’t too well for a videogame). And this time, it will be able to see a new audience. Ikaruga is available this Wednesday for 800MS Points.

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New Virtual Console games. Pass them on.

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Nintendo has updated the Virtual Console list with two new games, Yoshi’s Cookie and Bases Loaded. This might be one of the most personal Virtual Console announcements thus far.

Yoshi's CookieHaving played Yoshi’s Cookie before, I can tell you it is one of the most boring games I’ve ever played. Despite it’s title (the reason I bought the game way back when), it’s not an adventure game, instead, it’s a puzzle game that’s kinda like a messed up form of Tetris. And don’t let the fact it has an “adventure” mode fool you. It’s really just a survival mode of how long can you last before blocks fill the screen. This game isn’t worth 500 Wii Points. And Yoshi isn’t really in this game (except if you play with another person). This game is not what you think it is. Don’t waste your points. You’ve been warned.

Bases LoadedBases Loaded, I’ve never played (or heard of), but from the looks of it, I wouldn’t recommend this title either. It was great for its time, when graphics were…a big glob large colored squares, but now it seems like a waste.

These two titles are both worth 500 Wii Points each. Personally, I’m passing, and I would advise you to do so as well.


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Nintendo imports 2 more games to the Virtual Console

Posted on March 10, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Nintendo has added to the list of Virtual Console games it has imported from Japan with these 2 new titles. The first is DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure and Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu. Both games have been translated into English, and are worth 100 points more then the normal price for such games.

And here are the descriptions of the games:

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Alcohol Reference and Comic Mischief, 900 Wii Points): This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest. Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon. Along the way, he’ll need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon’s minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): The object of this head-to-head puzzle game is to clear your grid of falling patterns called puyos by forming chains of four or more same-colored puyos in a straight line or one of several geometric patterns. What makes this a challenging two-player contest is the fact that when you clear a chain of puyos from your grid, it drops a random piece of filler onto your opponent’s grid. The more puyos you clear, the more you fill your opponent’s grid, and if you can clutter up his grid enough to fill it to the top, you’ve won the game. An intriguing backstory makes this an amusing experience for one or two players.

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Kirby’s N64 game now on Wii VC

Posted on February 26, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Nintendo yesterday released two new Wii Virtual Console games, the first being Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and the second, Psychosis. Both are available to purchase off of the Wii Shop at Home Channel.

Here are both of the game descriptions:

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: (Nintendo 64, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Kirby’s first 3-D adventure is also his Nintendo 64 debut, and it finds the always-versatile hero battling a new enemy called Dark Matter. Dark Matter is after a distant land’s powerful crystal, but a young fairy named Ribbon attempts to save it by escaping with the gem to Dream Land. Now the crystal has been broken, and it’s scattered around the world. Take control of Kirby and help him journey across six worlds, battling a wide variety of enemies and challenging bosses, as he tries to collect all 100 pieces of the shattered crystal. Along the way, you’ll use Kirby’s trademark copying ability to use enemies’ strengths against them. Not only that, but try combining any two abilities to create a brand-new one that is usually stronger than the original. Throw in three exciting multiplayer minigames, and you’ve got a package of which even King Dedede would be proud. Fans of Kirby and action games with bright, colorful graphics should vacuum this one up.

Psychosis: (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): This is a side-scrolling shooter played in a world created from the mind of a twisted demon. Your soul has suddenly wandered into that evil world that exists in every person’s heart. The only way out is to blast your way past the grotesque creatures that block your path in five “causes” (stages). You must face the dangers of this psychedelic world by making full use of three shot types and the satellite option. With power-ups, you can change your shots to a wide-coverage beam, a satellite-generated laser and more. Each shot type can be powered up to three levels. You can also block enemy fire by rotating the satellites to a desired position. How you use these features will be the key to successfully escaping this strange and surreal world.

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Ninjas and Numans jump onto the Wii Virtual Console

Posted on February 18, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Two new games are on the Wii Virtual Console and they are Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom and Phantasy Star II.

And here are the descriptions from Nintendo:

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom: (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Join master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, last member of the famous Dragon Clan, in the third and final chapter of the legendary Ninja Gaiden saga. Ryu is framed for FBI agent Irene Lew’s murder, and it’s up to him to clear his name. Defeating superior life-forms created out of “life energy” called BIO-NOIDs and avoiding enemy ambushes are among the many obstacles which Ryu faces in this unpredictable adventure of mystery, deceit and destruction. Noticeable changes to the game-play mechanics include Ryu’s ability to grab on to horizontal surfaces, his reduced falling speed and altered jumping maneuvers, and visible power-ups. Help Ryu defeat the forces of evil once more and discover the real culprit behind Irene’s death as one of the most loved trilogies in video-game history comes to a close.

Phantasy Star II: (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by fans and media alike, Phantasy Star II is an RPG that features an epic story line and turn-based battles. Play as Rolf, Nei, Rudo or several other characters as you navigate through the Algol star system battling the evil Dark Force. Build your characters, select the right weapons and armor, and take on the forces of evil through various missions as you find the right combination of characters to complete each objective. Experience the magic once again in this great sequel.

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Harvest fun with this week’s Wii Virtual Console Titles

Posted on February 11, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Today, Nintendo released two new games to the ever-growing list of Virtual Console Titles. The two new titles are Harvest Moon from the SNES and Lords of Thunder from the TurboGrafx-16. Harvest Moon is quite a surprise. I didn’t think Natsume was going to putting any old titles onto the Virtual console and Natsume is normally a rare name to hear in the news (with the exception of Omega Five).

Harvest Moon I am not a big fan of Simulation games, but Harvest Moon is one game that I think is pretty good. For people who have never played it, it’s a lot like Animal Crossing (except you can get married and you work on a farm [and more realistic events can happen]). Though the one main difference gamers will see (other than the difference in graphics) is the fact it doesn’t use a real time clock.

Lords of ThunderThe other game, Lords of Thunder, is a sidescrolling shooter which was pretty advanced for its time (which you can tell just by looking at it). I’ve never gotten to play it before, so I really can’t say much.

Nintendo describes it as:

A side-scrolling shooter that has you take on the role of a legendary warrior, blasting enemies to heavy-metal tunes. Your enemies are plotting to revive Zaggart, “The Dark One,” who was sealed beneath the six continents of Mistral. It’s up to Landis, descendant of the heroic Dyu, to stop them. Choose the order in which to attack the six stages. Before each stage, select one of four magic armors and use crystals you’ve collected during your battles to buy items. Selecting the right armor for each stage is the key to your ultimate victory. Then get ready to face awesome enemies like a fire-spewing sea serpent or a giant insect. Whether it’s the fast-paced shooting or breaking into the fortress of a stage boss, you’ll be blown away by the intensity of Lords of Thunder.

Both games are rated E for Everyone and are priced at 800 Points.


Posted on January 21, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

This week’s Virtual Titles include the ADVENTURES OF LOLO 2 and SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS. The Adventures of Lolo? I hope you saved the receipt.

Anyways, here is Nintendo’s descriptions of the games:

ADVENTURES OF LOLO 2 (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Lolo and Lala are back in this sequel to the popular puzzle game THE ADVENTURES OF LOLO. On their return from the Haunted Castle, the Great Devil kidnaps Lala and challenges Lolo to rescue her again. Now he must take on the challenge of the Great Devil’s Tower and Castle mazes. Fortunately, Lala was able to analyze each of the mazes as she was taken to the tower and left clues in the Jewel Boxes in each room. Each Jewel that Lolo collects contains information that will help him in the next room. In order to succeed, he’ll also have to push tiles, pick up Heart Framers, temporarily turn enemies into Eggs with his Magic Shots and ward off enemy attacks by moving Emerald Framers. With your help, Lolo and Lala will work together to escape the Great Devil’s clutches and defeat him.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS (Super NES, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen – Violence, 800 Wii Points): When SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS debuted, the fighting-game genre was forever changed. Along with a revolutionary combo system, the game introduced a new set of challengers to fight alongside the original Street Fighter II cast. In addition to the classic characters of Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, E. Honda, Zangief, Dhalsim, Balrog, Vega, Sagat and M. Bison, take control of four brand-new characters in exciting head-to-head fighting game play. Choose T. Hawk and his unmatched strength to crush your opponents, use Deejay’s unrivaled kickboxing ability to defeat your opponents, unleash your inner dragon with the furious kung fu of Fei Long and drill your rivals with the deadly beauty of Cammy. Get ready for the Street Fighter tournament and the fight of your life.

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Original Titles to include Burnout 3, Golden Eye to Live Arcade?

Posted on January 9, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Xbox, Xbox360.

Major Nelson informs us that this Monday, Burnout 3: Takedown (otherwise known as the most kickass racing series in the world) will be on the Xbox Original Titles list for about 1200 Microsoft Points.

Speaking of the Xbox Live Marketplace, we have this crazy rumor. Some people are saying Golden Eye is coming to Xbox Live Arcade. While this is a rumor (we don’t know if it’s true or not), that’s really cool. Rare, however, hasn’t said anything about this yet. If this is true, it would be so awesome if this is the free game Microsoft gives us for Xbox Live being down. I would be so happy.

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Tetris is dangerous

Posted on December 13, 2007 by Dddawn.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, PC.

Raymond D. Souza, a Canadian column writer, called video games “the crack cocaine of the electronic world” in one of his columns recently. He said that in his second year at Queen’s University, Tetris contributed to his “worst performance in 12 years of post-secondary education.”

Souza says that after deleting Tetris from his hard drive, he has not touched another video game. He also blames video games for taking time, health, and thought away from kids, and that they celebrate graphic violence, multifarious delinquency, and borderline pornography.

While the graphic violence and multifarious delinquency are, for the most part, true, I don’t think I’ll be seeing my Grand Theft Auto-playing nephew shooting up his kindergarten class any time soon. Nor do I find fitting colored blocks into slots as any sort of reason for poor performance in school, especially for someone as seemingly intelligent as Mr. Souza. But that’s just my opinion.