SBCG4AP: Baddest of the Bands Leaked Gameplay Footage

Posted on October 7, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, Wii.

We managed to get our hands on some gameplay footage for the next episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Baddest of the Bands. For your enjoyment, we’ve put it on the internet for all to see.

Enjoy:

Optionally, you can watch it here.

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SBCG4AP: Strongbadia the Free!

Posted on September 20, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, Review, Wii.

“Onward to Strong Badia, Strong Badia the Free!”

Strongbadia Flag Shot

I'm Charming!

In Strongbadia the Free, the King of Town has imposed an email tax where all send and received emails cost one swisscake roll like snack item. Strongbad, being the email checker he is, calls for a rebellion against the King of Town.

He’s immediately placed under house arrest for calling for a rebellion…in an email. From there, he has to escape his house before he goes insane from his little whiny brother, Strong Sad.

Once you escape (with some help from the protesters outside your house), you move to Strongbadia, where you call a meeting with other fellow “countrymen.” When the countrymen do not want to go to war, they secede from Strongbadia into their own independent nations.

From here, it becomes your primary goal to rally all the nations to help you conquer the King of Town. Using logic, and a variety of silly ways you can reach your objective.

“Hey, that’s the name of this…” “SHUT UP!”

Protesting

No more King of Town!

One of the first things you’ll notice is the amount of changes in Strongbadia the Free. The game no longer has trophies that you have to unlock by doing certain things. You can collect flags of each country. The map has changed, mainly because the King of Town ate your old one (odd….). In following from the last game, Snake Boxer 5 is replaced by Math Kickers: Featuring the Algebros, which is a parody of those math games and Double Dragon.

And you can go into Strong Sad’s room now (not that you would even want to go in there anyway). Emails are less emphasized and you start out with all your email “hints” that are “supposed to guide you through the game” according to TellTale. It’s probably not the best idea to read them all until you get at least three or four countries. The story is a lot better than Homestar Ruiner, but that might be because it’s more linear. You have a tad more freedom to explore and use the metal detector in more places.

“We can never be truly free until we reject the fat-thority of the King of Town”

Ahhhhhhhhh...Im a running joke about jumpsuits

Ahhhhhhhhh...I'm a running joke about jumpsuits

As with every game, there are some problems that make this game far from perfect. But doesn’t mean that it sucks. It has it’s good points, and not-as-great points.

Pros:

  • It has a great story that is more linear than the first episode
  • The puzzles are a bit tougher than Homestar Ruiner
  • The graphics have improved
  • Featuring more characters!
  • Strongbadia the Free has better jokes
  • It doesn’t feel repetitive

Cons:

  • In some puzzles it can be hard to tell if they are making a reference to an sbemail or if they want you to do something completely different. The 2nd appearence of Strong Sad is like this.
  • You can’t take over Bub’s country, but it isn’t obvious enough. He does say he’s neutral, but when has that ever stopped anyone from invading?
  • It felt a tad short
  • It’s a really big file, you will have to delete several other games in order to play on the Wii. Or buy an SD card.

Overall, it’s a pretty good game. I’ve never been of point and click games, but this game is an exception. I do wish it was a bit longer though. If you are not a Strongbad fan, play the demo. Otherwise, get the game. I rate this game: 4/5

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Force demo is Unleashing next week

Posted on August 16, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, Gaming, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

The new Star Wars game, Force Unleashed, will be “unleashing” onto the PS3 and the Xbox 360 marketplace August 21st. According to LucasArts, the demo places you in the TIE Fighter Construction Facility level that has been taken over by a Jedi general named Rahm Kota. Your mission? Kill everything (though you aren’t a crazed killer [the game isn’t as dark as it sounds]).

Not only that, but LucasArts is also throwing a tutorial level into the demo as well (which according to them, is very important [not that any other demo we’ve played has not had a tutorial level in it]).

The full game releases September 16th for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

Spike TV will be running a dedicated night to the release of the new game (much like they did for Halo 3).

Stay tuned.

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Strongbad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1 comes out next week

Posted on August 5, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, Wii.

TellTale Games announced that SCG4AP episode one will release on August 11th for both the PC and the Wii (via the WiiWare store). The episode costs 1000 Wii Points (or $8.95 for PC).

If you are buying PC, you can preorder it now, and get it when it comes out.

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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.

Nintendo removes all hope for homebrew Wii apps in newest update

Posted on June 16, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Wii.

If you like the idea of using a Wii for homebrew apps, then you better not install the new Wii System Update, at 3.3. Nintendo is trying to hide this update under the guise of a new Mii Channel bug fix, one that would allow a player to move a Mii from the Mii Plaza (the default area for the Mii Channel) to the Mii Parade (the one that allows you to share Miis). This is problematic!

The update also includes functionality that will delete any modified save files that are “unauthorized” because they could “impair gameplay or the Wii console” itself.

If you are a homebrew fan or someone who wants Linux on their Wii, DO NOT INSTALL VERSION 3.3 of the Wii Menu Software.

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WiiWare releases

Posted on May 12, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Wii.

Had you not played your Wii today, you might not have seen the awesome new Wii Shop Channel (the layout will look different).

With WiiWare, Nintendo has stepped into digital distribution, a first for Nintendo, and a way to make gamers buy quality games at lower prices. Nintendo has also announced that new WiiWare titles will appear every Monday (this may seem a bit tough). Currently, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (should have been renamed to Final Fantasy: how long can we make this subtitle), LostWinds, Defend your Castle, Pop, V.I.P Casino: Blackjack and TV Show King (which looks rather lame).

So check it out, you might find something interesting.

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Nintendo Channel released

Posted on May 7, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Wii.

If you woke up this morning, you might have noticed that your Wii was flashing. And for a very good reason.

Nintendo released the Nintendo Channel (what a creative name!) for the Nintendo Wii. Basically, it allows you to keep up to date on the latest Nintendo games and news through videos (I mean, who wants to read text? That’s like 1920’s, man [this is sarcasm]). The videos are streamed onto your Wii, and can be watched full screen. Most of the videos are a bit quiet, despite full volume on the Wii.

Pretty much, the Nintendo Channel is an advertising channel for more products for Nintendo machines. However, there are a bunch of other features that can be easily overlooked. With the Nintendo Channel, you can buy games (via the internet, using an online store of your choice). You can also rate games that you have played on your Wii (for over an hour).

But what makes the Nintendo Channel awesome, is the ability to download demos to your Nintendo DS, but only a few are offered right now, with more possibly coming soon.

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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.

Strong Bad game launching on WiiWare

Posted on April 10, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, Wii.

strongbad This was somewhat suggested when Strongbad GameWays was featured on Youtube. Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People is going to be episodic and will release monthly. So far, 5 games in the series have been announced. The first one is scheduled to release in June, in the WiiWare section of your Wii Shop Channel (if you have installed the recent Wii System Update).

Now, what game company is pro at making episodic games that it’s annoying? You guessed it, TellTale Games. You might remember them from Sam & Max.

As with all of TellTale’s other games, SBCG4AP will be also available on the PC, but it’s primarily focused on the Wii.

You can check out the product page for SBCG4AP here and the advertisement announcement here.

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New Virtual Console games. Pass them on.

Posted on April 7, 2008 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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