Two new virtual console games for download today representing both ends of time. A classic knight tale and a futuristic sports game make up this week's offering.King's Knight (1986, NES, 500 Wii points): Battle your way through five stages of ruthless enemies as you try to free the princess from her capture. Powerball (1991, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points): Control one of eight futuristic teams in Powerball. The game is more like a combination of rugby and football played on a normal 100-yard field.
Update: This story now reflects NPD data showing improved PlayStation 3 performance in the first two months of the year.
For many people, Sony's oft-maligned PlayStation 3 video game console had one no-doubt-about-it selling point: when it launched, it was by far the cheapest Blu-ray player on the market.
That's no longer true, what with plenty of low-cost players flooding the market now that Blu-ray has effectively vanquished HD DVD as the next-generation playback standard.
But with its announcement of a forthcoming PS3 firmware upgrade, Sony has once again given consumers a reason to buy the console for … Read more
Ask and ye shall receive. That's apparently the case where practically anything related to Guitar Hero is concerned.
Last summer we posted what we thought was a silly Photoshop concept of a DS Lite with the neck of a guitar controller grafted onto it, but apparently it wasn't so crazy after all. Engadget says something called the "Guitar Grip" has actually been developed for Nintendo's DS, a truncated version of the Guitar Hero neck with four fret buttons instead of the full five.
It still seems like it would be a bit awkward to strum … Read more
Super Smash Bros. Brawl launched last week, and according to Nintendo it's already sold over 1.4 million copies. It features the biggest roster to date in the series, with major additions such as Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog. It also includes Lucas, a psionically powered child with abilities comparable to series veteran Ness.
Ness comes from Earthbound, a Super Nintendo role-playing game that has become a cult classic because of its quirky sense of humor and simple, cartoony art style. Earthbound was originally launched in Japan as Mother 2, the sequel to an NES RPG called Mother … Read more
Even though Sony's PlayStation 3 was slow out of the gates, it has found its stride lately and performed extremely well over the past few months. And as the latest NPD numbers show, more good times are in store. But in the end, it's what's coming that matters and if you ask me, Sony has everything in place to have the best year of any console maker.
Now I know what you're thinking -- aren't I the same guy who said the chances of the PS3 winning the console war are slim? Yep. And I still believe that. But what I also said is the PS3 will probably end up in second place when this whole generation is said and done and the main reason why that's true is because of what might happen this year
Unlike the Wii and the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 is poised to grow at a rapid rate and finally become a major player in this generation. And although some would say that it's because of Blu-ray (and that may be part of it), the real reason is that Sony has finally woken up and realized that it needs to change its strategy, refocus its efforts and make an impact now before it's too late.
It has.… Read more
The way things are going, someone might eventually try to cram a supercomputer into a Nintendo DS. Just as we were discussing a project to develop a synthesizer for the handheld, a new product comes along to teach Japanese calligraphy on it.
Bimoji Training (translation: Beautiful Letter Training) is being touted as a game, but we know better: It'll probably be co-opted by educators because it emphasizes teacher feedback. We just hope that the touch screen's sensitivity is up to par, lest it be an exercise in frustration (remember Palm's Graffiti?)
No matter how it works, though, … Read more
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Super Smash Bros Brawl expecting more of the same. Instead of a compelling storyline and an interesting platform-esque experience, I expected a Melee redux. Instead of a slew of characters and fantastic combo moves, I expected another button masher. Instead of one of the best games released this year, I expected an average title that does little to push the series forward. I was wrong.
Let me get this out of the way -- Super Smash Bros Brawl is a fantastic game that you should buy as soon as you can come up with the $50 (and Wii) it takes to play this title.
Super Smash Bros Brawl is the result of years of time and effort put into a game that does all of the big things right and only fails on some of the smaller, less important facets of the title. And it's that dynamic that not only propels this title to instant greatness, but helps set a new tone in the industry.… Read more
If you're looking considering a new look for your precious Nintendo Wii, would you rather give it a G-mask makeover (stick-on overlay) or one of these bling jobs with 20,000 Swarovski crystals? For a mere $4,000, Crystal Icing is offering its "The Brawl To End Them All" series crystallized Wii, according to BornRich. There is a choice of Mario himself or his arch nemesis Bowser to take home. Both are brought to life against a contrasting white-and-blue background, complete with the highly sought-after in-game, Invincibility Star.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Some people are never satisfied with the Nintendo DS. Despite all its success over the years, various gamers can't wait to give it an overhaul, whether it's a Guitar Hero mashup or some ungodly Swarovski treatment.
Korg and AQ Interactive, however, are at least coming up with a new use for the handheld that isn't completely bizarre. (Whether there'll be a demand for it is another matter.) The two are partnering to develop a virtual version of the Korg MS-10--the vintage synthesizer of the big-hair '80s--specifically for the DS.
And lest you think this … Read more
The Virtual Console lets you download hundreds of classic video games to your Nintendo Wii, but everyone focuses mostly on the big Nintendo games. Yes, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are all excellent games, but they're not the only good titles available. Here are 10 great Virtual Console games you probably haven't heard of and almost certainly haven't played.… Read more