Archive for the Wii Category

Z is for Zelda

Posted in Games, Wii, Zelda with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Yup, another Legend of Zelda post.  The “damsel in distress” isn’t the correct way of looking at the girl the series is named after. Sure, she’s been captured, had a sleeping spell used on her, turned to stone etc etc. But Zelda is a kickass hero in her own right. The best example is the mysterious character of the Sheik in Ocarina. The Sheik helps out Link  a lot in the game, giving him information and teaching him songs. Of course, Sheik is really Zelda in disguise.

In Wind Waker, Link has to deal with a scrappy pirate named Tetra. Sure Tetra helps Link, but she’s sarcastic  and snarky towards him. It’s later revealed that she’s Princess Zelda, although she only learns of this when Link does. At the end of the game, she’s seen with her crew of pirates, ready to start a new adventure.   In Spirit Tracks, Zelda’s body is stolen and her spirit helps Link restore peace to Hyrule. She’s with Link through the whole game.

Zelda is a powerful character in her own right. The stereotypical “save the princess”  scenario doesn’t fit in the series. And if you ever played the Super Smash Bro series, Zelda’s one hell of a fighter, especially as Sheik.

Again, this A to Z challenge as been amazing and so much fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog to check me out this month!

W is for Wii

Posted in Wii with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I have to admit, I don’t play my Wii as much as the PS3 or Xbox 360. But I still love it and won’t trade it for anything. Why? Because Nintendo makes good consoles. The Wii isn’t as powerful as the other two, but their games are still great. Games like Twilight Princess, Mario Galaxy, Donkey Kong Country Return, the Resident Evil rail shooters and Super Smash Bros are just a few. And of course the new Zelda, Skyward Sword, is coming this year. As long as Nintendo still makes Zelda games, I will buy their consoles.

In fact, when the Wii was released, I stood in line for hours and hours to get one. I wasn’t even crazy about the idea of motion control, but I wanted one because I believed Nintendo would make it awesome. And they did. But I still regret that the system became a wasteland of crappy third party “casual” games. Many of them are just terrible and made some gamers feel that the Wii was the “lesser” console. But, you still can’t beat their exclusives. They have made quality Nintendo titles since the 1980’s.

But the big news lately has been the new Nintendo console that should be released in 2012. It’s suppose to be way more powerful then the Wii, rivaling the PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s suppose to cost $350.00 to $400.00. There might be a touchscreen on the controller. I’ve heard it called Stream, but the name will probably change. We will find out more at E3 in June.

As for now, I will just wait for Skyward Sword with my Wii remote in hand.

V is for Video Game Replay Value

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I think replay value is extremely important in games.  It sort of sucks when you realize you never want to play that game you were so excited for again, especially when they’re so expensive. I remember my disappointment with the Star Wars Force Unleashed game. I love Star Wars video games, but when I finished this one, I couldn’t find a reason to go through it again. The game was too linear, too short, and really had nothing worth revisiting.

But just because a game is short, that doesn’t mean it has no replay value. Look at Portal and Left 4 Dead.  The L4D games are short. Although, multiplayer is a blast. The campaign never gets boring, either. The Call of Duty games have short single player campaigns, but the multiplayer is one of the best.

Whether the game is long or short, the best feeling is never wanting to leave the world the game created. That’s the most important factor to me.

More games with great replay value

Games with little replay value

U is for Useless Video Game Accessories

Posted in Consoles, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Through the years, there’s been plenty of gaming accessories. It’s funny to look back and see things that were suppose to be groundbreaking at the time, but turned out to be pretty horrible. My favorite useless accessory is the R.O.B. robot from the NES. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, until I learned  it actually made things harder. But I was a kid at the time, now I’m more wary of the latest and greatest “must have” gaming accessory. How many people shelled out money for the useless Wii remote sports add-ons like tennis rackets and bowling pins?

More more useless gaming accessories*cough* plowerglove *cough* can be found here

O is for Older Kids and Video Games

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

When it comes to picking out video games for older kids or *tweens* (I don’t like that word), it can be hard even for gamer parents. Personally, I throw the ESRB ratings out the window and use them only as a last resort. I know what my son can and can not handle. I also know a basic overview of recently released games. But what if you don’t really know much about games? I have written about what games I think are appropriate for the almost teen boy.

There are some really cool video games releasing soon or that just came out. Portal 2 will be here tomorrow and it’s rated E10+. The Lego games like Star Wars are awesome. My son and I love them. In May, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean will come out. And if your son watches WWE, he can play the new WWE All Stars game.

I admit, during this time in their lives, it’s difficult to absolutely  say what ESRB rating  older kids fall in. Yes, there’s E and E10+, but there are  many T (like WWE games) and even M games (like Halo) that I think the almost teen kid can handle. It’s all about knowing your child and knowing what the game is all about.

N is for Non-Playable Video Game Characters

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Zelda with tags , , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

C was for playable characters, so N is for characters you can’t play but still leave a lasting impression.  How can you be attached to a character that you don’t play? Some characters are just that awesome.  Here are a few of my non-playable video game characters.

GLaDOS-  Definitely. How can you play Portal and not love the sassy, lying, murderous GLaDOS?  She’s so awesome it’s sort of hard to write a short paragraph on her. Luckily, the 19th is what I’m calling “Portal Day” because the second one will be released. So you’ll get much more GLaDOS then. For now, let’s just say Portal would have worked without her omniscient voice goading you on. But, having GLaDOS is the icing on the non-existent cake. (sorry, I just couldn’t help it)

The Carmines- Gears of War’s brothers have become a fan favorite. From Anthony to Ben to the newest brother Clayton, everyone loves the Carmines. Sure, Anthony and Ben died, but their rookie enthusiasm lives on. (My favorite moments include Ben dropping his gun on his foot) Let’s hope the seasoned, buff  Clayton lives in Gears 3.

Legend of Zelda- Zelda is the king of weird non-playable characters. In fact, I wrote a whole article on it. Who can forget the weirdness of the Happy Mask man or the Hand in the Toilet? I’m not kidding. It’s hard to pick just one.

Andrew Ryan- You’re lead to believe that Ryan is BioShock’s big, bad guy to kill at the end. But not so fast. Ryan is the founder of Rapture and his voice haunts and taunts you through out the game. When you finally get to him, he gives one of the most memorable speeches in video games. “A Man Chooses, a Slave Obeys…”

Alma- The creepy girl from F.E.A.R. is one character that is hard to forget. Not only does you pop up and scare the crap out of you, her story is much deeper and screwed-up then I could ever have imaged. Bring on the F.E.A.R. 3!

There’s many characters that I’m sure I’m forgetting and hopefully, I will have time to talk about them later this month. But for now, these are the ones that stick in my mind the most.

M is for Mario

Posted in Games, Wii with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

How could M not be for Mario?  Mario has been another video game constantly in my life. Now, I’m not talking about the Mario “party” games or Mario Kart, I mean good ol’ fashioned platforming Mario games. The ones with seemingly impossible jumps that have to be timed just right. These, to me, will always be the “true” Mario games.  What person who owned a NES, SNES, or N64 didn’t play at least one Super Mario game?

I don’t know if I have a favorite, maybe it’s Mario 64. I remember playing the Hell out of that with my husband and friends. We would each take a level and try to beat it. If things got too frustrating, we played pass the controller. We did get all the Stars, though. I even really like Super Mario Sunshine, which is usually seen as the “black sheep” of the platforming series. And if you have a Wii, the Galaxy games are just amazing. (you should play them if you haven’t)  Mario, like the Legend of Zelda, is a Miyamoto masterpiece.

Mario is just stuck in my head, here’s an example. I go to Zumba dance/exercise class. There’s a song that starts off normal sounding and gets faster. When it is at its fastest, my brain goes into panic mode. Why? Because the music reminds me of Super Mario Bros. When the music speeds up, you’re running out of time and need to get to the end of the level quickly. So here I am, in dance class, with no TV or controller. But my mind is screaming that I must hurry or I (Mario) will die. It screws with me every time.

And finally, here’s a really neat fan made video I found that mixes Super Mario Galaxy with an awesome Queen song: