Category Archives: Nintendo DS

Hanging out in the DPad

Dear friends and visitors,

I am happy to announce that the inaugural episode of the DPod has finally been posted at FromtheDPad.com

Be sure to check it out HERE and submit your questions to sharon at from the dpad dot com to be read in future casts.

Thanks for your loyalty.

 

Sincerely,

Sharon

2011 in review

Thanks to everyone for an amazing year! It’s been absolutely fabulous to share, with you, my internet musings surrounding my gamertag “MyaSharona”.  I thank each and every one of you who visited me here, on G+, Twitter, FB, OR at whichever website I was contributing to at the time. I hope you’ve all enjoyed 2011, now on with 2012.

 

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Nintendo is ready for 2012!

originally posted BY MYASHARONA– DECEMBER 16, 2011 at GamerFitNation

As some people hunker down for a long winter’s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS™ system and the Wii™ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.


On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses.METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus™: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.


The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western™ brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSkyfrom Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds™ from Renegade Kid™ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Details about distribution in Canada for the Circle Pad Pro will be announced shortly.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven™ Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in Canada. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu™ and his Pals — Oshawott™, Snivy™ and Tepig™ — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario™ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party™ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.


Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Nintendo 3DS

2K Play
Nicktoons MLB 3D – March

Capcom
Resident Evil® Revelations – Feb. 7

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater – Q1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 – January

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition™ – February
Tales of the Abyss® – Feb. 14

Nintendo
Kid Icarus: Uprising – March 23

Published by SEGA® of America
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ – Feb. 14

SEGA® of America
CRUSH™3D – Q1

Ubisoft
NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series) – March 6
Horses 3D – March 6
Funky Barn – Q1
Rayman® Origins – Q1

Nintendo eShop

Collecting Smiles
Colors! 3D – Q1

Nicalis
VVVVVV – Q1
NightSky – Q1

Nintendo
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword – Q1
Dillon’s Rolling Western – Q1
Kirby’s Block Ball™ – Q1

Renegade Kid
Mutant Mudds – Q1

Shin’en Multimedia
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH – Q1
Jett Rocket Super Surf – Q1

WayForward
Mighty Switch Force – Q1

Zen Studios
Zen Pinball – Q1

Wii

2K Sports
MLB 2K12 – March 6

GameMill Entertainment
Country Dance™ Special Edition – Feb. 1

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Karaoke Joysound – Q1

Nintendo
Rhythm Heaven Fever – Feb. 13
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond – Feb. 27
Mario Party 9 – March 11

WiiWare™

Nicalis
La Mulana – Q1

Nintendo DS™ Family

2K Sports
MLB 2K12 – March 6

ATLUS
Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 2 – February

GameMill Entertainment
Silverlicious™ – March 20
Xia Xia™ – March 20
Gogo’s Crazy Bones™ – March 20

Mentor Interactive
Chess for Kids – Feb. 14
NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light – Feb. 21
NARABA: The Mysterious Palace – Feb. 21

Nintendo DSiWare™

Cosmigo
Box Pusher – Q1

Cypronia
Cake Ninja – Q1


Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii andhttp://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.ca.

 

Source: Nintendo Canada Press Release

Pink is Powerful! Just ask Kirby

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

 

 

—Nintendo Press Release—

New Platforming Adventure Includes Powerful Super Abilities and Multiplayer Action

Nintendo’s iconic Kirby character is known as one of the most talented heroes in the world of video games. In his latest console adventure, the mighty pink protagonist is unleashing some impressive new moves and abilities. Launching yesterday exclusively for the Wii system, the Kirby’s Return to Dream Land game lets players guide Kirby through a captivating series of side-scrolling worlds, as he inhales enemies to copy their abilities and battles through colourful environments in search of hidden items. What’s more, the game introduces new Super Abilities that allow Kirby to obliterate enemies and obstacles like never before, as well as multiplayer options that let up to three additional friends jump in at any time and enjoy the platforming action together.


With a delightful storyline designed to please new and longtime fans of the Kirby franchise, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land finds the heroic pink puff striving to help recover pieces of a spaceship that has crash-landed on Kirby’s home planet of Popstar. When Kirby encounters foes, he can inhale them to absorb their abilities – wielding a lasso or swinging a sword, for example. Inhaling special enemies can also grant Kirby Super Abilities that let him wipe out vast landscapes or an entire screen’s worth of enemies in one stroke, while a Super Inhale move allows him to spit out enemies or objects as giant projectiles. As many as three additional players can join in the fun, playing as differently colored Kirbys or as other favorite characters from the series: Meta Knight, King Dedede or Waddle Dee. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer game play and are sold separately.)

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is a must-play for new and experienced fans, and it’s only available on the Wii console,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “As friends and family gather together this holiday season, they’ll have a blast discovering Kirby’s new Super Abilities and teaming up to defeat enemies.”

Kirby and the other playable characters in Kirby’s Return to Dream Land have their own unique abilities that can be combined in fun ways. Players can coordinate their actions into powerful team attacks, or they can make Kirby inhale and spit out other characters to knock down foes in battle. Players hold the Wii Remote™ controller sideways to control Kirby as he floats, swims, climbs and slides through a wide range of in-game environments – from lush forests to sandy beaches.

Kids are being encouraged to take inspiration from Kirby and come up with their own dream Super Ability they would use to help others. By visiting http://kirby.nintendo.com/returntodreamland/superabilities, they can download a special Kirby coloring sheet for illustrating and describing their Super Ability and send it to Nintendo. Some of these dream Super Abilities will be posted in a virtual gallery on the website. A companion site hosted by Scholastic at http://scholastic.com/stacks also invites fans to take a Kirby quiz to determine which Super Ability is best suited to their personality. These activities are part of a larger initiative to provide the Starlight Children’s Foundation with Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment units for hospitals across the United States.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 in Canada. The Wii system is available separately in two different console bundles, each offered at a suggested retail price of $149.99 in Canada.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii.

Do you love Kirby? Are you planning to head back to Dreamland? Tell us what you think. 

 

Tetris: Axis falls into place on the 3DS

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

 

 

If you’ve ever met me in person or online, at a gaming event, on a not so crowded street, or even in an online chat, chances are you have discovered that I love all kinds of things Tetris. Tetris was one of the very first games I fell for on the GameBoy and it remained a staple for me throughout many platforms in the years that followed. Something about the special relationships, the colours, and of course the tunes, just had me hooked.  I’ve even gone so far as to create my own Tetris inspired jewelry (which I wear all the time).

Sharon dons her Tetris necklace everywhere!

SO when a recent Nintendo press release came across my desk I was all too excited to share it with you!

I am, of course, talking about Tetris: Axis exclusive to the 3DS. Tetris: Axis combines traditional elements from the original Tetris game with new twists and features that showcase the unique capabilities of the portable Nintendo 3DS. The main goal is to maneuver and arrange falling blocks called Tetriminos to clear lines and boost your score. With two new augmented-reality modes in Tetris: Axis, the iconic puzzle action moves beyond the screen as players use AR Cards (included with the Nintendo 3DS system) to view game play in their own real-world environments. Other new modes include Fever, in which players must clear lines and activate special items in speedy 60-second rounds. Nintendo 3DS owners with wireless broadband Internet access can download new items for Fever mode via the system’s built-in SpotPass™ feature.

“People all over the world have experienced the fun of the Tetris game, but they’ve never seen it quite like this,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “The augmented-reality modes and 3D visuals in Tetris: Axis add some wonderfully immersive twists that are unique to this version of the Tetrisgame.”

Tetris: Axis also offers nine party modes, including three that are new to the Tetris franchise. Local wireless modes allow up to eight players to enjoy Tetris: Axis simultaneously using only one Game Card (each player must have his or her own Nintendo 3DS system). By using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to compete with friends over broadband Internet, as many as eight players can dive into the action.

Now I don’t have a 3DS which means I will be missing out on the Tetris: Axis action but you don’t have to!

Tetris: Axis is available for $29.99 and you can order now it OR find out all more about the various modes at the official website.

 

 

 

Great Games for your Family Library

Originally posted by   MYASHARONA  at GamerFitNation

 

 

So you just picked up Gears of War 3, or you’ve been playing through Dead Island, OR you’re waiting patiently to add Saints Row: The Third or Assassin’s Creed Revelations to your library. Why not expand your family gaming library by adding some of the games that you can enjoy with your kids.

Have a peek at just some of the titles available starting now and throughout the next few months.

Face Racers: Photo Finish

System:Nintendo 3DS

No. of Players:up to 4 players

Category:Sports, Racing

Publisher:Majesco Entertainment

ESRB: E For Everyone (contains comic mischief)

Available: Now

Start your turbo-charged engines and blast into the outrageous arcade racing game, Face Racers: Photo Finish, with photo customizable 3D racers that put YOU in the game! Available on the Nintendo 3DS, Face Racers delivers unique, in-your-face gameplay, with dangerous obstacles that come to life in 3D right before your eyes! Take photos with your 3DS camera and place them on the face of your custom 3D racer, billboards and power-ups. Take on friends in multiplayer mode for a true photo finish in Face Racers!

Features include

• Use your photo to customize your racer, billboards, and power-ups!
• Challenge up to 3 friends in local and online multiplayer.
• Take control of the wheel with 3DS tilt-steering.

 

Kirby Mass Attack

System: Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Category: Side-Scrolling, Real Time Strategy

ESRB: E for Everyone

Available: Now

The evil Necrodeus uses his magic staff to split the heroic Kirby into 10 copies of himself. Players must help Kirby return to his original form and save planet Popstar from darkness by guiding him on a quest through worlds fraught with enemies and obstacles. Players start with one Kirby and add more Kirbys to their crew by gobbling up fruit. With unique touch-screen controls, players can then use the stylus to flick Kirbys to break through obstacles, tap on enemy attackers to swarm them with Kirbys or gather Kirbys together and draw a line to carefully maneuver them in a mass. If Kirbys are knocked out, players can simply gulp down more fruit to rebuild their numbers.

“With 10 Kirbys to control, players can expect 10 times the fun,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “As consumers start thinking about games for friends and family members to enjoy this holiday season, Kirby Mass Attack is another great experience available only on Nintendo systems.”

 

Happy Feet Two – The Video Game 


System: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and soon to Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Available: Autumn 2011 for PS3 Wii Xbox

November 2011 for 3DS & DS

“In Happy Feet Two – The Videogame, kids will not only love playing on their own, they will have even more fun playing side-by-side cooperatively with friends and family members, or compete in penguin dance showdowns and belly sliding races,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game’s all new, controller-based dance system uses the player’s rhythm to enhance the dancing competitions, and the gameplay lets kids interact with their favourite characters from the film.”
In the game, new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working – and dancing – together to save them from extinction.  Players use dance moves to recruit penguins with unique abilities that help advance the adventure, stun opponents and enemies, as well as manipulate the environment around them to solve co-operative puzzles.
For the ultimate experience, players can dance their Antarctic adventure in 3D.  The game will be available in full 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.  In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions, the game is made specifically for stereoscopic 3D TV sets with the ability to disable 3D functionality at any time.  The Wii and Nintendo DS versions feature traditional 2D.

 

uDraw SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip

System: Nintendo DS, Xbox 360

Available: 08/11/2011 for the DS and November 8th for the Xbox 360

Publisher: THQ

No. of Players: 1-2 players

ESRB: E for Everyone

Hit the sand and surf with SpongeBob and his best pal, Patrick, for some super boarding escapades! Ride mondo waves and winding waterways, and skate gnarly seaside streets and ramps for hours of challenges that’ll test your awesome boarding skills.

SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip is non-stop action featuring 2 modes of play” Story and Challenge. In Story Mode, SpongeBob and Patrick relive their crazy road trip to the beach through slideshows leading into arcade-style play. Freestyle your way through Challenge Mode as you, SpongeBob and his bodacious Bikini Bottom buddy explore a brand new never-before-seen world.

Key Xbox 360 Kinect Features:

  • For the first time ever, you can BE SpongeBob
  • Augmented reality—move your hand through the water and watch it splash!
  • Compete and play with friends – show off your awesome tricks and mind-blowing stunts in head-to-head play (2-player split-screen)
  • 12 awe-inspiring environments – 6 for each sport—and unlimited ways to perfect your board skills
  • 7 different challenges including Flag, Timed, Score Runs
  • Express yourself with a variety of righteous boards – earn even more awesome boards, the better you ride
  • Strike a pose: use your camera to show off gnarly moves and tricks

Key DS Features: [call out BONUS LEVEL for DS]

  • Surf and Skate across more than 24 maps
  • 2-player multi-play with Single and Multi-card gaming
  • Grab some air in 5 different victory conditions –  Score, Collectible, Combo Mayhem, Win the Race, Untouchable
  • More than 150 ways to play for unlimited hours of boarding action
  • Customize your boards with colors, stamps, wheels, fins and decks
  • Bonus Sport: Full Snowboarding level with 10 maps unlocked upon game completion

 

 

Super Mario 3D Land

System:Nintendo 3DS

Release Date:Nov 13, 2011

No. of Players:1 player

Category:Action, Platformer

Publisher:Nintendo

ESRB: E for Everyone

Get Ready for a New Spin on a Familiar Tail

Super Mario 3D Land reinvents everything fans love about Mario™ gaming with the first platforming environment in true 3D, without the need for special glasses Players will experience an exhilarating new sense of depth, distance and speed while running, jumping and stomping on enemies throughout the levels.

  • Tanooki Mario returns! The fan-favorite Tanooki suit makes its first appearance on the Nintendo 3DS. Use the Tanooki suit’s tail to attack enemies or float gently down from great heights. These abilities help players move through the 3D environments with more confidence.
  • 3D visuals make it easier for players to judge the depths and distances in their environments. Players can more accurately judge the jump to the next platform or how far Mario is from a question block.
  • New and familiar abilities add unique game-play strategies to the adventure. Mario can perform a rolling somersault attack or run fast with a dash move.
  • The Circle Pad gives players complete control to confidently move Mario through fun and challenging environments.
  • New enemies include Goombas with tails, tall stacks of Goombas and a Piranha Plant that spits ink to obscure a player’s view.

 

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7

System: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360, PSV

Available: 18/11/2011 for 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP. Wii, 360 and during Q4 for the PSV

Publisher:Warner Bros.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 builds upon the magical gameplay, lessons and potion-making skills learned in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to equip gamers with the tools necessary to challenge a host of new foes and some familiar ones (including He Who Must Not Be Named).  The upcoming title is action-packed from start to finish, including loads of new lessons, spells, and bonus content for hours of family friendly gaming.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 takes players through Harry Potter’s heroic adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds.  From Privet Drive in Little Whinging to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts – plus new locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric’s Hollow – players will encounter new faces, new challenges and new magic, preparing them for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort™.

“In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, we are giving gamers a truly epic conclusion to the most successful movie franchise in history with delightful gameplay for fans of all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We have built upon the first game and are giving fans even more magical abilities, puzzle solving and exploration, in addition to our distinctive brand of hilarious LEGO humour and charm.”

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 offers Harry Potter and LEGO fans an immersive experience that is fun and accessible for players of all ages,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “With this game, TT Games captures everything fans love about the Harry Potter universe – and adds a distinct LEGO twist.”

“This game is a game of magic! LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 distils the drama and action of Harry Potter‘s magical world, and then gives players the chance to immerse themselves in their favourite characters and environments, where they can discover new adventures and have great fun,” said Lisbeth Valther Pallesen, Executive Vice President, LEGO CED. “TT Games has successfully combined a deep appreciation of the Harry Potter story with signature LEGO humour and superior production capabilities in another fantastic LEGO video game.”

 

The Penguins of Madagascar Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!

System: Nintendo DS, Wii uDraw Xbox 360 Playstation 3

Available: Now!

Publisher: THQ

ESRB: E for Everyone

Dr. Blowhole is out to take over the world and only Team Penguin can foil his diabolical plans. Jump into an all-new adventure with 3 unique game episodes and over 12 exciting levels. Lead Skipper, Kowlaski, Rico and Private as you commence super-secret missions in, under and outside of the zoo, culminating in the grand finale in Dr. Blowhole’s Lair.

Features

  • Brand New, Original Story
  • Dr. Blowhole, the diabolical dolphin, is back with his lobster minions and a new plan for world domination and it’s up to Team Penguin to stop him from his wave of destruction.
  • Solve perilous puzzles, build crazy contraptions, nimbly navigate hazards and rescue Marlene, Mort, and the rest of the zoo crew in your mission to save the world.
  • Penguin Power!
  • Utilize each penguin’s unique abilities to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Use Skipper to assemble the team, Rico to regurgitate explosives, Kowalski to build devices and Private to squeeze through tight spaces – the possibilities are endless!
  • Mini-games
  • Play through a multitude of wacky mini-games, including Ninja Knock-Down, Mort Bowling and even a dance-off with everyone’s favorite lemur, King Julien.
Have a great title in your family library that everyone in your family loves? We’d love to share it with our GamerFitNation. Be sure to leave us a comment about the family friendly titles that get extra attention in your house.

I am playing TOO MANY games!

…at the same time.

I like to believe that my use of interactive entertainment  is not all that different from how ‘mainstream’ masses use but the truth is I have no idea. What I do know is that I currently have a slew of games that are either half played, just started, or otherwise need my attention.

My immediate attentions are being diverged among:

Assassins’s Creed Brotherhood – 360

I LOVED the second game in this franchise and part of the reason, I suspect, is because over the course of a few months I played this game every night for approximately 1-2hrs.  This wildly enjoyable bedtime routine had me dreaming the world that was AC2 and changed the way I look at old church towers and haystacks. Currently in Brotherhood I am stalled. I have hit a challenging part in the game. I am at a mission that requires timing and stealth and for the life of me I can’t get past it. I play and die about 10-15 times and then walk away from the game only to return with fresh eyes a week or so later. Wash, rinse, repeat.  The only thing that keeps me from giving up all together is how great I am going to feel when i finally get past it (it’s still at an early part in the game) and this kick ass story that I know is waiting for me on the other side of this tricky spot.

Borderlands – 360

Now this game I love. Oddly enough I have not had the opportunity to play this game extensively despite my instant like of it (glitches and all). As of right now I am playing very casually with a friend (maybe once or twice a month)and I can’t wait to play with her again. Rarely do I ever want to participate in multiplayer games, as I prefer most single player campaigns, but for some reason this one really strikes with me. I probably should level up a new character so that I can jump in with others or just play on my own but part of the fun, I find, has been going through this game with a friend.

Mortal Kombat – PS3

For the record I am quite partial to the Mortal Kombat world; so much so that I am willing to deny the existence of some of the less stellar releases that have made their way into my hands over the years. I am slowly working my way through the story mode in an attempt to practice and become familiar with the mechanics once again. Let’s just say I am not ever going to compete professionally with my (lack of) skills in Mortal Kombat, but a deep rooted history and a strong desire to challenge some friends online, and this game is still in my so called regular rotation.

War 2 Victory – Mobile

I’m working on a review of this game so I won’t tell you too much about it other than the fact that I have been playing it for about 3.5 weeks now and I think I am about as far into it as I am going to get. This  MMO strategy mobile game is one that I have put to the test and will tell you all about in an upcoming article.

Trino -PC

This contest wining game indie game is so much better than I expected. So far I have only put in about an hour and twenty minutes of game time but it has a fantastic marriage of simplicity and complexity complimented with a really compelling soundscape. I am determined to find a way to use my USB gamepad to play this because I just know that I will have infinitely better success. With leader boards, achievements and all, I am looking forward to getting the controls mastered and kicking some butt with this one.

Pokemon White – DS

Yep, I am STILL working my way through my first ever adventure into the wacky world of Pokemon. When I first purchased this game I spent the better part of 3 or 4 days with my DS attached to my fingertips. Later I found myself catching pokemon before bed or with my morning tea, as one would with a good book, and now I find myself battling my way through the subway system about once a week. I have not given up yet. I have one more gym badge to obtain and then from there I hear the story really opens up.

Terraria – PC

This game did not catch my attentions at all when I first took a  peek at it. After doing a bit of research and reading some reviews I decided that the low price was about all my budget could currently afford me(actually beyond it, but I digress) and that it might keep me entertained for a while. Very quickly this game has become one of my favorites and I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s capabilities. Within the first 48 hours of owning this game I have played 18hrs (do you see a Sharon pattern emerging? I do!) and if I didn’t have other worldly obligations I would probably continue at that pace until I leveled up far enough to jump into some online play. YES multiplayer! I can not even wait to try that out.

Also in the works:

  • NES Challenge #2 & #3

  • Uncharted 3 Beta

  • Darkest Hour

Yeah… so I am playing too many games at once. It might be time to focus and bang these out one at a time or at least until the next shiny thing pulls me in a distracted new direction.

What are YOU playing these days?

Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary

Originally posted by Sharon at GamerFitNation.com

 

Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary

What a kick off to E3’s official day 1! Nintendo started the day with an early morning conference that had been clad with more rumors and speculation than almost any other major player at E3 this year. During the press event Nintendo talked about some things we expected and some that we didn’t. Let’s summarize just what the conference looked like.

As the Nintendo Conference began guests were treated to a full orchestra with adorning the Nokia theatre with music and video montage from various Zelda games. The tribute to Zelda continues in celebration of the  25thanniversary  of The Legend of Zelda. The entire theater was transformed into a large scale projection show. Miyamoto was introduced and spoke in English to greet the audience before calling upon the assistance of a translator.

Miyamoto shared his joy and excitement with childlike glee as we spoke about Zelda’s evolution and talked about the importance of the music in the Zelda franchise.  With the use of the orchestra Miyamoto demonstrated various uses of music in the games, for example;  opening a chest, help from  fairies, and getting an item, etc.

In honor of the anniversary Nintendo announced the release of a Zelda game for each of the hardwares. Link’s awakening is available today from the eshop.  The legend of Zelda 3d will launch next weekend around the world with revamped graphics and a new sense of scenery (and including hint movies and a boss challenge mode). Nintendo DSi will see the, 4 Swords, 4 player cooperative and Skyward Sword will be worldwide this holiday for Wii. Skyward Sword will include use of wii motion plus for accurate handling of the bow and arrow.

With the Zelda title announcements came the news that Nintendo would also be releasing a special gold wii remote as part of the 25th anniversary promotion.  But the Zelda related news didn’t end there!

A series of Legend of Zelda symphony concerts will take place in major regions around the world. More details about the specific dates and cities will be released in the future. Additionally 2 music CDs will be released.  The Ocarina of time official sound track will be gifted to the first users to register the game with club Nintendo as a thanks.  The second CD will be released in conjunction with Skyward Sword.

Nintendo then went on to recognize some of the more than 200 talented workers who have contributed to the success of the Zelda franchise over the last 25 years by inviting them on stage to be introduced and receive recognition for their success.

Nintendo then interjected with a small teaser, stating  “we have seen changes in who plays, where we play, and how we play”. Alluding to the new console that many had anticipated seeing in today’s conference Iwata then claimed that their new system, which would be “announced later this morning”, will unite all gamers.

It was then time for the 3DS portion of the presentation and the audience was shown a montage of Mario&kid Icarus&other 3ds games.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo America, then took to the stage to talk 3DS. Reggie focused on a five 3DS titles:

  • MarioKart   “a kart game you haven’t driven before” is due out this holiday
  • StarFox   use buttons or turn and tilt to control. The game will offer group play (multiplayer) and the 3ds camera will record all the action, allowing you to see reactions of friends. StarFox is set for release this September.
  • Mario on 3DS which we should see “before the end of this year”.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising. Game appeared to have a lot of depth and good graphis. The inclusing of a trading card component is coming soon to accompany the game. Kid Icarus will also be multiplayer.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2.  Nintendo showed the trailer before explaining that this all new 3D game would include several new mansions.

3rd party development for the 3DS was then discussed and included names like: Resident Evil, Mario and Sonic Olympics, Ace Combat 3d, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Driver: Renegade, Pacman and Galaga, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. Virtual console service just for 3ds  was also discussed. Allowing for downloads of classic Gameboy titles and classic Nintendo titles, the virtual console was promised to be easy to use. A Free 3D version of Excitbike, which is now a 27 year old title, was promised to the audience.  Pokemon for the 3DS will offer an enhanced pokedex. Pokedex 3D showed some hilarious  photoshops of you with your pokemon.

Then it was time. Nintendo Café is now known as Wii U. Wii U confused us a little bit. Everyone came into this conference expecting to see a new console but instead we were shown the Wii U controller. The Wii U controller is being released to work in conjunction with your Wii, Wiimotes, and other current Nintendo paraphernalia. But there is a console… just not yet.

The Wii U controller looks a little like like a PSVita. As a 6 point controller with built in screen, the Wii U controller includes a touch pad screen as well.  Nintendo says the controller includes “new controls for experienced players”.

With two analog sticks, digital direction pad, and DL- DR plus rumble feature, most of the specs of this system were kept vague.  The touch screen, microphone, camera, and gyroscope were all eluded to but Nintendo was clear to report that the WiiU controller was “not designed to be a portable gaming device” but that it “just shares some characteristics.” Games can use two screens at the same time and this ability was shown in a video montage that included baseball, golf, and ninja star throwing. The device will also have vcideo chat capabilities. This will be “a new structure for home entertainment” says Nintendo

 

Other notable announcements included:

Smash Brothers for wii u and 3ds and swap ability between the two.

HD video graphics – showed video clip “the garden” including a swimming fish. No word on who made the clip or for what application it was created.

Put your mii in Mario kart, race with your mii.

New shooter with wii mote as a prototype.

New title in development – Lego City Stories by Tt games, a division of Warner Brothers, being made just for WiiU.

 

Nintendo then showed a video of developers reactions to the new ‘system’ which gave us an insight into which titles would find home on the new WiiU

  • Darksiders II on the new console at launch
  • Batman arkham city on the new console
  • Ghost Recon Online with the new console.
  • EA Sports to Nintendo new console
  • Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines.
  • Metro last light (by thq)
  • Tekken – showed character customization
  • Ninja gaiden 3 razers edge

“WiiU can satisfy all tastes” said Nintendo. They invited EA to join them onstage. CEO John Riccitiello came onstage and spoke : We have reached a “breakthrough in our relationship based on a stunning breakthrough in game technology” he said of the partnership with WiiU.

 

Reggie, in interview with Adam Sessler on G4 and with Geoff Keighly on GameTrailers talked a little bit more about the specs of the new system.

  • 1080p no price yet
  • being launched after march 31st
  • will have Internet browser – no release of other network capabilities
  • optical disc – no blue ray
  • “driven by gaming content and non gaming content”
  • “next holiday will be about the WiiU”
  • “We fully expect those [wii users] to come on board with the WiiU”
  • “Price point launch date launch line up is a topic for another day.”

 

Be sure to check back at GamerFitNation, all this week,  for more news from the E3 floor about these and other stories.

Transformers: Dark of The Moon: The Ultimate Battle is Coming

New at GFN

Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Michael Bay’s anticipated conclusion to the blockbuster series, hits theatres July 1st in the US and fans of the series will want to be sure to pick up the upcoming  game of the same name. Published by Activision, Transformers: Dark of The Moon the game (herein referred to as DOTM) is a sequential prequel to the film and players are given the chance to  to experience the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the upcoming blockbuster film.

Developers High Moon Studios and Behaviour Interactive have brought us a new gameplay mechanic called Stealth Force. Players will be able to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of Robot Mode with the agility and maneuverability of Vehicle Mode. The developers didn’t forget about multiplayer;  fans can play the game with or against their friends through intense, online multiplayer game modes as iconic characters

DOTM has key features that will engage us in some really cool gameplay, features such as:

Read about the game features at GamerFitNation.com

Meet OZIE!

(A personal blog post that crept over to my gaming blog ;-D )

 

Meet OZIE! My very first pokemon.

So here’s the story.

  • A looong time ago I rode around in a yellow car that belonged to a friend of mine. She had a pikachu on the dash. We were bad ass. (Circa 2002)
  • A number of years ago I made an attempt to play a pokemon game on the DS(I cant remember which one but it was circa 2004) and was met with ridicule.
  • Some years later (maybe 2008) a young lad with special needs was in my care and invited me to play pokemon (with trading cards) and I of course did so. A few times.

 

That’s it! I have never played my way through a game, I never watched the cartoon, I never felt it was anything I could get into.

Until PaxEast 2011. All the folks in line were playing either Pokemon or Magic the Gathering. Not being even remotely familiar with Magic, and being continuously exposed to the excitement of the new Black and White releases of Pokemon, I decided to veer towards the path of Pokemon.

I’m about 4 days into it. 6 badges and a Pokedex of 81 and you know what. “Screw YOU” to the person who first mocked me, causing my insecurities to keep me from it.

I like it.

I can see why so many people, young and old, enjoy the game. It’s super addictive AND cutesy. A REAL departure from the killing and violence i normally prefer in my games.

I plan to spend a bit more time collecting and battling Pokemon in the future, slowly washing away the shame I STILL feel as a 30yr old playing pokemon.

And as homer once said (the cartoon not the greek poet) “Yes I AM the highly suggestible type!”