You can stop rubbing your eyes because 66% of the virtual console releases this week are actually solid games as the Nintendo month of Metroid continues.Super Metroid (1994, Super NES, 800 Wii points)--Arguably the best Metroid platformer ever made, Super Metroid improved upon the classic formula which resulted in an explosion of popularity. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (1993, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--In this sequel to The Revenge of Shinobi, you find out that Neo Zeed, the last game's villian, is still at large. It's going to take some fierce ninja action … Read more
Nintendo continues 'The Month of Metroid' with the release of Samus Aran's original adventure on the virtual console. With it come two other games no one remembers from their childhood.Metroid (1987, NES, 500 Wii points)--The original Metroid game helped shape the face of adventure platformers. In fact, the mechanics first introduced in Metroid are still emulated to this day. And for all you die-hard Metroid fans, apparently " Justin Bailey" still works. Shining in the Darkness (1991, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--Shining in the Darkness is an adventure game that puts you in the middle … Read more
We already knew it was heading to Canada, but Nintendo has now confirmed that the new, red-and-black DS Lite will be available in the States as well. The two-tone Lite will cost $149 when it streets on August 21, but the extra $20 over the standard price gets you Brain Age 2 and a carrying case bundled in the box. It joins the white, black, and pink versions of the mega-selling portable.
My question: When are we going to see the Nintendo Wii appear in something other that that annoying shade of iPod white?
Just a few short weeks after its first public unveiling at the Santa Monica E3 show, the newly slimmed-down Sony PSP was on display for New York media. We already knew the basic details of the PSP redesign (thinner, lighter, sleeker, faster), but Sony's John Koller, Senior Product Manager for the PSP, was kind enough to give us an on-camera summary of the updates. Executive Editor David Carnoy is handling the camera, an RCA Small Wonder EZ201--he's the one you hear asking the questions offscreen, and you can even see him reflected in the PSP screen at … Read more
Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior for you NES-era gamers) might be the dopey little brother of Final Fantasy in America, but it's one of the most popular franchises over in Japan. 2005's Editors' Choice-winning Dragon Quest VIII helped renew American interest in the series--and with Dragon Quest IX on the way to the Nintendo DS, it's clear that Square-Enix isn't planning on letting the beloved franchise go with anything less than global enthusiasm.
Square-Enix has just revealed that even more Dragon Quest titles are on the way to the DS. The company is remaking Dragon Quest IV, … Read more
Sick of dusting off that Kid Icarus cartridge and blowing on it 80 times before you can play it? Maybe it's time to make the ultimate sacrifice and turn that cartridge into a speaker system.
Morte Moya, he of the NES MP3 controller mod, has created the perfect complementary speaker system.
Modding an old-school Rush 'N' Attack cart, he made a nice NES-themed speaker set to go along with his controller-turned-player.
Not every week can be a great week for Wii virtual console gaming. Unfortunately, this is one of those weeks. Here are the less than spectacular Wii virtual console releases for the week of July 30.Star Soldier (1988, NES, 500 Wii points)--A game that set the bar for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier was the first in the Soldier series. Dynamite Headdy (1994, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--Dynamite Headdy is a comic action game that will surely attract the attention of fans of classic platformers. Drop Off (1990, Turbografx 16, 600 Wii points)--Drop Off is an … Read more
The iPhone is one of the most lusted-after gadgets, but if the size of their respective crane games is any indicator, the Nintendo Wii is still the most coveted tech--at least on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. When I saw the iPhone crane game images on JoeyGadget last week (via Gizmodo), I couldn't help but think of my own summer Jersey Shore trip a few weeks ago, where I saw this incredibly large Wii crane game. While the Wii game clearly dominates in size, the iPhone game costs more per play--$5 per try for an iPhone and only $2 per try for a Wii. I also spotted some Xbox 360 and PS3 crane games during my visit, but they were the same size as the iPhone game and didn't get front-of-the-arcade treatment like the Wii game. And as you'd probably guess, I didn't see anyone come close to actually winning a Wii.
More pics after the jump.… Read more
Nothing whetting your gaming appetite this week? Well, it's good to know that you can play the back nine with Kirby, attack hordes of monsters with a pinball, or conquer the forces of darkness with this week's three new virtual console releases for the Wii.Kirby's Dream Course (1994, Super Nintendo, 800 Wii points)--This Kirby adventure has you hitting the links on a number of golf courses inspired from the series. Devil's Crush (1990, Turbografx 16, 600 Wii points)--Devil's Crush is an action pinball game and the sequel to Alien Crush. Instead of … Read more
Ducati isn't the only company fond of color schemes in red and black. Nintendo is apparently planning a limited-edition "Crimson/Black" DS Lite to mark the coming release of its Brain Age 2 title, accompanied by the game and a matching traveling case in a special package deal.
Electronista says Canadian retail chain Future Shop disclosed the plans inadvertently, and the page that listed it has apparently been taken down. It reportedly put the price at $153, about $10 more than the cost of a standard DS Lite alone.