This week brings us the third episode of the Strong Bad games along with a classic title from the 16-bit era starring everyone's favorite platforming earthworm.WiiWare Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands (Telltale Games, 1,000 Wii points): The third episode of the series of games adapted from Homestarrunner.com puts Strong Bad in a battle of the bands competition. Guide him and The Cheat to rock victory. Art Style: ROTOHEX (Nintendo, 600 Wii points): Twist and turn triangles as they fall from the sky into hexagons. Enjoy two modes of play along with special item … Read more
This week brings us two balance-board-compatible titles along with a duo of Turbografx 16 games.WiiWare Tetris Party (Tetris Online Inc., 1,200 Wii points): Tetris Party puts a new spin on everyone's favorite shape-shifting puzzle game. Not only does the title introduce various new modes of play, but you can now dust off that Wii Fit balance board and use it to control Tetris pieces! The Incredible Maze (Digital Leisure Inc., 500 Wii points): Use your Wii remote to balance your way through various mazes and puzzles. Or if you prefer, use your balance board to do your … Read more
Quick! Head to Dell and grab the Xbox 360 Pro 60GB console for $249 shipped! You must use coupon code M69N0GW8WF$71V at checkout to get the deal (the system normally sells for $299). Why the big rush? The code expires after 650 uses, and I'll bet my iPod it won't last the day.
This holiday bundle includes two kid-friendly games: LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda (click through for reviews). As for the Xbox itself, it includes the much-wanted HDMI output--though you'll have to provide your own cable.
What else is there to say? This … Read more
This week brings us a brand-new Mega Man game sticking true to its 8-bit roots and a classic Dodge Ball game from the NES era.WiiWare Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 1,000 Wii points): Mega Man 9 is truly an homage to the original classic 8-bit series. Even though the game is brand new with unique stages and bosses, the game has the traditional graphics and gameplay from that of the NES classic franchise. PL?TTCHEN twist 'n' paint (Bplus, 1,000 Wii points): PL?TTCHEN twist 'n' paint is a self-described puzzle-shooter that requires you to paint certain tiles … Read more
This week brings us the second episode in the Homestar Runner series as well as a classic NES action-platformer!WiiWare Strong Bad Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free (Telltale Games, 1,000 Wii points): The Homestar Runner characters are back in the second episode of the WiiWare series. This time, Strong Bad is faced with an unfair e-mail tax and is placed on house arrest for his failure to comply. Potpourrii (Abstraction Games, 800 Wii points): Potpourrii is a puzzle game that revolves around the four seasons. It makes unique use of the Wii controller and even lets you use … Read more
Two activities that don't generally mesh well: ripping down a bumpy bike trail and toggling between songs on an iPod.
TigraSport's new iBikeConsole makes it easier to juggle those actions by letting bikers change iPod Nano selections and adjust volume without removing their hands from the handlebars. We're not sure why this product is exclusive to the Nano, but we still like its emphasis on safer riding.
Basically, the device acts as a docking station for the iPod while providing a weatherproof and shock-proof case. It also combines a remote control system with a cycle computer so … Read more
This week brings us another rhythm game for WiiWare along with a pair of Turbografx 16 imports for the Virtual Console.
WiiWareGroovin' Blocks (Empty Clip Studios, 800 Wii points): Groovin' Blocks is one part puzzler, one part rhythm game where following the beat of a song will help you reach a higher score. Play through up to 27 levels, all with their own beats. Virtual Console Final Solider (1991, Turbografx 16, 700 Wii points): Final Solider is a top-down shooter released within the Star Solider series. Play through various levels or try your skill at a 2- or 5-minute … Read more
Regular Cheapskate readers know that I love me some Xbox 360--not just because it's a killer gaming console, but also because it's a killer media center extender. In fact, I recently suggested buying an Xbox 360 Core system expressly for its extender capabilities.
But why buy a Core for $170 when you can get an Xbox 360 Premium for $150? Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' bout! There are some catches, however, so read on before you pull the trigger (or, um, click the mouse).
First catch: this is the non-HDMI Xbox 360 Premium, meaning that you'… Read more
I admit it: That headline is a bit misleading. But let me 'splain. Not many people know that the Xbox 360 can double as a media-center extender, meaning it can stream to your TV all the videos, photos, music, and whatnot stored on your PC. To my thinking, it's superior to all the standalone extender products because a) It's cheaper; and b) It's an Xbox! (As you might have heard, they're not bad with the games.)
All of which brings us to my bit of headline trickery: CompUSA has refurbished Xbox 360 Core systems on sale for $169.99 (… Read more
Virtual ConsoleChase H.Q. (1992, TurboGrafx-16, 600 Wii points): You, Tony Gibson, and your partner, Raymond Broady, are of two cops from the NYPD's special "CHASE H.Q." unit. It's your mission to catch criminals by chasing them and ramming them off the road in your unmarked car--all in 16-bit graphics glory. Art of Fighting 2 (1994, NeoGeo, 900 Wii points): 12 characters compete in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters. The game is notorious for having some of the most difficult opponent A.I. in the long history of fighting … Read more