Archive for December, 2009

In The Year 2000… And 10

December 31st, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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It’s a bit weird seeing the decade end. Can you believe this decade saw the birth of the GBA, DS, Gamecube and Wii, the whole “Hot Coffee” ordeal, the rise (and slow oversaturated fall) of the plastic instrument music game, Phantasy Star Online and the death of any possibility of Mega Man 1-3 ever taking place in reality (bye 200X)?

The gaming industry has grown tremendously in this time. The Wii brought gaming to the mainstream, be it for better or for worse. Casual versus Hardcore is now the big debate and may grow with the addition of Natal and Sony’s wand.

Needless to say, 2010 on will certainly have it’s fair share of controversy and unexpected successes. I for one, can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

All of us at Nine Inch Sandwich want to wish you a happy new year. Stay safe and don’t drink too much. And for those of you underage, don’t drink too much.

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Trauma Team – “Six Specialties”

December 30th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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Atlus’ newest game in the Trauma Center series is stepping out of the E.R. and trying its hand at other medical fields. The latest featurette on Trauma Team details the new procedures you’ll be performing.

Surgery is relatively unchanged from previous Trauma Center games; however, players now no longer have to worry about completing operations before time expires. Instead, the faster-paced gameplay from earlier games lives on in the paramedic/first response sections. The point of this mode is to constantly monitor different patients and keep them alive long enough to reach the hospital.

The forensics and diagnostics segments require players to use their head. In forensics, players need to investigate crime scenes and study evidence in order to find out victim’s causes of death. Diagnostics play out in a more Phoenix Wright-esque fashion. Keen deduction and carefully listening to what patients say are the keys to success here.

The last two specialties, endoscopy and orthopedics, center on finesse. Endoscopy operations ask players to use careful movements and avoid unnecessary harm when feeding the endoscope into patients. Orthopedics also requires delicate hands despite doing things like inserting pins into bones.

Trauma Team is still a ways away from its April 20 release date, but it’s probably in its best interest as there are still a lot of other great games that could possibly overshadow it.

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Koopa Troopa Electric Guitar For Those About To Rock The Mushroom Kingdom

December 30th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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Friend of redditor Virtute made this sweet looking Koopa Troopa shaped guitar. It’s well made and actually looks playable, unlike the NES guitar.

I’d watch out for portly plumbers trying to stomp that thing out, though.

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Win SMT: Strange Journey and More In Atlus’ 12-Day Giveaway

December 30th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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Starting January 4 and continuing all the way to January 15, Atlus will give away free swag to one lucky member of the company’s mailing list, the Atlus Faithful. Prizes vary from the rare Persona 4 shirt and former pack-in bonuses, but the big draw is the chance to win early copies of Shiren the Wanderer Wii or Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey!

You have until January 15 to sign up for a shot in the contest. Unfortunately, only residents of the U.S. and Canada can enter.

More Details Here

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Etrian Odyssey III Site Updates With New Classes

December 29th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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Atlus revealed five new classes you can create in Etrian Odyssey III on the game’s website. Joining the five classes featured alongside the game’s announcement are the warrior, zodiac, ballista, beast king and farmer. Each class has different specialties to cater to different playstyles.

  • Warrior – High offense and low defense.
  • Zodiac – Technique-based class. Uses the power of the stars.
  • Ballista – The new archer. Uses big guns and bows.
  • Beast King – Uses monsters to fight for him.
  • Farmer – Specializes in navigation. Has low battle stats.

Etrian Odyssey III is planned for March 4 in Japan. No North American release has been announced.

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Chimera Hunt: The Mother 3 Garry’s Mod Game

December 29th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Chimera Hunt is a game mode for Garry’s Mod, the sandbox-type game featuring the Source engine, based around the Chimera scene in Mother 3. The game is pretty simple. Players either assume the role of a soldier in the Pigmask Army or the Ultimate Chimera and try to stop each other. The Pigmasks have to try and press the button on the back of the Chimera, while the Chimera tries to stop the Pigmasks by biting them.

The game can be downloaded here. Steam and Garry’s Mod are required.

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Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Proves All Things Old Are New Again In 2010

December 29th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Sivak Games looks to buck the trends of many of today’s most anticipated titles. Their game, Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril not only spits in the face of flashy 3d graphics, it also gives the bird to modern consoles.

This opus to the difficulty of the 8-bit era is heading to the only system suitable: The Nintendo Entertainment System.

RetroZone will have cartridges available for order sometime this January.

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Bit.Tonik: The Puzzle Game Made In Under A Day

December 28th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Bit.Tonik

Be honest. How many of you clicked on this picture?

The collaboration between Robotube Games and Gaijin Games made in 18 hours is available for you to play on Robotube’s site. The game is obviously filled with bugs, but it’s actually not that bad. It’s mildly addicting as it is now, and with the promise of refining this project, we may end up seeing the game on WiiWare.

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Rumor: Intel Sweet-Talking Nintendo Into Using New GPU?

December 28th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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Japanese technology writer Hiroshige Goto is reporting that Intel has been trying to convince Nintendo into using their new Larrabee processor for a future console. Due to the timing of these talks, Larrabee will most likely not be used in a Wii HD, something Goto says is slated for a 2010 launch.

The article (warning: Google Translate) this all stems from focuses more on the benefits to both companies if an agreement was reached and less about the specifics of the talks, as Goto has admitted he doesn’t know the actual details.

From what I’m hearing about Larrabee, it sounds like it would definitely give Nintendo a big boost in the visual department, quieting some of the detractors in the Wii generation. But, is it really in line with Nintendo’s vision of not needing powerful hardware?

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Enviro-Friendly Eco-Box To Be Used On Wii Games

December 28th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Wii Eco Box

You may have already seen some of these Eco-Boxes — DVD cases that require less plastic to produce, reducing CO2 emissions — floating around as some newer games are using the packaging. Viva, the company that makes the Eco-Box confirmed that Nintendo has agreed to use the box for their Wii games.

According to Viva, the cases show “no real difference in quality or performance compared to the standard (non-Eco) package.”

My copy of Left 4 Dead 2 came in one of these cases. It feels flimsy, but it managed to survive the rigorous thrashing given at the hands of the U.S. Postal Service. If that’s not a testament to it’s quality, I don’t know what is.

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