Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Have a happy Memorial Day today, folks! Enjoy the day off, barbecue some food and take advantage of the sales today.

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This Week in Games: Line Piece Edition

May 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Tetris Party Deluxe, the upgraded retail port of the WiiWare-only Tetris Party, heads to both the DS and Wii this week. Other than that, there are no real standout titles this week.

Line Piece!

LINE PIECE!

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MIDI Animations of Video Game Classics

May 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Using The Music Animation Machine, a program that displays music as colored bars instead of notes, various talented composers recreated some of the most recognizable tunes from classic gaming and used the program’s notation method to draw pictures of different scenes and characters.

There’s a bunch more MIDI animations tucked away after the jump, ranging from stuff like Final Fantasy to a medley of Nintendo hits.

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RiffTrax Takes on Metroid Prime Trilogy [Warning: Spoilers]

May 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

I usually save videos like this for the weekend, but hey, this is close enough.

YouTube user SestrenNK took a bunch of sound bytes from the RiffTrax crew, best known for their witty movie quips on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and inserted them into various scenes in Metroid Prime Trilogy. What’s amazing is how well these lines go with the game. Most of the voice clips were from the Star Wars RiffTrax, but they sound like they were made specifically for Prime.

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U.S./Europe Get Pokémon Black/White This Spring

May 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Trainers in the West get to take their first steps in the Isshu region this spring when Pokémon Black and White makes its way across the ocean. Two new pokémon were revealed to commemorate the announcement, but they’re not just any run-of-the-mill pocket monsters, they’re the two legendaries who will no doubt grace the game’s boxes: Reshiram and Zekrom.

I’m actually surprised that Nintendo is sticking with the Black and White monikers for the West. There’s just this trivial thought in the back of my head that believes there will be some overly sensitive idiot who will claim that the titles promote racism. I don’t want a non-issue like this to be blown way out of proportion like the Resident Evil 5 racism fiasco, but I just can’t shake off this feeling.

Pokémon Black and White U.S. Website

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Save $10 on Trauma Team

May 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Don’t look like a fool with the world smallest I-beam stuck in your organs and not take advantage of Amazon’s video game deal of the day. Atlus’ Trauma Team is currently on sale on the online mega-retailer for $10 less than the retail price! Even better, the game still qualifies for free super saver shipping, so it’s cheaper than driving out and picking it up in stores.

Trauma Team is the latest game in the excellent Trauma Center series. Instead of essentially putting out an expansion pack of surgeries, Trauma Team branches out and let’s you try your hand a five additional fields of medicine. Aside from the original general surgery, you can now take on the roles of a diagnostician, EMT, orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, or medical examiner.

I’ve had the game sitting on the back burner while I make headway in Mario Galaxy 2, but from what I had a chance to play, it’s great and I’m really digging the new fields. Who doesn’t love being an asshole diagnostician, a la House?

Trauma Team @ Amazon.com

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The 4 Heroes of Light Illuminate the U.S. and Europe This Fall

May 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

A return-to-roots approach to the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light will be making the journey overseas to both Europe and North America this fall.

Dubbed a “classic fantasy RPG using today’s technology” by Producer Tomoya Asano, The 4 Heroes of Light hearkens back to the NES/Famicom era of Final Fantasy games. Sporting a retro-styled battle system that simplifies commands (Attack, Charge, Item and Magic) and a cute, colorful aesthetic, it’s not hard to see the old-school designs in this modern tribute.

According to the official website, the DS RPG will make its North American debut on October 5. Europe doesn’t have a solid release date just yet, but it will be coming out sometime this fall, according to a press release sent out by Square Enix.

A couple of gameplay videos have been embedded after the jump.

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Etrian Odyssey III Sets Sail For North America

May 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Confirmed via Atlus’ Twitter and Facebook, the third installment of the brutally punishing Etrian Odyssey series will be coming to North America.

According to the preview of this month’s Nintendo Power, EOIII will get a brief preview. Atlus says English screens are available in this month’s issue.

Set in the island city of Amroad, Etrian Odyssey III has players venturing through yet another winding labyrinth. This new maze is smack dab in the center of the city, where the technological hub of Amroad used to stand before a massive earthquake sent it sinking to the bottom of the sea.

No date has been given for the game just yet.

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Nintendo is Dead Last in Greenpeace’s “Greener Electronics” Report

May 27th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

International environmental organization Greenpeace published its latest “Guide to Greener Electronics” report for May 2010, and Nintendo has come in dead last with a score of 1.8 out of 10. A marginal improvement over their score of 1.4 back in January.

That score, however, is misleading. As it turns out, Nintendo simply doesn’t provide Greenpeace with any materials they request.

From Greenpeace’s Questions page.

“Of the current 18 companies in the Guide only Nintendo has to date not responded to any requests for relevant information on their environment policy and practice. More info on Nintendo and the ranking can be found on our weblog.”

It seems a bit shady that Greenpeace would still list the company, especially without clearly noting that they do not have complete information on the company’s environmental practices.

As for some of the other companies, Sony ranked highest among the console manufacturers with a score of 4.5 while Microsoft moved up a place from 17 to 16 with a score of 3.3.

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New Xenoblade Overview Trailer

May 26th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

It looks like Nintendo is starting it’s marketing push for Xenoblade before it’s launch in Japan on June 10. This new trailer covers a bit of stuff we’ve seen in previous videos (Intro and battle system), but we also get a peek at the item management and character customization.

While I still have issues with the “muddy” overall look of the game, Xenoblade is still an impressive looking game. You have to admit, the town with the floating islands near the end of the trailer is absolutely gorgeous, both during the day and at night.

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