Archive for November, 2010

Games as Gifts (It’s On Like Donkey Kong! TM)
November 29, 2010

With a few notable exceptions, like New Super Mario Bros. Wii last Christmas (thanks again hon), it’s not often that I get games as gifts for Christmas anymore.

Despite my obvious love for the hobby I suppose my family and friends have long thought to themselves that (a) if I want a game I’ll simply pick it up myself, (b) that they have no idea what I already own and don’t want to risk duplicating something in my collection, or (c) that they can’t spare the admitted expense. All of which I understand completely. And yes, I’ll ignore the possibility that they just want me to grow up — ha, surely they’ve given up on that by now!

But I actually really miss those days when I’d anxiously pull away the paper on a gift Christmas morning to find an Atari or NES game (or two) staring back at me that my parents knew I was champing at the bit for. So this year, with family and friends asking me what I would like, I’m trying an experiment and outright telling them that I”d love to play Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) because I know opening up a gift like that would be almost as much fun as it was when I was still knee high to a grasshopper.

Ha, and if it doesn’t work — well — I’ll just pick it up myself (that’ll show ’em).

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DQIX: Milly (Milayou) Arrives!
November 29, 2010

For those of you playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel’s of the Starry Skies (or not playing for that matter), every other Friday is always a lot of fun because not only do we receive new downloadable quests to undertake, along with a new shop theme at the DQVC for the upcoming week, but we also see the arrival of new guests at the Quester’s Rest from past Dragon Quest/Warrior games who come to visit the inn (what with Erinn’s Inn’s reputation growing throughout the lands).

This week sees the arrival of Milly (or Milayou) of Dragon Quest/Warrior VI and Dragon Quest Monsters fame. In contrast to the last couple of weeks guests, Milly is kind , polite, and will graciously grant you the following items by visiting her in her room at the Quester’s Rest:

  • Discarded robe for speaking with her
  • Discarded head gear for speaking to her on your birthday
  • Her shoes for speaking with her with a fully upgraded inn
  • Talk to Milly as a Sage to get discarded pants (thanks to Indogutsu for the note)

Incidentally, this week is ‘Famous Footwear’ week at the DQVC, so see if you can’t score the Heroes Boots or some such!

Bomerman Land Touch! (DS)
November 24, 2010

“I would like more people to learn the joy of Bomberman!” – Gen Suzuki

Almost always ready to jump on most anything Atlus brings stateside in the RPG and SRPG genres, I was also happy to have finally been able to pick up the first entry in Hudson’s more whimsical Bomberman multi-player adventure series. Awarded IGN’s Best Offline Multi-Player Game in 2006 Bomberman Land Touch! (DS) was very well received in the U.S. and I’m looking forward to being able to take this with me for bouts of classic Bomberman battles any time I want, which is continually the genius of of this type of game and platform (to understate things a bit).

And scoring the game for $8 was just the kind of deal I was hoping for as Black Friday looms upon us. That said, I had probably better try and secure the sequel sooner rather than later as it looks like Hudson Soft may have produced Bomberman Land Touch! 2 in smaller quantities and, if so, it appears to carry a somewhat heftier price tag as a result.

Here’s hoping I can find a few more deals like this in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sure to share them if I do! And good luck in your hunt for treasures this holiday season as well!

Black Friday Hopes & Reminders
November 23, 2010


Black Friday is inching awfully close and I admit that I’m getting a little excited at the possibilities of what I might be able to pick up.

I know for sure that I’ll be getting both Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii), the question is simply for how much? I’ve seen SMG2 advertised for $35 dollars, though I’ve yet to see Epic Kirby advertised with any kind of mark down for the event (if any of you know of anything, please let me know). I’ve got a $15 credit with Amazon so when all is said and done I’ll have saved a decent amount on both…which will definitely make the day a success where scoring a couple of great games is concerned. As an added bonus, both my wife and I are big Kirby fans so it’s one of the games we can enjoy together…unless the co-op goes horribly, horribly wrong that is.

Also, for any potential Dragon Quest fans out there, remember to stop by Target early if you have any interest in the game as you’ll be able to pick up Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS) for just $17. It’s worth every penny of the full retail price (and more) so please do yourself and pick it up if you haven’t already, there are near endless amounts of fun to be had. I’m half-way tempted to buy a second copy at that price but with Epic Mickey pre-ordered and hitting shelves at the end of the month, I’d better give my wallet a rest in this department.

 

Tactics Ogre Release Date & Pre-Order Bonus
November 22, 2010

Sony and Square-Enix have announced that Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) will hit store shelves here in the United States February 15, 2011, as well as the ability for North American fans to obtain the 22 Tarot cards that Japan received by pre-ordering the title at Amazon or Gamestop locations.

Pre-ordered the game myself several weeks ago, and am really looking forward to finally playing this. Hopefully the game will prove successful enough that Square-Enix decides there is more than enough interest to continue the acclaimed  SRPG series well into the future.

[Thanks to Siliconera for their update confirming that the Tarot cards were indeed a pre-order bonus.]

Amigurumi’s Toon Link
November 17, 2010

Couldn’t pass up sharing Nerdigurumi’s extremely creative version of Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker with you good folks (I still vividly remember running around Outset Island rounding up these little pigs!), and should you want to try and make your own, they were gracious enough to provide a very detailed list of what you’d need, along with the instructions.

What a great Christmas gift this would make for a Legend of Zelda fan! If only I knew someone that “amigurumied!”

[Source: Nerdigurumi]

Japan’s Top-Ten Dragon Quest Games (2010)…
November 15, 2010

As polled by Square-Enix. And because all “Top-Ten” lists should actually start with the #10 and work their way to #1 (the opposite order killing all suspense)…

10. Dragon Quest VI (Super Famicom)
9. Dragon Monsters Joker 2
8. Dragon Quest IV (DS; Remake)
7. Dragon Quest VII
6. Dragon Quest VI (DS; Remake)
5. Dragon Quest V (DS; Remake)
4. Dragon Quest V (Super Famicom)
3. Dragon Quest III (Famicom)
2. Dragon Quest VIII

And the #1 rated Dragon Quest game in the recent poll…

1. Dragon Quest IX!

(I’ll leave it to others to argue the merits/accuracy of the poll, just reporting the results ma’am!)

[Source: Kotaku]

DQIX: Maribel Arrives!
November 15, 2010

For those of you playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel’s of the Starry Skies (or not playing for that matter), every other Friday is always a lot of fun because not only do we receive new downloadable quests to undertake, along with a new shop theme at the DQVC for the upcoming week, but we also see the arrival of new guests at the Quester’s Rest from past Dragon Quest/Warrior games who come to visit the inn (what with Erinn’s Inn’s reputation growing throughout the lands).

This week sees the arrival of Maribel of Dragon Quest/Warrior VII fame. She’ll berate you a bit, but is glad enough to grant you the following items  by visiting her in her room at the Quester’s Rest:

  • Discarded robe for speaking with her
  • Discarded head gear for speaking to her on your birthday
  • Her shoes for speaking with her with a fully upgraded inn

Incidentally, this week is Rare weapon week at the DQVC, so see if you can’t score some B-Rank weapons (or better, if we’re lucky).

Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide (Udon)
November 12, 2010

I know my Mega Man collection sorely needed this (and this will come in nice and handy when I’m getting my back-end handed to me left and right which is certainly the norm for me where Mega Man is concerned). And that art!

From Udon Entertainment:

Mega Man is beloved the world over as one of the most recognizable icons of gaming. However, it’s not just the blue bomber himself that fans love, but also the seemingly endless stream of evil robot bosses who try to stop Mega Man from foiling Dr. Wily’s nefarious schemes. Some may be mind-controlled pawns, while others are bad to the core, but they are all Robot Masters!

The MEGA MAN: ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE is your ultimate handbook to the classic Mega Man universe. Inside you’ll find profiles of every major Mega Man character, including all the Robot Masters from Mega Man 1-10, Mega Man and Bass, the Mega Man Gameboy series,  plus important special characters like Proto Man, Rush, Roll, Duo, and more. Each profile features classic CAPCOM artwork, and includes bios, quotes, likes & dislikes, weapons, and of course each Robot Master’s secret weakness!

MEGA MAN: ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE arrives in stores March 2011.

You can pre-order the Field Guide for it’s March 2011 release at Amazon. I went ahead and pre-ordered it along with Mega Man Megamix Vol.1 (by Hitoshi Ariga), which I’ve had to put off too long now.