another year draws to a close, and the internet has been abuzz with retrospectives and previews. in the former category IGN has pretty nice 6-page year in review features for all the various video gaming platforms, including the wii and DS. the features include a look back at the year’s news, game highlights, and a look ahead. it’s almost impossible to believe that the wii, in its third holiday season, is still selling out, but the big N continues to dominate, even with its DS in its fifth holiday season.
there’s no question that they’re making big bucks, but nintendo’s fanbase has been increasingly disappointed ever since this past year’s E3. (i hesitate to say their “core” fanbase b/c the true core fanbase are an almost painfully loyal group and don’t get disappointed easily.) wii music and the new animal crossing failed to satisfy any of the “hardcore” gamers, and nintendo’s press release of what we have to look forward to in Q1 of next year (which somehow omitted capcom’s offerings) has left a lot of them despairing (like most online groups they’re a rather melodramatic lot). for nintendo’s first party offerings it does seem they could have paced their releases better, but the backlog of great games on the virtual console and wiiware doesn’t make me personally feel like i’m twiddling my thumbs with nothing to play (not to mention the literally hundreds of retro games i have lying around waiting to be touched). in terms of third party games it seems we’re still in the midst of the gap left from the releases put out by early developers (the gamblers who banked on the wii’s success and were proven right) and those that are still being developed by the ones who were waiting to see how the wii would fare before they committed to developing for it. but once we bridge that gap hopefully we’ll see a steadier supply from both nintendo and third parties. or am i just being optimistic?
anyway, as for me, i’m just psyched we have a US release date for fire emblem DS (feb. 16!!!). the other game on nintendo’s list that i have my eye on is retro game challenge (apparently actually not due out until feb. 10), featuring versions of classic arcade games with xbox-like achievements as their main focus. in terms of the rest of 2009 i’m keeping my eye out on rhythm heaven, an apparently warioware-like rhythm game, punch-out!! wii, and wii sports 2. and of course looking forward to getting our hands on the DSi and the accompanying DSiware. (can virtual console game boy and game boy advance games be far behind? fingers crossed.) in any case i trust that the head honchos at nintendo know what they’re doing and that they have more than a few surprises up their sleeves. it’s a couple of weeks early, but what the heck: here’s to a great 2009!
while i’m collecting my thoughts for my next review, i thought i’d post this list of games that are coming out in the next few months that i’m interested in. ever since i got a DS (and … i might as well mention this here … a wii … yes it’s true … i’m starting to think i’m in danger of losing the right to call myself a retro gamer … oh the humanity …), ahem, a DS and a wii, i’ve been paying more attention to when games are coming out.
in particular i’m firmly fixated on the release date of smash bros brawl (december 3rd in north america), and each weekday update at the official smash bros website just makes me more impatient. let it be known that the eminent release of the new smash bros is what (almost) single-handedly drove this consumer and fanboy to put an end to his delay buying a wii once and for all. not zelda twilight princess, not mario galaxy, not metroid prime, but it was smash bros all the way. even if it’s only half as good as it looks so far, it’ll still be awesome to play as pit in his mighty comeback, and to see all the other nintendo references — and now including 3rd party characters as well. bring it!
anyway … i had come across this list on amazon, which provides a highlighted overview of the best wii games, past, present, and future. there’s prob. a completely comprehensive list of upcoming wii/DS games somewhere online, but in the meantime here’s my list of games i’m interested in. def. not all ones i’m going to buy, but ones i’m keeping my eye on. most of these dates are from amazon.com. (dates subject to change, etc., etc.)
edit: turns out ign keeps a list of upcoming releases. the wii release dates list is here and the DS release dates list is here.
– Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle: 9/25/07
– The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: 10/1/07
– Zack and Wiki: 10/16/07
– Guitar Hero 3: 10/29/07
– Endless Ocean (a.k.a. Forever Blue): 10/29/07
– Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn: 11/5/07
– Super Mario Galaxy: 11/12/07
– NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: 11/13/07
– Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords : 11/13/07
– Link’s Crossbow Training: 11/19/07
– Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games: 11/20/07
– Trauma Center: New Blood: 11/21/07
– SUPER SMASH BROS BRAWL!!!!!!1!!!!!: 12/3/07!!!!
– Nitrobike: 12/4/07
there have been quite a few articles lately about how nintendo, with the huge success of the DS and the upcoming wii, is appealing to a wider demographic than the typical hard-core gamers, and what this might mean for the future. this article is pretty typical of what people are buzzing about.
whoa. looks like a preview’s out for the next pokemon game: pokemon battle revolution, for the upcoming nintendo console, wii (pronounced “wheee!”). ign has 3 pics and a clip. it’s pretty amazing to see this side-by-side with the (almost) original game boy games. it is just me or is pikachu looking a little chunky in this pic? and doesn’t it look like the trainer has facial hair? that would’ve been so hot, heh. let’s see if i’m caught up on all the other games by the time this one comes out, haha.
to inaugurate this video game blog i should have something more momentous to post, but i don’t. i will say however, that it was thanks to my bf’s perhaps unwise gamecube purchase that has lead to my current renewed obsession with all things video game, more particularly all things nintendo. so anyway, sit back and relax and let the log of my video game obsessions begin …
first off, i’m psyched about the news of an upcoming animal crossing movie (in japan anyway). here are two pics (1 | 2) i’ve found, but no trailer so far. one can only speculate on what it’ll be about, but either way it’s going to be awesome. more animal crossing comments to come.