Mario in Paris

May 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Posted in General Post | Leave a comment
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I always see pictures of gaming related street art on blogs like Kotaku and GoNintendo but I’ve never been lucky enough to see one myself. Until recently that is. I randomly spotted this Mario while on a trip to Paris. It’s just down the road from the Pompadou.

And here it is a little larger!

Nice to see some Mario love in the French capital!       🙂

3DS Hardware Review

April 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Gaming Article, Nintendo News | Leave a comment
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It’s been nearly a month since I picked up my 3DS and so far Nintendo’s little box of 3D magic has hardly spent a minute out of my grubby little hands. The DS’ successor certainly has a lot of nice new features, not least the industry-first 3D screen, but are they enough for someone to spend £200 on?

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Epic Mickey review

February 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Game Review, Wii Review | Leave a comment
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Being an animation buff I was incredibly excited about Disney’s Epic Mickey.  While it hasn’t ended up being everything I’d hoped for I still found it to be a highly enjoyable adventure.

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Teaching an old gamer new tricks

January 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | Leave a comment
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The gaming industry is trying its best to reach out to expanded audiences and direct lucrative markets to its biggest core franchises, by making them more accessible to newcomers or diverting advertising spend into alternative channels. But has this been successful? How do casual or lapsed gamers really feel about Halo, Zelda and Final Fantasy? As a little experiment I thought I’d try introducing friends and family members to some of my favourite core games and see how they reacted when left on their own with them, with no prompting by myself and no help with controls, instruction, terminology etc.

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Ivy the Kiwi

December 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Game Review, Wii Review | Leave a comment
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Yuji Naka’s new title hits the Wii thanks to Rising Star Games. But can it match the esteemed Director’s past games?

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Professor Layton & The Lost Future review

October 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Posted in DS Review | Leave a comment
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The canny Professor returns to solve a third mystery. England’s Prime Minister has been kidnapped and is being held somewhere in the future. Layton and his apprentice, Luke will have to have their wits about them if they’re to unwind this time-travelling tale.

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Virtual Console Wishlist Part 3: SNES

October 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | 2 Comments
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After a six week hiatus I’ve finally got around to finishing off part three of my VC wish list. This entry covers one of my favourite consoles ever: Nintendo’s most super console, the SNES.

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Blog update

October 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Posted in General Post | Leave a comment

Just a quick update for those of you who have been asking when my next VC wishlist will be published: i’ve been busy with a script-writing job and haven’t got around to finishing part 3 of the wishlist. It will be up soon along with many more articles!

Virtual Console Wishlist – Mega Drive

August 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | 2 Comments
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Yesterday’s blog entry was supposed to be a short piece on games I’d love to see on the Wii’s Virtual Console service. I started off talking about some N64 games and got a little carried away! I promise to try and keep it short and sweet this time.

For this entry I’m going back to the 90s, with a selection of Mega Drive titles that are still absent from the Virtual Console. I’ve also got a few SNES and Amiga games up my sleeve too – I know the latter format isn’t available yet, but I’d like to think Nintendo might one day look into bringing us a few of those classics!

Part two: To be this good takes Sega

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Virtual Console Wishlist Part One: N64

August 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | 2 Comments
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I’ve been playing a lot of retro titles recently. After digging out my old SNES & N64, and rescuing my Game Boy and Mega Drive collection from my sister I decided to make my bedroom a little more console-friendly and get around to reliving some of those old classics I used to adore growing up.

Playing through them I couldn’t help but think about the current situation with the Wii’s Virtual Console service.  When it was first launched alongside the Wii Christmas 2006, the Virtual Console had a great initial line-up. I think I went straight for Mario 64 and Sim City with my first bunch of Wii points, swiftly followed by Golden Axe, Sonic (Green Hill zone’s music has just popped up on my iPod, incidentally!) and Mario World a few weeks later. My VC collection has grown and grown since then, sitting at a retro-tastic 35 titles, with an equal number of games I loved back in the day and some I never got the chance to play on the original consoles.

But I haven’t purchased a VC title for nearly six months, a situation echoed by some of my online gaming pals. There are still plenty of games I haven’t yet got around to buying but my enthusiasm has waned considerably in the last year. There has been a worrying lack of big titles being released recently, which surprises me, given the huge back-catalogue available to be re-released.

I know there are some tricky copyright and licensing issues that need to be circumvented and these will probably put paid to the chances of us ever seeing classics like Goldeneye or Aladdin. But there are still hundreds that really deserve a chance to find a new audience.

I thought I’d use the next few blog entries to share a few of my picks with you all.

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