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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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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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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Yoshi’s Touch & Go review

July 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Posted in DS Review, Game Review | Leave a comment
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I found a few more old reviews snuck away on an old PC. Will try and get them posted as soon as possible. Here’s the first one – Yoshi’s Touch & Go, a charming early DS game where you control Baby Mario and Yoshi by tapping and drawing platforms on the screen.

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Road To Victory – World Cup 2010 Predictions

June 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Gaming Article, Video Clips | 2 Comments
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There are 64 games about to be played in the World Cup so what better way to predict those matches than with an N64 and a copy of International Superstar Soccer 64! Find out how the tournament could pan out here!

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Wii gems you may have missed (and where to get them cheap)

May 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | 1 Comment
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One of my favourite activities is searching for gaming bargains; I also love to tell others about great games they may have missed out on. This article combines those two passions with a list of cheap Wii gems and why you should consider picking them up. With the recession still biting hard and the inevitable summer games drought just around the corner maybe some of these suggestions can bring you some good value fun in the near future. Just a quick note, all prices and links were correct when I originally posted this article so apologies if they change in the mean time or go out of stock!

FFCC Crystal Bearers

Square Enix’s spin-off of their Crystal Chronicles series (itself a spin-off of the main Final Fantasy games) was a beautiful adventure game. While it was a little on the short side it was great fun while it lasted and well worth a look.

Gameplay £15.98

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The Dark Side Of Wuhu Island

April 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | 3 Comments
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Wuhu Island may have seemed like such a cheery place to live, with rolling green hills, crystal clear, blue water ways and filled with pleasant, balloon-holding citizens. But as this special report shows, life on Wuhu Island isn’t all it appears to be…

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Now That’s What I Call The Best List Of Top 25 GBA Games To Put In Your DS Ever

April 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Posted in Gaming Article | Leave a comment
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Backwards compatibility is slowly being phased out by hardware manufacturers; even Nintendo have taken away the opportunity for DSi adopters to savour some of its finest handheld titles. So before the option is gone forever, I urge you to root out these classics and fill your DS’ GBA slot with true gaming goodness.

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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers review

April 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Game Review, Wii Review | Leave a comment
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I loved the original FFCC on the GameCube The beautiful graphics, soothing soundtrack and co-op gameplay really struck a chord with me. I picked up this single-player only spin-off with very little hope, but ended up pleasantly surprised!

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Pokemon: Heart Gold & Soul Silver review

April 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Posted in DS Review, Game Review | 1 Comment
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I still remember my first taste of Pokemon – me and a friend found import copies at our local gaming store while we were at college. I got Blue, he got Red and we’ve both been hooked ever since. The release of the sequels was probably the height of my infatuation with the series, I collected the trading cards, loved the cartoons (yes, even though I was 18 at the time!), and even used a Japanese copy of Pokemon Silver to learn Japanese. It’s safe to say I couldn’t wait to try out this remake…

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