Virtual Console Games For 12-31-07

authorBucky | December 31, 2007

Bubble Bobble

 

BUBBLE BOBBLE® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader

Light Crusaderâ„¢ (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.

Top Hunter

TOP HUNTER (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

authorCanucklehead | December 30, 2007

Didn’t get a Wii for Christmas? Maybe it’s time to finally visit Grandpa at the home again …

It has on occasionally been said of the Wii, (by mainly Playstation and Xbox fans,) that the Nintendo system is strictly a plaything for little kids. Well, if recent news stories from all over the globe are any indication - this could not be less true. While an avid Wii fan myself, it appears that I may have to compete for future titles with a demographic that has even surprised Nintendo themselves — seniors. Keep in mind, these people are up before the sun has even thought about rising and as a result will be at the store hours before any of us.

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Move over you whippersnapper and get off their virtual lawn! The crochet and crosswords sit neglected as seniors across the globe take up their Wii remotes. The video game system that’s been a hit among the younger generations for the past year is quickly becoming a sensation at senior-living communities. Wii Sports is the current craze and bowling has proved to be the most popular game at many homes with leauges and tournaments also becoming quite popular. If my Nana is any indication, many seniors belonged to a bowling league in their earlier years, and the Wii has helped them recapture a part of their youth. In truth, I had not previously thought of playing with my Nana but I can assure you I soon will now as the internet is also teeming with stories with people telling of their grandparents Wii addictions even in their own homes. The thought of all these people playing Wii before calling us to come over and help them figure out how to work their coffeemakers and/or touch-tone phones is a little-boggling — but it is happening! Before she moved into a retirement home, my Nana’s spare bedroom was teeming with bowling trophies — she assured me it was extremely popular for some time. Now, with a Wii and a little imagination, even with her arthritis she may be able to relive her glory days. Of course, I just realized that this may be the first time in history that the terms ‘bowling’ and ‘glory days’ may have appeared in the same sentence, but I digress.

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Nintendo almost certainly didn’t set out to appeal to older adults when it created Wii, but company officials are pleased the game has caught on at retirement communities. “It just proves our point that anyone at any age can be a gamer,” said Amber McCollom, a public relations manager for Nintendo. However, it is clear that Nintendo is now embracing their new-found fans — positioning the system not just for kids, but for seniors, too! How else would you explain the company showing up at Life@50+, an annual event sponsored by AARP? The event, intended for those over the age of 50, attracted more than 20,000 people and featured a wide range of panel discussions, celebrities and exhibitors showcasing products for older Americans. Yes, you heard me right - Nintendo was there. That Nintendo. It sounds like I will be setting my alarm the day Wii Fit comes out.

Many in the health and medical professions agree with a statement from a research manager at Help the Aged, who said: “Anything that gets elderly people up off their feet and trying something new is a very good thing. While there have been no studies to date specifically into the health benefits effects of the Nintendo system on the elderly, the Wii has already been clearly shown to burn up calories and help weight loss. Additionally, there is little questions that encouraging seniors to stay physically and mentally active is a good thing.

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Of course, where there is a Wii, there will be kids. It’s like a ‘nursing home of dreams’ — get one and they will come. The game has also become “a grandkid magnet,” giving residents’ grandchildren another reason to visit, according to a retirement home employee, adding, “I’ve seen grandkids check our activity calendar so they can be here when we’re playing Wii.” The assisted living director at another home said the only problem she’s had with Wii is that it’s made her less popular at home. Though her retirement community snared the hot-selling game six months ago, she hasn’t been able to find one for her children. “I’ve told them that they may have to wait until they’re old enough for senior living,” she said. “That hasn’t gone over very well.”

All I can say in closing is that you better hope you don’t end up in the same home as me — I’ll have a four decade head-start old timer!


Hack A Wii?

authorBucky | December 29, 2007

Wii hacked

According to those who attended the 24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress (24C3), it would appear that a fully hacked Wii capable of running native homebrew with full hardware access has been presented. This is great news for a lot of people who are interested in modding their Wii. Wii modchips have been around since the start of the year in various forms, but nothing that gave anyone full hardware access. The sky is now the limit for homebrew Wii developers.

It’s not known when this will become publicly available, but we will keep you up to date. Although I wouldn’t expect anything in the super near future, I am predicting that Wii will see boot disks available soon. They may not be the first type of hack to come out, but they will happen.

I’m not one to condone piracy, but modchips, hacks, cracks, bootdisks, and homebrew technology has always piqued my interest. This is something that I will definitely be keeping my eyes on. In an age when more and more hardware manufactures restrict what the user can do with the items that they paid their hard earned money for, it’s hard not to cheer for the underdog every now and again.

I can’t embed the video due the poster restrictions, but you can view it here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=H5YB1Mmx7E4

MP3tunes Opens Their Music Lockers For Nintendo Wii Owners

authorBucky |

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A belated Christmas Present or an early New Years gift?

MP3tunes has released a new technology based-on API (Application Programming Interface) that allows a Wii owners to wirelessly stream their personal music collections from MP3tunes Music Lockers. Music stored in MP3tunes Music Lockers can also be played on the Sony Playstation 3, Windows Mobile devices, a variety of Internet radios and more. According to Michael Robertson (CEO of MP3tunes), this latest popular gaming device if combined with MP3tunes technology, actually becomes a home stereo system and consumers shouldn’t be limited in where or how they enjoy their personal music collections, and we will continue to announce new ways MP3tunes is fulfilling its vision of giving people access to all of their music, anywhere they go.

Visit http://www.mp3tunes.com/wii for more details as well as set-up instructions for the Wii, PS3 and other devices. To sign-up for a free MP3tunes Music Locker visit http://www.mp3tunes.com/signup.

Opening Up Wii Fit (The Unboxing)

authorBucky | December 28, 2007

For those of you in North America who are sitting around waiting on Wii Fit (like myself), this video will have to hold us over until we can get our own.


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