Nintendo DS Lite Limited Mario Edition $134.99 @ Amazon.com

authorMark | November 26, 2008

If you’re shopping for a DS this holiday season, Amazon is currently offering the Nintendo DS Lite Limited Edition Red Mario with New Super Mario Bros. Bundle and the Nintendo DS Lite Limited Edition Ice Blue with Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! and Carrying Case Bundle each for $134.99. Note that these are “pre-orders,” and they would not be processed and shipped until Friday, November 28th.

For the limited edition DS, this is a good deal. The next lowest Black Friday price I’ve seen is Walmart’s. They are offering the same bundle for during their Black Friday sale for $136. The benefit of the Amazon deal is that you can avoid the sales tax and get free super saver shipping. An added bonus – you don’t have to get up at 3 am and wait in line on Friday!

Wii Hacks Guru Johnny Lee

authorMark | November 21, 2008

Those hard core hackers out there have probably heard of Johnny Lee of the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, but for those of you who don’t, take a look at the below video. He is doing some amazing things with Wii remotes, including using them to create a homemade digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer. Truly remarkable stuff that provides a glimpse into the possibilities for the future of gaming. Here’s his presentation at Ted Talks, an annual summit of some of the brightest minds on the planet:

For more detail on his work, you can go to http://www.johnnylee.net

Animal Crossing: City Folk - Not Innovative, But Still Fun

authorMark | November 19, 2008

The first reviews are in for Animal Crossing: City Folk and it appears that while the game hasn’t delivered any new innovations, it is still a lot of fun to play, particularly for those who have not expereienced the previous versions on other platforms. Readers have given the game high marks, though site editors have been a bit more critical. Here are summaries of the top reviews:

Gamespot.com says: Animal Crossing: City Folk looks, sounds, and plays a little too much like its predecessor on the DS to be worthwhile if you already own that game. The visuals are cute and colorful, but dated. The cheery audio isn’t as impressive on the Wii in 2008 as it was on the DS in 2005. Furthermore, the gameplay is largely unchanged and, unless you’re at home with your Wii at all times of the day, it’s better suited to the DS. With all of that said, City Folk is every bit as engaging and entertaining as its predecessors and so, if you managed to miss out on those and have an hour or so to spare every day for the next year, you’d do well to move in.  300 Gamespot readers have rated it a 9 out of 10, while their 7 editors give it a 7.3.

Wii Fanboy reports: Animal Crossing: City Folk, despite lacking large strides in the innovation department, still manages to be an impressive well of fun gaming activity. Fans of the series will see this game as exactly what they want: more of the same. Score: 8/10.

IGN declares: Animal Crossing: City Folk wasn’t made for Animal Crossing fans. It was made for those that missed out the first two times. And for those people, you’ve got yourself a fine product. To those that helped make the first two games a success: maybe Nintendo will thank you some other way, because City Folk is only for you if you want to go through the same things all over again. IGN readers have given the game an 8.6/10 rating, while their editors give it a 7.5.

Here’s the IGN video review:

Wii Music Disappoints

authorMark | November 6, 2008

The reviews are in for Wii Music from around the web and they are mediocre at best. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Gamespot.com summed things up well in their review: “The game is charming and can be fun for short periods of time, but unless you’re buying it for a young child, it’s difficult to recommend as a purchase because older children and adults aren’t likely to get more than a few hours of entertainment out of it.”

IGN’s summary: “Our condolences to the two-and-a-half million people who buy this game.” You can read their detailed review here.

Gametrailers was even more direct - “DON’T BUY THIS GAME, IT’S NOT WORTH IT, TRUST ME.” Their video review is below.

Bottom line, unless you have kids under the age of 6, save your money…

Gametrailers video review:

Perfect Gift for Your Wii Gamer-Sweetie

authorMark | November 3, 2008

Yet another great idea from Paul Pape Designs…
In case you missed them last year, here’s the perfect holiday gift for that special gal or guy gamer in your life; chocolate Mii figures. The little guys and gals are made of your choice of white, milk or dark chocolate, come in a Wii console shaped box and has the gamer-sweet saying “Wii belong together, you and Mii” on the box. Pricey? Yes, but very unique and sure to make an impression!


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