Meet the Canuck.

authorCanucklehead | August 23, 2008

How are Wii all doing today. I’m actually one of the original authors here at My Wii News, second only to Bucky. It was only when I saw Mike’s intro that I figured it was high time that I get around to doing a proper one myself. I’ve been only a semi-regular contributor here, owing in part to my hectic schedule and part to the fact that a lot (read:all) of my counterparts here are a lot better then digging up and reporting news than I. I tend to stick with the odd, strange and downright unneccesary.

A little bit about myself:

I am a Canadian (hence the name) father of two who has a long history with video games. As a older fellow, I can remember playing Pong, Commodore 64 games and Atari 2600 over at friends’ houses as a kid. My first system was the dreaded CollecoVision, followed by the IntelliVision, Nintendo NES, then the SNES - Playstation and now a Wii. I was actually a champion Pitfall player for a time and have the badges and trophies to prove it. On an only somewhat related note, I was also invited to the qualifier for Golden Tee (the golf game you see at bars) and only barely missed playing for the Canadian National team. (This was years ago.) I work full-time and split whatever time is left over between playing with my boys, attending university part-time evenings, drinking beer, playing Wii and working on my own site: Canucklehead.ca.

Having now finished Zelda long ago (the reason I got the Wii) I recently have been mostly playing Guitar Hero (topped out at medium), Lego Star Wars (losing interest fast) and Mario Kart (great game!), although I suspect a few sports game and in my future. The whole family plays and we really are a Wii family now. Look for more of my now famous collections in the future and feel free to send me any suggestions. I’m out for now - happy playing.

Cheers!

Canucklehead

Guitar Hero: World Tour Preview

authorCanucklehead | August 21, 2008

Rock out with your sock out!

Rock out with your socks out!

I know many of you have already jumped on the RockBand wagon but ol’ Canucklehead here is sticking with Guitar Hero, mainly because I already own and that’s the way I roll. (read: cheap) Besides, it appears that with the newest incarnation coming out this fall, Guitar Hero will now have all the things that others told me made RockBand better - that being a drum and microphone. I think it goes without saying but just in case - all the instruments will in fact be wireless. I of course already own Guitar Hero for the Wii, but only ever had one guitar - as a result, I missed the true fun of playing with or against someone else. I mean, there was the day that Bucky handed my ass to me online - but really, that was not much fun at all. If only for the second guitar. I’ll probably pick this game up - once it no longer involves searching and hunting. (Finally got Wii Fit after searching for almost six hours last Sunday!)

The most interesting aspect of this new game will be that the musically inclined among you will in fact be able to create and share original music. Can you imagine a friend sending you a note like, “Hey man - check out this impossible song I just created!” I can already see the YouTube videos running through my head - that will be cool. Of course, I cannot read or play a note so I’m not going to be much help. While we still will NOT be able to download songs at this point Activision’s press release does promise “Delivering the largest on-disc set list in a music-rhythm game to-date, Guitar Hero World Tour is comprised entirely of master recordings from some of the greatest classic and modern rock bands of all-time including Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more.” The final song list has not been confirmed at this time but speculation is rampant. A short time ago a full list came out which was dismissed as false by the game’s makers - a second and much smaller set list below has been released and confirmed by Activision of a taste of what we can expect - I’ve included it below. (The initial list appears to be a wishlist set up by fans and was actually really cool - you can see a copy HERE.)

There are alot more options and enhancements to the game which I’m sure will be seen by all the newer games going forward. Guitar Hero, and RockBand by association has not only revolutionized the gaming industry, but also the music industry. Anyway, I’m certain more information will be coming out shortly but I did want to draw your attention to one gameply mode that I think would be pretty awesome: Guitar Hero World Tour introduces Battle of the Bands mode which allows eight players to join online and challenge each other band-to-band to determine who is the best of the best! Now that my friends will be a hit at parties! Anyway, let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for - the setlist. Keep in mind that what appears below is only a partial list. I’ve already got my favorites picked out - what are yours and what songs are missing? Hit me in the comments section below. Keep on rockin’ and stay tuned to MyWiiNews for updates as they become available.

Guitar Hero: World Tour Set List

Airbourne: Too Much Too Young

Anouk: Good God

At the Drive-in: One Armed Scissor

Beastie Boys: No Sleep ’till Brooklyn

Beatsteaks: Hail to the Freaks

Billy Idol: Rebel Yell

Blink 182: Dammit

Blondie: One Way or Another

BLS: Stillborn

Bob Seger: Hollywood Nights

Bon Jovi: Livin’ on a prayer

BRMC: Weapon of Choice

CCR: Up Around The Bend

Coldplay: Shiver

Dino Jr: Feel the pain

(The) Doors: Love Me Two Times

(The) Eagles: Hotel California

(The) Enemy: Aggro

Fleetwood Mac: Go your own way

Foo Fighters: Everlong

(The) Guess Who: American Woman

Hush Puppies: You’re Gonna Say Yeah

Interpol: Obstacle1

Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze Live

Jimi Hendrix: Wind Cries Mary

Kent: Vinternoll 2

Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way

Linkin Park: What I’ve Done

Lost Prophets: Rooftops

Mars Volta: L’Via L’Viaquez

Metallica: Trapped under ice

Michael Jackson: Beat It

Modest Mouse: Float On

Negramaro: Nuvole

Nirvana: About a Girl

No Doubt: Spiderwebs

Oasis: Some Might Say

Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train

Ozzy Osbourne: Mr. Crowley

Paramore: Misery Business

Pat Benatar: Heartbreaker

Radio Futura: Escuela De Calor

Silversun Pickups: Lazy Eye

Stuck in the sound: Toy Boy

Sublime: Santeria

Survivor: Eye of the Tiger

System of a Down: BYOB

Tokio Hotel: Monsoon

Van Halen: Hot for Teacher

Worst Wii Games - Updated!

authorCanucklehead | June 20, 2008

Guess who’s back! That’s right - its your old friend Canucklehead with an updated collection. I did this one originally a few months ago and we are already due for an update. Behold the absolute worst garbage currently available for the Wii (thus far). Luckily, there is no shortage of crap that and the last list was outdated by the time I even posted it. I’ve left a few of the real stinkers on and added some of the glaring omissions that people suggested - as well as a few more I found on my own. So, without any further ado, on with the new and improved list of craptacularity!

Ninjabread Man: This one now takes the top spot for the simple reason that it was the one most cited as being omitted last time. So, in the name of research I actually went and rented it - someone owes me $5.00! I normally relish in things that are so bad that they’re good - you know, a hip to be square kind of bad. This game pathetically could not even give me that - had I sensed that the developers tried and failed I might have derived a little enjoyment from it - but this was clearly a hollow exercise from day one. No dialogue, no challenge, no fun - c’mon, couldn’t you have ’spiced’ him up a bit?! Ninjabread Man is indeed bad, but not in any way that might make you want to play it. It’s just bad.

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The Worst Wii Games!

authorCanucklehead | April 16, 2008

Guess who’s back! That’s right - its your old friend Canucklehead with another collection. While every Tom, Dick and Mario can pet together a best list (guilty as charged) - I’ve decided to put together a list of what I see as the absolute worst crap and shovelware currently available for the Wii (thus far). Luckily, there is no shortage - in fact, this list was so easy to put together that I’ve opted to not include downloadable content AND I know I’ve still missed some. So, on top of hiding your wallet when you see the titles below - please let me know what I’ve missed so we can warn the next guy from making the same mistake you did. I’ve decided not to number them as it seems a little — well, cruel, even for me. So, without any further ado, on with the list of craptacularity!

Anubis II: Did I miss the first incarnation of this? More importantly, if so - who thought it would be a good idea to make a second one? This may well be the suckiest suck that ever suckily sucked - and that is saying something! I for one do not want my mummy.

Chicken Shoot: Well, this is hardly surprising. Hey, I’m a Duck Hunt fan myself - and this good sir is no duck hunt. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this might be popular among the ’short schoolbus’ set. If you shelled out the cash for this rotten egg - well, the yolks on you.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: I put this in CAPS only because the makers of this did the same - I assume because it makes it more ‘X-TREME’. Those who thought the movie sucked will quickly realize it was oscar-worthy compared with this nausea-inspiring ‘game’. Look up shovelware in the dictionary and the same picture that appears below will be shown. Remorseful buyers will quickly be yelling “AAALLLLLVVIIIN!”

JUMPER: See above. Keywords: crap, shovelware, buyer’s remorse. Then subtract Alvin and add what’s-his-face. The umm, Jumper guy — okay, so I never saw the movie or played the game, but I heard things. These things were not good - no, in fact — bad. Very bad things. Next!

GT Pro Series: Rarely does a screen shot say it all - but in this case you can in fact judge a book by that cover. Universally despised for its poor graphics and subpar gameplay, this one makes any critics shortlist. If you’re a fan of racing games - you’d be better served playing Pole Position on your 2600.

Pool Party: Umm, yeah - this one is almost as good as the Wii Play (which also stinks) mini-game version. I’m sorry, you want how much? I’m going to take a pass. This my friends is NO party.

Rapala Tournament Fishing: A truly regretable game - I mean fishing and Wii seems like a natural fit. Clearly, a rush to get this game out can be the the only excuse for this game’s shoddy controls and terrible graphics. Look for this one in bargain bins around the globe, then quiety back away. In a word, Crapala.

Acme Arsenal: You have to know that the Looney Tunes guys likely meant that a lot of parents shelled out cash for this one. (Do kids nowadays even know Bugs?) One would have hoped that this would have been a good game — one would have been sorely disapointed.

Far Cry Vengeance: If any of my selections are going to generate any contoversy and feedback, I suppose by default this is going to be it. Sadly, there was initially some excitement generated by pre-release hype about this game. However, this hype wass quickly and violently quashed when gamers actually got their hands on this crapfest. I’ll admit that this game amazingly does appear to have a handful of fans, but it is worth noting that Fary Cry Vengeance can boast of having one of the worst scores of any Wii game to date (well Anubis II is close). That fact alone says it all.

ALSO RANS: Game Party, Legend of the Dragon, Escape From Bug Island, Tamagotchi: Party On!, Wing Island, Bust-A-Move Bash, World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions, Wii Play, cooking mama’s COOK OFF (you know the one - sadly they are making a sequel). Anyway … needless to say I could go on … but I think that is enough for today.

If I’ve saved just one person from making a mistake with this post then my work here is done. If nothing else, a good rule of thumb to take away form this is that if a title requires the use of ALL-CAPS on an exclamation point - it’s probably not for you. With a lot of great Wii titles under it’s belt, there where bound to be a few misses. Keep checking My Wii News for all the news, reviews and misques that are fit to print. Until next time, happy playing and may the good games be yours.

(Please let me know about any glaring omissions and I’ll happily add them. As well, I’m always looking for suggestions for future editions of ‘Canucklehead collections’ - hit me in the box below)

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

authorCanucklehead | March 20, 2008

Wii Shirt 3

Is a Guitar Hero: Beatles Edition a possibility? Oh please lord - LET IT BE!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little older than your average Guitar Hero junkie, but my fingers are already twitching at the thought of this game. Surprisingly, I did not feel the same about the Aerosmith edition. My 11-year-old niece was just telling me the other day about a great new group she had on her iPod and I could not help but laugh when she told me it was the Beatles. With the much-rumored imminent release of the Beatles catalog to iTunes and a bunch of idol-wannabes belting out their songs, one cannot help but believe the Beatles are enjoying a bit of a comeback. Of course, I’m one of those immaculate lawn owners that never really saw them fade from my regular rotation at any point, but it’s still exciting to see.

The Los Angeles Times has recently reported that Martin N. Bandier, the big man at the publishing company that owns a majority of The Beatles catalog, likes the idea of a dedicated Beatles edition of Guitar Hero. Perhaps the upcoming Guitar Hero: Aerosmith made Mr. Bandier realize that a Beatles version would practically be a license to print money. With over 30 million people tuning into American Idol and the millions upon millions of iTunes users patiently waiting for The Beatles’ debut, now is the perfect time to announce a Guitar Hero: Beatles Edition. You don’t need to be a dirty hippie or even a marketing guru to see the success this game would likely enjoy.

Of course, one might argue that these band-focused games are short-sighted and perhaps the franchise might be better suited to come out with ‘themes’ as opposed to ‘band focused’ affairs. Perhaps the Beatles would be part of a ‘British Invasion’ game, with other possibilities being games by decades or genres like ‘funk’ or ‘glam rock’ - you get the idea. I will reluctantly admit that this is likely  the smart choice, just give me my Beatles edition first! In the words of the Fab Four themselves, don’t let me down…

Beatles


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