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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-08-27 09:32:45
State of the Nintendo Address
Mario and Sonic at the Olympics is an upcoming collection of track and field mini-games. It looks fairly terrible from a gamer's perspective, but the consumers keeping shitty "games" like Wii Play and Mario Party 8 at the top of the charts should eat it up. I don't care how sexy Mario is - how does Sonic ever lose the 100m dash?
Here are the Wii games I currently own:
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - GameCube port
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition - GameCube port
Super Paper Mario - pushed from the GameCube
Trauma Center: Second Opinion - DS port
WarioWare: Smooth Moves - mini-game collection
Wii Sports - pack in software
Considering that the Wii (over 400 thousand units monthly) is outselling the 360 and PS3 combined, this is an appallingly poor lineup as we approach the machine's first birthday. Looking down the pipeline, I'll be picking up Metroid Prime 3 in a couple of days. That'll hopefully tide me over until Microsoft gets my 360 back to me. Aside from that, the only seriously anticipated title is Super Mario Galaxy.
Nintendo has done an incredible job marketing to (suckering?) non-gamers. In contrast, the collective hardcore Nintendo fan base that has stuck with them through the debacles that were the N64 and GameCube has received the brush off. Both of those platforms offered more quality titles than the Wii in their first 9 months of life.
It's still early in this console cycle: Sony still has a chance to turn the PS3 around, and Nintendo could still line up a quality library. The Wii just surpassed the Xbox 360 for total units sold, and developers have surely taken notice. Hopefully, they decide to produce quality titles that make good use of the Wii motion controls, instead of churning out crapware to cash in on consumers that don't know any better. (Seriously people, stop buying Mario Party 8).
David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2007-08-28 12:10:41
Just. Plain. Wrong.
I want to say that I am, in fact, a fan of Sonic. I loved his games on the Genesis. I loved the Saturday morning cartoons back in the early 90's. Heck, I draw today because I started buying the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book back in '92 and thought it'd be neat if I could draw the characters.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that I cannot, under any circumstance, ever believe that Sonic, "the fastest thing alive", could ever lose in any foot race, even if his opponent is "super".
But I'm not without reason. I also cannot believe that Mario (and Luigi for that matter) could ever lose to Sonic in a jumping contest. It. Just. Doesn't. Happen.
I call shenanigans on Mario and Sonic at the Olympics.
As for the Wii... I just saw a fully stocked Target yesterday. I have not seen a Wii being sold in months. The Nintendo fanboy in me might win out and I'll pick one up, if anything because I am looking forward to Mario Galaxy and Smash Bros Brawl.
Currently Playing- Starting BioShock today (never mind I got it the day it came out )