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LEGO: Lord of The Rings Available to Buy

I appear to have gotten myself some kind of a reputation around these parts for being the ‘LEGO Guru’. Yes, I’m a fan. Yes, I own most of the games (all the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Batman LEGO games *whistles nonchalantly* ) and I grew up playing with the famous plastic bricks, as is now my daughter. So yes, you could say I’m some what of a fan.

So when I did my first piece about the Lord of the Rings trilogy being immortalised in brick form, my heart leapt in joy while my stomach flipped like some tumbling acrobat. Happy days! Watching the trailer a few months ago, this game seems to break a few of the usual LEGO rules which TT Games started in the second Batman game. The tongue-in-cheek humour isn’t there so much, it’s a lot more obvious now. But the main thing is voice actors. And it’s actually pretty cool. As usual, TT Games came out fighting and it looks like they have another smash-hit in Lord of the Rings. Does this mean that there will be more of the game like Harry Potter and Star Wars? I assume so, but we will just have to wait and see.

For those of you out there chomping at the bit for this game- you can buy it now in the US and on November 23rd in Europe. Ah, you were attempting to buy Christmas gifts this year? Pfffft. I don’t think so…

Ace Attorney on iOS

The hit Nintendo DS game series- Ace Attorney, is being released this Fall/Autumn on the iOS platform for all you fans of the lawyer series out there. Capcom will release the first three games to the platform- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations. Gamers will be able to purchase the titles separately or as a bundle. The gameplay will be slightly adjusted to be of the touchscreen variety and the graphics will be updated to HD quality. All the usual aspects from the original DS games are still there, including a new feature called ‘Everyone Object!’ which means that you can tweet the series catchphrases to your Twitter followers.

But for those of you out there that can’t wait for them to be released, the first two chapters will be released as demos soon enough.

Happy 20th Birthday!

It’s everyone’s favourite racing game- Mario Kart! How many times have you played the game, trying to beat your score or even beating your little sister? Which was the first version of the game that you ever played? I can remember the first one I played, and it was Mario Kart 64. Which for me is still one of the best versions that Nintendo have ever released.

Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and first released in 1992 on the Super Nintendo or SNES, the game opened to a massive welcome addition for the franchise. It went on to be one of the best-selling SNES games, and seeing many variations afterwards. The idea of the game is that you drive like a bat out of hell on a little go-kart with Mario sitting atop it and racing against your friends like Luigi, Princess Peace, Bowser, Toad and other alike. Using the power-ups and speed-ups to propel you faster along the course, it was almost like a Nintendo version of Pole Position in the beginning. With up to a possible eight people racing on the track, the idea was to come first in the race and win the cup. To do this, you had to slow down your opponants by tossing out Koopa Shells and laying banana peels on the track. Each race is on average about three laps long. In multiplayer mode, you can challenge friends for the three cups available- the Flower Cup, the Mushroom Cup and the Star Cup. Once those three were collected, the Special Cup was then unlocked and available for you to get.

The series of games were:

  • Super Mario Kart (1992, Super Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart 64 (1996, Nintendo 64)
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, Game Boy Advance)
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash! (2003, Nintendo Gamecube)
  • Mario Kart DS (2005, Nintendo DS)
  • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Nintendo Wii)
  • Mario Kart 7 (2011, Nintendo 3DS)
There have been variations on each game, with Mario Kart Wii giving the ability to use motorbikes and Mario Kart 7 having hang gliders and submarines- as well as the usual go karts.

I’ve personally never owned any of the games, but I’ve played Mario Kart 7 a couple of times and I’ve been giving some thought to downloading a copy of Super Mario Kart on the Virtual Console. Have you ever owned any of the games? And if so- which ones?


Nintendo 3DS At Comic-Con 2012

As we know, the brand-new Nintendo 3DS XL will be on sale before we know it- are you planning on buying one? I’m not as I find the console too big for my teeny little hands and spindly fingers. The XL version of the Nintendo handheld (both DS and 3DS) I’ve never purchased but for those of you that have- you are in for a treat with the new games coming out.

It’s Comic-Con from the 12th to the 15th July 2012 and Nintendo have shown up with  the goods once again. There’s more games being showcased for the the 3DS than anything else but there’s still quite a hefty list for the three Nintendo consoles. From New Super Mario Bros 2 and Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon for the 3DS to Kirby’s Dream Collection for the Wii. There’s sadly no Wii U presence, so no Super Mario Bros Wii U to play for those of you attending the con. But without further ado, here’s both the press release fresh from Comic-Con and the list of games Nintendo shall be showing off.

Nintendo News: Nintendo Reveals Comic-Con 2012 Lineup, Including Nintendo 3DS XL

Comic-Con 2012
REDMOND, Wash.-(BUSINESS WIRE)— At this year’s Comic-Con International 2012 event taking place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center, members of the general public will enjoy an early chance to get their hands on Nintendo 3DS XL, a new version of the Nintendo 3DS system with 90 percent larger screens that launches Aug. 19.

In addition to Nintendo’s booth at the show (#5135), multiple activities will take place at a special Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W. Harbor Drive, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. A Comic-Con badge is not required to gain entry to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge.

Games that are scheduled to be playable at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge include:

Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL

New Super Mario Bros. 2
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.)
HEROES OF RUIN (Square Enix)
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Square Enix)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Nintendo DS family

Pokémon Conquest


Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)

Western 3DS Sales Currently Weak

3DS sales are currently down, according to Nintendo.

Saturo Iwata, the President of Nintendo continues to explain that sales are looking a little lackluster for the platform after the big boost at Christmas time. This could possibly account for the recent release of the 3DS XL.

One of the other possibilities for the weak console sales is that in the Eastern Japanese markets, they’ve have a lot more big-budget games released to help fuel the sales of the units. One game is the currently-massive-selling Pokemon Black and White 2, selling two million copies in just two months.

Iwata is mainly concerned because the US and European gaming markets are much bigger than the Japanese market, but the sales of the 3DS units have been at a steady constant in the land of the rising sun. Also in the Japanese market, gamers are much happier to play games on a proper console rather than a smartphone. And thanks to aggressive marketing schemes in the West, smartphones now seem to be choice of casual, portable gaming thanks to smash hit titles like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies.

Of course, now there is the chance to purchase popular smartphone games on the 3DS but at a much-inflated price compared to the Android or iOS platform. As a parent, I can see how this would make a much more cost-effective purchase for your child’s entertainment- but I would never give my daughter a smartphone or an iPod Touch. She started off on a Leapster LMax and in the next year I will be more than happy to buy her a Nintendo DS.

Parents should learn to think with their brains and not with their wallets. A Nintendo DS/3DS? Far more sturdy than a smartphone or an iPod Touch. Break either of those and you’re looking at a far higher cost of replacement than a Nintendo system would cost.

Also, wishing all our American readers a very Happy 4th of July! :)

Vita Sales Plummet in Japan

In the Japanese games charts this week, the PS Vita has taken quite a knock on their overall sales- they’re down to about 14k a week which is a lot less than the Nintendo 3DS sales of 67k. That’s almost quadruple the sales of the Playstation handheld. The high figures on the Nintendo portable can be accounted for the fact that Nintendo Black and White 2 is due for release this week and excitable Pokemon fans may be eagerly buying the machine to play the new game on. But it appears that it’s not only the 3DS which is selling. The DS, DSi and DSi XL are also having good sales, as the Pokemon franchise seems to have rejuvenated the whole of the Nintendo handheld range.

Here’s the hardware chart, as posted by Andriasang:

  1. 3DS: 68,056 (Last week: 61,793)
  2. PlayStation 3: 15,680 (14,673)
  3. Vita: 13,589 (34,459)
  4. PSP: 8954 (9740)
  5. Wii: 6127 (5963)
  6. Xbox 360: 1073 (1084)
  7. PlayStation 2: 1065 (1237)
  8. DSi: 900 (380)
  9. DSi XL: 704 (689)
 In the first week alone, Pokemon Black and White 2 has already moved over a million copies in Japan, which is good to see for both the franchise and the hardware company. It’s not as good as the original Black and White though as that made about two million copies of the game fly out the door in a mere two days. The game looks like it will be another smash for Nintendo. They’re also have massive sales with their other new titles such as Mario Party 9 and Mario Tennis Open.
It’s a shame for Playstation to be once again the red headed stepchild at the handheld party, but maybe someone needs to tell them that they need a lot more than a nice machine to go up against the might of Nintendo. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It’s not the hardware that wins the money and the accolades for Nintendo. It’s the games. They have so many classic franchises that only make games for their systems (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Mega Man, Kirby, etc…) that unless Sony can come up with some Sony-only titles that people will want to buy in their millions like these Nintendo titles- they really don’t stand a chance in heck.

On The Eve of Gotham City…

Are you looking forward to the new Lego Batman game? Do you want to finally kick ass as Wonder Woman or The Flash? Well, now is your chance. It’s currently half an hour away here in the UK from being the 22nd of June and that means it’s almost release day for Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes. The game is being released on multiple platforms, I believe it’s being released on ALL gaming platforms. (checks Nintendo Magazine). Yep. It really is:

  • PC
  • Xbox 360/Xbox Live
  • PS3/ Playstation Network
  • PS Vita
  • Wii
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo DS

Along with being pegged as one of the best Lego games to date (it’s always going to take a lot to beat the Star Wars series in my opinion), it’s the first game other than the up-coming LOTR Lego game with actual voice acting. No more of the mute Lego figures, but hopefully just as much as the slapstick humour. Lex Luther and The Joker team up to become the ultimate super-villian and it’s Batman’s job to take them down with a little help from his friends- The Justice League. Superman AND Batman in the same game? Wow.

How can you go wrong? And c’mon, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Lego fun in their lives? I’m not sure if the promotion applies in outside of the UK, but for a limited time you can get a free Lex Luthor Lego figure when you buy the game. Awesome. Also, as I found out tonight- the game is already for sale on Xbox Live along with a downloadable demo if you’d like to try before you buy. I’ve got the demo downloaded and primed for review on my Xbox. It’s my day off from REAL LIFE (hurrah!) tomorrow so I shall be shooting you all a review based off the Xbox version. Until then, download the demo and tell me if you’re looking forward to playing this game too!

Wii U: The Nintendo Fangirl’s Opinion

So. E3 is over and all the stalls, vendors, dude-bros and booth babes are heading home for another year. As we said on the current podcast (Yes! I was on the GKick podcast, no word of a lie!) it was a very underwhelming and bland E3. There were almost no console news to be had other than another glimpse of the Nintendo Wii U. (No Steve, please don’t make the joke about the British police car again…lol).

Anyway. (puts on sensible, editorial head). The Wii U.

I, am one of the biggest Nintendo fangirls you will ever meet. I have owned almost every single Nintendo Game Boy/SP/DS/DSi/3DS console every made, but never any of the tv connecting consoles. The reason for this is that I was forced to play on a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US/Japan) for my 11th Christmas. I wanted a NES. I think that my parents must have gotten their wires crossed, and I can remember my brother and I ripping off the wrapping paper with glee- only to be greeted by a giant blue hedgehog on the front of the box. I can remember the look of expectant joy on my parents faces. But we looked at each other with puzzled looks, and I threw an almighty tantrum while my 7  year-old brother cried.

We wanted Mario and Duck Hunt. Well, I wanted Mario. And my brother just wanted to shoot the ducks with a gun. (Certainly not a surprise that his favourite game is Call of Duty these days.) Instead, we had to make do with Sonic The Damned Hedgehog. (Dear Readers: I still play Sonic, purely for nostalgic reasons.) So, Sonic 2 came with the machine and I never remember having anything else to play. Or if we did, I never played. I bought Sonic and Knuckles too, I was obsessed with Sonic. Not with Sega. Or the Mega Drive system.

The Christmas or two beforehand, I had recieved a Nintendo Game Boy for my gift. I had begged and pleaded with my parents for months on end to buy it for me. There was no Duck Hunt, but there was Mario! And Kirby! And Tetris! Actually, I got the pack that came with Tetris. I would take my Game Boy to school with me, sit behind the wall on the playground and be absorbed in the world of Super Mario World for ‘playtime’. Other kids would play netball, or catch, or skipping, or kiss chase. Me? Oh no no no. Far too much energy. It was Nintendo or nothing for me. The problem is, the word got back to the head of the school and he conviscated my console until the end of the day. Then when I went to retrieve it, I was told never to bring it back because it was ‘for my own good that I got some exercise.’ Well, pffft. Exercise, schmexcersise.

I enjoyed being the weird kid at school, always with my head buried in my Game Boy or in some kind of a book. I didn’t like sport and I didn’t like socialising really. Unless it was to trade stickers for my Mario sticker book or to go up to the village to buy sweets. I would try to involve my friends in my little world of Nintendo, but people didn’t really give a crap. Sure, they had consoles. One of my friends actually had a Game Boy too and we would exchange games from time to time, but I could never get into an excitable conversation with her. My other friend had a Sega Master System, and she would challenge me to Alex Kidd competitions. Split screen afternoon fun.

It wasn’t until my male cousins got a Playstation 1 when I was about 13 that I really started to find people to discuss gaming with. But then, all they wanted to do was discuss the size of Lara Croft’s boobs or answer the question of why Crash Bandicoot was orange. I didn’t really want to talk Playstation, I wanted to discuss Nintendo but it was nice to have someone I could actually play games with instead of being questioned why I was playing games in the first place and not off gossiping about boy bands or make up. I wasn’t a typical girly girl and I didn’t want to talk about girl stuff. I wanted to talk games and gaming. My aunt would try to do girl stuff with me, but I wasn’t interested in any of it all. My parents became unsettled in case I wanted to become a raging lesbian or join the circus or something. (Not that there is honestly anything wrong with that- I’m bisexual.)

I was called all the names under the sun by my peers at my new secondary school, I didn’t fit in because all I wanted to do was play games. I began to draw Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario on my school books. I became very good at drawing them. They became almost my logo. If someone saw a book with my drawings on the front of it, they automatically knew they were mine. I was proud of who I was. The boys were threatened and pissed off at the fact that I could easily beat them at Street Fighter II while playing Chun Li. The girls hated it because they were crap at games and I tried to teach them, but they never wanted to learn.

I dealt with this for the next ten years. Fast forward about ten years. I was having a really hard time, suffering from post-natal depression after having my daughter. I’d got nothing to play other than my husband’s Xbox. Which I wasn’t allowed to touch. I wanted a Nintendo DS so badly, I had seen a special edition one I had my eye on. It was black underneath with a red lid. Black and red are my favourite colours. So again, I begged and begged and begged for it. My 24th birthday came around and my husband put the rest of the money towards it. As I walked out of Target clutching my shiny new purchase, I thought I was the bees knees to have a DS. Mind you, I did have a GB Advance SP at home as well as a GB Micro. (I still miss my tiny little Micro.) But the problem with those was that they only played Advance and below games. I had the have a NDS to play the new games. And I played that machine until it came time to move on. I got divorced. I lost everything. That means my entire Nintendo collection. All my GameBoy stuff, my NDS stuff…everything. I was saddened and trailed off back home to the UK with my suitcase and lost dreams in my back pocket.