Thursday, January 31, 2008
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Club Nintendo Zelda Statue Is A False Idol

Club Nintendo UK? Rubbish, aren’t they? Sure, their setup’s not as good as Japan’s. And sure, they may require your blood, sweat and tears to accompany your Star Points before they send you anything decent. But when they do send something. Well. Sometimes it’s just magnificent. Like this 13″ gold (not real gold) Link & Epona statue Kotakuite Dan just earned himself. The cost? A terrible one: It cost 15,000 stars, which probably took me about 4-5 years of saving (you used to get 5 stars for a daily visit and I had amassed about 4000 stars this way, the rest was from game registrations at 250 a pop).

That there is what I call dedication.

Does Super Smash Bros. Brawl Actually Deliver?

For a game that has gotten so much hype for so long, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has a lot to live up to. A lot. Not to mention pushed back release dates and rushed shipments. This is the game many Wii owners have been waiting for. But does it live up to those expectations? Yes, yes it does. This afternoon I played through a couple hours of the retail copy. In short: People who enjoyed previous Smash Bros. games certainly won’t be disappointed.

Miburi & Teburi Confuse, Delight

Remember Miburi & Teburi? OK if you don’t. You might have forced it from even the darkest recesses of your memory. Conversely, you may treasure that memory, and have been waiting months for this trailer! Seeing as this a crossword puzzler by Sega, and looks…unique, I’m not sure what’s less likely: that this will ever see a Western release, or that those two dudes in leather are actually interested in that girl.

Zelda, Halo, Mario Merch On Display At UK Toy Fair

The UK Toy Fair, the nation’s biggest…toy fair, is going on right now in London. And as you’d expect, scattered amongst the movie, TV and comic tie-ins is some gaming stuff, much of which we’re seeing for the first time. Like a Force FX Master Sword. And Corgi’s impressive (in quality and quantity) line of Mario figures. And some Halo stuff, like replica battle rifles and vehicles for the McFarlane line of figures. Above is a choice selection, have a big gallery up if you’d like to see more. 2008 UK Toy Fair [Action-Figure]

Please Go Play Velociraptor Safari

The video was but a tease. You don’t know true browser-based good timery until you go play some Velociraptor Safari for yourself. Which you can now do, what with the game out and all. To recap: you drive around, in a jeep, running down raptors. Succeed, you get a slo-mo money shot. That is all. But that’s all you should need. Velociraptor Safari

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Line Madness

For those living under rocks, Super Smash Bros. Brawl went on sale today. (Devil May Cry 4, too!) Not all stores in Japan were doing pre-reserves. Know what that means? LINES. In front of the Akihabara Yodobashi Camera, there were a hundred people lined up by 9:00am. The line grew to something like 500 people an hour later. Meanwhile, at the Yodobashi Camera, the first in line got there at midnight. By 6:00am, the line grew to thirty people and mushroomed to 300 people by 9:00am.

I rolled up to the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda and picked up a copy easily. There was a line of people and most seemed to be picking up SSBB. There appeared to be lots of copies available — Yodobashi is a big store, so that’s expected. Wouldn’t be surprised if they sold out by the end of the day or sometime tomorrow. We’re hearing chatter that many smaller stores are totally sold out and that it’s harder to secure a copy in Tokyo. Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku Yodobashi Camera Akiba [Famitsu]

Rock Band DLC For March Outlined In Latest OXM

The latest Official Xbox Magazine lays out Rock Band’s DLC for the month of March. Sadly, and this is getting more than a little annoying, there’s still no album downloads. What we do get is a bunch of guitar-happy tracks from the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath. All of which are bands the game already features. And half of those are covers. Oh well.

March 4 – Thrash Pack At The Gates: Blinded By Fear Evile: Thrashes The Haunted: Shadow World

March 11 Bad Company: Shooting Star (COVER) Lynyrd Skynyrd: Simple Man The Police: Message in a Bottle

March 18 – NIN Pack Nine Inch Nails: March of the Pigs Nine Inch Nails: The Collector Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug

March 25 – Metal Pack Iron Maiden: Wrathchild (COVER) Black Sabbath: Supernaut (COVER) Metallica: Fuel

Look, metal is great, don’t get me wrong. But “Fuel”? And more Iron Maiden and Sabbath covers? Some metal-based variety (Slayer, Mastodon, Anthrax) would be swell about now, thanks. [thanks everyone who sent this in!]

What's Cheaper: Used Copies, Or The Virtual Console?

JJ Hendricks over at Vintage Computer & Gaming has truly outdone himself. Taking whining over the price of games on the Wii’s Virtual Console as his cue, he’s looked at the average used-copy price of every single game available on the service, and compared them to the price Nintendo are charging on the VC. His findings? Intriguing.

Your whining is ill-informed. When you total the average cost of every pre-owned copy of a game and compare it to the total cost of every Virtual Console game, it’s clear that you’re not getting ripped off at all. In fact you’re usually (NES excepted) saving cash. Especially if you dig TurboGrafx games.

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