In the future, all restaurants are Taco Bell, the roads are made of syrup, school buses have dorsal fins, dodge balls are outlawed and all basketball in full-on combat. Observe the viewing globe and take a glimpse into the future that is Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball for the SNES.
This is probably the weirdest review I’ve ever had to write. It’s the first time I’ve reviewed a piece of software that wasn’t really a game. Pixel Paint released on the Wii U recently and we were given the opportunity to take a look at it. There’s no game elements to it at all. It’s simply a piece of software that allows you to create your own pixel art.
What You Need to Know
Pixel Paint is simply what it says. It’s a paint program for Wii U that lets you create pixel art. You simply use the touch screen on the Wii U GamePad to fill in the pixels to create the art you want, whether it’s recreating your favorite 8-bit characters to creating large, unique works of art. You can share the pictures you’ve created with others on Miiverse. There are more than half a dozen different color palettes to choose from ranging from simple monochromatic, Game Boy style colors, all the way up to thousands of colors to choose from. You’ll be able to make your art as simple or complex as you like.
Ethan fights for freedom, Tony glitches during the French Revolution and Micah and Shelby surrender to amiibo. Talk about electric moose and bad music mash-ups are scattered throughout this episode of the Nintendo Okie Podcast. We got the news you need to hear and the feedback you sent in.
Starring – Tony, Micah, Ethan, Shelby
Run time – 1:41:31
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Why is this man called Greendog when he is not green at all? How is he a surfer dude without a surfboard. How is the game kind of cool? Find out in this week’s Go Round of Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! for the Sega Genesis.
I’m a sucker for the “toys come to life” genre that was essentially started when the first Skylanders game was released. Having kids in the house doesn’t make that any better because they’re also really into playing that game, or at least playing with the figures. I’ve played all four entries in that series and have a huge tub full of figures for it. We also have both of the Disney Infinity releases and a separate bucket full of those figures. It only made sense that Nintendo was eventually going to get into that market. With their huge lineup of characters it only seemed natural that they, more than any other developer or publisher could capitalize in a big way in that area of the games industry. You know we’re all dreading the day when the Pokemon Company gets the greenlight to release those figures, pokeballs and some way to make them interact directly with a game. Nintendo announced their entry into that market with amiibo and it seemed like everyone’s wallets all cried out in agony at once. Nintendo was finally doing it. They were going to be leveraging 30+ years of nostalgia in a way no one else could.
Up to this point I haven’t actually dropped a penny on a single amiibo figure. The temptation has certainly been there. There are definitely some of those figures I’d like to have, but as we’re getting closer to the launch of amiibo and the first game they’ll be compatible with I’m starting to be more and more glad that I held off. amiibo might not be as great as we’re hoping.
Anymore a yearly Skylanders release is guaranteed as much as the next Call of Duty game. Activision hit big with the original release three years ago and they’ve continued that train with a new game in the series every year since. What began as a reboot of the Spyro the Dragon series has quickly become something all on its own and Spyro is just another character among the dozens in the series. The newest installment, Skylanders: Trap Team, brings back all of your favorite characters, adds more to the mix and even lets you take control of the villains this time around.
What You Need to Know
Skylanders: Trap Team is the fourth installment of the franchise where your figures comes to life. This time around Kaos as unleashed the most dangerous criminals Skylands has ever seen from their imprisonment in Cloudcracker Prison. From there he and the Doom Raiders unleash havoc and you have to build your team of Skylanders to try and stop him. You’ll use different elemental characters to unlock various areas of Skylands, defeat hordes of adorable enemies. There will even be betrayals or allegiances you might not expect this time around.
If you’re like me and you’re in the market for a new 3DS then the new systems that will be available later this month might just be what you’re looking for. Nintendo has announced that on November 21st the newest model of the 2DS will go on sale for $99.99, just in time for the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This new system also gives you a look at the 2DS you’ve never seen before. The new red and blue systems both use clear, see-through plastic allowing you to see all of the internal workings of the device. They harken back to the days of the see through Game Boy that was and is incredibly popular among collectors.
The new systems called Crystal Red and Crystal Blue have access to the huge library of 3DS games available now. It does not appear there will be any bundles of the system available.