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Year In Review: Shannon’s Top 10 Games Of 2012

2012 Year in Review

You know, once I sat down to type this list, it caused me to do a lot of thinking I’ve never done before. I was having thoughts swarm my brain that caused me a whole lot of grief like, “which game is number one” and, “why exactly did I enjoy that game I haven’t played in six months?” I know my list probably won’t compare to any of the other guy’s, mainly because eight of them are for a handheld system but hey, here’s the top ten games I’ve played this year.

Find_Mii

10. Find Mii (3DS) – Lots of people may look at this and scratch their head but I think it has well deserved a spot on my list. Find Mii has been a regular part of my day ever since I got my 3DS and is most definitely the best pre-installed software on the system. Now that my wife also has a 3DS, we have been tag-teaming that darn, dirty castle to rescue each other on a daily basis collecting new hats with each step!

Tekken 3D

9. Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (3DS) – I played a lot of Tekken 5 in high school and with my choice to skip out on owning a 360 or PS3, I thought I had missed out on getting another installment. Luckily, to my surprise in late 2011, Namco announced Tekken 3D: Prime Edition. This game almost has it all, fighting, awesome music, great stages and the inclusion of the full feature movie, Tekken Blood Vengeance. The only thing this game is missing is a story mode, but it still deserves a spot on my list.

Rhythm Heaven Fever

8. Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii) – I love rhythm games and I also love the frantic, craziness that is the WarioWare franchise. Now, take those two things and mesh them into one game… Awesome? I know! This is Rhythm Heaven Fever, a crazy, over-the- top, rhythm game that has the quirk of WarioWare mixed with the precise beats of Rock Band all put into a mess of mini-games no longer than two minutes. Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop.

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Site Updates

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Hey everyone. I just wanted to let you know what was going on with the site. Last week my computer power cord essentially exploded. There was buzzing coming from the power brick followed by smoke. I’m pretty sure things like that aren’t supposed to happen. That means I haven’t really been able to post. I’m currently using my iPod to write this post and the few news stories I have posted have been done with my iPod. The rest of the guys have been trying to pick up my slack and I really appreciate it. I’ve got some reviews ready to go as soon as my new power cord comes in. I expect it to arrive any day now and regular updating will resume as soon as it does.

The Question Block had some issues getting posted and because of that it, hasn’t properly posted to iTunes and Stitcher. I apologize to anyone that has been waiting for that show to post. Shelby and I are working to get that fixed as soon as we can.

I’m really sorry for the slow news updates and we’ll be getting back to normal soon. Please be patient with us.

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Nintendo Okie Podcast – Episode 114

April 30, 2012 1 comment

Normally I write a whole thing here about the podcast.  Not today.  I got to be on a plane in a few hours and I want some sleep.  So how about you listen to the podcast and write in the comments what people should read before they download the show.

episode-114
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shannon, Shelby
Run time – 1:31:00

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Extra Life

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re now only two days away from Extra Life.  We’re all geared up here and ready to go.  We’ve got our schedule of events lined up.  We’re going to live stream the entire event.  All we need is for you to donate to help out. 

24 hours is a long time to watch some guys play games.  To help pass the time we’re going to be holding prize giveaways all day long.  We’ve got 140 art books for the turn based DS strategy game, Heroes Saga Laevatein to give away.  We’ve got two copies of The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, Damnation, DiRT 2, Galactic Taz Ball and much, much more.  Shelby told me he’s gone out and gotten us about a dozen more games that we can give away to people watching that day.

You’ll even have the opportunity to play games with us.  So pull out those copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Halo: Reach.  We might even throw a little Wii Party into the mix to really get the party started.  All I know is that we’re going to have a good time.  We’re going to donate to a worthy cause, and we’re going to chat with you guys about everything that day.  So join us, donate to the Children’s Miracle Network and come play games with us. 

I have to send a very special shout out to the folks at FortySeven Communications for supplying us with the stack of games we have to give away.  I also want to thank Aksys Games for the huge number of really high quality art books that we have.  It’s because of them that we’re able to do most of the giveaways we have planned.

To play with us this weekend send your Brawl and Kart friend codes to shelbycoulter@nintendo-okie.com.  Make sure you add the friend codes below to your Wii.  For Halo: Reach, send a friend request to one of the following Gamertags; Nebula427, UndiesStyle, SmileyRyder34 or TheWacker34. 

Brawl Friend Code – 1289-7874-9349
Kart Friend Code – 1891-1550-7864

Extra Life Schedule of Events

October 11, 2010 1 comment

We’re less than a week away from Extra Life.  We want everyone in the community to join us that day for a fun filled day of video game playing and more.  We’re going to be giving away free games, free art books and more.  Even greater than that, though, is the real cause behind the day and that’s helping kids, who can’t necessarily help themselves.  Every dollar we raise goes towards the Children’s Miracle Network.  We really hope you’ll take the time to donate to the event, all we’re asking for is $1 for each hour that we play, but you can give whatever you feel led to.

To get you ready for the day we’re letting you know what we’ll be playing throughout the day so you can join us, and even play with us throughout the day.  All times on the list are the start times for these games and we’ll play until we get tired of playing that game or until the next time on the list.  Some of the game’s we’ve scheduled big blocks of time to because we want to give you, the community, the opportunity to play with us, or because we just really want to play that game.  All times listed are the start times.  If we get done with a game early we’ll fill the remaining time with some smaller title.  For example; at 11:00 we’re going to start playing Mario Kart Wii.  We’ll play that game until 12:30 when the next title is scheduled to start, or if we end before 12:30 we’ll play a smaller, probably retro styled title.

These times listed are to let you know when we’re going to begin playing these games.  Littered throughout the day at random times we’ll be holding prize drawings and giveaways.  Sometimes it will be through a trivia question, sometimes it will be first come first serve.  You never know how we’re going to be giving these titles away.  We’ve got 140 copies of an art book for the DS RPG Heroes Saga Laevetein Tactics to give away.  These art books are 47 pages long, with high quality color art and thick magazine pages.  They’re very nice and filled with a lot of really good information about the game.  We’ve also got two copies of the following games to give away; Galactic Taz Ball (DS), The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (Wii), DiRT 2 (Wii), Watchman: The End is Night Pts 1 & 2 (Xbox 360), Damnation (PS3). 

Here is the schedule of events so you can prepare yourself.

Saturday

8:00         GoldenEye 007 – Nintendo 64
9:00         ExciteBike 64 – Nintendo 64
10:00       Gladius – GameCube
11:00       Mario Kart Wii – Wii
12:30       WCW vs NWO: Revenge (40 man Battle Royale) – Nintendo 64
1:00         Phantasy Star Online Episodes 1 & 2 – GameCube
2:00         NHL Hitz 2003 – GameCube
3:00         New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Wii
6:00         Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Wii
7:00         Mario Party 4 (And others) – GameCube
8:00         Micro Machines V3 – PlayStation
9:00         Halo Reach (Online Multiplayer) – Xbox 360

Sunday

12:00       Scott Pilgrim vs. The World / Castle Crashers – Xbox 360
1:00         Beatles: Rock Band (And any others) – Xbox 360
2:00         Pong (Chicken Pong) – PlayStation
3:00         Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – Xbox 360
4:00         Luigi’s Mansion – GameCube
5:00         Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – Wii
6:00         Retro Gaming Roundup
8:00         We’re Done

So make sure you join us that day and check out the event, talk to us and play games with us.  Most of all, though, we want you to help us help others.  We’re going to have fun.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Extra Life Charity Event

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re inching closer and closer to the day you all get to help us help children.  Nintendo Okie is participating in the Extra Life Charity Marathon.  We’ve been setting up for it.  We’ve got stuff to giveaway to anyone that joins us that day for the event.  We’re going to be broadcasting live for the entire 24 hour period and you can join us.  We’ll have chat windows set up, live video feed of us and direct video of the games we’re playing. 

Children's Hospital at Saint Francis

We’re going to have fun and it’s for a good cause.  Everyone knows some child at some point who has needed hospital care.  Fighting diseases they don’t know anything about and doing so with more bravery than could be imagined.  We’re asking all of you to join us that day to help.  If you want to get involved and want to donate to the cause you can do so by going here and making a small donation.  We’re asking for one dollar for every hour of the event for a total donation of $24.  If you can’t give that much, then make the donation for whatever you can spare. 

No child should ever have to fight for their life, and they don’t get to restart if their game ends.  Together we can make sure they get every chance they have to lead the best life possible.  Join us on October 16th as we do our part to help kids in the fight against disease.

Nintendo Okie Wants to Expand

August 26, 2010 1 comment

Nintendo Okie started over a year ago now and since then we’ve been focused mainly on the realm of Nintendo when it comes to the gaming world.  The problem is, we don’t play only Nintendo games.  We all have multiple systems and play games on multiple platforms.  So, in that vein, we’re going to expand the content of Nintendo Okie.  You’ll still get all the same great Nintendo content that you’ve come to know and love, but you’re going to start seeing more and more from the other platforms.  This will mostly come in the form of game reviews and expanded discussion on the podcast, but you’ll also see some of the biggest news stories in regards to the other platforms as well.

We’re not Nintendo fanboys.  We all grew up playing Nintendo and love the company like it’s part of the family.  Heck, chances are most of you grew up with a Nintendo console as well.  They’re not the only horse in the race, so to speak.  We really want to get past the idea of fanboys.  We play everything on every console.  We’re fans of video games, not just fans of Nintendo.

It’s really been bugging me lately that we only cover Nintendo games when we’re all fans of the other consoles as well.  Talking with some of the other guys they’ve also expressed a lot of interest in covering things for the other consoles as well.  In reality, the best thing to do would have been to do this from the start.  We didn’t and that’s a price we’ll have to pay.  The best thing we can do in that regard is to move forward and begin, slowly, to expand the coverage you see on the site.  We’ve really enjoyed the interaction with you folks that we’ve had to this point, but we want to open the discussion even more.  Just because the site says Nintendo in the title doesn’t mean that’s all that we’re about.  I know most of you probably feel the same way.  I’m sure there are some people who come and only have Nintendo products and we love that, but so many more people have other consoles now as well and we don’t want to leave them out.

You’ll see some new sections hit the reviews archive and those reviews will begin showing up in the next couple of weeks.  We’ll also begin peppering in some stories that pertain to things outside of Nintendo and into gaming as a whole.  We also want to hear from you guys.  Let us know what you think about the change.  Would you welcome it?  Do you like the Nintendo only coverage?  I love Nintendo.  They’ve always been my day one console purchase and that will continue, but we play other stuff and we want to talk to you about that as well.  So, Nintendo Okie’s not going anywhere.  We’re just adding some new members to the family.

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Talk To Us

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

We here at Nintendo Okie are very keen on getting the community involved in the discussion about games.  We love talking about video games, but we love to talk to you guys.  We want to share in your discussions, your concerns and your happiness with the video game industry.  One way we can do that is through you commenting on stories that you see on the site.  The other is by interacting with you in our forums.  Did you know that Nintendo Okie has a forum community?  We would love to have you join it and come here every day to talk about all the latest news going on in the video game world.  All you have to do is click on the link for the forums over there on the right side of the page under the “Talk to Us” section.  We go there every day to see what you guys have to say about what’s going on.  We’ll be very open and honest with you in regards to all the content there.  Is there something you’d like to see on the site?  The best place to let us know is the forums.  It’s the most immediate way to get your feedback to us and we’ll respond as best as we possibly can.

Do you have questions for the crew of the podcast?  Send them to us at podcast@nintendo-okie.com.  We’ll answer all your questions every week on the show.  Do you want to know our thoughts on something that’s recently happened?  Do you want to know our opinions on who we think has the most awesome mustache in gaming?  Just ask.  We’ll tell you our thoughts.  It doesn’t have to be about gaming.  It can be about anything.  You can also send us your feedback and comments about the Nintendo Okie Podcast in general.  Let us know how we’re doing.  Talk to us about the show.  We can take it.  Trust us.  You can also send us an mp3 comment to podcast@nintendo-okie.com and we’ll include it in the show.  We don’t want to dominate the discussion.  We want to be a part of it.

Facebook is another great way to interact with us.  You can immediately post pictures, videos and so much more right there to the Nintendo Okie Facebook Wall.  All you need is a Facebook account and become a member of the group.  We post links to all the biggest editorials on the site there and we may even have contests from time to time.  You never know what’s going to show up there.  Shelby has shown off his collection of Samus statues and I’ve posted pictures of what I’d look like if I was a Pokemon trainer.  It’s all right there in our Facebook group. 

When it comes right down to it we love to create all this original content for you to read, but more than that we just want to talk to you guys.  Let us know what you think about all the stories you see on the site.  Comment on the posts, definitely head on over to the forums and become a part of the discussion there.  We’re a family and we want you to be a part of that family.  So join us in the forums, become a member of the Facebook group or interact with the podcast crew.  Either way you’ll be a part of the discussion and we can continue to bring you the best content that we possibly can.  We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Quick Birthday Wish from Shelby

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy birthday to… the site… I guess. It kind of feels weird to say that to a thing that doesn’t really exist in a tangible form. Anyway, I have really enjoyed that last few months working for the site and I am really surprised at how much it has grown. Each week we work hard to provide content for the site and knowing that you people are actually reading it is an awesome. We have a lot planned for year number two so I hope y’all enjoy the site as we continue to grow.

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