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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shannon, Shelby
Run time – 1:31:00
If you’ve been coming to this site for a while you should recognize pretty quickly that the banner for the site is a bit different. The new banner that you’re seeing was created by a member of the community, named Chris Earls. He sent me an email late last week with the new banner that he worked up and asked me what I thought about it. I told him I liked it and that it was a nice update to the current logo for the site, but it made it look a bit fresh and cleaner. I passed it around to the rest of the crew who all were in agreement that it was a great new logo for the site so we decided to run with it.
So I have to give a bit shout out to Chris and thank him for the new look of the site. We had used the previous logo for more than a year and it was time for a bit of a change.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.