Imagine for a moment that you’re Chris Mikulin, co-founder and owner of Caribou Lodge Yo-Yo Works (or clyw for short). You’ve spent the past few years earning your ranking as one of the top yoyo manufactures based on insanely high quality products and the amazing multi-colored anodizations that each yoyo gets before it leaves the shop. Well, you just got in the 200 piece order from your machinist of your yoyo, The Avalanche (a staple product in your line for some time now), but there’s a big problem. All of these raw, un-anodized yoyos have a strange vibration during play that shouldn’t be there. The machinist must have messed it all up! What do you do? The only thing you can do… Anodize them in solid colors to save on expenses and create a viral marketing scheme to make them fly off the shelves at a discounted price. But wait! They need a clever name so you don’t hurt your reputation by having a sub-par product that doesn’t live up to the original run from last year…
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fool’s Gold Avalanche is born!
Okay, folks. Don’t get use to this, at least not from me, but I saw this video and wanted to share it with you. The video comes from the 2012 World Yo-Yo Contest and it seems to me like all of these guys just toss out the rulebook when it comes to physics. I always thought a yo-yo was up, down, up, down, walk the dog, done.
This is Gentry Stein’s semi-final’s performance. You can find more insane yo-yoers (is that even a word) here. See what you’ve started, Shannon? I blame you.
Zuma is a fast-paced match three game released in 2003 by PopCap for a plethora of platforms and mobile devices including the PC, Xbox 360, IPod and many others. In 2009 PopCap released Zuma’s Revenge! for the PC and it has since been making it’s way across the platforms that it’s predecessor has already conquered. Now it makes it’s way to the Nintendo DS with both a retail release as well as a eShop/DSiWare download.
What You Need To Know
As in most of PopCap’s hits, this is another take on the addictive “Match Three” style of gameplay with a few interesting things to keep it different. As in the first Zuma you play as a frog who has been given the seemingly painful job of vomiting up multicolored balls. All of which is to stop the flow of new balls on their way to the Skull that denotes a “Game Over” when reached. The ball flow follows a predefined track that comes from off-screen to the Skull, the balls will continue to come until you have cleared all the ones on screen and in the container that supplies the flow. After you have cleared all the balls you are given a score based on how well you did with making combos and how you managed your time. There are many helpful power ups and ways to get extra points from things like fruit and gap bonuses just to name a couple.
For those of you who haven’t booted up the good old eShop this past weekend, here’s some info that might make you do so… Today when I started it up I was welcomed to the shop with a notification that an update to my favorite title on the eShop (VVVVVV) was available for download! I gave this game a great review for back in January that can be found here and the only problem I had with it was that when you beat the game you unlocked a special mode, Flip Mode. The problem was that when you started the game in Flip Mode, both screens would go black and the game became instantly unplayable. I reported this bug on the Nintendo Okie Podcast, made a call to Nintendo of America and sent an email to NICALiS (the game’s developer). Today, with the update I am happy to inform you all that Flip Mode is officially FIXED!!! Now, I will be starting the game again with a whole new perspective and even greater joy that Nintendo’s eShop has made it to where a developer can go back and not only fix a bug but also inform everyone who owns the game how to get their copy fixed!!!
Guest Post by Shannon Rifenburg
Well first things first, my name is Shannon Rifenburg. I wanted to write a piece on the niche games and developers that I have an appreciation (or obsession as my wife would put it) for. I will use this as a place to share news stories about upcoming games and deals from developers like Atlus, NIS America, NICALiS, and others. I would appreciate any and all feedback so that I can make this a most informative and enjoyable article to read with each and every post.
NIS America gave an early Christmas gift by unveiling their first game for the PSVITA! The game is Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention and has a projected release of spring 2012! The game is supposed to be a “Powered up” version of Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (originally for the PS3) with additional content like the use of the front touch screen and rear touch pad, Tera-level spells, four new scenarios, two new playable characters and more to be revealed!!! They launched a new site for the game that can be found here. CHECK IT OUT!!!
Atlus announces new PSP title Gungir. About a week ago Atlus sent out a clue about their next game stating that it’s name started with a ‘G’ ended with an ‘R’ and was the fourth installment in a long running series. This is supposed to be a Strategy RPG from the makers of Knights in the Nightmare. It’s set for a release of June 12th 2012. You can get more info by checking out the game’s website here.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective for the DS is a STEAL at $15.99 on AMAZON!!!. Seriously, if you haven’t played this game you NEED to! I’ve had my DS Lite for almost 6 years and have NEVER played anything like this! This is my personal Game of the Year for 2011!!!
The World Ends With You for the DS is only $15.49 on AMAZON!. With a unique combat system and deep story this game was a blast for me earlier this year!
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is $9.99 on AMAZON!. Haven’t played it but did order a copy, it looks real cool like Odin Sphere on the PS2.
Enjoy the info and have a great week!