Right now one of the bigger names in the world of digital pinball is Zen Studios. The company is behind one of the most popular compilations of electronic pinball tables in Pinball FX2. The free to download platform is available on numerous systems, including Wii U. Yesterday the company announced their next title, Pinball FX3, which they call the BIGGEST, most COMMUNITY driven pinball game … Continue reading Zen Studios Announces Pinball FX3
Ethan completes a nautical quest, Micah travels to a planet of anger, Shelby matches tiny heads and Tony get confused about keys. episode-309 Starring – Tony, Micah, Ethan, Shelby Run time – 1:29:23 If you want to talk to the show, you may consider checking out the Facebook group as most of our questions come from there. We do have an email if you care … Continue reading Nintendo Okie Podcast – Episode 309
Okay so you know how the main podcast crew records stuff then puts it out on Monday? Well Shelby’s internet died or started to revolt, I don’t know which. So we have a three man crew this week and each person just happens to be in a different state. Nintendo-Okie-Podcst-Episode-286 Starring: Tony, Shannon, Ethan Run Time: 01:15:20 We like receiving emails and it seems they … Continue reading Nintendo-Okie Podcast – Episode 286
My favorite Star Wars Pinball table is based on the Clone Wars animated series. Zen Studios is going back to a galaxy far, far away with their newest table. This one is based off the newest animated series, Star Wars Rebels. According to a press release “Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels will take players on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, teaming … Continue reading Star Wars Pinball Gets Rebellious
Rollers of the Realm is not exactly what I was expecting when I first booted it up. I knew the description of RPG mixed with pinball put some expectations into my head as what to expect, but it’s not really what I was expecting at all. I was looking for a more traditional pinball game with some RPG elements.
Whereas most games of this nature are an RPG built inside a pinball game this is really a pinball game inside an RPG. You have all of the traditional elements of an RPG. You have a party that each have different jobs with various strengths and weaknesses. You have an experience gauge, gold and different skills. You travel to various locations to complete tasks while continuing the story of these travelers. There are enemies with health bars that you must attack.
With the recent rash of publishers announcing their intentions (or lack thereof) for Wii U it’s refreshing to see one bringing more content to the system. Zen Studios, famous for their Zen Pinball / Pinball FX series, and Castlestorm, has announced a new update coming for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2. A new update is set for the title on August 28th … Continue reading Zen Studios Announces New Pinball Tables Coming To Wii U
When you were a kid and you were playing Super Mario Bros. for the 265th time did you ever come up with new ways to make the game interesting? Did you ever do things like try to get through the level without breaking a block, jumping on a goomba or getting any power ups? I know I’ve done things like that and new games sometimes incentivize that by giving you achievements to add to your gamer score. There’s one series that’s been doing something similar called Retro Game Challenge (Game Center CX in Japan). This game, based off a popular TV show, would use fake video games that were loosely based on real titles and give you crazy challenges to do in those games. Nintendo has now teamed up with the developer of that series to create a title that would remix old NES games and do the same thing with real world titles. It’s called NES Remix and it shows you that you might not be as good at those old games as you thought you were.
What You Need to Know
NES Remix takes 16 classic Nintendo games and mixes things up. You are given a series of challenges that get progressively more difficult as you go along. They’ll start out pretty simple. For example you just need to get to the goal pole in a Mario level or make it to the finish line in ExciteBike. From there it progresses to more difficult challenges like collect all the coins in a level before time runs out, kill all the enemies in a Zelda dungeon room without being hit or make it to the top of a Donkey Kong stage with Link (who can’t jump). By the end of each games challenge you will be stringing together a dozen different challenges that take you on an abridged journey through the entire game. In addition to the challenges inside levels you also have remixed levels that completely change the way levels are played. For example you’ll have to play World 1-2 in Super Mario Bros. backwards with Luigi (who plays like he does in Lost Levels). By completing challenges you are given a star rank and a number of “bits”. The better you do the better those ranking and by collecting bits you unlock 8-bit stamps that can be used in posts on the Miiverse.
Reader feedback, we got a mega helping of it this week. Not to mention Mario 3D World, Arkanoid DS, A Link Between Worlds, buying too much stuff and talking about games. We got a pretty good show this weeks, folks. We got some news and the normal amount of random. Remember, pants are optional. episode-190 Starring – Tony, Shannon, Micah, Shelby Run time – 2:02:12 … Continue reading Nintendo Okie Podcast – Episode 190
Episode three of our five episode run is live and coming at you. As of the last episode, Tony and I are tied for correct answers but will we still be after this episode? More importantly, how many answers will you get correct? Listen to this episode and send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have until October 11th to submit your answers for a chance … Continue reading The Question Block – Episode 80
I’ve played Star Wars Pinball now on three different platforms; the Xbox 360, Wii U and 3DS. Each of those versions brings something different to the table. (No pun intended) The 360 had the game before the other two platforms I mentioned. The Wii U gives you the ability to pull everything off the TV into your hands and a controller that I think feels more like a real pinball table. The 3DS gives you 3D visuals and the ability to take the game with you wherever you go. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses, but the tables themselves have been the same across all platforms. Today I’m looking at the 3DS version of the game. There are three different tables currently available, with more coming in the future.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back takes you through the events of the movie featuring the same name. In game missions have you landing on Cloud City, visiting Yoda, navigating through an asteroid field and more. The center portion of the table is dominated by the face of Darth Vader and portraits of the heroes. Near the top of the table is a rounded area where at times Storm Troopers will take up defensive positions and you have to use the ball to damage them and get them to retreat. Other times Darth Vader will loom over the table using the force to manipulate, and even destroy your ball. Two ramps lead to Cloud City, which will spin and give you bonus points depending on how many times the ball goes around the ring of the building. The most interesting feature of the table is ramps that are made out of lightsabers. They remain hidden until the ball activates them at which time they ignite sending the ball down from the top portions of the screen towards the flippers.