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What I Played in March 2012

by Neal Ronaghan - April 12, 2012, 8:12 am PDT
Total comments: 4

It started out diverse, and now it's just Kid Icarus all the time.

My game of the month was clearly Kid Icarus: Uprising. When a game comes around and shocks me by how good it is, then I generally take notice. Thank you, Sakurai. Aside from that, I bounced around a lot of stuff, some of which I regret (MGS 3D, Darksiders), not because they're bad games, but because I just can't get into them. Oddly enough, I can get into Dance Central and Def Jam Rapstar. Life's weird.

  1. SSX (PS3): At the tail end of February, I got SSX for PlayStation 3. For a few shining days, I basked in this game's excellence. Then, my freaking PS3 broke. I only got it back a few days ago. I look forward to shredding powder again soon.
  2. Dance Central (360): My first separately purchased Kinect game! Yay! While the lack of the two-player mode I enjoyed in the demo for the second game is a bummer, I really enjoy playing this game with friends. I suck at it, but it's amusing. The song list is pretty solid, too.
  3. Crush 3D Demo (3DS Download): I really dug the demo for this game, and I ended up buying it at GameStop last week, but thanks to Kid Icarus: Uprising, I haven't opened it.
  4. Mario Party 9 (Wii): Before I sent this to Pedro for his review, I had a blast playing it with my wife and a friend. It honestly improves the formula and makes Mario Party fresh and fantastic.
  5. Skylanders (Wii): I love this game so much. I had a lot of fun going back to it and leveling up characters, trying new ones, and unlocking more stuff. Bring on Giants!
  6. Assorted Arcade Games: I went to Barcade in Philadelphia in early March and while I wasn't totally blown away, I had a blast playing Tapper, Punch-Out, Crystal Castles, and Magic Sword.
  7. Touch Solitaire (DSiWare): It's solitaire. I play it from time to time.
  8. Punch-Out!! (3DS Virtual Console): I enjoy having this game on the go, though it's totally not optimized for it. Regardless, it's Punch-Out.
  9. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS): I bought this the day it came out. I opened it in March and watched the opening cut scene. Then I fell asleep. Just call me Jon Lindemann...
  10. Rock Band 3 (360): A friend of mine who is getting more schooling in Europe was home, and he enjoys singing in video games. We busted open the Rock Band and treated it like a karaoke game. I did play some guitar for the first time in months, though.
  11. Def Jam Rapstar (360): See above. Also, I bought Regulate, so my life is complete.
  12. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS): We'll be talking about this more in an upcoming Connectivity segment on comfort games, but I played this while I was waiting in the hospital for news about my grandma. It was comforting, and I finally started the march to playing every level with Mario and Luigi.
  13. Darksiders (360): I was supposed to go to a Darksiders II event in the middle of the month, which in my eyes, necessitated me playing the original. It's cool, but there's so much mindless brawling. I'd rather have the padding in Skyward Sword than the padding in this game.
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble (3DS Virtual Console): I don't know why I bought this. I guess for a few minutes I thought it would be fun, but eh. It's a Sonic game on Game Gear. It might be the best Sonic game on Game Gear, but at the end of the day, it's still a Sonic game on Game Gear. If you didn't know, that means the sprites are huge, everything looks kind of shitty, and speed is the enemy.
  15. Shinobi (3DS Virtual Console): I was more impressed by this game, which is a weird Shinobi/Mega Man cross. It still suffers from giant sprites (as do most early portable games), but it's still a lot of fun. Save states help out greatly as well.
  16. A Boy and His Blob (Wii): Our first site-wide Game Club game! I rekindled my memories of this game, which are largely positive.
  17. Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS): I love this game, though at this point, about halfway into April, I'm getting a little tired of it. 40+ hours will do that to you.
  18. Zombie Slayer Diox (3DS): Ugh.
  19. Back to the Future: The Game (Wii): I was thoroughly unimpressed with everything about this game outside of the voice acting. It runs like absolutely garbage on Wii.
  20. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii): Played an hour of it before sending it to Alex for review. I now have it waiting to be played.
  21. 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS Download): Played for five minutes and then remembered it was Kid freaking Icarus. Maybe I'll slog through it someday.
  22. Colors! 3D (3DS Download): A very novel painting application that works even for drawing neophytes like me.

Talkback

Fatty The HuttApril 12, 2012

Cool list. In fact, I'd go so far as to say its Totally Rad.

What do you mean by Punch-Out being not optimized? Just curious.

Example: Great Tiger's jewel tell is almost impossible to see on the 3DS screen.

Fatty The HuttApril 12, 2012

Good point.
On the plus side, save states have helped me get further in the game than I ever have before. This is the third time I have bought the game. Not including the Wii-make/sequel (which I also have.)

Love me some Punch-Out, I do.

red14April 12, 2012

aahh.. It hurts to see someone get to play so much when I haven't even bought ten games in the last year...
There are even genres I haven't played!

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